The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday. The new edition looks at why buying a car online is about to get a lot more common in Europe.
The absence of an Uber or Deliveroo for car buying means automakers haven’t felt the pressure to substantially alter a model that’s almost as old as the cars they sell. However, as technological change starts affecting not just the car but also what it means to “own” a car, automakers in Europe are slowly building the capability to move the whole car-buying process online. We examine the shift to online sales in our cover story.
The Golf-sized ID3 is the first model from Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform for mass-market electric cars, which is a key component in the automaker’s goal to become the global EV leader. VW brand marketing boss Jochen Sengpiehl is leading a wide-ranging redefinition of the VW brand identity. He discussed the changes in an interview.
For about two years, the Nio EP9 sports car prototype had the fastest lap time of any electric vehicle on the grueling Nuerburgring Nordschleife. Although the EP9’s record fell last month to the Volkswagen IDR, the result proved that Nio’s innovative technology could compete with the world’s best. Nio founder and CEO William Li spoke to us about the EV maker’s plans for Europe and more.
Digital imaging, virtual reality and 3D modeling have improved in the past decade, but most designers and decision-makers are unprepared to approve new designs without physical models. “There’s a continuous loop between virtual and physical,” said Ferrari design chief Flavio Manzoni. Learn more about the future of clay as a design tool.
When PSA Group bought Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors in 2017 it took over a company with a troubling issue: Opel was way behind in preparations to meet tougher European Union emissions standards that start to take effect next year, leaving the company at risk of facing billions of euros in fines. Fast forward two years and Opel has an achievable plan to meet its emissions targets, CEO Michael Lohscheller told us.
The urgent need to lower vehicle emissions in Europe ahead of the launch of tougher CO2 rules is hitting sales of midsize SUVs. First-quarter volume for the models slipped by 7.7 percent, despite the addition of new entrants such as the Seat Tarraco and the latest generation Hyundai Santa Fe. We look at what is causing the deceleration and whether demand will increase in the near future.
Renault has launched the fifth-generation Clio on a new platform, upgraded its interior and will add a fuel-saving hybrid variant to the powertrain family in a bid to keep the automaker’s best-seller atop Europe’s largest segment, small cars. We tested the Clio, which is the first Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance model on the jointly developed CMF-B platform.
In the first round of our 2019 Supplier Talk from the Top series, we will hear from three leading executives.
- Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich told us how the French megasupplier is navigating around an array of hurdles during this transformative time for the automotive industr
- Kevin Clark, was named CEO of Delphi in 2015 and retained the chief executive title at Aptiv when it was formed in 2017, he spoke to us about the challenges of staying ahead of the technology curve.
- Webasto Chairman Holger Engelmann outlined how the German supplier will increase sales by roughly 46 percent to reach its target of 5 billion euros by 2020.
Marco Monti, who is president of automotive at STMicroelectronics, shared how the semiconductor company plans to benefit from the move toward autonomous driving.
A merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault may or may not happen, but in our Final Word column we look at why this topic will remain a red hot issue during the era of disruption.
Enjoy the issue!
Luca Ciferri, Associate Publisher and Editor