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VW, Ford, Nissan eye China's entry-level market

Global automakers have long been reluctant to sell cheaper vehicles in China as they seek to protect their healthy profit margins. But now foreign automakers are moving into China's entry-level segment in a quest for market share. Read More »

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Fiat investors advised to vote for Chrysler merger

Proxy adviser Glass Lewis has recommended that Fiat investors vote for a merger with Chrysler despite concerns that the voting rights of Exor, Fiat's main shareholder, could potentially increase with a deal. Read More »

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Nissan profit rises 37% on U.S., China demand

Nissan said net income rose 37 percent to $1.1 billion in the April-June quarter as deliveries rose in the U.S. and China. The company narrowed its loss in Europe. Read More »

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Jaguar Land Rover taps ex-military to combat skills shortage in UK auto industry

Jaguar Land Rover aims to attract former military personnel amid a shortage of skilled workers. Ford and Bentley are also competing for talent as the UK's expanding auto industry devises ways to draw workers to manufacturing. Read More »

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Audi cuts spare-part prices in China amid anti-monopoly probe

Audi brand plans to cut spare-part prices in China as global automakers rush to change their pricing strategies after Chinese anti-monopoly regulators began probing the auto industry. Read More »

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Audi plans plug-in hybrid diesel to help cut CO2 emissions

Audi aims to beat German rivals Mercedes and BMW to launch a plug-in hybrid diesel powered car. Audi will present a plug-in hybrid diesel drivetrain next year, the brand's technical development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said. Read More »

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Fisker's Chinese owner plans 2nd model after Karma output resumes

The Chinese owner of Fisker Automotive hopes to launch a second model that would join the $100,000 Karma luxury plug-in hybrid in three years. Read More »

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Aston Martin revives Lagonda badge for powerful new sedan

Aston Martin will revive its Lagonda nameplate with a limited-edition sedan designed for customers in the Middle East. Read More »

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Volkswagen marketing chief quits

Volkswagen's global marketing head, Simon Thomas, will leave the post after about a year in the job. Thomas, a former top Nissan Europe executive, said he is leaving VW at his own request. Read More »

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VW may open planning center in Brazil to revive sales

VW Group is mulling a planning center in Brazil. It would be part of the automaker's 3.6 billion euro ($4.85 billion) investment in new models, plants and technology for the country through 2018, sources said. Read More »

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Porsche importer buys former F1 circuit in South Africa

Porsche South Africa has bought the 72-hectare Kyalami racetrack, which hosted F1 races between 1967 and 1993, for 205 million rand (14.5 million euro) at an auction. Read More »

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Citroen DS upscale line off to a slow start as a stand-alone brand

Vehicle sales at Citroen's upscale DS line, which became a stand-alone brand on June 1, fell during the first half, hit by an aging product lineup and tougher competition from refreshed rivals such as Mini. Read More »

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Valeo raises 2014 profit forecast

French car parts supplier Valeo has raised its full-year earnings forecast following a 21 percent rise in first-half profit, due mainly to overseas expansion and increased demand for fuel-saving technologies. Read More »

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Audi, BMW and Mercedes pressure Ford, GM as UK market booms

Germany's premium automakers are benefiting most from the UK car market boom. Audi, BMW and Mercedes are winning customers from mass-market brands such as Ford and Vauxhall. Read More »

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Can Linux speed in-car systems?

The auto industry is exploring open-source operating systems such as Linux more seriously than ever, hoping that sharing the work and making code available to all will lead to more rapid development cycles, lower costs and happier drivers. Read More »

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Selling vehicles for export angers automakers, but is it illegal?

U.S. authorities working to stop the increasing flow of high-end cars overseas have run into a significant obstacle: Exporters arranging the shipments may not be breaking any laws, even if so-called straw buyers are sometimes deceptive. Read More »

ZF's pursuit of TRW may spark wave of mergers in supply chain

The biggest auto-parts deal since 2007 may be just the start of consolidation, with Autoliv and Visteon among the next potential targets, analysts say. More suppliers may combine as overcapacity constrains their ability to add scale on their own. Read More »

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GM remains bullish on Chevrolet-Manchester United sponsorship deal

One bad season for Manchester United has not shaken GM's belief in its sponsorship deal with the English soccer club. Chevrolet's logo appeared on players' jerseys for the first time when United beat the Los Angeles Galaxy team in a friendly match in Pasadena, California. Read More »

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Bentley may add a 5th model after SUV launch

Bentley may add a fifth model to its lineup after it launches an SUV in 2016, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. The new model could be a two-seat sports car or a larger model slotted between the Continental GT coupe and Mulsanne sedan. Read More »

Fiat and PSA dismiss latest tie-up report

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Fiat Chrysler denied a report that the companies were preparing a merger to create the world's fifth-largest carmaker. Read More »

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UK car output boosted by new models in first half

UK car production grew by 4 percent in the first six months thanks to new models, but the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warned that further growth must be backed by bolstering the UK's parts supply chain. Read More »

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Bentley CEO rolls back 'aggressive' sales forecasts

Bentley expects 2014 deliveries to be lower than previously forecast as the carmaker is hit by the crisis in Ukraine and Russia and struggles to maintain high sales growth in China. Read More »

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Hyundai's Q2 profit falls 7% on currency strength, weak global demand

Hyundai's second-quarter profit fell 7 percent as a strong won, weakening global sales and incentives in the U.S. took their toll on earnings. To combat a strong currency, the automaker will now consider adding production overseas. Read More »

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GM's quarterly profit plunges on recall costs, higher Europe loss

General Motors posted an 85 percent drop in second-quarter net income, hurt by recall-related expenses in the United States and restructuring costs in Europe. Read More »

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Ford posts European profit in second quarter

Ford posted a second-quarter pre-tax profit of $2.6 billion, boosted by its first quarterly profit in Europe in three years and record quarterly earnings in North America. Read More »

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Why Daimler will wait until 2017 to debut fuel cell vehicle

Daimler's first series-production hydrogen vehicle could have been ready about now, but the company is putting off the vehicle's debut until 2017. Read More »

Fiat investors urged to vote against Chrysler merger

Proxy advisor ISS has recommended that Fiat investors vote against a cross-border merger of the Italian carmaker and its U.S. unit, Chrysler, at a meeting on Aug. 1, saying it would reduce shareholder rights. Read More »

Opel plans 'electric' successor to Ampera plug-in hybrid

Opel said it is working on an "electric" successor to the Ampera, a plug-in hybrid based on the Chevrolet Volt which hit European showrooms in 2011 but will be discontinued. Read More »

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VW faces battle with workers over cost cutting plans

Volkswagen faces a battle with workers over cost cuts at its biggest car division, a central plank of its drive to meet profit margin targets. VW CEO Martin Winterkorn told workers that the automaker "urgently" needs higher profit to help fund future expansion. Read More »

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Daimler quarterly earnings rise 12% on sales of S class

Daimler said second-quarter profit rose 12 percent as Mercedes S-class sales doubled and the company scaled back spending. Read More »

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Marchionne says Fiat Chrysler tie-up with VW was never on agenda

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne quashed all speculation of a possible tie-up with Volkswagen, saying the idea had never been on the agenda. Read More »

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Bentley names VW veteran as human resources chief

Bentley named VW Group executive Marlies Rogait as its new head of human resources. Read More »

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Brakes supplier Brembo to build new U.S. plant

Italian brakes manufacturer Brembo will build a new foundry in Michigan to expand its manufacturing capability in the United States, betting on the continued strength of the country's automotive sector. Read More »

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New head-up displays could change views for drivers and the industry

Head-up displays with "augmented reality," the technology that employs much of the windshield as a display area for data and images, is poised to significantly change how drivers see the road. Read More »

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 »

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

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PSA may be better off without Thierry Peugeot

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

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Gesture recognition makes dials, buttons obsolete

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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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European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives
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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
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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
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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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Bentley names VW veteran as human resources chief
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CLEPA names new CEO
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Infiniti lures BMW exec to head 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
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SGL Carbon names Majerus as CFO
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Tavares names Europe chief, reshuffles top jobs at PSA
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IAC promotes veteran exec to head European commercial operations
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The 'better Golf'
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