Mini

BMW's Krueger says Mini EV will be built in UK even without Brexit assurances

Aug. 3, 2017 11:29 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger said the automaker chose to build an electric version of its Mini in the UK without receiving any assurances or incentives from British authorities, despite the uncertainty of post-Brexit trading arrangements.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

No excuse for second-class treatment

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2017

If the allegations detailed in Michelle Savoy's EEOC complaint are true, they reflect a corrupt corporate culture that should embarrass the leaders of BMW and serve as a wake-up call to the entire auto industry.... Read More »

BMW will build Mini EV in UK despite Brexit risk

July 25, 2017 15:10 CET

BMW will build a full-electric Mini in Oxford, England, despite risks associated with Brexit. The car will be a variant of the brand's core three-door model, BMW said.... Read More »

Longtime BMW temp files racism, sexism complaint with EEOC: 'Enough was enough'

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

BMW of North America says it is investigating claims of racism and sexism in its Mini division after a decadelong temporary worker lodged a federal complaint.... Read More »

BMW favors UK over Dutch, German plants to build electric Mini, report says

July 19, 2017 17:04 CET

BMW favors its UK plant for production of an electric Mini over factories in the Netherlands or Germany, Reuters reported. The UK production site was thrown into doubt after Britain's decision to quit the EU.... Read More »

BMW's UK workers end pension dispute

July 11, 2017 09:50 CET

British workers at BMW's Mini and Rolls-Royce operations have overwhelmingly accepted a new offer from the carmaker over the closure of its final salary pension scheme, ending a disagreement which had led to strikes.... Read More »

BMW designer's next assignment: Update Mini

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2017

Oliver Heilmer takes over as new styling chief at Mini, which has been without a design boss since Anders Warming quit nearly a year ago.... Read More »

BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design

June 1, 2017 10:04 CET

BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BMW's Designworks subsidiary.... Read More »

Mini seeks higher used-car sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2017

Mini executives want the brand's U.S. dealerships to pursue used-car sales with more vigor, so they're offering bonuses to dealerships that hit used-volume targets.... Read More »

UK union suspends BMW strike action to consider new pensions deal

May 17, 2017 15:42 CET

Britain's Unite trade union is suspending further strike action at BMW's British plants so that workers can consider a new offer regarding pension provisions. Last month, Unite said it would hold strikes at four sites, including the Mini and Rolls-Royce factories to protest plans to close the firm's final salary pension schemes.... Read More »

Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2017

Mini USA, amid a decline in demand, recalled veteran executive Tom Salkowsky from Germany to steer sales operations and named Patrick McKenna to lead marketing.... Read More »

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 »

 
Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19 2018

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Peugeot's decision to replace its 3008 and 5008 minivans with more crossover-oriented versions has p ...
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BMW exec combines Silicon Valley innovation with corporate rigor

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17 2018

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German automotive companies have acknowledged that they need to foster a work culture more akin to S ...
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Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Amy Wilson
9:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2018

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Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in ...
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PSA develops possible Renault Twizy rival

Peter Sigal
4:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2018

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PSA's latest effort in the field of mobility services is a plug-in hybrid three-wheeled scooter that ...
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PSA should sell UK Vauxhall plant to Jaguar Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
3:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2018

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A second round of job cuts shows PSA is struggling with the viability of its newly acquired Ellesmer ...
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Qoros' new owner plans to be China's Tesla

Yang Jian
5:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2018

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Dozens of Chinese EV startups have sought to become the Chinese answer to Tesla, but none of them ha ...
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How Nissan, NASA will help you park in the future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3 2018

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Nissan has turned to NASA to help it with what could be a challenging task in the future: remotely p ...
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Supplier CEO who loves his front-row seat to industry's transformation

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29 2017

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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors CEO Johannes Roters is energized by the megatrends that are changing the industry because he remembers a time when things were a bit stagnant. ...
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Nissan tackles tech overload in autonomous car

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23 2017

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Nissan's latest test car for autonomous driving has 39 devices to achieve 360-degree sensing. The automaker knows that number needs to be slashed. ...
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Conti exec learns when art tops science

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22 2017

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Continental's head of startups got some excellent advice after he was put in charge of the supplier's new entrepreneurial unit. ...
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European sales fall 5% in December with Fiat, Nissan and Skoda among biggest losers
European new-car sales fell nearly 5 percent in December, hurt by extra days off for Christmas versu ...
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Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017
Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded ...
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Western European registrations fell 5% in December
Western European registrations fell 5 percent in December, which had two fewer selling days than a y ...
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UK sales drop most since recession on Brexit, diesel fears
UK registrations fell nearly 6 percent in 2017 in their biggest annual slide since the global recess ...
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Spain's 2017 sales get big boost from discounting
Spanish new-car sales rose nearly 8 percent last year, although dealers said the increase was helped ...
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German sales rose nearly 3% in 2017 as diesel demand plunged
German new-car sales rose nearly 3 percent last year but fell 1 percent in December on fewer selling ...
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Renault, Lada, Hyundai-Kia poised to gain from Russia's new stability
Russia's strengthening auto market is good news for automakers such as Renault-Nissan and its Russia ...
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Incentives push Italy's 2017 sales to eight-year high
Italian new-car sales rose nearly 8 percent in 2017 as incentives helped push demand to its highest ...
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EVs and hybrids accounted for more than half of Norway's new-car sales in 2017
Sales of electrified cars exceeded half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by ge ...
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French 2017 sales rise nearly 5% but diesel share falls below 50%
French registrations rose by nearly 5 percent in 2017, led by increases of more than 10 percent at S ...
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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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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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Schaeffler names former BMW exec as new e-mobility chief
Schaeffler has appointed Jochen Schroeder, a former BMW executive, to lead the group's newly establi ...
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Rolls-Royce sales chief Knight leaves automaker
Rolls-Royce said its sales and marketing director, Fintan Knight, has left the company to pursue oth ...
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Industry veteran Norman tasked with Vauxhall turnaround
PSA named industry veteran Stephen Norman to lead its UK Vauxhall brand, just days after the automak ...
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PSA promotes Germany boss Chopelin to lead global sales and marketing
PSA promoted its Germany boss, Alberic Chopelin, to head global sales and marketing operations, incl ...
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VW brand accelerates push to be EV leader with new e-mobility division
VW brand is creating an e-mobility division as it seeks to be the leader in mass-market electric car ...
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VW taps Skoda's UK boss to lead U.S. sales
VW of America has tapped Skoda's UK boss Duncan Movassaghi to take over sales operations for the VW brand in the U.S. ...
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VW brand loses U.S. sales chief amid sales decline
Ron Stach, who has headed U.S. sales for the VW brand for nearly two years, has left the automaker. ...
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BMW names former Mini boss Goller as new China chief
BMW named former Mini boss Jochen Goller as its new head of China operations. ...
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PSA replaces China chief amid sales slump
PSA named new chiefs for its China and Latin America regions as part of a management shuffle. The mo ...
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Gestamp elevates CFO Pena to CEO
Spanish metal parts supplier Gestamp said it named Francisco Lopez Pena as CEO. ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
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Citroen sees C3 Aircross luring minivan loyalists
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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color opt ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
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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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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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