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Nissan exec Palmer leaves to become Aston Martin CEO

Sept. 2, 2014 08:56 CET | UPDATED: Sept. 2 11:32 CET - adds Aston Martin statement

Andy Palmer, the car-guy chief planning officer at Nissan, who was once tipped as a possible future CEO, is leaving the company to head UK sports car maker Aston Martin.
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Thailand set to approve Volkswagen factory, report says
Sept. 1, 2014 23:00 CET

Thailand is set to approve the construction of a Volkswagen factory near Bangkok, a German newspaper reported. The investment would secure tax and customs advantages for ...
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PSA to cut jobs and output at French plant, unions say
Sept. 1, 2014 23:08 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will cut 300 jobs as it reduces output at its Sochaux plant in eastern France starting in November, trade union officials said. ...
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Alfa Romeo readies product offensive
Sept. 1, 2014 06:01 CET

Alfa Romeo has started development on three new models that will be key to the struggling brand's turnaround. The cars are a midsize sedan, a midsize SUV and a flagship l ...
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European automakers seek firmer foothold in India
Sept. 1, 2014 06:15 CET

When VW reported group deliveries in India had more than doubled in 2011, it looked as if the market would help the automaker achieve its goal of being No. 1 in global sa ...
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French car sales drop 3% on weak August demand
Sept. 1, 2014 10:45 CET

French car sales fell 3 percent last month, led by an 11 percent drop at Renault. PSA sales fell in line with the market, while VW deliveries rose 11 percent, boosted by ...
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Spanish car sales rise 14% in August
Sept. 1, 2014 11:47 CET

Spain's new-car sales rose 14 percent to 45,355 in August, the twelfth straight month of increases, car manufacturers' association Anfac said. ...
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Fiat Chrysler sees New York stock market debut on Oct. 13
Aug. 30, 2014 14:52 CET

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles aims to list shares in the newly merged carmaker in New York on Oct. 13, CEO Sergio Marchionne said, adding that a decision on any capital incre ...
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AvtoVAZ mulls in-house parts production to halt monopolies, corruption
Aug. 30, 2014 10:06 CET

AvtoVAZ, the Russian carmaker controlled by Renault-Nissan, may bring some parts production in-house to gain more competitive pricing and stamp out corruption in its loca ...
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China watchdog probes another exec at FAW Group, VW's China partner
Aug. 30, 2014 09:58 CET

China's anti-graft watchdog says it is investigating a former senior executive at FAW Group Corp. for corruption. State-owned FAW has a joint venture with Volkswagen. ...
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Great Wall breaks ground for Russian plant
Aug. 30, 2014 06:01 CET

China's Great Wall has started construction of a 3.2 billion yuan ($520.7 million) assembly plant in Russia. The factory will be the first full-scale assembly plant run b ...
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Fiat clears Chrysler merger hurdle
Aug. 29, 2014 08:39 CET

Fiat will spend less than the limit the carmaker set to buy shares from investors who opted to sell ahead of its merger with Chrysler Group, clearing a key hurdle before ...
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Audi will recall 70,000 cars for potential brake problem
Aug. 29, 2014 16:58 CET

Audi will recall 70,000 cars worldwide because of a potential fault with the brake booster. Audi's A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q7 models equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel engine an ...
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Ford to halt B-Max production on slow sales, report says
Aug. 29, 2014 11:22 CET

Ford will halt production of the B-Max at its Romanian plant for nine days in September, a report said. The automaker has halted output in Romania several times since Sep ...
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JLR intensifies efforts to meet tough EU CO2 target
Aug. 29, 2014 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will “turn over every stone” including launching plug-in hybrids to bring its high average CO2 emissions down to an EU-approved level by 202 ...
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Saab carmaker NEVS granted creditor protection by court but loses right to use Saab name
Aug. 29, 2014 12:46 CET

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which bought Saab in 2012, won court protection from creditors today. But the automaker suffered a blow when Saab AB, the defense ...
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AvtoVAZ to cut workforce by 45%, report says
Aug. 29, 2014 12:22 CET

AvtoVAZ plans to reduce staff numbers by 25,000, finance head Evgeny Belinin told a French newspaper. AvtoVAZ, controlled by the Renault-Nissan alliance, is also cutting ...
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Mercedes to bridge gap with midlevel AMGs
Aug. 29, 2014 06:01 CET

Daimler plans a line of vehicles with modified engines and sport-tuned suspensions to bridge the gap between standard Mercedes-Benz models and high-performance AMG deriva ...
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Suzuki gives the Vitara SUV a sleeker look
Aug. 29, 2014 06:01 CET

Suzuki is giving is new Vitara a more mainstream look to broaden the subcompact SUV's appeal. The five-door Vitara will go on sale in Europe early next year. ...
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Infiniti readies dedicated design centers
Aug. 29, 2014 06:01 CET

Infiniti will open design studios in the UK., U.S. and China to separate its luxury-vehicle designers from Nissan stylists. Infiniti will open a London studio next month ...
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Fiat shareholders were in a resigned mood when they met to vote on the carmaker's merger with Chrysler. ...
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Fiat would find a safe haven in VW

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