Western Europe

France prepares to sell 5% stake in Renault

July 30, 2015 13:41 CET

France is preparing to sell the 5 percent Renault stake it acquired earlier this year to secure a doubling of voting rights for longer-term investors, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said.... Read More »

French minister sees smoother return to Iran for Renault than PSA

July 30, 2015 12:47 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, previously the market leader in Iran, could find it more difficult to return to the country than rival Renault following a dispute over the carmaker's 2011 market exit, Laurent Fabius, France's foreign minister, said after talks with Iranian leaders.... Read More »

Italy's long-term car rental sector probed by competition authority

July 30, 2015 11:05 CET

The Italian Competition Authority has launched an investigation into possible breaches of competition rules by eight long-term car rental companies.... Read More »

PSA says anti-French backlash weighs on Iran talks

July 29, 2015 12:20 CET

PSA's talks on a manufacturing venture with Iran's biggest carmaker are being undermined by anti-French sentiment in the country, CEO Carlos Tavares said. Iranians are hostile because France took a tough line in talks to lift international sanctions against Iran.... Read More »

Daimler will test self-driving trucks this year, report says

July 27, 2015 11:23 CET

Daimler is planning to test self-driving trucks as early as this year, Wolfgang Bernhard, chief of the automaker's trucks business, told a German newspaper.... Read More »

Mercedes revamps supply chain to trim costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mercedes-Benz aims to reduce its logistics costs by about 20 percent per vehicle as the company invests hundreds of millions of euros in a global reorganization of its supply chain network. The automaker has increased production outside of its German home over the past decade but many of the components used in its cars are still sourced from Europe.... Read More »

Opel names engineer to oversee quality

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel named mechanical engineer Elvira Toelkes as its new head of quality in Europe. Toelkes will be tasked with continuing Opel's drive to improve customer satisfaction. Opel and sister brand Vauxhall had below average scores in J.D. Power's vehicle satisfaction surveys.... Read More »

UK car production rose sharply in June as export demand surges

July 23, 2015 09:30 CET

British car production rose sharply last month, helped by an upturn in the number of cars built for export and capping the strongest half-year performance since 2008.... Read More »

Opel aims Astra at 'user-chooser' company car drivers to boost profit

July 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel will target its new Astra at so-called "user-chooser" company car drivers in a bid to lift sales of the key model as it seeks to return to profitability. Corporate sales are growing in the brand's German home market.... Read More »

VW will set up new truck business headquarters

July 21, 2015 12:14 CET

Volkswagen plans to set up its new truck business near its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The carmaker aims to build a heavy goods vehicle operation capable of taking on rivals Daimler and Volvo.... Read More »

Land Rover Defender production to be extended

July 17, 2015 10:43 CET

Jaguar Land Rover could extend production of its current-generation Land Rover Defender in Solihull, England, into early next year as it mulls where to build the iconic SUV's successor. Defender production had been scheduled to finish at the end of the year.... Read More »

Nissan passes Toyota to become Europe's top-selling Asian brand

July 17, 2015 10:20 CET

Nissan passed Toyota to become the top-selling Asian brand in Europe in the first six months as demand for the latest Qashqai compact crossover and growth in key markets such as the UK, France and Germany, helped the automaker gain market share.... Read More »

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PSA exec foresees single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions

July 17, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's chief engineer for downsized gasoline engines foresees a day when there is a single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions. Denis Fourchon also told Automotive News Europe that diesels will struggle to remain Europe's top powertrain as gasoline engines become more fuel efficient.... Read More »

European car sales rise 15% as recovery takes hold despite Greek crisis

July 16, 2015 08:32 CET

New-car sales in Europe rose at the highest monthly rate in five and a half years in June as extra selling days in key markets, increased discounting and strong demand for mid-market brands and luxury cars pushed growth. Registrations jumped 15 percent to 1.41 million.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Nexteer helps make Opel Corsa's steering safer

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Nexteer Automotive's column-assisted electric power steering system in the new Opel/Vauxhall Corsa is safer because of improvements to the steering column.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover criticizes new UK tax aimed at expensive cars

July 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover said premium automakers will be unfairly penalized by a new UK vehicle tax scheme that is expected to hit sales of large SUVs and big sedans.... Read More »

Strike at Spanish seating supplier ends

July 15, 2015 14:53 CET

Employees at a Spanish factory of seating supplier Johnson Controls today resumed work. Their strike had hit production at Volkswagen Group's Seat unit.... Read More »

Porsche will spend 1.1 billion euros to upgrade plants

July 15, 2015 12:22 CET

Porsche will spend 1.1 billion euros ($1.21 billion) through 2020 to upgrade its main production and research sites in Germany.... Read More »

Ford's Europe sales rise 16% on new Mondeo, SUVs

July 14, 2015 14:31 CET

Ford's European car sales rose 16 percent in June as the automaker benefited from demand for its new Mondeo and SUVs. Ford also said it has received more than 6,700 European orders for the Mustang sports car.... Read More »

ArcelorMittal to use microbes to make fuel from waste gases

6:42 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, plans to use waste gases from its steel operations to produce low-carbon fuel for vehicles.... Read More »

PSA first-half sales held back by Citroen, Latin America

July 10, 2015 21:56 CET

PSA's first-half sales rose a modest 0.4 percent, the French carmaker said, as slumping Latin American demand and a weak performance by the Citroen brand diluted the effect of a European market rebound.... Read More »

DAVID JOLLEY

BLOG: Germany's EV drive gets a supermarket's help

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Aldi, a popular German-based discount supermarket chain, has introduced something that could help its home market get closer to an ambitious target of having 1 million EVs on the road by 2020: free charging.... Read More »

ACEA raises EU car sales growth forecast to 5% from 2%

July 9, 2015 11:54 CET

European car association ACEA revised upward its forecast for 2015 sales in the EU to more than 13 million vehicles, or 5 percent growth, from a previous estimate of 2 percent. Demand remains below the 2007 peak of almost 16 million cars, ACEA added.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Interiors sector will get smaller, but not too small

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

Grupo Antolin's planned purchase of most of Magna's interiors operations and JCI's possible sale of its seating business are just the beginning of the upheaval in the automotive interiors world. The sector, however, will remain competitive, an expert with vast M&A experience said.... Read More »

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Small SUV sales forecast to nearly double in Europe's top markets

July 9, 2015 06:15 CET

Small SUV sales in Europe's five largest car markets are forecast to nearly double to 931,000 units by 2018, led by fast-rising demand in France, the UK and Italy, according to IHS Automotive, which also sees the segment growing more than 70 percent to 1.3 million units Europewide by 2020.... Read More »

 
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