Lexus reveals potential Mini fighter

LF-SA is the Toyota premium brand's smallest car to date

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Lexus revealed the aggressively styled LF-SA subcompact concept at the Geneva auto show today that, if built, would compete against the Mini hatchback and Audi A1. ... Read More »
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Lamborghini CEO has supercar maker racing toward another sales record

March 4, 2015 06:30 CET

Lamborghini's CEO is bullish after the automaker set a new sales record last year with a 19 percent boost in deliveries and the company entered 2015 with a solid order book. Stephan Winkelmann discussed the supercar maker's future with Automotive News Europe.
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Opel/Vauxhall touts connectivity as OnStar rolls out in Europe
March 3, 2015 18:43 CET

Opel/Vauxhall believes its OnStar digital service will help it win new customers, boost sales and return to profit after it begins to roll out the service in 13 European ...
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Daimler's Zetsche sees opportunity from convergence with tech firms
March 3, 2015 14:33 CET

Daimler is not afraid of new competitors from the technology and telecoms industries such as Google and Apple, CEO Dieter Zetsche said, adding that there is a tremendous ...
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Opel, VW CEOs cautious on Europe sales growth amid Russia crisis
March 3, 2015 09:14 CET | UPDATED: March 3 10:40 CET - adds Volvo, Nissan comments

Europe's carmakers are benefiting from robust demand for passenger cars in most of the region although the slumping Russian market continues to cast a shadow, making fore ...
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Apple seen emerging as serious competitor by auto executives
March 3, 2015 15:09 CET

Auto executives are taking seriously the prospect that Apple and Google will emerge as competitors even as they consider partnering with the two. ...
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Bentley CEO expects big boost from brand's first SUV
March 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Bentley is on course to reach record sales targets as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with its first SUV, the Bentayga ...
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Porsche will buy 25% stake in carbon fiber maker
March 3, 2015 13:30 CET

Porsche plans to buy a 25 percent stake in German carbon fiber producer Capricorn Composite, widening access to the lightweight material it uses in its LMP1 and 918 Spyde ...
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Marchionne says he has merger candidate in mind, but it's not VW
March 3, 2015 12:22 CET

Volkswagen is not the ideal candidate for a tie-up with Fiat Chrysler, the CEO Sergio Marchionne said today, adding he was exploring various merger and acquisition option ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible to go on sale next year
March 3, 2015 06:01 CET

A convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque will go on sale next year, Land Rover said in a statement. ...
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VW Passat named European Car of the Year
March 2, 2015 17:28 CET

The Volkswagen Passat is Europe's 2015 Car of the Year, marking the third time in six years that VW has won the title. The Passat beat its nearest competitor, the Citroen ...
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Germany joins France, Spain, Italy in posting sales gains
March 2, 2015 19:15 CET

New-car sales in Germany rose 6.6 percent in February and are heading for a modest increase this year compared with 2014 levels. Germany joined France, Italy and Spain in ...
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Toyota sees its EU sales growth this year, boosted by UK, southern Europe rebound
March 2, 2015 22:32 CET

Toyota expects its EU sales to grow by 2 percent to 2.5 percent in 2015, compared to 0.8 percent growth for the market in Western Europe. The rise will come from recovery ...
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Bentley, Maserati, Lambo big winners in surging niche
March 2, 2015 06:01 CET

Ultraluxury carmakers Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Maserati are experiencing unprecedented success. Strong demand for those brands -- as well as Ferrari and Asto ...
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Apple car rumors fuel debate on future vehicles
March 2, 2015 10:53 CET

Reports that Apple may be building a car have got established automakers wondering whether they are still in pole position to build the car of the future and will likely ...
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Volvo self-driving car to hit Swedish roads
March 1, 2015 06:01 CET

Volvo's Drive Me pilot program will push autonomous driving a step closer to reality by putting 100 self-driving XC90 crossovers on Swedish streets by 2017. The vehicles ...
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Former BMW exec Diess starts as VW brand boss in July
Feb. 27, 2015 16:20 CET

Former BMW executive Herbert Diess will take charge of Volkswagen's core brand from Martin Winterkorn three months earlier than planned, VW said. ...
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VW Group reports record profit on Audi, Porsche gains
Feb. 27, 2015 15:56 CET

VW Group said its operating profit rose 8.8 percent to a record 12.7 billion euros ($14.25 billion) last year on double-digit gains in sales of luxury Audi and Porsche mo ...
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Yamaha plans 2-seat car for Europe, source says
Feb. 27, 2015 10:06 CET | UPDATED: March 2 13:19 CET - Adds detail on Motiv concept

Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha aims to start making and selling two-seat cars in Europe as early as 2019, a person familiar with the plan told Reuters on Friday. ...
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Marchionne raises FCA stake as Ferrari spinoff nears
Feb. 27, 2015 13:53 CET

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has increased his voting stake in FCA to nearly 1 percent after raising his shareholding in the company by 2.3 million com ...
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As election nears, automakers fear UK exit from EU
Feb. 26, 2015 12:32 CET

Automakers with production in the UK are increasingly worried about the prospects of the country leaving the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will ...
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German auto industry feels ripples from Paris terror attacks

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Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1

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