Mini

BMW may build Mini EV in Germany instead of UK, paper says

Feb. 26, 2017 23:08 CET

BMW may build a Mini EV in Germany instead of the UK in response to plans by Britain to leave the EU's single market, a German paper reported.... 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 »

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 »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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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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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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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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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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