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Business

Antitrust Issue Raised Over Fiat Chrysler-PSA Merger

Partner must address van market share worries this week

Production

Coronavirus Auto Industry Roundup for May 15

Carmakers juggle production, search for funding

Business

Buick to Drop Regal Sedan in U.S.

Buick will drop the Regal, the only conventional sedan in its U.S. lineup, at the end of the 2020 model year to focus exclusively on SUV/crossovers.

Mazda CX-30 Sets Top Mark in Euro Safety Tests

Mazda Motor Corp.’s all-new CX-30 compact crossover vehicle earned a top five-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program and scored a record-high 99% in the Adult Occupant Protection category.

Business

Merged FCA-PSA Would Maintain Current Brands

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group plan to maintain all current brands under their proposed merger, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares tells French television station BMF Business.

Hybrid

PSA Readies Electric Vans

PSA Group will launch all-electric variants of its Citroen, Peugeot and Opel/Vauxhall compact vans next year in Europe.

Hybrid

Sales of Electrified Cars to Quadruple in Europe

Deliveries of plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles across Europe will jump fourfold to 1 million units in 2020, predicts Europe’s Transport & Environment group.

Economics

Investment in British Auto Industry Plunges 74%

New investment in Britain’s automotive sector plummeted 74% in the first half of 2019, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Production

PSA May Close Vauxhall Plant over Messy Brexit

PSA Group says it will move production of Astra and Vauxhall cars out of Ellesmere Port, England, if the U.K.’s exit from the European Union makes local production unprofitable.

The First Half in the U.K.

Not even the language is the same between the U.S. and the U.K.

Labor

PSA Says Brexit Will Determine Future for U.K. Plant

PSA Group says its decision about making the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Astra in England will depend on favorable tariff terms when the U.K. exits the European Union.

Design

Cadillac’s Andrew Smith on Design

“A Cadillac wants to be a simple, memorable statement,” says Andrew Smith of the brand he leads design for. And another characteristic: “Americanness.”

Business

PSA Boss Affirms Interest in Adding Luxury Brand

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares he is evaluating all opportunities, including buying or partnering with a luxury brand such as Jaguar Land Rover.

Labor

Carmakers to Begin Brexit Plant Shutdowns in U.K.

Carmakers will begin long-planned Brexit-related plant shutdowns in the U.K. this month, despite a last-minute delay in Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Design

Opel’s Union Okay Employee Transfers at German Tech Center

As many as 2,000 workers at PSA Group’s Opel engineering center in Russelsheim, Germany, will be allowed to transfer to a French engineering company.

Sales

PSA Hires Ex-Renault Chief to Head Sales, Marketing

PSA Group has appointed Thierry Koskas to take over as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the group’s five brands—Citroen, DS, Opel, Peugeot and Vauxhall—on March 26.

Sales

Opel Helps PSA Post Record Sales, Net Income

PSA Group reports record unit sales, revenue and both operating and net income for 2018, largely because of its acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors Co. in 2017.

Assembly

PSA Factory in France Adds Opel Mini-SUV

PSA Group says its assembly plant in Poissy, France, will add a next-generation Opel/Vauxhall-branded mini-crossover model later this year.

Business

Fiat Chrysler, PSA Extend Van Partnership

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and PSA Group have agreed to continue joint production of large commercial van at FCA’s factory in Sevel, Italy.

Car/Ride Sharing

Peugeot EV: 78 Years Ago

Although you’ve not been able to get a new Peugeot in the U.S. since 1991, PSA Group  is methodically working to bring back PSA products to the market.

Design

Car Colours in the U.K.

When it came to U.K. registrations for 2018, black, which was #1 in 2017, fell to second place, usurped by grey.

Propulsion

PSA Opens Powertrain R&D Center

PSA Group is opening a powertrain center of excellence in Carrieres-sous-Poissy, France.

Economics

Ford: Brexit with No Trade Deal Would Be “Catastrophic”

If the U.K. exits the European Union in March with no trade deal in place, the results would be “catastrophic” for the British auto industry, says Ford Motor Co.

Opel Names Cobo as Production Chief

PSA Group’s Opel/Vauxhall unit has appointed Antonio Cobo as vice president of manufacturing and supply chain, effective Jan. 1.