Western Europe

Germany could impose limited diesel car bans

Feb. 24, 2018 17:11 CET

Germany's government, which has steadfastly opposed barring heavily polluting diesel cars from cities, is working on changes to allow driving bans on certain routes on an emergency basis, documents seen by Reuters showed.... Read More »

Chief of China's Geely builds $9 billion stake in Daimler

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2018

Li Shufu, the chairman and main owner of Chinese carmaker Geely, has amassed a stake of 9.69 percent in Daimler AG, the German company said Friday. The stake, worth nearly $9 billion at the current market price for Daimler shares, makes Li the biggest single shareholder in the maker of Mercedes Benz cars, trucks and vans.... Read More »

UK will align auto regulations with EU after Brexit

Feb. 23, 2018 10:58 CET

The UK will align its regulations with the EU in some areas, including the automotive sector, after it leaves the bloc in 2019, a British government minister said.... Read More »

Renault picks Sweden for first EV-only showroom

Feb. 23, 2018 06:01 CET

Renault chose Sweden, Europe's No. 3 market for electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles, for its first showroom dedicated to EVs... Read More »

German solar battery maker Sonnen to link up EV users

Feb. 23, 2018 09:43 CET

German solar battery maker Sonnen is giving away EV charging plugs to new household customers, seeking to attract drivers frustrated by the slow rollout of shared charging points and link them up to better manage power demand.... Read More »

Former Audi board members have homes searched

Feb. 22, 2018 11:18 CET

German prosecutors searched the homes of three new suspects in connection with Audi's emissions scandal, further widening their inquiry to include former executives.... Read More »

German court delays ruling on diesel ban to next week

Feb. 22, 2018 10:06 CET

A German court on Thursday delayed a ruling on whether major cities can ban heavily polluting diesel cars, which could hit the resale value of 15 million vehicles in Europe's largest market and force automakers to pay for costly modifications.... Read More »

German neo-Nazis are trying to infiltrate Daimler, works council says

Feb. 22, 2018 09:37 CET

Neo-Nazis are attempting to infiltrate Daimler to turn a key German engine factory into a showcase for their views, the plant's works council said.... Read More »

Bosch, Conti among suppliers fined by EU over anti-competitive behavior

Feb. 21, 2018 14:47 CET

Bosch and Continental are among suppliers and car shipping firms fined a total of 546 million euros ($673.49 million) by the EU for anti-competitive behavior.... Read More »

VW avoids strikes with 4% wage hike for German workers

Feb. 21, 2018 09:21 CET

VW agreed to raise the wages of more than 120,000 workers in Germany by 4.3 percent, averting widespread strikes at the automaker.... Read More »

Ford aims to set up German bank this year to offset Brexit risk

Feb. 21, 2018 09:47 CET

Ford hopes to set up a bank in Germany in the second half after applying for a license in the country as part of its strategy to mitigate any risk from the UK leaving the EU.... Read More »

Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe

Feb. 20, 2018 06:01 CET

Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla's Model S outsold the luxury flagships of Mercedes, BMW and Audi in Europe.... Read More »

Seat's seven-seat SUV will be called the Tarraco

Feb. 20, 2018 12:08 CET

Seat said it will call its new seven-seat SUV the Tarraco. The car will be the third model in Seat's SUV lineup after the subcompact Arona and the compact Ateca.... Read More »

Automakers fear potential drop in diesel values after German court ruling

Feb. 19, 2018 10:48 CET

A court will decide later this week on whether German cities can ban heavily polluting cars, potentially wiping hundreds of millions of euros off the value of diesel cars on the country's roads.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year

Feb. 18, 2018 06:01 CET

Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives will cause sales in Europe's compact premium segment to fall for a second consecutive year, according to market forecasters.... Read More »

Brexit shock begins to hit the UK car industry

Feb. 17, 2018 06:01 CET

Brexit shock has begun to hit the UK's car industry as Vauxhall starts to cut its workforce and Jaguar Land Rover readies production curbs. But for some industry observers, there is worse to come.... Read More »

Dyson wants to build 3 EV models, report says

Feb. 16, 2018 06:01 CET

Dyson aims to bring three electric cars to market with the first launching in 2021, the Financial Times reported.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

VW surges in mixed Q4 for European auto sector

Feb. 16, 2018 06:01 CET

VW, Norwegian parts supplier Kongsberg and UK car retailer Vertu Motors were the best performers in terms of delivering value to their shareholders during the final quarter of 2017. The automotive sector as a whole, however, had mixed results.... Read More »

VW staff are unconvinced of culture change

Feb. 16, 2018 09:55 CET

Almost two thirds of VW employees in Germany see no improvement in the automaker's corporate culture nearly two and a half years after its diesel-emissions fraud was revealed.... Read More »

2018 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Citroen adds comfort features to new Berlingo

Feb. 15, 2018 11:21 CET

Citroen says its third-generation Berlingo compact passenger van will be available in two lengths for the first time. The new Berlingo, which will be displayed at the Geneva auto show next month, also adds comfort and convenience features including a head-up display, adaptive cruise control and 28 storage compartments.... Read More »

German gov't says free public transport no substitute for cleaner diesels

Feb. 15, 2018 10:47 CET

A proposal to trial free public transport in some German cities as a means of cutting emissions from polluting private cars is not intended as a substitute for efforts to clean up diesel vehicles already on the road, a government spokesman said.... Read More »

Mercedes Vito probed for emissions defeat device

Feb. 14, 2018 16:59 CET

Germany's Transport Ministry is reviewing whether to initiate a formal hearing of Daimler to probe the alleged use of an illegal defeat device in the Mercedes Vito van.... Read More »

2018 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Lexus readies BMW X1 rival

Feb. 14, 2018 06:01 CET

Lexus said it will not build its planned BMW X1 competitor in France. The production version of Lexus' compact premium SUV is expected to debut at the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

GKN offers investors $3.5 billion to rebuff Melrose bid

Feb. 14, 2018 10:59 CET

UK engineering group GKN sharpened its argument against a hostile takeover attempt by Melrose, outlining plans to divest businesses representing a quarter of its sales, slash costs and return 2.5 billion pounds ($3.5 billion) in cash to shareholders over the next three years.... Read More »

London not ready for driverless cars before 2030s, report says

Feb. 14, 2018 10:04 CET

London is ill-prepared to become an early adopter of driverless cars and retail deliveries by drone, a report from the city's lawmakers said. The UK government has said such transport technology will be available by 2021, but the report predicts that infrastructure and connectivity issues mean this will likely happen much later.... Read More »

 
Renault shows it's ready for autonomous future

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21 2018

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Anyone connected to the automotive business will tell you that in the not-so-distant future cars wil ...
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Why rival designers are talking up the Jaguar I-Pace

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19 2018

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It's intriguing when, without prompting, designers talk up a rival vehicle. And that's happening wit ...
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Renault follows Audi into the potentially lucrative e-sports world

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2018

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Renault is following other major corporate sponsors, including Audi, into the potentially lucrative ...
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VW has fixed its China operations and is now set to keep its lead

Yang Jian
5:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9 2018

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GM, Toyota, Honda, Geely and Great Wall have all had good starts to the year in China, posting stron ...
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Polestar CEO's challenge: embracing change

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath made the rare transition of from design boss to chief executive of his ...
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For German automakers, an ugly past that won't go away

Christiaan Hetzner
2:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2018

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The moral depths to which Volkswagen was willing to sink in order to defraud public opinion about th ...
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Jaguar XJ could be reborn as electric Tesla fighter

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23 2018

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Autocar reported this week that the Jaguar XJ flagship sedan is being rebuilt from the wheels ...
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Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19 2018

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Peugeot's decision to replace its 3008 and 5008 minivans with more crossover-oriented versions has p ...
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BMW exec combines Silicon Valley innovation with corporate rigor

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17 2018

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German automotive companies have acknowledged that they need to foster a work culture more akin to S ...
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Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Amy Wilson
9:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2018

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Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in ...
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European sales rise 7% in January, boosted by SUVs
Europe's new-car market opened the year with 7 percent sales growth in January. Almost all automaker ...
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Renault, Kia and Ford are winners as Russia sales rise 31%
Renault, Kia and Ford were big winners in Russia in January after the new-car market grew by 31 perc ...
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French, Asian brands outstrip home rivals in rising German market
French and most Asian brands outstripped domestic rivals in sales growth in a German market up 12 pe ...
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UK sales fall 6% in January with diesel demand slumping
UK registrations fell 6 percent last month as weaker consumer confidence and uncertainty over the fu ...
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Italy sales rise 3% on extra selling day
New-car sales in Italy rose 3.4 percent to 177,822 in January, according to figures published by Ita ...
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Spain sales surge 20% in January
New-car sales in Spain surged 20 percent in January on strong demand for the VW, Seat and Peugeot br ...
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France sales increase nearly 3% in January
New-car registrations in France rose 2.5 percent in January, with sales helped by strong gains at Pe ...
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European sales fall 5% in December with Fiat, Nissan and Skoda among biggest losers
European new-car sales fell nearly 5 percent in December, hurt by extra days off for Christmas versu ...
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Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017
Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
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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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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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Denso chairman Katoh retires; Arima remains CEO
Nobuaki Katoh, who led Denso through a recession and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is stepping do ...
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Ousted Ford North America boss Nair loses at least $5 million in bonuses
Raj Nair, ousted as Ford's president of North America, will lose a $5 million stock bonus given to h ...
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Toyota promotes female executive to top management level
Chika Kako is a rarity in Toyota's upper echelons. ...
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Rolls-Royce gets new engineering chief from BMW
Rolls-Royce named BMW veteran Mihiar Ayoubi as head of engineering at the British ultraluxury brand. ...
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Kuniskis' job: Fan excitement for Alfa, Maserati
Tim Kuniskis, the car-crazy U.S. sales guy handed control of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, knows somethin ...
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FCA names new global boss for Alfa, Maserati
Fiat Chrysler named Tim Kuniskis to be the new global head for Maserati and Alfa Romeo while trimmin ...
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New ZF CEO is former Bosch autos boss Scheider
ZF recruits mew CEO from Mahle, which had grabbed him from Bosch. Mahle promotes the man it recruite ...
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Nissan Europe promotes veteran alliance exec to top sales job
Nissan Europe has promoted Ken Ramirez to lead its sales and marketing operations in the region foll ...
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Valeo appoints new China president
Valeo has promoted Francois Marion to president of its China unit. ...
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Skoda veteran is Audi's new China sales boss
Audi has appointed Marco Schubert, Skoda's sales chief for Asia, as president of sales at VW's joint ...
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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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BMW makes leaner, sleeker 6-series GT
BMW hopes a more appealing design, greater variability and increased comfort will propel sales of it ...
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Volvo counts on XC40 for conquests
Volvo is counting on its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment to break a lot ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Citroen sees C3 Aircross luring minivan loyalists
Citroen says the C3 Aircross will stand out from rivals in the subcompact SUV segment with its expre ...
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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color opt ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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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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