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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Premium compact SUV sales forecast to top 500,000

Feb. 10, 2015 06:01 CET
Sales of compact premium SUVs in Europe are poised to top half a million for the first time this year because of new model launches from brands such as BMW, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz. The segment has expanded significantly since 2010, when about 270,000 units were sold.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Ford Mondeo hybrid may benefit from diesel backlash

7:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Ford does not expect its Mondeo hybrid to be a big seller in Europe but the environmentally friendly car could benefit from a backlash in some countries against diesels due to health fears over particulate emissions.... Read More »

 

German prosecutors drop probe of Daimler, Merkel aide

Feb. 10, 2015 11:50 CET
Prosecutors in Berlin have dropped a probe into whether Daimler granted "undue advantage" to a former treasurer of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats when it hired him as chief political lobbyist.... Read More »

 

Cooper-Standard plans to close factories in Europe in cost-cutting move

Feb. 10, 2015 06:01 CET
U.S. supplier Cooper-Standard Automotive plans to shutter factories and cut jobs in Germany and France as it restructures its European operations.The company, which has 12 factories in western Europe, declined to name which factories will be closed or downsized.... Read More »

 

Daimler's innovation unit looks to products of the future

Feb. 7, 2015 06:01 CET
Daimler's business innovation unit is figuring out how current customers' children will use the automaker's products. That can mean everything from 3-D printing for classic car parts to package-delivery drones and a driverless concept car that doubles as a luxury lounge.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Has VW scored an own goal bankrolling its soccer club?

10:05 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
With Volkswagen looking to save 5 billion euros in costs at its core VW brand and key wage negotiations with its German workforce just starting, is it sensible to use shareholder money to subsidize a soccer club's ambitions for a top-flight title?... Read More »

 

Bollore wins backing for EV charging network

Feb. 6, 2015 13:45 CET
Bollore will invest 150 million euros ($172 million) to roll out a charging network across France after winning government approval for the plan. The company said it will install 16,000 new semi-fast chargers in the next four years.... Read More »

 

Ford will boost production in Spain by 40% as it ramps up Mondeo, S-Max output

Feb. 5, 2015 16:40 CET
Ford will boost output at its plant in Valencia, Spain, by 40 percent to 400,000 units this year as it adds production of the Mondeo midsize model, along with the S-Max and Galaxy minivans.... Read More »

 

France offers up to 10,000 euros to encourage diesel drivers to switch to electric cars

Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 CET
France will gradually align taxes on diesel and gasoline and offer a bonus of up to 10,000 euros ($11,422) to consumers who buy an electric car to replace an old diesel vehicle.... Read More »

 

UK car sales grew 7% in January but slowdown looms

Feb. 5, 2015 10:50 CET
UK new-car registrations rose by 7 percent in January to their highest level for that month since 2007, but industry watchers expect growth to slow during the rest of the year.... Read More »

 

Mazda profits dinged by lower-margin models, higher taxes

6:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
A higher tax bill and a sales mix of richer in lower-margin models undercut profits at Mazda in the October-December quarter, despite rising global volume.... Read More »

 

Western European sales up 7% in Jan. as southern markets rebound

Feb. 4, 2015 18:50 CET
The car sales recovery in Western Europe gathered pace in January with a 7 percent gain as southern markets continued to bounce back. Industry association ACEA said European car sales are likely to rise by 2 percent this year, boosted by pent-up demand.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ford, Opel, Renault step up battle for No. 2 in Europe

Feb. 3, 2015 06:01 CET
Renault and Opel/Vauxhall will step up their efforts this year to replace Ford as Europe's No. 2 brand by vehicle sales with major product pushes. Ford fought off both rivals last year but Renault's volume increased 9 percent, while Opel's sales were up 7 percent, both outpacing Ford's 5 percent gain.... Read More »

 

German car sales rise as Europe rebound continues

Feb. 3, 2015 14:30 CET
New-car sales in Germany rose 3 percent in January, adding to signs that the European rebound is continuing. The rise follows sales growth last month in France, Italy and Spain.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi posts N.A. gains while Japan, Europe struggle

6:32 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
Mitsubishi's nascent North America recovery gathered pace in the latest quarter with regional operating profit tripling on the back of expanding sales. But falling sales in Japan and tumbling profits in Europe, where the weakening Russia ruble undercut earnings, sapped overall results... Read More »

 

Spanish car sales jump 28% for 17th month of growth

Feb. 2, 2015 12:09 CET
New-car sales in Spain rose 28 percent in January, the 17th consecutive month of growth. Car registrations have been boosted by a government subsidy program that helps consumers scrap old models for new vehicles.... Read More »

 

French car sales rise 6% in Jan. as foreign brands gain

Feb. 2, 2015 10:42 CET
French car sales rose 6 percent in January, halting a three-month decline. Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota and Nissan outperformed domestic carmakers Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Positive signs seen for 2015 after Europe ends slump

Feb. 2, 2015 06:01 CET
Industry watchers see European sales rising slightly this year as automakers including Ford and Fiat make positive moves such as increasing production and adding staff. The region's slump ended in 2014 as more than 80 percent of the brands competing in Europe reported increases in vehicle sales.... Read More »

 

BMW, Bosch join Deutsche Bahn in airline cartel damages claim

Feb. 2, 2015 12:29 CET
BMW and Bosch said they would join German train operator Deutsche Bahn in two claims for about 2.1 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in damages from air freight carriers that were involved in a cartel.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for February

Feb. 2, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at Europe's big 2014 sales winners and explains why 2015 is off to a positive start.... Read More »

 

After ending its long downturn, Europe sees positive signs in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Europe's six-year sales slump finally ended in 2014 as more than 80 percent of the brands competing in the region reported a year-on-year increase.... Read More »

 

Europe on track for 5th month of rising vehicle output

Jan. 31, 2015 06:01 CET
European light vehicle production is estimated to rise 1 percent to 1.36 million vehicles in January, the fifth consecutive month of higher output. BMW, Fiat, Ford and VW were forecast to have the biggest production increases on strong demand for new models.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

German auto industry feels ripples from Paris terror attacks

5:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
The January killings of journalists at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris have brought home to Germany the difficult issue of Jihadi attacks, with the debate now reaching the economic pride of the country, its carmakers.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi concept teases next ASX, bolder design

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
Mitsubishi will use the Geneva auto show to reveal a plug-in hybrid concept that previews the next ASX compact crossover and showcases the brand's bolder design language.... Read More »

 

ANE's February e-magazine goes live Monday

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Feb. 2. This month's edition looks at Europe's big 2014 sales winners and explains why 2015 is off to a positive start.... Read More »

 

 
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