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Alfa Romeo midsize sedan will be unveiled next June
Nov. 20, 2014 10:04 CET | UPDATED: Nov. 21 15:00 CET - adds details on new models
Alfa Romeo's new midsized sedan will be unveiled next June, according to sources. The sedan will be positioned in the market between the BMW 3 series and 5 series, source ...


BMW may need to increase i8 production to cut waiting lists
Nov. 20, 2014 18:26 CET
BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW ...


Zetsche sees significant AMG-MV Agusta synergies
Nov. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche sees big cross-marketing opportunities for the Mercedes-AMG performance unit and motorcycle maker MV Agusta because customers of both brands ha ...


Mini 5-door may become best-seller
Nov. 13, 2014 06:01 CET
The Mini five-door variant targets customers who need more space. Available for the first time with the option of a head-up display and adaptive cruise control, Mini says ...


Zetsche: Daimler has no ambition to run Aston Martin
Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says his company has no plans to increase its stake in Aston Martin or involve itself in operational matters at the UK sports car maker. ...


Lexus aims to woo wealthy eco-friendly buyers in Europe
Nov. 5, 2014 06:15 CET
Lexus Europe is positioning itself as a green, technology-driven alternative to Germany's premium automakers. Lexus Europe head, Alain Uyttenhoven, explained the strategy ...


Is Ferrari worth 12 billion euros?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31
Ferrari is worth as much as 12 billion euros on the open market based on Chairman Sergio Marchionne's most optimistic blue-sky estimate. The true value will be a hot topi ...


Ferrari will go public but remain private
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30
Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group. ...


Maserati beats Ferrari in Q3 profit on Montezemolo exit
Oct. 29, 2014 18:22 CET
Maserati's quarterly profit topped Ferrari's for the first time since it became part of Fiat Group more than 25 years ago. ...


Ferrari will go public but remain private
3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29
Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group. ...


Renault design boss aims to 'seduce' buyers with French flair
Oct. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker wants the brand's cars to "seduce" customers with their French styling. The styling chief explained his strategy in an intervie ...


Reithofer's vision made U.S. plant into a global giant
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11
BMW CEO Nortbert Reithofer has transformed the automaker's U.S. factory into one of the world's largest SUV production hubs. ...


China may pass U.S. as Porsche's largest market
Oct. 9, 2014 10:13 CET
Strong demand for the Cayenne SUV may help China overtake the United States as Porsche's largest single market as soon as this year. Sales in China last month rose to 4,3 ...


BMW hires Ferrari's chief engineer
Oct. 8, 2014 10:21 CET | UPDATED: Oct. 8 13:00 CET - adds BMW comment
BMW has hired Ferrari's former technical director, Roberto Fedeli, for an as-yet unspecified role. Fedeli joined Ferrari in 1988 and has been responsible for the engineer ...


AvtoVAZ CEO sees 'massive' room for improvement at Lada
Oct. 7, 2014 06:30 CET
Bo Andersson, who became CEO of Russia's AvtoVAZ in January, has been working to turn the carmaker into a profitable part of the Renault-Nissan alliance. ...


AvtoVAZ rebound key to Ghosn's grand plan for Renault-Nissan
Oct. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's plan to make the alliance one of the top three global automakers by 2016 could be derailed if Russia's largest automaker, AvtoVAZ, fails ...


Peugeot plots U.S. re-entry under DS brand
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4
PSA Peugeot Citroen could re-enter the United States early in the next decade with its DS premium brand. ...


Fiat expects 500X's Italian styling to win sales in booming segment
Oct. 2, 2014 12:37 CET
Fiat is touting the 500X's Italian styling as a standout feature that will help the car win sales in the booming but hotly contested subcompact crossover segment. ...


Renault Eolab's funny numbers
5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some ...


Renault-Nissan rethinks EV battery strategy
Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
The Renault-Nissan alliance is reviewing its in-house battery production. ...


Mini will show new 5-door hatchback at Paris
Sept. 19, 2014 14:52 CET
Mini will unveil its first five-door hatchback in Paris as the BMW subsidiary seeks to attract new customers and those looking for something bigger than the current three ...


EVs, small SUVs are winners in first half
Sept. 17, 2014 06:30 CET
The European car market underwent a big shake-up in the first half as there was a change at the top of nine of the 24 segments tracked by Automotive News Europe. ...


Premium automakers push into profitable niche segments in H1
Sept. 17, 2014 06:30 CET
Premium automakers are progressively pushing volume rivals out of profit-rich niches such as coupes and convertibles. ...


Sell? Grow? IPO? Marchionne ponders Ferrari's future
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Sergio Marchionne rules out closer ties between Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as he prepares to take direct control of the independently run Italian sports car ma ...


Growing Maserati to add 1st SUV in 2016
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Maserati, after selling more vehicles in the first half of 2014 than in all of 2013, is on track to reach its goal of 30,000 global sales this year. ...


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