Western Europe

Geely takes big stake in Denmark's Saxo Bank

May 9, 2017 11:43 CET

A co-founder of Denmark's Saxo Bank has agreed to sell his 26 percent stake in the company to a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Geely Holding, marking the group's first foray into financial services.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline

May 8, 2017 06:01 CET

Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising demand for SUVs and crossovers. Sales of models such as the VW Touran and Renault Scenic are likely to be hit.... Read More »

Keeping on-hold callers holding on

1:08 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2017

Instead of having on-hold callers listen to a single repetitious message or the sound of silence, a UK dealership has found a way to put the time to good use.... Read More »

De Meo to speak at Europe congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2017

Luca de Meo, president of Seat, Volkswagen Group's Spanish subsidiary, will be the keynote speaker at the Automotive News Europe Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on June 21.... Read More »

Pro-EU candidate Macron wins French presidency

May 7, 2017 20:02 CET

France broke with the populist wave that led to Brexit and President Donald Trump's election by choosing pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron as its new leader. Macron's election could be good news for Renault and PSA if he carries through policies to give companies more labor flexibility.... Read More »

UK mulls scrappage scheme for most polluting vehicles

May 5, 2017 13:46 CET

The British government could introduce a scrappage scheme to get the most polluting cars off its roads and charge some drivers of older vehicles to enter parts of the country. The proposed measures will likely accelerate the decline of diesel cars in Europe's second-biggest market.... Read More »

FRENCH ELECTION

Le Pen victory could hurt Renault, PSA

May 5, 2017 09:46 CET

France's presidential election could have repercussions for Renault and PSA. Front-runner Emmanuel Macron has battled with Carlos Ghosn over state influence at Renault, while his rival Marine Le Pen's protectionist policies could impact PSA's efforts to turn around Germany's Opel.... Read More »

Tesla in talks to resolve issues with Grohmann clients VW, BMW, Daimler

May 5, 2017 09:38 CET

Tesla is seeking to resolve issues with legacy customers of its Grohmann engineering unit that included BMW, VW and Daimler. Before being bought by Tesla, Grohmann helped clients to build highly automated and efficient factories, including battery assembly lines for electric cars.... Read More »

APRIL SALES

Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost

May 4, 2017 10:59 CET

New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat, along with Fiat, Ford and Toyota all increased volume.... Read More »

Chinese supplier plans electric car factory in Germany

May 4, 2017 18:56 CET

China's Beijing WKW Automotive will invest as much as $1.24 billion on an electric car factory in the eastern German state of Saxony, according to a statement by the regional government.... Read More »

India's Mahindra stops EV sales in UK

May 4, 2017 13:59 CET

Mahindra has stopped selling electric cars in the UK due to weak sales, a year after it launched the e2o car in a market it considered a launchpad for selling EVs in other key European countries.... Read More »

APRIL SALES

Premium brands gain ground as UK sales plunge 20%

May 4, 2017 10:56 CET

UK new-car registrations slumped 20 percent in April, the biggest year-on-year drop for over six years after customers brought forward purchases in March to avoid a tax hike. Germany's premium brands outsold Vauxhall and VW while Ford retained its No. 1 spot.... Read More »

APRIL SALES

German sales fall 8% as diesel share declines

May 3, 2017 14:34 CET

German new-car registrations fell 8 percent in April as buyers turned away from diesel cars and fewer selling days hit showroom traffic. Most larger brands saw sales decline except Fiat, Dacia, Toyota and Seat.... Read More »

Renault, Skoda and Citroen among winners as Italy sales fall 5%

May 3, 2017 11:54 CET

New-car registrations in Italy fell 4.6 percent last month with most major automakers losing volume except Renault, Skoda, BMW and Citroen.... Read More »

Renault, PSA suffer as French sales decline 6%

May 2, 2017 10:06 CET

French registrations fell 6 percent in April on two fewer selling days. Domestic automakers Renault and PSA saw sales fall while VW Group's volume rose as its Seat and Skoda brands showed strong growth.... Read More »

BMW picks German plant for iNext production

May 2, 2017 13:47 CET

BMW said it will begin production of its iNext flagship electric car in 2021 at its factory in Dingolfing, southern Germany. The iNext will be BMW's first vehicle capable of Level 3 autonomy.... Read More »

Automotive News Europe names the 2017 Rising Stars winners

May 1, 2017 06:01 CET

Sixteen young and talented automotive executives have been named as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

EU regulators drop antitrust probe into Faurecia, others

May 1, 2017 10:50 CET

EU antitrust regulators scrapped an investigation into Faurecia, Eberspaecher and Tenneco, three years after raiding the suppliers and others on suspicion of anti-competitive practices.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for May

May 1, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at how Seat ended more than a decade of losses and why it expects to become a reliable moneymaker for parent VW Group.... Read More »

Ford returns to roots

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2017

Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford and sons Nick, left, and Will, right, visited The Henry Ford Tavern in the family's ancestral village of Ballinascarthy in County Cork, Ireland. Ford was visiting in April to commemorate the automaker's 100th anniversary in the country.
The great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford unveiled a plaque and bench in Ballinascarthy, met with former Ford factory employees and spoke at a gala dinner in Cork City Hall.... Read More »

Peugeot said to fire top German execs after sales promotion was too popular

April 28, 2017 12:07 CET

PSA fired three of its top managers in Germany after a sales campaign led to thousands of Peugeot 208 cars being sold at more than 40 percent off their list price, according to a report.... Read More »

ANE's May issue goes live Monday

April 28, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, May 1. The new edition looks at how Seat ended more than a decade of losses and why it expects to become a reliable moneymaker for parent VW Group.... Read More »

Tesla's Klaus Grohmann ousted after clash with Elon Musk

12:39 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Klaus Grohmann was ousted last month after a clash with CEO Elon Musk over the strategy of Grohmann's firm, which Tesla had acquired in November, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Tesla hikes pay to quell unrest at key German supplier

6:25 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Tesla offered pay rises and job guarantees to defuse labor tensions at a key German supplier, whose founder and CEO left the company late last month, German labor officials said.... Read More »

UK's first-quarter production hits 17-year high on exports

April 27, 2017 09:29 CET

UK car production increased by 7.3 percent in March, helping first-quarter output rise 7.6 percent, its highest level since 2000, as robust exports helped offset a fall in domestic demand.... Read More »

 
How Renault plans to keep the Captur ahead of rivals

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19 2017

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Renault hopes to keep the Captur as Europe's top-selling subcompact SUV by giving it an upgraded int ...
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After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10 2017

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Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to. ...
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Why VW brand's plunging revenue is good news

Christiaan Hetzner
7:14 am U.S. ET | May 3 2017

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One aspect of VW Group's first-quarter report is the plunge in revenue at its core brand. ...
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VW has no compelling reason to sell Ducati


4:33 am U.S. ET | May 2 2017

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Volkswagen's 747-million-euro acquisition of Ducati might not have been based on any industrial logi ...
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China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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Premium brands gain ground as UK sales plunge 20%
UK new-car registrations slumped 20 percent in April, the biggest year-on-year drop for over six yea ...
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German sales fall 8% as diesel share declines
German new-car registrations fell 8 percent in April as buyers turned away from diesel cars and fewe ...
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Renault, Skoda and Citroen among winners as Italy sales fall 5%
New-car registrations in Italy fell 4.6 percent last month with most major automakers losing volume ...
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Renault, PSA suffer as French sales decline 6%
French registrations fell 6 percent in April on two fewer selling days. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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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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BMW adds 2 execs to North American leadership
BMW's new North America chief has appointed two lieutenants to help him as he works to revive the au ...
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VW names U.S. compliance officer after diesel scandal
Volkswagen's U.S. unit named a KPMG director, Stephanie Davis, as its chief compliance officer after the automaker was sentenced in April in its diesel-emissions scandal. ...
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Continental names new head of China operations
Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China ...
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BMW i subbrand exec to join energy group Innogy
German energy group Innogy has recruited Stefan von Dobschuetz, a key executive from BMW Group's i s ...
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Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing
Mini USA has appointed new heads of both sales and marketing. ...
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VW names new communications, logistics chiefs for North America
Volkswagen Group of America has promoted two executives to top positions running the company's commu ...
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Ex-Ferrari exec Lanzone hired by autonomous car start-up Zoox
Autonomous vehicle startup Zoox said Corrado Lanzone, former operations director of Ferrari's racing division, has joined the company as its vice president of manufacturing... ...
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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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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