Western Europe

Daimler says German labor rules may push new tech jobs abroad

10:45 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2016

German labor rules may force Daimler, the 130-year-old inventor of the motor car, to create more software and technology jobs abroad as it strives to develop a new generation of driverless vehicles, a senior official told Reuters.... Read More »

Delphi wins appeal with IRS, can be considered British company

9:08 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2016

Delphi Automotive has won an appeal with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and can be considered a British company, the automotive supplier said in a filing with U.S. securities regulators today.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: 'All options' open in GM lawsuits

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2016

'All options' open in GM lawsuits, lawyer says; Delphi is British - IRS; Toyota's big connection; Germany's Merkel vows to aid self-driving car tests; A spin in the i-Road.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2016

Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. Output is expected to peak at more than 40,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

Germany eager to test self-driving cars on the road

7:09 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2016

Chancellor Angela Merkel told automakers today that they should soon be able to test self-driving vehicles on German roads by promising to remove legal barriers.... Read More »

VW agrees to safeguard German jobs to quell labor unrest

April 11, 2016 14:46 CET

Volkswagen sought to defuse mounting tension with labor leaders by agreeing to negotiations to safeguard factories as it faces billions of euros in costs for its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover in talks to lease UK racetrack

April 11, 2016 12:28 CET

The owner of the UK's Grand Prix racetrack at Silverstone is in talks to lease the circuit's property to Jaguar Land Rover after a vote of its members authorized the board to continue discussing the deal. JLR is considering turning the site into a "heritage center" to show off the company's cars alongside offices, a hotel and visitor center, UK media reports have said.... Read More »

BMW CEO Krueger joins Europe Congress lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2016

BMW CEO Harald Krueger will be the keynote evening speaker at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 8 in Munich.... Read More »

Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March

April 8, 2016 09:35 CET

Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. First-quarter deliveries were up 7.7 percent.... Read More »

Germany to tackle older diesels by empowering city bans

April 8, 2016 13:40 CET

German towns and cities plagued by car and truck pollution will soon get the legal tools they need to ban older diesel vehicles from streets where emissions are highest.... Read More »

Opel reports best Q1 sales in 5 years on Astra demand

April 8, 2016 05:00 CET

Demand for the new Opel Astra helped propel the GM subsidiary to its best quarterly result in five years as volume rose 8 percent to about 303,000 vehicles during the period. The strong start is good news for Opel as it tries to break even after more than a decade of losses.... Read More »

VW labor bosses clash with brand chief Diess over cuts

April 7, 2016 14:18 CET

Relations between VW's powerful labor bosses and VW brand chief Herbert Diess appear to have hit a new low at a critical time. Labor leaders have accused Diess of betraying workers and trying to use the automaker's emissions-cheating scandal as a pretext for job cuts.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Nissan Europe boss looks to boost brand awareness

April 7, 2016 06:01 CET

Nissan aims to boost its profile in Europe, where awareness of the automaker remains low despite its success with the Qashqai, by offering semi-autonomous driving in its top-selling SUV starting next year. Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox discussed that and more with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Trelleborg agrees to sell Vibracoustic to Freudenberg Group

April 7, 2016 11:36 CET

Industrial rubber firm Trelleborg said today it had agreed in principle to sell its 50 percent stake in TrelleborgVibracoustic to joint venture partner Freudenberg Group. TrelleborgVibracoustic is valued at 1.8 billion euros ($2 billion), including debt, Trelleborg said.... Read More »

German regulator finds VW only one to use defeat devices, report says

April 7, 2016 09:40 CET

The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has completed its tests on diesel vehicles and concluded that only Volkswagen Group has used defeat devices to cheat emissions tests, a German daily reported.... Read More »

UK posts best-ever March car sales

April 6, 2016 14:32 CET

UK new-car registrations rose 5.3 percent last month to a 518,707. It was the best March result ever in the UK and the top sales total since August 1997. Cheap credit and attractive finance deals have helped boost demand in Europe's No. 2 market. The UK's first-quarter volume was up 5.1 percent to 771,780.... Read More »

Tesla offered French nuke site for factory, report says

April 6, 2016 10:59 CET

French Energy Minister Segolene Royal has suggested to Tesla founder Elon Musk that he build an electric car factory on the site of France's oldest nuclear reactor after it closes at the end of the year, the news agency AFP reported.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2016

Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someone whose opinion I trust when it comes to the future of vehicle propulsion. So, I was I rather suprised when he told me compressed natural gas is the greenest, most affordable powertrain option available today.... Read More »

German car sales flat in March; Q1 volume up 4%

April 4, 2016 20:02 CET

German car sales were flat in March at 323,000 vehicles, marking the first month in almost a year that volume did not grow in Europe's biggest auto market. The German auto industry association (VDA) said the result was effected by fewer selling days and the Easter holidays.... Read More »

ANE SPECIAL EDITION

ANE Car Cutaways supplement ready to view

April 4, 2016 06:01 CET

The Automotive News Europe Car Cutaways supplement is ready to view. This special edition highlights the contributions of partsmakers such as Bosch, Continental, BorgWarner, GKN Driveline, Webasto and ZF -- to name just a few -- to 27 key new models.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for April

April 4, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready to view. This month's edition looks at the backlash all automakers are facing in the aftermath of the Volkswagen Group's diesel-emissions cheating scandal.... Read More »

Q&A: JACQUES ASCHENBROICH

Valeo chief's goal: Keep pace with megatrends

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2016

Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich's mission is to make sure the French supplier evolves fast enough to keep pace with changes in the auto industry.... Read More »

Compressed natural gas gains U.S. foothold in fleets

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2016

While cheap gasoline in North America wipes out many of the economic reasons to buy a plug-in hybrid, sales of the vehicles in Europe could be stunted by testing that measures carbon dioxide output in real-world driving.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Automakers fight to regain trust in wake of VW scandal

April 3, 2016 06:01 CET

VW's cheating on emissions tests has left Europe's automakers with the challenge of persuading buyers that diesel engines are clean. Car companies have invested billions into diesel technology to help meet stricter CO2 regulations.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL SCANDAL

VW diesel recalls delayed in Europe on fuel-consumption checks

April 1, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen's European diesel recall is being delayed because the automaker's fix for rigged engines results in higher fuel consumption, according to media reports.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Ita ...
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Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales
Jeep, Smart and Jaguar were the biggest winners last year in Europe, where overall vehicle sales ros ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Honda names new Europe and North America chiefs
Honda named new chiefs for the company's operations in Europe and North America. ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl
Opel's new entry-level model, the Karl, is the brand's cheapest car but it now offers advanced conne ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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