Europe

Three quarters of UK auto companies fear no-deal Brexit

Nov. 28, 2018 10:54 CET
Three quarters of businesses in Britain's automotive sector think leaving the EU next year without a transition deal would hurt them, according to a survey from the industry body SMMT.

Renault plans internal audit of Ghosn's compensation

Nov. 27, 2018 11:42 CET
The reaction in France to Carlos Ghosn's arrest over alleged financial misconduct at Nissan can be summed up in two words: It's complicated.

Chinese-owned Borgward plans SUV sales in the UK, Ireland

Nov. 27, 2018 06:01 CET
Borgward will begin sales of its SUVs in the UK and Ireland at the end of next year, the brand's new importer has said.

Fiat Chrysler will build more Jeeps, new Alfa SUV in Italy under European production plan

Nov. 26, 2018 17:33 CET
Fiat Chrysler is expected to commit to producing new models in Italy, including Jeeps and an Alfa Romeo SUV, union sources said.

VW, Skoda dispute leadership of new European plant

Nov. 26, 2018 11:12 CET
VW brand's German union is fighting with Skoda over leadership of a factory that parent VW Group plans to open in eastern Europe.

Volvo delays plans to build Lynk & CO cars in Belgium

Nov. 23, 2018 13:55 CET
Volvo will delay its plan to start building Lynk & CO vehicles at its plant in Belgium due to increased macro-economic uncertainty.

VW, BMW, Daimler bosses willing to attend White House meeting, report says

Nov. 23, 2018 12:08 CET
The heads of VW, BMW and Daimler are ready to attend a meeting with the Trump administration, but have not yet received a formal invitation, Reuters reported.

Police break up picket line to resume VW car shipments from Portuguese port

Nov. 22, 2018 17:02 CET
Police in riot gear broke up a picket line of striking stevedores in the Portuguese port of Setubal on Thursday to clear the way for strikebreakers hired to resume shipments of cars made at a nearby Volkswagen plant.

France seeks European battery deal ahead of EV push

Nov. 22, 2018 16:33 CET
France became the latest European country to call for regional battery manufacturers and automakers to create a consortium able to meet the anticipated demand for EVs and compete with dominant Asian producers.

Renault deputy CEO Bollore has deep knowledge of French auto industry

Nov. 22, 2018 09:03 CET
Renault deputy CEO Thierry Bollore, who takes over Carlos Ghosn's chief executive duties, is a relative newcomer to the automaker, but he has deep French industry knowledge -- and, importantly, the backing of the French government.

VW confirms Passat production will move to Skoda plant

Nov. 22, 2018 06:01 CET
VW confirmed it will transfer production of the Passat from its plant in Emden to a Skoda plant in the Czech Republic in order to free up capacity at the German factory for EV models.

Continental urges German politicians to support new 'clean' diesel cars

Nov. 21, 2018 14:04 CET
Continental CEO Elmar Degenhart called for political support for diesel cars in the face of increasing driving bans in Germany.

PSA deal aims to create win-win for Opel, French engineering firm

Nov. 21, 2018 12:03 CET
PSA's plan to transfer 2,000 engineering posts at Opel's underutilized Ruesselsheim engineering center to Segula Technologies is supposed to protect jobs while giving the French firm a coveted foothold in Germany.

Trump invites German car CEOs to White House for trade talks, report says

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2018
The Trump administration has invited the CEOs of three German automakers for talks at the White House as European and U.S. officials try to negotiate a new trade agreement, Bloomberg reported

Renault appoints interim chairman, COO to replace Ghosn, report says

10:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2018
Renault's board appointed an interim chairman and handed new powers to its chief operating officer to replace embattled boss Carlos Ghosn following his arrest in Japan on suspicion of financial misconduct, sources told Reuters.

France moves to oust Ghosn, will push for an interim CEO at Renault

Nov. 20, 2018 09:45 CET
France moved to oust Carlos Ghosn from the helm of Renault a day after his arrest in Japan on financial misconduct allegations, but sought to defend the automaker's alliance with Nissan.

France's Macron vows to maintain Renault-Nissan stability

Nov. 19, 2018 14:18 CET
France will work to preserve the stability of Renault and its alliance with Nissan, President Emmanuel Macron said after the Japanese automaker took steps to oust Chairman Carlos Ghosn over alleged financial irregularities.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Automaker succession issues emerge after Ghosn's arrest, Marchionne's death

11:38 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2018
With a generation of big-name carmaker CEOs nearing retirement age, the issue of succession has been front and center of industry minds in recent months. Nobody expected it to be settled like this.

Germany's Varta steps up plans to mass produce EV battery cells

Nov. 19, 2018 15:15 CET
German battery maker Varta has sealed a research agreement to lay the groundwork for mass production of lithium ion battery cells for EVs as it seeks to take on Asian leaders in the sector.

Emil Frey now #1 in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2018
Switzerland's Emil Frey is now Europe's biggest dealer group based on revenue after last year's purchase of 275 sites from the Volkswagen Group, according to a report by dealer analyst ICDP.

Brose sticks to core products

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2018
One of Europe's largest motor suppliers, Brose Fahrzeugteile, is taking a conservative path in the EV market and focusing on other product areas.

Ineos to decide on location to build new off-road vehicle by year-end

Nov. 16, 2018 16:30 CET
Petrochemicals company Ineos said it will decide on the manufacturing location for its new off-road vehicle, currently in design and development, by the end of the year and flagged a number of "very strong options" in the UK and Europe.

VW's supervisory board eyes multi-billion electrification plan

Nov. 16, 2018 09:32 CET
VW Group's supervisory board is due to vote on a multi-billion-euro investment plan on Friday, including steps to retool three German plants to mass produce EVs and to explore alliances with battery partners and rival automakers.

PSA said to mull closing Vauxhall factory post-Brexit

Nov. 15, 2018 20:59 CET
Two UK factories may be too many for British automaker Vauxhall, whose owner PSA is weighing its options in case of a dip in car demand post-Brexit.

UK's Brexit deal with EU 'positive,' auto industry says

Nov. 15, 2018 10:47 CET
The UK auto industry said British Prime Minister Theresa May's tentative Brexit deal with the European Union was a "positive step" for car companies operating in Britain.

 
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A plot twist for Nissan's success story in Europe

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29 2018

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Nissan's ousting of Carlos Ghosn for alleged financial irregularities has been seen as a bid by the ...
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Will FCA's dividend come at the expense of investments?

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27 2018

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Fiat Chrysler will earn 6 billion euros ($6.8 billion) next year from selling supplier Magneti Marel ...
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Why foreign automakers feel no pressure to develop EVs in China

Yang Jian
5:12 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27 2018

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Foreign automakers are in no rush to follow Beijing's plan to ramp up local output of EVs, but would ...
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Why horsepower needs to be retired

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7 2018

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With the mass-market introduction of electric vehicles it is time to think less of horsepower and mo ...
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VW distances itself from IPO speculation

Christiaan Hetzner
6:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31 2018

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VW has backed away from recent speculation sparked by its Porsche brand that the group might spin-of ...
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VW Group gets big WLTP hit as German sales fall 10%
German sales fell 10 percent in November as automakers, including VW Group's Porsche and Audi brands ...
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Still absorbing WLTP change, Italy sales fall 6%
Registrations in Italy declined 6 percent in November, according to figures published by the nation' ...
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Spanish sales down 13%, 'negative' climate blamed
Dealers blamed the "negative" climate sorrounding cars for a 13 percent fall in Spanish registration ...
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French sales fall 5% following pre-WLTP boost
New-car registrations in France declined by 4. ...
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Mercedes, Audi, BMW benefit from China tariff cut
Mercedes, Audi and BMW have benefited from a 10% reduction in import tariffs introduced in China in ...
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VW, FCA, hit hard as Europe sales fall 7%
VW Group, Fiat Chrysler and Renault were among the biggest losers last month as Europe car sales fel ...
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VW, FCA, Renault hit hard as Europe sales fall 7% in WLTP's wake
VW Group, Fiat Chrysler and Renault were among the biggest losers last month as Europe car sales fel ...
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Russia sales rise 8% in Oct. as Mitsubishi, Skoda, VW lead gains
New-car sales in Russia rose 8 percent in October, with Mitsubishi, Skoda, and VW leading gains amon ...
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Forecast for W. Europe 2018 sales cut on new emissions rules
LMC consulting firm cut its forecast for full-year registrations in western Europe as the implementa ...
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Italy sales down 7%; diesel plunges 27 percent
Diesel's market share in Italy fell to 44 percent — the lowest since March 2010 — from ...
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How high-end SUVs are shaking up ultraluxury sales
Ultraluxury automakers including Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin are gambling they can keep th ...
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LCVs poised to gain from electric push, but costs, range remain risks
Automakers are expanding their lineups of electrified light commercial vehicles as lawmakers impose ...
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New arrivals from Volvo, Jaguar, BMW propel premium compact SUV sector
Europe's premium compact SUV category is experiencing a breakthrough year in terms of sales as new m ...
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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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Borgward promotes former purchasing boss to CEO
Revived German brand Borgward has named Xiuzhan Zhu as its new CEO. Zhu replaces former Rolls-Royce ...
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Toyota promotes Europe boss in management changes
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda takes on a new title as chief branding officer as part of an executive reshuf ...
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Daimler Financial gets new Europe boss
Peter Zieringer, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, will leave his post to lead Daimler Fi ...
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Renault recruits consumer goods veteran as global marketing chief
Renault has appointed former Unilever executive Francois Renard as global marketing director, replac ...
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Maserati recruits new sales chief from Ferrari
Maserati has shaken up its leadership team, recruiting a sales chief from Ferrari and appointing a n ...
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Tesla picks Australian telecoms exec to replace Musk as chair
Tesla chose Robyn Denholm to succeed Elon Musk as board chair, selecting an independent director to ...
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Ford of Europe names electrified vehicles boss
Ford named company veteran Steve Hood to head its electrified business in Europe as the company prep ...
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PSA's DS brand names new product chief
PSA's DS upscale brand appointed Marion David as product director, succeeding Eric Apode, who had he ...
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Continental hires Byton's Abendroth as chief tech officer
Continental has named Dirk Abendroth, a former BMW executive now employed at Chinese automaker Byton ...
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Mazda Europe promotes veteran styling exec to design boss
Mazda Europe has named Jo Stenuit to replace Kevin Rice as it new design boss. ...
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BMW rolls out 3-row monster SUV
In the X7, BMW now has its own three-row luxury cruiser to challenge the likes of the Mercedes GLS, ...
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Porsche makes 911 faster, adds tech to counter Tesla threat
Porsche is making its 911 faster and adding more technology to keep its most lucrative model relevan ...
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Range Rover Evoque gets hybrid tech to cut emissions
Land Rover is adding fuel-saving plug-in and mild hybrid powertrains to the new-generation Range Rov ...
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Tarraco gives Seat a flagship SUV to help retain wealthy buyers
The Seat Tarraco gives the brand an upmarket model that will compete at the high end of Europe's fas ...
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VW accelerates SUV push with T-Cross
VW accelerated its push into the booming SUV segment with the T-Cross, a small car that will compete ...
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Hyundai taps growing EV market with Kona SUV
The Hyundai Kona Electric SUV is off to a fast start in Europe as it is the first battery-powered mo ...
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Audi enters electric era with e-tron crossover
Audi hopes the 400-plus-km range of its new e-tron electric crossover and the vehicle's reproducible ...
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Ferrari Monza supercars will earn $755 million in revenue
Ferrari plans to sell 499 units of the Monza SP1 and SP2 supercars with a 1.6 million euro ($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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