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Mini boss 'still pushing' for Superleggera roadster
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
Mini's Superleggera sports car concept would be a "great addition to the Mini range," says BMW's board member in charge of the brand, Peter Schwarzenbauer. ...


BMW brainstorms its next i model
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
BMW is weighing what type of model will join its "i" family of low-emission vehicles, said a top executive who added that the model will arrive after 2020. ...


Mini Superleggera roadster still under discussion, 'mini Mini' unlikely, top exec says
March 18, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW has not approved a roadster based on the Superleggera concept for its Mini brand nor a “mini Mini” that would be built with Toyota, Mini's top executive, ...


Premium brands push volume rivals from profit-rich niches
March 17, 2015 06:01 CET
Premium automakers continued to push volume rivals out of profit-rich niches such as coupes and convertibles last year, leading some automakers to begin cutting models wi ...


SUV and crossover sales grew 21% in Europe last year
March 17, 2015 06:01 CET
SUVs and crossovers benefited most from Europe's first rise in annual sales since 2007 last year. Combined deliveries of models ranging from the Nissan Qashqai to the BMW ...


Audi, Mercedes execs bullish on self-driving cars
March 16, 2015 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg believe autonomous driving is the next big thing. ...


BMW wants to replace Z4, but it's not a high priority
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
BMW hopes to launch a successor to the Z4 roadster by 2020, said Klaus Froehlich, who was named the automaker's development chief in December. ...


BMW begins 'brainstorm' for next i model
March 14, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW is currently weighing which type of model will join its “i” family of low-emission vehicles, a top executive said, adding that the model would arrive afte ...


Ghosn sees Renault-Nissan passing No. 3 GM by 2018
March 9, 2015 06:15 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident that by 2018 his seven-brand alliance will rank as one of the world's three largest automakers. ...


BMW hopes to replace Z4 before 2020
March 9, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW hopes to launch a successor to the Z4 roadster before the end of the decade, the automaker's chief engineer told Automotive News Europe. ...


Leroy's Toyota Europe success brings reward
6:34 am U.S. ET | March 4
When Didier Leroy was promoted to head Toyota's European operations in April 2011, his goal was to return the region to sustainable profitability. ...


Bentley, Maserati, Lambo big winners in surging niche
March 2, 2015 06:01 CET
Ultraluxury carmakers Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Maserati are experiencing unprecedented success. ...


Ghosn guns for global top 3
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident that by 2018 his alliance will rank as one of the world's three largest automakers. He sees the alliance rising from its ...


Check out the ANE e-magazine for March
March 2, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, March 2. ...


Golden Age for ultraluxury brands
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1
Strong demand for ultraluxury brands -- driven by new models, improved U.S. ...


ANE's March e-magazine goes live Monday
Feb. 27, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, March 2. ...


Fiat goes global with 500X
Feb. 13, 2015 09:42 CET
Fiat's 500X has the widest engine and transmission range in the automaker's lineup as the company prepares to offer the crossover in 100 global markets by year-end, inclu ...


BMW X6 gets sleeker to keep edge on new rivals
Feb. 11, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW successfully created a niche for coupe-styled large premium SUVs with the X6, but the second-generation model will face tougher competition from rivals such as the Me ...


DS CEO wants upscale brand to have Audi-like impact
Feb. 5, 2015 06:15 CET
Yves Bonnefont, the CEO of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's upscale DS brand, hopes the unit's sales will eventually represent 10 percent to 15 percent of its parent's annual volume ...


Audi exec takes aim at fully autonomous driving
Feb. 4, 2015 06:01 CET
Audi plans to start offering advanced self-driving features in its cars by the end of next year, with fully autonomous vehicles expected to be ready for serial production ...


Positive signs seen for 2015 after Europe ends slump
Feb. 2, 2015 06:01 CET
Industry watchers see European sales rising slightly this year as automakers including Ford and Fiat make positive moves such as increasing production and adding staff. ...


After ending its long downturn, Europe sees positive signs in 2015
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Europe's six-year sales slump finally ended in 2014 as more than 80 percent of the brands competing in the region reported a year-on-year increase. ...


Marchionne has FCA on fast track to profit in Europe
Jan. 28, 2015 16:28 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be profitable in Europe a year earlier than expected, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. ...


Audi readies Q1 SUV after Fiat rebuff over name
Jan. 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Audi is reluctantly using the Q1 badge for its new compact SUV after failing to gain permission from Fiat Chrysler to call it the Q2, a name held by Alfa Romeo. ...


Farewell to an auto PR legend
8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21
Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski -- even literally crashing into an auto show. ...


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