Western Europe

France's Le Pen says she would seek Trump-style repatriation of car plants

Jan. 10, 2017 11:02 CET

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said she would seek to repatriate production of French vehicles and other industrial goods if she wins office, potentially threatening Renault and PSA plants in low cost countries.... Read More »

VW owners in UK to seek compensation over 'cheat' diesels

Jan. 9, 2017 10:50 CET

UK law firm Harcus Sinclair will launch legal action in Britain against Volkswagen Group, seeking compensation for UK drivers affected by the diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Brexit, German and French elections forecast to stall Europe's auto growth

Jan. 7, 2017 06:01 CET

Europe's auto market is expected to slow considerably after three consecutive years of strong gains due to Brexit and political uncertainty caused by elections in the key markets of Germany and France.... Read More »

Penske to buy U.K. used-only dealership group CarShop

7:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2017

Penske Automotive Group has signed an agreement to buy CarShop, a retailer in the United Kingdom known for selling used cars at fixed retail prices.... Read More »

Annual western European car sales hit highest level since 2007

Jan. 6, 2017 10:18 CET

Car sales in western Europe rose 2.1 percent in December to take the total for the year to just under 14 million vehicles, the best result since 2007, according to industry data compiled by LMC Automotive.... Read More »

UK sales forecast to fall 5% this year after record 2016

Jan. 5, 2017 08:46 CET

UK sales hit a record of 2.7 million in 2016 despite fears that the country's Brexit vote could hit demand. Registrations fell 1 percent in December and the market is forecast to decline by 5 percent this year.... Read More »

German sales jump nearly 4% in Dec. as Toyota leads gains

Jan. 4, 2017 11:37 CET

Registrations in Germany increased by nearly 4 percent in December as Toyota brand led gains among volume automakers, while the scandal-hit VW brand's sales fell sharply. Full-year sales were up 4.5 percent to 3.35 million, a seven-year high.... Read More »

Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December

Jan. 3, 2017 09:51 CET

The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales rose 9 percent in December. Full-year registrations were up 11 percent to 1.15 million.... Read More »

Italy sales rise 13% in December

Jan. 3, 2017 13:03 CET

Italian new-car sales increased 13 percent in December, giving the market its second consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016.... Read More »

VW faces suit seeking to compensate Germans in emissions scandal

7:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2017

Volkswagen is facing a new lawsuit in Germany claiming the company needs to buy back diesel cars, potentially for thousands of drivers, at the full original purchase price because of the emissions scandal.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for January

Jan. 3, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at how automakers are responding to mounting pressure to electrify their powertrains to meet toughening emissions regulations.... Read More »

Tesla postpones Brexit price increase in UK

Jan. 2, 2017 13:16 CET

Tesla customers in the UK may find their Christmas cash goes a little further than expected after the carmaker postponed a price increase by two weeks.... Read More »

French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain

Jan. 2, 2017 10:35 CET

French car sales rose nearly 6 percent percent in December, closing a second consecutive year of strong growth in Europe's third-biggest auto market. FCA, Toyota and VW Group had strong gains while PSA and Renault underperformed the market expansion.... Read More »

Toyota's hybrid bet in Europe finally pays off

Dec. 29, 2016 09:28 CET

Toyota's hybrids push in Europe is finally paying off. The automaker is on track for a 40 percent jump in annual sales of gasoline-electric vehicles in Europe and hybrids are set to account for more than half of Toyota's deliveries for the region by the end of the decade.... Read More »

UK car production heads for highest since 1999

Dec. 22, 2016 10:29 CET

Britain is on course to build more cars this year than in any year since 1999. However Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan, which produce almost two thirds of the UK's output, have warned about the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote and the possibility of tariffs imposed on exports.... Read More »

Norway aims to allow testing of self-driving cars in 2017

Dec. 22, 2016 20:45 CET

The Norwegian government aims to pass a law next spring to allow testing of self-driving vehicles on the country's roads. The move is aimed at giving a competitive edge to Norwegian technology companies as the country seeks to diversify away from the offshore petroleum sector.... Read More »

Merkel said to close off banks-for-cars Brexit deal

Dec. 21, 2016 12:50 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to stiffen German resolve on Brexit, singling out the car industry as vulnerable to any British attempt to strike market-access deals ahead of the UK's exit from the EU.... Read More »

EU parliament critical of delays to new car emissions rules

Dec. 19, 2016 15:21 CET

Several EU countries, including Italy, France and Spain, have delayed the adoption of stricter car emissions tests, despite evidence that this has allowed pollution to go above legal limits, an European Parliament report said. The draft conclusions of the parliament's investigation into the VW emissions testing scandal also blamed delays on the EU executive's desire to protect Europe's car industry following the 2008 financial crisis.... Read More »

Opel will reorganize Corsa, Adam, Mokka output in Europe

Dec. 16, 2016 12:12 CET

Opel is reorganizing output of key small cars to improve production efficiency. The next Mokka X subcompact SUV will move to Germany from Spain while the Adam minicar will switch to Spain from Germany. The Corsa will in future will be built only in Spain for European markets.... Read More »

European sales rise 6% as Renault surges and VW regains share

Dec. 15, 2016 08:41 CET

European new-car sales rose 5.6 percent in November with Renault, Seat, Hyundai, BMW, and Mercedes gaining volume while PSA, Opel, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover were among automakers whose sales fell.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Musk joining Trump advisory team

8:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2016

Musk joining Trump advisory team; New ventures for Microsoft, Volkswagen; Takata delay?; VW gains share in Europe; Toyota projects '17 sales rise; Behind Nissan 'Star Wars' push.... Read More »

Opel prices Ampera-e above BMW i3, Nissan Leaf in its first European market

Dec. 14, 2016 13:00 CET

Opel has priced its Ampera-e battery-electric vehicle higher than the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf EVs in Norway, the first market in Europe for the car.... Read More »

Germany to spend $265 million on hydrogen car support, report says

Dec. 14, 2016 08:43 CET

Germany's Transport Ministry will invest 250 million euros ($265 million) in r&d and infrastructure to help make hydrogen-fueled cars suitable for mass production, a German newspaper said. The government had agreed on a support program for fuel-cell cars that would run until 2026, the report said.... Read More »

Magna considers new plant in Europe; also looking at China, N.A. locations

Dec. 13, 2016 14:23 CET

Magna Steyr may build a new plant in Europe as its Austrian factory runs out of capacity, said Guenther Apfalter, the head of its European business. Slovenia is an option but the contract manufacturer is also looking at locations in North America and China.... Read More »

Toyota C-HR to bank on design, driving dynamics to conquest customers

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2016

Toyota was late to the subcompact crossover party, but it wants to take a big bite out of the segment with the bold design and driving dynamics of its in-your-face C-HR.... Read More »

 
VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to ...
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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2017

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016
European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was dri ...
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Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016
New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country ...
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Turkish sales forecast to drop 10% this year after record 2016
Turkish automotive sales are expected to shrink slightly more than 10 percent this year as lira depreciation hits demand. Sales rose 1. ...
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UK sales forecast to fall 5% this year after record 2016
UK sales hit a record of 2.7 million in 2016 despite fears that the country's Brexit vote could hit ...
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German sales jump nearly 4% in Dec. as Toyota leads gains
Registrations in Germany increased by nearly 4 percent in December as Toyota brand led gains among v ...
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Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December
The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales ros ...
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Italy sales rise 13% in December
Italian new-car sales increased 13 percent in December, giving the market its second consecutive yea ...
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French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain
French car sales rose nearly 6 percent percent in December, closing a second consecutive year of str ...
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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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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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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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Fiat Chrysler names operating chiefs for China, Asia Pacific
Fiat Chrysler named Daphne Zheng as COO of China and Paul Alcala as the operating chief of Asia Paci ...
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Tesla's Autopilot head said to depart as Apple engineer hired
Sterling Anderson, Tesla's director of autopilot programs, has left the maker of electric cars, acco ...
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Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer
Pininfarina's new design chief, Carlo Bonzanigo, will work on an array of automotive and industrial ...
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Porsche race car engineer Hitzinger joins Apple, report says
Apple poached the technical director of Porsche's race car program earlier this year, Manager Magazin reported, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports. ...
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Renault names new EV chief as it prepares for electric-car surge
Renault is placing an experienced troubleshooter, Gilles Normand, in charge of its electric-vehicle ...
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Varroc Lighting appoints former Magneti Marelli executive as CEO
Varroc Lighting Systems has named Stephane Vedie as its CEO, effective immediately. He is the former ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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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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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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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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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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