Western Europe

Union calls for talks after PSA cuts jobs at Vauxhall plant in UK

Oct. 16, 2017 13:06 CET

Union leaders at PSA's Ellesmere Port factory, which builds Opel/Vauxhall Astras, are calling for talks with the French automaker after PSA said it would cut a quarter of the UK plant's workforce.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

Not much stock in UK joining NAFTA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Could the post-Brexit UK join NAFTA? There's talk about it across the pond, but don't count on it.... Read More »

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Dealer groups may step up expansion in the UK after Brexit

Oct. 15, 2017 06:01 CET

Big dealership groups could boost investments in Britain after the country's vote to leave the EU led to a weaker pound, making investments attractive.... Read More »

PSA will cut 400 Vauxhall jobs in UK; says production not competitive compared with France

Oct. 13, 2017 20:41 CET

PSA is cutting a quarter of the workforce at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port factory in England. The plant builds Opel and Vauxhall Astra cars for European markets.... Read More »

PSA secures future of two French plants with new models

Oct. 13, 2017 06:01 CET

PSA will add production of new vehicles at its Sochaux and Mulhouse plants in France in 2020 and 2021.... Read More »

Britain plans big boost for electric cars

Oct. 12, 2017 15:26 CET

Britain will promote electric and other low-emissions vehicles as part of plans to invest $3.3 billion by 2021 to help meet its climate change targets.... Read More »

Oxford to become first UK city to ban gasoline and diesel cars

Oct. 12, 2017 13:09 CET

Oxford plans to ban gasoline and diesel cars from its center in the most radical set of proposals so far in Britain to curb pollution.... Read More »

Norway seeks to trim lavish electric car subsidies

Oct. 12, 2017 14:16 CET

Norway plans to trim lavish incentives for electric cars in a move dubbed a "Tesla tax." The country has the world's highest rate of battery-vehicle ownership.... Read More »

Paris plans ban on combustion engine cars by 2030

Oct. 12, 2017 09:55 CET

Paris authorities plan to ban diesel and gasoline combustion engine cars by 2030 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.... Read More »

EU plans carbon credits to promote EVs, report says

Oct. 10, 2017 15:54 CET

European lawmakers propose to give automakers carbon credits for sales of low-emissions vehicles such as EVs, sources told Reuters. The EU will allow the credits to be offset against tough CO2 emissions targets planned for 2030.... Read More »

VW plans to shrink dealer network, launch online sales

Oct. 10, 2017 12:10 CET

Volkswagen plans to reduce the size of its European dealer network and introduce online sales as it adjusts to changing buying habits.... Read More »

Adored by Austrians, diesels drive into electoral fray

Oct. 8, 2017 18:09 CET

The future for diesel-powered cars in Europe may look brighter after Austrians elect a new government later this month. Austria's economy has much at stake, with almost three-fifths of registered cars running on diesel.... Read More »

German gov't wants hardware changes to combat diesel crisis

Oct. 8, 2017 18:18 CET

The German government wants carmakers to offer mechanical modifications to engine and exhaust systems for some models, Der Spiegel reported. The new position was agreed to by experts and civil servants of the German transport ministry to help prevent bans on diesels in some cities.... Read More »

Renault boosts gasoline engine output to counter diesel slump

Oct. 7, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault is adapting its largest engine plant to build more gasoline units as European customers shift away from diesels.... Read More »

Toyota will build new Auris in UK on assumption of Brexit transition, report says

Oct. 6, 2017 12:29 CET

Toyota intends to build its next-generation Auris at its UK car plant on the assumption that the government will secure a transitional Brexit deal, Reuters reported.... Read More »

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Aston Martin boss seeks Brexit clarity

Oct. 6, 2017 06:01 CET

Aston Martin is going from strength to strength due to strong sales of its new DB11 supercar, but a cloud remains on the horizon in the form of the UK's pending split from the EU. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer discussed these topics and more with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries

Oct. 5, 2017 16:01 CET

German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered cars hit demand. Registrations of diesel models fell 21 percent to a market share of 36.3 percent, while gasoline cars jumped 8.7 percent to a share of 59.7 percent.... Read More »

Germany, UK lead W. European sales lower

Oct. 5, 2017 14:04 CET

Western European car sales dropped 2.8 percent in September due to weakening German and UK demand, LMC Automotive said. Registrations fell to 1.36 million from 1.4 million a year earlier.... Read More »

Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says

Oct. 5, 2017 10:26 CET

Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older diesel models, the VDA auto industry lobby said. Registrations may increase 4 percent compared with a previous forecast that they would be flat, the VDA said.... Read More »

UK sales set for first annual decline since 2011 after 9% Sept. slump

Oct. 5, 2017 11:03 CET

UK new-car registrations fell 9.3 percent in September, a key month of the year that normally accounts for up to 20 percent of annual demand, making it highly likely that sales this year will be down for the first time since 2011.... Read More »

Renault plans second small SUV alongside Captur

Oct. 4, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault will add a second subcompact SUV that will be sold alongside the Captur starting in 2019.... Read More »

Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand

Oct. 3, 2017 16:01 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace sluggish demand from private customers. In the first nine months, volume rose 6.7 percent.... Read More »

Italy's September sales increase 8%

Oct. 3, 2017 14:13 CET

Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the country has had for the month since 2009. The strong gain helped lift the country's nine-month sales by 9 percent.... Read More »

EU, auto execs to discuss buildup of battery output

Oct. 3, 2017 17:19 CET

The EU will host executives from VW, Daimler and Renault as well as top officials from the chemical and engineering sectors to discuss developing battery manufacturing in Europe to compete against Asian and U.S. firms.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2017

The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissions has been to blame others. Now the target is the legislation itself.... Read More »

 
No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

Christiaan Hetzner
4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder

Christiaan Hetzner
11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25 2017 UPDATED: Sept. 26 18:15 CET - adds no replacement

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Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who i ...
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Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24 2017

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The auto industry's move toward electrification has been driven by the rising anti-diesel sentiment ...
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Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Spain sales rise 4% in Sept. on fleet demand
Spanish new-car sales rose 4.6 percent in September as sales to companies continued to outpace slugg ...
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Italy's September sales increase 8%
Italy's new-car sales rose 8 percent in September to 166,956 units, which was the highest volume the ...
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French sales rise 1% in September
New-car sales rose 1.1 percent in France in September, as the fall selling season began with mixed r ...
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Sales of gasoline cars overtake diesels in Europe
Diesel's European market share fell to 46.3 percent of new-car registrations in the first half, the ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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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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GM appoints Chevy Bolt's top engineer as EV programs chief
GM promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle program ...
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Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company
Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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