Western Europe

MARCH SALES

Spain sales rise 2% despite accelerating diesel slump

April 6, 2018 15:58 CET

New-car sales in Spain rose 2 percent in March, despite a big drop in diesel registrations and two fewer working days.... Read More »

VW cancels all contracts with rebel supplier

April 6, 2018 10:42 CET

VW has canceled its contracts with Prevent Group, the supplier that forced the automaker to idle six factories after it stopped parts deliveries. VW says the action is aimed at avoiding future production disruptions.... Read More »

Ford wins approval for German banking license to offset Brexit risk

April 6, 2018 11:28 CET

Ford won approval from the European Central Bank to set up a bank in Germany as part of its strategy to mitigate any risk from Britain leaving the EU.... Read More »

MARCH SALES

Italy sales fall 6% amid political uncertainty

April 6, 2018 06:01 CET

New-car sales in Italy fell 6 percent in March, partly hit by customers postponing purchases as politicians negotiated to form a new government following recent elections.... Read More »

MICHAEL MARTINEZ

BLOG: How Jim Farley saved Ford $6 million in one day

3:51 pm U.S. ET | April 5, 2018

Amid an aggressive restructuring in Europe, Jim Farley was able to wring some extra cash from an unlikely place: workers' closets.... Read More »

MARCH SALES

UK sales slump 16% as diesel demand plunges

April 5, 2018 09:41 CET

Demand for new diesel cars in Britain plunged by more than a third in March, pushing down total registrations by 16 percent.... Read More »

PSA will decide on future of UK Astra plant in 2020

April 5, 2018 07:38 CET

PSA could wait until 2020 to decide on the future of its Vauxhall car plant in Ellesmere Port, England, as it improves efficiency and awaits the outcome of Brexit talks, CEO Carlos Tavares said.... Read More »

Ride-hailing, car-sharing apps thrive during French rail strike

April 5, 2018 11:30 CET

A handful of ride-hailing and car-sharing apps in France, including BlaBlaCar and Drivy, are reporting a surge in customers after rail workers began a wave of strikes over government reforms this week.... Read More »

PSA will boost van production at Vauxhall plant in UK

April 4, 2018 11:39 CET

PSA will boost output at Vauxhall's van plant in Luton, England, by adding Peugeot and Citroen models.... Read More »

MARCH SALES

German market falls 3% as diesel decline accelerates

April 4, 2018 14:27 CET

Registrations in Germany fell 3 percent in March with the decline in diesel-car sales accelerating after a court ruled that cities can ban vehicles to tackle pollution.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Risk of diesel bans force automakers to ditch or defend CO2-crucial powertrain

April 4, 2018 06:01 CET

The European auto industry faces a huge problem as consumer fears and the possibility of city bans threaten the future of diesel engines. After investing heavily in the technology, automakers must now decide whether to defend or abandon diesel cars.... Read More »

Ford could 'hypothetically' build EVs in Germany

April 3, 2018 13:35 CET

Ford could 'hypothetically' build EVs in its plant in Cologne after 2023 when the life cycle of its Fiesta is due to end, Ford of Germany Chairman Gunnar Herrmann told the Handelsblatt business daily.... Read More »

PSA said to end Renault-Vauxhall van venture in UK

April 3, 2018 18:06 CET

PSA plans to end a venture between Vauxhall and Renault that makes vans at a plant near London and instead use the capacity to build Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy models alongside future versions of the Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro, reports said.... Read More »

Continental, Osram finalize automotive lighting JV

April 3, 2018 14:40 CET

Continental and Osram have finalized an agreement to create a JV to build automotive lighting modules.... Read More »

Ford 'hypothetically' could make EVs in Germany after 2023, exec says

8:13 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2018

Ford could make electric cars in Germany after 2023, when the life cycle of Ford's Fiesta model is due to end, the head of the carmaker's German business told a newspaper.... Read More »

MARCH SALES

Volvo, Seat show strong gains as French sales rise 2%

April 3, 2018 11:35 CET

French new-car sales increased 2.2 percent in March with Volvo, Seat, Kia and Hyundai recording strong gains from SUVs and crossovers.... Read More »

EV boom leads to reopening of Swedish graphite mine

April 3, 2018 10:05 CET

The race to develop EV batteries is reaching deep into the pine forests of Sweden, where a dormant graphite mine is getting a new lease on life as demand for the carbon material booms.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for April

April 3, 2018 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at the future of diesel. Some believe the diesel engine's time is coming to an end, the European car industry cannot back away from diesels, which are crucial to reaching the EU's CO2 targets.... Read More »

Ghosn seeks Renault-Nissan deal for when 'mere mortal' steps in

6:09 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2018

Carlos Ghosn has revived two troubled automakers and he's in the midst of doing so with a third. Now, he's poised to undertake what might well be his final act: A full merger of Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co.... Read More »

German finance minister aims to avoid diesel bans

March 29, 2018 15:25 CET

Germany must do all it can to avert driving bans for diesel cars, Olaf Scholz, the country's new finance ministers, said, urging cities and local communities to boost investments in charging stations for EVs.... Read More »

Tesla returned to German EV subsidies list, ending row

March 29, 2018 14:11 CET

Tesla buyers in Germany can apply for subsidies again because a government agency has ended its dispute with the U.S. automaker over whether its Model S was too expensive to qualify for an EV incentives scheme.... Read More »

ANE's April issue goes live next week

March 29, 2018 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live next week. The new edition looks at the future of diesel.... Read More »

Faurecia, BMW agree on mega seating deal

March 28, 2018 16:26 CET

Faurecia has won a contract to provide seating for 6 million BMW Group vehicles. It's the French supplier's largest ever deal in terms of volume.... Read More »

PSA CEO backs calls for European battery champ

March 28, 2018 13:13 CET

PSA threw its support behind efforts to create a European manufacturer of EV batteries, as CEO Carlos Tavares warned French lawmakers against letting Asian dominance go unchallenged.... Read More »

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Toyota gives new RAV4 more rugged design

March 28, 2018 06:15 CET

Toyota has chosen a more rugged design for its new RAV4 compact SUV in a bid to boost its sales in Europe's most popular SUV segment. The new, global model will be revealed at the New York auto show today ahead of European sales, which will start in the first quarter of 2019.... Read More »

 
Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a comp ...
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Wesley Wren
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12 2018

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Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, ...
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Bangle's quest to ban banality

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2018

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Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believ ...
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New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2018

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New ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider says plug-in hybrid will be a "great technology for the next 10 to ...
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BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16 2018

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It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for tw ...
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Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14 2018

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Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said. ...
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Alpine, Fiat, Volvo find subtle ways to show national pride

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9 2018

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The pride that Europe's automakers have for their homelands was on display this week at the Geneva a ...
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Jeep overshadows Fiat brand with bigger Geneva spotlight

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7 2018

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Fiat Chrysler's display at this year's Geneva auto show highlights how diminished the once-dominant ...
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Mercedes leads China luxury car sales despite Audi surge
Mercedes brand retained its lead as China's top-selling luxury brand so far this year despite a surg ...
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Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as Europe sales fall 5%
Nissan, Ford and Fiat brand saw their European sales decline steeply in March as industrywide regist ...
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W. Europe sales drop 6% on falling UK, German demand
Western European car sales fell 6 percent in March, weighed down by falling demand in the UK, German ...
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Russia sales forecast to increase 10% in 2018
Russia's sales are forecast to grow 10 percent this year as the market recovers faster than expected ...
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Spain sales rise 2% despite accelerating diesel slump
New-car sales in Spain rose 2 percent in March, despite a big drop in diesel registrations and two f ...
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Italy sales fall 6% amid political uncertainty
New-car sales in Italy fell 6 percent in March, partly hit by customers postponing purchases as poli ...
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UK sales slump 16% as diesel demand plunges
Demand for new diesel cars in Britain plunged by more than a third in March, pushing down total regi ...
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German market falls 3% as diesel decline accelerates
Registrations in Germany fell 3 percent in March with the decline in diesel-car sales accelerating a ...
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Volvo, Seat show strong gains as French sales rise 2%
French new-car sales increased 2.2 percent in March with Volvo, Seat, Kia and Hyundai recording stro ...
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Skoda, Jeep, Hyundai make big gains in Spain as sales rise 13%
Skoda, Jeep, Hyundai and Dacia were among the big winners as Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent i ...
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing c ...
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives ...
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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GM replaces Cadillac chief de Nysschen
GM, seeking an accelerated turnaround at its flagship luxury brand, appointed Steve Carlisle preside ...
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Renault shuffles Dacia, AvtoVAZ bosses
Renault has shuffled the leadership of its Dacia and Lada subsidiaries, appointing Antoine Doucerain ...
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Kia Europe names Herrera new COO
Kia Europe has appointed the head of its Spanish operations, Emilio Herrera, to the position of chie ...
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Bugatti names former Lambo exec as sales chief
Bugatti has named Christian Mastro, a former executive at Lamborghini, as its new sales and marketin ...
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VW names its top U.S. engineer to head new division
VW Group has picked Matthias Erb to lead a newly created interdisciplinary division that spans devel ...
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JLR lures Renault's Alpine boss to head its performance unit
Jaguar Land Rover has appointed Michael van der Sande, the head of Renault's sporty Alpine brand, to ...
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PSA creates new electric vehicle unit
PSA has created a new electric vehicle business unit as it prepares to launch electrified versions o ...
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Rolls-Royce appoints BMW Group veteran as sales chief
Rolls-Royce has appointed veteran BMW Group executive and current head of Mini in China, Henrik Wilh ...
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Nissan names de Ficchy new Europe boss
Nissan has picked finance expert Gianluca de Ficchy to lead its automotive business in Europe. ...
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Autoliv will get new CEO after electronics business spinoff
Autoliv CEO Jan Carlson will become head of the supplier's electronics business, Veoneer. ...
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Hyundai makes Santa Fe more family-friendly
Hyundai hopes more advanced safety and comfort features, better styling and a more refined interior ...
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BMW aims sporty X2 at young buyers
BMW's is aiming its all-new X2 at young and young-at-heart customers.The X2 is a sporty variant of t ...
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With the 720S, McLaren makes a more practical supercar
McLaren has added practical features to its 720S supercar in response to research that showed that m ...
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Nissan Leaf gets big tech, range upgrades
Nissan is counting on its sleeker, more technologically advanced, longer-range Leaf electric car to ...
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Mitsubishi expands reach in compact SUV sector with Eclipse Cross
The arrival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact crossover gives the automaker three models that ...
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Jaguar expects to lure new customers with E-Pace
Jaguar sees the new E-Pace SUV as a conquest vehicle for the brand, with 80 percent of buyers new to ...
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With DS 7, PSA gets upscale flagship
PSA says the DS 7 Crossback will stand out from the competition because of its focus on technology, ...
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BMW makes leaner, sleeker 6-series GT
BMW hopes a more appealing design, greater variability and increased comfort will propel sales of it ...
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Volvo counts on XC40 for conquests
Volvo is counting on its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment to break a lot ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Suppliers to the new Nissan Micra
Assembly of the fifth-generation Nissan Micra began in December 2016 at alliance partner RenaultR ...
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Suppliers to the new Hyundai i30
Assembly of the third-generation Hyundai i30 began in December 2016 at Hyundai's plant in Nosovice, ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
Assembly of the third-generation Ope/Vauxhall Insignia began in March 2016 at the automaker's plant ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford GT
Assembly of the second-generation Ford GT began in October 2016 at Ford's plant in Markham, Canada. ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A5
Assembly of the second-generation Audi A5 began in June 2016 at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary's pl ...
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Suppliers to the new Honda Civic
Assembly of the 10th-generation Honda Civic began in July 2016 in at Honda's plant in Swindon, Engla ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford Fiesta
Assembly of the seventh-generation Ford Fiesta began in May 2017 in at Ford's plant in Cologne, Germ ...
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Suppliers to the new Citroen C3
Assembly of the third-generation Citroen C3 began in September 2016 in at PSA's plant in Trnava, Slo ...
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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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