Western Europe

Lotus CEO 'confident' he can return brand to profit

Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales says he's “confident” he can make the money-losing brand profitable again by cutting jobs, adding dealers and boosting the sports car maker's lineup.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Lotus' timeless 'tub'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales sees no reason to change the British sport car maker's timeless bonded aluminum “tub" because he says it remains a benchmark for vehicle dynamics and fuel efficiency.... Read More »

 

Fiat will suspend Panda production at Italy plant as demand falls

Sept. 19, 2014 18:00 CET
Fiat will temporarily suspend production at its Pomigliano plant in southern Italy from Oct. 16-27 amid weak demand. The Fiat Panda minicar is built at the factory.... Read More »

 

EU antitrust chief says more cartel fines on way for suppliers

Sept. 19, 2014 12:41 CET
EU regulators say they are ready to penalize several suppliers found guilty of price fixing. The EU has already fined two supplier cartels more than 1 billion euros in the last year.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler locates new HQ in London's West End

Sept. 18, 2014 15:58 CET
Fiat Chrysler will locate its new global headquarters in St James's Street in London's West End, near Buckingham Palace. London is neutral territory between the Italian carmaker's former HQ in Turin and Chrysler's historic association with Detroit.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

EVs, small SUVs are winners in first half

Sept. 17, 2014 06:30 CET
The European car market underwent a big shake-up in the first half as there was a change at the top of nine of the 24 segments tracked by Automotive News Europe. The biggest gainers were electric vehicles and small SUVs.... Read More »

 

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Premium automakers push into profitable niche segments in H1

Sept. 17, 2014 06:30 CET
Premium automakers are progressively pushing volume rivals out of profit-rich niches such as coupes and convertibles. In the first half, 67 percent of all coupes sold in Europe were from premium brands, up from 55 percent in 2013.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Honda reveals longer, sleeker, sportier Jazz

Sept. 17, 2014 12:44 CET
Honda has released pictures of its near-production next-generation Jazz subcompact, which show a bigger, sportier-looking model than the current car. The Jazz is Honda's No. 3-selling model in Europe after the Civic and CR-V.... Read More »

 

VW boosts German brands' market share in China

Sept. 16, 2014 10:32 CET
VW Group's lead in China's compact sedan market this year has helped boost German automakers' share of the overall car market to 24 percent in July from 21 percent at the end of 2013.... Read More »

 

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European automakers reduce company-owned dealerships

Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Volkswagen, which has Europe's biggest company-owned dealership network, aims, along with other carmakers, to reduce the number of its wholly owned retail outlets.... Read More »

 

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Pendragon No. 1 in latest ranking of Europe's top independent dealer groups

Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
UK car retailer Pendragon has topped Automotive News Europe's 2014 Guide to Europe's Biggest Dealers for the second consecutive year. The list ranks independent European dealer groups by 2013 revenue using data from auto retail analyst ICDP.... Read More »

 

Hyundai seeks boost from sporty 3-door i20

Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Hyundai hopes that a sporty three-door coupe version of its i20 will give it a boost in Europe's key subcompact segment, where the automaker's current-generation offerings have lagged behind competitors.... Read More »

 

Peugeot heirs return to making pepper grinders after losing car legacy

Sept. 12, 2014 15:41 CET
The heirs of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's founder are returning to the business of making pepper grinders -- among the first of the family's 19th century industrial activities -- in their latest move to diversify away from auto manufacturing.... Read More »

 

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Auto sector faltered in Q2

Sept. 12, 2014 06:15 CET
European automakers, suppliers and retailers experienced mixed fortunes in the second quarter of 2014, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices.... Read More »

 

Mercedes reorganizes manufacturing operations to reduce costs

Sept. 10, 2014 11:44 CET
Mercedes is reorganizing its manufacturing operations away from a production network controlled by individual factories to a leaner system centered around vehicle architectures and model lines.... Read More »

 

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Supercar sales forecast to rise more than 60% in Europe by 2017

Sept. 9, 2014 06:15 CET
European sales of supercars are on the rebound as automakers begin to replace aging models and consumer confidence returns after the recession. Models such as BMW's i8 are forecast to boost volume by over 60 percent through 2017, IHS Automotive says.... Read More »

 

ZF's takeover bid for TRW causes stir in supplier's German home town

Sept. 9, 2014 17:09 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen's potential $11 billion takeover of TRW Automotive surprised and unsettled workers in the supplier's home town of Friedrichshafen, Germany. ZF's bid for TRW shows the financial might of Germany's stolid privately held companies.... Read More »

 

Renault will build Bollore's electric Bluecars

Sept. 9, 2014 09:51 CET
Renault signed a partnership deal to build electric cars for French billionaire Vincent Bollore's car-share programs. The companies will also carry out a feasibility study for Renault to make a new three-seat EV to be sold to consumers, companies and municipalities.... Read More »

 

Western European car sales extend mixed recovery

Sept. 5, 2014 06:30 CET
Western European car sales rose 1 percent in August, the 12th consecutive monthly gain, as faltering German, French and Italian demand was offset by strong gains in the UK and Spain.... Read More »

 

Mazda names new sales chief for Europe

Sept. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda veteran Martijn ten Brink is the automaker's new head of sales in Europe. He takes on the role at a time when the brand is enjoying a resurgence following the launch of new models.... Read More »

 

VW cancels night shifts amid Golf production problems

Sept. 3, 2014 15:19 CET
VW has agreed with German labor representatives to reduce the number of night shifts at its Wolfsburg factory to help the automaker fix problems that have stifled output of its top-selling Golf.... Read More »

 

German, French and Italian car sales fall in August

Sept. 2, 2014 11:25 CET
New-car sales in Germany, France and Italy all fell slightly in August, a seasonally weak vacation month, while Spain's subsidy-led recovery continued.... Read More »

 

Europe business chamber says China won't force foreign suppliers to form JVs

Sept. 2, 2014 12:19 CET
Recent media reports that China will force foreign automotive suppliers to form joint ventures with local companies are unfounded, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said.... Read More »

 

Spanish car sales rise 14% in August

Sept. 1, 2014 11:47 CET
Spain's new-car sales rose 14 percent to 45,355 in August, the twelfth straight month of increases, car manufacturers' association Anfac said.... Read More »

 

French car sales drop 3% on weak August demand

Sept. 1, 2014 10:45 CET
French car sales fell 3 percent last month, led by an 11 percent drop at Renault. PSA sales fell in line with the market, while VW deliveries rose 11 percent, boosted by gains at Skoda.... Read More »

 

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