Western Europe

Ineos to decide on location to build new off-road vehicle by year-end

Nov. 16, 2018 16:30 CET

Petrochemicals company Ineos said it will decide on the manufacturing location for its new off-road vehicle, currently in design and development, by the end of the year and flagged a number of "very strong options" in the UK and Europe.... Read More »

VW's supervisory board eyes multi-billion electrification plan

Nov. 16, 2018 09:32 CET

VW Group's supervisory board is due to vote on a multi-billion-euro investment plan on Friday, including steps to retool three German plants to mass produce EVs and to explore alliances with battery partners and rival automakers.... Read More »

PSA said to mull closing Vauxhall factory post-Brexit

Nov. 15, 2018 20:59 CET

Two UK factories may be too many for British automaker Vauxhall, whose owner PSA is weighing its options in case of a dip in car demand post-Brexit.... Read More »

UK's Brexit deal with EU 'positive,' auto industry says

Nov. 15, 2018 10:47 CET

The UK auto industry said British Prime Minister Theresa May's tentative Brexit deal with the European Union was a "positive step" for car companies operating in Britain.... Read More »

German court imposes diesel ban on western cities and autobahn

Nov. 15, 2018 16:30 CET

A German court ruled that North Rhine-Westphalia must ban older diesel vehicles from the cities of Gelsenkirchen and Essen, including part of the A40 autobahn.... Read More »

OCTOBER SALES

VW, FCA, Renault hit hard as Europe sales fall 7% in WLTP's wake

Nov. 15, 2018 10:31 CET

VW Group, Fiat Chrysler and Renault were among the biggest losers last month as Europe car sales fell 7 percent following the introduction of a new testing regime in September.... Read More »

VW will convert two more German plants to build EVs

Nov. 14, 2018 16:13 CET

VW will convert two more plants in Germany to build electric vehicles, creating what the automaker said will be Europe's largest EV production network.... Read More »

McLaren moves parts production to UK in reverse of Brexit trend

Nov. 14, 2018 09:31 CET

McLaren is bringing more work from mainland Europe to the UK as it opens a composite-parts factory in northern England, bucking a trend among automakers to shift output outside Britain in the run up to Brexit next year.... Read More »

PSA plans to cut production at Spanish plant on falling sales in Turkey, Argentina

Nov. 14, 2018 11:55 CET

PSA is seeking to eliminate a production shift at its factory in Vigo, Spain, to counter falling demand for its Peugeot 301 and Citroen C-Elysse models.... Read More »

France increases subsidies for low-income motorists to swap old cars for newer, less polluting models

Nov. 14, 2018 10:49 CET

The French government will double the 2,000-euro bonus granted to motorists on low incomes who change old-model cars for newer ones.... Read More »

U.S. holds off on car tariffs after trade meeting, report says

10:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2018

The Trump administration will hold off for now on imposing new tariffs on automobile imports as top officials weigh revisions to a report on the national security implications, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

VW, Daimler, BMW brace for U.S. tariffs as truce nears end

Nov. 13, 2018 15:08 CET

VW, Daimler and BMW are bracing themselves after the U.S. circulated a draft report on tariffs and the EU said a looming trade war between Europe and the U.S. may soon come to an end.... Read More »

Spain may ban diesel, gasoline car sales under new law

Nov. 13, 2018 16:41 CET

Spain is considering a ban on sales of diesel and gasoline cars beginning in 2040 to counter climate change.... Read More »

VW said to be open to joining German battery cell consortium

Nov. 13, 2018 09:50 CET

VW is open to joining a German consortium exploring the production of EV battery cells and will discuss the matter at a board meeting on Friday, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Stuttgart fails to halt ban on older diesel cars

Nov. 13, 2018 10:24 CET

Stuttgart will enforce a ban on older diesel vehicles following a local German court ruling, the latest German city to fall into line with moves to cut pollution.... Read More »

EU signals U.S. car-tariffs truce may not last long

Nov. 12, 2018 14:57 CET

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signaled that Europe's avoidance of extra U.S. car tariffs might last only until year-end, the latest indication of the fragility of the trans-Atlantic truce reached in the summer.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW, Daimler profit warnings hit shareholder value

Nov. 12, 2018 06:01 CET

Uncertainty over international trading conditions, profit warnings from two leading German automakers and the death of a CEO all contributed to declines seen in the latest Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Swiss dealer group Emil Frey rises to No. 1 on big deal with VW Group

Nov. 12, 2018 06:01 CET

Switzerland's Emil Frey is now Europe's biggest dealer group based on revenue after its purchase of 275 sites from the Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

Germany's auto rebound may be stung by trade tensions, China's slowdown

Nov. 11, 2018 13:04 CET

German auto production should pick up this quarter after new emissions tests choked production. But the strength of the rebound is in doubt as automakers feel the pain of trade tensions and China's slowdown.... Read More »

VW said to plan Tesla rival for less than $23,000, may share van production with Ford

Nov. 9, 2018 09:47 CET

VW intends to protect German jobs by converting three factories to make Tesla rivals and may transfer van production to a Ford factory in Turkey, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler should consider selling Europe business, spinning off Maserati, Alfa, investor says

Nov. 9, 2018 11:28 CET

Fiat Chrysler is being urged by an investor to consider selling its European business and spinning off Maserati and Alfa Romeo to focus on its profitable U.S. brands.... Read More »

VW, Daimler agree to pay for diesel retrofits in Germany

Nov. 9, 2018 10:35 CET

Volkswagen and Daimler have agreed to spend up to 3,000 euros ($3,430) per vehicle to offer hardware retrofits to clean up older diesel vehicles at their own cost, but rival BMW is still refusing to do so, Germany's Transport Minister said.... Read More »

Cologne, Bonn must impose limited diesel bans, German court says

Nov. 8, 2018 15:47 CET

A German court has ruled that the western cities of Cologne and Bonn must introduce bans on older diesel vehicles in certain areas from early 2019.... Read More »

Renault will build vans for Nissan, Mitsubishi in France

Nov. 8, 2018 14:20 CET

Renault will build Nissan and Mitsubishi vans at two plants in France, raising investment in the country as the three companies seek closer integration.... Read More »

Ford of Europe names electrified vehicles boss

Nov. 8, 2018 06:01 CET

Ford named company veteran Steve Hood to head its electrified business in Europe as the company prepares to ramp up sales of electric cars.... Read More »

 
Why horsepower needs to be retired

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7 2018

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With the mass-market introduction of electric vehicles it is time to think less of horsepower and mo ...
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VW distances itself from IPO speculation

Christiaan Hetzner
6:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31 2018

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VW has backed away from recent speculation sparked by its Porsche brand that the group might spin-of ...
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Daimler loses complicated, costly refrigerant battle

Christiaan Hetzner
3:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2018

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Daimler's profit warning, its second this year, brought back an old issue many might have forgotten: ...
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Why Porsche's CFO calls Germany's digital infrastructure a 'catastrophe'

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2018

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Porsche's CFO and IT boss says that Germany's digital infrastructure "is an absolute catastrophe" th ...
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Will Jaguar go EV-only?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17 2018

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Under a strategy being considered by company leaders, the British luxury marque would replace its conventional vehicles with battery-electric models over the next five to... ...
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German automakers' opposition to CO2 goal may backfire

Christiaan Hetzner
4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2018

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German-led efforts to water down calls for a 40 percent cut in new-car CO2 emissions by 2030 may hav ...
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Daimler should consider Porsche exec as next finance chief

Christiaan Hetzner
8:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9 2018

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Lutz Meschke, Porsche's finance chief has done a remarkable job at the automaker, ensuring double-di ...
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How women are tackling the industry's glass ceiling

Peter Sigal
7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5 2018

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To say that the automotive industry is male-dominated is an understatement. ...
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Why China is by far the world's largest market for full-electric cars

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5 2018

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China is the largest market for EVs in the world after finding the simple formula for success: Combi ...
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Why Russia's Rolls rival fails to impress

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2018

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Russia's luxury Aurus brand aspires to rival Bentley and Rolls-Royce, not just in Russia but in Euro ...
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VW, FCA, hit hard as Europe sales fall 7%
VW Group, Fiat Chrysler and Renault were among the biggest losers last month as Europe car sales fel ...
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VW, FCA, Renault hit hard as Europe sales fall 7% in WLTP's wake
VW Group, Fiat Chrysler and Renault were among the biggest losers last month as Europe car sales fel ...
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Russia sales rise 8% in Oct. as Mitsubishi, Skoda, VW lead gains
New-car sales in Russia rose 8 percent in October, with Mitsubishi, Skoda, and VW leading gains amon ...
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Forecast for W. Europe 2018 sales cut on new emissions rules
LMC consulting firm cut its forecast for full-year registrations in western Europe as the implementa ...
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Italy sales down 7%; diesel plunges 27 percent
Diesel's market share in Italy fell to 44 percent — the lowest since March 2010 — from ...
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German sales fall 7% but WLTP slide slows
German registrations fell at a slower pace in October as Europe's biggest market stabilized followin ...
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UK sales drop 3% on continued diesel uncertainty
UK registrations fell 3 percent in October on the uncertainty of future diesel policy and issues sur ...
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Spanish sales slide slows to 7% as WLTP distortion wears off
Registrations in Spain declined nearly 7 percent in October, a smaller drop than the 17 percent in S ...
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French sales decline slows post-WLTP
New-car sales in France fell by 1.5 percent in October to 173,802 following several months' disrupti ...
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VW, FCA, Renault take sales hit in Europe on WLTP
VW Group, Fiat Chrysler and Renault were among the biggest losers as Europe car sales fell 23 percen ...
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LCVs poised to gain from electric push, but costs, range remain risks
Automakers are expanding their lineups of electrified light commercial vehicles as lawmakers impose ...
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New arrivals from Volvo, Jaguar, BMW propel premium compact SUV sector
Europe's premium compact SUV category is experiencing a breakthrough year in terms of sales as new m ...
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Europe's crossover craze drives market gains
SUVs and crossovers accounted for one-third of European sales through June for the first time. Their ...
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Peugeot, Toyota commit to midsize sector despite slump
Peugeot and Toyota are the latest automakers to commit to Europe's volume midsize segment despite cu ...
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European electric-car sales growth slowed in first half
Sales growth of electric cars slowed across the EU's major markets during the first half because of ...
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CNG car sales set to rise on tougher emissions rules
European demand for cars powered by compressed natural gas has shown signs of life after a half-deca ...
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Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy'
European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as ne ...
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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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Daimler Financial gets new Europe boss
Peter Zieringer, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, will leave his post to lead Daimler Fi ...
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Renault recruits consumer goods veteran as global marketing chief
Renault has appointed former Unilever executive Francois Renard as global marketing director, replac ...
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Maserati recruits new sales chief from Ferrari
Maserati has shaken up its leadership team, recruiting a sales chief from Ferrari and appointing a n ...
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Tesla picks Australian telecoms exec to replace Musk as chair
Tesla chose Robyn Denholm to succeed Elon Musk as board chair, selecting an independent director to ...
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Ford of Europe names electrified vehicles boss
Ford named company veteran Steve Hood to head its electrified business in Europe as the company prep ...
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PSA's DS brand names new product chief
PSA's DS upscale brand appointed Marion David as product director, succeeding Eric Apode, who had he ...
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Continental hires Byton's Abendroth as chief tech officer
Continental has named Dirk Abendroth, a former BMW executive now employed at Chinese automaker Byton ...
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Mazda Europe promotes veteran styling exec to design boss
Mazda Europe has named Jo Stenuit to replace Kevin Rice as it new design boss. ...
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Hyundai promotes European premium brand veterans to top posts
Hyundai promoted former BMW executive Thomas Schemera to lead product planning for autonomous cars, ...
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Renault names veteran exec to head new sales & regions unit
Renault has appointed Olivier Murguet to the newly created post of executive vice president, sales a ...
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Tarraco gives Seat a flagship SUV to help retain wealthy buyers
The Seat Tarraco gives the brand an upmarket model that will compete at the high end of Europe's fas ...
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VW accelerates SUV push with T-Cross
VW accelerated its push into the booming SUV segment with the T-Cross, a small car that will compete ...
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Hyundai taps growing EV market with Kona SUV
The Hyundai Kona Electric SUV is off to a fast start in Europe as it is the first battery-powered mo ...
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Audi enters electric era with e-tron crossover
Audi hopes the 400-plus-km range of its new e-tron electric crossover and the vehicle's reproducible ...
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Ferrari Monza supercars will earn $755 million in revenue
Ferrari plans to sell 499 units of the Monza SP1 and SP2 supercars with a 1.6 million euro ($1. ...
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Ferrari's Icona retro line aimed at top of the market
Ferrari's limited-edition, retro-styled Monza supercars are part of the automaker's new Icona line. ...
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Peugeot touts Rifter's space and tech features
Peugeot has designed the new Rifter, the passenger variant of the automaker's small cargo van, to ap ...
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Ferrari seeks profit boost from retro-styled Monza
Ferrari's latest special-edition supercar will be called the Monza and will broaden the automaker's ...
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Seat counts on Tarraco to retain rich customers
Seat expects its new Tarraco flagship SUV to further boost the company's profitability by retaining ...
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Audi packs e-tron EV with interconnected features
The Audi e-tron will offer a 95-kilowatt-hour battery, full-time all-wheel drive and a host of inter ...
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