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Britain's unofficial auto show is a classy affair

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 28
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Ford's stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014.
NICK GIBBS :  Forget auto shows held in huge trade fair grounds in cities such as Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing, the UK's must-attend automotive event is a much more refined event. The Goodwood Festival of Speed, held in the grounds of a sprawling aristocratic estate in southern England, has now grown in importance to the point it’s become the unofficial replacement for the British International Motor Sho ...
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Porsche and Toyota patriarchs cement friendship at Le Mans

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 28
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Friendly rivals: Porsche Le Mans chief Fritz Enzinger (fourth from left) with Toyota executives (from left) Pascal Vasselon, Shigeki Tomoyama, Rob Leupen, Takeshi Uchiyamada and Toshio Sato. (Christiaan Hetzner)
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  In Porsche's hospitality suite not far from the race track, Toyota executives gathered around the meter-high trophy handed to the victor of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Porsche had won the race for the third year in a row on Sunday after early favorites Toyota, who had set a new lap record in qualifying, suffered one disaster after the other. In an attempt to stack the deck, the Japanese carmaker sen ...
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Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 21
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New Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC :  Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among few designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. Ingenlath is the new CEO of Volvo's Polestar unit, which the automaker is turning into a global stand-alone for electrified cars to challenge Tesla Motors and BMW's i subbrand. Other designers that rose to become brand bosses have had mixed results. Bryan Nesbitt's appointment as head of Cadillac was unprecede ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Posted 7:59 am U.S. ET, June 19
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Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
YANG JIAN :  Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were too weak to compete with global giants. But in the past two years, several Chinese brands have snatched market share from foreign rivals. Chinese brands accounted for 44.4 percent of light-vehicle sales in China in the first five months of the year, up 6 percentage points from 2014. Leading the ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.

Posted 10:36 am U.S. ET, June 16
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The new Polo, shown, is wider and longer than the current model.
:  Volkswagen brand's global sales boss, Juergen Stackmann, says the automaker has no plans to add its new Polo subcompact hatchback to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. The price level of the segment in America is "ridiculously low," Stackmann told me on the sidelines of the Polo's unveiling in Berlin on Friday. "It doesn't make too much sense for us to bring a car like this, which has t ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 16
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Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
YANG JIAN :  How should foreign automakers enter China's fast-growing EV market -- with pricey luxury cars, or no-frills models for the mass market? The answer appears to be both. To meet Beijing's tough fuel economy targets, Volkswagen Group and Daimler each has adopted a twofold strategy, and other foreign automakers are likely to follow suit. The two German automakers recently signed agreements with Chin ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 15
blogs Douglas A. Bolduc is managing editor at Automotive News Europe.
 
Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. Stefan Demmerle, who is president of BorgWarner’s PowerDrive Systems unit, said that since some of the first cars ever made were electrically powered it could be argued that EVs are making a comeback. When asked whether he is disheartened about the future of the internal ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 14
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Amazon sells easily shipped commodities but brand loyalty and person-to-person contact is more important in car retailing. (Bloomberg)
CHRIS BRYANT AND ANDREA FELSTED:  You don't need a brain like Amazon chief Jeff Bezos to figure out why he began selling books online and not cars. Books are a cheap and easily-shipped commodity product. By contrast, people rarely buy a car without driving it first, while vehicles are bulky and customization options abound. There's more: new cars are typically bought on credit. Manufacturers and dealers tend to have tight-knit re ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 4
blogs Luca Ciferri is associate publisher and editor of Automotive News Europe.
 
Fully autonomous vehicles are coming, maybe not in 2020 but they will be here between 2025 and 2030. This will require massive investments today to deliver big returns tomorrow, but a zero-accident, zero-fatality mobility is a truly fantastic target. The number of road deaths remains at an unacceptable level, about 1.25 million a year, according to the World Health Organization. In addition to sa ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Posted 4:01 am U.S. ET, June 2
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Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
YANG JIAN :  Geely Holding Group has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year. It is poised to defend its growing market share with a wave of models under its newly created Lynk & CO brand. But the private Chinese company still has a long way to go before becoming a truly global player, one that international brands have to reckon with. For many years, it was hard to tell which domesti ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Posted 7:16 am U.S. ET, May 30
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Piech sat down on the stage at Porsche SE's annual meeting ahead of other family members. (Christiaan Hetzner)
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a majority stake in Volkswagen Group. The industry patriarch, who turned 80 last month, attended Porsche Automobil Holding SE's annual meeting for the first time since he fell out with the rest of the Porsche-Piech clan, a dispute that led to his ouster as VW Group's chairman. Piech looked stoic as ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 29
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DETROIT -- A Harvard education. Global experience. Mentored by a charismatic predecessor. And a clean elevation to CEO for a company not exactly known for seamless transitions. Mark Fields was supposed to be the poster child for a new Ford. Only he wasn't. And that reality, unleashed in the dead of the night last week, may have said more about the state of the industry than the fate of Mark Fie ...
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Lotus can thrive under Geely

Posted 5:47 am U.S. ET, May 24
blogs Nick Gibbs is UK Correspondent at Automotive News Europe.
 
The decision by China's Geely to take a majority stake in Lotus Cars is great news for the unprofitable British sports-car maker. Geely is already making positive noises about revitalizing the underfunded company, saying in a statement that it "aimed to unleash the full potential of Lotus Cars and bring it into a new phase of development by expanding and accelerating the rolling out of new produc ...
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How Renault plans to keep the Captur ahead of rivals

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 19
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The Captur gets a tweaked radiator grille to bring it more into line with the brand's crossover family. Also added are a chrome strip and skid plates.
PETER SIGAL:  In his play about the English king, Henry IV, Shakespeare had the troubled monarch say: "Uneasy lies a head that wears the crown." I was reminded of that Shakespeare quote (Henry IV, Part 2) on a recent test drive of Renault’s updated Captur in Denmark by a sign for Helsingor, the Danish seaport better known as Elsinore, where Hamlet brooded in his castle. Introduced in 2013, the Captur ha ...
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After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 10
blogs Douglas A. Bolduc is managing editor at Automotive News Europe.
 
Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers because of its availability of skilled, low-cost labor, proximity to key European markets and its willingness to provide generous tax incentives. It has also made reforms that have improved its place in the World Bank’s annual ease of doing business ranking to 10th out of 190 economies ...
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Why VW brand's plunging revenue is good news

Posted 7:14 am U.S. ET, May 3
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Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  One aspect of Volkswagen Group's first-quarter report that jumps out the most is the plunge in revenue at its core VW brand: its top line collapsed by 24 percent versus the previous year to 19 billion euros, a level not seen since 2010. What's odd is that VW brand's vehicle deliveries to retail customers shrank only 1.3 percent during the quarter, while earnings jumped to an impressive 869 millio ...
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VW has no compelling reason to sell Ducati

Posted 4:33 am U.S. ET, May 2
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Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
:  Despite being a motorcycle fan with a penchant for Italian brands, I never believed for a second there was any industrial logic behind Volkswagen’s 747-million-euro acquisition of Ducati. BMW can attest that the few synergies that exist come largely from adapting four-wheel technology such as antilock brakes for two-wheel applications. Motorbikes are simply a different animal. Freed of burd ...
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China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 28
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Geely's MPV Concept is a sleek people mover rather than a boxy minivan.
LUCA CIFERRI :  China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan sales. In Europe and the U.S., minivans have been in freefall for years as customers switch to SUVs and crossovers. Those bodystyles are also growing in popularity in China, but sales of large minivans are also surging with volume up 27 percent to 1.63 million last year, according to IHS Markit "It ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Posted 5:09 am U.S. ET, April 27
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Production of the new XC60 started Wednesday at Volvo's plant in Torslanda, Sweden. The first customer-bound car, shown, was a white T5 Inscription variant with all-wheel drive. It rolled off the assembly line just before noon.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC :  Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90. “The last years of its life cycle the XC90 wasn't really up to the competition of the other premium brands,” Henrik Green, who replaced Peter Mertens as r&d chief at the Swedish brand five months ago, told a small group of journalists this week at the company's headquarters in ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Posted 8:34 am U.S. ET, April 24
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Macron greets supporters after securing a place in the final round of voting for the presidency. (Reuters)
CHRISTIAAN HETZNER :  Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first round of the presidential vote, was met with relief by German's auto industry. The victory by Emmanuel Macron over leading far-right populist Marine Le Pen – widely expected to be confirmed in two-weeks' time in the run-off – is seen as a victory for the euro, free trade and open borders ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Posted 8:14 am U.S. ET, April 20
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JAY RAMEY:  Buick rolled out its version of the Chevrolet Volt for the Chinese market this week, with the upscale hybrid dubbed Velite 5 in the Middle Kingdom. Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S., and analysts predicted a Buick version of the Volt would be offered there before the second-generation model even debuted. Just like the Volt, the Buick Velite 5 will be powered by two el ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 7
blogs Luca Ciferri is associate publisher and editor of Automotive News Europe.
 
The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition Opel/Vauxhall all compete in Europe's saturated volume car market. If that's not challenging enough, Tavares' near-premium DS brand has a long way to go to get on the same shopping list as a BMW, Audi or Jaguar. Tavares said h ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Posted 4:32 am U.S. ET, April 6
blogs Nick Gibbs is UK Correspondent at Automotive News Europe.
 
After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. For the past five years, sales have boomed in Europe's No. 2 market after Germany, helped by easy credit that encouraged to automakers to import surplus production from continental Europe. As many of those sales were premium models and better-equip ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 5
blogs Douglas A. Bolduc is managing editor at Automotive News Europe.
 
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson wants to make the Swedish automaker “younger, more diverse and more international,” he told me in an interview earlier this year. He achieved all three with the hiring of Martina Buchhauser. When Buchhauser officially joins Volvo later this year the 50-year-old German will be the third woman and the sixth non-Swede on Volvo’s executive management ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family

Posted 5:29 am U.S. ET, April 4
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Piech is walking away from his life's work at VW.
:  Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority stake in Volkswagen Group ends a lifetime spent in almost constant conflict with relatives he saw little use for. Piech will sell the bulk of his 14.7 percent ordinary shares in Porsche SE, which controls 52.2 percent of VW Group's voting stock. He will leave Porsche SE's board when the transaction f ...
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