The new issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 2. This edition looks at Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's new plan to relaunch struggling Alfa Romeo.
Marchionne is betting billions of euros that Alfa will reverse a decade of losses and six years of collapsing sales. We analyze the key elements of the plan; reveal details about crucial future models; and look back at why Fiat bought Alfa in the first place.
From Turin we move to Ingolstadt, Germany, where were sat down with Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. He told us that Audi will reach its goal of selling 1.5 million vehicle globally this year, which is 12 months ahead of schedule and will take place despite the prolonged European slump. Stadler also explained how Audi is internationalizing without forgetting its strong German roots.
Stadler is one of four automaker CEOs featured in our annual Talk From The Top interviews. The others are:
- General Motors boss Dan Akerson, who explained why GM's alliance with PSA/Peugeot-Citroen needed to change and how Opel and Buick will cooperate more in the future;
- Volvo chief Hakan Samuelsson, who discussed overcapacity in Europe and explained how Volvo plans to nearly double global sales to 800,000 by 2020;
- Toyota President Akio Toyoda, who revealed that his automaker is on the cusp of selling 10 million vehicles a year globally as it goes on the offensive again.
Also inside, we report on Nissan's increasing reliance on UK executives and explain why China's SUV demand will remain robust.
On the supplier side, Johnson Controls' Andreas Eppinger explains in an interview why he believes that a 5kg weight reduction per front seat is "realistic" in the next five years.
From Turkey, Perihan Inci, Inci Holding president, reveals how the privately held wheel and starter battery maker aims to become one of the world's top 100 automotive suppliers by 2023.
We also look to the key suppliers to the hot-selling Mercedes-Benz CLA.
On the new product side, our expanded and improved Latest Launches section provides key details on the BMW i3, Hyundai i10 and Infiniti Q50.
We wrap up this month's issue with our comprehensive annual Guide to Global Automotive Partnerships.
Our data section includes October and year-to-date sales per model data for Europe, Turkey, Russia and the United States. We also have the latest global data on the top 25 global markets and brands.
The e-magazine is available to read on our Web site at www.autonewseurope.com, as well as on our iPhone and iPad apps. You can also download the magazine to your computer, tablet and phone as a PDF.
Luca Ciferri, Editor