Western Europe

BMW i3 sales boosted by German EV subsidies, report says

July 11, 2016 10:49 CET

BMW has recorded rising sales of the latest version of its electric car, the i3, following Germany's decision to offer EV subsidies, a weekly German newspaper reported.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Minicars get boost from Italy rebound

July 9, 2016 06:01 CET

European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing economic rebound in Italy, which is the top market for the region's smallest, most affordable vehicles.... Read More »

Spanish court says VW Group liable to answer any emissions-cheating charges

July 8, 2016 14:08 CET

A Spanish court said Volkswagen Group, based in Germany, would be liable to answer any charges over emissions fraud, rather than its Spanish affiliates. The automaker had said that any probe should be directed at its units in the country.... Read More »

VW headquarters searched for World War II bombs

3:36 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2016

The headquarters of Volkswagen were being searched by explosive disposal experts on Friday after construction workers found signs of potentially unexploded bombs dating from the Second World War.... Read More »

Renault outpaces European sales recovery

July 8, 2016 11:48 CET

Renault said its global sales rose 13 percent to a new record of 1.57 million vehicles in the first half of the year, as a product offensive helped it to outpace a recovering European market. Renault kept its full-year market outlook that European car sales will grow more than 5 percent.... Read More »

VW's diesel fix for Audi Q5 makes NOx worse, consumer group says

July 8, 2016 11:19 CET

VW Group's technical fix for the Audi Q5, one of the vehicles involved in its diesel-emissions cheating scandal, did not reduce harmful pollution in a new test, a European consumer group said. The organization claims NOx emissions were 25 percent higher after the removal of illegal software in the SUV.... Read More »

German firms lower UK export sights as Brexit bites eurozone

July 8, 2016 11:06 CET

A German business group has lowered its sights for exports to Britain, forecasting a darkening trade outlook as the impact of Britons' vote to leave the EU seeps into the eurozone economy. Britain is Germany's fifth-biggest trading partner for goods. For the UK, Germany is the biggest partner.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2016

Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals would publicly admit: That the CO2 numbers on the cars sold in Europe are bogus.... Read More »

UK's June car sales fall; gov't asked for support

July 6, 2016 11:28 CET

UK car sales fell for only the second time in more than four years in June, prompting an industry body to urge the government to boost economic confidence to avoid further drops after the country voted to leave the EU.... Read More »

W. Europe car sales up 6% in June despite UK decline

July 6, 2016 14:25 CET

Western European car registrations increased nearly 6 percent in June as demand rose last month in Germany, France, Italy and Spain, but contracted for the first time in the UK since last October.... Read More »

VW recalls 5,900 gas-powered Touran minivans

July 6, 2016 22:00 CET

VW is recalling almost 6,000 gas-powered Touran medium minivans worldwide to replace the models' front gas bottles, it said. The recall is due to potential risks that corrosion might cause the gas tank to burst and thus create a "considerable injury risk," VW said.... Read More »

VW escapes cheating fines in Germany as payout pressure mounts

11:14 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2016

Volkswagen AG is set to escape fines from the German Transport Ministry after cheating on emissions tests for years, despite growing public ire over the lack of compensation for European owners of tainted vehicles.... Read More »

VW, BMW, Daimler, others face German steel-price probe

July 5, 2016 11:15 CET

VW Group, Daimler, BMW and suppliers Bosch and ZF said they were cooperating with German authorities after their offices were searched as part of a steel price-fixing investigation.... Read More »

German automakers expect strong H2 sales growth

July 4, 2016 12:51 CET

German automakers expect strong sales growth to continue in the second half of the year after deliveries in Europe's No. 1 market jumped 8 percent in June, a leading lobby group said. Six-month sales were up 7 percent.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Brexit looks bleaker than the worst-case scenarios

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2016

Ten days into the digestion of a United Kingdom vote for a separation from the European Union, and the analysis is crystal clear: Brexit is a flat-out mess. A quagmire. Its potential impact has some leaders worried that even their worst-case scenarios weren't bad enough.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for July

July 4, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready to view. This month's edition looks at how Volvo has turned itself into a legitimate rival to Germany's top premium brands.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

As Brexit unfolds, it's best to keep calm and carry on

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2016

Despite the uncertainty for global automakers and suppliers arising from Great Britain's vote to withdraw from the European Union, the immediate impact on the U.S. auto market appears to be modest.... Read More »

Aston Martin CEO sees short-run lift from Brexit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2016

There's a silver lining of export opportunity in the U.K.'s radical departure from the European Union, says Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.... Read More »

Classic cars with Brexit benefits

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2016

Jaguar Land Rover and other U.K.-based automakers may be worried about the effects of Brexit, but Britain leaving the EU could be a boon for one tiny backwater of the British auto industry: Classic-car dealers.... Read More »

Vandalism is a hazard of electric car-sharing, at least in Paris

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2016

One downside of car-sharing services: Vandalism... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

May cool heads prevail in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2016

Nobody likes uncertainty. When people and companies don't have the slightest idea what's going on, they panic.... Read More »

10 questions about Brexit's impact on the auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2016

A look at some of the key questions for the auto industry arising from the U.K.'s historic vote to leave the European Union.... Read More »

France June sales up 1% as VW, PSA declines hit market

July 1, 2016 12:36 CET

Sales of new cars in France rose less than 1 percent in June as an 11 percent decline by VW Group, which is still feeling the fallout from its diesel-emissions cheating scandal, and a 5 percent decrease at PSA Group offset gains by Renault, Fiat and BMW.... Read More »

BMW to develop driverless car tech with Intel, Mobileye

July 1, 2016 15:43 CET

BMW is teaming up with Intel and Mobileye to develop new technology for the auto industry that could put self-driving cars on the road by around 2021. The partners said their new platform would be made available to multiple carmakers, without saying whether they were already in talks over any deals.... Read More »

JLR chief Speth 'regrets' Brexit process

July 1, 2016 17:34 CET

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth says he “regrets” the political process that lead to the UK's exit from the EU, indicating that the British people weren't properly informed about the consequences of a Brexit.... Read More »

 
PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7 2016

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How to push self-driving tech to the limits without the risks

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6 2016

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There's a risk-free way to push autonomous cars to their limits. A simulator in the UK is going to d ...
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Volvo defies gravity

Luca Ciferri
8:33 am U.S. ET | July 5 2016

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Volvo doesn't consider itself a true global player in the premium segment. ...
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BMW CEO scores first big win with Intel, Mobileye deal

Christiaan Hetzner
10:40 am U.S. ET | July 2 2016

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Led by CEO Harald Krueger, BMW's strong push into autonomous driving with Intel and Mobileye could b ...
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Why Europe's car buyer categories need a shake-up

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:49 am U.S. ET | July 1 2016

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Johnson Controls says current car buyer categories aren't telling the full story. ...
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Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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UK's June car sales fall; gov't asked for support
UK car sales fell for only the second time in more than four years in June, prompting an industry bo ...
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W. Europe car sales up 6% in June despite UK decline
Western European car registrations increased nearly 6 percent in June as demand rose last month in G ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by rising demand for Audi and Skoda ...
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
Western European car registrations increased 14 percent in May as demand rose last month in Germany, ...
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
Mercedes outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month t ...
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
Fiat Chrysler as appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer. ...
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VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi
VW Group's Seat brand has recruited Audi veteran Wayne Griffiths as its new sales and marketing boss ...
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Daimler lures exec from Citroen to lead digital sales unit at Mercedes
Daimler has hired a former Citroen executive to run a new department focused on technology sales and ...
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FCA's U.S. communications chief Ranieri returns to Italy
Gualberto Ranieri, the senior vice president for communications for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' subsidiary, FCA US, has returned to Italy, seven years after arriving to work... ...
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Former Audi, Mercedes exec named new Cadillac Europe boss
GM has appointed former Audi and Mercedes executive Felix Weller as head of Cadillac Europe as it tr ...
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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