Western Europe

Nissan vision for future dealerships puts offices, desks on the hit list

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
A new-car showroom without a reception desk? No cubicles or desks for salespeople, and no offices for managers?... Read More »

 

Renault aims for No. 2 spot with the Twingo

March 21, 2014 06:15 CET
Renault aims to challenge Fiat's decade-long dominance of the minicar segment with its new Twingo, but says it will not be offering the car at a low price to win sales.... Read More »

 

PSA to cut executive pension packages, report says

March 20, 2014 13:04 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will cut the size of its executive pension packages, a French daily reported, months after public criticism forced former CEO Philippe Varin to turn down his pension.... Read More »

 

SKF to Schaeffler fined $1.3 billion in EU ball-bearing case

March 19, 2014 13:36 CET
SKF, the world's largest maker of ball bearings, and Schaeffler were among five companies that agreed to pay a combined 953.3 million euros ($1.3 billion) to settle a European Union probe into an automotive-parts cartel.... Read More »

 

Bentley will build W12 engines for Audi, VW

March 19, 2014 11:15 CET
Bentley will build all of Volkswagen Group's W12 engines, creating about 100 jobs for its England factory and ending production of the engines in Germany.... Read More »

 

European car sales rise 8% in February as region's economy revives

March 18, 2014 10:34 CET
European car sales rose by nearly 8 percent percent in February, the sixth consecutive monthly gain, as a gradual economic revival in southern Europe and price cuts helped to boost demand for new models.... Read More »

 

VW will expand Tiguan production to Hanover factory, report says

March 17, 2014 13:48 CET
Volkswagen will expand its production of the Tiguan compact SUV to its Hanover factory in northern Germany to boost capacity utilization at the site, sources said.... Read More »

 

Dongfeng CEO says his company won't 'eat' PSA

March 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Dongfeng CEO Zhu Fushou has sought to quell fears over his company's planned purchase of a 14 percent stake in PSA, saying the Chinese company was not seeking to take control of PSA.... Read More »

 

JENNIFER CLARK

Ferrari bets big on Europe's rebound

1:35 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2014
Ferrari's decision to open a theme park in Spain rather than China or another growing market is a big bet that Europe's slump is really over.... Read More »

 

PSA to boost Peugeot 308 output on high demand

March 14, 2014 14:27 CET
PSA will increase production of the Peugeot 308 hatchback after receiving 60,000 orders for the new model since its launch in October.... Read More »

 

Ferrari Land theme park to open in Spain

March 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Ferrari and PortAventura Entertainment plan a new Ferrari Land amusement park near Barcelona, Spain.... Read More »

 

Renault says French dealerships open despite strike

March 14, 2014 17:51 CET
Renault said a strike at its company owned dealerships in France had little support and did not impact customers.... Read More »

 

Tesla will expand European outlets

March 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Tesla will open more than 30 new service centers and stores in Europe as it anticipates a jump in sales in the region.... Read More »

 

Europe's price war wages on, top executives say

March 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Few auto executives predict that Europe's intense discounting battle has eased despite six straight months of sales increases in western Europe.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Fallout from Ukraine crisis weighs on VW

4:09 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
Because Volkswagen is one of the biggest players in Eastern Europe's car market, the political instability in Ukraine that led to the Russian occupation of Crimea is a real problem.... Read More »

 

Ferrari Land theme park to open in 2016

2:20 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
Ferrari and PortAventura Entertainment have inked a deal to build a new Ferrari Land amusement park inside the PortAventura resort near Barcelona, Spain.... Read More »

 

French government to cut stake in Valeo

March 12, 2014 11:48 CET
The French government will reduce its stake in supplier Valeo, reversing a move it made five years ago as part of its attempts to shore up the country's crisis-hit car industry.... Read More »

 

Germany's famed Nuerburgring race track sold to partsmaker

March 12, 2014 06:01 CET
The Nuerburgring, the German race track known as Green Hell for its challenging Formula One course, was sold to Dusseldorf-based partsmaker Capricorn Group.... Read More »

 

Germany's famed Nuerburgring race track sold to auto parts maker

2:34 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
The Nuerburgring, the German race track known as Green Hell for its challenging Formula One course, was sold to Capricorn Group, an auto parts maker based in Dusseldorf.... Read More »

 

Western European 2014 sales forecast revised upwards

March 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Six consecutive months of year-on-year growth in western European car sales has some market watchers revising their sales forecasts upwards.... Read More »

 

Opel maps comeback as Chevrolet's shadow lifts

March 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Opel is embarking on its largest ever marketing campaign in Germany as the General Motors unit seeks to revitalize itself following GM's decision to pull sister brand Chevrolet from Europe.... Read More »

 

VW says power loss cut German plant output more than expected

March 10, 2014 15:34 CET
VW is still seeking the cause of a power outage at its Wolfsburg plant in Germany on Saturday that cut output by several hundred vehicles, more than initially estimated.... Read More »

 

Ford of Europe works its way back

March 10, 2014 06:01 CET
After Ford of Europe completes its current round of plant closings, it will bring manufacturing to 80 percent of capacity.... Read More »

 

Daimler to sell 50% stake in engines JV to partner Rolls-Royce holdings

March 10, 2014 13:07 CET
Daimler will sell its 50 percent stake in an engines joint venture to partner Rolls-Royce Holdings to invest in its automotive and truck businesses.... Read More »

 

Car refrigerant rejected by Daimler is safe, EU scientists say

March 10, 2014 12:20 CET
EU scientists say a new car refrigerant at the center of a dispute between European regulators and Daimler does not pose any serious safety risks.... Read More »

 

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