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Daimler boosts battery output ahead of EV push

Oct. 27, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler has begun construction of a second battery plant in Germany as the automaker invests heavily in electric vehicles ahead of the launch of its new EQ electric subbrand.... Read More »

ANE 25 LEADING WOMEN

Automotive News Europe salutes Annette Winkler

Sept. 27, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Annette Winkler of Daimler.... Read More »

Paris auto show: It's electric

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2016

Germany's automakers will use the Paris auto show to highlight their latest battery technologies as they seek to recapture ground from Tesla.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: A sedate outlook on U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2016

Honda exec offers sedate outlook on U.S. sales; Setback for VW worker group in Tenn.; Latest Golf production glitch; Equinox goes diesel; Smart EVs; Age of never-ending recall?... Read More »

Smart to offer EVs and traditional engines across the lineup

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2016

Smart will become the only major auto brand to offer its entire model lineup with both combustion engines and pure battery-electric drive, Mercedes-Benz said today.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: GM Oshawa to finish pickups - report

8:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2016

GM to send pickups to Oshawa under labor deal - report; Automakers raise concerns about 2025 CAFE goal; Raise MPG, lose jobs?; Smart move by NYPD; Answering self-driving skeptics.... Read More »

Mercedes-AMG adds 2 roadster variants to GT family

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

Mercedes-AMG is adding two open-air variants to its high-performance GT lineup. The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and GT C Roadster will be powered by 4.0-liter V-8 engines with twin turbochargers, direct injection and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.... Read More »

Daimler will sell Mercedes EVs in China, market boss says

Sept. 7, 2016 10:15 CET

Daimler plans to sell Mercedes EVs in China as the automaker seeks to capitalize on government initiatives aimed at expanding the market for new-energy vehicles, Hubertus Troska, its market chief, said. Daimler is due to unveil a long-range EV concept at the Paris auto show later this month.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 12% on Europe, China demand

Sept. 6, 2016 11:24 CET

Mercedes brand sales rose 12 percent last month, as growth in Europe and China offset flat demand in the U.S.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for September

Sept. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready to view. This month's edition looks at why Tesla has Europe's top premium automakers racing to debut full-electric models to challenge the Silicon Valley-based company's Model S.... Read More »

ANE's September e-magazine goes live Monday

Sept. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Sept. 5. This month's edition looks at why Tesla has Europe's top premium automakers racing to debut full-electric models to challenge the Silicon Valley-based company's Model S.... Read More »

Smart: Can tweaks reverse sales slide?

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

Demand for the Smart microcar is weak. The redesigned ForTwo went on sale in late 2015; this year brings a convertible and electric version. The brand is counting on better in-car connectivity and new services, not new nameplates, to reverse a sales slide.... Read More »

Smart owners in Germany can have parcels delivered to their parked cars

July 25, 2016 16:07 CET

Daimler's Smart cars will become delivery boxes for Deutsche Post's DHL package operation in Germany as the mail and auto industries begin to work together to leverage connected cars. Smart owners can arrange for DHL to deliver parcels to the trunks of their parked cars.... Read More »

Mercedes' second-quarter profit drops on Takata airbag recall

July 21, 2016 10:11 CET

Daimler reported weaker profit from its Mercedes Cars unit in the second quarter because of the cost of refreshing its lineup and one-time charges related to recalling cars with faulty Takata airbags. The unit's profit margin dropped to 6.4 percent, compared with 10.5 percent last year.... Read More »

Mercedes June sales rise 11% on demand in Europe, China

July 6, 2016 12:08 CET

Sales of Mercedes cars increased 11 percent in June as strong demand in Europe and China led rises in all the brand's major markets. Registrations were also boosted by robust SUV deliveries, which rose 43 percent last month.... Read More »

2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio priced at $19,650

10:38 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2016

The 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio will be the cheapest convertible on the market at $19,650, with shipping, when it arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall, Mercedes-Benz USA said.... Read More »

Q&A: ANNETTE WINKLER

CEO: 'A Smart always has to be a unique concept'

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Why would Smart want an SUV? It would only make the brand like everybody else.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: For Europe's small cars, it's war

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

Ford's other small-car battlefront; Why Smart's not planning SUV; Cruze hatchback price: $22,190; Canadian supplier chats with Google, Apple; Hyundai safety tech, in song.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Smart CEO Winkler outlines plan to keep Daimler brand profitable, 'unique'

June 16, 2016 06:01 CET

The fortunes of Daimler's Smart brand have rebounded after some tough times with the latest ForTwo and ForFour models that are built in partnership with Renault-Nissan. Smart CEO Annette Winkler explained to Automotive News Europe about how she sees the brand's future.... Read More »

Daimler to unveil long-range electric car in October

June 11, 2016 10:42 CET

Daimler will unveil a long-range electric car from its Mercedes brand at the Paris auto show, as the automaker gears up to compete with the Tesla Model X SUV.... Read More »

Mercedes' May sales rise 13% on Europe, China demand

June 6, 2016 12:19 CET

Sales of Mercedes cars jumped 13 percent in May as strong demand in Europe and China helped to offset a drop in the U.S.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 11% in April on robust Europe, China demand

May 9, 2016 11:19 CET

Sales of Mercedes vehicles rose 11 percent in April, boosted by strong demand in Europe and China and the launch of several new models, which helped offset flat deliveries in the U.S. Four-month brand sales were up 12 percent.... Read More »

ForTwo tippers are back at it

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

This month, groups of vandals in Seattle tipped a handful of Smart ForTwos from the car-sharing service Car2Go onto their sides.... Read More »

Mercedes posts record March sales on Europe, China demand

April 6, 2016 13:58 CET

Mercedes achieved its highest-ever monthly brand sales in March as deliveries rose 8.4 percent. Strong demand in Europe and China helped offset a drop in U.S. volume. Three-month registrations rose 13 percent.... Read More »

DAVID UNDERCOFFLER

BLOG: Mazda MX-5 Miata goes fastback with 'RF' lid

8:15 pm U.S. ET | March 22, 2016

Mazda welcomed spring late Tuesday by unveiling the MX-5 RF, a power-folding hardtop version of its MX-5 Miata roadster.... Read More »

 
Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Peter Sigal
3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 2017

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These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message. ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Peter Sigal
8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 2017

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Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 1 ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Richard Johnson
1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2017

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Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is onc ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

Richard Johnson
5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on t ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

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

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Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11 2017

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The “Carlos and Dieter Show” will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. I ...
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Fast-changing Frankfurt

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed. ...
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Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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Jaguar's I-Pace crossover will not make an appearance as a production model at next week's Frankfurt ...
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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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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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UK sales fall 6% on Brexit, diesel concerns
UK new-car sales fell 6 percent in August, the fifth consecutive monthly decline, as uncertainty ove ...
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German sales hit 8-year high despite big diesel decline
New-car registrations in Germany rose to the highest level in eight years in August despite plunging ...
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Skoda, Dacia among winners as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose 9.4 percent in August, with gains by mass-market brands outpacing the prem ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
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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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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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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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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Volvo names Kerssemakers as Europe boss
Volvo named Lex Kerssemakers as head of its Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Kerssemakers retu ...
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VW shuffles product development team
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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
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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
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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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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
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