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France is hurting its domestic automakers with diesel policy shift

5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
For environmental and public health reasons France is ending a government policy that has long promoted the purchase of diesel cars, but the move will hurt domestic automakers Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.... Read More »

 

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Seat CEO counts on revised lineup to end losses

Dec. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Seat's reliance on Europe and a weak brand image have led the VW unit to rack up big losses over the years. CEO Juergen Stackmann told Automotive News Europe how new products and cost cuttings are now changing this.... Read More »

 

Western Europe car sales lifted by UK as France, Germany falter

Dec. 4, 2014 15:07 CET
Western Europe new-car sales rose 1 percent in November as strong demand in the UK and Spain helped offset falls in Germany and France, emphasizing the patchy nature of Europe's sales recovery. The annualized selling rate fell to 12.3 million cars.... Read More »

 

Daimler seeks to open a car plant in Russia, report says

Dec. 4, 2014 17:31 CET
Daimler has applied to the Russian city of St. Petersburg to set up a car factory there, Interfax news agency reported, citing local officials. Daimler's Mercedes-Benz is Russia's top-selling premium brand.... Read More »

 

VW names veteran exec Schmall as components chief

Dec. 4, 2014 10:06 CET
VW named Thomas Schmall as the new core brand board member responsible for components – a key post that carries with it the potential for political friction with the carmaker's powerful German unions over a shakeup of parts production.... Read More »

 

Ford will add Fiesta output in Russia as Focus slides

Dec. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford will build the Fiesta subcompact in Russia next year as it scrambles to replace sales lost by collapsing demand for its Focus compact. The Fiesta will be produced alongside the EcoSport small SUV at Ford's third joint venture plant in Russia.... Read More »

 

UK car sales hit highest level since 2007

Dec. 4, 2014 11:19 CET
UK car registrations rose 8 percent last month, driven by cheap credit deals and an economic recovery. The result takes sales in 2014 to just over 2.3 million, the highest level for any year since 2007.... Read More »

 

Russia will extend car purchase incentive plan

Dec. 3, 2014 10:29 CET
Russia will earmark 10 billion rubles (150 million euros) in 2015 to extend a scrappage program for new vehicle purchases. Russia car sales have been hit by a frail economy struggling under Western sanctions and a weakening ruble.... Read More »

 

Germany's Merkel backs incentives to reach EV goal

Dec. 2, 2014 12:45 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will need to provide more incentives to meet a goal of having 1 million electric cars on the country's roads by 2020. About 7,600 EVs were sold in Germany last year.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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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 »

 

 
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