Nick Gibbs

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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.

Mitsubishi COO Mann looks to reduce reliance on SUVs in Europe

Trevor Mann, the new COO of Mitsubishi, has been tasked with integrating the Japanese automaker into the Renault-Nissan alliance and addressing Mitsubishi's heavy reliance on SUVs in Europe.

Audi plans summer unveil for high-tech A8

Audi will unveil its new A8 flagship in the summer ahead of its sales launch later this year. The sedan will have advanced autonomous driving technology and will mark the start of a new styling direction for the brand.

After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits.

Audi plans a surge of light trucks by 2019

Audi's light-truck lineup will grow to seven models by 2019 from four now.

Skoda previews self-driving, EV tech with Vision E concept

UPDATED: April 20 13:50 CET - adds picture gallery

Skoda will present self-driving and electric drivetrain technologies with the Vision E concept that the brand will debut at the Shanghai auto show next month. The concept previews a production model due in 2020.

Opel sees Insignia turning heads of premium buyers

Opel/Vauxhall believes the improved quality and upgraded technology in the new Insignia will help it lure customers from premium equivalents such as the BMW 3 series.

Audi speeds up SUV surge

SUV sales could account for half of Audi's total global volume in the future, the automaker's head of sales and marketing said.

McLaren supercar gets stratospheric price

McLaren Automotive's three-seat hypercar will cost a cool 2 million pounds ($2.5 million at current exchange rates) in its home market when it launches in 2019.

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 Europe's diesel dependency, according to automakers such as VW and Renault.

Tata Steel looks to expand key product beyond BMW to volume brands

Hurt by rising steel imports from China, Tata Steel in Europe is aggressively pushing its higher-margin tailored blanks business to generate more income.

Tata Steel seeks more takers for tailored blanks

Under pressure from low-cost imported steel, Tata Steel is stepping up its European production of higher-margin tailored blanks.

Audi gives details of 3 EVs to debut in next 3 years

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler offered details of three full-electric cars the German automaker plans to introduce in the next three years.

Pininfarina-designed Tesla fighter due in 2019-20

Chinese electric vehicle startup Hybrid Kinetic Group says it will challenge Tesla with its H600 luxury sedan in the U.S. by the end of the decade.

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