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VW's Winterkorn told of defeat device probe in 2014, report says

Feb. 14, 2016 13:42 CET

Former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn was notified as early as May of 2014 that U.S. authorities would probably inspect the company's cars for an emissions-test defeat device, according to German newspaper.
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Germany wants to introduce random emissions tests
Feb. 14, 2016 14:05 CET

Germany wants to carry out unannounced emissions tests on all automakers to help restore confidence in the industry that was shattered by the Volkswagen cheating scandal. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Feb. 14, 2016 06:01 CET

Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are quitting the segment because of the growing popularity of SUVs and cross ...
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Interiors giant Yanfeng foresees continued consolidation of supply base
Feb. 14, 2016 06:01 CET

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the U.S.-Chinese joint venture that is now the world's largest supplier of automotive interiors, is part of a growing trend for megasupplier ...
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Ford tech chief says sedan sales hit by SUV/crossover boom
Feb. 13, 2016 06:01 CET | UPDATED: 2/13/16 04:07 CET -- corrected

Ford CTO Raj Nair says sedan sales are suffering most from rising demand for crossovers and SUVs. ...
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Mercedes gives early look at C-class convertible
Feb. 13, 2016 14:46 CET

Mercedes is giving a sneak peek of the C-class convertible it will unveil at the Geneva auto show in. It is the first time Mercedes has offered a convertible variant in t ...
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Nissan exec defines automaker's vision of the fully connected car
Feb. 13, 2016 06:01 CET

Nissan Europe's head of advanced product planning, Richard Candler, has a vision of the connected car being electric and autonomous and he expects this vision to be on th ...
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VW Group sales return to growth in January despite diesel scandal
Feb. 12, 2016 14:34 CET

VW Group sales returned to growth in January despite the company's diesel emissions scandal, thanks to demand in China where VW brand posted its best month ever. ...
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Alfa Romeo could return to F1 racing with own team
Feb. 12, 2016 15:02 CET

Alfa Romeo could return to Formula One racing with its own team, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said. ...
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Renault vows to sustain AvtoVAZ after record loss
Feb. 12, 2016 11:46 CET

Renault pledged to support AvtoVAZ, which warned it may not survive without help from shareholders after the collapse of the domestic car market pushed it into a record $ ...
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Renault beats profit goal but Russia crisis hurts results
Feb. 12, 2016 08:40 CET | UPDATED: Feb. 12 12:15 CET - adds AvtoVAZ loss

Renault today said it beat its full-year profit target in 2015, although its earnings were overshadowed by a deepening crisis at Russia's AvtoVAZ, which said it may not s ...
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Lexus tops BMW in U.S. registrations; 2015 luxury title in dispute
Feb. 12, 2016 20:32 CET | UPDATED: 2/14/16 4:17 am CET - corrected

Lexus won the 2015 U.S. luxury crown over BMW and Mercedes, an analysis of vehicle registrations shows. But BMW took the crown according to manufacturer-reported sales. B ...
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Aston Martin's DB11 will launch brand's renewal
Feb. 12, 2016 10:45 CET

Aston Martin will unveil its new DB11 at the Geneva auto show as the company renews its aging lineup in a push to return to sustainable profitability after five years of ...
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Google's self-driving car project expands hiring, posts manufacturing jobs
Feb. 12, 2016 11:14 CET

Google's self-driving car project is advertising jobs on its website with a special focus on manufacturing expertise. The company is looking for engineers, as well as ma ...
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Toyota confirms new crossover for Europe
Feb. 11, 2016 17:18 CET

Toyota confirmed it will launch a new compact SUV/crossover in Europe based on its C-HR concept. The car will be built at the automaker's factory in Turkey for European m ...
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Opel will launch long-range, affordable electric car
Feb. 11, 2016 10:19 CET

GM CEO Mary Barra said Opel/Vauxhall will launch a long-range, affordable electric car called the Ampera-e in 2017. It will share the Chevrolet Bolt's underpinnings. ...
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Porsche's new sales boss predicts continued growth after record 2015
Feb. 11, 2016 06:01 CET

Porsche easily surpassed its goal of 200,000 annual global sales last year and can now look forward to another year of worldwide growth, Detlev von Platen, the brand's ne ...
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Daimler to name Kaellenius r&d head, German paper reports
Feb. 11, 2016 18:55 CET

Daimler will appoint its marketing and sales boss Ola Kaellenius as head of r&d, Handelsblatt reported. Kaellenius will take over from Thomas Weber, the paper said ...
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Jaguar Land Rover sales decline in China hits parent Tata Motors' profit
Feb. 11, 2016 12:05 CET

Tata Motors said net profit for its latest quarter fell by 2 percent, hit by lower Jaguar Land Rover sales in China, once the luxury unit's fastest-growing market. ...
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Daimler will invest $2.94 billion on cleaner diesels
Feb. 11, 2016 15:21 CET

Daimler will spend $2.94 billion by 2019 on developing next-generation diesel engines to help the automaker to meet new pollution-measuring standards. ...
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Even grease is too heavy for today's leaner vehicles

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12 2016

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The extent that automakers are going to make vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient knows no bounds. Even greases are at risk of being replaced. ...
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GM's rising faith in Opel

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11 2016

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GM CFO Chuck Stevens expects the U.S. automaker's long-struggling European arm will break even in 2016. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann is more cautious. ...
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Ford can boost Europe profits by adding upscale Vignale SUVs

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11 2016

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Ford of Europe isn't saying which models will next get its upscale Vignale trimline but the brand's ...
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Jeep joins Nissan, Honda and others getting big benefit from European production

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2016

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Fiat Chrysler's decision to build the new Jeep Renegade in Italy is paying off, helped by strong dem ...
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Ford faces tough decision on B-Max

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9 2016

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When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the ...
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'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2016

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Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the ...
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Automotive News Europe celebrates 20 years; watch this space for future trends


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5 2016

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In an industry reshaping at the speed of light, Automotive News Europe brings you reliable, relevant and unbiased coverage of the auto business. ...
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How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4 2016

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Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is pl ...
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Nissan claims win in Europe, but Toyota had more sales


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29 2016

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Nissan claims it has achieved a long-stated goal of becoming the No. 1 Asian automaker in Europe by ...
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How GM zoomed past VW in China

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12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25 2016

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The Volkswagen Group was China's largest automaker in 2013 and 2014, but last year, General Motors r ...
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
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