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Automakers say they are looking to reduce the size of their dealer networks in Europe, but in many cases they don’t follow through, said automotive experts who took part in the Automotive News Europe Shift panel discussion, “Sizing the Dealer Network in the New Normal.” The experts also discussed the pros and cons of moving
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Registrations in Spain fell 19 percent in November compared with the same month in 2019, as a resurgence of the coronavirus depressed spending and partial lockdowns affected business in a number of areas. There were 75,708 passenger vehicles registered in the month, which had 21 selling days, one more than in November 2019, according to
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Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark discussed the automaker’s closer cooperation with sibling Volkswagen Group brands Audi and Porsche and the UK automaker’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit in an interview with Automobilwoche, a German-language sister publication of Automotive News Europe. Bentley had a good 2019 and you were confident about this year. How has it been
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The merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker by volume has taken more than two years to negotiate, according to documents filed with regulatory authorities this month. The deal was discussed over a series of international meetings, in Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt, Detroit, Turin and elsewhere. Major players included:
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Hydrogen-fuel cell technology has been touted as a best-of-both-worlds mobility solution, combining the short fill-up time and longer range of an internal-combustion engine with zero CO2 emissions.  But it’s been slow to catch on, and the cost of the components is a significant barrier. Plastic Omnium, which is pursuing a comprehensive fuel-cell strategy that it hopes
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Renault will convert its factory in Flins, France, into a facility for recycling, retrofitting and research by 2024, as the money-losing automaker moves to trim its global production by 20 percent. The automaker said Wednesday in a news release that it aims to employ 3,000 people at the revamped site by 2030, including staff from its nearby Choisy-le-Roi reconditioning
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Elon Musk briefed a European battery conference on Tesla’s efforts to bring longer-range electric cars to market in the coming years, though he broke little new ground with regard to timing or other specifics. The factory Tesla is building near Berlin will make cars tailored for European buyers, including smaller models that can park in
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Mercedes-Benz is ratcheting up the competition in the niche segment that is ultraluxury sedans. The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will begin sales in a “number” of markets this year. It will launch in Germany in the spring and in the United States in the middle of 2021. Pricing has not been disclosed. The Maybach S 580
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China’s SVolt Energy Technology plans to invest about 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in Germany to build its first factory in Europe as the battery maker seeks to benefit from surging electric-car demand in the region. The plant will have the capacity to make as much as 24 gigawatt-hours of batteries to power between 300,000
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TOKYO — Jeep boss Christian Meunier says his mission is to further globalize the iconic off-road company and transform its image into that of the “greenest SUV brand” in the world. The strategy will involve leveraging synergies with PSA Group and promoting Jeep’s upcoming range of electrified vehicles, partly through a new marketing campaign. Speaking
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Nissan has revealed the unveiling date for its delayed new-generation Qashqai compact SUV, the automaker’s best-selling model in Europe. Final preparations are well underway for the introduction of the third-generation Qashqai next spring, ahead of its sales launch later in 2021, Nissan said in a statement on Friday. The replacement for the current Qashqai, which
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