Western Europe

Aston Martin CEO sees short-term Brexit gain

July 1, 2016 09:06 CET

Aston Martin will see a short-term financial gain from the crash in the pound's value following the UK's decision to leave the EU, CEO Andy Palmer said. “A weak pound obviously helps our exports in terms of profit-per-unit,” Palmer told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Former Audi, Mercedes exec named new Cadillac Europe boss

July 1, 2016 06:01 CET

GM has appointed former Audi and Mercedes executive Felix Weller as head of Cadillac Europe as it tries to increase sales of the U.S. luxury brand in the region.... Read More »

ANE's July e-magazine goes live Monday

July 1, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, July 4.... Read More »

Germany weighs pollution goal that would spur EV, hybrid sales

June 30, 2016 15:49 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is working on targets to cut pollution on Germany's roads that may effectively set a deadline for the car industry to shift a large portion of production to electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.... Read More »

Diesels will have just 9% of Europe market by 2030, study says

June 30, 2016 12:00 CET

Diesel engines will account for 9 percent of new-car sales in Europe by 2030 – down from about half today -- because automakers will rely more on electrified powertrains to meet new emissions rules, according to a study. This shift will cause automakers to overhaul their manufacturing footprint in the region.... Read More »

GM exec sees little Brexit effect for automaker in U.S.

June 30, 2016 11:54 CET

GM's chief economist, Mustafa Mohatarem, says it is too soon to measure the effect of the UK vote to leave the EU on the automaker, but the outcome will likely have little impact in the U.S. Mohatarem added that a continued weakness of the pound could lead to additional production at GM's two UK plants.... Read More »

UK car output rises 26% in May, but industry group sees Brexit threat

June 30, 2016 12:18 CET

UK car production rose by 26 percent in May thanks to particularly strong demand for exports, but momentum could be halted by a loss of tariff-free access to Europe after last week's Brexit vote, a leading industry group warned today.... Read More »

UK minister says tariff-free EU access for automakers is a top priority

June 30, 2016 12:54 CET

The UK's business minister, Sajid Javid, who is seeking to become the country's next finance minister, said he is focused on securing uninhibited access to European markets for UK car exports in EU divorce talks following last week's vote to leave the bloc.... Read More »

GM economist sees negligible impact of Brexit on U.S. autos, for now

3:18 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2016

It is too soon to measure the impact of the British vote to leave the EU on General Motors, but the decision will likely not have much effect on the company in its home market, GM's chief economist said on Wednesday.... Read More »

UK car sales not hit by Brexit vote yet, auto group says

June 29, 2016 15:56 CET

UK car dealerships saw the same number of customers over the weekend as before Britons voted to exit the EU last week, Britain's car industry association said, adding that it would not change its forecast for sales to rise slightly this year.... Read More »

Renault may raise UK car prices to weather Brexit storm

June 29, 2016 15:20 CET

Renault may increase prices in the UK to counter the pound's slump following Britain's vote to leave the EU, Reuters reported. The UK accounted for 8 percent of Renault's sales in Europe last year.... Read More »

Brexit may cost carmakers 2.8 million global sales, IHS says

June 29, 2016 09:52 CET

The UK's vote to leave the EU may cost automakers about 2.8 million light-vehicle sales worldwide through 2018, researcher IHS Automotive said. The UK is expected to be hit hardest. Instead of expanding 3.2 percent this year, the UK may grow by just 1 percent followed by declines in the next two years.... Read More »

Why VW owners get $10,000 in U.S., but a bit of pipe in the EU

June 28, 2016 22:24 CET

If you own a Volkswagen with a diesel engine in the U.S., the company will buy back your car and give you as much as $10,000. If you drive one in Europe, you may only get a piece of pipe. The reason for the wide disparity is the big differences in each region's legal and regulatory structures.... Read More »

Auto sector to gain from Brexit, business minister says

June 28, 2016 17:43 CET

There will be midterm and long-term opportunities from the UK's vote to leave the EU for the auto industry, business minister Sajid Javid said, adding that Britain should start "embracing" the opportunities provided by Brexit.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2016

Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. Especially surprising was that Sunderland, where Nissan has a massive car plant, voted emphatically to exit the EU.... Read More »

Citroen seeks boost from new wave of quirky cars

June 28, 2016 09:24 CET

Citroen went from oozing elegance and quirky charm to producing vehicles that lacked the panache of their ancestors. The arrival of the C4 Cactus rekindled Citroen's spark. CEO Linda Jackson aims to capitalize on this momentum with new design that's somewhere "between different and bizarre."... Read More »

UK will not get 'special treatment,' Merkel ally says

June 27, 2016 13:56 CET

The UK should not receive special treatment in negotiations over its EU exit, said the leader of the German Chancellor's CDU party. But Volker Kauder added that the UK's significance as a trading partner for Germany, especially in the auto industry, meant that both countries should maintain good relations.... Read More »

EUROPEAN DISUNION

Supplier planning hits the brakes

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

The U.K. vote to exit the European Union leaves suppliers in the dark on future investment until new EU trade deals can be adopted.... Read More »

Aston Martin's financial losses nearly double

June 27, 2016 11:54 CET

Aston Martin made a pre-tax loss of 127.9 million pounds in 2015, the fifth consecutive year the company has failed to make a profit, as the number of cars it sold fell and as it invests in expansion. Last year, the automaker reported a pre-tax loss of 71.8 million pounds.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

Goodbye to the Europe I knew

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. A place I loved called Britain may no longer be so great any more.... Read More »

EUROPEAN DISUNION

Penske, Group 1 assess the damage

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

Penske Automotive and Group 1 Automotive took an immediate stock-price hit in the wake of Britain's vote to exit the European Union. Earnings will suffer from a collapsing British pound. But the longer-term impact remains unclear.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

BLOG: Goodbye to the Europe I knew

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. A place I loved called Britain may no longer be so great any more.... Read More »

Emissions-free, for real: Norway turns to the sun

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

The first Toyota Mirai fuel cell car sold in Norway went to a company which plans to open a hydrogen station that makes hydrogen by using surplus electricity from solar panels on neighboring buildings.... Read More »

VW should pay Europeans same compensation as U.S. drivers, EU commissioner says

June 26, 2016 16:24 CET

VW Group should offer European drivers similar compensation to what the German carmaker is expected to pay U.S. customers, Europe's Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska told a newspaper.... Read More »

BILLIONS AT RISK

A split heard round the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2016

The United Kingdom's stunning decision to abandon the European Union could slash automakers' profits by billions of dollars and cut new-vehicle sales by nearly a million units over the next three years, analysts warned.... Read More »

 
Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10 2016

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Ford of Europe's 6. ...
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Peugeot offers a two-wheel solution for congested cities

Bruce Gain
9:46 am U.S. ET | June 1 2016

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Peugeot's new 3008 SUV will offer owners a solution to the problem of getting around congested inner cities: an electric bicycle or an electric scooter that can fold up and... ...
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Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
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Ford picks VanDyke to be new Europe marketing chief
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
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