Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Foreign carmakers lead growth in French February auto salesMon, 2 Mar 2015 07:36:45 ESTFrench car registrations grew 4.1 percent in February compared with a year earlier, led by growth in sales of cars made by foreign-owned manufacturers. Supercars and SUVs will be show starsMon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 ESTSupercars from Ferrari, Audi, Aston Martin and McLaren will shine at the Geneva auto show alongside mass-market models taking aim at the fast-growing SUV/crossover market. Bentley, Maserati among biggest winners in fast-growing nicheMon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 ESTUltraluxury carmakers Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Maserati are experiencing unprecedented success. Magna Steyr to debut hybrid sports car concept Mon, 2 Mar 2015 05:30:14 ESTMagna Steyr will debut a concept sports car at the Geneva auto show this week. The Mila Plus hybrid is powered by a three-cylinder gasoline engine paired with two electric motors that produce a combined 270 hp. Apple car rumors will fuel Geneva debate on future vehiclesMon, 2 Mar 2015 04:53:42 ESTReports that Apple may be building a car have got established automakers wondering whether they are still in pole position to build the car of the future and will likely fuel debate at this week's Geneva auto show on the role of tech companies in... Check out the ANE e-magazine for MarchMon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 ESTThe latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, March 2. Danish supercar builder Zenvo aims for success where DeLorean failed Sun, 1 Mar 2015 05:24:10 ESTDanish supercar builder Zenvo will display two of its cars at the Geneva auto show as it tries to break into an arena dominated by Ferrari, Lamborghini and smaller-scale producers such as Bugatti, Pagani and Koenigsegg. Yamaha plans 2-seat car for Europe, source saysFri, 27 Feb 2015 04:06:01 ESTJapanese motorcycle maker Yamaha aims to start making and selling two-seat cars in Europe as early as 2019, a person familiar with the plan told Reuters on Friday. Former BMW exec Diess starts as VW brand boss in JulyFri, 27 Feb 2015 10:20:21 ESTFormer BMW executive Herbert Diess will take charge of Volkswagen's core brand from Martin Winterkorn three months earlier than planned, VW said. Honda counts on roomy Jazz for sales boostFri, 27 Feb 2015 04:56:11 ESTHonda hopes features such as segment-leading interior space will boost sales of its Jazz subcompact in Europe. The third-generation Jazz is 95mm longer than the current car and its wheelbase has been extended by 30mm. SsangYong Tivoli will join expanding small SUV segmentFri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:00 ESTSsangYong will enter the booming subcompact SUV segment in Europe with the Tivoli. The car will compete with models such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, SsangYong said. Marchionne raises FCA stake as Ferrari spinoff nearsFri, 27 Feb 2015 07:53:18 ESTFiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has increased his voting stake in FCA to nearly 1 percent after raising his shareholding in the company by 2.3 million common shares to 14.4 million as the automaker readies to spin off Ferrari. Aston's clever distractionsFri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:00 ESTAston Martin is cleverly covering up its biggest weakness -- its slow-selling, money-losing, aging lineup -- by creating headline-grabbing limited-edition models. VW Group reports record profit on Audi, Porsche gainsFri, 27 Feb 2015 09:56:05 ESTVW Group said its operating profit rose 8.8 percent to a record 12.7 billion euros ($14.25 billion) last year on double-digit gains in sales of luxury Audi and Porsche models. The company said its sales revenue rose 2.8 percent to a new high of 202. VW's sleek concept set to become image-carrierFri, 27 Feb 2015 04:37:41 ESTVW will preview a coupe-styled sedan at the Geneva auto show that is set to become a production model that will attract customers from cars such as the Mercedes CLS. Novelis helps make the Jaguar XE lean and greenFri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:00 ESTNovelis plays a key role in the new Jaguar XE's aluminum-intensive monocoque structure. The XE also is the first Jaguar to use an electric power steering system supplied by ZF. ANE's March e-magazine goes live MondayFri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:00 ESTThe latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, March 2. Audi says new R8 is its most powerful production car Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:54:09 ESTAudi today released pictures and details of its second-generation R8 supercar. It said the top-range version will be the most powerful and fastest series-production Audi to date. As election nears, automakers fear UK exit from EUThu, 26 Feb 2015 06:32:33 ESTAutomakers with production in the UK are increasingly worried about the prospects of the country leaving the European Union. Porsche hedge-fund lawsuit faces dismissal in GermanyThu, 26 Feb 2015 09:14:49 ESTHedge funds seeking 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in damages from Porsche SE in Germany over its failed attempt to take over carmaker Volkswagen Group in 2008 will likely have their case dismissed, according to a German judge. Lada proves popular in Crimea's vacated car marketThu, 26 Feb 2015 07:40:35 ESTLada, Russia's biggest car brand, has become a favorite in Crimea after its annexation by Vladimir Putin's government. Daimler plans years of cost cuts to offset investments to reduce CO2 emissionsThu, 26 Feb 2015 04:26:09 ESTDaimler plans to offset higher costs for technology to cut CO2 emissions with material cost savings for at least the next few years, Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber said. Volvo boosts 2014 profit by 17% on record salesThu, 26 Feb 2015 02:31:48 ESTVolvo said its 2014 operating profit rose 17 percent in its best year of sales to date as rapid expansion in China and recovery in Europe offset the brand's continued weakness in the U.S. VW says new Touran is lighter, roomier, more frugal Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:13:58 ESTVW's new lighter, roomier Touran minivan will offer the biggest luggage compartment in its class, along with new active and passive safety features and seamless connectivity to Apple and Android smartphones, the automaker said. Aston says Vulcan supercar will cost $2.79 millionWed, 25 Feb 2015 05:06:52 ESTAston Martin said its 800-plus-hp Vulcan will cost 1.8 million pounds ($2.79 million) in the company's UK home market. Aston said the carbon fiber supercar is powered by the most potent iteration to date of the company's naturally aspirated, 7. Daimler labor chief queries pace of U.S. expansion Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:54:29 ESTDaimler's plans to expand production in the United States should be recalibrated if the euro remains weak against the dollar, the automaker's top labor chief, Michael Brecht, said. VW CEO Winterkorn sees former BMW, Daimler managers as potential successors, report saysWed, 25 Feb 2015 07:04:24 ESTVolkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn sees Andreas Renschler and Herbert Diess, who are joining VW from rivals Daimler and BMW, among his potential successors, according to a German magazine. Valeo sees further profit gain after beating 2014 goalWed, 25 Feb 2015 04:33:29 ESTValeo is targeting a further boost in profitability this year after exceeding its 2014 goals on strong demand for emissions-cutting technologies and intuitive driving systems. The company's operating profit margin rose to 7. Nissan Sway concept may preview new MicraTue, 24 Feb 2015 06:58:13 ESTNissan will unveil the Sway concept car at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The Sway will preview the automaker's next Micra subcompact, reports said. Union OKs 3% wage rise in Daimler, Porsche's heartlandTue, 24 Feb 2015 04:47:19 ESTGermany's biggest trade union, IG Metall, accepted a 3 percent wage increase for the country's southwest region, home to carmakers Daimler and Porsche. The union had called for a 5.5 percent increase. Continental increases microcontroller output in ChinaTue, 24 Feb 2015 06:45:29 ESTContinental says it has launched production of transmission control units on a second line at its plant in Tianjin, China. The German supplier's transmission division entered China in 1998. GKN sees more growth this year after 2014 profits rise 4%Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:12:17 ESTUK supplier GKN reported a 4 percent rise in annual profit last year and said it expected to grow again in 2015, helped by the continued strong demand for car parts. VW Eos output will end on declining cabrio demandMon, 23 Feb 2015 13:06:37 ESTVW plans to stop making its Eos cabriolet as customer tastes shift away from convertibles in general and retractable hardtops like the Eos in particular. European sales of convertibles from volume carmakers fell 20 percent last year. Bentley Bentayga spied during testsMon, 23 Feb 2015 05:38:06 ESTBentley's first SUV, the Bentayga, was photographed undergoing cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle. Bugatti sells last Veyron, ending era for VW supercarMon, 23 Feb 2015 08:52:06 ESTVolkswagen Group sold the 450th and final Bugatti Veyron, marking the end of one of the most exclusive supercars ever built. The 450 Veyrons were sold for an average price of about 2.3 million euros ($2.6 million) each. BMW minivan, Renault crossover join Ferrari, Mercedes debutsSat, 21 Feb 2015 07:29:08 ESTExotic supercars such as the Ferrari 488 GTB will line up alongside BMW's second front-wheel-drive minivan and key new models from Renault and Skoda at this year's Geneva auto show. VW wins government approval for Thai plantSat, 21 Feb 2015 09:23:35 ESTVolkswagen won approval from Thai authorities to build a manufacturing plant for fuel efficient cars near Bangkok after months of delays. Apple said to be targeting EV car production as soon as 2020 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 03:26:13 ESTApple, which has been working secretly on a car, is pushing its team to begin production of an electric vehicle as early as 2020, sources told Bloomberg. PSA, Mitsubishi will halt production in RussiaFri, 20 Feb 2015 03:09:35 ESTPSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Mitsubishi will close their joint venture plant in Russia for two weeks as the country's worsening economic situation hits vehicle sales. ZF offers EU concessions in $13.5 billion TRW dealFri, 20 Feb 2015 07:36:21 ESTZF Friedrichshafen has offered concessions in a bid to secure European Union approval for its $13.5 billion takeover of TRW Automotive Holdings. Audi R8 seen on racetrack ahead of Geneva debutFri, 20 Feb 2015 05:49:03 ESTAudi released a video of its latest R8 supercar undergoing test drives in Spain. The second generation of the mid-engine coupe is lighter and more powerful than the current car, reports said. Jaguar Land Rover favors Austria or Turkey over U.S. for production boost, report saysFri, 20 Feb 2015 04:50:56 ESTJaguar Land Rover may add production in Austria or Turkey instead of in the U.S. as the automaker seeks to boost its manufacturing capacity, a UK newspaper reported. JLR had been considering opening a factory in the U.S. Sportier Skoda Fabia keeps its functionality Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:01:00 ESTThe new Skoda Fabia highlights how the fast-growing Czech value brand is adding a touch of style to its cars. UK car production dips 1% in Jan. on new model, tech investmentThu, 19 Feb 2015 04:23:38 ESTThe UK's car manufacturing sector reported a 1 percent decline in output last month as automakers invested in the production of new models and technologies. Apple is poaching auto engineers to build battery division, lawsuit claimsThu, 19 Feb 2015 06:48:03 ESTElectric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple for allegedly poaching engineers to build a large-scale battery division, according to a court filing that could offer further evidence that Apple is developing a car. Lotus plans U.S. return with Evora 400Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:13:51 ESTLotus unveiled the Evora 400, a revised version of its flagship Evora sports car that will spearhead the brand's return to the United States. Auto sector rebounds in fourth quarterThu, 19 Feb 2015 00:01:00 ESTAll automotive sectors ended 2014 with a strong final quarter, according to the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices. Station wagon concept previews new Kia OptimaWed, 18 Feb 2015 08:35:25 ESTKia released images of the Sportspace concept, a midsize station wagon that will debut at the Geneva auto show. The concept is meant to preview the next-generation Optima. The current Optima has been on sale in various markets since 2010. Lexus concept could become Mini rival, reports sayWed, 18 Feb 2015 09:30:15 ESTLexus will unveil the LF-SA concept at the Geneva auto show. The car could preview a future rival to the Mini, Audi A1 or Smart ForFour, reports said. Rolls-Royce confirms plans for SUVWed, 18 Feb 2015 01:55:01 ESTRolls-Royce will develop an ultraluxury SUV in a major diversification for the BMW-owned British brand known for its luxury sedans. The high-bodied car will be underpinned by an all-new aluminum architecture, CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes said.%]