General Motors set up a diesel development center in Turin after the collapse of its partnership with Fiat in 2005. Surprisingly, GM has decided to keep it even though selling Opel last year meant GM quit diesel’s global stronghold of Europe. Since 2009, the center has been run by Italian Pierpaolo Antonioli, the former director of Fiat-General Motors Powertrain. Antonioli told us why diesel is still important to GM’s global strategy.
Citroen CEO Linda Jackson laid out a road map for the reinvention of the French brand shortly after she was appointed in 2014. Four years later, the automaker’s core model strategy is on track, with five new vehicles, including successful global launches of the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross, Citroen’s first true SUVs. Richard Meyer, as future product planning director, has been an integral part of Citroen’s effort to update its portfolio. He spoke about the Citroen’s next steps.
Jeep, Seat, Dacia and Volkswagen outperformed all other brands sold in Europe in the first half, as overall sales rose 2.8 percent to 8,461,963, according to industry association ACEA. The growth rate trailed 2017’s overall 3.3 percent rise, but it was higher than analysts’ and automakers’ expectations, as the European economy continued to show solid fundamentals. New and updated SUVs and crossovers continued to power growth at the brands that saw the largest first-half sales increases. We look at the first-half winners.
Two new emissions tests are shaking up the European auto market this year, disrupting production and sales, and weighing on automakers’ profits. The WLTP and RDE tests have put automakers into a race against time because they have to complete testing of existing models by Sept. 1. Many models have required new emissions equipment such as particulate filters – because the WLTP generally produces higher pollution figures – and testing stations have been operating non-stop. However, it is not clear whether all models can be certified in time. We look at which automakers are at most risk.