Luca Ciferri

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BLOG: Formula One's last chance

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

Formula One's new owner, Liberty Media, is facing a big challenge: Modernize the world's most watched, most technically sophisticated motor sports series or watch a multi-billion-dollar investment vanish.... Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

 
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VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis


5:30 am U.S. ET | June 20 2018

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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel cris ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words ...
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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spi ...
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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design featu ...
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, showed a ...
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgo ...
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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, p ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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