Luca Ciferri

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why Tesla is a different story

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2016

Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what Apple has been able to do. European rivals can only look on with envy.... Read More »

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BLOG: Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers

8:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2016

To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to make a film that plays on how many different ways a minivan can be used.... Read More »

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BLOG: Confessions of a diesel junkie

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career as a motoring journalist may no longer be realistic. Why? Because by 2030, diesel sales are forecast to plunge to 9 percent of new-car sales in Europe from about 50 percent today as automakers increasingly rely on EVs to meet tougher emissions rules.... Read More »

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BLOG: PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2016

Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals would publicly admit: That the CO2 numbers on the cars sold in Europe are bogus.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Volvo defies gravity

8:33 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2016

Volvo doesn't consider itself a true global player in the premium segment. Its recent success, however, gives it a legitimate chance of rising to the top tier before the end of the decade.... Read More »

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BLOG: Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

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

Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche during the final lap of the race. I was with Toyota's executive team members when their elation was transformed into complete deflation last weekend.... Read More »

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BLOG: How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2016

Ford of Europe's 6.3 operating margin in the first quarter and its $434 million pre-tax profit were impressive after the automaker lost $42 million during the same period last year.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2016

Ford of Europe's 6.3 operating margin in the first quarter and its $434 million pre-tax profit were impressive after the automaker lost $42 million during the same period last year.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

How Farley steered Ford's European turnaround

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

Luca Ciferri says Ford of Europe's 6.3 percent operating margin and $434 million pretax profit in the first quarter were "impressive."... Read More »

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BLOG: Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combination with PSA Group has been a recurring rumor for years. The reason that the subject won't die is because the deal makes sense on a number of levels.... Read More »

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BLOG: Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2016

Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someone whose opinion I trust when it comes to the future of vehicle propulsion. So, I was I rather suprised when he told me compressed natural gas is the greenest, most affordable powertrain option available today.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Does Carlos Ghosn owe Akio Toyoda an award?

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2016

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn may have unknowingly left himself in an awkward position the next time he sees Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Pininfarina's zero-emission H2 Speed could be built for the right price

10:14 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2016

If a one-off, tailor-made supercar created by an Italian coachbuilder isn't enough, Pininfarina is proposing something on a totally different level: the fastest zero-emission sports car available anywhere.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Auto shows need reboot to fight off digital challenge, de Meo says

7:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 29, 2016

Increasing numbers of automakers are skipping auto shows because the "wow" factor is no longer there in today's digital age, says Luca de Meo, CEO of Volkswagen Group's Seat brand.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Lapo Elkann is ready to create your dream car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2016

Lapo Elkann recently educated me on the cost of car customization, which is the latest business venture for the great-great-grandchild of Fiat co-founder Giovanni Agnelli.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why reborn Alpine is skipping the Geneva show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2016

Renault will not exhibit its Alpine Vision concept at the Geneva auto show and the automaker is holding back a lot of information on its revived sporty brand.... Read More »

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BLOG: 'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the automotive field. That could be bad news for traditional auto companies, an industry analyst said.... Read More »

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BLOG: Automotive News Europe celebrates 20 years; watch this space for future trends

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

In an industry reshaping at the speed of light, Automotive News Europe brings you reliable, relevant and unbiased coverage of the auto business. Now we have a special news item of our own: this year ANE is 20.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Get ready for the unexpected in 2016

12:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

If we have learned anything about the automotive industry in the past few years, it is to expect the unexpected. What will be the big surprises of 2016? Here are few crazy things that just might happen.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Toyota's tech takes the wheel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2015

I had a recent opportunity to see Toyota's autonomous driving system in action on Tokyo's challenging Shuto Expressway. My verdict: Toyota's technology is extremely promising.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

Winners and losers in VW scandal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal is so complex and wide-reaching that it will take months -- if not years -- before the company settles all matters related to its cheating on diesel emissions tests.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Diesel scandal's winners and losers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Volkswagen's diesel scandal is so complex and wide-reaching that it will take months – if not years – before the company settles all of the matters related to its cheating on diesel emissions tests. And while there are plenty of losers as a result of the crisis, there are also some winners.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Dieselgate's winners and losers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal is so complex and wide-reaching that it will take months – if not years – before the company settles all of the matters related to its cheating on diesel emissions tests. And while there are plenty of losers as a result of the crisis, there are also some winners.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Heavy European presence boosts Tokyo show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015

Many European automaker CEOs attended this year's Tokyo auto show, giving a big boost to an event that has been overshadowed by the growing might of rival shows in China.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: FCA design gets more international as non-Italians take key jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

The appointments of a German to head Fiat Chrysler's European design operations and an American as Alfa Romeo's exterior styling chief are the latest examples that Italians are playing a lesser role in the top design positions at the automaker.... Read More »

 
How China plans to create a giant state-owned automaker

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12 2017

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In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking ...
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BYD bets big on buses in Europe, cars can't be far behind

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10 2017

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China's BYD has built up a production network in Europe to make electric buses. ...
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Schmidt's statement showed a broken man with misplaced faith in VW

Larry P. Vellequette
3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2017

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Oliver Schmidt's vacant almost defiant stare has been the face of VW's $30 billion diesel emissions ...
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Why an electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles

Richard Truett
12:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. ...
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VW Beetle could be reborn as electric car

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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VW is considering the future of the brand's iconic Beetle. ...
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Tesla shows why VW, Daimler should keep their heavy trucks businesses

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24 2017

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Tesla's punt at the heavy truck market shows VW and Daimler that there may be meaningful synergies b ...
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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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VW, Ford gain as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car sales in Russia rose 15 percent in November. VW and Ford sales both jumped 29 percent. ...
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German sales likely to fall next year on lower diesel demand, VDA says
New-car registrations in Germany will grow to one of their highest-ever levels this year but will li ...
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German sales rise 9% but diesel sales hit hard
New-car sales in Germany rose 9.4 percent in November with Peugeot and Dacia showing strong growth. ...
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UK sales fall 11% in 8th month of decline
UK new-car registrations slumped 11 percent in November as weaker consumer confidence and uncertaint ...
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Western European car sales rise 5% despite UK woes
Western European car registrations rose 5.4 percent in November, with the key French and German mark ...
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Fiat falls in Italy despite 7% market rise
New-car sales in Italy rose 6.8 percent in November, despite a slump in market leader Fiat brand's v ...
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Renault, Peugeot gain in Spain while diesel, VW sales fall
Renault and Peugeot were among the winners as sales of new cars in Spain rose 12 percent in November ...
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Skoda, Peugeot SUVs help French market grow by 10% in Nov.
Skoda and Peugeot were among winners as French new-car registrations increased 10 percent in Novembe ...
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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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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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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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PSA names veteran exec as chief digital officer
PSA has shuffled its digital leadership by appointing veteran executive Christophe Rauturier as chie ...
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Bugatti's sales chief quits to head luxury beds brand
Bugatti's sales and marketing chief, Stefan Brungs, is leaving the supercar brand to become CEO of bedding specialists Bico. ...
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Porsche France boss to head Canada ops
Marc Ouayoun will become CEO of Porsche Cars Canada, moving from his current role heading the autom ...
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VW brand gets outsider as powertrain chief
VW Group named an executive from outside the company, former Daimler engineer Kurt Blumenroeder, to head powertrain development at its core VW brand. ...
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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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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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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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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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