Western Europe

Opel CEO says it will be difficult to break even in 2016

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2016

General Motors' European division Opel is struggling to reach profitability this year because of the effects of Britain's decision to leave the European Union, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Penske Automotive passes Pendragon to become Europe's No. 1 dealer group

Nov. 16, 2016 06:01 CET

Penske Automotive has taken the No. 1 spot from Pendragon in the 2016 Guide to Europe's Biggest Dealer Groups compiled by automotive distribution researchers ICDP for Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Daimler, BMW, VW said to discuss extending EV charging network with German service station operator

Nov. 16, 2016 10:17 CET

Daimler, BMW and VW are in discussions with a German autobahn service station operator about extending the country's network of charging stations, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2016

Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marque's independence so that its image would not be tarnished. But in private, he soon started pushing the two brands to work together.... Read More »

Zetsche tells German Green party he shares vision of zero-emission cars

Nov. 14, 2016 13:17 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche braved a frosty reception as the guest speaker at a party congress held by Germany's Green party, where he told delegates he too wants emissions-free cars on the roads.... Read More »

TRUMP: THE ROAD AHEAD

Europe makes a plea to keep trade open

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2016

BMW CEO Harald Kruger appealed to the incoming Trump administration to maintain free trade, not just because of BMW's new $1 billion Mexican factory but also to protect the automaker's plant in Spartanburg, S.C.... Read More »

Tesla will seek sites for European factory next year

Nov. 11, 2016 12:10 CET

Tesla will begin looking for locations in Europe next year for a "gigafactory" to make cars and the battery cells to power them. The move follows Tesla's announcement that it will buy German robotics and automated manufacturing specialist Grohmann Engineering.... Read More »

Toyota Europe aims to strengthen brand image with new media business plan

Nov. 11, 2016 14:27 CET

Toyota Europe says it aims to strengthen its brand image in Europe and create a more customer-centric business model by moving its creative, digital, content and media business to a new agency which will create a network of dedicated hubs called &Toyota for the automaker.... Read More »

Ghosn sees time-saving perks in autonomous driving

Nov. 10, 2016 16:23 CET

The most exciting part of autonomous-driving technology will be the extra two hours drivers will gain on average per day when they no longer have to sit behind the wheel, the CEO of Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, said.... Read More »

Renault referred to prosecutors over diesel emissions

Nov. 9, 2016 19:10 CET

Renault faces a criminal investigation over its diesel emissions after French officials passed a file to prosecutors detailing suspicions that the automaker's engine technologies broke the law.... Read More »

German carmakers concerned U.S. could damage global trade

Nov. 9, 2016 11:35 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller and Germany's VDA auto industry association expressed concerns that the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President could have a negative effect on automakers.... Read More »

Brexit vote not changing customer behavior, UK dealer group Lookers says

Nov. 9, 2016 12:22 CET

Car dealership Lookers posted an 11 percent increase in gross profit from new cars in the first nine months of the year and said UK customers have not significantly changed their buying habits since the Brexit vote.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Toyota exec Leroy expects Europe sales to get big boost from C-HR

Nov. 9, 2016 06:01 CET

In the eighteen years since he joined Toyota, Didier Leroy has become one of the automaker's most powerful executives. The Toyota Europe chairman recently shared his bullish outlook for the automaker in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

BMW's UK workers back strike action over pension dispute

Nov. 8, 2016 17:18 CET

Workers at BMW Group's Mini and Rolls-Royce car plants in the UK have backed strike action in a consultative ballot over plans by the automaker to move staff to a less generous pension plan.... Read More »

Tesla to buy Germany's Grohmann Engineering to ramp up automated manufacturing

Nov. 8, 2016 14:19 CET

Tesla says it will buy the German company Grohmann Engineering to improve its automated manufacturing systems. The deal will help the electric-car maker ramp up its production in a bid to reach its target of 500,000 vehicles by the year 2018.... Read More »

OMARI GARDNER

Why I picked a dealership 2,355 miles from home

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

Six franchised BMW dealerships are within a reasonable drive from my home in Michigan. But I chose to lease my next car from a store 2,355 miles from my front door.... Read More »

Nissan says UK gave assurances before making new investments

Nov. 7, 2016 13:58 CET

Nissan's co-CEO, Hiroto Saikawa, said the automaker was given assurances by the UK government that the auto industry would be kept competitive after Brexit prior to the automaker's announcement last month that it would make new investments in the country.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover scraps plans to lease UK's Silverstone racetrack

Nov. 7, 2016 11:07 CET

Jaguar Land Rover said it was no longer seeking to lease or buy Silverstone in a blow to the owners of the British Grand Prix track which had been seeking ways to boost the site's finances.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for November

Nov. 7, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at how Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has Mercedes poised to overtake BMW and reclaim the title of world's top-selling premium brand.... Read More »

STAR POWER

'The turning point for Mercedes'

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

After falling behind in the global luxury race, CEO Dieter Zetsche has put Mercedes-Benz in a position to overtake BMW.... Read More »

W. Europe car sales fall 1% in October on weaker Germany, France

Nov. 4, 2016 16:32 CET

Western European car sales fell 1 percent in October as gains in the UK, Italy and Spain failed to offset drops in Germany and France.... Read More »

Post-Brexit private sales drop in UK offset by higher business demand

Nov. 4, 2016 12:33 CET

UK new-car registrations rose 1.4 percent last month, with an increase in fleet sales helping to offset a continued slump in private demand following the country's decision to quit the EU.... Read More »

Suzuki lifts annual profit outlook on robust India and Europe sales

Nov. 4, 2016 15:38 CET

Suzuki raised its annual operating profit forecast after quarterly results beat estimates thanks to strong vehicle sales in India and Europe. The automaker now sees operating profit climbing 2.4 percent after it had previously forecast a profit decline of 7.8 percent.... Read More »

BMW to await Brexit outcome before making UK investment decisions on Mini

Nov. 4, 2016 13:32 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger said the automaker is not under pressure to decide about making further investments in its Mini factory in the UK until the country has concluded negotiations on leaving the EU.... Read More »

VW gets approval to fix rigged 1.6-liter diesel engines

Nov. 4, 2016 13:03 CET

VW Group has received regulatory approval for technical fixes on models with 1.6-liter diesel engines, the automaker said today. This will allow the company to recall another 2.6 million cars affected by its diesel-emissions scandal in Europe.... Read More »

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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W. Europe car sales fall 1% in October on weaker Germany, France
Western European car sales fell 1 percent in October as gains in the UK, Italy and Spain failed to o ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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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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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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