Nick Gibbs

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Honda will import SUVs into Europe from Japan

Honda will import the two SUVs it sells in Europe, the CR-V and the HR-V, from Japan to help boost capacity utilization at factories in its home market.

Jaguar expects E-Pace to become its top-seller

Jaguar predicts that its new E-Pace premium compact SUV will become its top-seller, overtaking the larger F-Pace crossover because it will more attainable than its big brother.

Audi says A8 reaches next level of autonomous driving

UPDATED: July 11 15:05 - adds detail

Audi's new A8 is the company's first production car capable of Level 3 autonomous driving, which allows hands-off capability but requires the driver to take back control at any time.

Ford names Shirinov CEO of Russia JV

Ford has named Adil Shirinov CEO of its Russian joint venture, Ford Sollers. The Russian executive succeeds Mark Ovenden, who Ford has been promoted to head of sales and marketing for the Asia Pacific region.

Who's killing the gasoline car?

Volvo's decision to focus on electrified models represents an about-face for the Chinese-owned brand. It had previously said pure electric cars didn't make a great business case.

Aston launches DB11 V-8 with Daimler engine

Aston Martin's partnership with Daimler moved closer with the launch of the DB11 V-8. It is the first Aston to use the 4.0-liter turbocharged engine developed by Daimler's AMG performance arm.

Ford promotes key designers

Ford of Europe's design director has been promoted to a global role as head of design for cars and crossovers. Ford's interior design chief will take over in Europe.

Supercar makers poised for big growth in Europe

Automakers such as Ferrari, Aston Martin and Bentley are poised to continue profiting from rising European demand for their high-priced supercars and limousines as sales are on track to reach 12,980, up from 10,677 in 2016,...

Range Rover eyes Bentley fighter

Land Rover is open to creating a halo model to take on the Bentley Bentayga superpremium SUV.

Goodwood is now Britain's auto show

The Goodwood Festival of Speed, held last weekend in England, has taken over from where Britain's formal auto show left off in 2008 after losing support from automakers.

Britain's unofficial auto show is a classy affair

Forget auto shows held in huge trade fair grounds in cities such as Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing, the UK's must-attend automotive event, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, is a much more refined affair.

Jaguar's 592-hp XE will be brand's quickest road car

Jaguar plans to build just 300 units of the 592-hp XE SV Project 8, the brand's most powerful road car to date. The model has been developed as a halo car for the entry-level XE range.

Automakers seek Brexit certainty

Automakers are frustrated at the lack of clarity over the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union and are looking for signs that will allow them to make decisions on long-term investments for their British operations.

Land Rover Defender will appeal to new generation, design chief says

The launch of the new Land Rover Defender is "not far away," the brand's design boss, Gerry McGovern, said.

Ford sees LCVs as key to European profit despite Brexit headwinds

UPDATED: June 23 11:55 CET - corrected

A strong sales performance in light commercial vehicles will help Ford be profitable in Europe this year, the automaker's regional boss, Steve Armstrong, said.

Cooperation, customer focus key to mobility services success

Cooperation, customer focus and profitability should be priorities as traditional car companies expand into future mobility services such as car-sharing, industry experts said at the Automotive News Europe Congress.

Jaguar: New XF Sportbrake is sporty but practical and filled with technology

Jaguar released photos and details of its new midsize wagon last week, touting its sports-car dynamics and sleek looks.

Jaguar returns to U.S. wagon market

UPDATED: 6/14/17 6:19 pm ET - adds details

Jaguar is rejoining the premium wagon market with the XF Sportbrake. It will be the first XF wagon sold in the U.S. and is expected to deliver incremental volume for the brand.

Jaguar says new XF Sportbrake wagon is sporty but practical

Jaguar unveiled its new XF Sportbrake, touting its sports-car dynamics and sleek looks. The wagon will compete against cars such as the BMW 5-series Touring, Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes-Benz E-class wagon.

European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020

Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interest as analysts forecast that the sector will decline this year and remain static in future years.

McLaren names Melville design chief

McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer.

Citroen counts on SUVs to revive sales in China, Europe

Citroen CEO Linda Jackson knows she won't reach her goal of having half of the brand's sales come from China next year. Jackson explained what happened and shared her new China target.

Automakers face big, costly challenges to make self-driving cars a reality

Fear of disruption from companies such as Google and Uber has prompted automakers to pour billions into developing self-driving cars.

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.

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