The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Nov. 3.
This issue looks at why ultra-flexible, modular megaplatforms are considered a must-have for any volume automaker with serious intentions to maintain or gain a competitive advantage on rivals.
The reason is because megaplatforms allow automakers to standardize basic elements, which reduces production costs so they can build and sell the wide variety of models needed to meet tougher global emissions and safety standards as well as the fast-changing tastes of car buyers.
Our cover story looks at which automakers are megaplatform leaders -- Volkswagen Group, Toyota and Renault-Nissan -- and what companies such as General Motors, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Fiat Chrysler are doing to close the gap with competitors in this crucial area.
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson predicts the automaker will boost sales in Europe, the U.S. and China next year. Find out why he’s bullish.
Lexus Europe is positioning itself as a green, technology-driven alternative to Germany’s premium automakers. The Toyota subsidiary’s Europe head, Alain Uyttenhoven, explains how Lexus plans to capitalize on the strategy.
New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales is confident he can make the money-losing brand profitable again by cutting jobs, adding dealers and boosting the sports car maker’s lineup. The former No. 2 at PSA outlined his plan in one of his first interviews since taking over as Lotus chief in May.
Renault Chief Competitive Officer Thierry Bollore faces a multifaceted task: He is expected to boost cost-saving synergies with alliance partner Nissan while expanding the French automaker’s lineup ahead of its long-awaited push into China. He shared details on how he aims to achieve both.
Helped by new entrants such as the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, the market for electric cars in Europe will continue to grow as automakers extend the range of their battery-powered models and consumers begin to accept the technology. EV sales in Europe could reach 53,000 this year and may rise as high as 250,000 by 2020. Find out what’s driving the growth in our analysis of the segment.
We picked 12 stand-out cars from the Paris auto show. Six are production models that will reach showrooms soon while the rest are concepts loaded with hints about what to expect next from automakers such as Lamborghini, Renault and Toyota.
Our Latest Launches section features reviews of the Pulsar, Nissan’s first new compact hatchback for Europe since 2006; Mini’s first five-door subcompact; and Jeep’s first subcompact SUV, the Renegade.
The battle for the dashboard is intensifying. Companies are fighting to supply the brains and technology behind increasingly sophisticated infotainment systems in a sector worth multibillions. See which supplier leads and which major player appears ready to quit the sector.
Enjoy the issue!
Luca Ciferri, Editor