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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief

Nov. 6, 2017 10:50 CET

VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for November

Nov. 6, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks why the European pickup market is set to take off.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment

Nov. 5, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford in a sector that has been, until recently, virtually ignored by European automakers.... Read More »

OCTOBER SALES

Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia

Nov. 3, 2017 15:38 CET

Spain's new-car sales increased 14 percent in October even as tensions over Catalonia's bid to gain independence created an uncertain business environment.... Read More »

OCTOBER SALES

Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline

Nov. 3, 2017 12:00 CET

French brands were among the winners in an Italian market that had a record month for new-car sales in October as demand grew 7 percent.Fiat Chrysler sales fell after the automaker started to reduce self-registrations.... Read More »

BMW, VW, Daimler, Ford ready pan-European charging network

Nov. 3, 2017 10:38 CET

BMW, Daimler, VW and Ford have formed a joint venture to create a pan-European network of 400 fast charging stations for EVs by 2020. The venture will launch its first 20 charging stations this year in Germany, Norway and Austria.... Read More »

ANE's November issue goes live Monday

Nov. 3, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, November 6. The new edition looks why the European pickup market is set to take off.... Read More »

OCTOBER SALES

German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back

Nov. 2, 2017 16:19 CET

PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent last month while the French automaker's newly acquired Opel brand saw sales decline.... Read More »

OCTOBER SALES

French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners

Nov. 2, 2017 11:26 CET

French new-car sales rose 14 percent in October, with Nissan and Toyota among the winners.... Read More »

German Greens make stand on car emissions in coalition talks

Nov. 2, 2017 12:34 CET

Germany's Greens said that any coalition government they join would have to agree to make carmakers introduce mechanical changes to engine and exhaust systems to cut toxic emissions.... Read More »

Ford hybrid vans will be 'geofenced' in cleaner air trial

Oct. 31, 2017 06:01 CET

Plug-in hybrids are seen as a compromise ahead of EVs in creating zero-emissions zones in cities. Ford and Transport for London are testing "geofencing" as a way to ensure hybrid cars only run on electric power in city centers.... Read More »

Portugal plans free zones for self-driving cars

Oct. 31, 2017 16:14 CET

Aiming to spur development of self-driving vehicles, Portugal is planning to launch "free zones" with special regulations to allow testing of autonomous technologies and attract investment in them.... Read More »

Former Ford Germany chief favorite to head VDA auto lobby, report says

Oct. 30, 2017 10:39 CET

Ford's former Germany boss, Bernhard Mattes, is the favorite to head Germany's VDA auto industry lobby, a German newspaper reported. Mattes is regarded highly because he is viewed as independent of VW, BMW, and Daimler.... Read More »

Bloodhound rocket car begins bid to reach 1,000 mph

Oct. 27, 2017 12:30 CET

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car had its first tests as the UK-based project, whose sponsors include Geely, seeks to enter the record books by eventually reaching a speed of 1,000 mph (1,610 kph).... Read More »

Extent of VW emissions cheating discussed earlier than known, report says

9:58 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2017

VW engineers told top managers that diesel emissions manipulations went far beyond issues in the U.S. two days before VW made a public announcement, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler suspends Maserati Levante output for 9 more days

Oct. 27, 2017 16:02 CET

Fiat Chrysler will halt production of Maserati Levante SUVs for another nine days between Nov. 22 and Dec. 7, the FIOM union said... Read More »

Seven countries urge EU to cut CO2 emissions by more than planned

Oct. 27, 2017 12:39 CET

Seven EU nations called for stricter CO2 emissions limits in a last ditch lobbying push ahead of new targets due to be set out next month. The demand by countries including Austria, the Netherlands and Ireland will likely put them at odds with the auto industry and large car producing nations such as Germany and France.... Read More »

Chassix to acquire Benteler's automotive casting business

6:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2017

Detroit area auto supplier Chassix signed an agreement to acquire Austrian conglomerate Benteler International's automotive casting business.... Read More »

BMW taps wind power, old batteries to make car production greener

Oct. 27, 2017 09:30 CET

BMW is tapping its own wind turbines and recycled batteries to power machines that make cars such as the i3 EV at its plant in Leipzig, Germany.... Read More »

VW, BMW, Daimler warn EU over patent fee guidelines

Oct. 26, 2017 14:44 CET

VW, BMW and Daimler have warned EU regulators that adopting tech-based patent fees could hurt consumers and hinder innovation.... Read More »

VW launches online platform to push used-car sales

Oct. 26, 2017 15:09 CET

Volkswagen has launched an online platform to grab a share of used-car sales in Germany, as it pursues a goal to almost double its portfolio of credit, leasing and insurance contracts to 30 million units by 2025.... Read More »

Inchcape's Q3 revenue rises 15%

Oct. 26, 2017 11:57 CET

UK-based dealer group Inchcape said its third-quarter revenue rose 15 percent to 2.3 billion pounds ($3.1 billion), driven by strong growth in Singapore and helped by an acquisition in South America.... Read More »

UK automakers warn on Brexit as production shrinks

Oct. 26, 2017 09:25 CET

UK production fell 4 percent in September, prompting the SMMT industry body to demand clarity on Brexit negotiations. It said the prospect of Britain leaving the EU with no deal would be the worst outcome.... Read More »

Ningbo Jifeng raises stake in Grammer above 25%

Oct. 26, 2017 10:43 CET

China's Ningbo Jifeng has raised its stake in Germany's Grammer to 25.5 percent from about 20 percent, as the German supplier fights to marginalize the influence of Bosnia's Hastor family.... Read More »

Toyota says Brexit 'fog' must clear to safeguard UK plant

Oct. 25, 2017 14:29 CET

Toyota will have to think about the future of its UK plant if Britain loses tariff-free access to the EU's single market, Executive Vice President Didier Leroy said.... Read More »

 
Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12 2017

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Luca Ciferri
6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2017

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The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped. ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Christiaan Hetzner
4:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "to ...
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PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1 2017

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PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be ...
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VW brand's profit margin goal is too easy

Christiaan Hetzner
6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 2017

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VW brand's turnaround plan is not even a year old and yet next month the brand's CEO, Herbert Diess, ...
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Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

Luca Ciferri
4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26 2017

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Toyota Executive Vice President Didier Leroy showed a much bolder Toyota at the Tokyo auto show with ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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UK sales slump 12% in Oct. in 7th monthly decline
UK registrations in October fell by 12 percent, marking a seventh consecutive month of decline. Vaux ...
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Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia
Spain's new-car sales increased 14 percent in October even as tensions over Catalonia's bid to gain ...
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Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline
French brands were among the winners in an Italian market that had a record month for new-car sales ...
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German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back
PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent l ...
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French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners
French new-car sales rose 14 percent in October, with Nissan and Toyota among the winners. ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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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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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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Ford names new manufacturing boss for Europe; veteran exec Odell to retire
Ford named a new manufacturing boss and a new head of joint ventures and alliances in Europe as part ...
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Kia hires PSA designer to lead China styling team
Kia has hired veteran designer Oleg Son from PSA to be the Korean brand's design chief in China. Ole ...
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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