Western Europe

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Britain's unofficial auto show is a classy affair

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2017

Forget auto shows held in huge trade fair grounds in cities such as Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing, the UK's must-attend automotive event, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, is a much more refined affair.... Read More »

BMW, Audi agree on steps to cut pollution from older diesels

June 28, 2017 16:08 CET

BMW and Audi agreed on measures to cut pollution from older diesel cars with the German state of Bavaria. The steps include a pledge from automakers to ensure that at least half of their Euro-5 standard diesel car fleets will reach a level of NOx emissions that will cut NOx emissions in cities.... Read More »

VW will reduce management ranks in cost-cutting move

June 27, 2017 10:39 CET

VW brand plans to thin out its management ranks using the same early retirement schemes offered to shop floor workers, as part of a broader transformation at the marque following VW Group's costly diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

Germany will set up new emissions-testing body after VW scandal

June 27, 2017 09:49 CET

Germany said it will set up a new organization to test vehicle emissions after the VW Group scandal revealed an industrywide pollution problem. The body will test vehicles in real road conditions rather than in laboratory conditions.... Read More »

Automakers seek Brexit certainty

June 27, 2017 06:01 CET

Automakers are frustrated at the lack of clarity over the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union and are looking for signs that will allow them to make decisions on long-term investments for their British operations.... Read More »

Berlin demands costly German recall of 12 million diesel cars, report says

June 26, 2017 14:27 CET

The German government is in talks with automakers about updating the engine management software in up to 12 million diesel vehicles to cut NOx pollution, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Congress takes field in Barcelona​

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2017

The European auto industry's movers and shakers gathered in Barcelona, Spain, for the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 20-21. They heard speakers and panelists discuss the future of the industry, mobility, changing consumer tastes and more.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Germans build here,
 take profits home

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2017

Most of the German automakers' engineers work and live in Germany and all the profit they accumulate from Americans goes back to their home country.... Read More »

VW agrees to buy back some 'cheat' diesels in Germany

June 23, 2017 10:13 CET

VW agreed to buy back diesel cars with rigged software from a handful of customers in Germany who took the automaker to court. VW played down the significance of the ruling, saying its decision stemmed from the low value of the vehicles in question.... Read More »

Mercedes production may be hit by EV dispute

June 23, 2017 10:43 CET

Workers at a Mercedes plant near Stuttgart may refuse to work overtime unless management allocates electric powertrain work to the factory to offset the loss of orders for conventional engines and transmissions.... Read More »

UK seeks to be world leader in autonomous and electric vehicles

June 22, 2017 10:23 CET

The UK government plans to invest more than 800 million pounds ($1 billion) in driverless and zero-emissions vehicle technology as it seeks to become a leader in the field, which it believes may be worth 28 billion pounds to the economy by 2035.... Read More »

Hard Brexit will put 18,000 German jobs at risk, study says

June 22, 2017 12:18 CET

Slumping new-car sales in the UK after a hard Brexit could put 18,000 German auto industry jobs at risk, a Deloitte study said.... Read More »

2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

BMW exec says brands need to take more risks

June 22, 2017 11:19 CET

Automakers must be prepared to take more risks to reach digital natives and not shy away from edgy subject matter, BMW marketing executive Hildegard Wortmann said. Millennials want brands that behave "like human beings," she said.... Read More »

2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Lamborghini boss uses F1 experience to push brand further

June 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali is trying to instill a sense of urgency in the supercar maker that he says helped keep him sharp when he was head of Ferrari's Formula One team.... Read More »

Volvo will challenge Tesla, BMW i with stand-alone Polestar brand

June 21, 2017 07:40 CET

Volvo will challenge Tesla and BMW's i subbrand by turning its Polestar unit into a stand-alone brand for high-performance electrified models. The Swedish automaker has picked design chief Thomas Ingenlath to be CEO at Polestar.... Read More »

Automotive News Europe honors the 2017 Rising Stars winners

June 20, 2017 21:30 CET

Sixteen young and talented automotive executives have been honored as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

UK car industry warns hard Brexit could permanently damage sector

June 20, 2017 11:23 CET

The UK's car industry has set out a list of Brexit demands to the British government, warning that a return to World Trade Organization rules following a possible departure from the single market could permanently damage the sector.... Read More »

Honda exec warns loss of EU customs union access could hit UK supply chains

June 20, 2017 12:06 CET

Honda's senior vice president in Europe, Ian Howells, says the UK's departure from the EU's customs union after Brexit would raise costs for small and medium-sized suppliers to such an extent that supply chains could seize up.... Read More »

Tata denies plan to list Jaguar Land Rover

June 20, 2017 09:34 CET

Tata Motors says it has no plans to list Jaguar Land Rover after Bloomberg reported that the company was considering an initial public offering of JLR.... Read More »

Bosch to build $1.1 billion chip plant for self-driving cars

7:45 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Bosch will build a $1.1 billion semiconductor plant in Germany, the biggest single investment in its history. The supplier is ramping up for demands for self-driving technologies.... Read More »

BMW 5-series plug-in hybrid will be built by Magna Steyr

June 19, 2017 14:40 CET

Magna International's Magna Steyr unit will build BMW's new 5-series plug-in hybrid at its Austrian factory. Magna sees contract manufacturing of electrified vehicles as a "near-term opportunity" as automakers invest heavily in fully-electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles.... Read More »

Europe's Vedecom, Israel's Karamba developing self-driving car

June 19, 2017 11:13 CET

European self-driving car company Vedecom and Israel's Karamba are partnering to develop fully autonomous cars that will be deployed for limited use in certain European cities within the coming year.... Read More »

2017 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Monika Mikac

June 19, 2017 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Startup is Monika Mikac, who is chief operating officer at Croatian electric vehicle maker Rimac Automobili.... Read More »

Honda's UK plant gets a boost from U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Strong sales of the Honda Civic 5-door may have rescued the company's plant in the U.K.... Read More »

Even in Europe, Smart struggles for sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Its volumes remain roughly half those of BMW’s small-car brand Mini.... Read More »

 
Britain's unofficial auto show is a classy affair

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

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Forget auto shows held in huge trade fair grounds in cities such as Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing, th ...
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Porsche and Toyota patriarchs cement friendship at Le Mans

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

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Porsche's friendly reception of the Toyota team they defeated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans highlights ...
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Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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