Western Europe

Peugeot said to fire top German execs after sales promotion was too popular

April 28, 2017 12:07 CET

PSA fired three of its top managers in Germany after a sales campaign led to thousands of Peugeot 208 cars being sold at more than 40 percent off their list price, according to a report.... Read More »

ANE's May issue goes live Monday

April 28, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, May 1. The new edition looks at how Seat ended more than a decade of losses and why it expects to become a reliable moneymaker for parent VW Group.... Read More »

Tesla's Klaus Grohmann ousted after clash with Elon Musk

12:39 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Klaus Grohmann was ousted last month after a clash with CEO Elon Musk over the strategy of Grohmann's firm, which Tesla had acquired in November, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Tesla hikes pay to quell unrest at key German supplier

6:25 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Tesla offered pay rises and job guarantees to defuse labor tensions at a key German supplier, whose founder and CEO left the company late last month, German labor officials said.... Read More »

UK's first-quarter production hits 17-year high on exports

April 27, 2017 09:29 CET

UK car production increased by 7.3 percent in March, helping first-quarter output rise 7.6 percent, its highest level since 2000, as robust exports helped offset a fall in domestic demand.... Read More »

Tesla seeks to quell unrest at key German supplier

April 26, 2017 18:35 CET

Tesla has offered pay rises to try to quell unrest at German supplier Grohmann Engineering, a maker of automated manufacturing systems that Tesla agreed to buy in November. Grohmann is key to Tesla's bid to succeed in the mass market by massively ramping up its output.... Read More »

BMW uses fear factor to rally staff in move to EVs

April 26, 2017 11:16 CET

BMW has started putting staff through day-long events in Germany intended to warn them of the perils of not taking the electric-car revolution seriously. The message is that BMW must adapt, but the subtext is a recognition that the company has gone from leader to laggard in the technology.... Read More »

Germany opposes EU vehicle testing reforms

April 25, 2017 14:13 CET

Germany opposes key elements of an EU proposal to overhaul how vehicles are licensed and tested following the VW emissions scandal, Reuters reported. Berlin is said to be against imposing fines on manufacturers for violations and also wants to maintain the system under which carmakers pay testing agencies.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2017

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.... Read More »

French prosecutors open formal probe into PSA emissions

April 24, 2017 19:32 CET

French prosecutors have opened a formal investigation into suspected emissions test-cheating by PSA. Three judges have been assigned to lead the investigation into alleged consumer fraud offenses. PSA strongly denied any wrongdoing.... Read More »

MG cars to be sold across Europe in 2019

April 22, 2017 06:01 CET

China's SAIC will begin sales of MG cars in mainland Europe starting at the end of 2019. MG's rollout will include the majority of European markets and will focus on SUVs and hatchbacks.... Read More »

Fiat dealers in Italy protest after getting vehicles they did not order

April 21, 2017 06:01 CET

Fiat dealers in Italy have protested to the automaker after the company invoiced for about 6,000 new vehicles they did not order.... Read More »

Bill Ford celebrates family, company legacies in Ireland

12:52 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2017

Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford is celebrating his company's 100th anniversary in Ireland by returning to his ancestral home.... Read More »

Apple maps update adds charging points for Tesla, Nissan EV owners

April 20, 2017 09:16 CET

Apple is expanding the capabilities of its maps app in Europe to help owners of EVs from Tesla, Nissan and other automakers to find charging stations. Improving its mapping products has become a key focal point for Apple in its battle with Google.... Read More »

FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%

April 19, 2017 09:44 CET

European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more selling days to lure additional buyers. Fiat Chrysler, Ford and Renault were among the automakers that gained market share at the expense of regional leader VW Group and No. 2 PSA.... Read More »

UK plans scrappage scheme for diesel cars, report says

April 18, 2017 10:24 CET

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has asked officials to develop plans for a scrappage scheme for diesel cars as part of proposals to improve air quality, a British newspaper reported.... Read More »

Porsche uses 'soft sell' approach to win sales

April 16, 2017 06:01 CET

Porsche is expanding its global dealership network with a showroom format that abandons normal markers of corporate identity for a "soft sell" approach. The first store has just opened in Germany, with others to follow in China, the U.S. and the Middle East.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year

April 15, 2017 06:01 CET

Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecomers such as Volkswagen, Hyundai and Kia expand the sector above 2 million sales in 2018 and to 2.3 million by 2020.... Read More »

VOLVO AT 90

Volvo enters 10th decade on a record-breaking high

April 14, 2017 06:01 CET

Anders Gustafsson sees Volvo's 90th birthday from the most unique perspective of anyone on the company's executive management team. Gustafsson's family has been selling the brand for the last 45 years through its company, Bildeve, the oldest Volvo Cars dealership in southern Sweden.... Read More »

VOLVO AT 90

Seafood, safety synonymous with Volvo's first 90 years

April 14, 2017 06:01 CET

While Volvo celebrates the 90th anniversary of the arrival of its first model this month, the company's story actually started in August 1924 because of the founders' shared love of crayfish, according to the company archives.... Read More »

German automakers discuss publishing real-world fuel economy data

April 13, 2017 06:01 CET

Germany's automakers are discussing whether to follow the lead of French rival PSA and publish a more realistic guide of cars' fuel consumption to boost consumer confidence.... Read More »

Ford ends Focus EV production in Europe

April 12, 2017 11:12 CET

Ford has ended European seris production of the full-electric Focus as it shifts its strategy for low-emissions vehicles to hybrid delivery vans.... Read More »

EU clears Lear's takeover of Grupo Antolin's car-seat business

April 12, 2017 14:16 CET

European Union regulators cleared U.S. supplier Lear's takeover of the seats and metals business of Spain's Grupo Antolin, saying it would still face sufficient competition.... Read More »

UK provides millions to help build more EV batteries

April 11, 2017 09:08 CET

Britain awarded 110 million pounds ($136 million) to help boost manufacturing of electric vehicle batteries, including a project to build the country's second purpose-built electric battery plant and another to make the technology more powerful.... Read More »

Germany's post office takes on automakers with its electric van

April 11, 2017 09:58 CET

German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group plans to take on automakers by stepping up production of its Streetscooter electric van and selling it to external customers.... Read More »

 
China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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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... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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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. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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