The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready to view. 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.