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Ferrari CEO said to plan retirement when new board named

April 11, 2016 21:40 CET

Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa plans to retire as the Agnelli family tightens its grip on the recently listed company, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

PSA triples profit target to 6%; plans product offensive

April 5, 2016 09:37 CET

PSA tripled its profit goal to 6 percent of sales by 2021 and revealed plans to roll out 26 new cars including seven plug-in hybrids and four EVs as part of the Push to Pass strategy unveiled today. The automaker's growth program also targets revenue increasing 10 percent by 2018 and an additional 15 percent by 2021.... Read More »

Volvo sales rise 12% in March on U.S., China demand

April 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Volvo's global sales rose 12 percent in March as demand for the automaker's SUVs helped boost deliveries in the key U.S. and China markets. First-quarter sales were up 12 percent.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

VW not alone in defending excessive NOx output

April 4, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen isn't alone in having to explain excessive nitrogen oxide emissions from its models, especially in Europe, where even Euro 6 vehicles emit seven times more NOx than allowed when on the road, Vicente Franco, senior researcher at the ICCT, told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

German car sales flat in March; Q1 volume up 4%

April 4, 2016 20:02 CET

German car sales were flat in March at 323,000 vehicles, marking the first month in almost a year that volume did not grow in Europe's biggest auto market. The German auto industry association (VDA) said the result was effected by fewer selling days and the Easter holidays.... Read More »

PSA chief Tavares' pay increase opposed by French government, paper says

March 29, 2016 08:40 CET

French government representatives on PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's board oppose the sharp increase in remuneration of the automaker's CEO Carlos Tavares, a French newspaper reported. Tavares received $5.9 million last year.... Read More »

Takata plans to increase capital as recall costs mount, report says

March 29, 2016 11:12 CET

Takata is likely to seek more capital as it expects its finances to take a hit from a rise in costs to recall potentially defective airbag parts, a report said.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Porsche will debut lighter, more frugal Panamera

March 28, 2016 06:01 CET

Porsche will unveil its new Panamera at this year's Paris auto show. The sedan will use VW's lightweight MSB platform, which also is expected to underpin models from Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini.... Read More »

Ford of Europe mulls cars with rugged look to benefit from booming crossover demand

March 26, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford of Europe may seek to benefit from the boom in crossover sales by adding more rugged versions of its mainstream models -- a style popularized by Audi's allroad quattro range.... Read More »

Audi's new R8 Spyder is faster, tighter, more powerful

March 24, 2016 17:25 CET

Audi says its new R8 Spyder will have more power, new drive modes, a tighter chassis, and a faster sprint time than ever before. The company says the Spyder's V-10 540-hp engine will push it to 100kph (62mph) in 3.6 seconds and continue up to just over 318kph (197 mph).... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2016

Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. But it doesn't come from the sporty Jaguar brand. Instead it's a Range Rover SUV.... Read More »

Ford will build EcoSport in Romania

March 22, 2016 11:41 CET

Ford will transfer production of its popular EcoSport for European markets to Romania from India to help boost capacity utilization at its factory in the country.... Read More »

Borgward readies China sales, mulls site for German output

March 22, 2016 06:01 CET

Borgward, a German brand that is being revived with Chinese backing, will launch sales of its BX7 model next month. The automaker may also restart production in Germany for the first time since 1961.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

EU trials new way to measure emissions, but will it make a difference?

March 22, 2016 11:50 CET

Following Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal, a new device to measure car pollution will soon become a common sight on cars around Europe.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ford CTO outlines main hurdles on the road to offering self-driving cars

March 22, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair is a big fan of autonomous driving and he explained to Automotive News Europe why he believes the two biggest issues currently slowing its rollout are sensor capability and developing software that can read the road like a human would.... Read More »

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia

March 21, 2016 16:18 CET

Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania.... Read More »

BMW seeks to cut costs with autonomous vehicles on the factory floor

March 21, 2016 15:10 CET

BMW Group is testing self-driving vehicles on its factory floors -- in the form of suitcase-size robotic trolleys -- as part of an automation drive that the automaker expects will help cut costs by 5 percent per car annually.... Read More »

Renault Romania chief Maure to become AvtoVAZ CEO

March 15, 2016 12:42 CET

Nicolas Maure, the head of Renault's Romanian business, will replace Bo Andersson as CEO of AvtoVAZ, Russia's biggest automaker.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Hybrid sales expected to triple in Europe as tougher CO2 rules loom

March 15, 2016 06:01 CET

Sales of hybrids and plug-in hybrids in Europe are forecast to triple to more than 750,000 in the next three years, as automakers scramble to reach tougher CO2 targets that start to take effect in 2020.... Read More »

Kia eyes steady sales, increased market share in Russia

March 14, 2016 15:43 CET

Kia aims to increase its share of the ailing Russia car market where it is the No. 2 brand by vehicle sales. Kia's investments in local production have allowed it to undercut rivals who rely on costly imported parts.... Read More »

Ex-Porsche execs ask for acquittals in VW manipulation case

March 14, 2016 15:06 CET

Lawyers for former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and ex-Chief Financial Officer Holger Haerter have asked for their clients to be acquitted at the end of a criminal trial that has seen the two men face accusations of manipulating Volkswagen shares during a failed takeover of VW by Porsche in 2008.... Read More »

THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW CEO says scandal will inflict substantial financial damage

March 8, 2016 11:01 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller said the automaker's emissions scandal will inflict substantial financial damage on the company. Separately, board member Stephan Weil warned that he expects more unpleasant news to emerge. This comes as German prosecutors said they have widened their investigation.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe

March 8, 2016 06:01 CET

Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8.1 percent rise. SUVs accounted for 22 percent of all European passenger vehicle sales in 2015.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: At AvtoVAZ, Andersson is a tough act to follow

4:28 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2016

Former top GM executive Bo Andersson looked the ideal candidate to turn around the maker of Lada cars when he became AvtoVAZ's first Western CEO. Now Russia's biggest automaker and its majority owner Renault-Nissan will have a hard time replacing arguably the world's toughest auto executive.... Read More »

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Fiat unveils sporty Abarth 124 Spider

March 7, 2016 15:01 CET

Fiat unveiled the sportier version of its new 124 Spider at the Geneva auto show. The Abarth roadster is powered by a boosted version of the same 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that is found in the Fiat 500 Abarth.... Read More »

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


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

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

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

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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