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Europe auto sales rose 2% in August as region's recovery slows

Sept. 17, 2014 08:43 CET

European car sales rose 2 percent in August but a heavy reliance on incentives in Spain and a fall in sales in Germany, France and Italy are signs that the region's recovery may be faltering, analysts and executives said.
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Honda reveals longer, sleeker, sportier Jazz
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Opel shakes up Russia operations
Sept. 16, 2014 09:30 CET | UPDATED: Sept. 16 14:36 CET - adds further details

Opel will reorganize its Russian operations in response to difficult market conditions amid the crisis over Ukraine. The GM subsidiary will reduce output at its St. Peter ...
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Bosch benefits from ZF's bid to buy TRW
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Robert Bosch is an unexpected beneficiary of ZF's plans to purchase TRW. Bosch is poised to take full control of a steering joint venture it co-founded with ZF that makes ...
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ZF says TRW takeover creates supplier ready for self-driving age
Sept. 16, 2014 14:19 CET

ZF wants to purchase TRW to create a global supplier ready for an age of self-driving cars. "The major motivation for this transaction is technology driven, in the field ...
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VW boosts German brands' market share in China
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VW Group's lead in China's compact sedan market this year has helped boost German automakers' share of the overall car market to 24 percent in July from 21 percent at the ...
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Renault plans to build electric Fluence for Chinese brand
Sept. 15, 2014 14:55 CET

Renault plans to build its Fluence electric sedan in China for an unspecified local brand, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. ...
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ZF to purchase TRW for $105.60 a share
Sept. 15, 2014 16:02 CET | UPDATED: Sept. 15 17:45 CET - adds details

ZF has reached a deal to buy TRW Automotive for $105.60 per share. The transaction will create the world's second-largest auto supplier with combined revenue of about 30 ...
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Sell? Grow? IPO? Marchionne ponders Ferrari's future
Sept. 15, 2014 07:00 CET

Sergio Marchionne rules out closer ties between Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler as he prepares to take direct control of the sports car maker. But what will he do with Ferrari ...
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Ford will debut new S-Max at Paris show
Sept. 15, 2014 17:28 CET

Ford will debut the new S-Max at the Paris auto show on Oct. 2 ahead of the minivan's sales launch in Europe next summer. ...
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ZF to sell steering-venture stake to Bosch to help TRW deal
Sept. 15, 2014 09:11 CET

ZF will sell its stake in a joint venture to partner Robert Bosch. The deal paves the way for ZF to buy TRW to create the world's No. 2 automotive supplier. ...
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Nissan may hand some battery production to LG Chem, report says
Sept. 15, 2014 13:52 CET

Nissan is preparing to cut in-house battery manufacturing, sources said, while exploring a deal in which LG Chem would produce power packs at existing Nissan production s ...
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Divine concept reflects Citroen DS's design direction
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Citroen's DS brand is hinting at its future styling with the Divine concept car that will debut at next month's Paris auto show. ...
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Hyundai seeks boost from sporty 3-door i20
Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET

Hyundai hopes that a sporty three-door coupe version of its i20 will give it a boost in Europe's key subcompact segment, where the automaker's current-generation offering ...
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European automakers reduce company-owned dealerships
Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET

Volkswagen, which has Europe's biggest company-owned dealership network, aims, along with other carmakers, to reduce the number of its wholly owned retail outlets. ...
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Peugeot heirs return to making pepper grinders after losing car legacy
Sept. 12, 2014 15:41 CET

The heirs of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's founder are returning to the business of making pepper grinders -- among the first of the family's 19th century industrial activities - ...
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VW Group deliveries rise 3% in August
Sept. 12, 2014 12:29 CET

VW Group sales rose 3 percent in August as gains in Europe and China continued to offset declines in the U.S. and South America. Eight-month deliveries increase by 6 perc ...
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JLR will build Range Rover Evoque in China
Sept. 12, 2014 10:28 CET

Jaguar Land Rover says the Range Rover Evoque will be the first model built at the company's new China factory. The automaker also said that it may add production of its ...
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Audi set to add third TT variant
Sept. 12, 2014 13:21 CET

Audi has given the strongest hint so far that it intends to add an SUV/crossover derivative to its TT compact sports car lineup. An SUV variant would allow Audi to boost ...
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