Automotive News Europe News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in European automotive news en-us Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:00:00 EST AvtoVAZ blames supplier woes for Lada's loss of No. 1Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTRussia's AvtoVAZ says supplier problems -- not declining demand -- are to blame for its Lada brand's failure to have the No. 1-selling car in the country last month. Renault works on Citroen C4 Cactus rivalFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:47:02 ESTRenault is developing an affordable small car that could preview a future rival to the Citroen C4 Cactus. Ghosn says ruble plunge a 'bloodbath' for automakersFri, 19 Dec 2014 04:04:33 ESTThe ruble's plunge is creating a "bloodbath" for automakers in Russia, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said. VW said to push forward with main car-brand margin revival planThu, 18 Dec 2014 11:29:52 ESTVolkswagen approved projects for adding several hundred million euros to earnings in coming years in its effort to almost triple profit margins at the namesake car brand, according to sources. Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EVThu, 18 Dec 2014 11:03:40 ESTAudi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the 'perfect electric vehicle for every day driving. Former Saab owner Spyker is bankruptThu, 18 Dec 2014 09:38:40 ESTSpyker -- the Dutch supercar maker that was hurt by its acquisition of Saab from General Motors -- was today declared bankrupt even as founder and CEO Victor Muller vowed to revive the company. GM, Audi, Jaguar halt Russia sales on ruble's collapse Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:12:05 ESTGM, Audi and Jaguar Land Rover temporarily stopped selling cars in Russia this week, deciding that taking a timeout from the market was the best way to deal with the ruble's collapse. Ford shuts doors at Belgium plantThu, 18 Dec 2014 09:12:27 ESTFord produced the last car at its plant in Genk, Belgium, closing the site which produced some 14 million vehicles over the past 50 years. Renault-Nissan and AvtoVAZ form Russia's biggest auto parts buyerThu, 18 Dec 2014 08:20:35 ESTThe Renault-Nissan alliance and AvtoVAZ will merge their purchasing activities in Russia to create the largest buyer in the country's auto industry. UK car production seen flat in 2014 as exports weakenThu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:20 ESTBritish car production will remain flat in 2014 as model changeovers and economic uncertainty in export markets hit output. Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of MahleWed, 17 Dec 2014 12:09:59 ESTThe head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components. Toyota-PSA Czech JV plant cuts 2015 production targetWed, 17 Dec 2014 07:47:52 ESTCzech car factory TPCA, a joint venture of Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, cut its 2015 production outlook by 10 percent to 220,000 vehicles. VW will oust head product strategist, report saysWed, 17 Dec 2014 09:22:33 ESTVolkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. PSA may move Paris headquarters, report saysWed, 17 Dec 2014 09:01:34 ESTPSA/Peugeot-Citroen is considering shifting its headquarters away from the center of Paris as a cost-cutting push impacts executive ranks, Bloomberg reported. Asian carmakers' Russia ambitions hit by ruble collapseWed, 17 Dec 2014 07:28:04 ESTAsian carmakers, which have been gaining market share in Russia at the expense of European and U.S. rivals, have been hit as the ruble plunges and auto sales skid. Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zipWed, 17 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTMercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more. Alfa Romeo readies high-performance enginesWed, 17 Dec 2014 02:55:33 ESTAlfa Romeo plans to introduce new high-performance engines, including a range-topping V-6, in a bid to reconnect the brand to its sporty heritage. Budget brands win despite Europe's car sales slowdownTue, 16 Dec 2014 03:33:38 ESTNew-car registrations in Europe rose 1 percent in November, with budget brands beating the market as nervous consumers kept a tight lid on spending. Vehicle sales in the EU and EFTA markets advanced to 989,457 cars. Lexus readies hybrid-only BMW X5, Mercedes M class rivalTue, 16 Dec 2014 00:15:00 ESTLexus is counting on the NX hybrid to help it stand out against Europe's top-selling premium large crossovers. But unlike rivals such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes M class, there will be no diesel- or gasoline-powered versions of the NX. Volvo to start online car sales, skip some big auto showsMon, 15 Dec 2014 02:39:37 ESTVolvo will start selling vehicles online as it rolls out new models. The automaker plans to have all its car lines offered digitally in all its markets, sales chief Alain Visser said. Fiat Chrysler exports from Brazil to Mexico after more than 3 yearsMon, 15 Dec 2014 15:36:13 ESTFiat Chrysler has resumed exports from Brazil to Mexico after a more than three-year hiatus due to weak Brazilian demand and a more favorable exchange rate, Cledorvino Belini, chief executive officer in Latin America, said. Mercedes prices new Maybach S class at 134,100 eurosMon, 15 Dec 2014 15:45:55 ESTMercedes set the starting price of the Maybach S-class sedan at 134,100 euros ($166,700) and began taking orders for the would-be challenger to Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Bentley raises car sales target to 20,000, report saysMon, 15 Dec 2014 04:12:52 ESTBentley is targeting 20,000 annual deliveries by 2020, double its 2013 sales, boosted by new models such as its first SUV, a report said. Smart says China will be its top marketMon, 15 Dec 2014 02:29:55 ESTChina could overtake Germany and Italy to become the biggest market for Smart in a few years, Smart CEO Annette Winkler said. Smart will launch the latest ForTwo and its new ForFour in China next year. VW says Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers the 'best of both worlds' Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:30:00 ESTVolkswagen says its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers eco-friendly buyers the 'best of both worlds' -- a compact hatchback that can be driven up to 50km using electric power or up to 940km with additional power from its gasoline engine. BMW i3 test in Berlin lead to 'range panic'Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTBMW'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... Skoda shifts new Superb flagship upscaleFri, 12 Dec 2014 04:13:35 ESTSkoda will launch the third generation of its Superb flagship in mid-2015 after the midsize sedan debuts at the Geneva auto show in March. Skoda said the new Superb has shifted to the upper end of its segment. BWI Group gives Lamborghini Huracan added stabilityFri, 12 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTBWI Group provides added stability to the new Lamborghini Huracan with its optional magneto-rheologic suspension damper control system. Harman supplies the supercar's infotainment and navigation system. Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/kmFri, 12 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTAudi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh. Nissan offers rare peek into battery makingFri, 12 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTA 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. VW has 10 million sales in sight despite flat NovemberFri, 12 Dec 2014 06:54:18 ESTVW Group's global vehicle sales increased just 1 percent in November as its business was hit by slumps in Russia and Brazil. The automaker, however, remains confident it will meet a full-year target of 10 million deliveries. Nissan doubles output at Russian plantFri, 12 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTNissan is boosting production in Russia as the collapse in the ruble hits its profits. The company started production of its X-Trail SUV at its St. Petersburg factory this week and will add the Qashqai next year. Ford-Getrag JV names new COOFri, 12 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTGetrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss. Suppliers hit back against automakers' cost-cut demands Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTRelations between automakers and suppliers are deteriorating as vehicle manufacturers seek annual price decreases as high as 10 percent, according to the 2014 Global OEM-Supplier Relations Study conducted by IHS Automotive. Fiat Chrysler says it has no plan to move Ferrari's tax base from ItalyThu, 11 Dec 2014 10:07:53 ESTFiat 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. Aston Martin seeks funds for new models, report saysThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:56:56 ESTAston Martin is preparing to raise funds to expand its range of models into new areas including SUVs, Reuters reported, as the money-losing supercar maker steps up its turnaround efforts under a new boss. Honda, Nissan add Europe cars to Takata airbag recallsThu, 11 Dec 2014 02:55:21 ESTHonda, Nissan and Mitsubishi will recall more than 500,000 cars globally to replace airbag inflators made by Takata. Honda will recall 100,000 cars in Europe while Nissan's recall includes 49,000 vehicles in Europe. Fiat Chrysler sells stock at discount after NY slumpThu, 11 Dec 2014 05:06:26 ESTFiat Chrysler's share sale will carry a discount of 4 percent after the stock plunged the most in New York since the company's October debut. CEO Sergio Marchionne is seeking to raise about $5 billion to counter mounting debt. Mercedes sales chief Kaellenius seen as potential Zetsche successor after promotion to boardThu, 11 Dec 2014 08:34:13 ESTDaimler promoted Ola Kaellenius, head of sales for its Mercedes unit, to the group's management board, making him a potential candidate to succeed Dieter Zetsche as CEO. Zetsche's current contract runs until the end of 2016. UK dealer puts BMW's Future Retail program to the testThu, 11 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTBMW's Future Retail program, which launched last year in Europe and China, offers customers a high-tech but unrushed explanation of BMW products. Elms BMW in the UK was an early adopter as it wanted a new way to lure customers. Mahindra nears deal to buy Saab maker, report saysThu, 11 Dec 2014 04:37:02 ESTIndia's Mahindra is close to sealing a deal to buy NEVS, the investment group that bought the assets of Saab Automobile, a report said. Mahindra wants Saab so it can accelerate its expansion into Western markets and into premium and electric cars. PSA will invest 150 million euros in French plantThu, 11 Dec 2014 06:05:31 ESTPSA has agreed to invest 150 million euros ($187 million) over the next three years to add models such as upscale compact car at its plant in Poissy, France, unions said. Audi exec says cyberstores link physical, virtual worldsThu, 11 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTAudi's cyberstores in London, Beijing and Berlin showcase the brand's technology by presenting its entire model lineup in a digital format. Horst Hanschur, Audi's head of business development, explained the benefits to Automotive News Europe. Why loyalty leads to fewer dealership visitsThu, 11 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTA customer visited a dealership an average of six times in the UK before completing a purchase in 1994. That number dropped to 1.2 visits in 2012 and it's still falling, a successful retailer says. Ferrari said to mull moving fiscal residence outside ItalyWed, 10 Dec 2014 07:02:59 ESTFerrari is considering moving its fiscal residence outside Italy to save on corporate taxes as the supercar maker prepares for its spinoff from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, sources said. Mercedes needs China boost to regain global luxury sales lead, exec saysWed, 10 Dec 2014 09:29:03 ESTMercedes needs to catch up with rivals BMW and Audi in China to meet its goal of becoming the global No. 1 in luxury car sales by 2020, Hubertus Troska, the carmaker's China chief, said. VW, Fiat, Mercedes will benefit from CNG market growthWed, 10 Dec 2014 00:01:00 ESTEuropean sales of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas could grow tenfold by 2020, benefiting Fiat, VW and Mercedes. CNG sales are forecast to grow as automakers add more low-CO2 emission vehicles to their lineups. BMW brand tops Audi, Mercedes but lead narrowsWed, 10 Dec 2014 05:33:46 ESTBMW brand sales rose 6 percent last month, its highest-ever November sales. The result beat Audi and Mercedes, but the two rivals remain on course to narrow BMW's 2014 lead as the No.1 global luxury brand. BMW Group November deliveries rise 8% on China, UK demandWed, 10 Dec 2014 02:50:21 ESTBMW Group said deliveries of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars rose 8 percent in November, thanks to a continued strong demand in China and a 20 percent rise of its BMW and Mini sales in the UK. BMW's designated CEO Krueger will usher in new era at automakerWed, 10 Dec 2014 04:58:54 ESTBMW's designated CEO Harald Krueger is seen as an executive who commands respect among colleagues as a "straight shooter, a good motivator and a good speaker," according to one analyst, and by another as likely to start "a new era" at the automaker..%]