The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live next week. The new edition looks at the future of diesel.
Some believe the diesel engine’s time is coming to an end. “Diesel is dead,” a senior executive at a major European Tier 1 supplier told Automotive News Europe for our cover story.
Ultimately, however, the European car industry cannot back away from diesels, which are crucial to reaching the EU’s fleet emissions target for CO2.
We look at the wide-reaching challenges facing automakers as they decide on whether diesel has a future at their companies.
Peugeot had record global sales last year helped by its 7 percent gain in Europe. The man leading the way is Jean-Philippe Imparato. He tells us how he plans to maintain Peugeot’s momentum despite challenges such as slumping diesel sales in Europe.
Seat President Luca de Meo had a hunch that the Spanish brand’s Cupra trim line had the power to be more. Cupra is now a stand-alone subbrand that will soon have a wide-ranging model lineup. De Meo expects Cupra models to account for 10 percent of Seat’s sales within four years. He explained why in an interview.
BMW is working to make sure that fitting battery cells into future models does not force it to compromise on its car designs. BMW Group r&d boss Klaus Froehlich explains how the automaker will achieve this.
An unexpected trend at this year’s Geneva auto show was the large number of sedans that appeared. This was strange because in Europe the sedan body style has been losing customers for years. We looks at whether sedans are poised for a surge.
Automakers such as Ford, Hyundai, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in a bid to slow the steady sales decline in Europe’s second-largest segment. Automakers hope to counter this by expanding the traditional offerings to include more fresh body styles such as fastbacks, shooting brakes and even variants that borrow traits from crossovers.
BMW’s all-new X2 targets young and young-at-heart customers with active lifestyles who are keen to see their personal character reflected on the road through an emotionally appealing car.
Meanwhile, Hyundai hopes the new Santa Fe will attract more families and additional female buyers because of its advanced safety and comfort features, better styling and a more refined interior.
Plastic Omnium, a leading maker of systems that clean up emissions from diesel, is preparing for a future of sharply reduced demand for the powertrain, co-CEO Jean-Michel Szczerba says. Plastic Omnium aims to be a key maker of fuel systems for hybrids and wants to become a leader in hydrogen fuel cell powertrains.
Herve Boyer is leading Nexteer’s push into the fast-growing Moroccan market. The steering specialist will start operations in the North African country next year and expects production to increase rapidly. He explains why and provides perspective on the future for steer-by-wire solutions.
In our Final Word column, former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle tells us that automakers should do more to stand out from their rivals. This includes doing away with having a common design language for the entire brand.
Enjoy the issue!
Luca Ciferri, Associated Publisher and Editor