Western Europe

Home state of Mercedes, Porsche appeals diesel ban

Oct. 3, 2017 10:43 CET

The German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, home to Mercedes and Porsche, said it would appeal a court ruling obliging it to ban diesel cars from the streets of its capital, Stuttgart. That means the ban will not come into force at the start of 2018 as planned.... Read More »

French sales rise 1% in September

Oct. 2, 2017 11:34 CET

New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed results for both domestic and foreign automakers.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for October

Oct. 2, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at whether the diesel powertrain has a long-term future.... Read More »

ROBERT PERES

How much longer can Merkel shield automakers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2017

Germany's ruling coalition is stalling class-action litigation reform — to the benefit of German carmakers.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Diesel sales fall in key Europe markets

Oct. 1, 2017 06:01 CET

Sales of new diesel cars have been falling in Europe's key markets as customers react to a backlash following VW Group's emissions-cheating scandal. Automotive News Europe correspondents provided snapshots of how diesel is doing across the region.... Read More »

TVR will start production of Griffith sports car next year

Sept. 29, 2017 06:01 CET

British niche automaker TVR will begin production of its two-seat Griffith sports car next year, 14 years after last making a car. The Griffith is powered by Ford's V-8 Mustang engine and has a top speed of more than 200 mph (321kph).... Read More »

ANE's October issue goes live Monday

Sept. 29, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, October 2. The new edition looks at whether the diesel powertrain has a long-term future.... Read More »

Ford mulls building electric van in Germany

Sept. 28, 2017 15:26 CET

Ford is considering building an electric delivery van in Germany. The model has been developed with German logistics firm Deutsche Post DHL Group.... Read More »

Ford plant in Wales to lose JLR engine business earlier than expected

Sept. 28, 2017 12:19 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will end a contract to source engines from Ford's plant in Wales earlier than expected in 2020.... Read More »

UK production fell 5% in August as Brexit worries weigh

Sept. 28, 2017 10:15 CET

UK production fell by 5.3 percent in August on lower domestic demand and worries about the impact of Brexit.... Read More »

China's new silk road seen as spur for EVs in Europe

Sept. 28, 2017 09:13 CET

China's new silk road, which gives Asian companies quicker market access into Europe, likely will drive down the costs of electric cars and energy storage technologies.... Read More »

France plans to help suppliers hit by diesel decline

Sept. 27, 2017 15:31 CET

The French government plans to protect diesel technology suppliers from the effects of a tax increase on the fuel.... Read More »

Vacuum billionaire Dyson launched electric car quest after diesel snub

Sept. 27, 2017 09:25 CET

Inventor James Dyson has confirmed that his company, best known for its vacuum cleaners, is building an electric car that will launch by 2020. The project has been almost 30 years in the making.... Read More »

VW, FCA, others could face big fines for missing EU emissions targets

Sept. 26, 2017 10:13 CET

VW Group, Fiat Chrysler, PSA, BMW and Ford could be fined for falling short of the EU's 2021 regulatory target to reduce CO2 emissions from their new-car fleets.... Read More »

Swiss tech company ABB joins Northvolt to build Europe battery plant to rival Tesla's Gigafactory

Sept. 26, 2017 09:32 CET

Swiss tech company ABB has joined Northvolt's project to build Europe's largest lithium ion battery plant to challenge Tesla's U.S. Gigafactory as the demand for EV batteries rises in the next few years.... Read More »

Automakers may suffer if Greens join German coalition

Sept. 25, 2017 14:03 CET

The Green party's emergence as likely powerbrokers in a future German government coalition could be bad news for the country's car industry because the party wants to ban the sale of new combustion-engine cars in 2030, a decade earlier than countries such as France and Britain.... Read More »

Opel marketing chief to leave automaker, report says

Sept. 25, 2017 09:11 CET

Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, is leaving the automaker, Handelsblatt reported. If confirmed, Mueller would be the second leading executive to quit Opel after Karl-Thomas Neumann, who resigned as CEO following PSA's takeover of the former GM unit.... Read More »

Greenpeace activists board ship in bid to stop UK-bound VW diesels

Sept. 21, 2017 12:34 CET

Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilize vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests.... Read More »

Germany's VDA and IG Metall union seek gov't support for EV shift

Sept. 20, 2017 12:14 CET

Germany's VDA industry association and the country's biggest union, IG Metall, urged politicians to help with a shift to EVs and not force a phasing out of the combustion engine.... Read More »

Swiss tech company ABB will supply EV charging stations for German autobahns

Sept. 20, 2017 11:33 CET

Swiss company ABB will deliver 117 EV charging stations to help boost Germany's electric infrastructure. The units will be installed at service station operator Tank & Rast locations on German autobahns by the end of the year.... Read More »

New diesel cars no better for environment than gasoline counterparts, German officials say

7:13 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

New diesel cars do not produce less of the environmentally damaging carbon dioxide than gasoline vehicles, a group of newspapers cited the German Transport Ministry as saying.... Read More »

Petrochemicals giant's Land Rover Defender-style SUV could go into production in 2020

Sept. 19, 2017 13:20 CET

Petrochemicals giant Ineos plans to build 25,000 units a year of a model inspired by the Land Rover Defender but it may be thwarted because JLR is seeking trademark protection for its iconic off-roader.... Read More »

Aston Martin CEO Palmer calls for Brexit clarity

Sept. 19, 2017 09:48 CET

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer wants clarity on the UK government's Brexit negotiations within six months as the automaker seeks to avoid possible trade tariffs and difficulties in recruiting skilled labor following Britain's departure from the EU.... Read More »

PETER SIGAL

BLOG: Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017

These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message.... Read More »

Pirelli CEO says core shareholders have no plans to sell stakes

Sept. 18, 2017 15:09 CET

Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti says key shareholders have not expressed an intention to sell their remaining stakes in the firm after it returns to the stock market next month.... Read More »

 
No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

Christiaan Hetzner
4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder

Christiaan Hetzner
11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25 2017 UPDATED: Sept. 26 18:15 CET - adds no replacement

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Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who i ...
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Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24 2017

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The auto industry's move toward electrification has been driven by the rising anti-diesel sentiment ...
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Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand
Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace slugg ...
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Italy's September sales increase 8%
Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the ...
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French sales rise 1% in September
New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed r ...
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Sales of gasoline cars overtake diesels in Europe
Diesel's European market share fell to 46.3 percent of new-car registrations in the first half, the ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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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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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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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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GM appoints Chevy Bolt's top engineer as EV programs chief
GM promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle program ...
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Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company
Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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