Nick Gibbs

UK-based correspondent for Automotive News Europe

Address: Barrow Road
SW16 5PE London
E-Mail: nick.gibbs@btinternet.com

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Renault exec sees fuel-efficient Eolab concept selling for same price as a Clio
Oct. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault could sell the Eolab ultra fuel-efficient concept for a similar price to a diesel-powered Clio if it decided to build the car, Thierry Bollore, the company's chie ...


GM to auction equipment from Opel's Bochum factory
Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
GM's Opel unit will auction tooling from its factory in Bochum, Germany. The plant's 50 presses will be sold along with 80 percent of the robots in the body shop. ...


Land Rover production will continue to boom in UK despite new China plant
Oct. 23, 2014 09:39 CET
Range Rover Evoque production in China will not reduce output at the UK factory where the SUV is also built. The Evoque is the first model produced in Jaguar Land Rover's ...


Lotus names Carr as new design chief
Oct. 23, 2014 12:09 CET
Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car maker. ...


Land Rover will build Discovery Sport as second model in China plant
Oct. 20, 2014 12:49 CET
Jaguar Land Rover will build the Discovery Sport midsize SUV as a second model in its new China factory after the Range Rover Evoque. The Discovery Sport is based on the ...


Jaguar Land Rover is in talks for U.S. plant, report says
Oct. 20, 2014 13:13 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with several southern U.S. states about building a factory that would eventually produce 200,000 vehicles a year, a UK newspaper reported. J ...


Renault's China vehicle sales could reach 800,000 a year, Ghosn says
Oct. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault, a latecomer to China, could sell up to 800,000 vehicles annually in the country, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. ...


Ford may join VW in selling plug-in hybrids in Europe
Oct. 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford may join rival Volkswagen by introducing plug-in hybrid models in Europe. Ford already sells plug-in versions of its Fusion and C-Max in the U.S., but the company ha ...


Honda says it's committed to hybrids in Europe
Oct. 15, 2014 11:10 CET
Honda says it remains committed to hybrids in Europe and will import a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its next Jazz subcompact in 2016, despite reducing its hybrid l ...


How the XE will help Jaguar forget the failed X-Type
Oct. 13, 2014 06:15 CET
Jaguar says it has learned from the mistakes of the Ford Mondeo-based X-Type as it launches the XE, a model that aims to win sales from the BMW 3 series and Audi A4 in th ...


Germany frustrates Nissan's No. 1 goal
Oct. 10, 2014 10:08 CET
Nissan says its goal of becoming the top-selling Asian brand in Europe is being held back by Germany and its preference for domestic brands. ...


Mitsubishi will add two more plug-in hybrids to European lineup
Oct. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Mitsubishi will add plug-in hybrid versions of its next ASX compact crossover and Pajero SUV, CEO Osamu Masuko said. ...


Renault, Peugeot, Opel get big boost from booming small SUV segment
Oct. 8, 2014 06:30 CET
Mass-market automakers such as Renault, Peugeot and Opel are getting a much-needed boost from Europe's booming small SUV segment, which is forecast to more than double in ...


Infiniti Q80 will boost brand in Europe, exec says
Oct. 2, 2014 09:17 CET
Infiniti will launch a production version of its Q80 Inspiration concept sedan within three to five years to rival models such as the Porsche Panamera and help boost the ...


Ford Mondeo gets power boost to better battle Passat
Sept. 25, 2014 12:15 CET
The new Ford Mondeo will get more powerful engines, a more diverse powertrain lineup and more advanced features to better compete against the VW Passat in Europe's midsiz ...


Toyota concept shows Europe-led design shift
Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota turned to its styling center in southern France to create the C-HR concept that will be displayed in Paris next week. Toyota says the hybrid crossover hints at wha ...


Lotus CEO 'confident' he can return brand to profit
Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales says he's “confident” he can make the money-losing brand profitable again by cutting jobs, adding dealers and boosting the sport ...


Lotus' timeless 'tub'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23
New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales sees no reason to change the British sport car maker's timeless bonded aluminum “tub" because he says it remains a benchmark for vehic ...


Lotus plans to cut up to 325 jobs to reduce losses
Sept. 18, 2014 18:41 CET
UK sports car maker Lotus said it plans to cut as many as 325 jobs, a quarter of its workforce, as it seeks to reduce losses. ...


SsangYong set to join expanding subcompact SUV segment
Sept. 18, 2014 11:46 CET
SsangYong will preview two subcompact SUV concepts in Paris next month, ahead of the launch of a production model, the X100, next year. SsangYong is the latest automaker ...


Ford will debut new S-Max at Paris show
Sept. 15, 2014 17:28 CET
Ford will debut the new S-Max at the Paris auto show on Oct. 2 ahead of the minivan's sales launch in Europe next summer. ...


European automakers reduce company-owned dealerships
Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Volkswagen, which has Europe's biggest company-owned dealership network, aims, along with other carmakers, to reduce the number of its wholly owned retail outlets. ...


Pendragon No. 1 in latest ranking of Europe's top independent dealer groups
Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
UK car retailer Pendragon has topped Automotive News Europe's 2014 Guide to Europe's Biggest Dealers for the second consecutive year. ...


Hyundai seeks boost from sporty 3-door i20
Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Hyundai hopes that a sporty three-door coupe version of its i20 will give it a boost in Europe's key subcompact segment, where the automaker's current-generation offering ...


Vauxhall flexes its muscles
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14
Opel and Vauxhall's harmonious relationship was tested recently by the naming of their new minicar. Vauxhall fought against using a name that just wouldn't work in Britai ...


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