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The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at how PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares' integration of Opel/Vauxhall is progressing.

About a year ago Tavares shook up the industry by agreeing to purchase Opel/Vauxhall for $2.2 billion from General Motors after GM’s European business had struggled for years to make a profit.

Tavares’ rationale was simple: If PSA was to grow, it needed to be more than just a French company. The Opel deal would create a “European champion,” fueled by synergies from combined engineering and r&d, and Tavares’s own obsession with eliminating waste from the production process.

So far, Tavares says, things are on the right track, and he has “no regrets” about buying Opel/Vauxhall. Our cover story looks at the positive steps Opel/Vauxhall has made since the sale and what still needs to be done.

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson expects the Swedish brand to capitalize on what he calls the strongest product lineup in the company’s history. Samuelsson foresees another year of strong growth. He also outlined ambitious targets for the automaker’s growing lineup of plug-in hybrids. Samuelsson shares these goals and more in an interview.

Volkswagen Group finance chief Frank Witter tells us why the world’s largest automaker is determined to turn VW Truck & Bus into a global champion. He also explains why he believes that just because something is legal that doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.

Peugeot Design Director Gilles Vidal has been crafting the look and feel of the French brand’s cars for nearly a decade. His latest creation is the new 508, which he calls a “two-and-a-half-box” fastback. He explains what that means and shares insights on some of the car’s key interior features.

Several years ago, Andreas Nilsson was given a blank piece of paper to design the first models for Lynk & CO, a new brand planned by Volvo Cars’ owner Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. The results are out there to see. The Lynk 01 compact SUV is on sale in China, to be followed later this year by the 02, a more sports-oriented crossover. Our story looks at Lynk & CO’s plans for Europe.

Europe’s premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices within their core midsize segment models to keep customers engaged when sales are stagnating. We look at which models are in the best position to shake up the key midsize premium sector.

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Skoda’s record sales and profits hide headwinds for the automaker that is now one of the most successful brands in Volkswagen Group’s sprawling empire. Skoda faces the challenges of balancing its aggressive growth plans with the increasingly strident pay demands of workers in its two overstretched factories in its Czech home country.

VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, making the SUV the brand’s most advanced model to date. The goal is to lure premium buyers away from rivals such as the BMW X5.

Continental’s top tech executive, Kurt Lehmann, tells us why making vehicles part of the Internet of Things is one of the biggest challenges that he faces. He also shares his views on how cars could benefit from artificial intelligence.

Hyundai sees Europe as a key market for its Nexo fuel cell car because the region has more advanced plans than other global markets to expand its refueling infrastructure. The Nexo offers a range that is 200 km more than its predecessor, the fuel cell version of the Tucson/iX35 SUV. Find out more details on the Nexo.

BMW Group head of digital services Dieter May explains why the automaker is proceeding cautiously with over the air updates to the software in its vehicles.

The future of transportation may be electric, but Schaeffler, the German supplier that built its business around bearings, thinks the internal combustion engine still has plenty of life in it.

The prospect of Renault and Nissan consolidating their alliance with a full merger boosted the shareholder value of the French automaker by double digits in the first quarter. Another automotive company to record a big gain was parts supplier GKN following its failure to fight off an 8.1 billion pound (9 billion euro) hostile takeover bid. The latest Automotive News Europe/Pricewaterhouse Coopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value Indices show which other companies rose and fell during the period.

In our Final Word column, we look at whether new VW Group CEO Herbert Diess is making the right choice by deciding to remain as VW brand boss, which is something his immediate predecessor opted not to do.

Enjoy the issue!

Luca Ciferri, Associate Publisher and Editor

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


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