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BMW is open to partnerships with tech firms, report says

Sept. 14, 2015 13:12 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger is open to exploring deeper partnerships with software and computer companies such as Apple, but says both partners need to profit from the cooperation, otherwise it will not last, a German paper reported.... Read More »


BLOG: Yanfeng-JCI's vision shows smooth move to self-driving reality

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

Interiors suppliers Yanfeng and Johnson Controls have developed a futuristic concept car that, among other things, shows how a motorist will smoothly and safely hand over control of the vehicle. The ID16 concept will be on display in Frankfurt this week.... Read More »

Toyota sees European sales marginally lower in 2015

Sept. 14, 2015 22:05 CET

Toyota expects sales in Europe to fall slightly by 1 to 2 percent this year as higher deliveries in the western part of the region are unlikely to offset a sharp drop in Russia. The automaker said 2016 sales growth could be around 1 percent.... Read More »

VW uses new Tiguan to shift focus back to cars after boardroom battles

Sept. 14, 2015 15:09 CET

VW is using the redesigned Tiguan, its top-selling SUV, to put the focus back on its vehicles after being plagued by leadership issues since the departure of former Chairman Ferdinand Piech.... Read More »


Nissan teases crossover concept

Sept. 8, 2015 10:41 CET

Nissan has released a teaser picture showing a crossover concept that will be unveiled next week at the Frankfurt auto show. Reports say the concept will preview a new direction for the automaker's Z sports car subbrand.... Read More »


Renault aims to push Megane upscale with new design

Sept. 8, 2015 11:03 CET

Renault has given its new Megane a distinctive design as part of its ambition to make the model more upscale and help it stand out in the competitive compact market against rivals such as the VW Golf and Peugeot 308.... Read More »

Mahindra said to be close to purchasing Pininfarina

Sept. 8, 2015 11:33 CET

India's Mahindra is said to be close to an agreement to purchase Italian car designer Pininfarina after talks stalled earlier this year. The companies are seeking to complete negotiations in the next few days, sources said.... Read More »


Audi sales boss explains luxury brand's shifting 'center of gravity'

Sept. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi ranks as Europe's sixth-largest brand, outselling volume automakers such as Citroen and Fiat. Sales boss Luca De Meo explained to Automotive News Europe how the automaker is maintaining its premium-ness despite its rising volume.... Read More »

Porsche adds turbocharging to make the 911 greener

Sept. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche has added turbocharged engines to its iconic 911 sports car range to help meet increasingly tougher fuel economy and CO2 emissions rules.... Read More »

Continental confirms profit margin forecast for 2015

Sept. 8, 2015 11:54 CET

Continental says it is on track to reach its recently raised full-year target despite a seasonal downturn in summer. The supplier raised its full-year profit forecast in August and now targets an adjusted profit margin of around 11 percent for 2015 after previously guiding for more than 10.5 percent.... Read More »

2015 Eurostar winner Jerome Stoll

Sept. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

The executives chosen as 2015 Automotive News Europe Eurostars outworked and outmaneuvered their rivals. Renault Chief Performance Officer Jerome Stoll is this year's Eurostar winner for Sales & Marketing Executive.... Read More »

2015 Eurostar winner Gorden Wagener

Sept. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

The executives chosen as 2015 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Gorden Wagener, Daimler vice president of design, is this year's Eurostar winner for Design Executive.... Read More »

2015 Eurostar winner Richard Palmer

Sept. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

The executives chosen as 2015 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Fiat Chrysler CFO Richard Palmer is this year's Eurostar winner for Chief Financial Officer.... Read More »

Nissan Juke will be first model based on new small-car platform

Sept. 7, 2015 14:03 CET

The next Nissan Juke will be the first car to be built on Renault-Nissan's CMF-B small-car modular architecture. The subcompact SUV also will continue to be built at Nissan's plant in England, securing the factory's future.... Read More »

Tesla names new Germany chief amid slow sales

Sept. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

Tesla named a new top executive in Germany, where the U.S. electric car maker is struggling to gain a foothold.... Read More »

Germany's Kiekert buys out Chinese partner

Sept. 1, 2015 13:02 CET

Kiekert, a global supplier of automotive locks, has acquired full ownership of China's Henan North Xingguang Locking Systems Co., a manufacturer of door, hood and trunk locks.... Read More »

French new-car sales rise 10% percent on extra selling day

Sept. 1, 2015 11:05 CET

French new-car sales rose 9.7 percent in August, traditionally a slow holiday month, boosted by an extra selling day. All major brands increased sales except Toyota and Ford.... Read More »

Spain's car sales jump 23% in 24th consecutive month of growth

Sept. 1, 2015 12:36 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 23 percent in August in the best result for the month since 2009 and the 24th consecutive month of growth as the market benefits from a government-backed subsidy program.... Read More »

Top Renault exec sees European rebound continuing in second half

Sept. 1, 2015 11:23 CET

Renault's Chief Competitive Officer, Thierry Bollore, expects Europe's rebound to continue as the region's economy improves and drivers replace aging vehicles. Bollore discussed this outlook and the challenges facing Renault with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »


Suzuki will add Baleno hatchback to its European lineup

Aug. 25, 2015 06:01 CET

Suzuki plans to expand its European lineup with the Baleno subcompact hatchback that will be sold as a slightly larger and more practical alternative to its Swift, the company's top-seller in the region.... Read More »

Toyota tests potential alternatives to Takata airbag inflators

Aug. 25, 2015 10:54 CET

Toyota said it is testing airbag inflators made by Autoliv and Nippon Kayaku as possible alternatives to potentially lethal parts supplied by Takata. Toyota said it wanted to ensure the parts were compatible with its vehicles.... Read More »

VW's Seat brand will drop Altea minivan in move to SUVs

Aug. 25, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group's Seat unit will discontinue its Altea and Altea XL compact minivans as the brand begins to add a family of SUVs.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC seeks to widen appeal with tech, right-hand drive

Aug. 25, 2015 06:01 CET

Mercedes expects that its latest compact SUV model, the GLC, will sell more than the GLK it replaces thanks to a softer design, more comfort features and availability in right-hand-drive markets.... Read More »

Daimler still positive on China business despite stock market rout

Aug. 24, 2015 15:36 CET

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is counting on China to be a leading driver of car sales growth this year despite the country's stock market turmoil. The automaker expects vehicle ownership levels to rise and will continue to invest more in compact cars in the market where it has been adding dealerships, Hubertus Troska, head of Daimler China, said.... Read More »


Kia gives Sportage sleeker look, upscale interior

Aug. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Kia has given its Sportage a sleeker look and an upscale interior to help the model compete better in the tough compact SUV segment. The new Sportage will have Kia's "most refined, highest-quality cabin to date," the automaker said. The SUV will debut next month in Frankfurt.... Read More »

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