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Europe's biggest segment is poised for a rebound

May 15, 2015 06:15 CET

European sales of subcompact cars including the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta are forecast to rise to 23 percent of the overall auto market in 2015. The increasing popularity of small crossovers, however, means the segment will never again reach the record share seen in 2009, analysts predict.... Read More »

Spain renews scrappage program for the last time

May 13, 2015 13:00 CET

New-car sales in Spain will continue to be boosted by subsidies after the government said it will renew a scrappage program for the last time.The program has helped to fuel car sales for the last 20 months after the country fell into a severe recession.... Read More »

Norway reaffirms electric car subsidies after boom

May 12, 2015 16:50 CET

Norway's government reaffirmed some of the world's most generous subsidies for electric vehicles and said it will review high taxes on cars.... Read More »

Audi A1 production will move to Seat plant in Spain from Belgium, reports say

May 11, 2015 13:54 CET

VW Group may build the Audi A1 entry premium car at Seat's factory in Spain instead of in Belgium as part of a production reshuffle, media reports said.... Read More »

Mustang's mettle tested on the autobahn

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Ford last week began introducing the latest generation of the Mustang to European auto writers. The location: Germany. The first media to set foot in the iconic American sports coupe were jurors who vote for European Car of the Year.... Read More »

Vive la Ford: French army picks Rangers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The French Army is buying 1,000 Ford Rangers to begin replacing its aging fleet of Peugeot P4 jeeps, The New York Times reported last week.... Read More »

Winterkorn vows to revamp VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, who last month survived an attempted ouster by his boss, told 5,000 VW managers that he plans to restructure the giant German automaker.... Read More »

Dutch plug-in hybrid boom set to end

May 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Automakers expect a sales boom in plug-in hybrid cars in the Netherlands will end next year as the government reduces a tax break for company car drivers. The tax break has helped to make the country Europe's biggest market for plug-ins.... Read More »

Toyota to ax 100 dealerships in Germany on falling sales

May 8, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota plans to ax 100 dealerships in Germany as the automaker's vehicle sales plunge in Europe's biggest market.... Read More »

W. Europe car sales rise nearly 7% on new models, discounts

May 7, 2015 17:16 CET

New-car sales in Western Europe increased by 6.7 percent in April -- helped by a continuing economic recovery, new models and heavy discounting by automakers.... Read More »

De Tomaso brand sale leaves Italian factory's future uncertain

May 7, 2015 15:24 CET

The sale of iconic Italian sports car brand De Tomaso to Hong Kong investment fund Ideal Team Ventures has created a headache for Turin's local authorities, who now own a dormant factory and are responsible for 800 jobless workers.... Read More »

UK car sales rise 5% in best April this decade

May 7, 2015 11:08 CET

UK car sales increased by 5.1 percent in April, the highest sales figure for the month in a decade. Full-year sales are forecast to rise by 4 percent, fueled by cheap credit and strong consumer confidence.... Read More »

Automakers seek to delay tougher EU emissions testing

May 6, 2015 14:59 CET

European carmakers want a three-year delay to new rules that would reduce the fuel-saving claims they can make for their vehicles, a report says. The EU wants to tighten vehicle testing to close loopholes such as driving on an unrealistically smooth surface and taping up car doors and windows.... Read More »

German car sales rise 6% in sign of Europe rebound

May 5, 2015 15:59 CET

German car sales rose 6.3 percent in April as Europe's No. 1 market joined France, Italy and Spain in reporting higher registrations. The VDA industry association forecasts that German registrations could reach 3.1 million this year.... Read More »

Lamborghini may get tax breaks to build SUV in Italy

May 5, 2015 12:06 CET

Lamborghini is being offered incentives by Italy's government to make sure the automaker builds a production version of its Urus SUV concept in the country, sources said. Lamborghini sees the potential to sell 3,000 units a year of the Urus, more than doubling the brand's global volume.... Read More »

Italy sales rose by 25% in April boosted by big discounts

May 4, 2015 21:10 CET

Italy's new-car registrations rose 24.7 percent in April to 148,807, boosted by heavy discounting by automakers including market leader Fiat.... Read More »

Hyundai names new Europe chief

May 4, 2015 15:09 CET

Hyundai said company veteran Hyung Cheong Kim is the new president and CEO of its European operations, the third major reshuffle for the automaker in the region in less than a year. Kim replaces Byung Kwon Rhim, who moves to Seoul to head Hyundai Motors' international sales division.... Read More »

Spain's car-sales growth slows as subsidies end

May 4, 2015 13:20 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 3.2 percent last month, down from a 41 percent rise in March as the latest phase of a government subsidy scheme ended. The government is expected to further extend the scheme, which has resulted in 20 straight months of growth in the market.... Read More »

French vehicle sales rise 1.8% in April

May 4, 2015 11:03 CET

French vehicle sales rose 1.8 percent in April with Renault's performance outpacing its peer PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. The figures confirm the positive trend so far this year, which led industry association CCFA to upgrade its annual forecast from flat to 2 percent growth.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for May

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth.... Read More »

ANE's May e-magazine goes live Monday

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, May 4. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth.... Read More »

Automakers welcome mandatory fitment of eCall in EU

April 29, 2015 10:43 CET

Automakers welcomed a new law that all cars and light vans in the EU will have to be fitted with automatic emergency calling devices starting in 2018. The so-called eCall device will automatically alert the nearest emergency center in the event of a crash.... Read More »

Hella says its finance chief will leave

April 29, 2015 11:41 CET

Hella, a German manufacturer of auto headlights and electronics, said its finance chief Wolfgang Ollig had asked that his contract not be renewed when it runs out in mid-2016.... Read More »

Francois to speak at congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Olivier Francois, FCA's chief marketing officer who has been the driving force behind several highly praised and high-impact advertising campaigns in Europe and the United States, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in Birmingham, England.... Read More »

Piech, Wiedeking unlikely to testify in hedge-fund case against Porsche SE

April 27, 2015 15:20 CET

Hedge funds involved in a legal fight against Porsche SE seemed to score a victory when a German court asked 21 people, including former VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech and ex-Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking, to testify. Most of the witnesses will likely assert their right not to testify.... Read More »

 
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