Western Europe

Europe sales advance 9% in July as economies rebound

Aug. 24, 2015 06:01 CET

European new-car registrations rose 9.1 percent in July as recession-hit countries such as Portugal and Ireland, along with the major markets of Germany, the UK, France and Italy, performed strongly.... Read More »

UK car output falls 11% as plants retool for new models

Aug. 20, 2015 11:34 CET

UK car production fell by 11 percent in July as changes to holiday patterns and upcoming new launches such as the Vauxhall/Opel Astra resulted in early annual shutdowns at some plants.... Read More »

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Kia gives Sportage sleeker look, upscale interior

Aug. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Kia has given its Sportage a sleeker look and an upscale interior to help the model compete better in the tough compact SUV segment. The new Sportage will have Kia's "most refined, highest-quality cabin to date," the automaker said. The SUV will debut next month in Frankfurt.... Read More »

Former Porsche communications chief charged with aiding market manipulation

Aug. 17, 2015 16:17 CET

A German prosecutor charged Porsche's former communications chief, Anton Hunger, with aiding market manipulation related to the purchase of Volkswagen Group shares, after dropping identical charges against Porsche's supervisory board.... Read More »

Siemens CEO sees German car industry slowing in 2016

Aug. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Germany's exporter-heavy auto industry could be poised for a slowdown next year as demand in foreign markets slows, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said in a newspaper interview. "I would not be surprised if we see a darkening in the automobile sector in 2016 or 2017," Kaeser said.... Read More »

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BLOG: Turin auto show reboot provides hope

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Many European cities have lost or downsized their auto shows in recent years because they cannot compete with Europe's Big Three. Despite this, there was a promising innovation in June in Turin.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler poised to keep momentum after Ferrari spinoff

Aug. 14, 2015 17:22 CET

A recovering European car market, improving margins and well-received new models have made some analysts more bullish that Fiat Chrysler's shares will continue to rise even after it spins off Ferrari.... Read More »

German prosecutors drop case against Porsche board

Aug. 14, 2015 18:20 CET

German prosecutors have dropped a case against members of Porsche Automobil's supervisory board, which includes Ferdinand Piech and Wolfgang Porsche, for suspected market manipulation. But they are still pursuing a separate case against Porsche's former CEO and CFO.... Read More »

Mercedes' China surge pushes it past BMW, Audi in July

Aug. 14, 2015 11:55 CET

Mercedes sold more luxury cars worldwide than the Audi and BMW brands in July as its rising deliveries in China defied a market slowdown there. Mercedes' surge left it just 272 units behind Audi after seven months for second place in the global premium-car sales race.... Read More »

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Auto sector takes hit in Q2

Aug. 14, 2015 06:01 CET

As European stock markets retreated in the second three months of this year automakers and suppliers relinquished some of the strong gains they had recorded in shareholder value in the first quarter. The latest Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices reveal that the value of automakers in Q2 fell 6.5 percent while the value of their suppliers dipped 0.5 percent.... Read More »

Spain's 2015 sales forecast to top 1 million

Aug. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

New-car sales in Spain are forecast to increase by 23 percent this year to top 1 million for the first time in five years as the country's economic recovery takes hold.... Read More »

BMW sales rise 5.6% as Europe offsets China slump

Aug. 12, 2015 12:35 CET

BMW Group said on Wednesday that deliveries of its Mini, BMW and Rolls-Royce cars rose 5.6 percent to 173,195 in July to a new record as demand in Europe offset falling sales in China and the U.S.... Read More »

Daimler seeks way around France's 35-hour workweek

Aug. 12, 2015 12:23 CET

Daimler is trying to circumvent France's 35-hour workweek. It wants workers in Hambach, where it makes the Smart ForTwo, to put in more hours and has hinted that it may shift production if it cannot reach an agreement with employees.... Read More »

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New Fiat 500, Italy's rebound poised to boost minicars

Aug. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Italy's economic rebound and the arrival of the refreshed Fiat 500 will help pull European minicar sales out of a slump that caused the segment to drop to a five-year low in 2014, analysts predict.... Read More »

BENTLEY'S HANDCRAFTING WEAPON

Lavishing leather, wood to defend ultraluxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Bentley Motors hopes to distance the British brand from competitors creeping into its ultra-luxury turn with a strategy of handcraftsmanship vs. machines.... Read More »

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European H1 sales growth tops predictions, but Greece causes concern

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Europe's first-half vehicle sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 8.2 percent, a gain that was double even the most optimistic full-year forecast made by analysts at the end of 2014. There are questions marks, however, on whether the upward trend will continue as instability resulting from the Greek crisis could start to affect vehicle sales as early as this month.... Read More »

Western Europe car sales rise 9%, boosted by Germany, Italy, Spain

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Western European new-car sales jumped 8.8 percent in July, boosted by higher demand in Germany and recovering Italian and Spanish markets, analysts LMC Automotive said. LMC raised its full-year forecast for the region.... Read More »

UK car sales growth slows in July; 'muted' growth forecast for second half

Aug. 6, 2015 12:14 CET

UK new-car registrations rose 3.2 percent to 178,420 in July, driven by sales of small cars and SUVs, according to the SMMT industry association. Growth likely will level off in the second half, it said.... Read More »

German suppliers chase opportunities in China

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Companies in China with Western participation such as SAIC Motor Corp. and China FAW Group Corp. are still the engines of growth there. But domestic Chinese companies such as Chery Automobile Co. and Geely have been carried along in their wake and are strongly advancing on them. That could give German suppliers a new foothold in China.... Read More »

German car industry criticized by environment agency over emissions

Aug. 4, 2015 17:11 CET

A trend by German automakers to build more powerful, heavier cars is helping to increase greenhouse gas emissions, the country's environment agency said.... Read More »

European car sales rebound continues in July

Aug. 4, 2015 10:57 CET

The recovery in European car sales continued in July as sales rose in the major markets of Germany, France, Italy and Spain.... Read More »

French car sales rise 2% percent in July

Aug. 3, 2015 09:23 CET

French car sales rose 2.3 percent in July, led by strong gains at Fiat, Hyundai and Toyota. Most volume brands boosted volume except Renault, whose sales fell on aging products.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for August

Aug. 3, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition highlights Europe's first-half sales winners and looks at whether Greece's financial crisis will slow the region's stronger-than-expect rebound.... Read More »

Spain fines GM, Ford, other automakers for anti-competitive practices

July 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Spain's CNMC competition authority fined 21 automakers and two consultancy firms 171 million euros for anti-competitive practices. GM and Ford were given the highest penalties.... Read More »

ANE's August e-magazine goes live Monday

July 31, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, August 3. This month's edition highlights Europe's first-half sales winners and looks at whether Greece's financial crisis will slow the region's stronger-than-expected rebound.... Read More »

 
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