Mini

Mini's 5th 'superhero' to be an EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2017

Mini's promised fifth volume nameplate will be an EV. It's coming in 2019 and could help the brand's sales levels rebound.... Read More »

UK provides millions to help build more EV batteries

April 11, 2017 09:08 CET

Britain awarded 110 million pounds ($136 million) to help boost manufacturing of electric vehicle batteries, including a project to build the country's second purpose-built electric battery plant and another to make the technology more powerful.... Read More »

BMW strikes would disrupt Mini, engine production

April 5, 2017 12:14 CET

British workers at BMW plan strikes to oppose moves by the automaker to alter their pension plans. The strikes would affect the Mini plant in Oxford, an engine factory and a pressings plant.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ford expecting $1.4B profit drop

3:30 pm U.S. ET | March 23, 2017

Ford expecting $1.4B profit drop; Shelby GT350 Mustang loses power, lawsuit alleges; Meeting fuel standards cheaper than believed?; Calif.'s EV paradox; Mini marks 15 years in U.S.... Read More »

BMW chases volume growth in large cars, less so in small ones

March 22, 2017 14:01 CET

BMW is chasing volume growth mainly in the large car and SUV segments, while the less profitable small car segment is not being pushed as hard, CEO Harald Krueger said.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Mini's ad agency calls it quits

8:15 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2017

Mini's ad agency quits ahead of review; BMW projects record results; VW's top shareholder reverses loss; 'Great potential' for Countryman?; Musk's Hyperloop vision taking shape.... Read More »

BMW reviews UK options post-Brexit but presses ahead with Mexico plant

March 21, 2017 11:52 CET

BMW said it is reviewing its UK factories ahead of Brexit and that construction of its new Mexico plant is "proceeding according to plan."... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Mini maxes out with Countryman

March 21, 2017 06:01 CET

The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes in the compact class, the first Mini to do so.... Read More »

JUST ARRIVED

2017 Mini Countryman

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2017

The 2017 Mini Countryman's move to a new front-wheel-drive architecture makes for a pretty big jump. The redesigned Countryman, now on the same architecture that underpins the BMW X1, is longer, wider, has a roomier cabin and more cargo space than its predecessor.... Read More »

BMW Mini's longtime U.S. ad agency resigns account before review

4:41 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2017

Butler Shine Stern & Partners has resigned as U.S. advertising agency for BMW's Mini brand, a move that comes ahead of the automaker's upcoming creative review.... Read More »

Crossover boom should help Mini Countryman

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2017

The redesigned Mini Countryman should help turn around sales for the brand. As the brand's biggest vehicle yet, Mini expects the Countryman to tap into the surge in industrywide small crossover demand. The redesigned Mini Countryman should help turn around sales for the brand. As the brand's biggest vehicle yet, Mini expects the Countryman to tap into the surge in industrywide small crossover demand.... Read More »

BMW could be key to Swedish dealer Bilia doubling Europe sales

March 16, 2017 15:00 CET

Bilia's partnership with Volvo has helped the Swedish auto dealer conquer the Nordic market. Now it's hoping a similar alliance with BMW will help it succeed in other parts of Europe as it tries to counter slowing growth at home.... Read More »

Mini boss says UK production not essential to brand

March 7, 2017 19:47 CET

Building in Britain is not essential to BMW's Mini brand as most customers do not know where the cars are produced, brand boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said. BMW will decide by year-end whether to make Mini's first electric model in the UK, the Netherlands or another location.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for March

March 6, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at whether the EU's next wave of emissions targets will doom vehicles powered by traditional combustion engines in the world's largest economic bloc.... Read More »

ANE's March issue goes live Monday

March 3, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, March 6. The new edition looks at whether the EU's next wave of emissions targets will doom vehicles powered by traditional combustion engines in the world's largest economic bloc.... Read More »

Brexit could count against UK as base for electric Mini, report says

Feb. 26, 2017 23:08 CET

Uncertainty about post-Brexit tariffs makes it harder for BMW to choose Britain as a production hub for an electric Mini, Reuters reported. BMW will review potential production locations in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands for manufacturing a battery-powered Mini, a source said.... Read More »

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Mini dealers rely on larger Countryman

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

Mini has struggled recently to find its place in a U.S. market that is increasingly shunning cars for crossovers and other light trucks. Dealers hope the redesigned Countryman crossover will help on several levels.... Read More »

BMW's Mini brand may build new EV outside UK after Brexit, report says

Jan. 31, 2017 06:01 CET

BMW's Mini brand may build its first electric car in the Netherlands and not at its main plant in Oxford, England, a German press report said.... Read More »

Mini betting on bigger Countryman to win back sales

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2017

Mini dealers hope the bigger, redesigned Countryman crossover will help the brand solve its U.S. volume and marketing woes.... Read More »

Q&A: MICHAEL VADASZ, MINI NATIONAL DEALER COUNCIL

Dealers want new products, more brand awareness

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2017

Michael Vadasz has served as chairman of the Mini National Dealer Council since March 2014. As general manager of his family's dealership Otto's Mini, in Exton, Pa., about 30 miles west of Philadelphia, since 2003, Vadasz has seen the brand's highs as it reveled in new product and lows as it struggles to overcome a consumer shift to SUVs and pickups.... Read More »

DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Mini dealers call for more brand awareness

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2017

Mini dealers, struggling with the ongoing shift in consumer preferences away from passenger cars and toward crossovers and SUVs, could benefit from greater marketing to build brand awareness, the chairman of the Mini National Dealer Council said.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Supplying jobs by shifting into park

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2017

How GM creates supply jobs by shifting into park; SEC fines GM; Amazon patents tech for autonomous commutes; Jag E-Pace spied; Mini Countryman gets the Works; Loyalty awards.... Read More »

Mini adds power to John Cooper Works Countryman

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2017

Mini is adding some power to the largest vehicle in its lineup.... Read More »

Mini

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2017

Mini is launching two vehicles into the highly competitive compact segment -- the Clubman wagon and the Countryman crossover.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Mini says bigger, bolder Countryman will lure wider range of customers

Dec. 24, 2016 06:01 CET

Moving the Mini Countryman to the compact segment while also making its exterior more rugged looking will help to boost sales in the U.S. and also put Mini on the list of buyers who might have otherwise ignored the brand, said Peter Schwarzenbauer, the brand's chief.... Read More »

 
Auto industry cold on UK joining NAFTA post-Brexit

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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The UK joining the North American Free Trade Agreement is an idea reportedly being floated as an alt ...
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Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

Luca Ciferri
4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. ...
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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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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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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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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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Uber's European policy chief quits to join Chargepoint
Uber's head of policy for Europe, Christopher Burghardt, is quitting to join the electric vehicle ch ...
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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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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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