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PETER SIGAL

BLOG: Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

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

These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message.... Read More »

Smart leaves door open for dealers to return

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2017

Smart is discontinuing its gasoline-powered models and losing two-thirds of its U.S. dealers, but the brand's CEO believes sales won't fall very much.... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Smart previews self-driving city car for sharing

Sept. 1, 2017 09:52 CET

Smart is presenting its vision for future transport with the Vision EQ autonomous EV concept. The concept is based on the ForTwo microcar and will be unveiled this month at the Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Silver lining for dealers in Houston

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

Silver lining for dealers in Houston; Study: Most people don't want to ride in self-driving car; Exec moves at Aston, FCA; Apple exodus; A Smart car meant to share.... Read More »

BMW remaps the roadster with Concept Z4

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2017

BMW is returning to the roadster market and previews the styling with the Concept Z4 -- the automaker's vision of a modern, small and sporty car. The next Z4, due in 2019, features a new lightweight platform and is expected to grow in size.... Read More »

Could Smart get any smaller?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2017

Daimler's microcar brand will lose more than two-thirds of its U.S. dealerships after its lineup goes all-electric this year.... Read More »

Smart hopes buyers ready to embrace EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2017

The struggling small-car brand is shifting exclusively to battery power in the U.S. and Canada this year.... Read More »

German luxury giants go for EVs, autonomy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2017

Mercedes and BMW are pursuing similar strategies as they remake themselves for the future. Autonomous driving, electric vehicles, connectivity and car-sharing rule.... Read More »

WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Is BMW hinting at the successor to the Z4?

2:07 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2017

It appears like the BMW Z4 successor's silhouette made an advance appearance on the German automaker's Instagram account.... Read More »

ELECTRIC CHOICE

Smart dealers have a decision to make

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Why didn't the microcar brand work out as expected in the U.S., and can it succeed with just EVs?... Read More »

In Oklahoma, two Smart dealers diverge

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

One will stick with selling the two-seaters, hoping for an uptick in electric-car sales. The other says it’s time to say goodbye.... Read More »

Even in Europe, Smart struggles for sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Its volumes remain roughly half those of BMW’s small-car brand Mini.... Read More »

Smart prices 2017 electric 2-seat coupe from $24,550

5:38 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

As it goes to an all-electric strategy, Smart USA is dropping the price of its redesigned 2017 Smart Electric Drive coupe by $1,200 when it goes on sale this summer.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Smart boss aims for new sales records even without adding crossover

May 2, 2017 12:16 CET

Smart expects to boost sales again in the future after they grew 21 percent in 2016, despite the lack of a crossover in the brand's lineup. Annette Winkler, who has been head of the Daimler unit since 2010, discussed this and other plans with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for May

May 1, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at how Seat ended more than a decade of losses and why it expects to become a reliable moneymaker for parent VW Group.... Read More »

ANE's May issue goes live Monday

April 28, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, May 1. The new edition looks at how Seat ended more than a decade of losses and why it expects to become a reliable moneymaker for parent VW Group.... Read More »

Smart isn't going anywhere, Winkler says

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

This is not exactly the golden age of microcars. Indeed, at a time when gas is cheap and looks like it will stay cheap, can Smart really hope to grow?... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: The Smart way to grow

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2017

When Smart announced that it would sell only electric vehicles in the U.S. and Canada some wags wondered whether it was the beginning of a broader retreat for the brand.... Read More »

Smart brand to focus on EVs in U.S., Canada

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

Daimler AG will stop selling gasoline-powered Smart cars in the U.S. and Canada later this year and will convert the microcar brand to an electric vehicle-only endeavor.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: PSA says it's in talks to buy Opel

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2017

PSA says it's in talks to buy Opel; Next Mitsu Eclipse to be crossover; New Lexus hybrid; Smart going all-EV in U.S., Canada; Chrysler's starring role in Comedy Central series.... Read More »

Daimler to focus on electric Smart cars in U.S., Canada

Feb. 14, 2017 10:06 CET

Daimler will stop selling combustion engine Smart cars in the U.S. and Canada and focus the brand on electric vehicles in the two markets.... Read More »

Daimler to refocus Smart brand on EVs only in U.S., Canada

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2017

Daimler AG will stop selling gasoline-powered Smart cars in the U.S. and Canada later this year, converting the microcar brand to an electric vehicle-only endeavor.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech

Jan. 18, 2017 06:01 CET

Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with help from Renault. At 160 km, the Daimler subsidiary's electric drivetrain has a 10 percent longer range under the European testing regime than the previous powertrain.... Read More »

NHTSA looks into Smart ForTwo engine fires

6:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluation of complaints that Smart ForTwo vehicle engines catch fire and quickly consume the cars.... Read More »

Mercedes' October sales rise 12% on Europe, China demand

Nov. 7, 2016 15:53 CET

Sales of Mercedes cars jumped 12 percent in October as strong demand in Europe and China helped offset a fall in the U.S.... Read More »

 
Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24 2017

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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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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
UK registrations fell 9 percent in July, the fourth consecutive month of declines. ...
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump i ...
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
Business demand helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in new-car sales in Italy last month as registra ...
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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
VW Group is shuffling its product development team as the automaker prepares for a move to future mo ...
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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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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
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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