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Opel will offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

May 28, 2015 11:24 CET

Opel will offer Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay across its model range as part of the brand's goal of becoming a leader in car connectivity. Opel will roll-out the telematics systems starting with the next-generation Astra that will debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September, the company said.
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Opel CEO rules out deal with Fiat
May 28, 2015 12:52 CET | UPDATED: May 28 16:20 CET - adds background

Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has ruled out a deal with Fiat after its CEO Sergio Marchionne suggested carmakers need to consolidate to cut costs. Neumann also said it was ...
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Honda expands airbag recall
May 28, 2015 10:32 CET

The global Takata airbag recall widened again today with Honda calling back another quarter million vehicles in Japan equipped with possibly defective airbag inflators. ...
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UK car output drops 3.8% in April on falling exports to China, Russia
May 28, 2015 11:03 CET

UK car production fell 3.8 percent in April as stronger demand at home failed to outweigh a fall in exports to China and Russia. ...
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Ford to make EV technology patents available to rivals
May 28, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford is following Tesla Motors in opening up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology to competitors in a move aimed at accelerating development of electrified vehi ...
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Toyota remains most valuable car brand despite airbag recalls
May 27, 2015 10:25 CET

Toyota kept its title as the most valuable car brand in 2015 despite recent airbag recalls denting its worth, according to a study that ranks the top 100 global brands. B ...
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Lamborghini will launch SUV in 2018
May 27, 2015 16:35 CET | UPDATED: May 27 18:30 CET - adds expected cost of SUV

Lamborghini will produce its new SUV in Italy, with the model due to enter the market in 2018. The company will hire 500 new employees and almost double the physical size ...
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Ford gives EVs a boost in UK car-sharing program
May 27, 2015 12:38 CET

Ford has joined automakers including BMW and Daimler in offering electric cars for short-term hire as it expands its car-sharing projects to the UK. GoDrive, which will o ...
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Renault cautious on plug-in hybrids
May 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault is ready to launch its first plug-in hybrid but will wait for costs to drop before launching the model, a senior executive said. ...
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Renault resumes production in Turkey
May 27, 2015 16:39 CET

Renault resumed normal production at its plant in Turkey after employees ended a strike. The protest over working conditions also affected output at factories operated by ...
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GM sees growth for diesels in U.S. and China
May 27, 2015 14:36 CET

General Motors sees growth opportunities for diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. and China as it expands its diesel development center in Turin, Italy. The center provide ...
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Valeo expects higher sales, profits this year
May 27, 2015 12:05 CET

Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich reiterated that the supplier's sales in 2015 will outpace growth in global markets. Aschenbroich expects an operating margin slightly highe ...
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Ford's Turkish unit halts output
May 26, 2015 08:56 CET

The Turkish unit of Ford suspended operations at one of its plants after a week-long labor dispute flared up again. ...
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GM president rebuffs Marchionne's merger talk
May 26, 2015 17:10 CET

General Motors sees no need to merge with another automaker to maintain profitability, the company's president, Dan Ammann, said. Ammann was commenting after a report sai ...
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VW opens new China car plant despite slowing sales
May 26, 2015 10:51 CET

Volkswagen Group has expanded production in China with a new car plant despite slowing sales in the market. The $194 million factory can build up to 300,000 VW brand and ...
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Jaguar Land Rover profit declines most in two years
May 26, 2015 15:13 CET | UPDATED: May 26 10:00 - new story

Jaguar Land Rover became the latest casualty of a slowdown in Chinese auto demand, reporting its steepest drop in quarterly profit in two years after retail deliveries sl ...
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European automakers criticize new tests to weed out 'dirty diesels'
May 24, 2015 06:01 CET

European automakers voiced concern over an upcoming regulation that will require diesel car emissions to be tested under "real world" conditions. ...
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Marchionne approached GM about a merger, but was rebuffed, report says
May 24, 2015 02:31 CET

As part of his quest for a mega merger, Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne sent an email to General Motors CEO Mary Barra in March suggesting combining the automakers b ...
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Jaguar Land Rover close to deciding on eastern European plant, report says
May 22, 2015 21:33 CET | UPDATED: May 25 20:00 CET - adds Defender production

Jaguar Land Rover is close to deciding on a new plant in eastern Europe that likely will build its next Defender SUV, reports said. ...
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Daimler boosts German plant investment as it adds two new models
May 22, 2015 15:10 CET

Daimler plans to invest 750 million euros ($834 million) to modernize its Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, Germany, in preparation to build two new models. ...
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