Nick Gibbs

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Automakers' fears grow over possible UK exit from EU

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET
A UK exit from the EU will damage the country's automotive industry, the European automakers lobby group, ACEA, warned. ...

Honda works smart to fill UK plant

4:52 am U.S. ET | May 20
Honda has reduced the problem of drastic undercapacity at its factory in Swindon, England, after the automaker's production took a hit from Europe's economic slump, by in ...

Aston Martin CEO says Alabama 'obvious choice' for U.S. plant

May 19, 2015 12:01 CET
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the U.S state of Alabama is the “obvious choice” for a new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover. ...

Aston Martin likely to shun Mercedes' platform for DBX crossover

May 15, 2015 12:48 CET
Aston Martin may modify its new sports car platform for its DBX crossover rather than use underpinnings from a Mercedes SUV, CEO Andy Palmer said. The DBX is due to launc ...

Europe's biggest segment is poised for a rebound

May 15, 2015 06:15 CET
European sales of subcompact cars including the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta are forecast to rise to 23 percent of the overall auto market in 2015. ...

Audi's move to e-charger will boost Valeo, Honeywell, other turbo makers

May 15, 2015 06:01 CET
Audi will be the first automaker to use electrically boosted turbocharging in a mass-production model. The trend toward electrifying turbos is expected to benefit supplie ...

Dutch plug-in hybrid boom set to end

May 10, 2015 06:01 CET
Automakers expect a sales boom in plug-in hybrid cars in the Netherlands will end next year as the government reduces a tax break for company car drivers. ...

Nissan exec predicts more Europe profits despite Russia

May 6, 2015 06:15 CET
Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox has led the brand to new highs in sales and market share. But despite a sharp rise in 2015 volume, Nissan's No. ...

VW's Seat brand bets on SUVs for profitability

May 3, 2015 06:01 CET
Seat is mulling a family of SUVs as it seeks to boost volume and become sustainably profitable. The brand's first SUV, a compact, will go on sale next year. ...

Lotus sees profit after cost cuts, U.S. relaunch

May 1, 2015 06:15 CET
UK sports car maker Lotus will be profitable again by 2017 after years of losing money, CEO Jean-Marc Gales said. The company has moved to cut costs and improve its lineu ...

Lotus to build SUV in China for Europe, possibly U.S.

April 29, 2015 16:25 CET
Lotus plans to build its first SUV in China and export it to Europe and possibly the U.S. The British sports car maker aims to launch the SUV in 2019. The vehicle will co ...

Plug-ins poised to be Europe's top electrified drivetrain

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET
Plug-in hybrid cars are forecast to outsell standard hybrids by 2019 and reach 1.2 million sales annually in Europe in 10 years. ...

Honda will cut European Civic production costs with global platform

April 23, 2015 06:01 CET
Honda will significantly reduce production costs on its next European Civic compact hatchback by basing it on a global platform. Honda will launch its next-generation Civ ...

Chinese-owned MG eyes Europe push with new SUV

April 22, 2015 06:01 CET
MG Motor may expand into mainland Europe with the MG GS SUV, which was unveiled at this week's Shanghai auto show. ...

Crossovers to boost awd suppliers for rest of the decade

April 15, 2015 06:15 CET
Booming demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe and China will keep benefiting suppliers of all-wheel-drive technology such as GKN Driveline, BorgWarner and JTEKT for th ...

Renault Kadjar, VW Tiguan will help drive compact SUV sales past 2 million

April 14, 2015 06:15 CET
Rivalry in Europe's compact SUV/crossover segment will intensify as more brands compete with refreshed models or all-new entries such as the Renault Kadjar. ...

Automakers defend diesels, call them key to meeting CO2 goals

April 13, 2015 06:15 CET
Automakers in Europe are calling for long-term clarity on legislation that affects diesels after some governments, including France, started to discourage buyers from pur ...

Aston CEO calls crossover, Daimler deal keys to revival

April 9, 2015 06:15 CET
Aston Martin will develop two new platforms, add a crossover, refresh its supercar lineup and leverage its technology alliance with Daimler to help make the brand consist ...

Jaguar Land Rover names new global engineering chief

March 27, 2015 17:11 CET
Jaguar Land Rover named company veteran Nick Rogers as its new engineering director to succeed Wolfgang Ziebart. ...

McLaren aims 570S at high-end Porsche 911, Audi R8

March 26, 2015 12:50 CET
McLaren has named the first of its entry-level supercars the 570S. The V-8 powered coupe will compete against high-end versions of the Porsche 911 and Audi R8. ...

Jaguar's revamped XF sedan slims down to boost fuel efficiency

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 24
Jaguar's redesigned XF sedan has taken a big leap in refinement, weight savings and fuel efficiency. ...

Jaguar unveils new XF; touts sedan's good looks, fuel efficiency

UPDATED: March 25 11:00 CET - adds video
Jaguar says its new XF sedan has taken a big leap in levels of refinement, low weight and fuel efficiency. The brand unveiled the second generation of its best-seller wit ...

FCA axes Chrysler in UK to focus on Jeep

March 17, 2015 18:35 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is ending sales of Chrysler cars in the UK to focus on its Jeep brand. FCA sells the U.S. ...

Ford expects big boost from high-tech Mondeo

March 13, 2015 06:01 CET
Ford expects a significant sales boost in the tough midsize segment from its latest-generation Mondeo because of the car's advanced technology, new upscale trim line and ...

How Michelin may give Europe's SUV craze even more traction

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13
Michelin has developed a tire that could give even more traction to Europe's SUV craze. ...
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