Nick Gibbs

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Rolls-Royce gets driver input on EVs

Rolls-Royce is canvassing opinions from customers on how a Rolls electric car should look as it develops its first plug-in model.

Bentley takes the leap to Level 3

Bentley will roll out Level 3 autonomous driving capability across its range starting two years from now, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said.

Fanciful visions of the autonomous vehicle

Personal avatars, windshield TVs and portable steering wheels. Automakers reached deep into their imaginations to combat fears of “autonomous anonymous.”

European automakers offer conditional 20% cut in CO2 by 2030

European carmakers offered a further 20 percent cut to average CO2 emissions in the next round of EU targets currently being drawn up, but said full compliance should wait until 2030 and remain conditional on consumer uptake...

Honda will launch a small electric car in 2019

Honda said it will launch a production version of the Urban EV concept in Europe in 2019.

VW updates EV crossover concept

Volkswagen on Monday introduced a version of the I.D. Crozz electric crossover that will be closer to what will be produced in 2020.

Aicon concept previews Audi's self-driving plans

Audi has unveiled a luxury autonomous concept at the Frankfurt auto show designed to showcase its Level 5 self-driving technology.

Kia to unveil fastback wagon concept

Kia will reveal a sporty wagon concept at the Frankfurt auto show intended to preview design elements of the next Cee'd compact and a possible stand-alone model.

JLR to offer electrified versions of all new vehicles starting in '20

Jaguar Land Rover said all of its new vehicles will be available with electric, plug-in hybrid or mild hybrid technology starting in 2020.

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, Kia, Citroen and Seat unveil new challengers in a booming sector that is forecast to almost double to 2.

Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt

Jaguar's I-Pace crossover will not make an appearance as a production model at next week's Frankfurt auto show. This looks like a missed opportunity after JLR announced an electric makeover for all its vehicles from 2020.

Audi concepts highlight self-driving advances

Audi is highlighting its ambitions for self-driving cars with two concept vehicles that have advanced "hands-free" autonomous functions.

VW will unveil EV crossover concept

Volkswagen brand will show a further developed version of its I.D. Crozz full-electric SUV/crossover at next week's Frankfurt auto show.

New Jaguar Land Rover cars to have electric option

Jaguar Land Rover said all its new vehicles will be available with full-electric, plug-in hybrid or mild hybrid technology, starting in 2020.

Future drivers may own just a steering wheel, Jaguar foresees

Jaguar thinks future drivers may not own a car, but only a steering wheel that they attach to different self-driving vehicles from a car-sharing pool.

Honda drops CR-V diesel version

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.

Ford adds new diesel, awd to EcoSport

Ford hopes to give its EcoSport a sales boost in Europe's increasingly competitive subcompact SUV segment by adding four-wheel drive and a new diesel engine, along with a bolder look.

Honda teases EV aimed at Europe

Honda will unveil an electric concept that it says previews a new EV aimed at the European market.

Smart previews self-driving city car for sharing

Smart is presenting its vision for future transport with the Vision EQ autonomous EV concept. The concept is based on the ForTwo microcar and will be unveiled this month at the Frankfurt auto show.

Kia will unveil fastback concept

Kia will reveal a sporty wagon concept at the Frankfurt auto show intended to preview design elements of the next Cee'd compact and a possible standalone model.

Mini reveals design for its new EV

Mini will preview its new EV due in 2019 with a Frankfurt auto show concept that it said will bring the brands "iconic design and customary go-kart feeling" into the electric mobility age.

Ford expands Fiesta family

Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta customers who now have more money to spend and people downsizing from compact cars who don't want to compromise on...

Designing Land Rover in the autonomous era

Land Rover Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern has played a key role in the brand's current success.

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 help to revive a sector that had been in steady decline for eight consecutive years.

To win JLR's new plant, Slovakia resolved a long list of issues

Landing a new greenfield auto assembly plant project is a rare prize these days in Europe's mature auto manufacturing landscape. That makes Slovakia's recent success all the more notable.

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