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DAVID JOLLEY

BLOG: Germany's EV drive gets a supermarket's help

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Aldi, a popular German-based discount supermarket chain, has introduced something that could help its home market get closer to an ambitious target of having 1 million EVs on the road by 2020: free charging.... Read More »

ACEA raises EU car sales growth forecast to 5% from 2%

July 9, 2015 11:54 CET

European car association ACEA revised upward its forecast for 2015 sales in the EU to more than 13 million vehicles, or 5 percent growth, from a previous estimate of 2 percent. Demand remains below the 2007 peak of almost 16 million cars, ACEA added.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Interiors sector will get smaller, but not too small

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

Grupo Antolin's planned purchase of most of Magna's interiors operations and JCI's possible sale of its seating business are just the beginning of the upheaval in the automotive interiors world. The sector, however, will remain competitive, an expert with vast M&A experience said.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Small SUV sales forecast to nearly double in Europe's top markets

July 9, 2015 06:15 CET

Small SUV sales in Europe's five largest car markets are forecast to nearly double to 931,000 units by 2018, led by fast-rising demand in France, the UK and Italy, according to IHS Automotive, which also sees the segment growing more than 70 percent to 1.3 million units Europewide by 2020.... Read More »

Greek sales slide amid broader European rebound

July 7, 2015 10:35 CET

New-car sales in Greece fell 22 percent last month, the sharpest drop of any western European car market, amid political uncertainty. Registrations across the region rose 14 percent to 1.31 million as the UK, Germany, France and Spain delivered double-digit percentage gains.... Read More »

UK new-car sales rise 13% in June boosted by low finance deals

July 6, 2015 10:55 CET

UK new-car registrations in June increased 13 percent to 257,817. The increase meant that sales were up by 7 percent in the first six months to 1.37 million, which marked the best half-year performance on record.... Read More »

France to unify EV-charging networks

July 6, 2015 14:15 CET

The French government plans to make it easier for drivers of electric cars to charge their vehicles by unifying certain features of the country's various EV-charging networks by decree before the end of this year, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for July

July 6, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Skoda's rising sales and profits both help and hinder its parent, VW Group.... Read More »

Germany issues fines to 5 suppliers for price fixing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Federal German Cartel Office has fined five automotive acoustic parts suppliers a total of 75 million euros ($83.1 million) for their roles in price fixing.... Read More »

Austria deal to ease JLR production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to build vehicles at Magna Steyr's plant in Graz, Austria, to ease production constraints in the United Kingdom.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why Ford stumbled with the EcoSport

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Ford stumbled with the EcoSport and was forced to make a quick redesign to address poor sales. So what went wrong?... Read More »

CLEPA names Brembo exec as next president

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

European suppliers association CLEPA named Brembo executive Roberto Vavassori as its next president. Vavassori will help to carry forward CLEPA's priorities that include CO2 emissions, vehicle safety, connectivity, automated driving and a successful conclusion of an EU-U.S. trade pact.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Swedish royalty and the XC90

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

The Volvo XC90 has become synonymous with the Swedish royal family on multiple levels.... Read More »

Citroen will drop hydropneumatic suspension

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen will stop selling cars equipped with its once-renowned hydropneumatic suspension system. Instead it's working on “new technologies” to ensure that a comfortable ride remains at the heart of the French brand's top models, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

ANE's July e-magazine goes live Monday

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, July 6. This month's edition looks at why Skoda's rising sales and profits both help and hinder its parent, VW Group.... Read More »

German car sales rose 13% in June, helped by extra sales days

July 2, 2015 12:05 CET

New-car registrations in Germany increased 13 percent in June, helped by two extra sales days and a growing economy. The surge mirrors strong gains in France, Italy and Spain, suggesting the region is maintaining its steady recovery despite worries about a Greek exit from the euro.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover signs deal with Magna Steyr to build cars in Austria

July 2, 2015 08:46 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to have Magna Steyr build an unspecified number of JLR models. Magna Steyr will make the vehicles at its factory in Graz, Austria, because JLR’s three British plants are operating close to capacity.... Read More »

VW worker killed by robot in Germany

July 2, 2015 11:39 CET

Volkswagen said a contractor was crushed to death by a robot at its German components factory in Kassel. The 21-year-old worker was setting up the robot on an electric motor assembly line when it grabbed him and forced him against a metal plate.... Read More »

Spanish new-car sales jump 24% as scrappage program boosts demand

July 1, 2015 12:31 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 24 percent in June as a government-backed subsidy scheme continued to boost demand. In the first six months, sales increased 22 percent.... Read More »

French car sales rise 15% in June on extra working days

July 1, 2015 11:14 CET

French new-car sales increased 15 percent in June as two extra working days helped to lift registrations to the biggest monthly gain in four years.... Read More »

Greek exit from euro could bring stability, German auto lobby group says

July 1, 2015 09:54 CET

Germany's auto industry lobby group, the VDA, believes a Greek exit from the eurozone may be necessary despite the setback this may bring for Europe's fragile recovery in new-car sales. Automakers are monitoring the potential effects on capital markets and exchange rates if Greece leaves the European single currency – dubbed Grexit.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover will make China chief its Europe boss, source says

July 1, 2015 10:45 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will move Bob Grace, its China chief, to lead its European unit, a source said. The company's new China chief will have to deal with slowing industrywide demand amid a prolonged government crackdown on graft and conspicuous consumption, which has hit luxury car sales.... Read More »

Citroen CEO confirms next C5 for China; Europe future unclear

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen will replace its C5 midsize model, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe, but she would only confirm that the next-generation car would be sold in China. Jackson said there is a “question mark” over whether Citroen would sell the replacement in Europe.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

New VW brand boss Diess needs to cut costs, boost profits

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

VW brand will have a new boss for the first time since 2007 when former BMW development chief Herbert Diess takes control. His tasks as successor to Martin Winterkorn, who remains VW Group CEO, include reining in costs, increasing profitability and making the brand a stronger player in the U.S.... Read More »

Europe's car output may grow as China costs rise, VW exec says

June 29, 2015 12:12 CET

Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, Martin Jahn, managing director of VW Group Fleet International, said.... Read More »

 
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