Western Europe

Magna may open Slovenia car plant as it adds Jaguar EV to BMW, Mercedes output

March 17, 2017 10:57 CET

Magna may invest up to $1.3 billion in Slovenia to open a car plant. The company's current European plant in Austria, which builds Mercedes and BMW models, is running out of capacity as Magna gears up to add output of two Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Hands-on way to keep service customers?

8:30 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2017

Service customers like text updates, study finds; Green-car funds at risk; BMW chief to join Merkel in Trump meeting; LeEco bailing on Calif. site?; Porsche's banner year.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: How Aston Martin could help make your life better

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2017

Aston Martin is playing a key role in reducing CO2 and giving back a huge amount of lost time to car owners. Here's how.... Read More »

European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty

March 16, 2017 11:11 CET

New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel and Peugeot posted lower sales. Growth is cooling amid political uncertainty and a saturated market.... Read More »

BMW could be key to Swedish dealer Bilia doubling Europe sales

March 16, 2017 15:00 CET

Bilia's partnership with Volvo has helped the Swedish auto dealer conquer the Nordic market. Now it's hoping a similar alliance with BMW will help it succeed in other parts of Europe as it tries to counter slowing growth at home.... Read More »

Toyota will invest $294 million in UK car plant

March 16, 2017 13:03 CET

Toyota will invest 240 million pounds ($294 million) in its UK car plant to prepare it to build vehicles on a new platform, but the automaker warned that continued tariff-free access to the European single market after Brexit remained a crucial point.... Read More »

Audi offices, plants in Germany raided by prosecutors amid VW diesel scandal

March 15, 2017 10:33 CET

German prosecutors searched Audi's two biggest plants and other sites in connection with the emissions scandal still rocking parent Volkswagen Group, adding to pressure on the luxury division and its CEO Rupert Stadler.... Read More »

Renault CEO Ghosn targeted in French diesel probe, report says

4:14 pm U.S. ET | March 15, 2017

France's consumer fraud watchdog told prosecutors that Renault boss Carlos Ghosn should be held responsible for the carmaker's suspected diesel emissions cheating, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Renault says emissions-cheating claim is unfair

March 15, 2017 17:14 CET

Renault pushed back against French newspaper article that described a confidential government report accusing the automaker of illegally manipulating diesel emissions tests.... Read More »

Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief

March 15, 2017 15:05 CET

Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his current role as vice president for sales.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Why tougher EU emissions rules put the combustion engine's future in doubt

March 15, 2017 06:01 CET

The EU is set to reshape the industry later this year when it agrees on stringent emission targets for the next decade that could mark the beginning of the end for traditional combustion-powered vehicles in the world's largest economic bloc.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Mitsubishi gets a lot more European

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15, 2017

Mitsubishi is becoming a lot more European as Chairman Carlos Ghosn fills key posts with trusted French and British executives.... Read More »

Ford sees further UK price increases after Brexit vote

March 14, 2017 15:11 CET

Ford says UK car prices will have to rise again to offset the fall in value of the pound following the country's vote to leave the EU. Numerous automakers have already increased prices at least once after the pound lost almost 20 percent of its value compared with the euro after the Brexit vote last June.... Read More »

Gestamp plans $3.9 billion Spanish listing

March 13, 2017 13:05 CET

Gestamp plans an initial public offering valuing it at about 3.7 billion euros ($3.9 billion) in what would be one of the biggest European stock market listings so far this year.... Read More »

Emissions rules made GM's decision easier

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2017

Big deals in the auto industry are rarely about a single vehicle, but to understand the cost pressures that helped prompt General Motors to abandon its European operations, consider the unassuming Opel Corsa subcompact.... Read More »

GENEVA AUTO SHOW

In Europe, mainstream brands feel the heat

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2017

Volume automakers have good reason to fear luxury brands in Europe - mainly the German trio of Mercedes, Audi and BMW, but increasingly Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover. Luxury brands are gaining sales and pushing successfully into new segments.... Read More »

MULALLY's SECOND MIRACLE

Ford looks for upside in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2017

Ford gets buffeted by the same headwinds as General Motors, whether home or abroad, yet it earned $1.2 billion in Europe last year. A timely restructuring helped, but there's more to it than that.... Read More »

Can PSA succeed where GM failed?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2017

GM's sale of Opel represents a final acknowledgment that -- just as many industry experts in Europe believe -- a regional power such as PSA Group might be more suited to run the business in the face of increasingly challenging odds.... Read More »

Why is GM clinging to Cadillac in Europe?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2017

GM has confirmed that it will remain in the European premium market with Chevy performance cars and Cadillac. But why? The answer arguably is threefold.... Read More »

Automakers eye more UK suppliers to handle hard Brexit

March 10, 2017 09:13 CET

As Britain prepares to leave the EU, some automakers are considering softening the blow of any tariffs by sourcing more parts locally and producing more models they can sell domestically rather than export.... Read More »

W. European sales edge up in February

March 10, 2017 06:01 CET

Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. Analysts LMC warned that uncertain political events could affect sales growth in the region.... Read More »

Bentley says access to Europe is crucial as UK investment decision nears

March 9, 2017 10:56 CET

Bentley is due to make its next major UK investment decision on a new model around the start of next year and unfettered access to Europe is vitally important after Brexit, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. The automaker builds its entire lineup in England.... Read More »

Ex-Tesla manager seeks $4 billion for Europe's biggest battery plant

March 8, 2017 15:39 CET

A former Tesla executive is trying to raise at least $4 billion to build Europe's biggest battery factory in Sweden to meet an expected surge in demand as the region's automakers switch to electric vehicles.... Read More »

EU fines Denso, Valeo, Mahle Behr, other suppliers for air conditioning and engine cooling cartels

March 8, 2017 14:35 CET

Mahle Behr, Valeo, Denso and three other suppliers have been fined a total of $164 million by the EU's competition authorities for having operated cartels in a number of their markets. Automakers affected included VW, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Renault and Jaguar Land Rover.... Read More »

Toyota may delay UK Auris production decision to see Brexit terms

March 8, 2017 14:45 CET

Toyota may delay a decision on whether to build its next Auris at its UK car plant to see the outcome of Brexit negotiations.... Read More »

 
Shanghai show to measure progress of China's would-be Teslas

Yang Jian
4:19 am U.S. ET | March 24 2017

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At least six startups funded by Chinese backers have hatched plans to develop high-performance EVs a ...
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Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter

Christiaan Hetzner
8:16 am U.S. ET | March 22 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Grou ...
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Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18 2017

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PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially t ...
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How Aston Martin could help make your life better

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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Aston Martin is playing a key role in reducing CO2 and giving back a huge amount of lost time to car ...
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Audi CEO's polished exterior shows cracks amid diesel scandal

Christiaan Hetzner
5:53 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

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There are few German top managers as practiced as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. ...
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As VW exits crisis, the press spins next chapter like pirate radio

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

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When the financial and automotive press gathered Tuesday in Wolfsburg, home to a leading automaker, ...
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Mitsubishi gets a lot more European

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

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Mitsubishi is becoming a lot more European as Chairman Carlos Ghosn fills key posts with trusted French and British executives. ...
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Perseverance leads to perfect iPad pockets in new XC60


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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Volvo's new XC60 has an iPad-friendly storage space that took a decade to make a reality. ...
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For Italy's Giugiaros, a return to the Geneva spotlight


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

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It would not be a Geneva auto show without Giorget‎to and Fabrizio Giugiaro up on a small stan ...
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Velar may signal new strategy at Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7 2017

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The Range Rover Velar runs dangerously close to the Range Rover Sport in Land Rover's luxury lineup. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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Diesels lose appeal in weaker German car market
New-car sales in Germany fell nearly 3 percent last month, with diesel models worst hit as authoriti ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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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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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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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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Toyota names new Europe sales boss
Toyota has shuffled its executive team in Europe, naming Hiroaki Nanahara, a veteran of the company' ...
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Toyota trims exec positions, aims for quicker decision making
Toyota has reduced its number of top positions to speed up decision making, as the automaker works t ...
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Daimler picks U.S. trucks chief Daum to replace Bernhard
Daimler has appointed the head of its North American trucks division to run group-wide truck operati ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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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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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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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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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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