Automotive News Europe - August 2019 - 3

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ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

Tavares' time
to shine
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challenging year in 2018 left many
of Europe's automakers struggling to
put a brave face on falling margins amid
worries about the high cost of complying
with tougher emissions rules while also
investing in electric cars and autonomous
driving technology. This was not the case
at PSA Group, where CEO Carlos Tavares announced record sales and profits,
including a strong margin for Opel/Vauxhall just 18 months after buying General
Motors' money-losing European operations. That being said, Tavares' record is
not perfect. Sales in the Chinese market
have fallen badly this year while sales in
other global regions such as the Middle
East and Latin America have slipped and
the upscale DS brand has not yet gained
traction. Our cover story looks at how Tavares has achieved so much success and
whether he can maintain the positive momentum (Pages 6-9).
Toyota Europe has reached its target to
have hybrids make up 50 percent of its
sales. Now a new challenge has emerged:
offering full-electric vehicles. Toyota Europe's sales and marketing boss, Matthew Harrison, discussed this and more
with us (Page 10).
Alain Visser has been CEO of Zhejiang
Geely Holding startup Lynk & CO since
2015. Instead of creating a traditional
dealer network, Lynk & CO will offer subscriptions to customers, market its cars

online, and sell through branded flagship
stores and so-called "pop-up" stores.
Visser spoke about Lynk & CO's next
steps (Page 12).
Chinese companies have been trying to
establish a foothold in Europe for years.
To date, however, they have failed. In an
attempt to change this, Chinese automakers are investing in new design and
engineering operations in Europe that
could bolster their long-term prospects in
the region and at home. We look at their
progress (Page 13).
The European auto market fell into negative territory in the first half for the first
time since 2014, with vehicle sales declining by 3.1 percent to 8,183,562, according to industry association ACEA. One reason for the decline was the introduction in
the European Union last year of the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Testing
Procedure. Among the 33 brands tracked
by ACEA, just 12 showed sales growth in
the first half, led by Lancia/Chrysler, Mitsubishi and Lexus but all three had comparatively low volumes. We look at the
other first-half winners on Pages 14-15.
Some of the biggest nameplates among
upper premium sedans are suffering large
sales losses in Europe due to a combination of pressure from new large SUVs and
crossovers, a falloff in demand for some
electrified models and the fact that more

Bosch No. 1

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obert Bosch maintained the No. 1
spot in the Automotive News Europe listing of the top 50 suppliers
based on original equipment sales in
Europe. The German supplier and the
nine others in the Top 10 held their positions. There was a lot more volatility
in the rest of the list with Denso, Plastic Omnium, Tenneco and Hella making
gains and Aptiv, Adient and Schaeffler
losing ground. Overall, the top suppliers in Europe saw their combined 2018
sales increase by 4.8 percent to more
than $243 billion, according to ANE
analysis. For more see Page 22. ANE

sporty body styles are outpacing traditional limousines. We look at the future
for this key segment (Pages 16-17).
The new Renault Captur has become bigger and has a more sophisticated interior
to appeal to a broader group of buyers in
a bid to regain the top spot in the small
crossover/SUV segment. We review the
car that will also be the first Renault to offer a plug-in hybrid drivetrain (Page 18).
Mazda developed the CX-30 with Europe
in mind as a key market and will launch
the SUV in the region before it is rolled
out globally. Naohito Saga, the CX-30's
program manager, explains what Mazda
did to cater to local tastes (Page 19).
We continue our Supplier Talk from the
Top series with major players from Germany and Spain. Stefan Hartung, who heads
the powerful automotive business at Robert Bosch, outlines how the world's largest
supplier will make itself a key player as
the industry moves toward self-driving and
electrified vehicles (Page 23). Gestamp
CEO Francisco Riberas spoke about the
challenges suppliers are facing as automakers pressure them to ramp up their
investment in electric vehicles (Page 24).
Frank-Steffen Walliser might have the
most enviable job at Porsche -- and the
most challenging. The Stuttgart native has
been given the keys to the brand's most
iconic sports car: the 911. But as the world
moves toward electrification, Walliser has
to decide whether the next 911 will be part
of the transition (Page 39).
Enjoy the issue!

The SF90 Stradale is the most powerful road Ferrari to date, with 986 hp,
and is the automaker's first series production plug-in hybrid. It is also
Ferrari's first four-wheel-drive, two-seat sports car. There are a number of
other firsts for the supercar. Find out what they are on Page 20.

AUGUST 2019

Luca Ciferri,
Associate Publisher and Editor

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