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UK-based correspondent for Automotive News Europe
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Audi drops A1 diesel variant due to low demand

Audi's new A1 Sportback subcompact hatchback will launch without a diesel version and will only be available in a five-door format.

Suzuki keeps Jimny's gritty look for new generation

Suzuki is gearing up to launch the fourth generation of its long-running Jimny small SUV 20 years after the third-generation model went on sale.

Mitsubishi ahead of midterm targets for car sales and profit margin, COO says

It has been a year and a half since Nissan took a controlling stake in Mitsubishi and installed British executive Trevor Mann as its chief operating officer.

Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy'

European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as new models persuade consumers to switch from traditional hatchbacks at a faster rate.

Jaguar Land Rover launches subscription lease service

Jaguar Land Rover has launched a subscription lease service in the UK that could be rolled out

Nissan eyes Europe for ePower drivetrain

Nissan is assessing whether to bring its ePower hybrid drivetrain to Europe as the automaker looks to further electrify its lineup in Europe to reduce its dependence on diesel and meet tough CO2 targets set for 2020-21.

Ford gives new Focus multiple personalities

Ford says it has has injected more emotion and personality into the new Focus compact in a bid to raise prices and claw back customers lost to premium cars.

Aston CEO: Mass market must adapt or die

Andy Palmer, addressing the Automotive News Europe Congress, sounded the same worrisome themes about industry economics made famous by Sergio Marchionne, with a bit of Bob Lutz's doomsday talk thrown in.

McLaren CEO: Hypercars are priceless brand builders

McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt spoke with Automotive News Europe about why hypercars are invaluable brand builders for today's high-end automakers.

Rolls-Royce design chief Taylor leaves automaker

Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor has left the automaker to "pursue alternative business interests," the company said.

Italdesign undergoes renaissance beyond parent VW

VW-owned design and engineering firm Italdesign is undergoing a renaissance as an independent vehicle developer after increasing the amount of business sourced from outside the German group to 20 percent of its total.

Citroen promises dramatic new design for C5 sedan replacement

Citroen has promised a dramatic new design for the replacement of its C5 midsize sedan as the brand keeps its faith in a body style that has been losing sales in Europe.

Aston Martin CEO fears for mass-market auto brands

The increasing commoditization of cars will force mass-market manufacturers to change their business models or face extinction, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said.

How Aston Martin, McLaren spin profits from hypercars

Automakers such as Aston Martin and McLaren are increasingly launching hypercars, which help them raise the profile of their brands.

Lotus CEO Gales steps down, replaced by top Geely executive

Jean-Marc Gales has stepped down as Lotus Cars CEO and will be replaced by Feng Qing Feng, chief technical officer of Lotus' owner, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

Designing a Rolls for uncharted territory

Giles Taylor has achieved what many thought was impossible -- designing an SUV for Rolls-Royce, the Cullinan. Rolls' design boss spoke with Automotive News Europe Correspondent Nick Gibbs.

London cab firm will build plug-in van using taxi tech

The London Electric Vehicle Company, the taxi maker owned by China's Geely, plans to double production at its UK plant with the introduction of a van using the same plug-in hybrid drivetrain as its TX eCity taxi.

The royal E-(for electric?)Type

Prince Harry drove his new wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, to their evening wedding party in this modernized 1968 convertible and in doing so gifted Jaguar an untold amount of positive publicity.

Skoda's strong growth brings major challenges

Skoda may be one of the most successful brands in VW Group's sprawling empire as it posts record sales and profits, but the automaker must balance ambitious growth plans with the pay demands of Czech workers in its two...

Ford will add second model at Romania plant

Ford won't say which second model it will add at its plant in Craiova, Romania, but it's speculated that it could be an electric SUV.

McLaren's Mike Flewitt is still in love with Lotus

How the head of McLaren fell for a Lotus when he was a young man.

Rolls-Royce's 'superluxury' Cullinan will be priciest SUV

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan will become the world's most expensive production SUV when it goes on sale. The Cullinan is expected to start at about 250,000 pounds ($340,000) in the UK.

Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales

Europe's premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices in the core midsize segment to keep customers engaged as buyers increasingly opt for SUVs.

Aston Martin's revived Lagonda will debut with an SUV

Aston Martin said the first vehicle from its all-electric Lagonda brand will be an SUV arriving in 2021.

Toyota Europe expands push into new mobility businesses

Toyota will expand its push into new mobility businesses such as ride-sharing by opening a new office in London tasked with finding technology-driven products and services tailored to the European market.

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