VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

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VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets. ... Read More »
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GM predicts Europe profit in '16, ending years of losses

Oct. 1, 2014 18:02 CET | UPDATED: Oct. 1 20:30 CET - Adds analyst comment

GM expects its first profit in Europe in more than a decade in 2016. The automaker said $1.5 billion in improved operating results in the region by 2016 will include the elimination of $700 million in restructuring costs and the addition of $400 million from increased sales.
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Winterkorn warns EU on overburdening automakers on CO2
Oct. 1, 2014 22:00 CET

VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn warned European regulators that it would be “fatal” to overburden the auto industry with a fresh round of more stringent emissi ...
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PSA's Tavares keeps door open to partnerships
Oct. 1, 2014 16:42 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares says the carmaker is open to potential partnerships but must first complete its restructuring. In July, PSA reported a surprise surge in first-half ...
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EU probes Portugal's MQB platform aid to Volkswagen
Oct. 1, 2014 12:37 CET | UPDATED: Oct. 1 13:53 CET - Adds detail on MQB platform

The European Union has launched an investigation into Volkswagen's planned receipt of 36.15 million euros ($45.6 million) of state aid for investing in its MQB platform t ...
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PSA leads 6% gain in French car sales in September
Oct. 1, 2014 10:56 CET

PSA led a 6 percent gain in French car sales last month as registrations at the automaker jumped 17 percent. Sales were also boosted by an extra selling day, the CCFA ind ...
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Spanish new-car sales up 26% in September
Oct. 1, 2014 11:50 CET

New-car registrations in Spain rose 26 percent in September, the market's 13th consecutive month of growth, as continued support from a government subsidy program helped ...
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Italy car sales rise 3% in September
Oct. 1, 2014 19:33 CET

New-car registrations in Italy rose 3 percent in September, according to data published by the country's transport ministry. Full-year sales are seen rising to about 1.35 ...
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW
Europe's struggling auto recovery overshadows Paris glamour
Sept. 30, 2014 11:30 CET

Self-driving vehicles and smartphone integration will be among the top features at Europe's biggest auto show this year as executives focus on something that's become inc ...
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW
Ferrari will unveil top-performing 458 Speciale
Sept. 30, 2014 10:10 CET

Ferrari will unveil the top-performing convertible version of the mid-engine 458 Speciale sports car range in Paris. The automaker will build just 499 examples of the 458 ...
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW
Renault Clio will be first production car with upscale trim line
Sept. 30, 2014 12:17 CET

Renault will launch its upscale Initiale Paris trim line on its Clio subcompact. Renault, Ford and PSA are upgrading their models in Europe by adding premium features in ...
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Ford sets high 2020 sales goal while Europe remains a drag
Sept. 30, 2014 09:54 CET

Ford targets boosting its global vehicle sales by 52 percent to 9.4 million annually by 2020 as the automaker looks to fast-growing Asian markets to offset the poor-perfo ...
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Fiat's tax accord with Luxembourg may be illegal state aid, EU says
Sept. 30, 2014 13:13 CET

The European Commission has told Luxembourg that its tax arrangement with a Fiat finance subsidiary may constitute state aid, breaking EU internal market rules. ...
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SGL Carbon will sell 267 million euros worth of shares to tackle debt, boost growth
Sept. 30, 2014 12:23 CET

SGL Carbon, which counts BMW, VW Group and BMW heiress Susanne Klatten as its three biggest shareholders, will sell 267 million euros ($339 million) in shares to repay de ...
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Fiat jobs matter more than HQ location, Italy prime minister says
Sept. 29, 2014 10:26 CET

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Fiat Chrysler's decision to have a home base in London matters less than the jobs and opportunities that the combined company wil ...
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BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu
Sept. 29, 2014 17:43 CET

BMW is teaming up with Chinese Internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of automated driving a ...
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CO2 from new cars in Europe 38% worse than promised, study says
Sept. 29, 2014 18:06 CET | UPDATED: Sept. 30 8:40 CET -- Adds link to report

European cars probably discharged 38 percent more CO2 on real-world roads last year than their ratings promised, a transportation lobby group said. That means more fuel, ...
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VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot
Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, s ...
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French use Paris to show progress in low-CO2 cars
Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

French automakers are putting a big emphasis on fuel efficiency at the Paris auto show this year, having received financial help from the French government ahead of tough ...
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Infiniti's new London studio ignites brand's Aston Martin aspirations
Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

Infiniti executives think that its brand new London design studio will help it create models that appeal to customers purchasing some of Britain's most exclusive vehicles ...
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VW Group, Renault-Nissan dominate European car assembly footprint
Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET | UPDATED: 9/30/2014

VW Group and Renault-Nissan have expanded their reach. The two automakers now jointly account for more than 40 percent of all the vehicle assembly plants in Europe, accor ...
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For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

Paul McVeigh
9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 2014

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Lotus' timeless 'tub'

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Montezemolo's Ferrari departure no laughing matter

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Nissan, Renault, Dacia and Lada benefit from low-cost car vision

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Mazda MX-5 restores love at first sight

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Western European car sales extend mixed recovery
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