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VW brand sales fall again in UK as market grows 3%

Feb. 4, 2016 11:06 CET

VW brand’s UK car sales fell 14 percent in January, the fourth consecutive monthly drop since the automaker admitted cheating in diesel emissions tests. Total new-car registrations rose nearly 3 percent, making it the market's best January since 2005.... Read More »

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Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales

Feb. 4, 2016 06:01 CET

Jeep, Smart and Jaguar were the biggest winners last year in Europe, where overall vehicle sales rose 9 percent, exceeding initial analyst expectations of 3 percent growth at most.... Read More »

Automakers win fight for diluted EU car-pollution test

Feb. 3, 2016 14:13 CET

Automakers won their fight for a diluted EU plan for testing NOx emissions of cars under real-driving conditions. The plan today cleared the final hurdle in the European Parliament, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's test-cheating scandal.... Read More »

VW's sales in Germany slip amid diesel scandal

Feb. 3, 2016 08:30 CET

VW, Skoda and Seat sales fell last month in Germany in a market where total registrations rose 3.3 percent. VW brand sales declined by 8.6 percent in a sign that the automaker's diesel scandal may be deterring buyers.... Read More »

German gov't, automakers aim for deal by March to boost EV sales

Feb. 3, 2016 11:56 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is pushing for an agreement within the next month together with German automakers to boost electric car sales in the country as demand for EVs fails to take off in the market.... Read More »

Automakers' political power may sway EU pollution-test vote

Feb. 2, 2016 12:02 CET

A European plan to test cars' pollution levels under real driving conditions may survive a veto threat this week, signaling that the VW cheating scandal has done little to reduce the auto industry's political influence.... Read More »

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Ford of Europe boss outlines plan to be a consistent profit maker

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford of Europe President Jim Farley wants the division to be a consistent profit contributor to its U.S. parent. To do that, Farley wants the automaker to be selective on the segments where it competes, as he explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Growth in car sales in key European markets 'encouraging' in January

Feb. 2, 2016 11:28 CET

New-car sales increased in key European markets in January including 3 percent growth in Germany and double-digit rises in Italy and Spain.... Read More »

Audi prepares recall of rigged diesels in Germany

Feb. 2, 2016 11:08 CET

Audi expects to begin recalling models fitted with rigged diesels in Germany next month. Audi plans to fix 580,000 cars in the country as part of a recall that will be expanded across Europe.... Read More »

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Opel CEO on reaching breakeven in 2016: 'We can see the target now'

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Karl-Thomas Neumann says Opel has beaten all internal targets since he arrived four years ago as CEO and this year the automaker expects to break even after more than a decade of losses. Neumann spoke with Automotive News Europe about the challenges that need to be overcome to reach this point.... Read More »

French automakers lose ground to rebounding VW

Feb. 1, 2016 13:04 CET

French new-car registrations increased 3.5 percent in January, as Volkswagen Group appeared to shrug off the scandal over its diesel test-rigging with sales rising 12 percent, outpacing Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.... Read More »

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Check out the ANE e-magazine for February

Feb. 1, 2016 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 how Ford and Opel plan to turn their businesses in Europe into consistent money makers after years of struggle.... Read More »

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How Opel, Ford will make Europe a reliable profit source after years of struggle

Jan. 31, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford and General Motors' European units have both suffered tough times in recent years but 2016 looks likely to be different. GM Europe is set to break even, while Ford of Europe expects to become the money-making machine it was from 2004 until 2011.... Read More »

Saab name won't be revived under Chinese owners

Jan. 30, 2016 06:01 CET

Saab AB, the Swedish aerospace company that owns the Saab brand, will not allow its name or logo to be used on future models produced by National Electric Vehicle Sweden.... Read More »

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BLOG: Nissan claims win in Europe, but Toyota had more sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Nissan claims it has achieved a long-stated goal of becoming the No. 1 Asian automaker in Europe by outselling Toyota last year. But Nissan's total was nearly 100,000 less than Toyota's. So which automaker won?... Read More »

Land Rover ends Defender production

Jan. 29, 2016 14:37 CET

The last Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line, 68 years after output of the iconic offroader first began.... Read More »

Ford preps new Ka for Europe

Jan. 29, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford is getting closer to launching the European version of the Ka minicar. Ford plans to remain a key player in the region's entry-level sector, the automaker's Europe head, Jim Farley, said.... Read More »

Germany considers $5,500 incentive for electric cars

Jan. 29, 2016 16:07 CET

German politicians will discuss creating incentives worth up to $5,500 to boost sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, and may consider whether automakers could co-finance the new subsidies.... Read More »

Volvo will shift V60 production to Belgium

Jan. 29, 2016 06:01 CET

Volvo will shift production of the V60 model line to its Belgium factory. The move will free up capacity at Volvo's main plant in Sweden for new additions such as the S90 and V90, as well as the strong-selling XC90.... Read More »

ANE's February e-magazine goes live Monday

Jan. 29, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Feb. 1. This month's edition looks at how Ford and Opel plan to turn their businesses in Europe into consistent money makers after years of struggle.... Read More »

VW CEO Mueller casts doubt on whistleblower's account of emissions scandal

Jan. 28, 2016 12:41 CET

VW CEO Matthias Mueller cast doubt on a newspaper report that said many managers at the automaker knew of, or were involved in, developing emissions test-rigging devices.... Read More »

PSA appoints former Yahoo exec as chief digital officer

Jan. 28, 2016 06:01 CET

PSA named former Yahoo executive Brigitte Cantaloube as the automaker's first chief digital officer to help spearhead the company's "digital transformation."... Read More »

EU regulators fine Japanese suppliers 138 million euros for price fixing

Jan. 26, 2016 13:09 CET

EU antitrust regulators fined Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Ltd. a total of 137.8 million euros ($149.8 million) for fixing prices of car alternators and starters. Supplier Denso avoided a fine after alerting officials to the existence of the cartel.... Read More »

Hyundai posts lowest profit in 5 years on China slump

Jan. 26, 2016 09:40 CET

Hyundai posted its lowest annual profit in five years after a slump in China deliveries overshadowed gains in Europe, the U.S. and South Korea. Net income declined 13 percent to 6.42 trillion won ($5.3 billion) in 2015.... Read More »

VW's top committee will meet Feb. 3 on emissions crisis, report says

Jan. 26, 2016 12:09 CET

VW's supervisory board executive panel, the automaker's top committee, will meet for the third time in three weeks on Feb. 3, as the automaker continues to grapple with a scandal over rigged diesel emissions tests, sources said.... Read More »

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