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 this 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.
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Luca Ciferri, Associate Publisher and Editor