Europe

Nissan exits Europe's compact car segment

Sept. 11, 2018 13:31 CET
Nissan has stopped building the Pulsar hatchback for Europe and will end production of the Almera sedan in Russia later this year.

Aston Martin's new UK factory will be EV hub

Sept. 11, 2018 15:05 CET
Aston Martin says its new UK factory will build the Rapide E electric sports car and Lagonda EVs.

UK boosts funding for green vehicles

Sept. 11, 2018 14:16 CET
The UK government announced an extra 106 million pounds ($138 million) in funding to help boost the research and development of environmentally-friendly vehicles, batteries and low-carbon technology as it aims to make Britain a world-leader in greener vehicles.

UK air-taxi company takes flight, inspired by F1 racing advances

Sept. 10, 2018 14:06 CET
A UK energy entrepreneur and former Formula One team owner is entering the race to build intercity "flying taxi" services that tap recent aerospace advances while steering clear of more fanciful ideas touted by rival companies.

Jaguar Land Rover recovery clouded by Brexit uncertainty, Tata chairman says

Sept. 10, 2018 15:19 CET
Protracted Brexit talks are weighing on the recovery prospects of Jaguar Land Rover, according to its Indian owner.

NEWS ANALYSIS

WLTP test regime brings sales boost but not higher earnings

Sept. 9, 2018 07:00 CET
European vehicle registrations soared in August as automakers rushed to move stock ahead of the introduction of the WLTP testing regime but high discounts mean many cars were sold with minimal or no profit.

AUGUST SALES

Russia sales rise 11% ahead of tax hike

Sept. 7, 2018 06:01 CET
New-car sales in Russia rose 11 percent in August as demand continued to grow ahead of a tax rise that will come into force in January, the AEB lobby group said.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

How Dacia maintains strong growth despite reluctance to expand lineup

Sept. 7, 2018 06:01 CET
Dacia has become a pillar of Renault Group's growth even though it has not introduced a truly new car since 2012 and its stripped-down vehicles don't have the latest driver-assistance features or safety aids.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Romanian test center is crucial to improving Dacia's quality

Sept. 7, 2018 06:01 CET
Renault's Romania test center is responsible for developing, testing and industrializing vehicles from the automaker's Global Access range and has become crucial to improving quality at Dacia, officials say.

AUGUST SALES

W. European sales rise 27% ahead of WLTP changeover

Sept. 6, 2018 09:52 CET
Western European car sales surged 27 percent in August as automakers discounted heavily to clear stocks ahead of new WLTP vehicle-testing rules.

AUGUST SALES

UK sales increase 23% on WLTP

Sept. 6, 2018 12:04 CET
UK registrations jumped by 23 percent in August as automakers reduced vehicle stocks ahead of the new WLTP testing regime, which went into force on Sept. 1.

Green activists win Frankfurt ban on older diesel, gasoline vehicles

Sept. 6, 2018 10:34 CET
Frankfurt must ban some older diesel and gasoline vehicles from the city center to help improve air quality, a court ruled.

AUGUST SALES

Italy sales rise 10% on smooth WLTP changeover

Sept. 6, 2018 06:01 CET
Contrary to what happened in France, Spain, Germany and the UK, Italian registrations did not rise dramatically in August ahead of a deadline for the new WTLP testing regime on Sept. 1.

EU underestimates job losses through EV push, industry group says

Sept. 6, 2018 11:11 CET
The EU is underestimating a "profound" impact on European employment linked to a push toward EVs, the ACEA industry body said.

AUGUST SALES

German sales rise 25% ahead of WLTP

Sept. 5, 2018 12:04 CET
German registrations increased 25 percent last month as VW and other brands flooded the market to reduce stocks ahead of the new WLTP testing regime.

PSA's Opel plans to transfer 2,000 r&d jobs to French engineering group

Sept. 5, 2018 10:39 CET
PSA plans to transfer 2,000 jobs at Opel's engineering center in Germany to Segula Technologies after the center's workload decreased following the French automaker's purchase of Opel from GM.

Audi starts production of Tesla-fighting SUV

Sept. 4, 2018 15:08 CET
Audi has begun production of its e-tron electric SUV, which will compete with models such as the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC.

AUGUST SALES

Spanish car sales soar 49% in WLTP stock clear-out

Sept. 4, 2018 09:47 CET
Registrations in Spain jumped 49 percent in August as automakers rushed to clear out vehicle stocks ahead of the introduction of the new WLTP testing regime on Sept. 1.

2018 MOSCOW AUTO SHOW

Renault will phase out rebadged Dacias in Russia in upmarket push

Sept. 4, 2018 09:17 CET
Renault Group's core Renault brand will stop selling Dacia derivatives in Russia to push upmarket and avoid an overlap with Lada, which is owned by the group's AvtoVAZ subsidiary.

AUGUST SALES

French sales leap 40% on new WLTP test

Sept. 3, 2018 12:57 CET
Registrations in France increased by 40 percent in August, with gains largely due to the effects of new WLTP standards that took effect on Sept. 1.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for September

Sept. 3, 2018 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition examines why flying taxis are no longer a fantasy in Europe.

Trump makes clear EU will not escape his outrage on trade for long

Aug. 31, 2018 14:02 CET
President Trump agreed to a "ceasefire" over auto tariffs with the EU in July, but he still speaks of the bloc as if it's likely to be his next target, calling it "almost as bad as China, just smaller."

VW is in talks to assemble vehicles in Ghana

Aug. 31, 2018 10:28 CET
Ghana is in talks with VW over plans to assemble vehicles, the country's president said during a visit by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel.

ANE's September issue goes live on Monday

Aug. 31, 2018 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday. The new edition examines why flying taxis are no longer a fantasy in Europe.

Dyson moves ahead on EV plan with test center

Aug. 30, 2018 09:35 CET
Dyson, best known for its vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, is charging ahead with a $2.6 billion push to start building electric cars, unveiling plans to turn a former airfield into a vehicle-testing site.

 
Rising Star starts new adventure

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2018

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Former Mazda Europe executive and 2017 Rising Star Christian Ohm is starting a new adventure this month. ...
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Why Aston Martin's CEO expects automaker to be more profitable than Ferrari

Nick Gibbs
4:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2018

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As Aston Martin plans its London IPO, CEO Andy Palmer believes the company will be more profitable t ...
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Volvo has autonomous vehicle safety covered like a blanket

Douglas A. Bolduc
3:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7 2018

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Leave it to Volvo to already be working on a patent for a solution that will keep passengers safe even as they sleep in their self-driving cars. ...
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Tesla readies a surprise in Europe

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Tesla is expected to reveal a new vehicle at the Grand Basel auto show, according to an invitation s ...
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Moving out of Sergio's shadow

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2018

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Mike Manley took the helm at Fiat Chrysler just four days before the death of former CEO Sergio Marc ...
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ZF invests in future engineers with a U.S. robot competition

Richard Truett
1:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28 2018

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Facing a shortage of engineers, ZF Group and other auto companies are taking a long view and are ram ...
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Why domestic automakers will not dominate China's luxury EV market

Yang Jian
7:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24 2018

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Beijing realizes that young domestic automakers can never beat global giants with traditional combus ...
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Renault, VW Group, FCA sales surge 30% in August
Renault, VW Group and Fiat Chrysler led a 30 percent surge in European car sales last month, data fr ...
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W. European sales rise 27% ahead of WLTP changeover
Western European car sales surged 27 percent in August as automakers discounted heavily to clear sto ...
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UK sales increase 23% on WLTP
UK registrations jumped by 23 percent in August as automakers reduced vehicle stocks ahead of the ne ...
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Italy sales rise 10% on smooth WLTP changeover
Contrary to what happened in France, Spain, Germany and the UK, Italian registrations did not rise d ...
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German sales rise 25% ahead of WLTP
German registrations increased 25 percent last month as VW and other brands flooded the market to re ...
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Spanish car sales soar 49% in WLTP stock clear-out
Registrations in Spain jumped 49 percent in August as automakers rushed to clear out vehicle stocks ...
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French sales leap 40% on new WLTP test
Registrations in France increased by 40 percent in August, with gains largely due to the effects of ...
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Western European sales jump 9% ahead of WLTP tests
Automakers pushing to sell cars before WLTP vehicle-testing rules come into effect helped to boost w ...
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Skoda, BMW among winners as Russia sales rise 11%
New-car sales in Russia rose 11 percent in July, buoyed by strong consumer confidence ahead of a pla ...
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Europe's first-half sales surged on strong SUV demand
Jeep, Seat, Dacia and VW outperformed all other brands sold in Europe in the first half, as overall ...
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Europe's crossover craze drives market gains
SUVs and crossovers accounted for one-third of European sales through June for the first time. Their ...
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Peugeot, Toyota commit to midsize sector despite slump
Peugeot and Toyota are the latest automakers to commit to Europe's volume midsize segment despite cu ...
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European electric-car sales growth slowed in first half
Sales growth of electric cars slowed across the EU's major markets during the first half because of ...
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CNG car sales set to rise on tougher emissions rules
European demand for cars powered by compressed natural gas has shown signs of life after a half-deca ...
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Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy'
European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as ne ...
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Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales
Europe's premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices in the core midsize s ...
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing c ...
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Hyundai Motor promotes heir apparent Chung Euisun as succession looms
Euisun Chung moves a step closer to succeeding his 80-year-old father, Chung Mong-koo, who has presi ...
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Adient names DelGrosso CEO, succeeding interim chief Fritz Henderson
Seating supplier Adient named turnaround veteran Douglas DelGrosso as its next CEO, replacing former GM chief Fritz Henderson. ...
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FAW names ex-Rolls-Royce design chief to help revive luxury China marque
China FAW has recruited Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce's former design chief, in an effort to revive ts H ...
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Aston Martin names Penny Hughes chairman ahead of London listing
Aston Martin is moving ahead with a plan to list shares in London, naming Penny Hughes as chairman i ...
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Musk elevates Tesla's little-known fixer to steer past drama
In Jerome Guillen, Elon Musk has promoted a skilled multitasker who's proven able to operate at the ...
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Tesla accounting chief, HR head resign
Tesla's top accountant gave notice he's resigning one month into the job, citing the level of scruti ...
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VW Group names finance exec as new sales chief
VW Group appointed Christian Dahlheim as its new head of group sales. Dalheim replaces Fred Kappler, ...
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FAW names ex-Rolls-Royce design chief to help revive luxury China marque
China FAW has recruited Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce's former design chief, in an effort to revive ts H ...
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Former Land Rover designer Phil Simmons joins Great Wall
Great Wall appointed former Land Rover stylist Phil Simmons as design director for the Haval brand. ...
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Lotus names former Bentley, JLR exec as product strategy chief
Lotus, the UK sports-car maker that is set for a $1. ...
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Ferrari's Icona retro line aimed at top of the market
Ferrari's limited-edition, retro-styled Monza supercars are part of the automaker's new Icona line. ...
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Peugeot touts Rifter's space and tech features
Peugeot has designed the new Rifter, the passenger variant of the automaker's small cargo van, to ap ...
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Ferrari seeks profit boost from retro-styled Monza
Ferrari's latest special-edition supercar will be called the Monza and will broaden the automaker's ...
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Seat counts on Tarraco to retain rich customers
Seat expects its new Tarraco flagship SUV to further boost the company's profitability by retaining ...
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Audi packs e-tron EV with interconnected features
The Audi e-tron will offer a 95-kilowatt-hour battery, full-time all-wheel drive and a host of inter ...
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Mercedes gives new GLE semi-autonomous tech
The Mercedes GLE gets semi-autonomous technologies and all-new engines including a plug-in hybrid. ...
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Renault's revived Alpine races to keep pace with demand
Since Renault launched the Alpine A110, the new brand has taken 5,000 reservations, resulting in a 1 ...
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BMW returns to roadster market with Z4
BMW is returning into the roadster market with the revival of the Z4 -- a car whose predecessor help ...
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Peugeot aims sleek 508 at SUV buyers
Peugeot has transformed the 508 midsize sedan into a hatchback to add versatility and attract SUV an ...
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Jaguar showcases I-Pace's SUV skills
The Jaguar I-Pace's versatility shows it is much at home tackling tough terrain as it is blazing aro ...
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