Automotive News Europe blogs
Stadler's words return to haunt him
Posted 9:23 am U.S. ET, June 18
Christiaan Hetzner Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel crisis is not yet over for us."
Seven days after being named a suspect in an ongoing investigation for the first time, he was taken into custody on Monday by Munich prosecutors and ordered by a judge to remain behind bars until his trial for fraud and false testimony on the suspicion he could destroy e ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 15
The Porsche 356 pictured in a 1952 review by the U.S. magazine "Mechanix Illustrated."
Even the well-versed in automotive history sometimes fail to grasp that Porsche, the sports car manufacturer, was not the handiwork of VW Beetle creator Ferdinand Porsche but rather his son, Ferry.
The son, who died in 1998, was quiet and unassuming (at least on the one occasion I met him) and brilliant and unwavering. He is perhaps the least appreciated of the industry's all-time stalwarts.
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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world
Posted 3:34 pm U.S. ET, June 13
VW will launch its first three I.D. electric models starting in 2020. Shown, from left, are the I.D. Buzz minivan, I.D. hatchback and I.D. Crozz crossover.
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE
Herbert Diess, Volkswagen Group's new CEO, has a lot on his plate -- especially for a guy who's new in the job and has been at VW for less than three years.
But with that caveat, I'd like to suggest to Professor Doctor Diess a potential industry-altering -- maybe world-altering -- strategy that, if implemented, might go a long way toward restoring Volkswagen's good name in the wake of sweeping di ...
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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home
Posted 11:42 am U.S. ET, June 12
A door on a Land Rover Defender is inspected on the line at Jaguar Land Rover's assembly plant in Solihull, UK, in Nov. 2015. (BLOOMBERG)
The stars are starting to align for the upcoming Land Rover Defender.
Absent from Monday's news about Jaguar Land Rover transferring production of the Discovery to the company's new plant in Slovakia early next year is any mention of the Defender.
Land Rover has not said where it will build the next-generation Defender or if the body will be made of aluminum, like the original 1948-2016 model. B ...
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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 9
The Polestar 1's panoramic roof has the company's guiding light logo projected onto the glass.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the new Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design feature found in its debut model to at least the next two cars in its lineup.
“We definitely think that we will able to do so,” Ingenlath told me when asked about giving the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3 the star-shaped logo that is projected onto the Polestar 1’s panoramic glass roof. ...
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 8
Lapo Elkann with KC Crain, Automotive News Europe Group Publisher.
Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ferrari, showed at the Automotive News Europe Congress on Wednesday that he has not lost his knack for provocation.
“Let’s be sincere. Everybody now speaks about sustainability because it’s good for marketing,” Elkann told Automotive News Europe Group Publisher KC Crain.
As evid ...
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 6
A spy shot of the next-generation BMW 3-series sedan.
BMW's new 3 series needs to restore the model's appeal to driving enthusiasts after the current model strayed from its sporty roots.
The seventh-generation of BMW's brand shaper is expected to debut at the Paris auto show on Oct. 2 ahead of its market launch in Europe and the U.S. early next year with China following later. Internally referred to as G20, it will be based on BMW's flexible, lightw ...
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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 2
Chinese on a roll: 10 domestic vehicles tested in 1 day. (Internet Info Agency, Beijing)
A day spent at a test track near Beijing driving 10 vehicles from local brands convinced me that European volume automakers should be aware of some passenger cars and compact crossovers that could be coming soon from China’s automakers.
Models such as the Geely X1 small car, the Luxgen U5 and Northeast DX3 compact crossovers and the Changan Eado midsize sedan are on par with products from E ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 24
Like Martin Winterkorn (left), Herbert Diess is CEO of both the VW Group and VW brand. (Reuters)
When Matthias Mueller took over as CEO in September 2015, Volkswagen Group faced an "existential crisis" in the words of company Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch. With VW facing enormous fines, many industry pundits anticipated the company would need a taxpayer bailout to survive if it couldn't raise enough cash by selling some key assets.
While the scandal resulted in overall charges of 25.8 billion ...
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BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 23
BMW's sketch of the iNext concept shows the long roofline and boxy wheel arches typical of an SUV.
BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes-Benz's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size SUV, the heart of the premium EV market, when the iNEXT debuts in 2021.
A design sketch of the model BMW was teased at its annual meeting on May 17. It showed the silhouette of a vehicle with an extended, downward sloping roofline common to sporty off-roaders.
Although its name would indicate ...
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Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives?
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 14
Many suppliers and automakers, such as BMW, are developing autonomous systems.
Back on March 18, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was walking her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona, when she was struck and killed by an Uber autonomous vehicle.
Her death is the greatest tragedy in the incident. But it also has sent shock waves across the global community of autonomous-vehicle developers, researchers and regulators, even consumers.
Those waves rippled through the Canadian ...
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China may be Porsche's biggest market but there is one core weakness that executives say is a concern: poor 911 sales. The sports coupe is coveted by fans across the world, except China where it is brand's least popular model by far.
Porsche sold 1,674 units of the 911 in China last year, just 2.3 percent of its Chinese volume. In its German home market Porsche sold 7,500 examples of the 911 for ...