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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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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 »

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

9:26 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 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 »

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BLOG: Frankfurt show featured many beasts, few beauties

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

Frankfurt auto show remains the unrivaled global No. 1 when it comes to vehicle debuts of which there were 210 at this year's show. But due to a serious amount of overdesign, just a handful could be described as beautiful.... Read More »

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BLOG: New VW CEO's top priorities

11:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Volkswagen Group chose Matthias Mueller as its new CEO to replace Martin Winterkorn. Although Mueller will be surrounded by talented and experienced advisers I would like to share seven suggestion.... Read More »

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BLOG: Winterkorn's exit should be a wake-up call for automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Martin Winterkorn's resignation Wednesday after nearly nine years as Volkswagen Group CEO is the latest signal that the industry has a serious problem with following the rules.... Read More »

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BLOG: Winterkorn's exit should be a wake-up call for the auto industry

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Martin Winterkorn's resignation Wednesday after nearly nine years as Volkswagen Group CEO is the latest signal that the industry has a serious problem with following the rules.... Read More »

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BLOG: 'Fortress Europe' under threat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Having the world's toughest CO2 emissions standards has helped keep China and Russia's low-cost competitors out of the European market. So trying to postpone, tame or reduce even tougher future emissions limits being considered by the EU may be a big mistake by Europe's automakers.... Read More »

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BLOG: Turin auto show reboot provides hope

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Many European cities have lost or downsized their auto shows in recent years because they cannot compete with Europe's Big Three. Despite this, there was a promising innovation in June in Turin.... Read More »

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BLOG: Alfa's last chance?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes that his 5 billion-euro ($5.3 billion) bet on Alfa Romeo will result in eight new models, a sales boost, and an end to financial losses at the brand. If I were Marchionne, I would be very worried about not achieving those ambitious goals – and I'm not alone.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Alfa's last chance?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes that his 5 billion-euro bet on Alfa Romeo will result in eight new models, a sales boost, and an end to financial losses at the brand. If I were Marchionne, I would be very worried about not achieving those ambitious goals – and I'm not alone.... Read More »

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BLOG: Life or death decisions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why Marchionne needs a powerful 'mother-in-law'

5:59 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will need a powerful, influential mother-in-law to help initiate the megamergers that he covets.... Read More »

 
China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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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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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
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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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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