Europe

Western Europe’s electrified vehicle sales pulled ahead of China’s last month after countries including Germany and France boosted government subsidies to stimulate demand that had been decimated by the pandemic. The roughly 500,000 plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles registered in Europe during the first seven months exceeded China’s sales by about 14,000 units, according to
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European battery makers are gearing up to take advantage of massive “green” stimulus packages unveiled since the coronavirus pandemic though many acknowledge it will be tough to match the Asian giants that dominate the mainstream market. While Sweden’s Northvolt, and more recently France’s Verkor, are making a play for large-scale production, other European companies are
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Tesla’s vehicle sales collapsed in Europe in July as the electric-car maker continues to struggle to match demand with supply. Deliveries fell in all of the region’s big EV markets as the U.S. company prioritized sales in its home market. Tesla is losing ground in an EV market that is growing fast after European governments
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Ford of Europe has recalled all models of its Kuga plug-in hybrid built up until June 26 after a number of vehicles caught fire. Until the recall is completed, Ford is asking Kuga owners not to drive the car in electric-only mode and not to charge the battery externally. It says the vehicle should only
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TOKYO — Japan and Britain agreed to lift auto tariffs for a post-Brexit trade agreement in 2026 despite Japan’s push to lift the tariffs earlier, according to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is currently in negotiations with British Trade Minister Liz Truss in London. Truss said in a
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Robert Bosch is combining its automotive software and electronics activities into a new division, in an effort to reduce complexity and speed up development. The division, cross-domain computing solutions, draws employees from the supplier’s multimedia, powertrain solutions, chassis systems control and automotive electronics divisions. Harald Kroeger, the Bosch management board member who responsible for the
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ZF Friedrichshafen expects to record positive adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for the year despite a loss of 177 million euros ($209 million) on an adjusted basis in the first half, CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider said.  On a nonadjusted basis, the supplier had an operating loss of 640 million euros in the half, compared
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Continental reported a second-quarter operating loss of 829 million euros ($980 million) as global vehicle production fell by 45 percent. The supplier said it could not give a detailed 2020 guidance because of the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Continental said Wednesday that revenue, adjusted operating profit and free cash flow are expected to significantly
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New car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in July, helped by a government scrapping plan that was approved in mid-June. There were 117,929 sales in the month, according to industry association ANFAC. It was the first monthly sales increase in 2020, as demand started slow and plunged between March and June because of COVID-19
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FRANKFURT – Volkswagen Group is not done reshuffling its management, CEO Herbert Diess told a German newspaper in an interview. “We are 80 percent done with our personnel decisions. Some outstanding decisions have been prepared and we will implement them in a planned manner,” Diess said in the interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published on Friday.
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ROME — Italy’s latest stimulus package, aimed at helping the economy overcome the coronavirus pandemic, will include assistance for the auto and tourism sectors, Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri said. The government has said it will present the measures, worth a total 25 billion euros ($29.32 billion), in an emergency decree early in August. A source
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Renault swung to a record first-half loss as the French automaker grappled with a sharp market downturn and increasingly dismal results from partner Nissan. The 7.29 billion euro ($8.58 billion) net loss underlines the challenges facing the automaker, which is slashing costs and trying to repair relations with its Japanese alliance partner. It refrained from
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The European auto industry faces a long list of challenges: stagnant growth, tightening environmental regulations, and a transition to electrification and other capital-intensive technologies. This spring, the coronavirus pandemic shuttered factories and showrooms, and disrupted supply networks, leading to a virtual halt to sales in most of Europe’s largest markets. Sales and production are starting
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TURIN – Former Seat design director Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos is set to join Renault, a source close to the matter told Automotive News Europe. Mesonero-Romanos, 52, will join the French automaker “to strengthen the design team,” the source said, adding that he will report to Renault Group design boss Laurens van den Acker. Mesonero-Romanos will reunite
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Volvo Cars will not reach its goal of selling 800,000 vehicles globally in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. “There will probably be a year delay,” CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. “Before the pandemic we were on track to reach that or come very close to that.” Volvo would also fail to set a global sales
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FRANKFURT — Bugatti is delaying discussion of a second, slightly more affordable model than its 2.5 million-euro ($2.9 million) Chiron hypercar as it prepares for two potentially difficult years. The Volkswagen Group brand will prioritize cash conservation because of the coronavirus pandemic for at least the rest of this year. Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann said
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Mercedes-Benz will finally offer an electric range that is competitive with Tesla when it launches the EQS next year. The Daimler subsidiary says its full-electric rival to the Model S will travel more than 700 km (435 miles) on a single charge, based on the WLTP testing cycle. “The EQS will set the benchmark,” Daimler
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FRANKFURT — Tired of waiting for global regulators to act, the German government is preparing landmark legislation that could commercialize driverless vehicle technology by next summer. If passed, it could be the first comprehensive legal framework covering both homologation and road traffic requirements for robotaxis in which the computer controls the vehicle at all times.
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FRANKFURT — Daimler said a late-quarter recovery in demand spared the automaker from losing as much money as analysts were expecting. The company reported a preliminary deficit of 1.68 billion euros ($1.9 billion) before interest and taxes in a statement Thursday. Daimler said that this was an improvement on the consensus estimate for 2.1 billion
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Karl Obermair, director future mobility and global field coordinator car services and appraisal, TÜV Rheinland, will be part of an Automotive News Europe Congress panel discussion titled, Assisted or Autonomous Driving? It will be available via webcast on Thursday, July 16 at 14:00 CEST. TÜV Rheinland Future Mobility Solutions develops testing standards and engineering guidelines
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