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UK plans scrappage scheme for diesel cars, report says

April 18, 2017 10:24 CET

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has asked officials to develop plans for a scrappage scheme for diesel cars as part of proposals to improve air quality, a British newspaper reported.... Read More »

PIECH AT 80

Despite losing VW power battle, Piech's achievements are indisputable

April 17, 2017 06:01 CET

Ferdinand Piech can look back at a lifetime of accomplishments that put Volkswagen Group on the path to becoming the world's largest automaker. An engineer, Piech rose to become VW Group's CEO and later chairman, along the way turning Audi into a rival to Mercedes and BMW. He rescued VW from the threat of bankruptcy and added brands such as Bentley and Bugatti.... Read More »

Porsche uses 'soft sell' approach to win sales

April 16, 2017 06:01 CET

Porsche is expanding its global dealership network with a showroom format that abandons normal markers of corporate identity for a "soft sell" approach. The first store has just opened in Germany, with others to follow in China, the U.S. and the Middle East.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year

April 15, 2017 06:01 CET

Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecomers such as Volkswagen, Hyundai and Kia expand the sector above 2 million sales in 2018 and to 2.3 million by 2020.... Read More »

VOLVO AT 90

Volvo enters 10th decade on a record-breaking high

April 14, 2017 06:01 CET

Anders Gustafsson sees Volvo's 90th birthday from the most unique perspective of anyone on the company's executive management team. Gustafsson's family has been selling the brand for the last 45 years through its company, Bildeve, the oldest Volvo Cars dealership in southern Sweden.... Read More »

VOLVO AT 90

Seafood, safety synonymous with Volvo's first 90 years

April 14, 2017 06:01 CET

While Volvo celebrates the 90th anniversary of the arrival of its first model this month, the company's story actually started in August 1924 because of the founders' shared love of crayfish, according to the company archives.... Read More »

Volvo will build first EV in China for export, sources say

April 13, 2017 12:59 CET

Volvo will build its first full-electric car in China, sources told Automotive News Europe. The battery-powered vehicle will debut in 2019 and will be exported globally from Volvo's factory in southeast China.... Read More »

German automakers discuss publishing real-world fuel economy data

April 13, 2017 06:01 CET

Germany's automakers are discussing whether to follow the lead of French rival PSA and publish a more realistic guide of cars' fuel consumption to boost consumer confidence.... Read More »

Self-driving 'arms race' complicates supplier alliances

April 13, 2017 09:42 CET

The race to develop and exploit autonomous vehicle technology is reshaping the hierarchy of the automotive industry, replacing traditional top-down manufacturing relationships with complex webs of supplier alliances and acquisitions.... Read More »

Ford ends Focus EV production in Europe

April 12, 2017 11:12 CET

Ford has ended European seris production of the full-electric Focus as it shifts its strategy for low-emissions vehicles to hybrid delivery vans.... Read More »

EU clears Lear's takeover of Grupo Antolin's car-seat business

April 12, 2017 14:16 CET

European Union regulators cleared U.S. supplier Lear's takeover of the seats and metals business of Spain's Grupo Antolin, saying it would still face sufficient competition.... Read More »

2017 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

VW will unveil first electric crossover in Tesla challenge

April 12, 2017 12:17 CET

VW released teaser images of a full-electric crossover concept that it will present at the Shanghai auto show next week. The model will challenge Tesla's Model X as VW gears up to roll out a new zero-emissions lineup.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Gestamp predicts big gains as automakers outsource more stamping

April 12, 2017 06:01 CET

Gestamp is on a global expansion push that includes catering to automakers outsourcing more metal stamping work as they invest heavily in new technology such as connectivity and autonomous driving. Company CEO, Francisco Riberas, discussed this and other topics with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

VW's Seat reports highest quarterly sales since 2001

April 11, 2017 15:48 CET

Volkswagen Group's Spanish division, Seat, reported its highest first-quarter sales since 2001 on double-digit growth in Spain, Germany and Britain.... Read More »

Daimler first-quarter profit surges on Mercedes sales

April 11, 2017 22:40 CET

Daimler's first-quarter profit almost doubled on rising demand for Mercedes cars including the new E-class sedan as well as one-time gains. This helped Daimler get off to a strong start in the year after Mercedes reclaimed the global lead in premium-car sales from BMW in 2016.... Read More »

2017 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

Borgward pushes German DNA, avoids mentioning Chinese backer

April 11, 2017 06:01 CET

Borgward, which has been revived by a state-owned Chinese truck maker, has a winning formula: touting its German heritage while saying as little as possible about its Chinese backers.... Read More »

Audi outlines production plans for Q8, Q4 SUVs

April 11, 2017 12:04 CET

Audi outlined production plans for its upcoming Q8 and Q4 as the Volkswagen Group premium brand accelerates its push into the booming SUV/crossover market.... 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 »

Germany's post office takes on automakers with its electric van

April 11, 2017 09:58 CET

German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group plans to take on automakers by stepping up production of its Streetscooter electric van and selling it to external customers.... Read More »

Porsche, Bentley synergies can help VW Group

April 11, 2017 06:01 CET

As the costs of its diesel scandal continue to rise, Volkswagen Group will be helped by increased synergies between its Porsche and Bentley marques.... Read More »

2017 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

Global automakers finally jump into China's fast-growing EV market

April 11, 2017 06:01 CET

This year's Shanghai auto show will include a variety of electric cars, plug-in hybrids and crossovers of all sizes.... Read More »

VW diesels pile up in U.S. awaiting fix or scrap yard

April 10, 2017 10:14 CET

Volkswagen Group is making progress settling U.S. legal claims from its emission-cheating scandal, but one challenge looms unresolved: What to do with the hundreds of thousands of diesel cars it is being forced to buy back.... Read More »

Grammer's efforts to rebuff activist investor suffer injunction setback

April 10, 2017 11:35 CET

Efforts by Grammer to dilute the influence of Bosnian activist investor Hastor were dealt a blow after Hastor blocked China's Ningbo Jifeng from gaining a 9.2 percent voting stake in the German company.... Read More »

Volvo concerned about possible U.S. import tax

April 10, 2017 11:13 CET

Volvo says it would suffer if the U.S. enacts taxes on imported goods, even as the company prepares to hire up to 4,000 workers for a new plant in South Carolina that will build the S60 sedan.... Read More »

UK car industry defends diesel as gov't readies pollution plan

April 10, 2017 09:30 CET

The UK's automotive industry body defended diesel cars as the government prepares to announce proposals for improving air quality which could make it more expensive to use the most polluting vehicles.... Read More »

 
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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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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Volvo dealers get crash course on conquests

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Volvo's head of Europe says that his dealers have had to get used to something new: knowing how to cash in on conquest sales. ...
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How China dealer association resolved Audi's dealer crisis


3:59 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Audi's dispute with some of its China dealers, that threatened to blow up into all-out war, finally ...
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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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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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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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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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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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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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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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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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