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Volvo sold out 1,927 special edition XC90s in 47 hours in the company's first Internet-only sales campaign last month. The First Edition XC90 is shown.
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BMW's Spartanburg plant is set to become the automaker's biggest factory. (Luca Ciferri)
| Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.|
In recent years a number of non-German global brands including Cadillac, Lexus and Infiniti have challenged the solid grip that Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz maintain on China's luxury car market.
But until now, none of them has put any noticeable competitive pressure on the three leading brands, to say nothing about shaking their iron grasp on the market.
Now comes PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, which is t ...
Continue reading "Why Audi, BMW and Mercedes dominate China's luxury market" »
BMW’s U.S. factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has altered so much since I visited it nearly 20 years ago that the only way I recognized it was because of the company logo.
The factory has changed from being a small plant building a niche roadster into the global production base for all BMW SUVs, apart from the German-built X1.
By the end of 2016, Spartanburg will overtake the Dingolfi ...
Continue reading "Reithofer's vision made U.S. plant into a global giant" »
| Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.|
Dieter Zetsche and Carlos Ghosn believe they are no longer needed to ensure the long-term continuation of the industrial partnership between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan alliance.
The two CEOs dispelled speculation that the partnership could crumble once they are not around to instill a sense of unity in their teams.
Zetsche said the alliance was dependent on cooperation between the two execut ...
Continue reading "Carlos and Dieter show goes from strength to strength" »
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares is achieving positive results with his Back in the Race turnaround plan at the crisis-hit French automaker.
He says PSA's very solid cash flow numbers are proof of the company’s financial health. "The positive free cash flow that we delivered during the first half of 1.5 billion euros is by pure coincidence the same number as Daimler's and General Moto ...
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You could argue that the reason Renault was able to shock the auto world in 1998 by acquiring Nissan was the emergence of a delightful Renault design language in the 1990s. And you could give credit for that look to the man shown here -- former Renault styling chief Patrick Le Quement, the erstwhile Ford of Europe design boss.
To be more specific, the shape and package, and thus huge market succe ...
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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson’s belief in e-commerce got a huge boost because of the XC90.
Volvo sold out 1,927 special edition XC90s in 47 hours in the company’s first Internet-only sales campaign last month. Most of the cars were reserved within one hour of the sales start; at peak demand seven cars were sold every minute.
Samuelsson said today at the Paris auto show that the “l ...
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PARIS -- Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge.
The Discovery Sport sprinted out of a grassy mountain, through several feet of water, to be greeted by seven giant boots -- or wellies as the British call them. The Discovery Sport was introduced by supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who ...
Continue reading "Making a splashy entrance in Paris" »
| Richard is print editor of Automotive News.|
PARIS -- How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late?
He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally.
"We are obviously a target for headhunters, but we are simultaneously recruiting the best and the brightest," he said.
Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen recently went to Cadillac and Nissan planni ...
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Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market brands start to introduce such cars in a bid to lower the average CO2 emissions of their new-car fleets ahead of tougher EU limits.
Europe's volume automakers once shunned hybrid drivetrains, leaving the field to Toyota and premium brands, but the Paris auto show will highlight why plug-in hybrids ...
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| Luca Ciferri is Editor of Automotive News Europe.|
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week’s Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations.
Renault’s release on the car says the 955kg Eolab is more than 20 percent lighter the Clio. Another figure touted was that it is 400kg lighter than the Clio.
Based on that information I did ...
Continue reading "Renault Eolab's funny numbers" »
| Douglas A. Bolduc is Managing Editor at Automotive News Europe.|
A year ago Carlos Tavares was unemployed, Andy Palmer was Nissan’s global head of planning and Jean-Marc Gales was leading supplier group CLEPA. The three former auto brand No. 2s will have the spotlight all to themselves at the Paris auto show this week.
Tavares, 56, rose as high a second-in-command to Carlos Ghosn at Renault before getting restless. He left Renault in summer 2013 and offi ...
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TOKYO -- Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets as their teeming, upwardly mobile masses migrate from motorbikes to cars.
So imagine the irony behind a new economic forecast that says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom.
The problem: Climate change will dis ...