Western Europe

Mini prepares for no-deal Brexit by moving plant shutdown

Sept. 18, 2018 15:35 CET

Mini's UK plant in Oxford, England, will move its annual maintenance shutdown to April next year when Britain is due to leave the EU.... Read More »

Knorr-Bremse announces plans for IPO

Sept. 17, 2018 10:41 CET

German brake systems maker Knorr-Bremse says it plans to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange this year. The supplier is expected to be valued at about 12 billion euros ($13.9 billion), sources say.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Europe's crossover craze drives market gains

Sept. 15, 2018 06:01 CET

SUVs and crossovers accounted for one-third of European sales through June for the first time. Their volume increased by almost 20 percent in a market that was up by just 2.5 percent. Only three non-SUV segments grew during the first six months.... Read More »

Brexit without a deal would complicate driving in Europe, UK says

Sept. 14, 2018 11:20 CET

Leaving the EU without a divorce deal could make life for UK citizens and businesses more difficult, including forcing motorists to get an international license to drive in Europe, the government said.... Read More »

UK government wants to uphold CO2 rules in no-deal Brexit

Sept. 14, 2018 10:34 CET

The UK government will try not to impose extra burdens on the auto industry for reporting CO2 emissions if it leaves the EU without a deal, but will seek to maintain rules that correspond to current bloc arrangements.... Read More »

2018 PARIS AUTO SHOW

DS 3 Crossback will give PSA's upscale brand an electric boost

Sept. 13, 2018 16:55 CET

PSA's upscale brand, DS Automobiles, hopes the DS 3 Crossback will continue an upturn in the brand's fortunes. The SUV will offer electric, gasoline and diesel powertrains.... Read More »

France's Saft plans next-gen EV battery output in 2020

Sept. 13, 2018 09:45 CET

France's Saft, a unit of energy company Total, expects its four-way European battery alliance with Siemens, Solvay and Manz to begin mass production of next-generation lithium ion batteries starting in early 2020.... Read More »

Daimler buys stake in VW's Heycar used-car platform

Sept. 13, 2018 11:59 CET

Daimler will buy a 20 percent stake in Heycar, a used-car portal launched last year by rival VW Group.... Read More »

VW faces class-action case from German consumer body

Sept. 12, 2018 12:28 CET

Germany's consumer protection association and auto club ADAC will present a class action against VW on behalf of owners over the automaker's manipulation of emissions software.... Read More »

Aston Martin's new UK factory will be EV hub

Sept. 11, 2018 15:05 CET

Aston Martin says its new UK factory will build the Rapide E electric sports car and Lagonda EVs.... Read More »

UK boosts funding for green vehicles

Sept. 11, 2018 14:16 CET

The UK government announced an extra 106 million pounds ($138 million) in funding to help boost the research and development of environmentally-friendly vehicles, batteries and low-carbon technology as it aims to make Britain a world-leader in greener vehicles.... Read More »

UK air-taxi company takes flight, inspired by F1 racing advances

Sept. 10, 2018 14:06 CET

A UK energy entrepreneur and former Formula One team owner is entering the race to build intercity "flying taxi" services that tap recent aerospace advances while steering clear of more fanciful ideas touted by rival companies.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover recovery clouded by Brexit uncertainty, Tata chairman says

Sept. 10, 2018 15:19 CET

Protracted Brexit talks are weighing on the recovery prospects of Jaguar Land Rover, according to its Indian owner.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

WLTP test regime brings sales boost but not higher earnings

Sept. 9, 2018 07:00 CET

European vehicle registrations soared in August as automakers rushed to move stock ahead of the introduction of the WLTP testing regime but high discounts mean many cars were sold with minimal or no profit.... Read More »

AUGUST SALES

W. European sales rise 27% ahead of WLTP changeover

Sept. 6, 2018 09:52 CET

Western European car sales surged 27 percent in August as automakers discounted heavily to clear stocks ahead of new WLTP vehicle-testing rules.... Read More »

AUGUST SALES

UK sales increase 23% on WLTP

Sept. 6, 2018 12:04 CET

UK registrations jumped by 23 percent in August as automakers reduced vehicle stocks ahead of the new WLTP testing regime, which went into force on Sept. 1.... Read More »

Green activists win Frankfurt ban on older diesel, gasoline vehicles

Sept. 6, 2018 10:34 CET

Frankfurt must ban some older diesel and gasoline vehicles from the city center to help improve air quality, a court ruled.... Read More »

AUGUST SALES

Italy sales rise 10% on smooth WLTP changeover

Sept. 6, 2018 06:01 CET

Contrary to what happened in France, Spain, Germany and the UK, Italian registrations did not rise dramatically in August ahead of a deadline for the new WTLP testing regime on Sept. 1.... Read More »

EU underestimates job losses through EV push, industry group says

Sept. 6, 2018 11:11 CET

The EU is underestimating a "profound" impact on European employment linked to a push toward EVs, the ACEA industry body said.... Read More »

AUGUST SALES

German sales rise 25% ahead of WLTP

Sept. 5, 2018 12:04 CET

German registrations increased 25 percent last month as VW and other brands flooded the market to reduce stocks ahead of the new WLTP testing regime.... Read More »

PSA's Opel plans to transfer 2,000 r&d jobs to French engineering group

Sept. 5, 2018 10:39 CET

PSA plans to transfer 2,000 jobs at Opel's engineering center in Germany to Segula Technologies after the center's workload decreased following the French automaker's purchase of Opel from GM.... Read More »

Audi starts production of Tesla-fighting SUV

Sept. 4, 2018 15:08 CET

Audi has begun production of its e-tron electric SUV, which will compete with models such as the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC.... Read More »

AUGUST SALES

Spanish car sales soar 49% in WLTP stock clear-out

Sept. 4, 2018 09:47 CET

Registrations in Spain jumped 49 percent in August as automakers rushed to clear out vehicle stocks ahead of the introduction of the new WLTP testing regime on Sept. 1.... Read More »

AUGUST SALES

French sales leap 40% on new WLTP test

Sept. 3, 2018 12:57 CET

Registrations in France increased by 40 percent in August, with gains largely due to the effects of new WLTP standards that took effect on Sept. 1.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for September

Sept. 3, 2018 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition examines why flying taxis are no longer a fantasy in Europe.... Read More »

 
Why Aston Martin's CEO expects automaker to be more profitable than Ferrari

Nick Gibbs
4:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2018

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As Aston Martin plans its London IPO, CEO Andy Palmer believes the company will be more profitable t ...
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Volvo has autonomous vehicle safety covered like a blanket

Douglas A. Bolduc
3:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7 2018

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Leave it to Volvo to already be working on a patent for a solution that will keep passengers safe even as they sleep in their self-driving cars. ...
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Tesla readies a surprise in Europe

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Tesla is expected to reveal a new vehicle at the Grand Basel auto show, according to an invitation s ...
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Moving out of Sergio's shadow

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Mike Manley took the helm at Fiat Chrysler just four days before the death of former CEO Sergio Marc ...
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ZF invests in future engineers with a U.S. robot competition

Richard Truett
1:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28 2018

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Facing a shortage of engineers, ZF Group and other auto companies are taking a long view and are ram ...
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Why domestic automakers will not dominate China's luxury EV market

Yang Jian
7:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24 2018

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Beijing realizes that young domestic automakers can never beat global giants with traditional combus ...
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W. European sales rise 27% ahead of WLTP changeover
Western European car sales surged 27 percent in August as automakers discounted heavily to clear sto ...
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UK sales increase 23% on WLTP
UK registrations jumped by 23 percent in August as automakers reduced vehicle stocks ahead of the ne ...
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Italy sales rise 10% on smooth WLTP changeover
Contrary to what happened in France, Spain, Germany and the UK, Italian registrations did not rise d ...
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German sales rise 25% ahead of WLTP
German registrations increased 25 percent last month as VW and other brands flooded the market to re ...
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Spanish car sales soar 49% in WLTP stock clear-out
Registrations in Spain jumped 49 percent in August as automakers rushed to clear out vehicle stocks ...
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French sales leap 40% on new WLTP test
Registrations in France increased by 40 percent in August, with gains largely due to the effects of ...
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Western European sales jump 9% ahead of WLTP tests
Automakers pushing to sell cars before WLTP vehicle-testing rules come into effect helped to boost w ...
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Skoda, BMW among winners as Russia sales rise 11%
New-car sales in Russia rose 11 percent in July, buoyed by strong consumer confidence ahead of a pla ...
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Europe's first-half sales surged on strong SUV demand
Jeep, Seat, Dacia and VW outperformed all other brands sold in Europe in the first half, as overall ...
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BMW sees 5%-10% sales growth in China despite tariffs
BMW expects its China sales to rise between 5 percent and 10 percent this year, despite the introduc ...
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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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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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Hyundai Motor promotes heir apparent Chung Euisun as succession looms
Euisun Chung moves a step closer to succeeding his 80-year-old father, Chung Mong-koo, who has presi ...
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Adient names DelGrosso CEO, succeeding interim chief Fritz Henderson
Seating supplier Adient named turnaround veteran Douglas DelGrosso as its next CEO, replacing former GM chief Fritz Henderson. ...
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FAW names ex-Rolls-Royce design chief to help revive luxury China marque
China FAW has recruited Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce's former design chief, in an effort to revive ts H ...
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Aston Martin names Penny Hughes chairman ahead of London listing
Aston Martin is moving ahead with a plan to list shares in London, naming Penny Hughes as chairman i ...
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Musk elevates Tesla's little-known fixer to steer past drama
In Jerome Guillen, Elon Musk has promoted a skilled multitasker who's proven able to operate at the ...
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Tesla accounting chief, HR head resign
Tesla's top accountant gave notice he's resigning one month into the job, citing the level of scruti ...
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VW Group names finance exec as new sales chief
VW Group appointed Christian Dahlheim as its new head of group sales. Dalheim replaces Fred Kappler, ...
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FAW names ex-Rolls-Royce design chief to help revive luxury China marque
China FAW has recruited Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce's former design chief, in an effort to revive ts H ...
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Former Land Rover designer Phil Simmons joins Great Wall
Great Wall appointed former Land Rover stylist Phil Simmons as design director for the Haval brand. ...
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Lotus names former Bentley, JLR exec as product strategy chief
Lotus, the UK sports-car maker that is set for a $1. ...
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VW's Seat counts on Tarraco to retain affluent customers
Seat expects its new Tarraco flagship SUV to further boost to the company's profitability by retaini ...
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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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Mercedes gives new GLE semi-autonomous tech
The Mercedes GLE gets semi-autonomous technologies and all-new engines including a plug-in hybrid. ...
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Renault's revived Alpine races to keep pace with demand
Since Renault launched the Alpine A110, the new brand has taken 5,000 reservations, resulting in a 1 ...
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BMW returns to roadster market with Z4
BMW is returning into the roadster market with the revival of the Z4 -- a car whose predecessor help ...
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Peugeot aims sleek 508 at SUV buyers
Peugeot has transformed the 508 midsize sedan into a hatchback to add versatility and attract SUV an ...
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Jaguar showcases I-Pace's SUV skills
The Jaguar I-Pace's versatility shows it is much at home tackling tough terrain as it is blazing aro ...
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Audi adds connectivity features to bigger Q3
Audi has made its Q3 bigger and added more tech and connectivity equipment for the compact SUV's sec ...
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Porsche gives updated Macan improved handling
Porsche has updated its Macan crossover with a fresher design, improved handling, as well as more co ...
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Mahindra places big bet small crossover
Mahindra & Mahindra are hoping to get a much larger slice of the European car market with the launch ...
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