The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Sept. 1.
This month's edition looks at why European automakers have struggled to gain a foothold in India and what they are doing to turn things around in the complicated, high-potential market.
India was expected to become the new China and provide European automakers such as Volkswagen Group with high growth rates and fat profits. That hasn’t happened so far. India’s slumping sales and its unpredictable government regulations have hurt automakers. Growth also has been slowed by automakers’ failed local partnerships and bad product decisions. Our cover story looks at the key issues in the market.
Infiniti Chairman Andy Palmer is working to reposition the brand as a design- and technology-driven alternative to Germany’s premium automakers. In an interview he explained what Infiniti is doing to capture the attention of young, affluent customers who don’t want to drive the same brands as their fathers.
Citroen’s new CEO, Linda Jackson, has a tough task ahead. She has to keep growing sales in the tough European mainstream market without help from Citroen’s former subbrand, DS, which is being transformed into a stand-alone marque. Jackson shares her strategy for Citroen’s future.
Jaguar Land Rover’s head of product development, Wolfgang Ziebart, is leading the rapid expansion of the British luxury brands. The former BMW executive tells us why he believes JLR has the technical and financial resources to make life tougher on Germany’s dominant premium brands.
Supercar sales are expected to surge again following some lean years caused by Europe’s prolonged recession. Renewed consumer confidence and fresh models are driving the rebound. See which supercars are poised to be the biggest winners.
Volkswagen Group has Europe’s largest network of company-owned dealerships, but auto retailing is not something the company wants to make a core part of its business. The same is true at PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Daimler. We explain why. We also provide our annual ranking of Europe’s 50 biggest independent dealer groups.
Our Latest Launches section has reviews of the feature-laden, 126,000-euro Mercedes-Benz S-class premium coupe and, at the other end of the price spectrum, the 10,000-euro Citroen C1 minicar.
The European market underwent a big shake-up in the first half as there was a change at the top of nine of the 24 segments monitored by Automotive News Europe. Find out which brands and which segments were the big winners.
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Luca Ciferri, Editor