The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, September 4. The new edition looks at why Ford, Nissan, Kia and Volkswagen are packing their new subcompact cars with cutting-edge technology.
As a result, the new Fiesta, Micra, Rio and Polo models are loaded with features that were only found in bigger, more expensive models just a few years ago. Our cover story analyzes what’s driving this trend.
Frenchman Didier Leroy, who is Toyota’s first non-Japanese executive vice president, explains why his boss, Akio Toyoda, wants him to run the company like an entrepreneur.
When Volvo bought the racing-focused Polestar brand in 2015 it appeared to be readying itself to challenge BMW M and Mercedes-AMG in the lucrative niche for fine-tuned models with plenty of horsepower. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson explains why the Swedish automaker now envisions Polestar as its challenger to Tesla and BMW’s i subbrand.
The head of PSA Group’s new mobility unit, Brigitte Courtehoux, is leading the automaker into “a totally new environment.” She outlined what PSA is doing to succeed as a mobility provider.
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories -- previous Fiesta customers who now have more money to spend and people downsizing from compact cars who don’t want to compromise on technology. That’s why Ford has given the Fiesta advanced driver assistance equipment and is adding an upscale Vignale variant and a crossover-styled Active version. Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos large SUV more successful in Europe than its slow-selling predecessor. Both new models are featured in our Latest Launches section.
European demand for electric cars continued to grow strongly in the first half. A big reason for this was the 10,000-unit boost provided by the recently launched Hyundai Ioniq. Overall, the segment grew by 56 percent to 73,162 units. While the EV segment was Europe’s fastest growing sector in the first half, the share of battery-powered cars sold was a mere 0.9 percent. See our first-half segment analysis.
In response to countries such as France and the UK committing to banning combustion engines by 2040, suppliers are quickly adjusting their powertrain plans. We review what Bosch, Continental and Delphi are planning to do to benefit from this huge powertrain paradigm shift.
German union leaders fear that the transition to electromobility will reduce the number of jobs in European powertrain plants. In our Final Word column, we explain why at least one analyst firm predicts the exact opposite effect from the industry’s move toward increased electrification.
The executives chosen as 2017 Eurostars have outperformed rivals by surpassing all expectations. We honor the 16 winners of the prestigious award.
With the T-Roc, VW brings a new competitor to Europe's fast-growing SUV/crossover segment. The T-Roc is one of the many new SUVs and crossovers that will appear at the Frankfurt auto show this month. We highlight the others.
Enjoy the issue!
Luca Ciferri, Associated Publisher and Editor