Nick Gibbs

UK-based correspondent for Automotive News Europe

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SW16 5PE London
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Why Ford stumbled with the EcoSport

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3
Ford stumbled with the EcoSport and was forced to make a quick redesign to address poor sales. So what went wrong? ...

Citroen will drop hydropneumatic suspension

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen will stop selling cars equipped with its once-renowned hydropneumatic suspension system. ...

Citroen CEO sees positive changes for women in auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2
One year into her role as Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says she hasn't encountered any prejudice as a woman working a man's world. In fact, she says it's an advantage. ...

Citroen CEO confirms next C5 for China; Europe future unclear

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen will replace its C5 midsize model, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe, but she would only confirm that the next-generation car would be sold in ...

McLaren boosts profit threefold on China sales

June 26, 2015 11:51 CET
McLaren said its 2014 pretax profit rose threefold, helped by rising sales in China. McLaren sold 1,649 cars in 2014, but expects to increase annual production to 4,000 b ...

Jaguar r&d chief shuns driverless cars; says customers aren't 'cargo'

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover will never make a driverless car, r&d boss Wolfgang Epple said. “We don't consider customers cargo. We don't want to build a robot that delivers t ...

Renault says new motor will cut EV losses

June 24, 2015 06:01 CET
Renault's losses on EV sales will be reduced after the automaker introduced a version of its Zoe electric car powered by a motor built in-house, a company executive said. ...

AvtoVAZ chief Andersson in struggle with Soviet-era suppliers

June 23, 2015 13:23 CET
AvtoVAZ Chairman Bo Andersson is fighting back against Russian suppliers he says are hindering his efforts to improve quality and cut purchasing costs at Lada, the countr ...

Citroen will boost C4 Cactus production, add new markets

June 22, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen will increase annual production of the C4 Cactus and expand sales outside Europe after the unconventionally designed compact model proved more popular than planne ...

Jaguar Land Rover CEO foresees continued struggles for EVs

June 19, 2015 06:01 CET
Car buyers continue to shun full-electric cars but that could change with the next generation of battery technology, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said. “Custome ...

Car retailers face big changes, deep cuts to regain profitability

June 18, 2015 06:01 CET
Dealers can't make money by solely focusing on new cars any more, Audi's director of sales strategy says. ...

PSA seeks EV boost from new business unit

June 18, 2015 11:42 CET
PSA has established a business unit to develop an EV strategy for the automaker's Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands. The automaker plans to launch a new generation of EVs ba ...

Citroen mulls Mehari revival to add fun to the brand

June 16, 2015 06:01 CET
Citroen is considering a revival of its iconic Mehari lightweight utility car to help give the brand a “fun” image, CEO Linda Jackson said. ...

GM to keep profitable JV in Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
General Motors and AvtoVAZ will keep their profitable Russian joint venture, AvtoVAZ CEO Bo Andersson said. GM is ending sales of mainstream Chevrolet models and all Opel ...

Aston will decide plant site in third quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Aston Martin will decide on the location of its planned new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover in the third quarter, CEO Andy Palmer said. ...

JLR chief: Want young customers? Get eco-friendly

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14
Lowering emissions is an industry “priority” and automakers risk turning off the new generation of customers if they didn't address environmental concerns, Ja ...

UK niche carmaker Bristol to use BMW power for new model

June 10, 2015 06:01 CET
UK niche automaker Bristol Cars said its first new car since it was bought out of bankruptcy in 2011 will be a grand tourer that uses a BMW hybrid engine. The model will ...

Aston Martin will decide on new plant in third quarter

June 10, 2015 13:06 CET
Aston Martin will decide on the location of its new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover in the third quarter, CEO Andy Palmer said. Potential sites in the U.S. and ...

Europe's convertible market poised for rebound

June 10, 2015 06:01 CET
Europe's convertible market will gain sales as aging models from BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Mazda and Mini are replaced, analysts expect. ...

Remote Swedish spot is a frozen paradise for automakers and suppliers

June 8, 2015 06:15 CET
During the peak season between January and March, Arjeplog, a remote area just 100km south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, becomes a hot spot for automakers and suppliers ...

Civic Type R likely U.S. bound

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8
Honda is likely to sell its new Civic Type R high-performance compact hatchback in the United States, a European executive told Automotive News. ...

Ford GT maker will build new London black cab

June 5, 2015 06:01 CET
Canada's Multimatic, which specializes in building niche cars such as the Ford GT and Aston Martin One-77, will start production in the UK next year of the Metrocab plug- ...

Mitsubishi should focus on SUVs to boost Europe sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4
Mitsubishi should become an SUV-only brand in Europe positioned below Land Rover to boost its profitability and sales volume, the brand's UK boss believes. ...

Sweden's hot spot for winter testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
Automakers flock to the remote town of Arjeplog, Sweden, in the winter for cold-weather testing. The attractions are frozen lakes and reliably brutal winter weather. ...

Ford gives EVs a boost in UK car-sharing program

May 27, 2015 12:38 CET
Ford has joined automakers including BMW and Daimler in offering electric cars for short-term hire as it expands its car-sharing projects to the UK. ...
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