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Euro weakness, exports lift southern Europe car output

March 6, 2015 06:01 CET

While southern Europe is experiencing at best a patchy economic recovery, the outlook for the region's carmakers is a little less bumpy thanks to the weak euro, cheaper oil and labor reforms. Fiat, Ford and GM have boosted output in Spain and Italy.
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VW's German workers get 3% wage increase
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VW plans $1 billion investment in Mexico to support Tiguan output, report says
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Record-breaking Rolls-Royce expects further gains from growing lineup
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Lotus CEO leans towards SUV launch as sales pick up
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Fiat Chrysler's Polish plant will build restyled Fiat 500, Lancia Ypsilon, reports say
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Fiat brand will never again be a mass-market player in Europe, Marchionne says
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Chevy Bolt EV variant may be sold as an Opel in Europe, sources say
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Ford warns on UK leaving EU
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Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley said the UK needs to stay in the EU to keep its manufacturers at the forefront of global production. "We really believe that the UK being pa ...
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Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role
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Lamborghini CEO takes aim at another sales record
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BMW CEO Reithofer sees challenges mounting for his successor
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