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BMW 8-series concept stakes claim for luxury leadership

May 25, 2017 16:40 CET

BMW unveiled a concept for its new 8-series coupe that will become its new flagship and help it fight off a challenge from German rival Mercedes-Benz for leadership in the premium segment.
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
May 25, 2017 13:35 CET

Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. In other changes Raj Nair will be president of Ford North America and Peter Fleet will tak ...

 

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GM accused in lawsuit of using VW-like defeat devices
May 25, 2017 17:32 CET

GM was accused of putting defeat devices in its trucks to beat emissions tests, the sixth carmaker linked to diesel cheating since 2015, when VW admitted to installing so ...

 




 
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Prosecutors investigate Bosch employees in Daimler probe, paper says
May 25, 2017 12:55 CET | UPDATED: May 25 16:55 CET - adds details

German prosecutors who searched Daimler's offices this week as part of a probe into diesel pollution are also investigating employees at Bosch, a German paper said. ...

 

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Renault sees wireless charging as answer to EV range anxiety
May 25, 2017 06:01 CET

As automakers and governments work to add more charging stations to ease electric vehicle range anxiety, Renault is touting dynamic wireless charging as a technology that ...

 

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Late Easter pulls down UK production by 18%
May 25, 2017 09:29 CET

UK car production fell 18 percent in April as the number of manufacturing days in the month was reduced by a later Easter break. ...

 

Bosnian activists fail to secure seats on Grammer board
May 25, 2017 09:46 CET

Bosnia's Hastor family failed in a bid to get three representatives onto the supervisory board of German supplier Grammer at the annual shareholder meeting. ...

 

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Aston Martin swings to profit, boosted by DB11 flagship
May 24, 2017 18:20 CET

Aston Martin reported its first quarterly profit in a decade, as the automaker benefits from cost cuts and demand for its new DB11 sports car. ...

 

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EU probes aid for Jaguar Land Rover's Slovak factory
May 24, 2017 13:13 CET | UPDATED: May 25 19:18 CET - adds JLR statement

EU regulators are investigating the legality of Slovakia's plan to grant $139.7 million to Jaguar Land Rover to support a new plant in the country. The facility, which wi ...

 

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German prosecutor investigating Daimler is in touch with U.S. authorities
May 24, 2017 14:03 CET

German authorities involved in raiding Daimler's offices as part of a probe into diesel pollution are talking to U.S. authorities, prosecutors said. ...

 

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GM to cut jobs at international headquarters, report says
May 24, 2017 23:20 CET

GM will slash headcount at its international headquarters in Singapore as part of efforts to reduce exposure to unprofitable and unpromising markets, Reuters reported. ...

 

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Fiat Chrysler stumbles into U.S. regulatory crosshairs
May 24, 2017 17:43 CET

Fiat Chrysler will have to defend itself against accusations it has run afoul of environmental, safety and securities laws in the span of just a few years. ...

 

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Ford CEO Hackett's pay worth up to $13.4 million
May 24, 2017 20:00 CET

New Ford CEO Jim Hackett's base salary rose from $716,000 to $1.8 million. His total compensation for this year is valued at up to $13.4 million. ...

 

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Fields could walk away from Ford with $57.5 million
May 25, 2017 03:26 CET

Former Ford CEO Mark Fields, ousted by the board after the automaker's stock declined 37 percent on his watch, could walk away with about $57.5 million in compensation. ...

 

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Tesla names new HR head amid worker allegations
May 24, 2017 22:46 CET

Tesla replaced Arnnon Geshuri, vice president of human resources, with Gaby Toledano, a former executive at video game company Electronic Arts, amid employee claims of a ...

 

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Geely will buy stakes in Malaysia's Proton, UK automaker Lotus
May 23, 2017 19:14 CET | UPDATED: May 24 8:56 CET - new story

Chinese automaker Geely Holding will buy a 49.9 percent stake in struggling Proton from Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom. Geely will also acquire a 51 percent share in UK ...

 

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VW's Mueller says culture change could take years
May 23, 2017 09:33 CET | UPDATED: May 23 14:28 CET - adds detail

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller said some managers are resisting the automaker's push for a new era of accountability after its emissions fraud. "There are definitely peopl ...

 

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Fiat Chrysler sued by U.S. over excess diesel emissions
May 23, 2017 19:18 CET

The U.S. government has filed a civil lawsuit accusing Fiat Chrysler of using software to bypass emission controls in diesel vehicles. The suit also names Fiat Chrysler u ...

 

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VW faces big fines in France for emissions cheat
May 23, 2017 13:11 CET

VW Group made nearly $26 billion in sale proceeds on cars sold in the country with illegal defeat devices, France's consumer fraud watchdog believes, according to a Frenc ...

 

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Daimler, BYD to recapitalize EV joint venture
May 23, 2017 10:09 CET

Daimler and BYD will each invest 500 million yuan ($72.6 million) to shore up their debt-laden EV joint venture in China. The partnership has been unprofitable since 2014 ...

 

    
 
Lotus can thrive under Geely

Nick Gibbs
5:47 am U.S. ET | May 24 2017

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Geely's decision to take a majority stake in Lotus is great news for the unprofitable UK sports-car maker because the Chinese company has had great success in reviving... ...
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How Renault plans to keep the Captur ahead of rivals

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19 2017

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Renault hopes to keep the Captur as Europe's top-selling subcompact SUV by giving it an upgraded int ...
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After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10 2017

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Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to. ...
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Why VW brand's plunging revenue is good news

Christiaan Hetzner
7:14 am U.S. ET | May 3 2017

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One aspect of VW Group's first-quarter report is the plunge in revenue at its core brand. ...
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VW has no compelling reason to sell Ducati


4:33 am U.S. ET | May 2 2017

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Volkswagen's 747-million-euro acquisition of Ducati might not have been based on any industrial logi ...
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China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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Premium brands gain ground as UK sales plunge 20%
UK new-car registrations slumped 20 percent in April, the biggest year-on-year drop for over six yea ...
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German sales fall 8% as diesel share declines
German new-car registrations fell 8 percent in April as buyers turned away from diesel cars and fewe ...
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Renault, Skoda and Citroen among winners as Italy sales fall 5%
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Renault, PSA suffer as French sales decline 6%
French registrations fell 6 percent in April on two fewer selling days. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
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BMW adds 2 execs to North American leadership
BMW's new North America chief has appointed two lieutenants to help him as he works to revive the au ...
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VW names U.S. compliance officer after diesel scandal
Volkswagen's U.S. unit named a KPMG director, Stephanie Davis, as its chief compliance officer after the automaker was sentenced in April in its diesel-emissions scandal. ...
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Continental names new head of China operations
Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China ...
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BMW i subbrand exec to join energy group Innogy
German energy group Innogy has recruited Stefan von Dobschuetz, a key executive from BMW Group's i s ...
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Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing
Mini USA has appointed new heads of both sales and marketing. ...
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VW names new communications, logistics chiefs for North America
Volkswagen Group of America has promoted two executives to top positions running the company's commu ...
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Ex-Ferrari exec Lanzone hired by autonomous car start-up Zoox
Autonomous vehicle startup Zoox said Corrado Lanzone, former operations director of Ferrari's racing division, has joined the company as its vice president of manufacturing... ...
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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