Europe

Shift to electric cars will boost steel demand, Thyssenkrupp says

Sept. 7, 2017 11:14 CET

Thyssenkrupp is highlighting the potential value of the steel business in future as major car industry customers shift away from combustion engines towards battery technologies.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover hopes for smooth trading after Brexit

Sept. 7, 2017 09:50 CET

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth hopes exporters in the UK will be able to trade in Europe after Brexit without problems because politicians on both sides will want to do the best for their countries.... Read More »

Knorr-Bremse's bid for Haldex dealt blow by Swedish regulator

Sept. 7, 2017 10:16 CET

German brake systems maker Knorr-Bremse's attempt to buy Swedish rival Haldex was dealt a blow when Sweden's securities regulator rejected its request to extend the acceptance period for its bid.... Read More »

German auto chiefs must fix industry's mistakes, Merkel says

Sept. 6, 2017 17:36 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel told representatives from Germany's automakers that managers must remedy mistakes made by the industry to win back consumers' confidence.... Read More »

VW needs outsider as next CEO, leading German politician says

Sept. 6, 2017 13:21 CET

Bernd Althusmann, the politician forecast to become head of Lower Saxony, VW's second-biggest shareholder, said someone from outside the industry should succeed the automaker's CEO Matthias Mueller when his contract expires in 2020.... Read More »

Audi may seek type approval exemption for A8's self-driving system

Sept. 6, 2017 09:21 CET

Audi will most likely seek a type approval exemption from regulators to speed up the introduction in Europe of its Traffic Jam Pilot, the first Level 3 autonomous system in a series production car.... Read More »

AUGUST SALES BY MARKET

W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain

Sept. 5, 2017 14:30 CET

Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Spain, according to industry data compiled by LMC Automotive.... Read More »

AUGUST SALES BY MARKET

UK sales fall 6% on Brexit, diesel concerns

Sept. 5, 2017 11:27 CET

UK new-car sales fell 6 percent in August, the fifth consecutive monthly decline, as uncertainty over Brexit and possible levies on diesel cars continued to hit Europe's second-biggest market.... Read More »

German flying taxi attracts backing from China's Tencent

Sept. 5, 2017 12:00 CET

Germany's Lilium has raised $90 million from investors, including China's Tencent, to build a prototype flying jet taxi that can seat five people.... Read More »

Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head

Sept. 5, 2017 10:04 CET

Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford after stints working for General Motors, Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler.... Read More »

AUGUST SALES BY MARKET

German sales hit 8-year high despite big diesel decline

Sept. 4, 2017 16:27 CET

New-car registrations in Germany rose to the highest level in eight years in August despite plunging sales of diesel-powered vehicles.... Read More »

AUGUST SALES BY MARKET

Skoda, Dacia among winners as French sales rise 9%

Sept. 4, 2017 10:01 CET

French new-car sales rose 9.4 percent in August, with gains by mass-market brands outpacing the premium segment.... Read More »

German clean air fund to avoid diesel bans will be doubled

Sept. 4, 2017 16:12 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced plans to double to 1 billion euros ($1.19 billion) a fund aimed at cleaning up urban transport, in an effort to avert bans of diesel vehicles in some cities.... Read More »

Daimler steps up Uber challenge with ride-sharing service in Europe

Sept. 4, 2017 13:56 CET

Daimler will start ride-sharing shuttles in London later this year, expanding its cooperation with U.S. startup Via. The app-based service will be rolled out to other European cities.... Read More »

PSA moves from Paris center to suburbs to cut costs

Sept. 4, 2017 10:43 CET

PSA has completed its money-saving move from the heart of Paris to the city's suburbs. The automaker's corporate leadership, including CEO Carlos Tavares, are now based in offices in Rueil-Malmaison, about 15 km (9 miles) west of central Paris.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for September

Sept. 4, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at why Ford, Nissan, Kia and Volkswagen are packing their new subcompact cars with cutting-edge technology.... Read More »

Chinese billionaire plots rescue of Lotus

Sept. 2, 2017 06:01 CET

Lotus fell on hard times after the financial crisis and global recession. Now the UK sports-car maker is about to be rescued by Li Shufu, the Chinese billionaire who bought Volvo.... Read More »

Automakers launch UK trade-in incentives as sales slide

Sept. 1, 2017 10:29 CET

VW Group, Nissan, Toyota and Kia became the latest carmakers to launch scrappage incentives in Britain, as sales slide, saying they aimed to get motorists to trade in their old cars for less polluting new models.... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Honda teases EV aimed at Europe

Sept. 1, 2017 09:36 CET

Honda will unveil an electric concept that it says previews a new EV aimed at the European market. The production model will become a key part of Honda's aim to have electrified powertrains in two-thirds of all cars it sells in the region by 2025.... Read More »

ANE's September issue goes live Monday

Sept. 1, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, September 4. The new edition looks at why Ford, Nissan, Kia and Volkswagen are packing their new subcompact cars with cutting-edge technology.... Read More »

German court rejects case seeking compensation for VW owners

Aug. 31, 2017 14:02 CET

A German court has rejected a case seeking compensation for owners of diesel VW cars caught up in its emissions-cheating scandal. The automaker offered compensation to U.S. customers but has rejected compensating those in Europe, claiming the cheating didn't violate European law or affect the value of the vehicles.... Read More »

Aston Martin says Brexit customs checks would be a 'disaster'

Aug. 31, 2017 11:59 CET

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said barriers to trade between the UK and EU following Brexit, such as delays caused by customs checks, would be a disaster because they would slow down its exports.... Read More »

VW faces more compensation cases from German consumer group

Aug. 30, 2017 16:09 CET

German consumer rights group myRight will appeal against an expected defeat in its first case seeking compensation from VW over its emissions scandal and plans to file more cases soon.... Read More »

Volvo names 'retail man' Gustafsson to succeed Kerssemakers in U.S.

10:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2017

Lex Kerssemakers, who steered Volvo's rebirth in the U.S. over the past 32 months, is moving on to lead the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He will be replaced by that region's current head, Anders Gustafsson.... Read More »

Merkel says German car owners could get collective diesel lawsuits

Aug. 28, 2017 09:46 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel said car buyers could get collective lawsuits against Germany's auto industry over excessively polluting diesel engines, sharpening her tone after her main election challenger accused her of blocking the option.... Read More »

 
Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Peter Sigal
3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 2017

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These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message. ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Peter Sigal
8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 2017

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Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 1 ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Richard Johnson
1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2017

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Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is onc ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

Richard Johnson
5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on t ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11 2017

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The “Carlos and Dieter Show” will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. I ...
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Fast-changing Frankfurt

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed. ...
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Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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Jaguar's I-Pace crossover will not make an appearance as a production model at next week's Frankfurt ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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UK sales fall 6% on Brexit, diesel concerns
UK new-car sales fell 6 percent in August, the fifth consecutive monthly decline, as uncertainty ove ...
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German sales hit 8-year high despite big diesel decline
New-car registrations in Germany rose to the highest level in eight years in August despite plunging ...
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Skoda, Dacia among winners as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose 9.4 percent in August, with gains by mass-market brands outpacing the prem ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
UK registrations fell 9 percent in July, the fourth consecutive month of declines. ...
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump i ...
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
Business demand helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in new-car sales in Italy last month as registra ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Volvo names Kerssemakers as Europe boss
Volvo named Lex Kerssemakers as head of its Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Kerssemakers retu ...
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VW shuffles product development team
VW Group is shuffling its product development team as the automaker prepares for a move to future mo ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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