Europe

Renault, PSA criticize France's about-face on diesels

Dec. 2, 2014 12:23 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault have criticized the French government's plans to end its diesel-friendly policy for new cars. PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said the policy change will hurt its competitiveness against German rivals.... Read More »

 

German November car sales fall 2%

Dec. 2, 2014 11:22 CET
Car sales in Germany fell by 2 percent in November, mirroring a drop in France, in a sign that the European auto-market recovery remains fragile amid weakening economic growth in the region.... Read More »

 

Daimler will expand German battery output

Dec. 1, 2014 16:15 CET
Daimler will spend about 100 million euros ($125 million) to boost production of lithium ion batteries in Germany as it expects "high and steadily growing demand" for electric-car batteries.... Read More »

 

Spain's sales up 17% in November on subsidy boost

Dec. 1, 2014 12:15 CET
The growth in new-car sales in Spain slowed to 17 percent in November but the extension of a scrappage program helped to encourage buyers, industry association Anfac said. Year-to-date registrations are up 18 percent.... Read More »

 

French car sales fall 2% in Nov. on dim market outlook

Dec. 1, 2014 11:13 CET
French car registrations fell 2 percent in November amid a continued weakening of consumer confidence. Demand will remain weak next year, industry association CCFA said.... Read More »

 

France will rank cars for pollution, seek diesel phase out

Dec. 1, 2014 10:02 CET
France wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for passenger cars and will put in place a system to identify the most polluting vehicles, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche commit to plug-ins

Dec. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche are among carmakers embracing plug-in hybrids as “the best of both worlds” as they eliminate the range anxiety that has hindered the purchase of full-electric cars and help carmakers cut CO2 emissions.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for December

Dec. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions.... Read More »

 

Michelin to double budget-tire sales to counter Chinese

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Michelin will nearly double the proportion of budget tires in its global sales mix to as much as 30 percent to counter the huge rise in Chinese imports sold in Europe and the U.S., CEO Jean-Dominique Senard told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Skoda's '18 sales goal tougher to hit on Russia slump

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
A severe slump in Russian car demand is making it harder for Skoda to meet its 2018 vehicle sales target. Skoda also must decide whether to reduce its investment budget for the country to protect overall profitability, a top executive said.... Read More »

 

EU will hint at future new-car CO2 targets

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
The European Commission next month will outline progress on future emission targets for new cars sold in the EU, giving automakers a clearer look at the billions of euros in investment that will be needed to meet tougher goals.... Read More »

 

ANE's December e-magazine goes live Monday

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 1. This month's edition looks at how German premium automakers plan to profit from plug-in hybrids.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Nov. 27, 2014 12:28 CET
Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars.... Read More »

 

Opel is succeeding in restoring poor image, exec says

Nov. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Opel is succeeding in turning around its tattered image in Germany, the brand's marketing chief Tina Mueller said.... Read More »

 

Audi makes Q3 greener to keep lead over BMW X1

Nov. 27, 2014 11:34 CET
The Audi Q3 will get more efficient powertrains with technology such as the crossover's first use of fuel-saving cylinder deactivation as part of its mid-cycle refresh. Audi starts European sales of the revised Q3 in February.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

Magna, Haartz team up on Opel Cascada roof

5:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Magna International and Haartz Corp. teamed up to supply the new Opel Cascada's folding softtop roof. Haartz supplies an acoustically enhanced three-ply composite that offers enhanced sound deadening and insulation.... Read More »

 

Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany.... Read More »

 

Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board

Nov. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a member of its advisory board for integrity and corporate responsibility. The board is tasked with examining ethics issues at the automaker.... Read More »

 

Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin.... Read More »

 

BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

Nov. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market.... Read More »

 

Continental mulls German factory closure

Nov. 23, 2014 20:58 CET
Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant.... Read More »

 

Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014
When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. "I learned about homologation and the tax breaks for different engine displacements. I learned the hard way, and we built that product plan from the bottom up."... Read More »

 

Suzuki plant in Hungary will return to double shifts ahead of Vitara launch, report says

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Suzuki will return to two-shift production at its plant in Hungary as it prepares to launch the new Vitara subcompact crossover, a report said.... Read More »

 

UK car production likely to miss full-year target on weak overseas demand

Nov. 20, 2014 12:09 CET
UK car production is unlikely to hit a full-year goal of 1.59 million as demand from key western European markets and Russia continues to fall, the SMMT industry association said.... Read More »

 

Ford to cut 20% of staff at B-Max plant in Romania

Nov. 19, 2014 15:35 CET
Ford will lay off 20 percent of the workforce at the Romanian plant that builds the B-Max as it adjusts to falling sales of the subcompact minivan.... Read More »

 

 
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