The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Aug. 1. This month's edition looks at why automakers such as Audi, Mercedes and Volvo are re-thinking their automation plans.
The previously unstoppable march toward greater use of robots in Europe’s car factories has hit a speed bump. Today’s robots can’t match humans at sorting through the huge number of parts needed to assemble an ever-expanding range of niche models. In Germany, this trend has scientists urging vehicle manufacturers to do more with robots to prevent falling behind their rivals. The tension between man and machine is rising. We look at what the future holds in our cover story.
Nissan has been a big beneficiary of Europe’s growing affection for SUVs and crossovers. The Japanese automaker is so bullish about them that European sales boss Guillaume Cartier thinks SUVs and crossovers will soon outsell hatchbacks, sedans and station wagons in the region.
Lotus expects to end years of struggle by making a profit in its current fiscal year, CEO Jean-Marc Gales said. He also sees aluminum remaining the core building material for the British sports car maker.
Europe’s first-half vehicle sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent, well ahead of expectations. There are big question marks, however, on whether the upward trend will continue during the final six months as Britain’s vote to exit the European Union weighed on consumer confidence in the UK. We provide an outlook for the next six months.
Britain’s exit from Europe could also affect MG Motor, the Chinese-owned brand that had struggled to lure buyers in the UK, its only European sales market. MG aimed to enter mainland Europe by 2018, but the so-called Brexit is expected delay those plans.
Following a long decline, Europe’s once-mighty volume midsize segment is on track for a second consecutive year of rising sales. This upward trend, however, is temporary, market watchers say.
Ford is targeting premium rivals with its new European flagship, the Edge. See what makes the European version of the large SUV more upscale than the model sold in the U.S.
Seat expects to strengthen its newly regained profitability by launching the Ateca into Europe’s booming SUV/crossover market.
Robert Bosch predicts that half of all new cars sold in Europe will have some level of connectivity by 2020. Find out why the world’s biggest supplier expects to have a substantial share of this business.
Harman International is looking for more business from volume automakers. CEO Dinesh Paliwal outlines his expansion plan.
Fallout from Volkswagen Group’s emissions-cheating scandal and the slowdown of the Chinese market are two headwinds that BorgWarner plans to overcome this year. CEO James Verrier explained how.
It was another tough quarter for Europe’s automakers, parts suppliers and retailers. See which companies were hit hardest and which ones bucked the downward trend in our quarterly shareholder value report.
By 2030, diesels are forecast to account for just 9 percent of new-car sales in Europe, according to a recent study, compared with about 50 percent today. Our Final Word column reveals why this committed diesel driver has no plans to give up his beloved oil burner.
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Luca Ciferri, Editor