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E-CAR & COMPONENT MAP OF EUROPE

Renault-Nissan, VW, Daimler rapidly build up e-plant network in Europe

Sept. 1, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault-Nissan, VW Group and Daimler have been aggressively adjusting their European production networks to meet future demand for vehicles with electrified powertrains. Automotive News Europe has created an interactive resource to keep pace with these rapid changes.... Read More »

COMMENTARY

Audi's management shake-up is half-baked

Aug. 29, 2017 09:41 CET

Audi has shaken up its top management but the promotion of internal candidates instead of bringing in outsiders means the changes won't be a new beginning for the automaker amid its emissions-cheating crisis.... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Chery teases crossover aimed at Europe and U.S.

Aug. 29, 2017 11:32 CET

China's Chery Automobile teased the design for a new crossover it says it plans to sell in Europe and the U.S. as part of its global expansion plans.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan will make EVs in China with Dongfeng

Aug. 29, 2017 09:19 CET

Renault-Nissan has formed a venture with Dongfeng to produce electric cars in China. Nissan has struggled to sell the Leaf in China and will now develop an EV based on the Renault Kwid.... Read More »

BMW softens i3's boxy looks to counter Tesla

Aug. 29, 2017 10:40 CET

BMW is giving its i3 electric car a sporty makeover to boost its appeal and counter the threat from Tesla's new Model 3 sedan. The i3 has struggled to lure buyers as consumers balked at its high cost, limited driving range and unusual design.... Read More »

VW shuffles product development team

Aug. 29, 2017 06:01 CET

VW Group is shuffling its product development team as the automaker prepares for a move to future mobility that will include the introduction of electric vehicles and autonomous cars.... Read More »

Audi names 4 new board members amid emissions scandal

Aug. 28, 2017 15:22 CET

Audi is replacing CFO Axel Strotbek, production boss Hubert Waltl, human resources head Thomas Sigi and sales chief Dietmar Voggenreiter in the aftermath of its diesel scandal. CEO Rupert Stadler remains in office.... Read More »

German carmakers must challenge Tesla, Merkel aide says

Aug. 28, 2017 13:40 CET

German automakers must invest more in electric vehicles and take on U.S. EV maker Tesla, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said.... Read More »

Ford offers UK drivers cash to scrap older diesels

Aug. 22, 2017 09:23 CET

Ford has joined BMW, Mercedes and Vauxhall in offering UK diesel owners incentives to trade in older cars.... Read More »

Great Wall says possible Jeep acquisition faces 'uncertainties'

Aug. 22, 2017 13:12 CET

Great Wall said there are "big uncertainties" whether it will continue to study a takeover of Fiat Chrysler's Jeep division... Read More »

Ford, China's Zotye plan new electric vehicle brand

Aug. 22, 2017 12:30 CET

Ford is exploring setting up a joint venture with Chinese automaker Zotye to build electric passenger vehicles in China under a new brand.... Read More »

Magna may choose Hungary over Slovenia for new paint factory, report says

Aug. 22, 2017 10:52 CET

Magna has won approval to build a paint factory in Hungary which could result in the supplier choosing the country over Slovenia for the new facility, a radio station reported.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Tesla pulls up short in Germany test run

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2017

One of Germany's strongest EV proponents decided to ditch his Tesla Model S because of range anxiety. Johannes Remmel, a member of the eco-friendly Green Party, returned the car after just 43 trips, with an aide saying the vehicle was "ill suited" to the former state minister's duties.... Read More »

UK-made cars may struggle to be British enough post-Brexit

Aug. 22, 2017 10:00 CET

UK-built cars might not be British enough to escape expensive tariffs after Brexit. Current trade pacts generally require exporters to prove that 50 to 60 percent of a product's components are from the originating country to avoid tariffs. But UK cars are now just 44 percent British-made on average.... Read More »

VW's Skoda still aims to build budget car for emerging markets

Aug. 21, 2017 15:30 CET

Despite the collapse of its alliance with Tata Motors, Skoda has ideas for a cheap car for India that could also be used in other markets such as Brazil and Iran, VW Group's strategy chief said.... Read More »

VW focused on future mobility not selling assets, strategy boss says

Aug. 21, 2017 15:00 CET

VW Group is more focused on a shift toward electric vehicles and future transport services than any potential sale of motorcycle brand Ducati or transmissions maker Renk, said Thomas Sedran, VW's head of strategy.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Frankfurt no-shows signal brands' investment shift

Aug. 15, 2017 06:01 CET

The number of automakers skipping next month's Frankfurt auto show highlights a shift in thinking among carmakers as they increasingly opt for their own events or choose to attend smaller, but more diverse shows.... Read More »

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY

Germany powers toward electrified future

Aug. 14, 2017 23:33 CET

The next generation of automotive development is well underway
 in Germany following big moves toward electromobility by BMW Group, Mercedes-Benz and Honda.... Read More »

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY

Israel's automotive boom is all about r&d

Aug. 14, 2017 21:12 CET

Israel's mission to become a major automotive industry player took a major step forward this year when Intel said it would pay 12.5 billion euros for Mobileye, a Jerusalem-based maker of autonomous vehicle technology. VW, GM and Porsche also rely on the country for r&d.... Read More »

Merkel sees Germany joining gasoline, diesel car bans

Aug. 14, 2017 22:05 CET

Germany must eventually follow other European countries in banning the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, conceding for the first time that the internal combustion engine's days in Europe's biggest market are numbered.... Read More »

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY

Morocco aims to add 2 more car plants

Aug. 14, 2017 11:24 CET

Morocco officials hope to announce the name of a third global automaker to build an assembly plant there before the end of next year and the country is working to recruit a fourth major automaker plant.... Read More »

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY

Supplier focus makes Macedonia a major industry player

Aug. 14, 2017 14:35 CET

Macedonia's highway infrastructure is currently undergoing an 800 million euro upgrade that will add 170 km of new road. The project will greatly benefit automotive suppliers, many of which have helped turn the republic into a key player in the industry.... Read More »

Nissan to sell its battery business to Chinese investment company

Aug. 8, 2017 08:48 CET

Nissan has agreed to sell its electric battery business to Chinese investment firm GSR Capital. The business includes battery operations in the U.S., England and Japan.... Read More »

Mazda unveils plans for world's first compression ignition gasoline engine

Aug. 8, 2017 11:55 CET

Mazda unveiled plans for the world's first commercial gasoline engine using compression ignition. Automakers including GM and Daimler have been working on similar engine technology for decades.... Read More »

Tougher VW oversight sought by German conservatives

Aug. 8, 2017 09:46 CET

Conservatives in Germany's Lower Saxony state called for tougher oversight of VW Group, in which the state owns a fifth of the shares. The comments follow a report that said state premier Stephan Weil, a Social Democrat, had softened a speech criticizing VW in the diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

 
Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24 2017

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Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Peter Sigal
3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 2017

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These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message. ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Peter Sigal
8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 2017

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Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 1 ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Richard Johnson
1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2017

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Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is onc ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

Richard Johnson
5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on t ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

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

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Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11 2017

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The “Carlos and Dieter Show” will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. I ...
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Fast-changing Frankfurt

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed. ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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UK sales fall 6% on Brexit, diesel concerns
UK new-car sales fell 6 percent in August, the fifth consecutive monthly decline, as uncertainty ove ...
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German sales hit 8-year high despite big diesel decline
New-car registrations in Germany rose to the highest level in eight years in August despite plunging ...
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Skoda, Dacia among winners as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose 9.4 percent in August, with gains by mass-market brands outpacing the prem ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
UK registrations fell 9 percent in July, the fourth consecutive month of declines. ...
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump i ...
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
Business demand helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in new-car sales in Italy last month as registra ...
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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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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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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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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Volvo names Kerssemakers as Europe boss
Volvo named Lex Kerssemakers as head of its Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Kerssemakers retu ...
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VW shuffles product development team
VW Group is shuffling its product development team as the automaker prepares for a move to future mo ...
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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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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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