The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Sept. 5. This month's edition looks at why Tesla has Europe's top premium automakers racing to debut full-electric models to challenge the Silicon Valley-based company's Model S.
Tesla calls itself the world’s best-seller of battery-powered vehicles. That’s a title that could be very difficult to take away from the 13-year-old company, especially since it has received more than 400,000 orders for its forthcoming new product, the Model 3, which is not expected to be on the road until late next year.
European premium automakers were caught off guard by Tesla’s ability to make an upper-premium electric sedan a highly coveted asset. In response, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are investing billions of euros to gain a foothold in this promising niche as soon as possible. Our cover story examines this highly competitive sector.
The fact that Europe’s premium brands are being forced to try and match Tesla is proof that the Silicon Valley-based company is on a hot streak. Our Final Word looks at how Tesla has achieved so much, so fast while we also explore the risks that could disrupt the company as is it tries to transform into a volume vehicle maker.
Maxime Picat is climbing fast at PSA Group. This month the 42-year-old executive takes over as PSA’s head of Europe, which accounts for two-thirds of the French automaker global sales. In an interview, Picat outlined the direction he set for Peugeot, PSA’s best-selling brand, which he led for four years before taking on his new role.
Toyota Europe boss Johan van Zyl wants the European-styled C-HR compact SUV “to show a different face” for a brand that is not known for its risk-taking designs. The C-HR is also key to the company’s ambitious goal of boosting hybrid sales to half of its total European volume by 2020. Van Zyl shared more in an interview.
The European premium midsize segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half because of new models from Audi, Jaguar and BMW. The sector is forecast to remain hot until 2020, we explain why.
Amazing changes have taken place since Automotive News Europe named its first list of the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry in June 2008. The most evident? Eight years ago no woman ran a European automotive brand – now there are two – and there were just a handful of females on the management boards at the region’s leading automotive companies – now nearly every brand has women in key positions.
Today, Annette Winkler, who is the only executive to make the 2008 and 2016 Leading Women lists, is head of Daimler small-car brand Smart and Linda Jackson is CEO at Citroen. See who else made our list of Europe’s 25 most powerful female auto industry executives.
Audi hopes to lure an entirely new group of customers with its Q2 crossover, the first subcompact SUV from a German premium brand. The Q2 offers a mix of edgy styling paired with a range of infotainment options typically found in larger cars.
Volvo expects to get a sales and profit boost from the arrival of its new S90 sedan and V90 wagon, but the Swedish automaker is worried about keeping pace with orders. We examine why.
Magna International Chief Technology Officer Swamy Kotagiri talked to us about the role the megasupplier plans to play as the industry races to make cars more connected and autonomous. It is not just the world’s biggest parts makers that are winning from those two megatrends. Automakers are increasingly turning to non-traditional suppliers such as Cubic Telecom and Unreal Engine Enterprise to bridge the knowledge gap they face as they try to keep pace.
Large minivan sales in Europe had been sliding for years because of rising demand for SUVs and crossovers. The decline was so severe that many questioned whether people movers would soon disappear from Europe’s roads. That thought has been temporarily banished because of strong demand for the new generations of the Renault Espace and Ford S-Max. Through June the large minivan segment was Europe’s fastest growing vehicle class, with a rise of 53 percent to 109,878 units. We have a ranking of the top 10 sellers in 24 European segments in this issue.
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Luca Ciferri, Editor