The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday. The new edition examines how ultraluxury automakers such as Aston Martin, McLaren and Ferrari have found a way to build and sell hypercars at a hefty profit. Something that was not always the case.
Today, limited production runs are often sold out before the car is even shown to the public, despite price tags well over 1 million euros. This is a radical departure from the first modern day hypercar, the Bugatti Veyron. This model was a pinnacle of automotive technology – the first road car with more than 1,000 hp and a top speed exceeding 400 kph – but it was also a financial disaster.
Our cover story analyzes what automakers have done to make the rarefied hypercar business a money maker.
As part of our cover package we also review a captivating combination of Indian technology and Italian flair, Automobili Pininfarina, that plans to enter the hypercar sector.
We wrap up the package by speaking with visionary executive Anand Mahindra, who tells us why he believes Automobili Pininfarina has a “beautiful story” to tell.
Maxime Picat, PSA’s group operations director for Europe told us about the challenges he is overcoming as he helps integrate Opel/Vauxhall into the French automaker’s family.
Hard-charging Mitsubishi Chief Operating Officer Trevor Mann says the automaker is already ahead on an interim growth plan that targets increased vehicle sales, revenue and profits.
Rolls-Royce’s first SUV has sparked a wide array of opinions. Some love it, some don’t. We spoke with the man behind the Cullinan’s design, Giles Taylor.
From the pinnacle of luxury SUVs to a robotaxi crafted to make passenger access as easy as possible. Renault Group design boss Laurens van den Acker explains the thinking behind the EZ-GO concept.
Propelled by a strong push from the Volkswagen Group in Italy, European demand for CNG cars has shown signs of life after a half-decade slump. Find out which automakers are winning in this growing niche.
Another alternative powertrain that is causing interest as automakers look for solutions that cut emissions comes from Nissan. The Japanese company is assessing whether to bring its ePower hybrid drivetrain to Europe after topping car sales in Japan with the fuel-saving solution.
European sales of small SUVs in 2018 are poised to surge even beyond the segment’s own typically strong growth, as new models persuade consumers to switch from traditional hatchbacks at a faster rate. See which brands will shake up this fast-growing segment.
In our Latest Launches section, we review the Volvo V60 station wagon, a model the Swedish automaker is counting on to provide a strong alternative to its hot-selling SUVs.
Ford has injected more emotion and personality into the new Focus compact in a bid to raise prices and claw back customers lost to premium brands. To better fight with established players such as the VW Golf and new Focus,
Kia is shaking up its Ceed compact car family. The Ceed’s five-door hatchback and wagon versions will be joined by a sporty so-called “shooting brake” wagon.
Electrification – from drivetrains to smaller components such as heaters and suspensions – is shaking up the supply chain. Established suppliers have to reinvent themselves to cope. They must also battle competition from small, agile companies that are developing specialized components. We review some of these new challengers.
Enjoy the issue!
Luca Ciferri, Associated Publisher and Editor