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Spain's car-sales growth slows as subsidies end

May 4, 2015 13:20 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 3.2 percent last month, down from a 41 percent rise in March as the latest phase of a government subsidy scheme ended. The government is expected to further extend the scheme, which has resulted in 20 straight months of growth in the market.... Read More »

French vehicle sales rise 1.8% in April

May 4, 2015 11:03 CET

French vehicle sales rose 1.8 percent in April with Renault's performance outpacing its peer PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. The figures confirm the positive trend so far this year, which led industry association CCFA to upgrade its annual forecast from flat to 2 percent growth.... Read More »

Italy's new- car sales rose 25% in April

May 4, 2015 21:10 CET

Italy joined France and Spain in reporting higher new-car sales in April. Italian registrations rose nearly 25 percent to 148,807 vehicles, the country's transport ministry said.... Read More »

Hyundai names company veteran as new Europe chief

May 4, 2015 15:09 CET

Hyundai said company veteran Hyung Cheong Kim is the new president and CEO of its European operations, the third major reshuffle for the automaker in the region in less than a year. Kim replaces Byung Kwon Rhim, who moves to Seoul to head Hyundai Motors' international sales division.... Read More »

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Check out the ANE e-magazine for May

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth.... Read More »

ANE's May e-magazine goes live Monday

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, May 4. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth.... Read More »

Automakers welcome mandatory fitment of eCall in EU

April 29, 2015 10:43 CET

Automakers welcomed a new law that all cars and light vans in the EU will have to be fitted with automatic emergency calling devices starting in 2018. The so-called eCall device will automatically alert the nearest emergency center in the event of a crash.... Read More »

Hella says its finance chief will leave

April 29, 2015 11:41 CET

Hella, a German manufacturer of auto headlights and electronics, said its finance chief Wolfgang Ollig had asked that his contract not be renewed when it runs out in mid-2016.... Read More »

Francois to speak at congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Olivier Francois, FCA's chief marketing officer who has been the driving force behind several highly praised and high-impact advertising campaigns in Europe and the United States, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in Birmingham, England.... Read More »

Piech, Wiedeking unlikely to testify in hedge-fund case against Porsche SE

April 27, 2015 15:20 CET

Hedge funds involved in a legal fight against Porsche SE seemed to score a victory when a German court asked 21 people, including former VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech and ex-Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking, to testify. Most of the witnesses will likely assert their right not to testify.... Read More »

Peugeot family to meet over future of its PSA stake, report says

April 27, 2015 11:27 CET

The Peugeot family plans to hold a meeting in June to work out its differences over the future of its 14.1 percent stake in PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, a newspaper reported today.... Read More »

Geely will expand UK site to build low-emission taxis

April 27, 2015 06:15 CET

The Chinese-owned UK factory that builds the iconic London black taxi will be expanded to boost output tenfold, including production of low-emission plug-in hybrid taxis.... Read More »

Volvo will build new compacts in Belgium, CEO says

April 24, 2015 14:57 CET

Volvo will build a new family of compact cars on a common platform shared with parent Zhejiang Geely at its Belgian factory, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. The compacts may also be built in China, the CEO said.... Read More »

VW leadership crisis escalates as board members criticize Piech

April 24, 2015 15:39 CET

VW's leadership crisis is refusing to go away, a week after its warring chairman and CEO officially put aside their differences, sources told Reuters. Chairman Ferdinand Piech, who was forced to back CEO Martin Winterkorn April 17, asked Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller this week to be ready to replace Winterkorn, Der Spiegel reported Friday.... Read More »

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Plug-ins poised to be Europe's top electrified drivetrain

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Plug-in hybrid cars are forecast to outsell standard hybrids by 2019 and reach 1.2 million sales annually in Europe in 10 years. The rapid rise will come as automakers strive to meet tougher European CO2 rules that start to take effect in 2020.... Read More »

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Suzuki sees Vitara as its best-seller in Europe

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Suzuki expects the new Vitara to become its best-seller in Europe because of its more mainstream look, roomy interior and better fuel economy.... Read More »

UK car production rises 1.9% in March

April 23, 2015 14:22 CET

UK car production rose 1.9 percent last month, the best March figure since 2006, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Through March output fell 0.6 percent, the SMMT said.... Read More »

Honda will cut European Civic production costs with global platform

April 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Honda will significantly reduce production costs on its next European Civic compact hatchback by basing it on a global platform. Honda will launch its next-generation Civic five-door in Europe in 2017. Like the current car, it will be built at the automaker’s plant in England and will be exported to the U.S. and other markets outside Europe for the first time.... Read More »

Chinese-owned MG eyes Europe push with new SUV

April 22, 2015 06:01 CET

MG Motor may expand into mainland Europe with the MG GS SUV, which was unveiled at this week's Shanghai auto show. The MG GS will go on sale in the UK next year and will compete against models such as the Nissan Qashqai in the popular compact SUV/crossover segment.... Read More »

France completes move to increase Renault stake

April 22, 2015 11:01 CET

The French government has completed steps to increase its stake in Renault despite opposition from the company's alliance partner, Nissan, and Carlos Ghosn, who heads both automakers..... Read More »

Norway to review EV subsidies as sales soar

April 21, 2015 14:29 CET

Norway is reviewing its subsidies for electric vehicles after generous government incentives made the country the biggest user of EVs in the world, hurting state revenues, the finance ministry said.... Read More »

GM's Q1 global volume climbs 1.9%; company trails VW in global sales race

1:38 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

General Motors said today that it sold 2,421,123 million vehicles globally in the first quarter, a 1.9 percent increase from a year ago. GM trails Volkswagen AG by about 70,000 vehicles in the race to be the world's biggest automaker with Toyota yet to report.... Read More »

Piech is Germany's best paid chairman, survey says

April 21, 2015 12:56 CET

VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech is Germany's best paid supervisory board chief, a survey showed. Piech's compensation rose last year to 1.47 million euros ($1.57 million), reflecting VW's record 2014 profit and deliveries.... Read More »

PSA lifts European output as market upturn helps turnaround plan

April 21, 2015 10:55 CET

PSA will boost European production by 10 percent as a market rebound and demand for models including the Peugeot 208 subcompact and Citroen C4 Cactus crossover help boost the carmaker a year into a major turnaround plan.... Read More »

Mini and Rolls leader to speak at congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer, who is leading Mini and Rolls-Royce through periods of major change, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in Birmingham, England.... Read More »

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