The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, February 5. The new edition looks at which brands were the biggest winners last year in Europe and examines whether the sales growth will continue in 2018.
BMW is investing heavily in electric and autonomous technology to keep pace with fast-changing demands. The company’s finance boss, Nicolas Peter, is working to make sure BMW has the money it needs to develop next-generation solutions while still meeting the group’s profitability goals. He outlined how he’s meeting this challenge.
After returning Aston Martin to profit, Andy Palmer envisions the British supercar maker entering Formula One as an engine supplier by 2021. F1 is a risky move for any automaker, but as Palmer believes Aston Martin needs to be part of the world-renowned race series to help promote its new mid-engine supercar that is due in 2020.
Starting late this year, Nissan will join the Formula E all-electric racing series. The carmaker’s European boss for electric vehicles, Gareth Dunsmore, told us why he sees the move as a great opportunity for the second-generation Leaf.
Two-tone paint jobs are back with a distinct European flair. In the last few years about 20 models with the feature, largely with bodies and roofs in different colors, have hit showrooms across Europe with more to come. Automakers say they are simply trying to give customers more choices, but there is also a financial benefit from doing this.
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz all set new all-time highs for worldwide sales in 2017 and there is little evidence to suggest these streaks are at risk, at least from a global perspective. This success should help the three automakers to navigate a more difficult landscape in Europe, where diesel demand is declining, which makes it harder for them to reach tougher emissions goals that start to take full effect in 2021.
The Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept that appeared at last month’s Detroit auto show represents “the next step in Infiniti design,” the automaker said. That makes sense since it’s the first model from new styling boss Karim Habib, formerly of BMW. Find out which other cars starred at the first major auto show of 2018.
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives will cause sales in Europe’s compact premium segment to fall for a second consecutive year. However, sales are expected to rise again in 2019. We explain why.
On the new-product side, this month we review a trio of new models. BMW is hoping a more appealing design and increased comfort will propel sales of the 6-series Gran Turismo. Volvo is counting on its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment, the XC40, to break a lot of new ground for the automaker while also winning customers from rivals such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. PSA Group says the DS 7 Crossback will stand out from the competition because of its focus on technology and French design.
On the supplier side, automotive cybersecurity is still in its infancy but developments have accelerated since 2015, when several high-profile hacks showed the industry’s vulnerability and cost the companies affected a lot of money to fix. The attacks also emphasized big shortfalls in software capability and pushed compliance up the agenda. We provide a look at this nascent market, which is expected to be worth $2 billion by 2024 and we hear from one of the executives who is working to keep hackers out.
In our Final Word column, we take an eye-opening ride in the Symbioz, Renault’s road-ready Level 4 autonomous electric car that can travel 0 to 100 kph in 6 seconds.
Enjoy the issue!
Luca Ciferri, Associated Publisher and Editor