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Sogefi reports first-half loss on restructuring costs, Brazil downturn

Italian supplier Sogefi reported a first-half net loss, hit by restructuring costs, the negative impact of the strong euro on South American currencies and a sharp slowdown in the Brazilian market. Read More »

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Opel/Vauxhall to woo budget clients with low-end cars, report says

Opel plans to build a range of entry-level cars to recapture the type of budget customers who in the past bought Chevrolets, a report said. Read More »

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Rolls-Royce names new China boss

Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. China demand helped to boost the ultraluxury brand's global vehicle sales to a record 3,630 last year. Read More »

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Smart to offer EV, convertible variants of new ForTwo

Daimler's Smart division will offer electric and convertible versions of the redesigned ForTwo it unveiled in Berlin last week. Read More »

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Mercedes seeks to outpace premium rivals in China with more dealers, new models

Mercedes expects to outpace the 17 percent to 18 percent growth in industry sales of premium vehicles in China this year, after merging two competing sales networks and adding new models. Read More »

Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco

Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said. Read More »

ZF needs TRW's tech know-how, CFO says

ZF Friedrichshafen believes buying TRW Automotive would give it a better foothold in the market for self-driving and connected cars, its finance chief told a German paper. Read More »

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Russia's Severstal sells U.S. steel plants to AK Steel, Steel Dynamics

Russia's Severstal said it agreed to sell its two steel plants in the United States for $2.3 billion, withdrawing from the market at a time of rising tension between Russia and the West and turning its focus to its domestic business. Read More »

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A VW-FCA deal would be risky, reasonable

If VW does buy Fiat Chrysler -- despite the companies' denials of a report that they are in talks -- it would be because the fixations of VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech may line up perfectly with the needs of Fiat Chrysler's controlling family. Read More »

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Opel will discontinue weak-selling Ampera, sources say

Opel will discontinue the weak-selling Ampera plug-in hybrid, according to people familiar with the company's plans. Read More »

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Volkswagen puts its faith in Tennessee

Volkswagen will assign 200 people at its Chattanooga plant in the United States to take on a task that has troubled its German headquarters for decades: figuring out what American consumers want and finding a way to give it to them. Read More »

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The 'better Golf'

Volkswagen says the Golf Sportsvan combines the agility of the classic Golf hatchback with the roominess, easier access and higher seating position of a minivan, leading some commentators to dub it “the better Golf.” Read More »

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With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels. Read More »

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Renault puts more focus on India, Iran

Renault is splitting its Asia Pacific region in two to help boost sales growth in India and the Middle East. Renault expects China and India will become the world's two leading economies within the next 20 years. Read More »

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BMW expects high conquest rate for 2-series Active Tourer

BMW expects that three out of every four buyers of its 2-series Active Tourer minivan will be new to the brand. Read More »

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Nick Scheele, former president and COO of Ford, dies at age 70

Nick Scheele, an affable, globe-trotting troubleshooter who served as president and COO of Ford, died Friday. He was 70. Scheele led the automaker's turnaround plan from 2001-2005 after the departure of former CEO Jacques Nasser. Read More »

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PSA to start Nigeria production this year

PSA will start producing cars in Nigeria this year through a local
 manufacturing partner. Rival Renault-Nissan began SUV output in Africa's largest economy in April. Read More »

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Mazda2 output starts; Europe sales begin in 2015

Mazda has given its Mazda2 subcompact the sharp creases and sportier stance of the brand's new Kodo design language. Read More »

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CLEPA names new CEO

Veteran supplier executive Paul Schockmel is the new CEO of Europe's partmakers association, CLEPA. He succeeds Jean-Marc Gales who is now CEO of sports car maker Lotus. Read More »

Beijing Hyundai, Dongfeng Citroen tie for top score in China satisfaction survey

Beijing Hyundai and Dongfeng Citroen topped mass-market brands in a J.D. Power survey of Chinese consumers' satisfaction with the car-buying experience. The joint ventures scored significantly higher than other mass-market brands. Read More »

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Honda rolls out the Civic wagon

Honda hopes that sleek styling and a smart interior will help its new Civic Tourer station wagon boost the automaker's flagging sales in Europe. Read More »

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European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives

European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product launches and retail incentives boosted demand for mass-market brands. Read More »

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VW plans Apple-like model updates

VW plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by companies like Apple to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its cars. Read More »

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Maserati to cap global sales at 75,000

Maserati will not sell more than 75,000 vehicles globally a year to retain the brand's exclusivity, an executive said. Maserati is adding the Levante SUV and Alfieri coupe to its lineup. Read More »

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VW goes local in India to lift sales

VW will increase the amount of locally made parts in the cars it sells in India to help lift falling sales. Five years after entering India, VW has captured just 2.1 percent of the market because its cars are seen as relatively expensive. Read More »

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ZF can hike offer for TRW as high as $13 billion, report says

ZF, which is moving to acquire TRW Automotive, has been told by lenders that financing is available for a higher all-cash bid that could value the U.S. company at as much as $13 billion, Bloomberg reported. Read More »

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Ford readies product push in fast-growing Africa, Mideast

Ford plans to introduce 25 new models by 2016 in Africa and the Middle East, where it projects the driving age population will grow 31 percent by 2023 to 1.7 billion people. Read More »

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Fiat, VW deny report that they are in merger talks

Volkswagen, Fiat and Fiat's controlling shareholder all denied a German magazine report that the companies have discussed a possible merger. Read More »

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PSA's first-half car sales lifted by Europe and China

PSA's first-half vehicle deliveries rose 6 percent, as a European recovery and Chinese expansion made up for a currency-driven sales collapse in the rest of the world. Read More »

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Nissan to sponsor Manchester City soccer team

Nissan will sponsor English Premier League champions Manchester City in a bid to boost its brand image as the automaker targets surpassing Toyota as Europe's top-selling Asian brand. Read More »

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Ferrari California T is brand's fuel-sipper

Ferrari expects its California T, the brand's only model with a turbocharged engine, to attract customers looking for a supercar that can be used for everyday driving. Read More »

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Daimler seeks boost for Smart from new 4-seat model

Smart took the wraps off a four-seat model that it hopes will give the small-car brand a more solid foundation. The new ForFour was unveiled alongside the latest version of the ForTwo two-seater, currently the brand's only model. Read More »

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Datsun on-Do sedan launch in Russia overshadowed by economic crisis and slumping car market

Nissan's low-cost Datsun on-Do family sedan was launched in Russia this week, but the country's deepening political crisis with the West and falling car sales could dampen sales. Read More »

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Ghosn offers autonomous car reality check

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn dialed back expectations that autonomous cars will be on the road by 2020. Read More »

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BMW will raise China capacity to 400,000 vehicles

BMW said it will raise capacity at its two Chinese plants by a third to 400,000 cars over the next two years and double the range of locally made vehicles to six models. Read More »

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BMW recalls 1.6 million 3-series cars to replace airbags

BMW is recalling 1.6 million 3-series cars globally for a front-passenger airbag defect that has caused automakers including Toyota and Nissan to repair millions of vehicles. Read More »

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Daimler to unveil new Smart 4- and 2-seat cars

The new-generation Smart ForFour and ForTwo will be unveiled today. The arrival of the ForFour gives the Daimler subsidiary a second model in its European portfolio for the first time since 2006. Read More »

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Jaguar Land Rover sets H1 sales record

Jaguar Land Rover said its global sales increased 14 percent to 240,372 vehicles in the first six months, its best half year to date, boosted by robust demand in China. Read More »

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Jaguar will debut XE sedan at London event

Jaguar will unveil its new XE model ahead of the Paris auto show at a special event in London on Sept. 8. Sales of the mid-sized premium sedan, which is key to boosting the marque's low volume, will begin next year in Europe. Read More »

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Experts disagree on how to handle massive data from self-driving cars

Experts have differing views on what to do with the mountain of data that is likely to be generated by autonomous vehicles when computers control much of our cars' functions in the future. Read More »

 
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With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20 2014

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Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. ...
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PSA may be better off without Thierry Peugeot

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2014

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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's future could be brighter following former chairman Thierry Peugeot's departure ...
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Gesture recognition makes dials, buttons obsolete

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1 2014

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Buttons and dials may become obsolete to control your car's radio, heater and navigation system. That's because those functions can now be managed with the wave of the hand. ...
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Will global automakers drop Chinese partners?

Yang Jian
7:32 am U.S. ET | June 30 2014

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China may relax its 50 percent ceiling on foreign automakers' ownership of joint ventures, but this ...
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BMW's iDrive earns high marks, but doesn't match Apple

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:37 am U.S. ET | June 27 2014

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BMW's iDrive system ranked highest in Germany and Italy for user experience in a recent test, but the automaker and its peers have a long way to go to match Apple. ...
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At PSA, Tavares echoes Renault's management template

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24 2014

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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares's new executive committee structure is very much like the one he left behind at Renault when he was Carlos Ghosn's No. 2. ...
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Toyota exec ready to 'help' Nissan in Europe

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2014

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Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy says he's ready to “help” Nissan achieve its stated goal of becoming the top-selling Japanese automaker in the region. ...
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Walter de Silva: Italy's loss, VW's gain

Luca Ciferri
6:37 am U.S. ET | June 13 2014

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Walter de Silva had to leave Italy to become a legend in the vehicle design world. It's a common sto ...
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Ford of Europe's quiet designer made a big impact

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2014

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Martin Smith, Ford's longtime design director for Europe, is not a man of many words. ...
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Toyota Europe boss shares secrets to his success

Douglas A. Bolduc
1:22 am U.S. ET | June 4 2014

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Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy says that to become a true leader you should not worry about making your boss happy. ...
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European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives
European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product la ...
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Ford, Toyota models will help boost Turkish car output to record
New models from Ford, Toyota and Hyundai are expected to help boost Turkish automotive production to ...
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Russian car sales sink most in 4 years on ruble weakness
Sales of new cars in Russia plunged by the most in more than four years in June as a weaker ruble cu ...
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German market slows down in June
French, Spanish and Italian car sales rose in June while the German market slowed down, held back by fewer working days as the European market rebound remained intact. ...
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Europe car sales rise for ninth month
Europe's car sales rose 4 percent in May as growing consumer confidence encouraged purchases of new ...
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UK car sales rise to 10-year monthly record in May
UK car sales rose nearly 8 percent in May to hit a 10-year record for the month, but future demand i ...
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European car sales lackluster in May
New-car registrations across Europe were generally lackluster in May after a rebound in the first fe ...
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European sales rise 4% in April
New-car registrations in Europe rose 4 percent in April with mass-market automakers Renault, Ford, O ...
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Russian car sales fall 8% in April on weak ruble
Russian car sales fell 8 percent in April as the weak ruble hit consumer demand. ...
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W. Europe car sales headed for 4% growth after strong April
Western European car sales may rise 4 percent to 12.04 million this year as the region's auto market continues its recovery. ...
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CLEPA names new CEO
Veteran supplier executive Paul Schockmel is the new CEO of Europe's partmakers association, CLEPA. He succeeds Jean-Marc Gales who is now CEO of sports car maker Lotus. ...
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Infiniti lures BMW exec to head global operations
Infiniti has named longtime BMW executive Gaby-Luise Wuest as its head of global operations. ...
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Germany's Kiekert names new Asia chief
Kiekert, a German supplier of automotive door locks and latches, has named Karl Lambertz director of its Asian operations. ...
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VW taps veteran German exec for top U.S. quality post
Volkswagen Group of America named German national Stefan Schueller quality chief for VW and Audi in the United States. ...
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Renault names new engineering chief
Renault named company veteran Gaspar Gascon Abellan as its new engineering chief. Abellan succeeds J ...
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SGL Carbon names Majerus as CFO
Carbon fiber manufacturer SGL Carbon has named Michael Majerus as its new chief financial officer. He starts a three-year term on July 1. ...
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Tavares names Europe chief, reshuffles top jobs at PSA
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has appointed a boss for the company's European operations and recruited a fo ...
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IAC promotes veteran exec to head European commercial operations
Luxembourg-based supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) has promoted Marcus Nyman to senior vice president of commercial operations for the European region. ...
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Hyundai Europe marketing boss Hall quits
Hyundai, one of the few carmakers not benefiting from a rebound in European car sales, said its mark ...
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Ford names Mustang styling chief new Europe design boss
Ford has named Joel Piaskowski, who helped create the automaker's new Mustang, to head its design team in Europe. He will succeed Martin Smith on July 1. ...
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The 'better Golf'
Volkswagen says the Golf Sportsvan combines the agility of the classic Golf hatchback with the roomi ...
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Honda rolls out the Civic wagon
Honda hopes that sleek styling and a smart interior will help its new Civic Tourer station wagon boo ...
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Ferrari California T is brand's fuel-sipper
Ferrari expects its California T, the brand's only model with a turbocharged engine, to attract cust ...
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BMW X4 fills tall order
BMW has taken steps to ensure that tall people will still feel comfortable inside the new X4 by lowe ...
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Nissan wants e-NV200 to win sales from diesels
Nissan wants fleet managers in Europe to turn away from diesel-powered delivery vans in favor of its ...
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Peugeot's crossover fighter
Peugeot has high hopes for the new 308 SW despite many customers deserting compact station wagons fo ...
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Porsche adds second SUV
Porsche hopes its Macan compact SUV will be able to repeat the success of its Cayenne, which account ...
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Mercedes C class gets French power
Mercedes is offering a more fuel-efficient powertrain lineup in its new lighter, bigger C class, inc ...
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Kia enhances Soul's SUV traits
Rising demand for subcompact-sized SUV-styled models has driven Kia to put more emphasis on the late ...
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BMW woos U.S. buyers with 2 series
BMW is aiming the 2-series coupe at drivers looking for performance and driving dynamics in a compac ...
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Delphi helps reduce CO2, noise in new Peugeot 308
Delphi supplies the injectors to the new Peugeot 308's gasoline direct-injection engine, which produ ...
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Roechling, Plastic Omnium help cut CO2 in new Nissan Qashqai
Roechling Automotive and Plastic Omnium help reduce the drag coefficient in the new Nissan Qashqai t ...
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Brose, Behr, Conti keep Skoda Octavia's cabin cozy
Several suppliers contributed to the Octavia's HVAC system. ...
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TrelleborgVibracoustic helps cut CO2 in Porsche Macan
TrelleborgVibracoustic supplies the Porsche Macan's optional air springs that allow the crossover to ...
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ZF 8-speed cuts fuel use in new BMW 4 series
ZF supplies the new BMW 4 series with its optional eight-speed automatic transmission. ...
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