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2018 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Hyundai takes Santa Fe upscale to help boost SUV's weak European sales

Feb. 13, 2018 06:01 CET

Hyundai hopes a roomier, more upscale interior and new technology will help to give its Santa Fe a boost in Europe, which has less appetite for large SUVs than other major markets such as the U.S.... Read More »

2018 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Lancia Stratos revived by former Pininfarina executive

Feb. 13, 2018 15:00 CET

The Lancia Stratos rally car is being revived by Italy's Manifattura Automobili Torino as a 500,000 euros ($617,000) sports car offering a performance of up to 600 hp.... Read More »

Pendragon profit falls 20% as UK market plunges

Feb. 13, 2018 11:49 CET

UK car dealer Pendragon will focus on selling more used vehicles after full-year profit slumped 20 percent as demand for new vehicles in the market dropped sharply last year.... Read More »

Suzuki expects SUVs to drive its European growth

Feb. 13, 2018 06:01 CET

Suzuki expects is vehicle sales to grow in Europe this year, helped by a strong SUV lineup. The automaker targets sales of 280,000 in 2018 in its European region, 10,000 more than last year.... Read More »

Sweden's Northvolt battery plant gets financing approval from EIB

Feb. 12, 2018 06:01 CET

The European Investment Bank has approved 52.5 million euros ($64 million) in financing, alongside Sweden's government, for a Swedish plan to build Europe's biggest battery cell plant as part of a EU push to compete with Asian and U.S. manufacturers.... Read More »

Nissan, Honda, Toyota warn about Brexit high stakes

Feb. 9, 2018 08:57 CET

Top European executives from Nissan, Honda and Toyota were among representatives from Japanese businesses who voiced concerns over Brexit to UK Prime Minister Theresa May.... Read More »

Lynk & CO will decide in coming weeks on European production

Feb. 8, 2018 16:21 CET

Chinese-backed startup Lynk & CO, which is part owned by Volvo, will decide in the coming weeks whether to go ahead with plans to build the 01 crossover in Europe, its top executive said at an industry congress.... Read More »

Volvo expects record streak to continue in 2018

Feb. 8, 2018 10:13 CET

Volvo expects an expanded SUV lineup to help the automaker continue its growth steak this year after it reported record vehicle sales and operating profit in 2017.... Read More »

Sweden will invest $18 million in Northvolt battery plant

Feb. 8, 2018 10:44 CET

Sweden will invest 146 million crowns ($18 million) in a multibillion-euro project to build Europe's biggest battery cell plant in the north of the country.... Read More »

JANUARY SALES

French, Asian brands outstrip home rivals in rising German market

Feb. 6, 2018 13:44 CET

French and most Asian brands outstripped domestic rivals in sales growth in a German market up 12 percent in January.... Read More »

German industrial workers, employers agree to pay deal

Feb. 6, 2018 08:48 CET

Workers and employers in southwestern Germany agreed to a deal on pay and working hours after a series of strikes that hit automakers and suppliers. Both sides said they will recommend the deal's adoption across the country.... Read More »

Audi offices searched by German prosecutors in diesel-emissions probe

Feb. 6, 2018 11:01 CET

German prosecutors searched offices at Audi's headquarters and its plant in Neckarsulm, Germany, in connection with the suspected manipulation of diesel engines in Europe.... Read More »

German sales rose 12% in January but diesel decline continued, report says

Feb. 5, 2018 09:53 CET

New-car sales in Germany increased by about 12 percent in January, Reuters reported, ahead of the release of official data.... Read More »

Maserati Levante production will be reduced, union says

Feb. 5, 2018 15:29 CET

Fiat Chrysler will cut working hours at the Italian factory that builds the Maserati Levante to adjust production to demand, a union said.... Read More »

UK sales fall 6% in January with diesel demand slumping

Feb. 5, 2018 11:41 CET

UK registrations fell 6 percent last month as weaker consumer confidence and uncertainty over the future of diesel drove a tenth consecutive month of decline.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for February

Feb. 5, 2018 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at which brands were the biggest winners last year in Europe and examines whether the sales growth will continue in 2018.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Experts see room for growth after 2017 Europe sales outpace predictions

Feb. 3, 2018 06:01 CET

New-car sales growth in Europe will slow in 2018 after last year's 3 percent increase, forecasters predict. Automakers will need to fight hard to get customers and incentives will again play a big part in sales, analysts said.... Read More »

Tesla-based European racing series gets FIA approval

Feb. 3, 2018 06:01 CET

A new Tesla-based Electric Production Car Series for Europe has been officially sanctioned by Formula One's governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), organizers said.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: For German automakers, an ugly past that won't go away

2:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2018

The moral depths to which Volkswagen was willing to sink in order to defraud public opinion about the risks from diesel exhaust has since snowballed into an animal rights issue.... Read More »

Mercedes touts new A class as 'smartphone on wheels'

Feb. 2, 2018 19:30 CET

Mercedes aims to lure young buyers to its new A class by turning the compact car into a "smartphone on wheels." The A class will offer the automaker's most advanced human-machine interface to date.... Read More »

MONTHLY SALES

Italy sales rise 3% on extra selling day

Feb. 2, 2018 12:11 CET

New-car sales in Italy rose 3.4 percent to 177,822 in January, according to figures published by Italy's transport ministry. The rise was due to there being one extra selling day than the previous year. On an adjusted basis Italy's volume decreased by 1.3 percent.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: For German automakers, an ugly past that won't go away

2:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2018

The moral depths to which Volkswagen was willing to sink in order to defraud public opinion about the risks from diesel exhaust has since snowballed into an animal rights issue.... Read More »

UK plans unlimited fines for auto-emissions cheaters

Feb. 2, 2018 13:59 CET

The UK government plans to penalize automakers who try to cheat emissions tests with criminal charges that go "above and beyond" European rules -- including the threat of unlimited fines.... Read More »

German vehicle output disrupted for 3rd day by union strikes

11:55 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2018

Car factories across Germany were at a standstill on Friday as industrial workers staged a third day of 24-hour strikes, focusing on plants owned by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi and BMW.... Read More »

ANE's February issue goes live Monday

Feb. 2, 2018 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, February 5. The new edition looks at which brands were the biggest winners last year in Europe and examines whether the sales growth will continue in 2018.... Read More »

 
Renault shows it's ready for autonomous future

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21 2018

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Anyone connected to the automotive business will tell you that in the not-so-distant future cars wil ...
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Why rival designers are talking up the Jaguar I-Pace

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19 2018

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It's intriguing when, without prompting, designers talk up a rival vehicle. And that's happening wit ...
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Renault follows Audi into the potentially lucrative e-sports world

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2018

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Renault is following other major corporate sponsors, including Audi, into the potentially lucrative ...
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VW has fixed its China operations and is now set to keep its lead

Yang Jian
5:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9 2018

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GM, Toyota, Honda, Geely and Great Wall have all had good starts to the year in China, posting stron ...
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Polestar CEO's challenge: embracing change

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath made the rare transition of from design boss to chief executive of his ...
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For German automakers, an ugly past that won't go away

Christiaan Hetzner
2:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2018

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The moral depths to which Volkswagen was willing to sink in order to defraud public opinion about th ...
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Jaguar XJ could be reborn as electric Tesla fighter

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23 2018

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Autocar reported this week that the Jaguar XJ flagship sedan is being rebuilt from the wheels ...
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Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19 2018

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Peugeot's decision to replace its 3008 and 5008 minivans with more crossover-oriented versions has p ...
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BMW exec combines Silicon Valley innovation with corporate rigor

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17 2018

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German automotive companies have acknowledged that they need to foster a work culture more akin to S ...
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Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Amy Wilson
9:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2018

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Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in ...
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European sales rise 7% in January, boosted by SUVs
Europe's new-car market opened the year with 7 percent sales growth in January. Almost all automaker ...
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Renault, Kia and Ford are winners as Russia sales rise 31%
Renault, Kia and Ford were big winners in Russia in January after the new-car market grew by 31 perc ...
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French, Asian brands outstrip home rivals in rising German market
French and most Asian brands outstripped domestic rivals in sales growth in a German market up 12 pe ...
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UK sales fall 6% in January with diesel demand slumping
UK registrations fell 6 percent last month as weaker consumer confidence and uncertainty over the fu ...
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Italy sales rise 3% on extra selling day
New-car sales in Italy rose 3.4 percent to 177,822 in January, according to figures published by Ita ...
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Spain sales surge 20% in January
New-car sales in Spain surged 20 percent in January on strong demand for the VW, Seat and Peugeot br ...
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France sales increase nearly 3% in January
New-car registrations in France rose 2.5 percent in January, with sales helped by strong gains at Pe ...
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European sales fall 5% in December with Fiat, Nissan and Skoda among biggest losers
European new-car sales fell nearly 5 percent in December, hurt by extra days off for Christmas versu ...
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Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017
Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives ...
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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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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Denso chairman Katoh retires; Arima remains CEO
Nobuaki Katoh, who led Denso through a recession and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is stepping do ...
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Ousted Ford North America boss Nair loses at least $5 million in bonuses
Raj Nair, ousted as Ford's president of North America, will lose a $5 million stock bonus given to h ...
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Toyota promotes female executive to top management level
Chika Kako is a rarity in Toyota's upper echelons. ...
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Rolls-Royce gets new engineering chief from BMW
Rolls-Royce named BMW veteran Mihiar Ayoubi as head of engineering at the British ultraluxury brand. ...
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Kuniskis' job: Fan excitement for Alfa, Maserati
Tim Kuniskis, the car-crazy U.S. sales guy handed control of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, knows somethin ...
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FCA names new global boss for Alfa, Maserati
Fiat Chrysler named Tim Kuniskis to be the new global head for Maserati and Alfa Romeo while trimmin ...
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New ZF CEO is former Bosch autos boss Scheider
ZF recruits mew CEO from Mahle, which had grabbed him from Bosch. Mahle promotes the man it recruite ...
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Nissan Europe promotes veteran alliance exec to top sales job
Nissan Europe has promoted Ken Ramirez to lead its sales and marketing operations in the region foll ...
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Valeo appoints new China president
Valeo has promoted Francois Marion to president of its China unit. ...
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Skoda veteran is Audi's new China sales boss
Audi has appointed Marco Schubert, Skoda's sales chief for Asia, as president of sales at VW's joint ...
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With DS 7, PSA gets upscale flagship
PSA says the DS 7 Crossback will stand out from the competition because of its focus on technology, ...
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BMW makes leaner, sleeker 6-series GT
BMW hopes a more appealing design, greater variability and increased comfort will propel sales of it ...
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Volvo counts on XC40 for conquests
Volvo is counting on its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment to break a lot ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Citroen sees C3 Aircross luring minivan loyalists
Citroen says the C3 Aircross will stand out from rivals in the subcompact SUV segment with its expre ...
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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color opt ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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