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New VW brand boss Diess needs to cut costs, boost profits

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

VW brand will have a new boss for the first time since 2007 when former BMW development chief Herbert Diess takes control. His tasks as successor to Martin Winterkorn, who remains VW Group CEO, include reining in costs, increasing profitability and making the brand a stronger player in the U.S.
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Getrag getting interest from Magna, Dana, China, report says
June 30, 2015 21:36 CET

Getrag, one of the biggest independent makers of transmissions, has attracted interest from automotive suppliers including Canada's Magna International, people with knowl ...
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Suzuki patriarch appoints son as president and likely successor
June 30, 2015 11:50 CET

Osamu Suzuki, the outspoken patriarch of Suzuki Motor, positioned his son, Toshihiro, as his successor, appointing him president of the family's namesake carmaker. Osamu ...
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Citroen CEO confirms next C5 for China; Europe future unclear
June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen will replace its C5 midsize model, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe, but she would only confirm that the next-generation car would be sold in ...
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Bosch positions for electrification growth
June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

Robert Bosch and battery partner GS Yuasa are “on a good path” toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as today's batteries but has tw ...
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Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter
June 29, 2015 14:23 CET

Audi released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to the automaker's goal of passing BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand ...
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VW's Seat brand set to launch small SUV in 2017
June 29, 2015 21:34 CET

VW Group Spanish subsidiary Seat plans to launch a subcompact SUV/crossover by the end of 2017 as part of its effort to be sustainably profitable, a company source said. ...
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Alfa Romeo's high goals doubted by analysts
June 29, 2015 06:01 CET

Analysts are skeptical that Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne can achieve his ambitious sales goals for Alfa Romeo. "Despite our love of Alfa's past, we're unconvinced ...
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Europe's car output may grow as China costs rise, VW exec says
June 29, 2015 12:12 CET

Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, ...
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Fiat Chrysler's Jeep delay highlights challenges to a potential merger
June 29, 2015 10:50 CET

The chief of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Jeep brand, Mike Manley, says a redesign of its Grand Cherokee SUV will be delayed by at least a year, intensifying the challenges ...
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BMW, Toyota move ahead on sports car with agreement on platform
June 29, 2015 14:58 CET

BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers o ...
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VW to launch low-cost car family for China, possibly elsewhere, in 2018
June 28, 2015 15:16 CET

VW plans to launch a family of low-cost cars in China and possibly elsewhere starting in 2018, CEO Martin Winterkorn said. The cars will cost between 8,000 euros ($8,930) ...
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LE QUEMENT'S LANDMARKS
Sparks flew when French designer and Bob Lutz met - and when they collaborated
June 27, 2015 06:01 CET

When it came to vehicle styling Patrick le Quement, Renault's longtime design chief, never could hold his tongue. The French designer, who received a lifetime achievement ...
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Mahindra's offer for Pininfarina rejected by creditors, paper says
June 27, 2015 18:11 CET

An offer by India's Mahindra & Mahindra to take over Pininfarina has fallen through due to opposition from some of the Italian car design company's creditor banks, an Ita ...
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European automakers call for CO2 emissions delay
June 26, 2015 06:15 CET | UPDATED: June 26 CET 17:20 - adds ACEA comments

The automakers' lobby group, ACEA, has asked the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to postpone a 2025 CO2 emissions target that is currently being worked on by ...
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Fiat 124 Spider spy shots hint roadster is more than rebadged Mazda
June 26, 2015 19:28 CET

Fiat Chrysler isn't saying much about the upcoming Fiat 124 Spider but the first spy photos answer some questions about the Mazda MX-5/Miata-based small sports car. ...
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Automakers slam French decision on clean diesels
June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

Sales of diesel cars in France may fall after the government excluded diesel engines from the cleanest classification of vehicle pollution. Euro 6 standard diesels will n ...
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Porsche mulls legal action over Macan copy in China, report says
June 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche may take legal action against Zotye Automobile over the Chinese automaker's T700 SUV that closely resembles the Macan, a report said. The T700 is due to launch ne ...
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Suzuki, VW await arbitration decision in dispute
June 26, 2015 13:27 CET

Suzuki said arbitration proceedings to end a dispute with Volkswagen over a failed partnership have concluded. Suzuki is seeking to force VW to sell back its stake in the ...
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McLaren boosts profit threefold on China sales
June 26, 2015 11:51 CET

McLaren said its 2014 pretax profit rose threefold, helped by rising sales in China. McLaren sold 1,649 cars in 2014, but expects to increase annual production to 4,000 b ...
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