Western Europe

UK car production returns to growth, boosted by increased European demand

April 24, 2014 08:40 CET
British car production returned to growth in March, boosted by increased demand in Europe and by automakers completing retooling to build new models. Output increased 12 percent last month.... Read More »

 

Opel CEO targets No. 2 sales position in Europe in comeback drive

6:19 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
GM's Opel brand is targeting second place in deliveries in Europe in the coming years as new models attract buyers. Opel currently is the third-largest brand in the region, behind VW and Ford, according to data from the ACEA trade group.... Read More »

 

VW faces rising opposition to Scania bid as Alecta rejects offer

April 23, 2014 11:58 CET
VW faces increasing opposition to its 6.7 billion euro bid for the rest of Scania after Alecta, the truckmaker's third-biggest shareholder, rejected the offer.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Golf dominance, premium push intensify battle in compact segment

April 22, 2014 06:01 CET
Most volume automakers face double trouble in the crucial compact segment. They need to find a way to win sales from the dominant Volkswagen Golf while also defending against premium brands aggressively pushing into the segment.... Read More »

 

GM's global sales rise 2% to 2.42 million in Q1

4:19 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
General Motors said global vehicle sales rose 2 percent during the first quarter. Increasing deliveries in China helped make up for declines in the United States and Brazil.... Read More »

 

European car sales rise 10% as replacements help automakers

April 17, 2014 09:08 CET
European car sales jumped 10 percent in March, the seventh consecutive monthly gain, as new models to replace aging vehicles and an economic rebound boosted demand. First-quarter sales rose 8 percent.... Read More »

 

Fields sees Ford Europe growth, eyes breakeven by mid-decade

April 16, 2014 17:19 CET
Ford is sticking with its forecast for a smaller loss in Europe this year and breakeven by 2015 even as the company sees signs of growth, COO Mark Fields said.... Read More »

 

Ghosn sees 'bright spots' for carmakers as Europe revives

April 16, 2014 07:23 CET
Global carmakers will see rising demand this year as sales in China and the United States expand and Europe starts to grow again, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said.... Read More »

 

Ford of Europe sales rise 12% in March on German, UK demand

April 15, 2014 15:53 CET
Ford said European car sales increased 12 percent in March, the 10th straight monthly gain, as customers snapped up small vehicles and compact SUVs.... Read More »

 

Fiat wraps up employees' foreign-made cars

April 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Some Fiat employees at two Italian factories got a surprise last week: their foreign-made cars from brands such as VW, Peugeot and Toyota had been “wrapped up” in a giant plastic bag.... Read More »

 

Ford expects boost from EcoSport SUV

April 15, 2014 06:15 CET
Ford says its EcoSport small SUV could become one of the company's best-sellers in Europe if it receives enough product supply from India.... Read More »

 

Renault unions seek clarification on Flins plant cuts

April 11, 2014 08:14 CET
Renault unions demanded clarification over production and job cuts being considered at the carmaker's Flins plant near Paris. The plant builds the Clio subcompact and Zoe elecrtic car.... Read More »

 

European car market rebound on track, but discounting persists

April 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Western Europe's 7 percent first-quarter rise in new-car sales has some market watchers adjusting their full-year forecasts upward, but economic risks remain and profit-robbing car discounting continues.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Renault aims to be Europe's 2nd-largest brand by 2017

April 9, 2014 06:15 CET
Renault aims to be Europe's No. 2 brand by unit sales after Volkswagen, the automaker's Europe boss, Stefan Mueller, told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Audi may further increase production in Germany on Europe, China demand

April 8, 2014 10:43 CET
Audi said it may further increase production in Germany during the second quarter after adding shifts in past months on strong demand from China and Europe.... Read More »

 

Check out the ANE monthly e-magazine

April 7, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This edition looks at the challenges facing new PSA CEO Carlos Tavares.... Read More »

 

In Italy, driving a Lambo can put you in tax limbo

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The Italian government has targeted supercar owners as part of a crackdown on tax evaders.... Read More »

 

Nissan appoints diesel expert Shirakawa as European r&d chief

April 3, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan named Takashi Shirakawa as its head of research and development in Europe, effective April 1.... Read More »

 

Ford boosts Fiesta output in Germany on growing demand

April 3, 2014 13:28 CET
Ford says it has increased production of the Fiesta by 200 units a day at its plant in Cologne, Germany, to satisfy growing demand for the subcompact.... Read More »

 

Infiniti names French executive as new Europe head

April 3, 2014 10:47 CET
Infiniti has named former Ford executive Francois Goupil de Bouille as head of its European operations to succeed Fintan Knight, who was in the post for less than a year.... Read More »

 

European car sales recovery gains pace as German deliveries rise 5%

April 2, 2014 12:46 CET
Germany joined France, Italy and Spain in posting higher new-car sales in March, adding to signs that a recovery in the European market is gaining strength.... Read More »

 

British car industry overwhelmingly backs EU membership, SMMT survey says

April 2, 2014 11:24 CET
More than 90 percent of companies operating in the British car industry want the UK to stay in the European Union, a survey commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed.... Read More »

 

Spanish car sales rise for seventh consecutive month

April 1, 2014 12:16 CET
New-car sales rose 10 percent in Spain in March, registering the seventh straight monthly increase as government subsidies continue to boost demand.... Read More »

 

French new-car sales rise 9% but market still in 'crisis mode'

April 1, 2014 11:07 CET
French car sales rose 9 percent in March -- helped by strong gains for Renault and PSA -- but the CCFA industry association remains cautious, warning: "We're still in crisis mode."... Read More »

 

GM faces French dealer challenge over Chevy exit from Europe

March 28, 2014 19:47 CET
GM is facing a legal battle with a group of French Chevrolet dealers who are preparing to go to court over the terms of the brand's withdrawal from Europe.... Read More »

 

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