Europe

Renault welcomes EV competition; sees 'tipping point' with longer range newcomers

April 7, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault says mainstream acceptance of EVs is reaching a tipping point and it welcomes increasing competition as European rivals such as Volkswagen and Opel push harder into the market.... Read More »

Opel confirms new SUVs will be built in Germany; will continue to build Buicks for U.S.

April 6, 2017 14:50 CET

Two Opel plants in Germany have been promised new SUVs, securing their midterm future following PSA's acquisition of the automaker from GM. Opel also committed to produce Buick-branded vehicles for GM in its German factories.... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Peugeot, Fiat and Nissan among brands skipping IAA

April 6, 2017 12:36 CET

Peugeot, Fiat, Nissan and at least six other brands will skip the biennial Frankfurt auto show this autumn as automakers continue to shift their marketing spending into new areas.... Read More »

Ford starts hiring to build EcoSport in Romania

April 6, 2017 11:51 CET

Ford said it will recruit nearly 1,000 people as it prepares to build its EcoSport subcompact SUV in Romania for European markets, ending imports from India.... Read More »

BlaBlaCar unveils Opel leasing deal in boost for ride-sharing

April 6, 2017 09:36 CET

BlablaCar, Europe's biggest ride-sharing startup, will offer its drivers cheaper leases for Opel cars in the latest threat to the traditional transport model. Like Uber and Lyft, BlaBlaCar offers new mobility services that are disrupting automakers and transport companies.... Read More »

Sweden's SKF stands by Q1 demand forecast

April 6, 2017 12:09 CET

Sweden's SKF, the world's largest maker of industrial bearings, said it was not changing its demand forecast for the first quarter, despite some investor expectations of an update with the quarter now gone.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2017

After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits.... Read More »

Germany's Freudenberg eyes Vibracoustic IPO decision by year-end

April 5, 2017 06:01 CET

German supplier Freudenberg may revive plans to float its automotive vibration control technology unit Vibracoustic on the stock exchange and says it will make a decision by the end of the year.... Read More »

BMW strikes would disrupt Mini, engine production

April 5, 2017 12:14 CET

British workers at BMW plan strikes to oppose moves by the automaker to alter their pension plans. The strikes would affect the Mini plant in Oxford, an engine factory and a pressings plant.... Read More »

UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high

April 5, 2017 10:33 CET

UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought forward purchases to beat an April tax rise.... Read More »

Spanish market returns to growth

April 5, 2017 09:44 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. Analysts and industry groups are predicting that the market will outpace European sales growth this year with registrations rising between 6 and 9 percent.... Read More »

London to bring forward new levy on most polluting vehicles

April 4, 2017 13:47 CET

London Mayor Sadiq Khan plans to charge the most polluting cars and vans a daily fee of 12.50 pounds ($16) to enter the city center starting in 2019, bringing the levy forward from September 2020 as previously planned by his predecessor.... Read More »

EU lawmakers back tougher car approval rules

April 4, 2017 13:35 CET

European lawmakers endorsed tougher draft regulations for the approval of new cars sold in the EU. The rules are aimed at preventing conflicts of interest between national regulators and their domestic manufacturers to avoid a repeat of the VW Group emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines

April 4, 2017 10:00 CET

New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel models' share of registrations fell to 40.6 percent, as municipalities in Germany discuss tighter regulation to help tackle pollution.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2017

Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British Leyland, once the General Motors of the UK, offers a case history.... Read More »

German judge condemns lack of transparency at Audi diesel scandal hearing

April 4, 2017 15:29 CET

A German judge has condemned the lack of transparency over Volkswagen Group's emissions scandal.... Read More »

Europe's diesel decline will accelerate in VW cheating fallout

April 4, 2017 09:14 CET

Diesel engines are set to lose their dominance in Europe, with demand likely to fall to 30 percent of the region's auto sales from about half currently, according to a forecast. German automakers will probably experience an average 5 percent earnings reduction as they promote hybrid models and as prices drop for used diesel vehicles coming off lease.... Read More »

Italian market continued to rebound in March

April 4, 2017 11:48 CET

New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day than the year before. The increase is the 34th year-on-year monthly rise in market sales and the best result for the month since 2010.... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Hyundai confirms small SUV for Europe

April 4, 2017 11:03 CET

Hyundai confirmed it will join Europe's booming subcompact SUV segment with a new model called the Kona. The SUV will compete with models such as the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family

5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2017

Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority stake in VW Group ends a lifetime spent in almost constant conflict with relatives he saw little use for.... Read More »

French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day

April 3, 2017 12:38 CET

French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. Among volume brands, Toyota's gain was the biggest at 33 percent, while registrations at both Fiat and Kia jumped 18 percent.... Read More »

VW complaint over prosecutors' searches rebuffed by German court

April 3, 2017 10:33 CET

A German court rebuffed VW Group's attempt to prevent prosecutors from using information seized during searches of Jones Day, the U.S. law firm hired by VW to investigate its emissions scandal.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for April

April 3, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at the next steps PSA will need to take to make its purchase of Opel and Vauxhall a success.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

To fix Opel, Tavares wants to avoid simple solutions

April 2, 2017 06:01 CET

Closing plants and laying off workers would be the quickest and easiest way to fix Opel's problems, but PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares wants to avoid that.... Read More »

German transport ministry says it has found new 'defeat device' in Fiat car

March 31, 2017 18:40 CET

Germany's transport ministry said it has found a new "defeat device" in a Fiat car during emissions tests, escalating a dispute with the automaker.... Read More »

 
Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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Volvo dealers get crash course on conquests

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Volvo's head of Europe says that his dealers have had to get used to something new: knowing how to cash in on conquest sales. ...
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How China dealer association resolved Audi's dealer crisis


3:59 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Audi's dispute with some of its China dealers, that threatened to blow up into all-out war, finally ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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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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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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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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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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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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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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