Western Europe

Infineon to invest $1.9 billion in Austrian chip plant

May 19, 2018 11:19 CET

Infineon will spend 1.6 billion euros ($1.9 billion) over six years to build a new factory in Austria, in a bet on rising demand for semiconductors that go in everything from electric cars to wind turbines.... Read More »

BMW expands UK vehicle recall to 390,000 cars

May 19, 2018 11:09 CET

BMW is expanding a recall of vehicles in Britain by 88,000 cars to a total of 390,000. The move comes in the wake of a BBC investigation that found some vehicles could cut out completely while being driven.... Read More »

German cities free to ban older diesel cars immediately

May 19, 2018 10:52 CET

German cities are entitled to ban older diesel vehicles from streets with immediate effect to bring air pollution levels in line with EU rules, Germany's top administrative court confirmed.... Read More »

Porsche to recall diesel SUVs over manipulated engines

May 18, 2018 14:50 CET

Porsche will recall almost 60,000 Cayenne and Macan diesel SUVs in Europe to fix manipulated engines after Germany's auto industry regulator, the KBA, found software functions that are illegal.... Read More »

Mercedes to make compact EV in France

May 18, 2018 14:13 CET

Daimler will invest 500 million euros ($589 million) into its plant in Hambach, France, to start producing a compact electric car for Mercedes. The new car, which will be part of Mercedes' EQ electric subbrand, will be built alongside the battery-powered Smart ForTwo.... Read More »

Adient pick veteran exec Fleischer to lead EMEA unit

May 18, 2018 13:23 CET

Seating supplier Adient has promoted veteran executive Ingo Fleischer to head its business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.... Read More »

FCA CEO said to plan huge production shift in Italy

May 18, 2018 13:36 CET

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is preparing to unveil a sweeping transformation of production in Italy that will see the company abandon the manufacture of the budget Punto and MiTo small cars in favor of upscale models, according to people familiar with the plan.... Read More »

Nissan seeking better terms in Renault merger talks, report says

6:44 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2018

As Nissan and Renault discuss ways -- including a possible merger -- to strengthen their ties, Nissan is resisting a combination unless the company gains more clout in key areas, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

2018 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Natalie Robyn

May 18, 2018 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for General Management is Natalie Robyn, who is managing director of Volvo Cars Switzerland.... Read More »

VW, Toyota, Dacia rise as Europe sales rise 10% in April

May 17, 2018 11:47 CET

VW, Toyota and Dacia all saw their European sales rise sharply in April, outpacing a market that grew 9.6 percent on increased demand in the region's five biggest markets.... Read More »

VW brand pulls out of Paris auto show

May 17, 2018 10:39 CET

VW brand will skip the Paris auto show this year, the company said. VW joins Ford, Nissan and Infiniti on the list of brands that will ditch the biennial industry gathering in the French capital.... Read More »

Swiss prosecutors investigate fatal Tesla crash

May 17, 2018 09:59 CET

Swiss prosecutors have begun looking into the circumstances of a fatal crash of a Tesla last week that firefighters think may have set off a fire in the vehicle's battery.... Read More »

Hamburg prepares Germany's first big city diesel ban

May 17, 2018 09:38 CET

Hamburg said it had begun putting up signs to enforce what will be the first ban on older diesel vehicles in a major German city, after a court ruled in February that cities were entitled to impose such bans.... Read More »

2018 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Daniel Deiro

May 17, 2018 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for General Management is Daniel Deiro, who is vice president, global customer management and general manager, Korea & Japan for Honeywell Transportation Systems.... Read More »

Merkel tells lawmakers not to weaken auto industry

May 16, 2018 11:53 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers that it is not in Germany's interests to weaken its car industry through measures such as retrofitting diesel cars with hardware updates, which could leave automakers unable to invest in future technologies.... Read More »

UK to share plans soon on 2040 combustion-cars ban

May 16, 2018 09:30 CET

The UK will release more details in the weeks ahead on its planned ban of the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040, business minister Greg Clark said.... Read More »

2018 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Cristiano Musi

May 16, 2018 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for General Management is Cristiano Musi, who is CEO of Landi Renzo.... Read More »

Ex-VW exec Hatz appeals detention to top German court

May 15, 2018 06:01 CET

Wolfgang Hatz, VW Group's former top engineer, who has been in a German jail for nearly a year over his alleged involvement in the automaker's emissions-cheating scandal, is appealing to the country's highest court in a bid for his freedom, reports said.... Read More »

Northvolt signs battery MOU with Japan's Marubeni

May 15, 2018 14:05 CET

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese trading house Marubeni to collaborate on lithium ion battery production.... Read More »

Autonomous testing in Europe faces fewer gov't hurdles

May 15, 2018 13:13 CET

Self-driving technology is facing fewer hurdles in the UK, Germany, South Korea and Singapore than in the U.S., because national governments have enacted legislation allowing public road testing, Bloomberg said in a report.... Read More »

2018 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Daniel Klein

May 15, 2018 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Finance is Daniel Klein, who is chief financial officer at Mehler Engineered Products.... Read More »

Swedish road project could slash cost of EVs

May 14, 2018 20:28 CET

An electrified road in Sweden that is the first in the world to charge vehicles as they drive along is showing promise and could potentially help cut the high cost of EVs, project backers Vattenfall and Elways said.... Read More »

German supplier Hella in talks to sell wholesale unit

May 14, 2018 20:48 CET

German supplier Hella is holding talks with potential investors over a sale of its wholesale activities. "The Hella management will take an unprejudiced decision in regard to the wholesale activities after the submission of final bids," the company said.... Read More »

Making Winterkorn pay for VW's scandal could backfire

May 14, 2018 11:43 CET

Forcing former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn to pay for at least some of the 25 billion euros ($29.9 billion) stemming from the diesel scandal could backfire on the automaker and even drag other top executives -- Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch and new CEO Herbert Diess -- into the fray.... Read More »

2018 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Juergen Schranz

May 11, 2018 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Engineering is Juergen Schranz, who is senior director of electrification for driveline systems at Magna Powertrain.... Read More »

 
Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives?

Dave Guilford
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14 2018

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It's easy to become enamoured of the accident-free future with autonomous cars, but before that time ...
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Porsche wants Chinese buyers to love the 911

Christiaan Hetzner
4:31 am U.S. ET | May 11 2018

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China may be Porsche's biggest market but sales of its 911 sports car are poor. ...
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Lessons learned from DaimlerChrysler

Richard Johnson
8:50 am U.S. ET | May 9 2018

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Conventional wisdom is that the combining of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler failed because of a clash of cultures, but that's an oversimplification. ...
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VW hopes marketing overhaul will banish diesel stain

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1 2018

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VW will support the launch of its I.D. ...
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Renault's push to grow outside Europe is off to a mixed start

Peter Sigal
8:50 am U.S. ET | April 27 2018

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Carlos Ghosn is betting that Renault's sales outside of Europe will drive revenues over the next six years. ...
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Why it won't be easy for global automakers to part with Chinese partners

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23 2018

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The Chinese government will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domes ...
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Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a comp ...
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Wesley Wren
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12 2018

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Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, ...
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VW, Toyota, Dacia rise as Europe sales rise 10% in April
VW, Toyota and Dacia all saw their European sales rise sharply in April, outpacing a market that gre ...
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Russian sales rise 18% as buyers try to beat price hikes
New-car sales in Russia rose 18 percent in April, as consumers hastened purchases anticipating that ...
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UK sales increase 10% amid diesel slump
UK registrations rose 10 percent in April, reflecting a poor performance in the same month last year ...
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VW brand continues to recover in German market up 8%
VW brand continued to recover in its German home market last month with a 15 percent increase in reg ...
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Toyota, Hyundai and Kia among winners as Spanish sales rise 12%
New-car registrations in Spain increased 12 percent in April, with Toyota, Hyundai and Kia among the ...
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Private demand drives Italy's 7% growth
New-car sales in Italy rose 6. ...
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Hyundai, Fiat, Dacia gain as French sales rise 9%
French registrations rose 9 percent in April, led by strong gains at Dacia, Hyundai, Kia, Fiat and D ...
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Mercedes leads China luxury car sales despite Audi surge
Mercedes brand retained its lead as China's top-selling luxury brand so far this year despite a surg ...
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Nissan, Ford, Fiat among losers as Europe sales fall 5%
Nissan, Ford and Fiat brand saw their European sales decline steeply in March as industrywide regist ...
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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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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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Adient pick veteran exec Fleischer to lead EMEA unit
Seating supplier Adient has promoted veteran executive Ingo Fleischer to head its business in Europe ...
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PSA has new heads for Russia, purchasing; sends sales expert to Opel
PSA has appointed executives to accelerate growth in Russia, boost sales at Opel, and improve purcha ...
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Aston Martin recruits veteran VW Group exec to lead exterior design
Aston Martin has recruited Tobias Suehlmann from VW Group's Bugatti brand as its chief exterior desi ...
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Mazda names Americas head Marumoto next CEO
Mazda named Americas chief Akira Marumoto its new CEO as the automaker -- with its limited r&d budge ...
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Rolls-Royce's former engineering chief joins Borgward
Borgward appointed Philip Koehn, former director of engineering at Rolls-Royce, as its chief technol ...
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Jaguar Land Rover prepares for EV future with new manufacturing chief
Jaguar Land Rover said Grant McPherson, its current director of quality and automotive safety, will ...
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Jaguar Land Rover prepares for EV future with new manufacturing chief
Jaguar Land Rover said Grant McPherson, its current director of quality and automotive safety, will ...
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VW's Electrify America subsidiary replaces CEO
VW of America has cut the cord with its former head of sales in the U.S. ...
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Ex-Opel CEO Neumann will join California-based EV startup
Former Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann will join California-based EV startup Evelozcity, which is run b ...
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Tesla's Autopilot chief steps down after two years
Tesla's Autopilot chief, Jim Keller, has left the company, the latest in a rash of executive departu ...
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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features
VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imagi ...
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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features
VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imagi ...
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Hyundai Nexo leads eco charge
Hyundai sees Europe as a key market for its Nexo fuel cell car because the region has more advanced ...
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Hyundai makes Santa Fe more family-friendly
Hyundai hopes more advanced safety and comfort features, better styling and a more refined interior ...
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BMW aims sporty X2 at young buyers
BMW's is aiming its all-new X2 at young and young-at-heart customers.The X2 is a sporty variant of t ...
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With the 720S, McLaren makes a more practical supercar
McLaren has added practical features to its 720S supercar in response to research that showed that m ...
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Nissan Leaf gets big tech, range upgrades
Nissan is counting on its sleeker, more technologically advanced, longer-range Leaf electric car to ...
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Mitsubishi expands reach in compact SUV sector with Eclipse Cross
The arrival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact crossover gives the automaker three models that ...
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Jaguar expects to lure new customers with E-Pace
Jaguar sees the new E-Pace SUV as a conquest vehicle for the brand, with 80 percent of buyers new to ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Seat Ateca
Assembly of the all-new Seat Ateca began in April 2016 at parent Volkswagen Group's plant in Kvasiny ...
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Suppliers to the new Porsche 718 Cayman
Assembly of the third-generation Porsche Cayman began in July 2016 at parent Volkswagen Group’ ...
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Suppliers to the new Nissan Micra
Assembly of the fifth-generation Nissan Micra began in December 2016 at alliance partner RenaultR ...
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Suppliers to the new Hyundai i30
Assembly of the third-generation Hyundai i30 began in December 2016 at Hyundai's plant in Nosovice, ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
Assembly of the third-generation Ope/Vauxhall Insignia began in March 2016 at the automaker's plant ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford GT
Assembly of the second-generation Ford GT began in October 2016 at Ford's plant in Markham, Canada. ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A5
Assembly of the second-generation Audi A5 began in June 2016 at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary's pl ...
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Suppliers to the new Honda Civic
Assembly of the 10th-generation Honda Civic began in July 2016 in at Honda's plant in Swindon, Engla ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford Fiesta
Assembly of the seventh-generation Ford Fiesta began in May 2017 in at Ford's plant in Cologne, Germ ...
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Suppliers to the new Citroen C3
Assembly of the third-generation Citroen C3 began in September 2016 in at PSA's plant in Trnava, Slo ...
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