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Key takeaways from VW's wild week
Posted 7:13 am U.S. ET, April 13
Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
If Volkswagen wanted to explain why it just reorganized itself into brand groups that supposedly will better drive forward the company's transformation process, then they did a poor job of it. But there were some key takeaways from Friday’s press conference that answered other open questions including why Matthias Mueller was dismissed from his post as CEO.
Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch went ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 13
The H500 features a fastback profile and a generous rear passenger compartment. The most unique aspect of this fairly conservative shape: fins on the front fenders that flow into the windowsills.
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Pininfarina is giving the world an early peek at a sedan concept set for reveal this month at the Beijing auto show, one of two concepts that the design house will showcase there.
The Mahindra-owned consultancy has joined with Hybrid Kinetic Group of Hong Kong with the goal of developing "clean energy vehicles," and if the H500 sedan concept looks like a hopeful Tesla competit ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 12
The J-Pace will slot above the F-Pace, shown, in Jaguar's lineup.
It looks like Jaguar’s got another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights.
According to Autocar, the bigger Jaguar crossover will be called J-Pace and will borrow parts and pieces from Land Rover's component bins. As for the sheet metal, designer Ian Callum will pen a new shell for Jaguar's fourth crossover in half a de ...
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Bangle's quest to ban banality
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 5
Chris Bangle stands in front of the REDS minicar. The tall, boxy model was created by the former BMW executive's Italy-based design consultancy. (Chris Bangle Associates)
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC
Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believes companies should be doing more to stand out from their rivals. This includes doing away with something he was once in charge of at his former employer: establishing a common design language for the entire brand.
"I would say that was my main job, to maintain that phenomenon for my years at BMW. ...
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New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 22
Scheider wants to leverage ZF's deep and diverse product portfolio.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC
New ZF Friedrichhafen CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider's biggest question after fewer than 40 workdays at the supplier is: "How do we push this forward?"
He wants to leverage ZF's deep and diverse product portfolio. "No one else has what we have," Scheider said. ZF produces everything from driveline and chassis technology to active and passive safety solutions.
Scheider, 55, became CEO on Feb. 1 ...
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BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 16
BMW opened a driving center in South Korea in 2014.
It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for two of Germany's major premium brands the hunt for gold in South Korea continues. BMW's and Mercedes-Benz's sales are booming and, unlike Europe, diesels have been a major driver of the success.
Models such as the BMW 520d or Mercedes-Benz E 220d routinely rank as the best-selling imports.
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Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 14
| Douglas A. Bolduc is managing editor at Automotive News Europe.|
Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said.
"No one is offended when the newest engineer challenges the CEO on why we are doing something," said Hagai Zyss, CEO of chipset specialist Autotalks, a Tier 2 supplier working with giants such as Denso and Robert Bosch.
Autotalks offers so-called vehicle-to-ev ...
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Alpine, Fiat, Volvo find subtle ways to show national pride
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 9
France's colors can be found inside the doors of the Alpine A110.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC
The pride that Europe's automakers have for their homelands was on display this week at the Geneva auto show, but it appeared in very inconspicuous places.
Renault's Alpine sports car brand has a French flag in both door panels of the recently revived A110. ...
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Jeep overshadows Fiat brand with bigger Geneva spotlight
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 7
Jeep Boss Mile Manley introduces the Wrangler Sahara Edition at the Geneva show. (Bloomberg)
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' display at this year's Geneva auto show highlights how diminished the once-dominant Fiat brand is these days.
Jeep got the prime position on FCA's stand, ousting Fiat from its traditional spot.
Jeep was given the big corner stand while Fiat moved to a much smaller center stand, close to Abarth and Alfa Romeo. Being center stage at an auto show means no big back billboa ...
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Trump's tariff threat could impact PSA's U.S. return
Posted 4:55 am U.S. ET, March 7
| Peter Sigal is a France-based correspondent with Automotive News Europe.|
U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on European cars exported to the U.S. has worried PSA Group, which doesn’t (yet) sell vehicles in North America.
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said that if Trump imposes tariffs were imposed it might negatively affect his 10-year plan to re-enter the U.S. market.
"If the overall framework of tariffs change, it may have an impact on our ...
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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson had a good feeling that the automaker would end its European Car of the Year losing streak two years ago. In 2016, the XC90 finished just 18 points shy of taking home the 2016 European Car of the Year.
Samuelsson told me back then that he didn't expect the XC90 to win because the judges deciding on the prestigious annual award have long shown a preference for picking ve ...