Smart, Seat, Mercedes, Kia, BMW and Ford were among big winners in an Italian market up 13 percent in December.
Mazda Europe CEO Yasuhiro Aoyama believes it is unlikely that the automaker will initially comply with tougher CO2 rules in Europe, putting the brand's profitability in the region at risk. Aoyama explained how Mazda will respond in an interview with Automotive News Europe.
Hyundai Europe COO Thomas Schmid forecasts that the cost of electrification will force automakers to focus on a healthy business by cutting marketing costs and limiting sales incentives. The executive, who will step down from his post at the end of the year, discussed a range of topics with Automotive News Europe.