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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment

Nov. 18, 2017 06:15 CET

Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more popular in Europe than sedan and wagon versions of the Mercedes E class and BMW 5 series.... Read More »

Ford will spend $885 million to build next Kuga in Spain

Nov. 17, 2017 11:43 CET

Ford will invest more than 750 million euros in its factory in Valencia, eastern Spain, to produce the next-generation Kuga SUV.... Read More »

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Toyota to re-enter EV sector starting in China from 2020

Nov. 17, 2017 09:56 CET

Toyota will introduce EVs in China starting in 2020 and is considering selling battery-powered models developed by its local partners under the Japanese marque as Beijing prepares to tighten environmental regulations. Toyota stopped sales of the RAV4 EV in 2014.... Read More »

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Daimler to invest $755 million in China EV, battery output

Nov. 17, 2017 09:38 CET

Daimler will invest 5 billion yuan ($755 million) in China for factory capacity to manufacture EVs and their batteries, Hubertus Troska, the automaker's China boss, said. The move is part of an effort by the company to help its Mercedes and Smart brands comply with upcoming quotas for greener vehicles.... Read More »

Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gain

Nov. 16, 2017 08:37 CET

European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand leading the gains among volume automakers.... Read More »

Racecar specialist Dallara's Stradale inspired by Lotus

Nov. 16, 2017 10:56 CET

Italian racecar specialist Dallara says its first street legal car, a lightweight roadster called the Stradale, was inspired by affordable sports cars pioneered by Lotus. The Stradale's first customers include former F1 drivers.... Read More »

Daimler launches Tel Aviv hub for auto technology

Nov. 16, 2017 15:34 CET

Daimler has opened a research and development center in Tel Aviv, one of a growing number of multinational firms seeking to tap into Israel's auto technology expertise as the industry moves towards self-driving cars.... Read More »

VW earmarks $12 billion to develop, build China EVs

Nov. 16, 2017 09:58 CET

VW Group plans to spend 10 billion euros ($11.8 billion) by 2025 to develop and manufacture all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as it seeks to comply with stringent new rules in China.... Read More »

VW taps Brazil growth with sedan to challenge Fiat, GM

Nov. 16, 2017 14:24 CET

VW is launching the new Virtus sedan to tap Brazil's highest-volume segment as part of a recovery plan that analysts said will help it regain ground on rivals GM and Fiat Chrysler in South America's largest car market.... Read More »

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BLOG: Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2017

Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its autonomous features are among the most advanced in a car on the road. But testing it also reveals how much further autonomous tech has to develop before hands-free driving is allowed.... Read More »

EU will fine seat belt, airbag cartel, report says

Nov. 16, 2017 11:54 CET

The EU is set to fine a group of car seat belt and airbag makers in the coming weeks, Reuters reported, in the latest regulatory crackdown on price fixing in the sector.... Read More »

Opel puts dealer network under scrutiny

Nov. 15, 2017 12:17 CET

Opel plans to change the incentive system used by its European dealers to promote sales of higher-priced vehicles. The plan includes introducing a new top trim line called Ultimate.... Read More »

Pope gets $200,000 Lamborghini to auction for charity

Nov. 15, 2017 17:42 CET

Pope Francis was given a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracan, which will be auctioned to raise money for charity. The Vatican said the money would go to projects to help Christians rebuild their homes in Iraq.... Read More »

Formula E may leave Britain if there is no Brexit deal

Nov. 15, 2017 16:29 CET

The London-based Formula E electric car racing series will leave Britain if Brexit goes ahead without a deal on tax and employment, CEO Alejandro Agag said.... Read More »

VW says works council payments legal after offices raided by prosecutors

Nov. 15, 2017 10:16 CET

VW said it had obeyed the law in the payment of its works council chief, whose office was raided along with those of the company's chairman, finance chief and head of personnel.... Read More »

Older cars could get Wi-Fi hotspot with Deutsche Telekom offer

Nov. 15, 2017 10:32 CET

Deutsche Telekom is offering owners of cars built in 2006 or later a service that will monitor driving data and turn the vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot, as the company taps into demand for connected devices.... Read More »

VW board likely to back further EV investment in Germany, report says

Nov. 14, 2017 15:49 CET

VW's board will likely approve more investment in Germany in a production shake-up to fill underutilized factories and ramp up production of EVs, Reuters reported.... Read More »

PSA partners with Huawei in connected-car software

Nov. 14, 2017 19:50 CET

PSA will develop a secure connected vehicle system in partnership with Chinese telecoms company Huawei Technologies.... Read More »

Global vehicle sales will decline as ride-hailing services boom, study says

Nov. 14, 2017 09:34 CET

Annual vehicle sales in the U.S., Europe, China and India will decline to 54 million in 2040 from 67 million, an IHS Markit study said. EV sales will be much higher than now but most cars will still use some form of petroleum-fueled combustion engine, the study said.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Ghosn's Renault plan downgrades Europe, counts on Russia, China

Nov. 14, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has laid out a relatively conservative strategy that counts on volume growth in international markets while reducing the automaker's reliance on Europe to drive profits until 2022.... Read More »

Turkey moves ahead with plans for electric national car

Nov. 13, 2017 14:32 CET

Turkey, is on course with its national car project. The country's five major suppliers and tech giants have just signed on to produce the still-unnamed car.... Read More »

Continental may invest in solid-state batteries

Nov. 13, 2017 12:12 CET

Continental is considering investing in battery production to compete with Asian and U.S. manufacturers.... Read More »

Challenges loom for Opel recovery plan

Nov. 13, 2017 09:57 CET

Opel's plan to return to profit has similar goals to PSA's recovery road map. But Opel may have a hard time bouncing back as it faces weak demand in key markets and the high costs of funding new technologies.... Read More »

Opel's production shift to Europe worries S. Korean workers

Nov. 13, 2017 09:32 CET

Opel's plan to stop importing cars from South Korea is worrying workers at GM's Korean unit, which is already grappling with slumping sales.... Read More »

PSA expands in North Africa with plant in Algeria

Nov. 12, 2017 15:23 CET

PSA has signed a joint venture with three partners to build cars in Algeria, joining Renault and VW in producing vehicles locally.... Read More »

 
BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Nick Gibbs
5:14 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22 2017

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As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW see ...
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Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

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

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Luca Ciferri
6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2017

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The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped. ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Christiaan Hetzner
4:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

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

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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "to ...
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PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1 2017

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PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be ...
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VW brand's profit margin goal is too easy

Christiaan Hetzner
6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 2017

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VW brand's turnaround plan is not even a year old and yet next month the brand's CEO, Herbert Diess, ...
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Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gain
European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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UK sales slump 12% in Oct. in 7th monthly decline
UK registrations in October fell by 12 percent, marking a seventh consecutive month of decline. Vaux ...
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Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia
Spain's new-car sales increased 14 percent in October even as tensions over Catalonia's bid to gain ...
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Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline
French brands were among the winners in an Italian market that had a record month for new-car sales ...
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German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back
PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent l ...
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French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners
French new-car sales rose 14 percent in October, with Nissan and Toyota among the winners. ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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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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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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Ford names new manufacturing boss for Europe; veteran exec Odell to retire
Ford named a new manufacturing boss and a new head of joint ventures and alliances in Europe as part ...
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Kia hires PSA designer to lead China styling team
Kia has hired veteran designer Oleg Son from PSA to be the Korean brand's design chief in China. Ole ...
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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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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