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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Honda Europe counts on Civic to help end sales drought

Dec. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

After nearly a decade of falling or stagnant demand, Honda is on track to increase European sales in 2016. Honda's top executive for the region, Jean-Marc Streng, shared the automaker's future plans with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Average U.S. fuel economy holds steady in November

2:56 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2016

The average fuel economy for new cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. remained unchanged in November as an increasing number of light trucks were sold in comparison to cars, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said today.... Read More »

Mercedes will become 2016's biggest luxury automaker, Zetsche says

Dec. 9, 2016 10:06 CET

Mercedes will become the biggest and most profitable luxury carmaker this year, CEO Dieter Zetsche said. Achieving the target would put the brand back on top for the first time since 2005 when it lost the sales crown to BMW.... Read More »

Plan to build Audi cars in second China joint venture sparks dealer protests

Dec. 9, 2016 06:01 CET

China's SAIC is sticking with its plan to jointly build Audi vehicles with VW Group despite protests from Audi's dealers in China, according to a media report. The move angered dealers of FAW-Volkswagen Automobile who distribute Audi vehicles in China.... Read More »

Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years

Dec. 8, 2016 11:53 CET

New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market since December 2014, helped by government incentives. Adjusted for selling days, volume fell 4 percent.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Citroen CEO explains why French brand will offer an 'SUV with a twist'

Dec. 8, 2016 06:01 CET

Linda Jackson has pushed to reinvent Citroen since taking the brand's helm two years ago. The executive has achieved this by emphasizing the marque's unique character in relation to other mass-market brands, as she explained in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Safest vehicles on U.S. roads

8:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

Safest vehicles on U.S. roads: Nine Toyota products awarded, headlights hold back some contenders; Trump's pick to head EPA; Used-car prices fall; Honda confirms China plant; Beepi merger.... Read More »

German supplier Brose breaks ground on China plant to supply VW, Volvo, JLR

Dec. 8, 2016 06:01 CET

German supplier Brose started construction on a factory in Taicang in east China's Jiangsu province to supply carmakers in the region including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen Group, Volvo and Geely.... Read More »

UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says

Dec. 8, 2016 06:01 CET

German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand will swing to an 8 percent drop from a modest gain this year as Britain's decision to quit the EU starts to impact the economy.... Read More »

Incentives, excess new-car inventory, put a drag on used vehicle values

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

An increase in new-car incentives and “channel stuffing” -- excess new-vehicle inventory on dealers' lots -- caused used-vehicle prices to slip 1 percent in November, according to one closely watched used-vehicle price index released today.... Read More »

EU takes legal action against Germany, UK over VW scandal

Dec. 8, 2016 00:15 CET

The EU began legal action against seven nations including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions cheating by automakers after the Volkswagen scandal. Spain, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Greece have also been targeted by the bloc's executive arm.... Read More »

'Mystery device' helps thieves steal cars with push-button ignitions

12:27 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today said it obtained and tested a so-called “mystery device” that can allow a thief to break into a vehicle without leaving behind any of the traditional pieces of evidence such as broken glass.... Read More »

Beepi merges with mobile car-buying platform co-founded by Scott Painter

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

Beepi Inc., an online used-vehicle marketplace, has merged with Fair.com, an upcoming mobile car-buying platform founded by former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter and two other industry veterans.... Read More »

S. Korea to slap VW with record fine, pursue execs over emissions ads

Dec. 7, 2016 09:25 CET

South Korea will file criminal complaints against five former and current executives at VW Group's local unit and fine the automaker a record $32 million for false advertising on vehicle emissions.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. He fears a so-called “digital divide” between cities and rural areas could stall the technology.... Read More »

Ford conducts additional tests on 2017 F-150 and Raptor 10-speed transmissions

5:22 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

Ford's 2017 F-150 and Raptor trucks with a new 10-speed transmission began arriving on some dealer lots last month, but the automaker said it is holding some models for additional testing as part of its normal launch ramp-up.... Read More »

AutoNation's about-face draws fire from 2 Senate Democrats

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

A duo of Senate Democrats who've introduced legislation aimed at preventing the sale of used vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls blasted AutoNation Inc.'s reversal of its 16-month ban on the sale of such vehicles at its dealerships.... Read More »

Infiniti global sales on track for record year, chief says

7:07 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

Infiniti will likely end 2016 with record sales well beyond the 215,000 vehicles it sold worldwide last year, the Japanese brand's global chief said.... Read More »

Germany's VDA expects quicker acceptance of EVs

Dec. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Germany's auto industry expects car buyers to embrace electric vehicles much sooner than it first believed as charging infrastructure improves and costs come down, making the technology more accessible to a broader audience.... Read More »

Daimler may build EVs in China to boost Mercedes sales

Dec. 6, 2016 10:33 CET

Daimler may start producing batteries and Mercedes EVs in China as part of a drive to manufacture more products locally and to boost growing sales in the world's biggest market.... Read More »

Autonomous features ripe for misunderstanding

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2016

So what could go wrong with car salespeople demonstrating semiautonomous technology to customers new to self-driving vehicles? In some cases, plenty. And it's emerging as a concern.... Read More »

Mazda looks to next-gen CX-5 for a lift

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2016

Mazda Motor Corp. CEO Masamichi Kogai, fighting sliding sales and a tougher U.S. auto market, is banking on an ambitious next-generation product plan to lift the boutique Japanese brand above its mass-market competitors.... Read More »

BMW sees battery costs weighing on EVs

Dec. 5, 2016 13:52 CET

BMW sees no quick way to boost profit from electric cars, with battery capacity and cost set to weigh on EV development for the foreseeable future. With driving ranges limited by current technology, the company expects it to take about seven years to double the amount of energy stored in batteries.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases

Dec. 5, 2016 11:36 CET

UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for record sales in 2016, although demand from retail customers fell and sales are expected to drop by 5 percent next year.... Read More »

Panasonic in final talks to buy headlight maker ZKW, report says

Dec. 5, 2016 10:12 CET

Panasonic is in the final stages of talks to buy Austrian automotive headlight maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei business daily reported today.... Read More »

 
Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 2016

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Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. ...
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Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years
New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market sinc ...
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UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says
German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand wil ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising Henrik Green to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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