Western Europe

EU has no concerns yet about UK's Nissan deal

Nov. 21, 2016 11:54 CET

The EU's competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, says she does not see any concerns over a British assurance to Nissan concerning post-Brexit trade in the UK, but that she was still waiting for details to have more clarity about the case.... Read More »

Mueller sees case for building VW's own battery plant, report says

Nov. 21, 2016 09:59 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller sees the production of batteries for EVs and plug-in hybrids as a logical move as the automaker expands its production of greener vehicles after its emissions-cheating scandal, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

VW to avoid German tax hit over emissions cheating

Nov. 20, 2016 11:55 CET

VW Group does not expect the German government to make tax demands to cover revenue losses related to the carmaker's diesel-emissions cheating scandal, a company spokesman said. Last year, VW Group promised to make up for tax revenue losses in Germany related to the wrong classification of vehicles.... Read More »

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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone

Nov. 19, 2016 06:15 CET

Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium segment because of their commitment to expanding their offerings in a part of the European market that used to be dominated by models such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler teams up with Amazon to sell cars online in Italy

11:03 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it has teamed up with U.S. internet giant Amazon to start selling cars online offering an additional discount.... Read More »

Dana agrees to acquire majority stake in Italian power-transmission supplier

11:23 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2016

Dana, the longtime Ohio-based supplier of various drivetrain components, has agreed to buy the power-transmission and fluid-power businesses of Italy's Brevini Group S.p.A., the company said today.... Read More »

Jaguar will build I-Pace EV with Magna Steyr

Nov. 17, 2016 06:01 CET

Jaguar will build its forthcoming I-Pace full-electric crossover with contract manufacturer Magna Steyr in Austria, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth told Automotive News Europe. The British automaker previewed its first electric vehicle at the Los Angeles auto show this week. Sales of the I-Pace will begin in 2018.... Read More »

VW loses more European market share in October

Nov. 17, 2016 10:20 CET

VW Group lost market share in Europe for the 14th straight month, data from a leading industry body showed today. Much of the decline has coincided with the automaker's emissions-cheating scandal that erupted in September 2015, giving competitors a chance to take advantage of the company's damaged image.... Read More »

Opel CEO says it will be difficult to break even in 2016

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2016

General Motors' European division Opel is struggling to reach profitability this year because of the effects of Britain's decision to leave the European Union, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Penske Automotive passes Pendragon to become Europe's No. 1 dealer group

Nov. 16, 2016 06:01 CET

Penske Automotive has taken the No. 1 spot from Pendragon in the 2016 Guide to Europe's Biggest Dealer Groups compiled by automotive distribution researchers ICDP for Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Daimler, BMW, VW said to discuss extending EV charging network with German service station operator

Nov. 16, 2016 10:17 CET

Daimler, BMW and VW are in discussions with a German autobahn service station operator about extending the country's network of charging stations, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

BLOG: How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2016

Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marque's independence so that its image would not be tarnished. But in private, he soon started pushing the two brands to work together.... Read More »

Zetsche tells German Green party he shares vision of zero-emission cars

Nov. 14, 2016 13:17 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche braved a frosty reception as the guest speaker at a party congress held by Germany's Green party, where he told delegates he too wants emissions-free cars on the roads.... Read More »

TRUMP: THE ROAD AHEAD

Europe makes a plea to keep trade open

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

BMW CEO Harald Kruger appealed to the incoming Trump administration to maintain free trade, not just because of BMW's new $1 billion Mexican factory but also to protect the automaker's plant in Spartanburg, S.C.... Read More »

Tesla will seek sites for European factory next year

Nov. 11, 2016 12:10 CET

Tesla will begin looking for locations in Europe next year for a "gigafactory" to make cars and the battery cells to power them. The move follows Tesla's announcement that it will buy German robotics and automated manufacturing specialist Grohmann Engineering.... Read More »

Toyota Europe aims to strengthen brand image with new media business plan

Nov. 11, 2016 14:27 CET

Toyota Europe says it aims to strengthen its brand image in Europe and create a more customer-centric business model by moving its creative, digital, content and media business to a new agency which will create a network of dedicated hubs called &Toyota for the automaker.... Read More »

Ghosn sees time-saving perks in autonomous driving

Nov. 10, 2016 16:23 CET

The most exciting part of autonomous-driving technology will be the extra two hours drivers will gain on average per day when they no longer have to sit behind the wheel, the CEO of Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, said.... Read More »

Renault referred to prosecutors over diesel emissions

Nov. 9, 2016 19:10 CET

Renault faces a criminal investigation over its diesel emissions after French officials passed a file to prosecutors detailing suspicions that the automaker's engine technologies broke the law.... Read More »

German carmakers concerned U.S. could damage global trade

Nov. 9, 2016 11:35 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller and Germany's VDA auto industry association expressed concerns that the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President could have a negative effect on automakers.... Read More »

Brexit vote not changing customer behavior, UK dealer group Lookers says

Nov. 9, 2016 12:22 CET

Car dealership Lookers posted an 11 percent increase in gross profit from new cars in the first nine months of the year and said UK customers have not significantly changed their buying habits since the Brexit vote.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Toyota exec Leroy expects Europe sales to get big boost from C-HR

Nov. 9, 2016 06:01 CET

In the eighteen years since he joined Toyota, Didier Leroy has become one of the automaker's most powerful executives. The Toyota Europe chairman recently shared his bullish outlook for the automaker in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

BMW's UK workers back strike action over pension dispute

Nov. 8, 2016 17:18 CET

Workers at BMW Group's Mini and Rolls-Royce car plants in the UK have backed strike action in a consultative ballot over plans by the automaker to move staff to a less generous pension plan.... Read More »

Tesla to buy Germany's Grohmann Engineering to ramp up automated manufacturing

Nov. 8, 2016 14:19 CET

Tesla says it will buy the German company Grohmann Engineering to improve its automated manufacturing systems. The deal will help the electric-car maker ramp up its production in a bid to reach its target of 500,000 vehicles by the year 2018.... Read More »

OMARI GARDNER

Why I picked a dealership 2,355 miles from home

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Six franchised BMW dealerships are within a reasonable drive from my home in Michigan. But I chose to lease my next car from a store 2,355 miles from my front door.... Read More »

Nissan says UK gave assurances before making new investments

Nov. 7, 2016 13:58 CET

Nissan's co-CEO, Hiroto Saikawa, said the automaker was given assurances by the UK government that the auto industry would be kept competitive after Brexit prior to the automaker's announcement last month that it would make new investments in the country.... Read More »

 
Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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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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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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VW Group's small SUV push expected to help double segment's volume by 2022
Volkswagen Group's late arrival to Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is expected to make one of t ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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