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Former BMW designer Rice is Mazda Europe's new design boss

Mazda has promoted Kevin Rice, who rejoined the automaker from BMW last year, to lead its European design operations. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Skoda releases images of the new Fabia

Skoda has released images of its new Fabia subcompact, which will launch in Europe early next year after debuting at the Paris auto show in October. Read More »

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GM cuts production in Russia as market slump continues

General Motors said it will reduce production at its plant near St. Petersburg, Russia, citing a continued slowdown of the country's auto market. Read More »

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Sixt says BMW car-sharing venture is profitable in most cities

Germany's Sixt said its DriveNow car-sharing venture with BMW is profitable in cities where it has been operating for more than a year as sign-ups exceed forecasts. Read More »

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New and premium models boost UK car exports to July record

The UK has reported record car exports for July as production rose by nearly 3 percent year-on-year last month because of new models and strong sales of top-end vehicles. Read More »

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Conti exec says automated driving requires tight ties with many partners

Continental executive Helmut Matschi says automated driving will emerge gradually in the next decade. He also believes that to be successful, suppliers will need to collaborate more than ever with non-automotive companies. Read More »

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LG Chem says it has battery order from Audi for plug-in hybrid cars

LG Chem says it will supply batteries for Audi's growing lineup of plug-in hybrids. Audi began European sales of its first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, in June and plans to add at least three more plug-in hybrids. Read More »

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Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says

Ford plans to introduce a new gasoline-electric hybrid in late 2018 to compete against the Toyota Prius, Reuters reported. The compact will be Ford's first "dedicated" hybrid, rather than a variation of an existing gasoline model. Read More »

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EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

EU regulators are pushing for legislation that will require vehicles to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories in a bid to close loopholes that allow carmakers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials. Read More »

Greens, industry square off over putting cars in EU carbon market

Environmental campaigners are bracing to take on big business over whether Europe should include road transport in the EU carbon market, a move that could bring down the costs faced by the auto industry to reduce emissions from new cars. Read More »

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Volvo swings to first-half profit on China, Europe gains

Volvo said it swung to a profit for the first half on the back of sharply rising sales in China and growth in Europe, which more than offset lingering weakness in the U.S. Read More »

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Russia will consider support for car market, reports say

Russia will consider taking measures aimed at supporting the auto market, news agencies quoted Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as saying. Car sales in Russia fell 23 percent in July as consumers worry about the impact of the Ukraine crisis. Read More »

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China levies record $200 million fine on Japan suppliers

China has fined 12 Japanese suppliers a record 1.24 billion yuan ($200 million) for alleged price fixing amid one of the broadest investigations since the nation's antitrust law came into effect six years ago. Read More »

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HANS GREIMEL:

Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up? Read More »

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Bosch, Faurecia, ZF grow in 2013; combined Europe sales for top 30 rise 7%

Europe's biggest suppliers rebounded last year as the region showed signs of recovery in the final months of 2013. Overall 2013 European sales by suppliers in the top 30 increased by 7 percent to $183.5 billion compared with the year before. Read More »

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Magna CEO in a shopping mood in post-Stronach era

Magna International says it will consider purchases of as much as $4 billion as it distances itself from debt-averse founder Frank Stronach. Read More »

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Dutch car sales likely to fall to 45-year low, industry group says

Dutch car sales will likely fall to their lowest level since 1969 this year as sluggish economic recovery and weak consumer confidence hit demand, automotive industry consultancy group Aumacon says. Read More »

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Saab's owner seeks partner to secure brand's future

Saab's owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, says it is in discussions with potential partners as it seeks to restart car production and develop future models. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler names Bigland to lead Alfa Romeo brand in N. America

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, rolling out sales of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car in the United States, has picked Reid Bigland to lead the Italian sports car brand's return to North America. Read More »

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Citroen's clever C4 Cactus

Citroen has found clever ways to make its new C4 Cactus an unconventional and affordable alternative to hatchbacks that dominate Europe's compact segment. Read More »

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Ford Store borrows from Apple in bid to move brand upscale in Europe

Ford is the latest automaker to borrow ideas from tech giant Apple. The automaker is rebranding 500 European dealerships as Ford Stores ahead of launching its new Vignale premium trim line. Read More »

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Volvo CEO on new XC90: 'There is no second chance'

The new XC90 is crucial to Volvo's bid to close the sales gap with German premium rivals BMW, Mercedes and Audi. "There is no second chance," Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. Read More »

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Continental lures Google self-driving exec in Silicon Valley push

Continental is growing its Silicon Valley presence to help car companies roll out autonomous driving and other “intelligent” features and it has hired one of Google's executives to lead the effort. Read More »

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Ford begins testing first right-hand-drive Mustang

Ford has begun testing the first prototype of the right-hand-drive Mustang. Ford said its engineers recently finished building the handmade prototype, which will be used in various developmental tests in the coming months. Read More »

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China finds Mercedes guilty of price fixing, report says

Mercedes has been found guilty of manipulating prices for aftersales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Foreign automakers have been under scrutiny in China amid reports by state media that they are overcharging consumers. Read More »

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Russia may ban car imports if West applies new sanctions, report says

Russia may ban car imports if the West applies additional sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine, a daily newspaper reported. Read More »

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China needs Europe-like open competition, Volvo Chairman says

Volvo Chairman Li Shufu says China should stop trying to hinder competition in the world's largest automaker. "It's best if it's completely open, like in the U.S. and Europe; whoever wants to produce cars can do it," Li said. Read More »

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Volvo gives a peek at redesigned XC90's headlights and grille

Volvo's latest tease of the redesigned XC90 crossover focuses on the headlights and grille, and evokes the Swedish brand's future and its past. Read More »

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UAW says union membership near majority at VW Tennessee plant

The UAW union, which lost a controversial organizing vote in February at VW's Tenessee assembly plant, has nearly enough members in its newly formed local for the automaker to recognize it as exclusive bargaining agent for the plant. Read More »

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ZF plans big expansion of Shanghai r&d center

ZF Friedrichshafen is investing 50 million euros (412 million yuan) in a fivefold expansion of its Shanghai headquarters and research hub. Read More »

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Chinese EV, plug-in hybrid output soars tenfold in July

Automakers, aided by government subsidies, produced 5,799 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China in July, 10 times more than in the same month last year. Read More »

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YANG JIAN:

Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them. Read More »

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Mercedes, Audi success boosts Hungary economy

Increased vehicle output by Mercedes and Audi is giving Hungary's economy a boost. Gross Domestic Product rose by 3.9 percent in the second quarter, the Hungarian Central Statistics Office said. Read More »

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Aston Martin's U.S. stores at risk due to new crash rule, dealer says

Aston Martin stores in the United States will become unprofitable and could be forced to close if the sports-car maker cannot get an exemption for two of its models from tougher new crash standards, a top dealer said. Read More »

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Daimler to recall 50,000 Smarts in China

Daimler is recalling about 50,000 Smart ForTwos in China. Authorities identified that vibrations can cause the V-belt, an engine component that drives the cooling fan and the alternator, to tear. Read More »

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Audi, Mercedes gain on BMW in global sales race

Audi and Mercedes are closing in on global premium sales leader BMW as the race between the three tightened last month. Read More »

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Toyota Aygo gets 'fun' makeover

Toyota is aiming its new Aygo minicar at younger buyers who don't take themselves too seriously, particularly men, who make up just 40 percent of current buyers. Read More »

Next-generation Volt to debut at Detroit show

The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will debut at the Detroit auto show in January. "You'll see improvements all the way across, from technology to design," Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney said. Read More »

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Autoliv ups focus on fast-growing active safety business

Autoliv, the world's largest maker of seat belts and airbags, is reorganizing to put more focus on its fast-growing, high-margin active safety business. Read More »

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ZF talks for TRW said to hinge on Bosch JV exit

ZF's ambitions to takeover TRW and become the world's No. 2 supplier are being held up by negotiations to exit a steering-systems joint venture with Robert Bosch, according to people familiar with the matter. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

Ford Fiesta, VW Polo make big moves in Web world

The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Land Rover Discovery, BMW X6 and Toyota Yaris, according to study. Read More »

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Supply of new Mercedes GLA in U.S. will be tight

Mercedes-Benz USA expects its GLA compact crossover to be in short supply when the vehicle debuts in September because of the segment's growing popularity. Read More »

 
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Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20 2014

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Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up? ...
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Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17 2014

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Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them. ...
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Ford Fiesta, VW Polo make big moves in Web world

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15 2014

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The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Lan ...
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Automakers to face intensified scrutiny over voice recognition

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14 2014

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The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. ...
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Lamborghini's special power to punctuate popularity

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13 2014 UPDATED: Aug. 13 17:40 CET -- corrects height of front lift

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Nothing can prepare you for the sudden popularity that comes with driving a Lamborghini. ...
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Why China's NDRC has become country's antitrust watchdog

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

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China's NDRC used to be very friendly toward foreign automakers, approving numerous factory projects. ...
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Audi's war chest could buy Fiat Chrysler


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7 2014

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If there is one thing that Audi's first-half results prove, it's that VW Group's premium brand earns so much cash it could easily swallow Fiat-Chrysler whole ...
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For some investors, Fiat's meeting to approve Chrysler merger felt like a funeral

Gilles Castonguay
12:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1 2014

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Fiat shareholders were in a resigned mood when they met to vote on the carmaker's merger with Chrysler. ...
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Fiat would find a safe haven in VW

Guido Reinking
4:59 am U.S. ET | July 29 2014

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Reports that VW may buy Fiat-Chrysler sound improbable, but the idea has appeal. ...
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VW, Ford, Nissan eye China's entry-level market

Yang Jian
4:35 am U.S. ET | July 28 2014

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Global automakers have long been reluctant to sell cheaper vehicles in China as they seek to protect ...
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Recovery on track as western Europe car sales rise 5%
Car sales in western Europe grew by 5 percent in July to a little more than 1 million vehicles, brin ...
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Strong UK car sales in July part of improving European trend
New-car sales in the UK rose by 7 percent in July, as the country's credit-backed growth continued. The increase follows volume growth last month in Germany, Italy and Spain. ...
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German car sales bounce back in July
New-car sales in Germany bounced back in July, suggesting further improvement in second-half demand ...
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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 car market slows as France, Spain, Italy continue recovery
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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Europe's slump creates new opportunities at the top
Europe's car sales slump took its toll on the executive ranks at automakers active in the region. ...
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Bentley names VW China exec as CFO
Bentley has appointed Joerg Mull, executive vice president of finance at Volkswagen Group in China, as its new finance chief. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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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Citroen's clever C4 Cactus
Citroen has found clever ways to make its new C4 Cactus an unconventional and affordable alternative ...
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Toyota Aygo gets 'fun' makeover
Toyota is aiming its new Aygo minicar at younger buyers who don't take themselves too seriously, par ...
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Nissan X-Trail gets sporty
Nissan's new X-Trail, which is now available with front-wheel-drive and seven-seat models, has a dis ...
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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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Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights
Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar ...
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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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