Automotive News Europe February 2014 Issue 
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  • Hot new products help Jaguar, Dacia and Mazda defy the European downturn

  • Mercedes sales boss Kaellenius sees great years ahead
  • Why there will be more Google in your next car

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The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. We look at Europe's 2013 winners and losers in terms of sales. Those brands that benefited most last year had one thing in common: fresh product, which helped them attract customers even in a market that last year plunged to an 18-year low.

In such a weak market environment, it was no surprise that the second-generation Dacia Sandero was a big winner. The no-frills subcompact starts at the same 7,900 euros price as the old model, making it no more expensive than many minicars. The car's popularity boosted Dacia's European sales by 70 percent to a record 294,422 vehicles.

Looking at the brands that lost sales, two of the three worst performers last year, Chevrolet and Lancia, face big changes in Europe, as our cover story says.

BMW Group aims to make permanent its nine-year reign as the world's No. 1 premium automaker. To achieve this, the company is strengthening internal synergies between its three brands – BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce. BMW development director Herbert Diess provides details.

Mercedes-Benz's new global sales and marketing chief, Ola Kaellenius, aims to lead the automaker back to the top of the premium sales ranking after slipping behind BMW and Audi. Kaellenius talks about the models that will be crucial to Mercedes' future.

Nissan design boss Shiro Nakamura says the brand's upcoming entry-level model, the Q30 compact, could have the same impact at Infiniti, which is struggling in Europe, that the first-generation Qashqai had for parent Nissan.

Detroit highlights

This year's Detroit auto show had many highlights but probably the most defining moment was a 45-minute interview that General Motors' departing CEO, Dan Akerson, gave to Automotive News Europe Publishing Director Keith Crain at the closing the 2014 Automotive News World Congress. Find out what Akerson said.

Car sharing in Europe went mainstream in 2013 as consumer awareness snowballed. We look at where the sector is headed next.

Tesla Motors faces its toughest task. CEO Elon Musk wants the company's estimated 2013 U.S. volume of 20,000 units to soar to 250,000 – and to 500,000 globally – by the end of the decade. See how Tesla plans to challenge the automotive status quo.

Starting in February, we begin a monthly in-depth analysis of Europe's market segments. We begin with minicars, a segment that Fiat continues to dominate.

There will be more Google in your next car. That was the message automakers gave at the recent International CES consumer electronic fair. Find out what comes next from Google.

Also from the CES, Audi and BMW are battling to be the first automaker to offer laser lights in a production model. We look at the race.

After strong gains in the third quarter, auto companies made further improvements in the final three months of 2013, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Shareholder Value Indices. See who outperformed the market.


Luca Ciferri, Editor

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