Western Europe

Tesla drivers in Germany told to return $4,650 subsidy

July 18, 2018 11:49 CET

Hundreds of Tesla Model S drivers in Germany have been ordered to pay back a 4,000-euro ($4,650) electric-vehicle subsidy after a government agency deemed their luxury cars too expensive to qualify for the program.... Read More »

Thyssenkrupp moves toward possible breakup as CEO, chairman depart

July 18, 2018 11:07 CET

Thyssenkrupp could be moving closer toward breaking up after its CEO and chairman both resigned in opposition to the proposed splitting up of the sprawling conglomerate.... Read More »

Why EVs could help teach UK consumers the price of electricity

July 18, 2018 10:18 CET

The UK's transition to EVs could become the catalyst that energy consumers need to learn about power markets and seek out the cheapest suppliers of electricity, a UK lawmaker said.... Read More »

VW Group appoints Porsche exec as strategy chief

July 17, 2018 06:01 CET

VW Group named Porsche executive Juergen Rittersberger as its new head of strategy. He replaces Thomas Sedran, who will lead the group's commercial vehicles division.... Read More »

Japanese automakers set for European sales boost from trade pact

July 17, 2018 14:49 CET

Japanese automakers could increase their sales to Europe after the EU and Japan signed a trade pact that will remove European tariffs of 10 percent on imported cars.... Read More »

Europe seeks talks with Trump over auto tariffs, report says

1:49 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2018

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet President Trump in Washington next week to explore the possibility of starting negotiations on reducing car tariffs for several key trade partners, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the plans.... Read More »

EU demands VW guarantee that diesel emissions fix does not impair cars

July 17, 2018 12:39 CET

The EU criticized VW Group for failing to guarantee that emissions fixes required in the wake of the automaker's diesel scandal would not impair the performance of the affected vehicles. In Europe, 8.5 million VW cars were fitted with cheat software.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Ford's LCV leader details strategy to build on strong sales start

July 17, 2018 06:01 CET

Ford claims leadership in Europe's van segment because of the popularity of its four-vehicle Transit model range. The division is led by Dutchman Hans Schep, who spoke with Automotive News Europe about the automaker's plans for the unit.... Read More »

JUNE SALES

UK market 'stabilizing' despite sales falling nearly 4% on diesel plunge

July 16, 2018 14:48 CET

UK registrations fell 3.5 percent in June as demand for diesels plunged. VW Group's Seat had the biggest rise among brands, followed by BMW. Losers included Nissan, Dacia, Fiat, Renault, Ford and Vauxhall.... Read More »

Fiat union's Ronaldo strike flops

July 16, 2018 12:15 CET

A strike called by a small Fiat union to protest the $117 million purchase of soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo by Juventus FC, which is controlled by the Agnelli family, has fallen flat after only five workers participated in the action.... Read More »

Germany's Knorr-Bremse to decide on IPO in September

July 14, 2018 12:16 CET

German brake systems maker Knorr-Bremse will decide on a possible stock market flotation in September, Chief Financial Officer Ralph Heuwing told a German newspaper.... Read More »

Alpine will boost A110 output to reduce wait times

July 12, 2018 06:01 CET

Renault's Alpine brand is raising production of its A110 coupe to 20 cars a day from 15 to try to reduce waiting times that stretch more than a year.... Read More »

DS shrinks lineup to distance brand from Citroen ties

July 12, 2018 06:01 CET

DS Automobiles will halt sales of the DS 4 and DS 5 by year-end as PSA Group's upscale brand continues efforts to shed its former identity as a Citroen subbrand.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2018

The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva struggle to match.... Read More »

Stuttgart to start ban of older diesels in 2019

July 11, 2018 19:50 CET

Stuttgart, home to Mercedes and Porsche, will bar diesel vehicles meeting the Euro 4 or older emissions standards starting next year and may be forced to ban Euro 5 vehicles by 2020 if measures to improve air quality fail, a state ministry said.... Read More »

Renault prepares to double output of Zoe EV

July 11, 2018 06:01 CET

Renault is preparing to double production of the full-electric Zoe at its Flins factory outside Paris. The increase in output is part of a billion-euro investment by the French automaker in EVs.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2018

The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva struggle to match.... Read More »

BMW finalizes accord to start producing electric Minis in China

6:55 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2018

The 50-50 venture owned by BMW and Great Wall will make battery-powered vehicles for both partners at a new plant in Jiangsu Province.... Read More »

VW aims T-Cross small SUV at city-dwelling families

July 11, 2018 00:00 CET

VW hopes its new T-Cross subcompact SUV will appeal to young families in urban areas that want a maximum amount of rear legroom and trunk space in a small package. The T-Cross will make its world debut this autumn and arrive at European dealers next spring.... Read More »

ANDREA MALAN

BLOG: New refuge for abandoned minivan fans?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2018

Loyal minivan buyers who aren't willing to join the shift to SUVs appear to have found refuge in one of Europe's least glamorous segments.... Read More »

Siemens CEO warns of dire consequences if German carmakers fail on EVs

6:41 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2018

Joe Kaeser has a stark warning: Manage the electric vehicle revolution shaking up the industry, or face violent consequences that inevitably come with mass unemployment.... Read More »

German automakers lean on others for battery cells

July 10, 2018 06:01 CET

Plans by China's CATL to build a battery cell factory in Germany should serve as a wake-up call for the national car industry, industry watchers say, as a lack of its own production capacity risks leaving it exposed in a dawning era of electric mobility.... Read More »

BMW will buy battery cells from CATL's new German plant

July 9, 2018 13:48 CET

BMW plans to buy $4.7 billion worth of battery cells from Chinese battery maker CATL over the next few years, with 1.5 billion euros' worth coming from the supplier's future plant in Erfurt, Germany.... Read More »

Merkel says Germany, China should help prevent further trade conflicts

July 9, 2018 20:02 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hoped a summit later this month between the EU and China would take further steps toward protecting investments and help prevent further global trade conflicts.... Read More »

Norway denies slowing Tesla move to improve service

July 9, 2018 19:39 CET

Norway has rejected a suggestion it is holding up Tesla's efforts to improve service in its third-biggest market, saying the EV maker has not yet applied to use the mobile service vans it says it needs to solve its problems.... Read More »

 
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How I became a diesel believer again

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2018

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Why Ford execs are lobbying for the Focus sedan

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2018

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The pride that two key Ford executives have in the Focus sedan is so strong that they petitioned jou ...
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Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2018

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva ...
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New refuge for abandoned minivan fans?

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10 2018

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Loyal minivan buyers who aren't willing to join the shift to SUVs appear to have found refuge in one ...
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Opel's labor boss is ready for a fight

Christiaan Hetzner
12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 5 2018

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Opel's works council boss has spent most of the past six years quietly settling labor conflicts behi ...
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Why PSA is OK that its new compact vans are so alike

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3 2018

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PSA Group's new compact vans have a lot in common, a trait that is often very beneficial in the ligh ...
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VW could benefit most in U.S. from Ford alliance

Nick Gibbs
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 25 2018

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VW and Ford's announcement that they are exploring a development and production alliance for commerc ...
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VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis


5:30 am U.S. ET | June 20 2018

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When a crisis strikes, a company's board must spring into action and take charge to quickly restore ...
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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel cris ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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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
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
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VW Group appoints Porsche exec as strategy chief
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VW Group names Porsche exec as strategy chief
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Opel names Brunet as new finance chief
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Audi drops A1 diesel variant due to low demand
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