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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Chinese cars could shake up European sales

Dec. 4, 2016 06:01 CET

Chinese automakers have hard tried to establish themselves in Europe but failed with outdated designs and technology. Now new brands such as Borgward and Lynk could succeed.... Read More »

Apple signals a readiness to join the self-driving car race

12:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2016

Apple is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles.... Read More »

Mexico prepares its defense of NAFTA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2016

Mexican auto industry officials are lining up their arguments to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement as Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House.... Read More »

Trump's auto team comes together

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2016

Trump's pick of Wilbur Ross to head Commerce puts a powerful auto industry investor in a role where he will influence trade talks and the U.S. business climate. But Ross' business moves have not been purely Trumpian.... Read More »

Honda views its CR-V and sedans as equals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2016

Honda is riding high on the crossover trend, with a CR-V that has been one of the nation's most popular utility vehicles and a redesigned version queued up to go on sale this month. But it doesn't see the CR-V replacing either the Accord or the Civic as its most notable seller.... Read More »

EVs could take an OPEC-sized bite out of oil demand, study finds

12:32 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2016

A boom in electric vehicles made by the likes of Tesla and General Motors could erode as much as 10 percent of global gasoline demand by 2035, according to the oil industry consultant Wood Mackenzie.... Read More »

M-B finds a better way around the 'chicken tax'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2016

Mercedes-Benz is investing in South Carolina after years of producing vans through an odd global supply stream to sidestep U.S. tariffs.... Read More »

NextEV plans Tesla Model X fighter for U.S. in late '18 or early '19

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2016

Chinese electric vehicle specialist NextEV will target the U.S as the first foreign market for its SUV rival to the Tesla Model X.... Read More »

Porsche's 4-cyl. Macan tops expectations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2016

Since arriving this summer, the four-cylinder-powered Porsche Macan has become 40 percent of the nameplate's mix, answering the question of whether U.S. customers would accept a four-cylinder engine in a Porsche. Many of the buyers are new to the brand.... Read More »

Ford open to deals with Trump to keep jobs in U.S., Fields says

4:50 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

Ford is willing to work with Donald Trump to keep jobs in the U.S. if he puts the right policies in place, CEO Mark Fields said. Ford still plans to move its Focus compact and C-Max hybrid to Mexico from a Michigan factory, but the company believes it can work with the new president to encourage economic growth in the U.S.... Read More »

Ford CEO sees ‘pressure’ on business without softer mpg rules

9:44 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

Ford plans to lobby President-elect Donald Trump to soften U.S. and state fuel-economy rules that hurt profits by forcing automakers to build more electric cars and hybrids than are warranted by customer demand.... Read More »

Texas auto auction company acquired by Capital Partners for XLerate Group

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

Huron Capital Partners, a Detroit investment group, has acquired a Texas-based auto auction for one of its portfolio companies, the Indianapolis-based XLerate Group, which runs online and onsite auto auctions.... Read More »

MEXICO: Sales surge 23%, break Nov. record

6:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

Sales of cars and light trucks set new records in Mexico for November and for the year to date as strong automaker financing overcame rising interest rates and a weaker peso.... Read More »

Barra named to Trump panel on U.S. economy, jobs

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump appointed General Motors CEO Mary Barra to a panel of 16 prominent business leaders that will advise him on job creation and economic matters.... Read More »

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid output begins in Ontario

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

FCA launched output of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the auto industry's first hybrid minivan. Sales of the plug-in hybrid minivan, priced from $35,590 after a federal tax credit, are expected to average about 8,500 a year through 2020, IHS Markit estimates, or a tiny slice of the overall minivan market.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce previews its first SUV as road tests start

Dec. 2, 2016 14:19 CET

Rolls-Royce released pictures of the prototype that will be used to develop the brand's first SUV-styled vehicle due to launch in 2018. The prototype will now be tested under winter and desert conditions.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high

Dec. 2, 2016 12:23 CET

German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their strongest growth in six years, the VDA industry association said.... Read More »

In China, Honda passes Toyota, setting up photo finish for 2016

10:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

Honda's sales in China surpassed those of Toyota in the first 11 months of 2016 as new models lured consumers and set the Japanese rivals up for a photo finish in their rankings for full-year sales in the world's top market.... Read More »

Ford recalls 650,000 Fusions, Lincoln MKZs in N.A. to fix seat belts

10:39 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

Ford Motor Co. today recalled approximately 650,000 vehicles in North America with faulty seat belt anchor pretensioners associated with at least two accidents and two injuries.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

Rental company demand boosts Spain sales

Dec. 2, 2016 10:37 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car rental companies.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

Italian sales jump 8% on business demand

Dec. 2, 2016 10:14 CET

Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax breaks ending in December.... Read More »

VW's penance for cheating takes shape with California wish list

6:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

California's regulator that played a key role in busting Volkswagen for cheating on emissions tests laid out a detailed list of options for how the automaker will have to spend $800 million toward advancing cars that don't pollute the air.... Read More »

ANE's December issue goes live Monday

Dec. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 5. The new edition looks at what Chinese automakers have done to put themselves in position to succeed in Europe after a decade of failures.... Read More »

China slaps 10% tax on supercars to curb luxury

Dec. 1, 2016 09:54 CET

China is introducing a 10 percent tax on cars such as Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Bentley Bentayga and Aston Martin DB9 in a bid to combat conspicuous consumption and promote more fuel-efficient vehicles.... Read More »

Porsche expects 20,000 annual sales for EV

Dec. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

Porsche expects its Mission E electric car to account for about 10 percent of its vehicle sales after the car is launched in 2019.... Read More »

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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W. Europe car sales fall 1% in October on weaker Germany, France
Western European car sales fell 1 percent in October as gains in the UK, Italy and Spain failed to o ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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