Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Archive for the ‘Europe’ Category

VW Ups EV Ante as it Places $25B in Battery Orders

German giant now outspending rival Tesla.

by on Mar.14, 2018

VW plans to have 30 fully electric vehicles ready by 2025, including models based on the ID Buzz and ID Crozz concepts.

As it ramps up plans to sell at least 3 million electrified vehicles annually by 2025, Volkswagen has announced orders for $25 billion worth of batteries and battery components – dwarfing the spending plans of all-electric competitor Tesla.

Longer-term, VW said it plans to more than double that total as it prepares to offer some form of electrified drivetrain for every vehicle in its line-up – including dozens of all-electric models. It plans to roll out its first three long-range battery-electric vehicles this year, including offerings from its Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi brands. It also will launch a new sub-brand, Volkswagen I.D., which will include in its portfolio the all-electric Buzz, a modern take on the automaker’s iconic Microbus.

News You Can Trust!

Among all 12 brands in the Volkswagen Group family, CEO Matthias Mueller said that there will be new battery-powered models launched “virtually every month,” as the new program ramps up, adding that “This is how we intend to offer the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the world.” (more…)

Tesla Shut Down Model 3 Line – Again – to Make Upgrades

EV maker makes improvements aimed at increasing production speed.

by on Mar.12, 2018

Tesla shut down its plant in California last month to make upgrades to its production line.

Tesla’s ongoing growing pains moving from a low-volume to mass market manufacturer continue as the EV maker had to shut down its production on the Model 3 for a week last month.

The company temporarily suspended production at its Fremont, California plant as well as at its Gigafactory in Nevada, Feb. 20-24, to adjust equipment to improve automation and increase production rates.

Subscribe Now!

The automaker has been under fire for continually missing deadlines for increasing the production run rates at its plant. The goal is ultimately to produce 500,000 vehicles annually, including 100,000 Model S and X vehicles. The current rate is significantly lower than that. (more…)

McLaren Teases “Hyper-GT” – Its Fastest Car Ever

Codenamed BP23, it promises to best the iconic McLaren F1.

by on Mar.09, 2018

A rendering of the McLaren BP23 hypercar instrument cluster shows it hitting 243 mph, the top speed of the legendary McLaren F1.

Just days after McLaren revealed the latest of its extreme machines, the Senna GTR, the British marque is teasing us with renderings of what it promises will be the fastest car it has ever built.

The as yet-unnamed “Hyper-GT’ will be capable, it says, of “exceeding 243 mph” which, it turns out, was the max speed of the iconic McLaren F1. Like that original, 1994 hypercar, the new model will also feature a centrally mounted seating position, with an additional passenger seat on either side.

The Last Word!

Codenamed the BP23, McLaren says the new model will be powered by a “petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.” Beyond that, details are scarce when it comes to the powertrain, but few would be surprised if the new hypercar would make 1,000 horsepower or more and be able to push somewhere in excess of 250 mph.


Mercedes-Benz Bank Changes Business Model

Moves by automakers toward mobility forces bank to rethink operations.

by on Mar.09, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Bank is changing the way it does things to keep pace with the changes in auto financing needs.

Daimler Financial Services subsidiary, the Mercedes-Benz Bank in Germany, is revising its business model to accommodate the changes in mobility, such as subscription services, with which carmakers have begun to experiment.

The Mercedes-Benz Bank now finances one of every two vehicles sold by the automaker in Germany and the bank’s portfolio now totals around 970,000 cars, trucks, vans and buses on the books and grew by 12% in 2017 to 26.9 billion euros.

Global News!

“In future, we will also integrate mobility services such as car sharing into our vehicle financing, in addition to making offers specifically for electrically powered vehicles,” One in every two Daimler vehicles in Germany is on the road with a contract from Mercedes-Benz Bank, he added. (more…)

Automakers, Suppliers Decry Trump Tariff Implementation

Companies warn that cost increases will get passed to consumers.

by on Mar.09, 2018

Analysts believe the new tariffs will increase the costs consumers pay for a new vehicle in the U.S.

Dealers, carmakers and suppliers were quick to criticize President Donald Trump’s order imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum with the exception of imports from Canada or Mexico.

“A tariff is a tax that will result in higher prices that consumers will ultimately bear,” John Bozzella, the president and CEO of Global Automakers, an organization that represents more than a dozen European and Asian automakers as well as key suppliers.

News Now!

Earlier in the week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross tried to downplay the impact by going on television with a can of Campbell’s Soup and telling viewers its price would increase by a fraction of a penny. But considering the amount of steel and aluminum in a typical vehicle, prices for cars could go up by hundreds of dollars, analysts warn. (more…)

The 14 Hottest, Most Important Cars to Debut at the ’18 Geneva Motor Show

Show brings outs the best of the auto industry.

by on Mar.08, 2018

Aston wants to deliver 400-mile range by turning to next-generation solid state batteries.

Its become something of gospel that auto shows are losing their luster. And, while a few recent events might have fallen short of expectations, we can’t say that about this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The annual event, arguably the most important of the European car shows, brought out dozens of distinctive new cars, trucks, crossovers and concepts, a significant number of them set to reach beyond European shores.

Subscribe Now!

So, here’s a list of the 14 hottest and most significant debuts – ranked alphabetically, rather than by importance – from the 2018 Geneva Motor Show: (more…)

Live from Geneva!

Electric SUVs, hybrid sports cars, hot hatches and more.

by on Mar.08, 2018

The 88th edition of Geneva International Motor Show is basically over for the media and the show will open its doors to the public after dozens of new products from makers like Ferrari, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz and others made their debuts. is still working sources and looking to report news coming out of the show so be certain to check back often to see the latest. (more…)

GM Boosting Bolt EV Production as Demand Surges

CEO Barra asking Congress to expand electric-car tax credits.

by on Mar.08, 2018

There's significant room to expand Chevy Bolt EV production at GM's Orion Assembly Plant.

General Motors plans to expand production of its first long-range battery-car, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, CEO Mary Barra said during an energy conference in Houston.

The Bolt has experienced stronger than expected demand in recent months, some analysts suggesting that is the result of the slow ramp-up of production for Tesla’s own mainstream EV, the Model 3.

Plug In Now!

Demand has also been buoyed by $7,500 federal tax credits that bring the base price of the Bolt down below $30,000. But under the current rules, GM is expected to soon see the credits phase out, something that could cut into demand, leading Barra to say that, “We feel tax credits should be expanded so our customers continue to receive the benefits going forward.”


Ford Debuts New Transit Connect Cargo Van

Most popular van in the segment now comes with a diesel option.

by on Mar.06, 2018

The new Transit Connect Cargo van comes with an optional diesel engine for 2019.

A few weeks after unveiling its 2019 Transit Connect small van, Ford took the wraps off its work version, the Cargo van.

For a company that doesn’t sell a minivan, Ford has had stunning success with its smaller-than-full-size vans. In fact, the Transit Connect cargo van tops the market with a 46% share, ahead of big-time competitors like the Ram ProMaster and Mercedes’ Sprinter line-up.

News You Can Trust!

The company appears ready to keep that top spot too as the new iteration of its cargo van gets a variety of upgrades to its powertrain offerings, including a new diesel, which is the only one in the segment, as well as new safety technologies. (more…)

Kia Bolsters Line-up With New Ceed and Rio GT

Rio gets GT tag for first time ever.

by on Mar.06, 2018

The new Kia Ceed not only gets a variety of engine, suspension and technology updates, it's name also gets an update.

Kia introduced the world to its new Ceed and Rio GT models at the Geneva Motor Show. The new versions received a variety of changes and additions, including the Ceed, which actually got a new name.

The Ceed was originally named cee’d when the Slovakian-built car hit the market more than a decade ago. However, the model’s name is actually Ceed, which is short for Community of Europe, with European Design.

Subscribe Now!

Really more of a statement of how aligned the vehicle is in the countries where its available than anything, but the new model – and its Sportswagon variant – are in its third generation now, having sold 1.28 million units since its introduction. (more…)