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BMW dealers with Product Geniuses boost profit and customer satisfaction
April 17, 2014 06:15 CET
BMW dealers in Europe taking part in the automaker's Product Genius program are getting a financial boost. ...


Old and new alliances crucial to Tavares' turnaround plan for PSA
April 15, 2014 13:48 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will keep its industrial partnerships with General Motors, Toyota and Fiat despite the arrival of China's Dongfeng as a stakeholder in the automaker, ...


Ford expects boost from EcoSport SUV
April 15, 2014 06:15 CET
Ford says its EcoSport small SUV could become one of the company's best-sellers in Europe if it receives enough product supply from India. ...


Land Rover plans 3-pronged attack
April 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Land Rover says it plans to better distinguish its SUV offerings by creating three distinct model lines. ...


Jaguar counts on XE, first crossover to reach ambitious sales goal
April 10, 2014 06:15 CET
Jaguar is counting on the new XE sedan and a forthcoming crossover to help boost Jaguar Land Rover's global vehicle sales to 750,000 by the end of the decade, up from an ...


Ford unveils upscale S-Max concept with Vignale badge
April 9, 2014 13:19 CET
Ford has unveiled a concept previewing an upscale Vignale variant of its S-Max large minivan, the second vehicle to receive the trim line after the Mondeo sedan. ...


Views mixed on DS's chances as stand-alone brand
April 7, 2014 06:01 CET
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares wants the company's Citroen DS marque to become a stand-alone brand that can compete with premium German carmakers' products. Market watchers, howe ...


How PSA lured Tavares
April 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Carlos Tavares' disclosure that he didn't want to remain No. 2 at Renault got him fired, but it also got him what he wanted: the chance to be CEO of a major global automa ...


How high-revving PSA CEO Carlos Tavares plans to turn around Europe's second-largest automaker
April 7, 2014 06:15 CET
New PSA CEO Carlos Tavares faces a number of big challenges in his new job including halting losses, reducing bloated lineups, boosting PSA's presence in China and adjust ...


BMW sees annual output of 100,000 units for its 'i' electric range
March 19, 2014 16:03 CET
BMW says it may build more than 100,000 units a year of its 'i' range of battery-powered cars by 2020 to help meet tougher CO2 emissions regulations. ...


Nissan moves Qashqai upmarket
March 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan is so confident about the new Qashqai that its production capacity is three times that of the first-generation crossover. ...


Toyota Chairman says hybrids will soon have 20% global share
March 10, 2014 06:15 CET
Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada sees deliveries of hybrid vehicles reaching 20 percent of global sales in the near future, up from about 13 percent to 14 percent now. ...


Toyota chairman says hybrids will soon have 20% global share
12:15 am U.S. ET | March 10
Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada has high expectations for hybrid vehicles and sees deliveries reaching 20 percent of global sales in the near future, from about 13 per ...


Toyota reconfirms commitment to PSA minicar alliance
March 7, 2014 08:43 CET
Toyota reconfirmed its commitment to its minicar alliance with PSA even though the French automaker has agreed a capital tie-up with China's Dongfeng. ...


PSA boss Tavares wants DS to become stand-alone brand
March 4, 2014 14:09 CET
Incoming PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares wants the company's Citroen DS range to become a stand-alone brand as the automaker seeks to promote its upscale product o ...


Tavares's message to PSA execs: Make money
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4
Incoming PSA CEO Carlos Tavares wants profitability to be the key priority for the ailing French automaker. ...


Alfa unlikely to get Mazda-made roadster, sources say
March 3, 2014 06:01 CET
Fiat or its Abarth performance subbrand are likely to get a roadster from Mazda instead of Alfa Romeo, sources say. ...


Citroen aims to pioneer 'pay-per-use' leasing scheme for C4 Cactus
March 3, 2014 06:15 CET
Citroen plans to be the first automaker in Europe to offer a "pay-per-use" leasing scheme with the launch of the new C4 Cactus. The scheme mirrors plans offered by mobile ...


Google poised to have strong presence in connected car
Feb. 14, 2014 06:15 CET
There will be more Google in your next car. That was the clear message automakers gave at the recent International CES, the world's largest consumer electronic fair in La ...


BMW development chief Diess says internal synergies key to premium strategy
Feb. 4, 2014 06:15 CET
BMW plans to strengthen internal synergies between its BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands as it aims to make permanent its nine-year reign as the world's No. 1 premium auto ...


Hot models help Jaguar, Dacia, Mazda defy the European downturn
Feb. 3, 2014 06:15 CET
Product is king. ...


Baby Jeep hits the road in Italy
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3
Heavily disguised units of Jeep's first subcompact SUV that were spotted here recently suggest a baby brother to the four-door Wrangler Unlimited. ...


New Jeep subcompact hits Italian streets
Jan. 30, 2014 13:45 CET
A heavily disguised prototype of Jeep's new subcompact SUV was spotted undergoing road tests. ...


Alfa calls new architecture Giorgio
7:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27 | UPDATED: Jan. 27 19:10 CET -- Corrects timing for new plan
Alfa Romeo's new architecture will be code-named Giorgio, people working on the project told me. It's one of the few details revealed so far about the brand's fourth revi ...


Alfa calls new architecture Giorgio
7:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27
Alfa Romeo's new architecture will be code-named Giorgio, people working on the project told me. It's one of the few details revealed so far about the brand's fourth revi ...


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