Western Europe

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 »

 

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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 »

 

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 »

 

Jaguar picks XE as first China-made model

Dec. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar's new XE will be the brand's first model made in China. The midsize premium sedan will be built alongside the Land Rover SUVs in Changshu.... Read More »

 

Dealertrack expands beyond U.S. with acquisition of German software provider

11:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Dealer software giant Dealertrack Technologies is expanding beyond North America with the acquisition of incadea, a dealer software provider based in Germany. Dealertrack plans to pay just over $190 million in cash for publicly traded incadea, the companies said today.... Read More »

 

Ford shuts doors at Belgium plant

Dec. 18, 2014 15:12 CET
Ford produced the last car at its plant in Genk, Belgium, closing the site which produced some 14 million vehicles over the past 50 years.... Read More »

 

UK car production seen flat in 2014 as exports weaken

Dec. 18, 2014 11:00 CET
British car production will remain flat in 2014 as model changeovers and economic uncertainty in export markets hit output.... Read More »

 

BMW i3 test in Berlin lead to 'range panic'

Dec. 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's i3 is still rare enough to turn heads in Berlin, one of four cities chosen by the German government to promote electric cars, but finding a place to recharge the battery powered hatchback can be a challenge, meaning that range anxiety can turn to panic.... Read More »

 

Ford elects former FCC chairman Kennard to its board

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Ford elected William Kennard, former US ambassador to the European Union and FCC chairman, to its board of directors.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler says it has no plan to move Ferrari's tax base from Italy

Dec. 11, 2014 16:07 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles denied a report that it is considering moving the tax residence of its Ferrari supercar unit outside Italy. The possibility of the move to save on corporate taxes caused an outcry in its home country.... Read More »

 

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