Europe

Ford tech chief says sedan sales hit by SUV/crossover boom

Feb. 13, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford CTO Raj Nair says sedan sales are suffering most from rising demand for crossovers and SUVs....
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Renault vows to sustain AvtoVAZ after record loss

Feb. 12, 2016 11:46 CET

Renault pledged to support AvtoVAZ, which warned it may not survive without help from shareholders after the collapse of the domestic car market pushed it into a record $930 million loss....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Ford can boost Europe profits by adding upscale Vignale SUVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Ford of Europe isn't saying which models will next get its upscale Vignale trimline but the brand's two largest SUVs are the top candidates as the automaker plans to expand its Vignale variants to at least five by 2017 from just two now....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Jeep joins Nissan, Honda and others getting big benefit from European production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's decision to build the new Jeep Renegade in Italy is paying off, helped by strong demand from local customers. Other automakers including Nissan, Honda, Kia and Suzuki have also has been rewarded in the European countries where they have opened factories. Volvo hopes to do the same in the U.S....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Ford faces tough decision on B-Max

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes it makes me think that the B-Max's days are numbered....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Ford faces tough decision on B-Max

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes it makes me think that the B-Max's days are numbered....
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Russian new-car sales continue steep decline in January

Feb. 8, 2016 15:45 CET

Russian new-car sales plunged 29 percent last month, extending a collapse from 2015 that is forcing the government to spend billions of rubles more to support the ailing auto industry....
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Q&A: FORD'S JIM FARLEY

Ford of Europe boss aims for steady profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Ford of Europe increased vehicle sales 11 percent to 1.3 million vehicles in its core markets and finished 2015 with its first operating profit in three years. Jim Farley, who started his second year as Ford of Europe president on Jan. 1, wants the division to be a consistent profit contributor to its U.S. parent....
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Q&A: OPEL'S KARL-THOMAS NEUMANN

At last, Opel sees breakeven on the horizon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

This year Opel expects to break even financially after more than a decade of losses, finally rewarding parent General Motors' huge investment in its European division. Karl-Thomas Neumann, who next month begins his fourth year as Opel CEO, says the automaker has beaten all internal targets since he arrived....
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REBOUND IN EUROPE

Ford, Opel find footing as carmakers will count more on the region

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Opel is confident this is the year that it will break even after more than a decade of losses. Ford of Europe, which after three years of losses returned to profit in 2015 with the help of an accounting change, expects to once again become the money-making machine it was from 2004 until 2011....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Automakers survive EU politicians' backlash on emissions for now

Feb. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Intense lobbying by Europe's car manufacturers helped to save a compromise that will let automakers exceed EU pollution targets for now, but the narrowness of their victory shows that politicians are running out of patience....
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Alfa Romeo, Maserati get new tech chief amid product launch delays

Feb. 5, 2016 11:53 CET

Fiat Chrysler has lured former Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli back from BMW as the automaker faces technical challenges that have delayed the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Maserati Levante launches. Fedeli will be chief technical officer for both Alfa and Maserati....
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Italy continued to lead demand with double-digit growth....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Auto sector ends 2015 on a high

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

The European auto industry ended last year with strong gains in shareholder value across the board at automakers, suppliers and retailers, according to the latest Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices....
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PSA plans to cut 850 jobs at French factory, report says

Feb. 5, 2016 11:04 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to cut the night shift and 850 jobs at its Poissy factory near Paris to adapt to lower output levels as production of the Citroen C3 is moved to Slovakia next year, Reuters reported....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales

Feb. 4, 2016 06:01 CET

Jeep, Smart and Jaguar were the biggest winners last year in Europe, where overall vehicle sales rose 9 percent, exceeding initial analyst expectations of 3 percent growth at most....
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VW brand sales fall again in UK as market grows 3%

Feb. 4, 2016 11:06 CET

VW brand’s UK car sales fell 14 percent in January, the fourth consecutive monthly drop since the automaker admitted cheating in diesel emissions tests. Total new-car registrations rose nearly 3 percent, making it the market's best January since 2005....
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Automakers win fight for diluted EU car-pollution test

Feb. 3, 2016 14:13 CET

Automakers won their fight for a diluted EU plan for testing NOx emissions of cars under real-driving conditions. The plan today cleared the final hurdle in the European Parliament, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's test-cheating scandal....
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Luxury car sales surge in Russia despite crisis

Feb. 3, 2016 16:34 CET

More and more Porsche, Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars are appearing on Russian roads as wealthy buyers take advantage of a weak ruble that means luxury cars are considerably cheaper in Russia than in the U.S....
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VW's sales in Germany slip amid diesel scandal

Feb. 3, 2016 08:30 CET

VW, Skoda and Seat sales fell last month in Germany in a market where total registrations rose 3.3 percent. VW brand sales declined by 8.6 percent in a sign that the automaker's diesel scandal may be deterring buyers....
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German gov't, automakers aim for deal by March to boost EV sales

Feb. 3, 2016 11:56 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is pushing for an agreement within the next month together with German automakers to boost electric car sales in the country as demand for EVs fails to take off in the market....
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Automakers' political power may sway EU pollution-test vote

Feb. 2, 2016 12:02 CET

A European plan to test cars' pollution levels under real driving conditions may survive a veto threat this week, signaling that the VW cheating scandal has done little to reduce the auto industry's political influence....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ford of Europe boss outlines plan to be a consistent profit maker

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford of Europe President Jim Farley wants the division to be a consistent profit contributor to its U.S. parent. To do that, Farley wants the automaker to be selective on the segments where it competes, as he explained to Automotive News Europe....
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Growth in car sales in key European markets 'encouraging' in January

Feb. 2, 2016 11:28 CET

New-car sales increased in key European markets in January including 3 percent growth in Germany and double-digit rises in Italy and Spain....
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Audi prepares recall of rigged diesels in Germany

Feb. 2, 2016 11:08 CET

Audi expects to begin recalling models fitted with rigged diesels in Germany next month. Audi plans to fix 580,000 cars in the country as part of a recall that will be expanded across Europe....
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