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Porsche plans Pajun as EV only to fight Tesla, report says

Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as a electric car to compete with cars such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine said. Read More »

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Kia's fourth-quarter profit drops 54% on ruble plunge

Kia posted a 54 percent fall in quarterly profit as a weakening ruble reduced income earned in Russia where Kia ranks No. 2 after Lada. Kia expects sales in the market to fall 12 percent this year, because the ruble's decline could force further price rises, denting demand. Read More »

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Honda axes Accord in Europe

Honda will end sales of the Accord midsize sedan in Europe after the car failed to make headway against German rivals. Read More »

EU regulators to rule on ZF's bid for TRW by Feb. 26

European Union antitrust authorities will decide by Feb. 26 whether to approve German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion bid for U.S. rival TRW Automotive. Read More »

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GM sees Europe turnaround on track even if local economy isn't

General Motors' efforts to restore European operations to profitability are on track even as the region's economy fails to revive, GM President Dan Ammann said. However, Russia is big "wild card," he said. Read More »

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UK 2014 car production rises to highest since 2007

UK car production rose to its highest level since 2007 last year, up 1 percent to 1.53 million cars. The UK is a major center for manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Nissan, Honda, Toyota and GM. Read More »

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Opel plans EV version of its Karl minicar, report says

Opel plans an electric version of its new Karl minicar, a German magazine reported. The Karl EV could go on sale by the end of 2018, the report said. Read More »

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BMW, VW will build fast-charging stations for EVs in U.S.

BMW and Volkswagen are joining with ChargePoint, a company that provides EV charging facilities, to build nearly 100 fast-charging stations in the U.S. Both automakers seek to boost interest in their electric or plug-in vehicles, including the BMW i3 and the VW e-Golf. Read More »

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Ford names new lobbyist in Europe as free trade, CO2 pressure intensifies

Ford of Europe has promoted veteran lobbyist Andrew McCall as its new vice president for government and community relations. McCall will have much to do as automakers lobby the EU to ease CO2 emissions targets and accelerate free-trade talks between Europe and the U.S. Read More »

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New Mini boss is former Audi executive

BMW named former Audi executive Sebastian Mackensen as head of its Mini brand. BMW is seeking ways to boost Mini's long-term profitability and is expected to discontinue three slow-selling Minis -- the Coupe, Roadster and Paceman. Read More »

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Ghosn lifts European car market forecast on eurozone stimulus plan

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn upgraded his European car market growth forecast after the European Central Bank unveiled a bond purchase program to boost the continent's flagging economy. Ghosn now expects Europe's auto market to grow by at least 2 percent in 2015. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler's 7% global sales growth outpaces biggest peers

U.S. car buyers' thirst for Ram trucks and Jeep SUVs sent Fiat Chrysler's sales up faster than those of the biggest three carmakers last year, an early positive sign for CEO Sergio Marchionne's ambitious five-year growth plan. Read More »

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Toyota may lose global sales lead to VW without new China strategy

Toyota remained the best-selling automaker worldwide in 2014 ahead of VW and GM, but the company may lose the sales crown this year as it falls behind in China, where rivals are expanding fast. Read More »

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Hyundai profit falls 19% on weak yen, ruble plunge

Hyundai's fourth-quarter profit fell 19 percent after the weaker yen and ruble eroded overseas earnings. A weaker yen gave rivals including Toyota a competitive edge in the U.S., while a plunge in the ruble lowered the value of earnings in Russia. Read More »

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PSA winds down hybrid air fuel-saving project, still seeks partner to share costs

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said it will continue development of its Hybrid Air technology to reduce fuel use, despite reports in the French press that the project almost certainly will not see commercialization. Read More »

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Kia needs India plant to offset slowing sales in Russia and China, report says

Kia needs to set up a factory in India to tap growth in the fast-growing market and offset slowing sales in Russia and China, a Korean newspaper reported the automaker's CEO as saying. India may become the world's No. 3 auto market by next year. Read More »

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Volvo appoints Kerssemakers as U.S. chief

Volvo is reshuffling its North American management by appointing global corporate product strategy chief Lex Kerssemakers to replace U.S. CEO Tony Nicolosi. Volvo Vice President of Product Planning Henrik Green will take over Kerssemakers's duties as product strategy chief on an interim basis. Read More »

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VW mulls separate listing of trucks business, report says

Volkswagen may restructure its truck business so that it could be spun off to raise cash, a German magazine reported. VW has hired former Daimler manager Andreas Renschler to integrate the unit, which includes Scania and MAN. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1

Volkswagen Group has reason to celebrate. Toyota seemingly conceded the title of world's largest automaker to its German rival 21 days into the new year. Read More »

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VW targets 'significant' savings by reducing variety of parts

Volkswagen Group plans to boost profitability by scaling back the range of components at its main VW brand. Reducing the variety of parts used in VW vehicles will offer "significant savings potential," finance chief Hans Dieter Poetsch said. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

Farewell to an auto PR legend

Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski even literally crashing into an auto show. Read More »

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Toyota, Honda in talks to put 6,000 fuel cell cars on road in Tokyo by 2020 Olympics

Tokyo plans to spend $385 million on fuel cell vehicle subsidies and hydrogen stations for the 2020 Olympics as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's effort to reduce Japan's reliance on nuclear power. Read More »

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Schaeffler shifts 34% Continental stake off balance sheet

Schaeffler says a 34 percent stake in rival Continental has been shifted off the books in a move toward a possible stock market listing. Schaeffler borrowed heavily to buy Continental in 2008 in a deal that unraveled during the financial crisis. Read More »

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Michelin CEO aims to win share from Chinese rivals

Michelin aims to counter rising pressure from low-cost Chinese brands in Europe and North America by increasing the number of cheaper tires it offers from budget subbrands, the tire maker's CEO, Jean-Dominique Senard, told Automotive News Europe. Read More »

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Toyota tops VW to remain world's largest automaker

Toyota defended its crown as the world's biggest automaker in 2014, keeping a slim lead over Volkswagen. But Toyota forecast sales to slump 1 percent in the current calendar year, on the back of slowing demand in Japan and emerging markets. Read More »

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Daimler will invest more in Hungary to boost compact car output

Daimler will boost compact car output at its Mercedes-Benz factory in Hungary after the automaker launched production of a new model, the CLA Shooting Brake. The automaker has seen strong demand for its compact lineup, which grew 25 percent last year. Read More »

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Volkswagen mulls VW van, high-performance Golf for U.S.

Volkswagen has more than just an SUV offensive planned for the U.S. as the company considers adding -- and deleting -- some models. VW executives indicate that a new VW van and high-performance Golf hatchback may launch. Read More »

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Audi plans to build range-topping Q8 SUV, CEO Stadler says

Audi plans a range-topping SUV to go on sale before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. Dubbed the Q8, the SUV would be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East, where large coupe-styled SUVs are in demand. Read More »

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Ford revises EcoSport to counter slow sales

Ford will offer its EcoSport SUV in Europe without the spare wheel on the outside of the rear tailgate after the model's sales got off to a slow start. The EcoSport has failed to make a big impact in the region's booming subcompact SUV/crossover segment against sleeker-looking rivals. Read More »

Daimler offers 'currency rebate' on Mercedes, Smart cars in Switzerland

Daimler is cutting Mercedes and Smart car prices in Switzerland after the central bank's surprise abandonment of a minimum exchange rate caused the franc to surge versus the euro. Read More »

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Daimler seeks profitability at Smart with 2 minicar sizes

Daimler hopes to make its Smart small-car unit sustainably profitable by offering the same car in two sizes: the two-seat ForTwo and the four-seat ForFour. Read More »

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McLaren names new design chief

UK supercar maker McLaren promoted Robert Melville to the post of chief designer, reporting to the company’s design director, Frank Stephenson. Read More »

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Renault plans big nvestment to catch rivals in China

Renault will make "massive investments" in China, where it sees its market share rising as high as 6 percent after the company ramps up sales of locally built vehicles in the world's biggest car market. Read More »

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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

McLaren will unveil P1 GTR hybrid supercar

McLaren will unveil a production-ready version of the P1 GTR hybrid supercar, its fastest and most powerful vehicle to date, at the Geneva auto show in March. Read More »

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BMW's Robertson sees cheap gasoline making electric cars a harder sell

Cheap gasoline may make electric cars an even harder sell, Ian Robertson, BMW's head of sales and marketing, said. Read More »

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Renault's 2014 sales rise 3% as budget cars offset Russia drop

Renault delivered 3 percent more vehicles globally last year as strong European sales of cars such as the Renault Captur and no-frills Dacia Sandero helped offset falling demand in Russia and South America. Read More »

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2015 Rising Star nominations sought

Automotive News Europe needs your help to identify the Rising Stars in the European automotive industry. The award honors executives with a pan-European profile who have driven change, fostered innovation and made courageous decisions. Read More »

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Q60 coupe is 'huge opportunity' for Infiniti

Infiniti is counting on the Q60 Concept coupe to become one of the brand's four biggest-volume models. The Q60 will go into production in early 2016, staying close to the design of the concept car unveiled at the Detroit auto show. Read More »

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VW's Seat brand recruits Ford designer Lamm

Volkswagen's Seat brand has recruited Ford of Europe stylist Stefan Lamm as its new head of exterior design. Read More »

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Mini expects profit boost from leaner lineup

BMW is trimming its Mini lineup from eight models down to five to boost the brand's prospects of long-term profitability. The carmaker is expected to discontinue three slow-selling vehicles -- the Coupe, Roadster and Paceman. Read More »

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Ford will launch new Galaxy minivan as brand pushes upscale in Europe

Ford of Europe will start sales of its new-generation Galaxy large minivan this year as part of a wider product offensive that includes the launches of its Vignale upscale trim line and new Mustang sports car. Read More »

 
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Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21 2015

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Volkswagen Group has reason to celebrate. Toyota seemingly conceded the title of world's largest automaker to its German rival 21 days into the new year. ...
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Farewell to an auto PR legend

Luca Ciferri
8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21 2015

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Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski even literally crashing into an auto show ...
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Jeep uses Paris boat show to gain traction

Bruce Gain
6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16 2015

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Jeep hopes its role as a marketing partner at the Nautic in Paris, one of Europe's biggest boat show ...
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So what is a Bentayga?

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2015

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When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we ...
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Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2015

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Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road. ...
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Why Jaguar's founder would love the F-Pace

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2015

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Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum believes that company founder Sir William Lyons would approve of t ...
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Zetsche rejoices in U.S. rebound

Christiaan Hetzner
5:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2015

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Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche expects the U.S. ...
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Is BMW 9 series a step closer?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7 2015

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BMW may decide this year whether to launch a new range-topping sedan. ...
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Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12 2014

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A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. ...
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Why loyalty leads to fewer dealership visits

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11 2014

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A customer visited a dealership an average of six times in the UK before completing a purchase in 1994. That number dropped to 1. ...
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Europe 2014 sales rise on low-cost brands shift
European car sales in 2014 rose for the first time in seven years, thanks to government incentives, ...
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Russia car sales forecast to drop 24% as economic crisis worsens
Russian car sales are set to decline by 24 percent this year after falling 10 percent in 2014 as the ...
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W. Europe car sales up 5% in 2014; 3% gain seen for 2015
New-car sales in western Europe increased by 5 percent in 2014, the best result since 2009, but grow ...
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German car sales rose 7% in December on extra selling day
New-car sales in Germany rose 7 percent in December, returning Europe's largest auto market back to positive annual growth after two years of shrinking sales. ...
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Car sales slump in France in December, but rise in Spain and Italy
France's floundering economy pushed car sales 7 percent lower in December, while Spanish sales jumpe ...
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Budget brands win despite Europe's car sales slowdown
New-car registrations in Europe rose 1 percent in November, with budget brands beating the market as ...
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Russian auto market decline slows in November
Russian car sales fell 1 percent in November compared with 10 percent the month before as a state sc ...
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Western Europe car sales lifted by UK as France, Germany falter
Western Europe new-car sales rose 1 percent in November as strong demand in the UK and Spain helped ...
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Auto sector takes hit in Q3
Automakers and suppliers were hit hard in the third quarter while car retailers continued to make gains, according to the Automotive News Europe/PwC shareholder value.. ...
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Europe's auto recovery continues without France
Western European new-car sales rose 6 percent in October as demand picked up in all major markets ex ...
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Ford names new lobbyist in Europe as free trade, CO2 pressure intensifies
Ford of Europe has promoted veteran lobbyist Andrew McCall as its new vice president for government ...
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New Mini boss is former Audi executive
BMW named former Audi executive Sebastian Mackensen as head of its Mini brand. ...
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Volvo appoints Kerssemakers as U.S. chief
Volvo is reshuffling its North American management by appointing global corporate product strategy c ...
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McLaren names new design chief
UK supercar maker McLaren promoted Robert Melville to the post of chief designer, reporting to the c ...
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VW's Seat brand recruits Ford designer Lamm
Volkswagen's Seat brand has recruited Ford of Europe stylist Stefan Lamm as its new head of exterior ...
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Aston Martin hires former Porsche exec as China boss
Aston Martin has hired former Porsche and BMW executive Michael Mingshan Peng as its new China boss ...
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Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle
The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supp ...
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Ford-Getrag JV names new COO
Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. ...
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VW hires BMW exec Diess to lead core car brand
VW Group has appointed BMW development chief Herbert Diess to its management board. ...
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BMW names Krueger next CEO, Reithofer new chairman
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer will step down in May, one year early, and hand over his post to productio ...
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Daimler seeks profitability at Smart with 2 minicar sizes
Daimler hopes to make its Smart small-car unit sustainably profitable by offering the same car in tw ...
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VW Passat tackles trailer troubles
Volkswagen has made a big effort to ensure its latest Passat remains Europe’s best-selling mid ...
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Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every ...
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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip
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Lexus readies hybrid-only BMW X5, Mercedes M class rival
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VW says Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers the 'best of both worlds'
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Jeep pushes Renegade's off-road skills
Jeep says its Renegade is a true off-roader and is positioning the model at the higher end of the ho ...
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Mini 5-door may become best-seller
The Mini five-door variant targets customers who need more space. ...
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Nissan touts Pulsar's roominess
Nissan believes the sizeable rear-seat space of its new Pulsar compact hatchback will be the car's b ...
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Audi seeks to increase TT's market share
Audi expects its new TT to boost its market share even though demand for small sports cars is shrink ...
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ZF provides Maserati Quattroporte with leaner, smarter transmission
ZF supplies the new-generation Maserati Quattroporte's eight-speed automatic transmission, which is ...
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BWI Group gives Lamborghini Huracan added stability
BWI Group provides added stability to the new Lamborghini Huracan with its optional magneto-rheologi ...
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Magna, Haartz team up on Opel Cascada roof
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Marelli helps optimize Alfa 4C's transmission
Magneti Marelli supplies the Alfa Romeo 4C roadster with the technology that helps optimize the perf ...
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BorgWarner helps boost power in BMW 2 series
BorgWarner-sourced turbochargers for the new BMW 2 series help boost power by as much as 13 hp to 18 ...
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Jaguar F-Type relies on Stadco's aluminum skin
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Magna Powertrain helps Mercedes GLA stay on track
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