Europe

BMW's gamble on U.S. factory provides export windfall

July 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's U.S. factory in South Carolina -- its first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany -- has become a bona fide success. The plant is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and remain ahead of rivals....
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BMW bet on S.C. plant pays off with export windfall

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
BMW's first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany has become a bona fide success after initial hiccups. The factory in Spartanburg, S.C., -- already the nation's biggest light-vehicle exporter -- is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and keep ahead of rivals Audi and Mercedes....
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Russian car sales sink most in 4 years on ruble weakness

July 10, 2014 12:29 CET
Sales of new cars in Russia plunged by the most in more than four years in June as a weaker ruble curbed demand. Automakers sold 199,398 vehicles last month, down 17 percent from a year earlier....
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Rolls-Royce reports record H1 sales on Europe demand

July 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce said its global vehicle sales rose 33 percent to a record 1,968 in the first six months, helped by strong demand in Europe....
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Ford's Odell says European recovery still shaky

11:49 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
Ford's European operations are sharing in the industry's modest sales recovery this year, but Ford of Europe President Stephen Odell warned today that some of the region's underlying economic weaknesses still pose a threat....
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EU probes state aid for Audi's Hungary expansion

July 9, 2014 16:22 CET
The European Commission is probing state aid to Audi to expand its plant in Hungary. The commission approved aid to Porsche and BMW to expand their factories in Germany....
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Nissan will build Infiniti crossover in UK

July 9, 2014 08:20 CET
The Infiniti QX30 compact SUV will be built for global markets including the U.S. and China at Nissan's factory in England, alongside the Infiniti Q30 hatchback. Q30 production will begin in mid-2015 with QX30 output starting shortly after....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Toyota Europe boss puts profit before volume, brushes aside Nissan challenge

July 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy is not worried about Nissan's publicly stated goal of passing his company as Europe's top-selling Asian brand. Leroy puts profit before volume and he has returned Toyota's European operations back to the black....
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Chevy ad launched for sponsorship deal with Manchester United

2:24 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
General Motors turned one of the most hotly debated sports sponsorship deals of recent years into an advertising reality today by launching a video that celebrates the Chevrolet's "Bowtie" logo succeeding AON as Manchester United's match-shirt sponsor....
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Check out the ANE e-magazine for July

July 7, 2014 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 the challenges facing Volkswagen Group as it tries to become the world's largest automaker....
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Mercedes' $1 million S-class will be built by Brabus

July 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Brabus, the German high-performance aftermarket tuning company, will begin building a new $1 million version of Mercedes-Benz's ultra-luxury S-class Pullman in December 2015....
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Western European car sales rise 4% in June

July 5, 2014 06:15 CET
Western European car sales rose 4 percent in June, according to industry data collated by LMC Automotive, as a market rebound in southern Europe offset weaker demand in Germany....
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'Made in Germany' loses more luster as BMW, Audi, M-B expand footprints

1:15 pm U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
“Made in Germany,” a hallmark of three of Europe's leading luxury automakers for years, is losing a little more of its exclusivity with BMW's decision to join rivals Audi and Mercedes and establish a manufacturing footprint in Mexico....
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UK car sales increase to a nine-year high

July 4, 2014 11:47 CET
UK new-car sales reached a nine-year high in the first six months, rising 11 percent although growth slowed in June as consumer demand started to level off....
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ANE's July e-magazine goes live Monday

July 4, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, July 7....
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Porsche raises stake in Germany's Bertrandt to 29%

July 3, 2014 13:11 CET
Porsche has raised its stake in German engineering company Bertrandt from 25 percent to about 29 percent. The company's auto-industry customers include Audi, BMW Group, Daimler, and Ford Motor Co....
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Mazda on course to beat Europe sales target in 2014

July 3, 2014 10:57 CET
Mazda expects to beat its European sales target this year after regional deliveries rose 24 percent in the first five months, more than triple the 7 percent the automaker is forecasting for 2014....
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German new-car sales fall 2% in June on fewer work days

July 2, 2014 13:08 CET
German car sales fell 2 percent in June, held back by fewer working days than a year ago, the VDA auto industry association said. The group reaffirmed its outlook for a slight improvement in deliveries this year as first-half sales rose 2 percent....
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German car market slows as France, Spain, Italy continue recovery

July 1, 2014 15:43 CET
French, Spanish and Italian car sales rose in June while the German market slowed down, held back by fewer working days as the European market rebound remained intact....
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Spanish car sales rise 24% in June

July 1, 2014 12:01 CET
New-car sales in Spain rose 24 percent in June, the tenth straight month of increases, as a government subsidy scheme continued to stimulate demand....
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To sell Fiat luxury shift, Marchionne seeks labor peace in Italy

June 30, 2014 10:55 CET
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne's visit to Italy last week to solve a labor dispute that threatened Maserati production shows how important the country's plants are becoming to the company's future, a union boss said....
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With fwd and sleeker design, Nissan aims to double X-Trail sales in Europe

June 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan expects to double sales of the X-Trail in its European markets after giving the latest generation of the mid-sized SUV a less rugged design and a front-wheel-drive option....
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Renault narrows sales gap with Opel in bid to be Europe's No. 2 brand

June 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault is narrowing its European sales gap with rivals in its bid to rise to No. 2 from No. 4 by 2017. To get there it will need to pass third-ranked Opel/Vauxhall and current No. 2 Ford....
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Renault-Nissan completes deal to take control of AvtoVAZ

June 27, 2014 12:10 CET
Renault-Nissan has completed a deal to take control of Russia's largest automaker, AvtoVAZ, Renault said today. The alliance now has a 67.1 percent stake in the holding company that controls AvtoVAZ....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BMW's iDrive earns high marks, but doesn't match Apple

7:37 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
BMW's iDrive system ranked highest in Germany and Italy for user experience in a recent test, but the automaker and its peers have a long way to go to match Apple....
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