Western Europe

GM will not "rationalize" Vauxhall plants, UK minister says

Feb. 16, 2017 16:11 CET

British business minister Greg Clark said he had been reassured by GM that the automaker did not intend to "rationalize" its Vauxhall operations. Clark made the comments after meeting with GM to discuss its plan to sell Opel/Vauxhall to PSA Group.... Read More »

GM assurances result in German minister backing PSA-Opel deal

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2017

Germany expects PSA Group's proposed acquisition of General Motors' Opel business to go ahead, a minister said on Thursday, after the U.S. carmaker sought to allay fears of large-scale plant closures.... Read More »

VW said to reduce Passat output in Germany due to parts shortage

Feb. 16, 2017 12:06 CET

VW has been forced to reduce production of Passat cars at its Emden plant in Germany because of a shortage of components caused by a fire at one of its suppliers, a report said.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia launch captive finance arm in Germany

Feb. 16, 2017 06:01 CET

Hyundai and Kia plan to support their new-car sales in Europe by launching a captive financial services business, breaking away from partner Santander and starting with the foundation of a bank in Germany.... Read More »

Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January

Feb. 16, 2017 09:45 CET

Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possible purchase of the GM unit by the French automaker. Europe registrations rose 10 percent last month, driven by extra selling days and robust demand in nearly all of the region's key markets.... Read More »

GM, PSA bosses defend Opel deal under political fire

Feb. 15, 2017 13:36 CET

GM and PSA mobilized their CEOs to defend PSA's planned acquisition of GM's Opel against a German-led backlash that could derail the deal even before its terms are finalized.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

Barra says PSA-Opel deal would benefit both companies

Feb. 15, 2017 11:24 CET

General Motors CEO Mary Barra told employees that combining GM's Opel and Vauxhall business with PSA's brands would be beneficial for both companies... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

UK plants at risk if GM offloads Vauxhall

Feb. 15, 2017 10:01 CET

GM's potential sale of its Opel/Vauxhall operations to PSA has led to fears that the automaker's two UK factories may be shuttered. GM builds the Astra compact car and light commercial vans in England.... Read More »

Daimler strikes EV agreement with workers at German plant

Feb. 14, 2017 14:23 CET

Daimler has struck an agreement with workers at Mercedes's biggest transmission factory in Germany, under which work on electric vehicles will be based at the plant.... Read More »

Grammer looks to counter Hastor family with stake sale to China's Ningbo

Feb. 14, 2017 11:07 CET

German automotive interiors maker Grammer plans to sell a stake to China's Ningbo as the supplier looks to counter activist shareholders, the Hastor family. Carmakers have grown concerned about the family's attempts to expand their influence over Grammer since a dispute between two other companies controlled by the family and VW Group resulted in stoppages of VW's Golf assembly line.... Read More »

EU clears German plan for EV charging network

Feb. 14, 2017 12:03 CET

The European Commission approved German plans for an EV charging network. The plan will require that the electricity comes from renewable energy sources, with contracts awarded through an open tender process.... Read More »

Land Rover Defender's spirit to be revived by chemical company

Feb. 14, 2017 09:33 CET

Jaguar Land Rover halted production of the original Land Rover Defender over a year ago, but now Ineos Group, a company better known for chemical production, is bankrolling an attempt at reviving the rugged model's heritage.... Read More »

Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites

Feb. 13, 2017 11:06 CET

New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after the Brexit vote caused a surge in used-car imports from the UK.... Read More »

VW talks with union break down, leaving costs deal in limbo

Feb. 13, 2017 10:02 CET

VW Group's talks with unions over the implementation of its turnaround plan were broken off on Monday, leaving in limbo a deal on cost-cutting following the automaker's damaging diesel emissions scandal.... Read More »

Ghosn sees closer Renault-Nissan ties if France sells stake

Feb. 10, 2017 13:07 CET

Renault and Nissan are ready to forge closer capital ties but will only do so if France sells its Renault stake, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. "The day the French state decides to get out, everything is open, and I can tell you it won't take too much time," Ghosn said.... Read More »

Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss

Feb. 10, 2017 15:00 CET

Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to CEO Dieter Zetsche, will leave the company "at his own request and for personal reasons." Zetsche will take over Bernhard's duties until a successor is named.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Nissan's new weapon in pickup war

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

With Titan King Cab, Nissan steps up full-size pickup war; Mopar Challengers; Renault-Nissan's 'complicated' relationship with France; Tesla site ripe for UAW?; Future car interiors.... Read More »

PSA referred to French prosecutors over emissions

Feb. 10, 2017 10:32 CET

PSA has been referred to prosecutors over suspected diesel-emissions cheating in France. PSA, which has until now largely avoided scrutiny, is the fourth automaker to be referred for possible prosecution by authorities. The others are VW Group, Renault and Fiat Chrysler.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Citroen sees small SUV concept replacing C3 Picasso

Feb. 9, 2017 06:01 CET

Citroen will reveal a small SUV concept at the Geneva auto show next month that previews a future rival to the Renault Captur and Fiat 500X as well as a replacement for the C3 Picasso in the shrinking subcompact minivan segment.... Read More »

EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says

Feb. 9, 2017 10:55 CET

Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year's 6.8 percent gain, said European auto industry association ACEA. "Uncertainty is expected to overshadow 2017," ACEA said, citing political developments such as elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands.... Read More »

McLaren will move chassis output to UK from Austria

Feb. 9, 2017 10:20 CET

McLaren will invest nearly 50 million pounds ($62 million) to bring production of its carbon fiber chassis to northern England from Austria, a move it said was initiated long before the Brexit vote. McLaren will begin building the facility in Sheffield this year with full production due to begin by 2020.... Read More »

UK plans to remove key barrier for self-driving cars

Feb. 9, 2017 09:53 CET

The UK plans to introduce new insurance rules to ensure victims of accidents involving self-driving cars are compensated quickly in a bid to remove a major obstacle for a growing branch of the industry. The global market for autonomous cars is estimated to be worth 900 billion pounds ($1.1 trillion) worldwide by 2025.... Read More »

Volvo upbeat on 2017 after 66% earnings jump

Feb. 8, 2017 08:58 CET

Volvo Cars reported double-digit improvements in 2016 earnings and revenue on Wednesday and forecast that 2017 would be another strong year for the automaker. Operating profit rose 66 percent to 11 billion Swedish crowns ($1.24 billion) and revenue increased 10 percent to 180.7 billion crowns.... Read More »

VW top execs accused of undermining cost-cuts deal

Feb. 8, 2017 16:48 CET

VW Group's works council has accused executives including brand chief Herbert Diess of undermining a cost-cutting deal forged late last year. Labor leaders said the managers had breached the November pact by ruling out possible hirings in the first half of 2017 and cutting temporary jobs more quickly and deeply than agreed.... Read More »

BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand

Feb. 8, 2017 15:25 CET

BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills the hole left by Karim Habib's departure last month and helps address some of the upheaval at the luxury carmaker's styling department.... Read More »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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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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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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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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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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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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