The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, Oct. 3. The new edition looks at Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's hits and misses as he tries to push the alliance partners into the top three in global vehicle sales.
A lot has changed since Ghosn promised in 2014 that by as early as 2018 Renault-Nissan would leave either Toyota, General Motors or Volkswagen Group in the fourth place position currently occupied by French-Japanese automaker.
Our cover story also looks at the effect the planned integration of scandal-hit Mitsubishi could have on the alliance’s goals.
Renault-Nissan has invested billions to create a five-car electric vehicle lineup in Europe, where Renault’s and Nissan’s EVs are getting an unexpected image boost from rising anti-diesel sentiment in the region. Nissan Europe EV boss Gareth Dunsmore explains why in an interview.
Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand has recorded a double-digit increase in global sales with gains of 12 percent in Europe and more than 30 percent in China through August. A key reason for this is the Sensual Purity design language developed by Daimler styling boss Gorden Wagener.
Citroen styling chief Alexandre Malval says the brand plans to offer cars with “laid back” designs inspired by iconic models such as the 2CV, Mehari and CX. He outlined his plans for the brand in an interview.
The car we introduce in this month’s Latest Launches feature is the Kia Niro, which will be offered in Europe as a gasoline-electric hybrid and plug-in hybrid. The Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models and consumers’ growing interest in fuel-efficient cars that are not diesels.
Penske Automotive’s expansion into mainland Europe has helped the U.S.-based company become Europe’s biggest independent dealer group by sales revenue. Penske took the No. 1 spot from Pendragon. See which other companies made significant moves in the 2016 Guide to Europe’s Biggest Dealer Groups.
Ralph Lauxmann, Continental’s senior vice president for chassis and safety systems and technology, expects fully automated driving to be available by 2020. He explained, however, that he does not expect the feature to be used on public roads.
Formula One’s new owner, Liberty Media, is facing a big challenge: Modernize the world’s most watched, most technically sophisticated motor sports series or see a multi-billion-dollar investment vanish. F1 is in decline, which is bad news for Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz, Renault and Ferrari. In our Final World, we look at how F1 could start attracting a younger audience.
We also introduce the executives chosen as 2016 Eurostars. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has Mercedes-Benz poised to overtake BMW brand as the world’s top-selling premium carmaker four years ahead of schedule. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson has guided the Swedish automaker to new sales records and has boosted its profit margin. Ford of Europe President Jim Farley ended the U.S. automaker’s years of losses in Europe. Meet all of the 2016 Eurostars.
Enjoy the issue!
Luca Ciferri, Editor