Another reason the compact segment is expected to cool in 2015 is because the only key model due for renewal is the Opel/Vauxhall Astra. That opposite will be true for Europe’s SUV/crossover segments as a wide variety of volume and premium models will debut in 2015. Key launches include the Audi Q7, Mercedes GLE Coupe, VW Tiguan as well as all-new compact crossovers from Renault and Toyota. The issue has a comprehensive list of the top 2015 debuts.
We look at what Mercedes-Benz is doing to win back ground lost to Audi and BMW in the world’s largest car market. One idea under consideration at Mercedes is to become the first luxury carmaker to launch new models in China ahead of their debuts in Europe and the U.S.
Toyota and Renault are the latest automakers to start offering car-sharing schemes in Europe, but they are doing so with an environmentally friendly twist.
While Mini has been an image booster for parent BMW analysts believe the British brand has been a money loser. BMW doesn’t release financials on Mini, but it did send a clear message that profitability is key when it announced Mini’s lineup would be trimmed to five models from eight. We look at which models have a future and which models do not.
Our Latest Launches section offers reviews of the models that will make or break Smart, the new ForTwo and ForFour, and the newest generation of Europe’s best-selling midsize model, the VW Passat.
On the supplier side, Terrence Hahn explains why Honeywell Transportation Systems, the world’s leading turbocharger supplier, foresees big gains for the performance-boosting, CO2-reducting technology; and Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard reveals how the French tire maker will counter rising pressure from fast-growing low-cost Chinese brands in Europe and North America.
Enjoy the issue!
Luca Ciferri, Editor