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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 ends long European Car of the Year losing streak
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 6
The XC40 was a resounding winner of the 2018 European Car of the Year. The compact SUV earned 325 points compared with 242 points for its closest competitor, the Seat Ibiza.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC
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 ...
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VW still bullish on U.S. shows; Ratan Tata shows up in Geneva
Posted 7:57 am U.S. ET, March 6
Woebcken: "We had a very positive media feedback in Detroit." (GLENN TRIEST)
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this blog misspelled Hinrich Woebcken’s given name.
Volkswagen remains bullish on U.S. auto shows, including the one in Detroit.
Mercedes-Benz may be pulling out of the Motor City, but VW of America chief Hinrich Woebcken says he was pleased with the way things turned out at the North American International Auto Show in January.
"We ha ...
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Opel's void stirs ghosts of Genevas past
Posted 6:04 am U.S. ET, March 6
Opel's old space at the show now is occupied by Aston Martin, Dacia and W Motors' Ioniq brand. (Richard Johnson)
GENEVA -- Back in Detroit, they can't stop talking about Mercedes-Benz's decision to skip the auto show next January, vacating its pride-of-place and always spectacular stand at a key entrance to the Cobo Hall show floor.
But even stranger for me was walking into the Palexpo this morning and not seeing Opel at its accustomed spot at the top of the escalator to the second level, just above the mai ...
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Aston Martin takes over Opel stand in its biggest Geneva presence to date
Posted 8:07 am U.S. ET, March 5
Aston Martin's Vantage coupe will have its show debut in Geneva.
When Opel said in January that it would skip the Geneva auto show this year, regular showgoers wondered: Which brand would claim the former General Motors subsidiary's prominent spot in Hall 2 at the Palexpo convention center?
The surprising answer was Aston Martin. Geneva has always been an important show for ultraluxury brands such as Aston Martin, but this year the UK sports car maker has a st ...
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Audi seeks social media buzz with e-tron Geneva tour
Posted 10:04 am U.S. ET, March 5
Audi showed an e-tron prototype at its Geneva auto show press conference. (Reuters)
Audi is seeking to cause a stir by driving 250 of its camouflaged e-tron full-electric SUVs through Geneva while the city hosts the annual auto show here.
Audi is asking residents to take snapshots of the pre-production car and post them on social media to generate some buzz ahead of the car's launch later this year.
The move is unconventional because companies normally try to hide their new mod ...
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Ghosn, Zetsche, Marchionne - who will go down as the most successful?
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 2
Richard Johnson is print editor of Automotive News.
Born within 21 months of one another, Carlos Ghosn, Dieter Zetsche and Sergio Marchionne are all running up against retirement age now.
Ghosn, the youngest, turns 64 next week but has signed on for another four years as Renault's CEO. Marchionne and Zetsche have contracts that expire next year when each will be 66.
It's been a remarkable run for the Great Triumvirate — three of the longest ...
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Geely's 'hostile' move on Daimler is a watershed
Posted 8:30 am U.S. ET, Feb. 28
Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
Geely Chairman Li Shufu sounded almost fawning in his admiration for Daimler, the German industrial icon in which he had just spent 7.3 billion euros to acquire a tenth of the shares. Phrases such as "outstanding company," "first-class management" and an "honor to support this unique team" were used to flatter, as well as a pledge to abide by Daimler's charter and governance structure and respect ...
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Diesel owners across Germany are facing a disaster. Roughly a year after Stuttgart triggered a nationwide panic by warning it might have to start driving bans to meet clean air legislation, the country's highest administrative court ruled in favor of "reasonable" restrictions for diesels. The ruling is expect to cause the resale value of diesel models to plummet.
Repeated assurances from the coun ...