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The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks why what makes Lamborghini so bullish about its first SUV, a product that marks a big shift for a company best known for building two-seat supercars.

Perhaps Lamborghini is so confident because it says the Urus will be the most powerful and fastest SUV ever built. The Urus, however, also presents Lamborghini with challenge. To add the car the Volkswagen Group subsidiary will need to double its vehicle production within two years.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi CEO Carlos Ghosn explained why he sees the alli- ance achieving significant synergies by co-developing vehicles, sharing pow- ertrains, stitching together supply chains and splitting the costs of advanced new technologies.

In 2019, Mini will launch an electric version of its iconic hatchback. The Mini E will arrive exactly 10 years after the BMW Group subsidiary started trials of the battery-powered model. Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer spoke with us about the British brand’s move into the new sector.

Volvo’s deal to supply ride-hailing company Uber with XC90 SUVs that can become fully autonomous gives the automaker an early lead in the robotaxi sector. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson outlined how Volvo expects to benefit from the biggest single order in the company’s 90-year history.

Restrained for decades in Europe by former parent General Motors and forced to accept decisions against its own best interests, money-losing Opel/Vauxhall believes it will finally thrive now that its new French owner, PSA Group, has freed it from its former shackles. PSA CEO Carlos Tavares and Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller have a three pillar plan that they believe will result in a long-awaited revival at the automaker.

Volvo is repositioning its racing-inspired Polestar brand to lure customers who want guilt-free high-performance vehicles that emit little to no emissions. We review Polestar’s plans.

Strong demand for new models is pushing compact SUV sales to new highs in Europe. See which brands are set to gain in a sector on track to increase to 1.8 million units this year and top 2 million by 2020.

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On the new-product side, this month we review two SUVs. With the new X3, BMW has stuck to its winning formula by giving the latest version of the premium midsize SUV improved handling and agility, an updated design and a quieter cabin. Seat, meanwhile, is counting on the Arona subcompact crossover to lure urban customers who don’t need off-road functionality.

On the supplier side, not long ago, BorgWarner was at a crossroads. It needed to decide how much it would invest in electrified powertrains. CEO James Verrier told us which direction the company took and shared why he believes the supplier “can’t lose.”

The head of Continental’s powertrain division, Jose Avila, told us that his unit will remain an integral part of the German supplier’s business. One reason is that his team is winning more electronics-related business than many rivals.

In our Final Word column, we took a long look into the future to give you an idea of how the automotive world might look in 2037.

Enjoy the issue!

Luca Ciferri, Associate Publisher and Editor

You can reach Luca Ciferri at lciferri@crain.com.


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