Western Europe

Aston Martin CEO Palmer calls for Brexit clarity

Sept. 19, 2017 09:48 CET

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer wants clarity on the UK government's Brexit negotiations within six months as the automaker seeks to avoid possible trade tariffs and difficulties in recruiting skilled labor following Britain's departure from the EU.... Read More »

Petrochemicals billionaire seeks UK backing for Defender-style SUV

Sept. 19, 2017 13:20 CET

Jim Ratcliffe, the founder of petrochemical company Ineos, plans to build 25,000 SUVs modelled on the Land Rover Defender if he can win government backing for the project. The design of the Defender, which JLR stopped making in 2016, is not currently trademarked in the UK.... Read More »

PETER SIGAL

BLOG: Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017

These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message.... Read More »

Pirelli CEO says core shareholders have no plans to sell stakes

Sept. 18, 2017 15:09 CET

Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti says key shareholders have not expressed an intention to sell their remaining stakes in the firm after it returns to the stock market next month.... Read More »

France plans new incentives to phase out polluting vehicles, report says

Sept. 18, 2017 10:18 CET

The French government is planning a series of new incentives to phase out polluting vehicles, including offering up to 2,000 euros to those choosing to swap a gasoline or diesel car for a less polluting model and 2,500 euros for owners trading up to an EV, a daily newspaper reported.... Read More »

London black cabs seek export boost amid Brexit uncertainty

Sept. 18, 2017 09:40 CET

The London Electric Vehicle Company hopes Brexit negotiations will not jeopardize plans to export half of the black cabs it makes in England by 2020. The company depends on maintaining a free flow of goods between the UK and parent Geely Group's sites outside Britain, which includes Volvo.... Read More »

Merkel says German car industry must work to rebuild trust

Sept. 15, 2017 15:33 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany's car industry should do everything in its power to repair its damaged reputation, pointing to the combustion engine's uncertain future as she opened the Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »

Facebook won't make cars, Sandberg assures Germans

10:26 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2017

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg went on a charm offensive in Germany, telling the country's powerful automakers that the world's biggest social network does not want to compete with them.... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Chery will focus on electrified models in Europe

Sept. 14, 2017 15:29 CET

Chery will sell its Exeed TX compact SUV in Europe with three electrified powertrains.... Read More »

BMW calls Brexit an 'uncomfortable scenario'

Sept. 14, 2017 14:38 CET

BMW became the latest carmaker after Toyota and PSA to weigh in on the Brexit debate. The introduction of tariffs between the EU and UK would have repercussions for the automaker's business, BMW's head of purchasing, Markus Duesmann, said.... Read More »

BMW fails in bid to oveturn limit on state aid for its Leipzig plant

Sept. 13, 2017 10:46 CET

An EU court dismissed BMW's bid to overturn a decision limiting state aid toward expanding production of the i3 and i8 cars in Leipzig, Germany.... Read More »

Opel engine-testing jobs at risk from regulatory push for EVs, PSA's Tavares says

Sept. 12, 2017 16:47 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said European policymakers were responsible for the fate of 800 jobs at Opel's engine testing facility in Germany, given that a regulatory push to promote EVs could lead to sweeping job losses.... Read More »

VW, Mercedes, BMW scramble to plug diesel gap as stricter emissions goals loom

Sept. 11, 2017 16:32 CET

New EVs from VW, Mercedes and BMW are likely to go on sale too late to significantly help the automakers reach stricter EU emissions goals by 2021.... Read More »

China's Chery eyes Berlin for first European design studio

Sept. 11, 2017 06:01 CET

Chery Automobile plans to open its first European design studio as the Chinese automaker targets Europe with a new range of electrified cars.... Read More »

Brexit deterring suppliers, Jaguar Land Rover warns

Sept. 8, 2017 10:07 CET

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said the automaker is starting to feel the first effects of Brexit, with international suppliers less willing to commit to the country.... Read More »

PSA accused of emissions cheating in 2 million cars

Sept. 8, 2017 12:08 CET

A French investigation into emissions cheating found that suspect software had been used on almost 2 million vehicles sold by PSA, Le Monde newspaper said.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment

Sept. 8, 2017 06:01 CET

The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. This was helped by a 10,000-unit boost provided by the recently launched Hyundai Ioniq.... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Honda drops CR-V diesel version

Sept. 7, 2017 15:06 CET

Honda is replacing the diesel version of the CR-V crossover in Europe with a full-hybrid variant as the automaker focuses on electrification as sales of diesel-powered vehicles slide in the region.... Read More »

Shift to electric cars will boost steel demand, Thyssenkrupp says

Sept. 7, 2017 11:14 CET

Thyssenkrupp is highlighting the potential value of the steel business in future as major car industry customers shift away from combustion engines towards battery technologies.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover hopes for smooth trading after Brexit

Sept. 7, 2017 09:50 CET

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth hopes exporters in the UK will be able to trade in Europe after Brexit without problems because politicians on both sides will want to do the best for their countries.... Read More »

Knorr-Bremse's bid for Haldex dealt blow by Swedish regulator

Sept. 7, 2017 10:16 CET

German brake systems maker Knorr-Bremse's attempt to buy Swedish rival Haldex was dealt a blow when Sweden's securities regulator rejected its request to extend the acceptance period for its bid.... Read More »

German auto chiefs must fix industry's mistakes, Merkel says

Sept. 6, 2017 17:36 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel told representatives from Germany's automakers that managers must remedy mistakes made by the industry to win back consumers' confidence.... Read More »

VW needs outsider as next CEO, leading German politician says

Sept. 6, 2017 13:21 CET

Bernd Althusmann, the politician forecast to become head of Lower Saxony, VW's second-biggest shareholder, said someone from outside the industry should succeed the automaker's CEO Matthias Mueller when his contract expires in 2020.... Read More »

Audi may seek type approval exemption for A8's self-driving system

Sept. 6, 2017 09:21 CET

Audi will most likely seek a type approval exemption from regulators to speed up the introduction in Europe of its Traffic Jam Pilot, the first Level 3 autonomous system in a series production car.... Read More »

AUGUST SALES BY MARKET

W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain

Sept. 5, 2017 14:30 CET

Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Spain, according to industry data compiled by LMC Automotive.... Read More »

 
Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Peter Sigal
3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 2017

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These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message. ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Peter Sigal
8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 2017

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Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 1 ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Richard Johnson
1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2017

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Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is onc ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

Richard Johnson
5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on t ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11 2017

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The “Carlos and Dieter Show” will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. I ...
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Fast-changing Frankfurt

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed. ...
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Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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Jaguar's I-Pace crossover will not make an appearance as a production model at next week's Frankfurt ...
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Zetsche first CEO to fulfill oft-broken F1 promise

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is the first CEO I know to fulfill a promise to transfer his company's F1 ...
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First impressions of Audi's self-driving system

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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The Level 3 autonomous driving technology in the new Audi A8, which will be on display at the upcomi ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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UK sales fall 6% on Brexit, diesel concerns
UK new-car sales fell 6 percent in August, the fifth consecutive monthly decline, as uncertainty ove ...
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German sales hit 8-year high despite big diesel decline
New-car registrations in Germany rose to the highest level in eight years in August despite plunging ...
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Skoda, Dacia among winners as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose 9.4 percent in August, with gains by mass-market brands outpacing the prem ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
UK registrations fell 9 percent in July, the fourth consecutive month of declines. ...
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump i ...
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
Business demand helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in new-car sales in Italy last month as registra ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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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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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Volvo names Kerssemakers as Europe boss
Volvo named Lex Kerssemakers as head of its Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Kerssemakers retu ...
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VW shuffles product development team
VW Group is shuffling its product development team as the automaker prepares for a move to future mo ...
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Ford names former Key Safety exec Luo to steer China unit
Ford named former Key Safety Systems executive Jason Luo as chairman and CEO of its China operations ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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