Europe

Chinese group seeks to buy more Mercedes dealerships in Germany

June 18, 2015 11:14 CET

Lei Shing Hong, the world's largest Mercedes dealership group, is on the lookout for further sales outlets in Germany to develop techniques for operating in a mature market. After years of growth, cooling demand is forcing dealers in China to look beyond new-car sales to generate revenue....
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Car retailers face big changes, deep cuts to regain profitability

June 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Dealers can't make money by solely focusing on new cars any more, Audi's director of sales strategy says. Meanwhile, the head of analyst group ICDP says that Western Europe's car retail network needs to shrink by 20,000 stores. Both shared their views during a panel on the future of vehicle retailing....
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PSA will build Bollore electric car in France

June 17, 2015 10:43 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will build the Bollore Bluesummer electric car at its factory in Rennes, western France. The boxy convertible, which has a basic design similar to Citroen's iconic Mehari, will be sold through Citroen dealerships....
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European car sales recovery slows in May

June 16, 2015 08:59 CET

The recovery in European car sales slowed down in May as buyers' concerns about unemployment and the Greek sovereign debt crisis held back demand. Sales were also hit by fewer business days....
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Daimler to sell Mercedes dealerships to Chinese firm, report says

June 16, 2015 17:31 CET

Daimler is set to agree a deal to sell some Mercedes dealerships in eastern Germany to China's Lei Shing Hong, a German newspaper reported....
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Germany may increase support for electric cars

June 16, 2015 10:56 CET

The German government is examining increased support to help bring 1 million electric cars onto the country's roads by the end of the decade. Unlike other European countries, Germany has so far refused to provide generous EV sales incentives....
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Ford-Jaguar consortium to test driver-less pods in UK

June 16, 2015 12:30 CET

Ford and Jaguar Land Rover are teaming up with the UK government to test autonomous cars as an add-on to public transport systems. The UK Autodrive Consortium will place 40 self-driving transport “pods” in a town north of London for six months beginning in late 2017....
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GM to keep profitable JV in Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

General Motors and AvtoVAZ will keep their profitable Russian joint venture, AvtoVAZ CEO Bo Andersson said. GM is ending sales of mainstream Chevrolet models and all Opel cars in Russia, and closing its St. Petersburg factory, after sales slumped in the country's economic crisis....
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Most Russian car plants are uncompetitive, AvtoVAZ CEO says

June 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Most car plants in Russia are not cost competitive because they are not producing enough vehicles, AvtoVAZ chief Bo Andersson said....
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London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers....
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Porsche defeats Audi at 83rd Le Mans endurance race

June 15, 2015 12:32 CET

Porsche won the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for the first time since 1998, defeating Audi, which triumphed in 10 of the 11 prior contests. Porsche's 919 Hybrid car took first and second places, while Audi's R18 e-tron came in third....
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Execs oppose a British exit from EU

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

The German heads of two iconic English car brands urged Great Britain to remain in the European Union during last week's Automotive News Congress here....
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Aston will decide plant site in third quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Aston Martin will decide on the location of its planned new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover in the third quarter, CEO Andy Palmer said....
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Porsche, Audi, Nissan, Toyota hybrids battle at Le Mans

June 13, 2015 06:15 CET

Audi's R18 e-tron Quattro has won the Le Mans LMP1 race every year since the new hybrid powertrain rules were established in 2012, but this year it will face stiff competition from Porsche, Toyota, and Nissan....
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Czech car industry revenue rises 15% to new record in 2014

June 12, 2015 21:05 CET

The Czech car sector's revenue rose 15 percent to a record 991 billion crowns ($41 billion) in 2014, the country's Automotive Industry Association (AutoSAP) said, helped by a big increase in overall local production by automakers such as Skoda, Hyundai, Toyota and PSA....
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European carmakers urge change of tack on CO2 rules

June 12, 2015 20:39 CET

European carmakers warned that further tightening of carbon emission rules for new vehicles risked damaging their global competitiveness, as EU officials begin work on a new wave of CO2 targets....
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VW Group sales fall for 2nd consecutive month

June 12, 2015 20:26 CET

VW Group sales fell for a second month in May and at a faster pace than in April, highlighting the German carmaker's difficulties in weak emerging markets. Deliveries at the 12-brand group slid by 2.6 percent to 858,000 vehicles in May, VW said....
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Faurecia to close French seat-frame plant

June 11, 2015 12:11 CET

French supplier Faurecia said today that it plans to close a plant producing seat frames in eastern France on falling demand from domestic carmakers....
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UK niche carmaker Bristol to use BMW power for new model

June 10, 2015 06:01 CET

UK niche automaker Bristol Cars said its first new car since it was bought out of bankruptcy in 2011 will be a grand tourer that uses a BMW hybrid engine. The model will launch in the autumn, Bristol said....
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Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi working on final details of pickup alliance

June 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi are working out the last details of supply contract in which the Japanese automaker will provide the Fiat brand with a version of the L200 midsize pickup. Fiat plans to sell the pickup in Europe and Latin America....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Aston Martin will decide on new plant in third quarter

June 10, 2015 13:06 CET

Aston Martin will decide on the location of its new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover in the third quarter, CEO Andy Palmer said. Potential sites in the U.S. and the UK are under consideration, Palmer said....
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Mini still mulling Superleggera roadster production

June 10, 2015 15:04 CET

Mini is still examining whether it can make a business case for its Superleggera Vision roadster, a senior BMW executive said....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Europe's convertible market poised for rebound

June 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Europe's convertible market will gain sales as aging models from BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Mazda and Mini are replaced, analysts expect....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: The incredible power of praise

1:55 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

The industry's up-and-coming executives require something their old-school bosses are often reluctant to give: praise. This deficiency can be the difference in losing or keeping a game-changing team member....
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Automotive News Europe honors the 2015 Rising Stars winners

June 9, 2015 21:30 CET

Fourteen young and talented automotive executives have been honored as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe....
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