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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs

Jan. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A class and SUVs from all brands steal market share from the volume players in Europe's third-largest segment.... Read More »

Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016

Jan. 17, 2017 10:14 CET

European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was driven by growth across the region's key markets. December registrations were up 3.2 percent.... Read More »

Audi to expand EV range in China with FAW

Jan. 17, 2017 12:52 CET

Audi said it will expand its model portfolio in China to include five additional electric e-tron models in the next five years that will be built by FAW VW.... Read More »

Volkswagen will copy Apple's User-ID strategy

Jan. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

VW brand is copying a strategy from tech companies such as Apple by introducing its own "Volkswagen User-ID." This will allow customers to take their favorite music, screen configurations and pre-programmed seat positions with them when they use different VW vehicles.... Read More »

VW charges in U.S. breach German constitution, says defendant's lawyer

Jan. 17, 2017 12:18 CET

A lawyer for Heinz-Jakob Neusser, one of the VW executives charged last week by U.S. prosecutors over the automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal, said the way authorities handled the legal process would have been unconstitutional under German law.... Read More »

Citroen C4 diesel exceeds emissions limits, report says

Jan. 17, 2017 12:47 CET

A Citroen C4 Cactus diesel model produced emissions that are much higher than allowed under EU law, according to a study by the Joint Research Center, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

Renault reports record 2016 sales, expects further growth

Jan. 17, 2017 12:35 CET

Renault Group sales rose 13 percent in 2016 to a record 3.18 million vehicles thanks to growth in Europe and in overseas markets such as India and Iran as the automaker expects more progress this year.... Read More »

Italy rejects Germany's emissions allegations against Fiat Chrysler

Jan. 17, 2017 11:10 CET

Tests conducted on Fiat Chrysler vehicles show they are compliant with regulations and contain no emissions defeat devices as alleged by Germany, Italy's transport ministry said. Germany last year claimed certain FCA diesel models contained hidden software that allowed excessive engine emissions.... Read More »

VW's EV platform ready for Skoda, Seat brands

Jan. 10, 2017 12:05 CET

Volkswagen Group's core VW marque has finished developing the automaker's modular MEB architecture for electric vehicles, opening the door for other group brands to begin work on their own electric models.... Read More »

VW managers warned to stay in Germany as U.S. charges near

Jan. 10, 2017 08:25 CET

Volkswagen Group's top executives may find it risky to leave Germany as U.S. prosecutors prepare to charge more company officials after VW manager Oliver Schmidt was arrested in Florida while returning from a vacation. A court ordered that Schmidt be held in custody as a flight risk.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan

Jan. 10, 2017 11:41 CET

Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ride as comfortable as the Mercedes GLC. The SUV joins the two rivals in offering air suspension as an option, one of four different chassis setups that Audi has given the premium model.... Read More »

France's Le Pen says she would seek Trump-style repatriation of car plants

Jan. 10, 2017 11:02 CET

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said she would seek to repatriate production of French vehicles and other industrial goods if she wins office, potentially threatening Renault and PSA plants in low cost countries.... Read More »

Marchionne sees possible Trump support for FCA, GM merger

Jan. 10, 2017 09:31 CET

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne suggested that Donald Trump might support the idea of GM merging with his company. Marchionne has said previously that GM would be the best partner for a tie-up, but GM has shown no interest in a deal.... Read More »

Auto executives, with eye on Trump, highlight U.S. investments

Jan. 10, 2017 10:30 CET

Automakers are highlighting their investments in the U.S., mindful of President-elect Donald Trump's attacks on carmakers for building vehicles in Mexico. VW, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota were among automakers that announced multibillion investments at the Detroit show.... Read More »

Jeep on track to hit 2018 sales target of 1.9 million

Jan. 10, 2017 10:05 CET

Jeep chief Mike Manley said the brand is on track to meet a previously announced 2018 global sales target of 1.9 million vehicles.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2017

Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up certainly has aggressive communication.... Read More »

Mercedes takes luxury sales crown from BMW

Jan. 9, 2017 19:38 CET

BMW lost its crown as the world's biggest luxury-car brand to Mercedes, ending its reign after more than a decade amid a cluttered lineup of aging models.... Read More »

Continental sees revenue gain as autonomous, electric cars drive growth

Jan. 9, 2017 14:25 CET

Continental expects revenue growth to outpace the overall auto industry's gains this year on rising demand for technology used in autonomous and electric cars.... Read More »

2017 Rising Star nominations sought

Jan. 9, 2017 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe needs your help to identify the Rising Stars in the European automotive industry. The award honors executives with a pan-European profile who have driven change, fostered innovation and made courageous decisions.... Read More »

Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December

Jan. 3, 2017 09:51 CET

The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales rose 9 percent in December. Full-year registrations were up 11 percent to 1.15 million.... Read More »

2017 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Infiniti will showcase 'co-pilot' autonomous driving tech

Jan. 3, 2017 12:06 CET

Infiniti will debut a QX50 crossover concept with self-driving technologies at the Detroit auto show. The brand says its autonomous tech will focus on ensuring that drivers retain ultimate control over their vehicles.... Read More »

2017 CES

Fiat Chrysler's electric minivan concept is an opportunity to reboot image

Jan. 3, 2017 09:04 CET

Fiat Chrysler is laying out a vision of a battery-powered, self-driving minivan at the CES consumer technology show. The minivan would have a long electric range and enough screens, ports and social-media options to entertain young families while software handles much of the driving.... Read More »

Tesla postpones Brexit price increase in UK

Jan. 2, 2017 13:16 CET

Tesla customers in the UK may find their Christmas cash goes a little further than expected after the carmaker postponed a price increase by two weeks.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia target sales rebound, helped by U.S., China and Russia

Jan. 2, 2017 13:06 CET

Hyundai and affiliate Kia forecast global sales to rebound in 2017 by a stronger-than-expected 5 percent, after posting their first annual sales fall in nearly two decades last year.... Read More »

Korea bans sales of some BMW, Porsche and Nissan models in emissions probe

Jan. 2, 2017 11:17 CET

South Korea banned the sale of 10 models built by BMW, Porsche and Nissan after an investigation found the automakers fabricated documents related to emission tests. The three manufacturers were slapped with total fines of $5.9 million.... Read More »

 
VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to ...
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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

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

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016
European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was dri ...
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Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016
New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country ...
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Turkish sales forecast to drop 10% this year after record 2016
Turkish automotive sales are expected to shrink slightly more than 10 percent this year as lira depreciation hits demand. Sales rose 1. ...
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UK sales forecast to fall 5% this year after record 2016
UK sales hit a record of 2.7 million in 2016 despite fears that the country's Brexit vote could hit ...
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German sales jump nearly 4% in Dec. as Toyota leads gains
Registrations in Germany increased by nearly 4 percent in December as Toyota brand led gains among v ...
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Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December
The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales ros ...
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Italy sales rise 13% in December
Italian new-car sales increased 13 percent in December, giving the market its second consecutive yea ...
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French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain
French car sales rose nearly 6 percent percent in December, closing a second consecutive year of str ...
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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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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Fiat Chrysler names operating chiefs for China, Asia Pacific
Fiat Chrysler named Daphne Zheng as COO of China and Paul Alcala as the operating chief of Asia Paci ...
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Tesla's Autopilot head said to depart as Apple engineer hired
Sterling Anderson, Tesla's director of autopilot programs, has left the maker of electric cars, acco ...
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Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer
Pininfarina's new design chief, Carlo Bonzanigo, will work on an array of automotive and industrial ...
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Porsche race car engineer Hitzinger joins Apple, report says
Apple poached the technical director of Porsche's race car program earlier this year, Manager Magazin reported, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports. ...
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Renault names new EV chief as it prepares for electric-car surge
Renault is placing an experienced troubleshooter, Gilles Normand, in charge of its electric-vehicle ...
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Varroc Lighting appoints former Magneti Marelli executive as CEO
Varroc Lighting Systems has named Stephane Vedie as its CEO, effective immediately. He is the former ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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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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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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