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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Mercedes-Benz seeks new communication ties to customers

11:31 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Mercedes-Benz is on a mission to expand its footprint in the digital world, improve its customer service and maintain its ionic status, Ola Kaellenius, the executive charged with the brand's marketing and sales, said today at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress.... Read More »

 

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European sales of compact cars forecast to dip after strong 2014

Jan. 14, 2015 06:01 CET
Europe's volume compact segment may become a victim of its own success this year as compact car sales, which were on track to reach nearly 3 million in 2014, are forecast to dip below 2.9 million on a lack of new volume models in 2015.... Read More »

 

Lada prices will rise 9% on ruble weakness

Jan. 13, 2015 13:54 CET
AvtoVAZ will increase the price of Lada cars by 9 percent as Russia's biggest carmaker becomes the latest automaker to push up prices in a worsening economy hit by low oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.... Read More »

 

VW to expand Slovakia plant, report says

Jan. 13, 2015 13:00 CET
Volkswagen will invest up to 500 million euros in its Slovakia plant, a report said. The plant builds minicars and large SUVs for the VW group and will add production of bodies for the Bentley Bentayga SUV.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why Jaguar's founder would love the F-Pace

12:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum believes that company founder Sir William Lyons would approve of the first crossover in the automaker's 80-year history.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why Jaguar's founder would love the F-Pace

12:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum believes that company founder Sir William Lyons would approve of the first crossover in the automaker's 80-year history.... Read More »

 

Fiat-Chrysler sees 1,500 new jobs at Italian plant

Jan. 12, 2015 15:19 CET
Fiat-Chrysler expects to add 1,500 new jobs at its Melfi plant in Italy in response to the success of its new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X models. A temporary layoff scheme will also end, allowing 5,418 employees to return to work.... Read More »

 

Vandalized Toyotas stall car-sharing program in France

Jan. 11, 2015 06:01 CET
Toyota's electric car-sharing experiment in Grenoble, France, hit problems after several of the carmaker's i-Road vehicles were vandalized. The difficult start illustrates some of the challenges automakers face as they enter the electric-car market, where local support for infrastructure is key.... Read More »

 

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Tesla seeks solutions in 'fragmented' Europe

Jan. 9, 2015 06:01 CET
Tesla expects Europe to play a big part in its bid to hit production targets by the end of 2015, but the region presents unique challenges, as the electric carmaker's global sales boss, Jerome Guillen, explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

ZF provides Maserati Quattroporte with leaner, smarter transmission

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
ZF supplies the new-generation Maserati Quattroporte's eight-speed automatic transmission, which is 4kg lighter than the six-speed transmission used in the car's predecessor.... Read More »

 

Renault, PSA halt production as France falls silent for terror victims

Jan. 8, 2015 20:51 CET
Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen stopped production lines during a nationwide minute's silence in remembrance of the victims of a terror attack on a Paris-based newspaper.... Read More »

 

W. Europe car sales up 5% in 2014; 3% gain seen for 2015

Jan. 8, 2015 13:21 CET
New-car sales in western Europe increased by 5 percent in 2014, the best result since 2009, but growth will slow this year, according to forecasters LMC Automotive. The region's car sales grew thanks to a strong UK market and rebounds in Germany, Italy and Spain.... Read More »

 

Opel's Europe sales rise 3% in 2014

Jan. 7, 2015 12:25 CET
Opel/Vauxhall sales rose 3 percent in Europe last year, boosting market share for GM's European unit by 0.1 percentage points to 5.74 percent. The carmaker plans to launch new models this year including the Karl entry-level minicar.... Read More »

 

PSA will move out of Paris headquarters

Jan. 7, 2015 14:26 CET
PSA will move out of its Paris headquarters in 2017 to a location in the city's suburbs as part of a cost-cutting drive under its new part-Chinese ownership structure.... Read More »

 

UK new-car sales increase 9% in 2014 to 10-year high

Jan. 7, 2015 10:58 CET
UK new-car sales rose 9 percent last year to hit their highest level in 10 years at 2.47 million, cementing the UK's place as Europe's second-largest car market after Germany, industry body SMMT said.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Europe sales growth forecast to continue, but at slower rate

Jan. 7, 2015 06:01 CET
Carmakers can look forward to another year of sales growth in Europe in 2015, but analysts expect the rate of increase to be 2 percent to 3 percent compared with last year's 5 percent rise.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for January

Jan. 7, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Jaguar expects 2015 to be a record-breaking year.... Read More »

 

About 1,400 Jaguar Land Rover and other vehicles stuck on grounded ship, reports say

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
About 1,400 vehicles -- including 1,200 made by Jaguar Land Rover, 65 Minis, and one Rolls Royce Wraith -- could be damaged after a cargo ship carrying them ran aground on a bank in the United Kingdom, according to media reports.... Read More »

 

Record Czech car registrations in 2014 as economy recovers

Jan. 6, 2015 18:46 CET
Czech new-car registrations jumped 17 percent in 2014 to a record high of 192,314 units, with more growth seen this year.... Read More »

 

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Jaguar poised to pounce in 2015

Jan. 5, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar is poised to have a record 2015 and to increase global sales to well above 200,000 vehicles this decade as a massive investment in products, plants and underpinnings starts to pay dividends.... Read More »

 

German car sales rose 7% in December on extra selling day

Jan. 5, 2015 13:05 CET
New-car sales in Germany rose 7 percent in December, returning Europe's largest auto market back to positive annual growth after two years of shrinking sales.... Read More »

 

Car sales slump in France in December, but rise in Spain and Italy

Jan. 4, 2015 10:53 CET
France's floundering economy pushed car sales 7 percent lower in December, while Spanish sales jumped by 21 percent, helped by a subsidy scheme. Sales rose 2 percent in Italy.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

In Russia, it's wise to think long term

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
With the ruble collapsing and Russia's auto sales tumbling this year, automakers there are awash in red ink. Ford Motor Co. and BMW have raised prices to cope with a ruble that has lost more than 40 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar since Jan. 1. Several other automakers have temporarily halted or limited sales in Russia.... Read More »

 

Faurecia vows to appeal $2.4M fine for market breaches

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2014
French auto parts maker Faurecia said today it would appeal against a 2 million euro ($2.44 million) fine imposed by the country's AMF stock market regulator for alleged selective disclosure of financial information to stock analysts in 2012.... Read More »

 

UK may get new auto show in 2016

Dec. 23, 2014 10:51 CET
The UK could once again have a major auto show after organizers announced dates for an event in 2016. BNC Special Events plan to stage an event for car enthusiasts in London.... Read More »

 

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