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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales

May 10, 2018 06:01 CET

Europe's premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices in the core midsize segment to keep customers engaged as buyers increasingly opt for SUVs.... Read More »

Ford chairman says 'fairly large' changes in store; Europe, S. America in sights

May 10, 2018 10:32 CET

Ford shareholders should expect "fairly large" changes in the coming year, Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. said, building on the automaker's moves to discontinue some North American models and boost electric vehicle investment.... Read More »

2018 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Gorazd Gotovac

May 10, 2018 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Electrification is Gorazd Gotovac, who is chief technology officer at Elaphe Propulsion Technologies.... Read More »

German experts advise against forced retrofits for diesels

May 9, 2018 15:14 CET

German automakers cannot be forced to retrofit polluting diesel cars unless excessive emissions are caused by deliberate fraud, said an expert report that is being reviewed by Germany's transport ministry.... Read More »

VW could face class action from 2 million German owners after law change

May 9, 2018 17:05 CET

About 2 million diesel car owners in Germany could join class action lawsuits to seek compensation from VW after the German cabinet approved a draft law that aims to make it easier for people to join a legal test case.... Read More »

Audi will present upgrade for diesels suspected of having 'defeat' device

May 9, 2018 11:33 CET

Audi, which is facing a new investigation into suspected emissions cheating, said it will shortly present a software upgrade for A6 and A7 diesels.... Read More »

Germany's Merkel sees chance for EV battery production in Europe

May 9, 2018 10:14 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees an increased chance of German automakers establishing battery production for EVs in Europe.... Read More »

2018 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Jarkko Ahlbom

May 9, 2018 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Business Development is Jarkko Ahlbom, who is category manager for global fleet at Konecranes.... Read More »

2018 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Luigi Ksawery Luca

May 8, 2018 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Aftermarket is Luigi Ksawery Luca, who is mobility and connected car director at Toyota Europe.... Read More »

VW CEO Diess supports alliance to build battery cells for EVs in Europe

May 7, 2018 09:48 CET

VW Group CEO Herbert Diess backed a European industry alliance for battery cell production amid fears that the region will lose out to Asian rivals as EV sales take off and technology advances.... Read More »

Automotive News Europe names the 2018 Rising Stars winners

May 7, 2018 06:01 CET

Seventeen young and talented automotive executives have been named as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for May

May 7, 2018 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at how PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares' integration of Opel/Vauxhall is progressing.... Read More »

APRIL SALES

W. European sales rise 9% in April on extra selling days

May 4, 2018 14:13 CET

Western European car sales rose 9.1 percent in April compared to a year ago, helped by the timing of this year's Easter holiday which led to a higher number of selling days than the year before.... Read More »

APRIL SALES

UK sales increase 10% amid diesel slump

May 4, 2018 10:08 CET

UK registrations rose 10 percent in April, reflecting a poor performance in the same month last year. Diesel demand continued to fall.... Read More »

ANE's May issue goes live on Monday

May 4, 2018 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday. The new edition looks at how PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares' integration of Opel/Vauxhall is progressing.... Read More »

APRIL SALES

VW brand continues to recover in German market up 8%

May 3, 2018 15:21 CET

VW brand continued to recover in its German home market last month with a 15 percent increase in registrations in a total market up 8 percent.... Read More »

Germany overtakes Norway as Europe's top market for electrified cars

May 3, 2018 15:52 CET

Germany has leapfrogged Norway as Europe's biggest market for electrified cars, a sign that consumers are warming to the technology just as VW and Daimler ready models to take on Tesla.... Read More »

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Toyota, Hyundai and Kia among winners as Spanish sales rise 12%

May 3, 2018 17:52 CET

New-car registrations in Spain increased 12 percent in April, with Toyota, Hyundai and Kia among the winners while Ford and Opel saw sales decline.... Read More »

APRIL SALES

Private demand drives Italy's 7% growth

May 3, 2018 10:48 CET

New-car sales in Italy rose 6.5 percent last month, helped by a recovery in demand by private customers and by an additional selling day compared with the same month last year.... Read More »

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Hyundai, Fiat, Dacia gain as French sales rise 9%

May 2, 2018 12:34 CET

French registrations rose 9 percent in April, led by strong gains at Dacia, Hyundai, Kia, Fiat and DS.... Read More »

Skoda will shift some SUV production to Germany

April 30, 2018 12:40 CET

Skoda will build Karoq SUVs in a VW plant in Germany to ease overcapacity in its factories in the Czech Republic.... Read More »

Denmark may reintroduce EV subsidies

April 29, 2018 14:09 CET

Denmark may be open to reintroducing financial incentives for electric cars after sales fell dramatically when the government phased out subsidies similar to those offered in Norway and Germany.... Read More »

Opel union blocks voluntary buyouts, stifling deeper PSA cuts, report says

April 27, 2018 15:17 CET

Opel's works council has halted a voluntary buyout plan, crimping parent company PSA's ability to pursue deeper staff cuts, internal memos seen by Reuters showed.... Read More »

UK production falls 13% in March on Brexit, diesel slump

April 26, 2018 11:03 CET

UK production fell 13 percent in March as bad weather disrupted supply chains and worries over export prospects after Brexit and the future of diesel vehicles dampened demand.... Read More »

Porsche appeals against file seizure in emissions raid

April 25, 2018 14:48 CET

Porsche has appealed against the seizure of files by prosecutors during a raid last week on the company's premises related to inquiries into emissions manipulations.... Read More »

 
Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives?

Dave Guilford
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14 2018

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It's easy to become enamoured of the accident-free future with autonomous cars, but before that time ...
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Porsche wants Chinese buyers to love the 911

Christiaan Hetzner
4:31 am U.S. ET | May 11 2018

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China may be Porsche's biggest market but sales of its 911 sports car are poor. ...
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Lessons learned from DaimlerChrysler

Richard Johnson
8:50 am U.S. ET | May 9 2018

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Conventional wisdom is that the combining of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler failed because of a clash of cultures, but that's an oversimplification. ...
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VW hopes marketing overhaul will banish diesel stain

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1 2018

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VW will support the launch of its I.D. ...
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Renault's push to grow outside Europe is off to a mixed start

Peter Sigal
8:50 am U.S. ET | April 27 2018

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Carlos Ghosn is betting that Renault's sales outside of Europe will drive revenues over the next six years. ...
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Why it won't be easy for global automakers to part with Chinese partners

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23 2018

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The Chinese government will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domes ...
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Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a comp ...
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Wesley Wren
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12 2018

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Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, ...
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VW, Toyota, Dacia rise as Europe sales rise 10% in April
VW, Toyota and Dacia all saw their European sales rise sharply in April, outpacing a market that gre ...
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Russian sales rise 18% as buyers try to beat price hikes
New-car sales in Russia rose 18 percent in April, as consumers hastened purchases anticipating that ...
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UK sales increase 10% amid diesel slump
UK registrations rose 10 percent in April, reflecting a poor performance in the same month last year ...
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VW brand continues to recover in German market up 8%
VW brand continued to recover in its German home market last month with a 15 percent increase in reg ...
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Toyota, Hyundai and Kia among winners as Spanish sales rise 12%
New-car registrations in Spain increased 12 percent in April, with Toyota, Hyundai and Kia among the ...
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Private demand drives Italy's 7% growth
New-car sales in Italy rose 6. ...
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Hyundai, Fiat, Dacia gain as French sales rise 9%
French registrations rose 9 percent in April, led by strong gains at Dacia, Hyundai, Kia, Fiat and D ...
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Mercedes leads China luxury car sales despite Audi surge
Mercedes brand retained its lead as China's top-selling luxury brand so far this year despite a surg ...
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Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as Europe sales fall 5%
Nissan, Ford and Fiat brand saw their European sales decline steeply in March as industrywide regist ...
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Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales
Europe's premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices in the core midsize s ...
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing c ...
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives ...
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Adient pick veteran exec Fleischer to lead EMEA unit
Seating supplier Adient has promoted veteran executive Ingo Fleischer to head its business in Europe ...
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PSA has new heads for Russia, purchasing; sends sales expert to Opel
PSA has appointed executives to accelerate growth in Russia, boost sales at Opel, and improve purcha ...
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Aston Martin recruits veteran VW Group exec to lead exterior design
Aston Martin has recruited Tobias Suehlmann from VW Group's Bugatti brand as its chief exterior desi ...
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Mazda names Americas head Marumoto next CEO
Mazda named Americas chief Akira Marumoto its new CEO as the automaker -- with its limited r&d budge ...
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Rolls-Royce's former engineering chief joins Borgward
Borgward appointed Philip Koehn, former director of engineering at Rolls-Royce, as its chief technol ...
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Jaguar Land Rover prepares for EV future with new manufacturing chief
Jaguar Land Rover said Grant McPherson, its current director of quality and automotive safety, will ...
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Jaguar Land Rover prepares for EV future with new manufacturing chief
Jaguar Land Rover said Grant McPherson, its current director of quality and automotive safety, will ...
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VW's Electrify America subsidiary replaces CEO
VW of America has cut the cord with its former head of sales in the U.S. ...
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Ex-Opel CEO Neumann will join California-based EV startup
Former Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann will join California-based EV startup Evelozcity, which is run b ...
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Tesla's Autopilot chief steps down after two years
Tesla's Autopilot chief, Jim Keller, has left the company, the latest in a rash of executive departu ...
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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features
VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imagi ...
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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features
VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imagi ...
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Hyundai Nexo leads eco charge
Hyundai sees Europe as a key market for its Nexo fuel cell car because the region has more advanced ...
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Hyundai makes Santa Fe more family-friendly
Hyundai hopes more advanced safety and comfort features, better styling and a more refined interior ...
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BMW aims sporty X2 at young buyers
BMW's is aiming its all-new X2 at young and young-at-heart customers.The X2 is a sporty variant of t ...
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With the 720S, McLaren makes a more practical supercar
McLaren has added practical features to its 720S supercar in response to research that showed that m ...
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Nissan Leaf gets big tech, range upgrades
Nissan is counting on its sleeker, more technologically advanced, longer-range Leaf electric car to ...
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Mitsubishi expands reach in compact SUV sector with Eclipse Cross
The arrival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact crossover gives the automaker three models that ...
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Jaguar expects to lure new customers with E-Pace
Jaguar sees the new E-Pace SUV as a conquest vehicle for the brand, with 80 percent of buyers new to ...
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With DS 7, PSA gets upscale flagship
PSA says the DS 7 Crossback will stand out from the competition because of its focus on technology, ...
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Suppliers to the new Seat Ateca
Assembly of the all-new Seat Ateca began in April 2016 at parent Volkswagen Group's plant in Kvasiny ...
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Suppliers to the new Porsche 718 Cayman
Assembly of the third-generation Porsche Cayman began in July 2016 at parent Volkswagen Group’ ...
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Suppliers to the new Nissan Micra
Assembly of the fifth-generation Nissan Micra began in December 2016 at alliance partner RenaultR ...
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Suppliers to the new Hyundai i30
Assembly of the third-generation Hyundai i30 began in December 2016 at Hyundai's plant in Nosovice, ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
Assembly of the third-generation Ope/Vauxhall Insignia began in March 2016 at the automaker's plant ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford GT
Assembly of the second-generation Ford GT began in October 2016 at Ford's plant in Markham, Canada. ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A5
Assembly of the second-generation Audi A5 began in June 2016 at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary's pl ...
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Suppliers to the new Honda Civic
Assembly of the 10th-generation Honda Civic began in July 2016 in at Honda's plant in Swindon, Engla ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford Fiesta
Assembly of the seventh-generation Ford Fiesta began in May 2017 in at Ford's plant in Cologne, Germ ...
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Suppliers to the new Citroen C3
Assembly of the third-generation Citroen C3 began in September 2016 in at PSA's plant in Trnava, Slo ...
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