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VW faces rising opposition to Scania bid as Alecta rejects offer

VW faces increasing opposition to its 6.7 billion euro bid for the rest of Scania after Alecta, the truckmaker's third-biggest shareholder, rejected the offer. Read More »

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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 compact, rear-wheel-drive package. Read More »

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Toyota outsells VW, GM for 3rd straight quarter

Toyota outsold VW Group and GM for a third straight quarter. Toyota sold 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, it said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they each sold about 2.4 million vehicles. Read More »

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Siemens, BAIC to jointly build parts for green vehicles in China

Germany's Siemens and state-owned Chinese automaker Beijing Automotive will form a joint venture to produce motors and inverters for hybrid and full-electric vehicles. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you would expect a conference in the United States on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic. Read More »

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Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China

Toyota's Prius hybrid is the best-selling gasoline-electric vehicle in the world. In China, it's about as rare as the endangered giant panda. Read More »

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Mulally said to line up board post after Ford

Ford CEO Alan Mulally is lining up a substantial corporate position for his next act, probably as a board director or chairman, according to people with knowledge of his plans. Read More »

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Corvette museum may keep some damaged 'Vettes, sinkhole on permanent display

GM and officials with the National Corvette Museum in the U.S. will meet next month to determine which of eight Corvettes damaged after plunging into a major sinkhole on Feb. 12 are fit to be restored. Read More »

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YANG JIAN:

Why French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

Peugeot, Citroen and Renault last year combined to sell a tiny number of cars in China. But that will change as the French automakers become strong players in the world's largest auto market. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Daimler, BYD show production-ready Denza EV

Daimler and Chinese partner BYD unveiled a production-ready version of their Denza electric car at the Beijing auto show ahead of a sales launch in September. Read More »

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Golf dominance, premium push intensify battle in compact segment

Most volume automakers face double trouble in the crucial compact segment. They need to find a way to win sales from the dominant Volkswagen Golf while also defending against premium brands aggressively pushing into the segment. Read More »

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Daimler says new Beijing plant has potential capacity to build 350,000 Mercedes cars

Daimler can expand production at its Beijing plant to 350,000 vehicles a year if demand calls for it, said Rene Reif, the head of manufacturing at Beijing Benz Automotive. By the end of 2014, output in Beijing will be about 140,000 cars. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe set to challenge Mercedes CLA

The Volkswagen NMC (New Midsize Coupe) concept makes official the carmaker's plans for a style-led sedan to challenge the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Read More »

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Ford will soon name Fields next CEO, replacing Mulally, Bloomberg reports

Ford plans to name Mark Fields its next CEO, Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the pending announcement. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Audi's latest compact SUV to be part of TT family

A sporty compact SUV concept that hints at Audi's fifth crossover most likely will be part of the automaker's TT family and not be called the Q4, as previously reported. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Jaguar Land Rover to start China production at the end of this year

Jaguar Land Rover plans to start building vehicles in China by the end of this year. A Land Rover SUV will be the first model made at the plant, which will have an initial annual capacity of 130,000 vehicles. Read More »

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China is key to Winterkorn's new strategy for VW

China looms large in Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn's thoughts as he prepares his new "Future Tracks" strategy for the automaker. Read More »

Volkswagen has agreed on budget car concept, design

Volkswagen has agreed on the basic concept and design of a budget car for emerging markets, said Hans Demant, who is in charge of the project. Read More »

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McLaren rules out making SUVs

McLaren will stick to building sports cars and ruled out following rivals such as Lamborghini and Bentley in adding an SUV to its lineup. "We genuinely believe we make the best sports cars in the world," McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said. Read More »

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Rolls-Royce CEO predicts 5th year of record sales

Rolls-Royce will probably post a fifth consecutive year of record sales, helped by demand in China and Japan, CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes said. Sales also may rise in Russia this year, he added. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

BMW unveils concept previewing 9-series flagship

BMW's Vision Future Luxury concept car closely previews a new brand flagship that will go on sale in global markets called the 9 series. Read More »

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VW signals it will outsell GM in China for second straight year

Volkswagen forecast that its sales in China will increase 10 percent or more in 2014, signaling that it will outsell General Motors in the world's biggest auto market for a second straight year. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Ford showcases 7-seat Everest Concept SUV

Ford is showing a seven-seat, mid-sized SUV concept at the Beijing auto show that previews a new vehicle to tap booming demand for crossovers in China. Read More »

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Fiat reaches deal to start making Jeeps in China in 2015

Fiat plans to begin making Jeeps in China, the brand's second-largest market, by late 2015 after reaching an agreement with local partner Guangzhou Automobile. Fiat will produce three new Jeep vehicles in the southern city of Guangzhou. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

PSA needs the Citroen DS 6WR in Europe

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's decision not to sell the DS 6WR compact crossover in Europe is strange. Read More »

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Nissan pins Europe growth hopes on new compact car

Nissan expects its new compact hatchback will help it reach its 5 percent European market share target. The hatchback will fill a market niche that Nissan quit when it stopped European sales of the Almera eight years ago. Read More »

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YANG JIAN :

French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault will soon become forces to be reckoned with in China. PSA is racing to introduce new products while Renault prepares to start local production. Read More »

Continental named in GM recall suit

Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths. Read More »

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VW plans major World Cup ad push to counter Hyundai

Volkswagen is planning a major World Cup advertising push that will go head-to-head against official automotive sponsor Hyundai. Read More »

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Renault uses Formula One to win Chinese buyers

Renault is using Formula One to promote its brand in China ahead of the French automaker opening its first car factory in the world's biggest auto market. Read More »

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VW's Winterkorn plans new strategy called Future Tracks

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will unveil a new strategy for the automaker called Future Tracks by year end, a report said. The plan will set fresh profitability and sales goals, Winterkorn told Manager Magazin in an interview. Read More »

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Renault invests 240 million euros in Brazil

Renault will invest 240 million euros ($331 million) to build additional vehicle models and a new logistics centre in Brazil. Read More »

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BMW dealers with Product Geniuses boost profit and customer satisfaction

BMW dealers in Europe taking part in the automaker's Product Genius program are getting a financial boost. The tech-savvy employees' no-pressure explanation of the features available in BMW's vehicles has increased the purchase of high-margin options by 10 percent to 15 percent, the company said. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Ford Escort to make a return at Beijing show

Ford will unveil a production version of the Escort sedan at the Beijing auto show. The car will be aimed exclusively at the Chinese market. Read More »

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Mercedes starts production of electric B class

Mercedes has started series production of the B-class Electric Drive, which the automaker developed in partnership with Tesla. Read More »

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BRUCE GAIN:

PSA will survive for now, but long-term challenges remain

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares' Back in the Race business plan and a cash injection from Chinese partner Dongfeng are almost certainly enough to ensure his company's short-term survival, but PSA's long-term prospects remain uncertain. Read More »

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European car sales rise 10% as replacements help automakers

European car sales jumped 10 percent in March, the seventh consecutive monthly gain, as new models to replace aging vehicles and an economic rebound boosted demand. First-quarter sales rose 8 percent. Read More »

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Lamborghini helps give parent Audi a technical edge

Lamborghini will showcase the Huracan LP 610-4, its newest technology-packed supercar at the Beijing auto show, with the model set to spice up its parent company Audi's own offerings. Read More »

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New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

Jesse Snyder
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23 2014

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Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. ...
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Why French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22 2014

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Peugeot, Citroen and Renault last year combined to sell a tiny number of cars in China. ...
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China is key to Winterkorn's new strategy for VW

Paul McVeigh
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20 2014

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China looms large in Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn's thoughts as he prepares his new "Future Tracks" strategy for the automaker. ...
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PSA needs the Citroen DS 6WR in Europe

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19 2014

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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's decision not to sell the DS 6WR compact crossover in Europe is strange. ...
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French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18 2014

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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault will soon become forces to be reckoned with in China. PSA is racing ...
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Renault uses Formula One to win Chinese buyers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18 2014

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Renault is using Formula One to promote its brand in China ahead of the French automaker opening its ...
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PSA will survive for now, but long-term challenges remain

Bruce Gain
6:42 am U.S. ET | April 17 2014

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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares' Back in the Race business plan and a cash injection from Chinese partner Dongfeng are almost certainly enough to ensure his company's.. ...
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PSA's recovery will be boosted by the 'Tavares factor'


9:52 am U.S. ET | April 14 2014

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PSA CEO Carlos Tavares admits that his turnaround plan for the struggling automaker isn't a wonder cure: "I cannot make miracles." ...
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Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show


5:58 am U.S. ET | April 11 2014

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Ten years ago, many Chinese families could not afford a car. ...
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More Mercedes records to fall in 2014

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:55 am U.S. ET | April 4 2014

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Mercedes' new record for global sales in a single month -- 158,523 -- probably won't last long. ...
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European car sales recovery gains pace as German deliveries rise 5%
Germany joined France, Italy and Spain in posting higher new-car sales in March, adding to signs tha ...
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European car sales rise 8% in February as region's economy revives
European car sales rose by nearly 8 percent percent in February, the sixth consecutive monthly gain, ...
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Automakers, suppliers extend strong gains in Q4
After particularly strong Q3 gains, automakers, suppliers and retailers saw further improvements in ...
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German sales recovery will lift European car market in 2014
A strong increase in January car sales in Germany bodes well for western Europe as a whole for 2014, according to market analyst LMC Automotive. ...
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Growth of 2% forecast for Europe car market
Europe's car market will probably expand 2 percent this year as demand recovers, ACEA said. ...
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European December car sales jump 13%, boosted by discounting
European new-car sales surged 13 percent in December, boosted by price cuts. Full-year sales fell by ...
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W. European 2013 sales beat forecast
Western Europe's 12 percent rise in new-car sales in December caused the region's overall 2013 volum ...
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Car-sales rise in southern Europe fails to halt regional decline in 2013
A rise in December new-car sales in France, Italy and Spain points to a pick-up in demand in souther ...
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VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Buga ...
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Ford moves Europe exec Cortesi to global corporate communications role
Ford of Europe executive Elena Cortesi has been given a global role as the automaker's corporate communications manager. ...
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Nissan appoints diesel expert Shirakawa as European r&d chief
Nissan named Takashi Shirakawa as its head of research and development in Europe, effective April 1. ...
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Infiniti names French executive as new Europe head
Infiniti has named former Ford executive Francois Goupil de Bouille as head of its European operatio ...
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Infiniti names new product strategy head
Infiniti named industry veteran Francois Bancon as its product strategy head. Bancon now leads advan ...
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Infiniti names new product strategy head
Infiniti has named industry veteran Francois Bancon as its product strategy head. Currently Bancon l ...
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Tesla hires Renault-Nissan chief spokesman Sproule in global push
Tesla is hiring a veteran of Carlos Ghosn's Renault-Nissan alliance to manage its marketing and mess ...
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Porsche extends CEO Mueller's contract by five years
Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller, who has led the sports car brand to record sales and defended the marq ...
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Back to Britain for ex-Volkswagen exec Browning
Jonathan Browning, who departed as CEO of Volkswagen's U.S. ...
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Honda names veteran exec Mikoshiba to head Europe operations
Honda named veteran executive Toshiaki Mikoshiba to head operations in Europe as the carmaker seeks ...
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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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Nissan moves Qashqai upmarket
Nissan is so confident about the new Qashqai that its production capacity is three times that of the ...
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Bigger Mini keeps its charm
The third-generation Mini looks very much like its predecessor but beneath the longer body shell a l ...
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Mercedes touts GLA's sporty looks
Mercedes expects a 70 percent conquest rate for the GLA, the brand's smallest and cheapest SUV. ...
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Seat goes large with Leon ST
Seat is hoping to win new customers to its compact Leon range with the arrival of the Sports Tourer, ...
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Ford tweaks India-built EcoSport for Europe
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Range Rover diesel-hybrid saves fuel on and off road
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Peugeot says new 308 outshines VW Golf
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S3 will be flagship sedan in Audi's compact range
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Hyundai aims higher with new i10
Hyundai has positioned the new i10 higher than the outgoing model by making it bigger, more attracti ...
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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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Honeywell turbo reduces CO2 in new Renault Clio
Honeywell’s turbocharger in the new Renault Clio helps the car’s new 90-hp 1.5-liter dCi ...
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Magna contributes to new Mercedes CLA's aerodynamics
Magna International played key roles in the Mercedes-Benz CLA's interior and exterior. ...
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Delphi helps keep the new Range Rover safe
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