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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 »

Magna considers new plant in Europe; also looking at China, N.A. locations

Dec. 13, 2016 14:23 CET

Magna Steyr may build a new plant in Europe as its Austrian factory runs out of capacity, said Guenther Apfalter, the head of its European business. Slovenia is an option but the contract manufacturer is also looking at locations in North America and China.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for December

Dec. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at what Chinese automakers have done to put themselves in position to succeed in Europe after a decade of failures.... Read More »

Mini's redesigned Countryman stretches into new segment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

The redesigned Mini Countryman has grown enough in size to compete in the compact crossover segment where it will take on both premium and volume players.... Read More »

Mini pilot lets owners rent out their cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2016

Mini is launching a pilot program in Seattle that would allow owners to rent out their cars from 2016 and later model years via a company-provided app.... Read More »

BMW wants 100,000 electric-car sales in 2017, report says

Nov. 14, 2016 09:53 CET

BMW wants to boost sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars from its "i" subbrand by two-thirds next year to 100,000 vehicles, a German newspaper reported, citing CEO Harald Krueger.... Read More »

BMW's UK workers back strike action over pension dispute

Nov. 8, 2016 17:18 CET

Workers at BMW Group's Mini and Rolls-Royce car plants in the UK have backed strike action in a consultative ballot over plans by the automaker to move staff to a less generous pension plan.... Read More »

BMW to await Brexit outcome before making UK investment decisions on Mini

Nov. 4, 2016 13:32 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger said the automaker is not under pressure to decide about making further investments in its Mini factory in the UK until the country has concluded negotiations on leaving the EU.... Read More »

BMW sees no need to shift Mini output after Brexit

Oct. 28, 2016 11:05 CET

BMW production chief Oliver Zipse said there is no need to decide yet whether the Brexit vote is a reason to shift manufacturing of Mini cars away from the UK to other locations in Europe.... Read More »

2017 Mini Cooper Countryman becomes biggest in brand history

11:20 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2016

While the next-gen 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman may have “Mini” on the hood, it’s actually the biggest vehicle in the brand’s history. Mini increased the 2017 model’s length by 7.8 inches overall and increased the wheelbase by 2.9 inches.... Read More »

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BLOG: Mini sees electric power as big plus for brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2016

Mini's first plug-in hybrid will be offered next year as the Countryman SUV, with an electric car following in 2019. Mini sees the fast acceleration that electric motors give to vehicles as helping it promote the models as fun-to-drive, in keeping with the brand's image.... Read More »

Mini has a plug-in coming next year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2016

Mini will launch two electric vehicles in the next three years, starting next year with a plug-in hybrid version of the redesigned Countryman. A plug-in electric will follow in 2019 using the architecture of a current model.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Setting a course for U.S. shores

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2016

Overseas automakers set a course for U.S. shores; Benz spy shots; Mini's EV plans; Tesla partners with Panasonic, delays product reveal; Why Toyota's not rushing to ride-sharing.... Read More »

Next Mini Countryman will be bigger

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2016

The new Mini Countryman crossover due early next year will grow in size to better compete in the U.S., said Sebastian Mackensen, Mini's global brand chief.... Read More »

BOOSTERS CLUB

Automakers help fund dealers' big ideas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2016

Dealers are on the front lines of the daily sales race, often sponsoring events in the community and running TV and digital ad campaigns. But often, in the background, manufacturers are providing the funding.... Read More »

BMW plans electric Mini, X3 to counter Mercedes

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2016

BMW AG will roll out the first battery-powered model of its urban Mini brand as part of a broader push to make electric cars more mainstream and counter ambitious plans from rivals. The new Mini is set to hit the market in 2019 and will be followed in 2020 by a battery-powered version of the BMW X3, CEO Harald Krueger said Friday.... Read More »

BMW says China sales have improved while U.S. sales remain slow

Sept. 29, 2016 18:47 CET

BMW Group is seeing positive signs in China demand while growth in the U.S. remains slow, Ian Robertson, the automaker's sales chief, said.... Read More »

Mercedes extends luxury sales lead over BMW in August

Sept. 14, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler's Mercedes brand extended its global sales lead over rival BMW after its August registrations increased at a faster pace. Both automakers benefited from booming demand for SUVs.... Read More »

Mercedes outpaces BMW, Audi in July to keep luxury sales lead

Aug. 11, 2016 11:25 CET

Mercedes brand kept its lead among luxury automakers last month after vehicle sales increased at a faster pace than its close German rivals, thanks to strong demand in China.... Read More »

BMW CEO says it's too early to draw up Brexit plans, no impact so far

Aug. 2, 2016 11:52 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger said it was too early to consider a plan B after the UK voted to quit the EU. He said the company had not noticed a significant change in car sales.... Read More »

Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward

Aug. 1, 2016 15:40 CET

Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former design chief, Anders Warming, as its head of design. Warming was Mini's styling boss for the past six years. He gets a management board post at Borgward.... Read More »

Mini: Still deciding on a 5th model

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2016

Mini is close to having replaced four key models and now has to decide on a fifth.... Read More »

Mini campaign will defy labels during Olympics

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2016

Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields has dealt with a bevy of labels in her life. Shields -- who captured a gold medal during the London games in 2012 -- is one of eight current and former U.S. Olympians featured in the latest round of Mini's “Defy Labels” campaign.... Read More »

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BLOG: Small Minis take on massive road trip

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2016

Mini USA isn't joking when it says its cars come standard with friends. This year's two-week “Mini Takes The States” road trip for Mini owners crosses through 18 states through July 23.... Read More »

 
How Renault plans to keep the Captur ahead of rivals

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19 2017

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Renault hopes to keep the Captur as Europe's top-selling subcompact SUV by giving it an upgraded int ...
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After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10 2017

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Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to. ...
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Why VW brand's plunging revenue is good news

Christiaan Hetzner
7:14 am U.S. ET | May 3 2017

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One aspect of VW Group's first-quarter report is the plunge in revenue at its core brand. ...
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VW has no compelling reason to sell Ducati


4:33 am U.S. ET | May 2 2017

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Volkswagen's 747-million-euro acquisition of Ducati might not have been based on any industrial logi ...
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China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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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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Premium brands gain ground as UK sales plunge 20%
UK new-car registrations slumped 20 percent in April, the biggest year-on-year drop for over six yea ...
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German sales fall 8% as diesel share declines
German new-car registrations fell 8 percent in April as buyers turned away from diesel cars and fewe ...
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Renault, Skoda and Citroen among winners as Italy sales fall 5%
New-car registrations in Italy fell 4.6 percent last month with most major automakers losing volume ...
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Renault, PSA suffer as French sales decline 6%
French registrations fell 6 percent in April on two fewer selling days. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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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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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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BMW adds 2 execs to North American leadership
BMW's new North America chief has appointed two lieutenants to help him as he works to revive the au ...
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VW names U.S. compliance officer after diesel scandal
Volkswagen's U.S. unit named a KPMG director, Stephanie Davis, as its chief compliance officer after the automaker was sentenced in April in its diesel-emissions scandal. ...
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Continental names new head of China operations
Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China ...
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BMW i subbrand exec to join energy group Innogy
German energy group Innogy has recruited Stefan von Dobschuetz, a key executive from BMW Group's i s ...
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Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing
Mini USA has appointed new heads of both sales and marketing. ...
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VW names new communications, logistics chiefs for North America
Volkswagen Group of America has promoted two executives to top positions running the company's commu ...
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Ex-Ferrari exec Lanzone hired by autonomous car start-up Zoox
Autonomous vehicle startup Zoox said Corrado Lanzone, former operations director of Ferrari's racing division, has joined the company as its vice president of manufacturing... ...
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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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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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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