The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, June 1. This month's edition looks at why Europe's stronger-than-expected sales rebound is not expected to provide an equally large boost to profits.
For this issue, we spoke with three leading automaker CEOs. Each shared their views on a wide range of key topics. With models such as the 308 compact car, Peugeot CEO Maxime Picat helped parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen to return to profit last year by improving his brand’s retail pricing, especially in Europe, where it has gained ground on Volkswagen brand.
Audi started the biggest investment program in its history last year as part of its effort to overtake BMW as the world’s largest premium automaker by 2020. CEO Rupert Stadler plans to use a large portion of that cash to strengthen Audi’s fast-growing SUV lineup, but he says he won’t add minivans.
Seat CEO Juergen Stackmann is far from finished with his turn around at the struggling VW Group subsidiary, but he did get a confidence boost when the Spanish brand posted its first quarterly profit in seven years last month. He plans to keep up the momentum by adding a compact SUV next year and possibly a subcompact crossover after that.
Nissan Europe sales boss Guillaume Cartier will play a key role in helping the automaker’s achieve its goal of passing Toyota to become Europe’s top-selling Asian brand by 2016. The Frenchman told us, however, that he “won’t do crazy things” that put profits at risk to reach the target.
Another big-name executive making news is Harald Krueger, who last month became BMW Group CEO. We examine Krueger’s challenges and explain why he has been called the “master of the noiseless ascent."
As Krueger starts his tenure as CEO, this month’s issue introduces 14 young, talented executives who are on track to reach similar professional heights in the future. Our 2015 Rising Stars are already setting the agenda for the industry of tomorrow.
June will be a busy month when it comes to debating and deciding on future guidelines for vehicle emissions. Automakers will meet with EU officials and green campaigners. Find out why the talks are expected to be tense.
Japanese premium automakers are counting on bold, potentially polarizing designs for their forthcoming small cars to lure customers in Europe from German rivals. We look at what Lexus and Infiniti are planning.
Europe’s convertible market will rise again this year, after the niche’s 2014 volume sank to its lowest level this decade.
Our latest launches section reviews the car that marks Jaguar’s return to the highly competitive midsize premium segment, the XE sedan. And we take a closer look at what Ford has done to upgrade its S-Max large minivan.
Mike Bell, Jaguar Land Rover’s connected car director, explains what he is doing to make sure JLR’s new cars provide the best connectivity possible without sacrificing on privacy. And Guillaume Devauchelle, who is head of innovation at Valeo, tells us why he expects the supplier to leverage its expertise in sensors, radar and other technologies to play an integral role in automakers’ development of autonomous vehicles.
Enjoy the issue!
Luca Ciferri, Editor