Nick Gibbs

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How Lotus can thrive under China's Geely

There's a vast difference between Geely's six-seat London taxicabs and a Lotus' two-seat sports car. But the two companies have something in common.

Lotus can thrive under Geely

Geely's decision to take a majority stake in Lotus is great news for the unprofitable UK sports-car maker because the Chinese company has had great success in reviving Volvo's fortunes.

Lotus can thrive under Geely

Geely's decision to take a majority stake in Lotus is great news for the unprofitable UK sports-car maker because the Chinese company has had great success in reviving Volvo's fortunes.

Ford's leadership reboot brings focus on Europe

UPDATED: May 23 15:47 CET - adds Ford comment

Ford's replacement of CEO Mark Fields with turnaround specialist Jim Hackett has put its European operations under scrutiny, with industry watchers speculating whether the company will exit the region like its rival, GM.

Ford's Jim Farley: Racing to relax

For Ford of Europe President Jim Farley, racing is the antidote to the pressures of working life.

Aston's Andy Palmer: 'Love what you make'

"Me driving the car isn't going to help us win." Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is blunt about that.

Duerheimer steers Bentley back to the track

Wolfgang Duerheimer is a strong believer in the old adage "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday," but his love of racing comes from a place where money is the means rather than the end.

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 demand for SUVs and crossovers. Sales of models such as the VW Touran and Renault Scenic are likely to be hit.

Renault bets on SUVs in China

Renault is betting on more SUVs and SUV-styled vehicles for further growth in China as it mulls building its Captur SUV locally and importing its Espace crossover-styled compact minivan.

Citroen will have new-generation EV in 2020

Citroen will launch its first long-range EV in 2020 developed with parent PSA's e-CMP electric architecture.

Mercedes hints at new styling with Concept A Sedan

Mercedes-Benz's Concept A Sedan previews a new design language for the brand and hints at another model in its compact-car range.

VW betting on I.D. CROZZ to boost EV volume

Volkswagen believes its new I.D. CROZZ crossover will deliver a sizeable share of the 1 million electric vehicles a year it hopes to sell.

How Volvo helped to electrify the London black cab

Volvo helped to make London's iconic black taxis more environmentally friendly by supplying an electrified drivetrain to the UK company that builds the famous cabs.

MG cars to be sold across Europe in 2019

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.

Mercedes hints at new styling with sedan concept

Mercedes said its Concept A Sedan hints at another model in its compact-car range. The concept also previews a new styling direction for the brand with fewer lines and more rounded surfaces, design chief Gorden Wagener said.

Audi electric sedan previews Jaguar I-Pace fighter

Audi said it will launch a production version of the e-tron Sportback electric sedan, which debuted in Shanghai, in 2019.

VW sees I.D. electric crossover as key to boosting EV sales

VW's CROZZ concept previews a full-electric crossover that will be the third member of the brand's new family of purpose-built battery-powered vehicles.

MG Motor's EV coupe concept goes back to brand's sporty past

MG Motor, the UK brand once renowned for sports cars, has developed a sporty coupe that could go into production.

Gestamp rides wave of outsourcing

With 2016 revenues of about $7.9 billion, Gestamp is on a global expansion push. CEO Francisco Riberas expects the company to grow as automakers outsource more metal-stamping work to suppliers.

How Volvo defied the odds

Volvo's recent success can be attributed to smart decisions, a tactfully handled sale by Ford, seductive vehicle design and an advantageous introduction to the world's largest car market, China.

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 latecomers such as Volkswagen, Hyundai and Kia expand the sector above 2 million sales in 2018 and to 2.3 million by 2020.

Ford ends Focus EV production in Europe

UPDATED: April 18 9:05 CET - adds clarification

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

Gestamp predicts big gains as automakers outsource more stamping

Gestamp is on a global expansion push that includes catering to automakers outsourcing more metal stamping work as they invest heavily in new technology such as connectivity and autonomous driving.

Next Audi A8 gets self-driving technology, new styling direction

Audi's new A8 flagship, which goes on sale in the U.S. this fall, will have advanced autonomous driving technology and will mark the start of a new styling direction for the brand.

Fittipaldi to focus on U.S. with supercar

Fittipaldi Motors, backed by former Formula One and Indy 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi, plans to target U.S. customers with a new supercar unveiled last month at the Geneva auto show.

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