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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

How to get the U.S. into diesels

European automakers and suppliers have been trying for years to get U.S. drivers excited about diesels. Experience has proved that a test drive can be a deal-maker. Read More »

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Michelin to double budget-tire sales to counter Chinese gains

Michelin will nearly double the proportion of budget tires in its global sales mix to as much as 30 percent to counter the huge rise in Chinese imports sold in Europe and the U.S., CEO Jean-Dominique Senard told Automotive News Europe. Read More »

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Skoda's '18 sales goal tougher to hit on Russia slump

A severe slump in Russian car demand is making it harder for Skoda to meet its 2018 vehicle sales target. Skoda also must decide whether to reduce its investment budget for the country to protect overall profitability, a top executive said. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler mulls loyalty scheme in Ferrari spinoff

A loyalty scheme that would increase the voting power of Ferrari shareholders is one option parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will consider when it spins off the luxury marque next year, Chairman John Elkann said. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell

Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology. Read More »

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YANG JIAN:

FAW bribe scandal should be wake-up call for Beijing

Allegations of rampant bribery at China FAW Group Corp.'s joint venture with VW should provide an urgent wake-up call to the government to abandon the country's JV rule for foreign automakers. Read More »

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EU will hint at future new-car CO2 targets

The European Commission next month will outline progress on future emission targets for new cars sold in the EU, giving automakers a clearer look at the billions of euros in investment that will be needed to meet tougher goals. Read More »

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ZF expects surging sales of driver-assist systems

ZF, which agreed to buy TRW, expects the combined company's sales of driver-assist safety systems to grow by up to 25 percent a year. The technology will be the "major" part of the combined firm's $2.1 billion r&d budget, ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler to stick with Ferrari CEO

Fiat Chrysler has no plans at this stage to replace Amedeo Felisa as CEO of Ferrari, which it is preparing to spin off, FCA Chairman John Elkann said. Read More »

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JLR speaks up for voice recognition

Drivers of new vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover soon will be able to get a restaurant tip using voice-recognition instead of opening an app on the dashboard. Read More »

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Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. The automaker has started two pilot programs in Europe -- one in Stockholm and another in Berlin. Read More »

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Takata airbag recalls could shake trust in Japan auto industry, minister warns

Takata's airbag crisis linked to five fatal auto accidents threatens to shake confidence in Japanese manufacturing and the country's auto industry, the nation's transport minister said. Read More »

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ANE's December e-magazine goes live Monday

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 1. This month's edition looks at how German premium automakers plan to profit from plug-in hybrids. Read More »

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Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars. Read More »

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Opel is succeeding in restoring poor image, exec says

Opel is succeeding in turning around its tattered image in Germany, the brand's marketing chief Tina Mueller said. Read More »

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Wilbur Ross steps down as chairman of IAC to take bank board spot

Wilbur Ross, the billionaire turnaround artist who launched International Automotive Components Group in 2006, is stepping down as IAC's board chairman to take a senior position at the Bank of Cyprus. Read More »

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Retired Ford exec Mascarenas joins ON Semiconductor's board

Retired Ford executive Paul Mascarenas has joined ON Semiconductor's board of directors. Mascarenas, 53, also has been added to the semiconductor supplier's science and technology committee, the company said. Read More »

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Audi makes Q3 greener to keep lead over BMW X1

The Audi Q3 will get more efficient powertrains with technology such as the crossover's first use of fuel-saving cylinder deactivation as part of its mid-cycle refresh. Audi starts European sales of the revised Q3 in February. Read More »

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Fuel cell cars steal spotlight

Automakers are beginning to nudge the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle out of the illusion factory that is Southern California and into the broader conversation about the future of clean transportation. Read More »

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India may extend tax breaks for carmakers beyond 2014, report says

India may extend excise duty concessions for carmakers beyond Dec. 31, a finance ministry source said. European automakers such as Renault and VW are trying to gain a foothold in the market, which is led by Asian brands. Read More »

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Ferrari spinoff to reduce Fiat Chrysler debt by $894 million

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles expects its net industrial debt to drop by about $894 million because of its planned Ferrari spinoff, a U.S. regulatory filing showed. Read More »

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Toyota recalls more cars for potentially dangerous Takata airbags

Toyota said it will recall 57,000 vehicles globally, including 6,000 cars in Europe, to replace potentially deadly airbags made by Takata, as a safety crisis around the Japanese supplier looks far from being contained. Read More »

Delphi's Korean partner complicating sale of thermal unit

Delphi's sale of its air conditioning business is being complicated by potential problems with one of its South Korean joint venture partners, sources said. France's Valeo, Germany's Mahle and Japan's Denso are interested in the unit. Read More »

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GREEN CARS:

Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust?

Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor? Read More »

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Toyota's fuel cell goal: Big cost cutting

Toyota's top fuel cell engineer predicts the automaker will slash the cost of the next hydrogen-fueled powertrain to between one-third and one-fourth the cost of the current system. Read More »

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Mini to trim lineup to 5 'superhero' cars

BMW Group has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move is a strategy change for Mini, which recently has rolled out quirky variants such as its two-seat coupe and roadster. Read More »

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CLA wagon joins Mercedes' hot-selling compact family

Mercedes has released details on its new CLA Shooting Brake, the latest model to join the automaker's fast-growing, hot-selling compact lineup. Mercedes says that compacts accounted for nearly a third of its global sales through October. Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

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 report. Read More »

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NICK GIBBS:

Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China

European sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but in China suppliers such as Michelin are winning customers who don't trust homegrown tire makers. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler told by U.S. regulators to speed up Takata airbag recall

U.S. regulators have told Fiat Chrysler to speed up its recall of airbags with faulty inflators. The NHTSA said the company should begin its recall of cars with Takata airbags Dec. 1, almost three weeks earlier than the company planned. Read More »

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Land Rover blasts Evoque look-alike from China

Land Rover plans to complain to Chinese officials about a close copy of its Evoque SUV that debuted at the Guangzhou auto show last week. Read More »

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Visteon confirms talks to sell stake in climate control JV

Visteon, which counts on Europe for about a third of its sales, has confirmed that it's in discussions with a private equity firm to sell its stake in South Korean joint venture Halla Visteon Climate Control. Read More »

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ZF CEO: We're not chasing 10-speeds

ZF will not follow rivals in pushing for 10-speed transmissions. The German supplier will stop at nine-speed transmissions, CEO Stefan Sommer says. Read More »

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BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico

Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Mercedes cars roll out of billion-dollar factories. Read More »

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Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany. Read More »

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PSA launches 4th Chinese-built SUV

PSA has launched its fourth Chinese-built SUV, the Citroen C3-XR, in the world's biggest auto market. PSA's other locally produced SUVs are the Peugeot 2008, Peugeot 3008 and DS6. Read More »

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Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board

Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a member of its advisory board for integrity and corporate responsibility. The board is tasked with examining ethics issues at the automaker. Read More »

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GM's savvy new face to suppliers

New GM global purchasing boss Steve Kiefer takes over at a critical time. Suppliers complain that GM's executives and its buyers often aren't aligned. One of Kiefer's challenges is to drive the supplier-relations message from top to bottom. Read More »

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Hyundai-Kia to sell record 8 million vehicles in 2014

Hyundai and Kia said better-than-expected sales in Brazil, China and India will help them sell a record 8 million vehicles this year. In Europe, Hyundai expects to see a sales recovery driven by its new i20. Read More »

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Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning

When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. 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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Tesla, BMW discuss batteries, carbon parts, Musk says

Tesla Motors is in talks with BMW over a possible alliance in battery technology and lightweight components, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a German magazine. Read More »

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BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market. Read More »

 
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Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China

Nick Gibbs
6:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26 2014

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European sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but in China suppliers such as Michelin are winning customers who don't trust homegrown tire makers. ...
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Volkswagen raises the stakes in China

Christiaan Hetzner
9:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21 2014

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Volkswagen's investment plans for the next five years tell one story very clearly – the company is becoming ever more dependent on growth in China in its bid to... ...
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U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17 2014

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Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. will not become a global template because they fall short of what is required in Europe to keep driver data safe. ...
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How to humanize autonomous driving

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2014

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Self-driving cars are coming, but few people will hand over control to the vehicle unless the computer can match the way they like to drive. ...
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Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful

James B. Treece
7:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2014

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Ford of Europe boss Stephen Odell's focus on respecting the customer will be a good start when he becomes the automaker's global sales and marketing chief. ...
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Suzuki seeks BMW-like success -- on the seas

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7 2014

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Suzuki is trying to emulate BMW's and Volvo's success on the seas by associating its brand with one ...
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New CO2 rules may benefit car design

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6 2014

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Proposed changes to how fuel economy and emissions are measured could mean the end of useful-but-ugl ...
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Dissecting Daimler's motorcycle deal

Christiaan Hetzner
12:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31 2014

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Daimler's purchase of a stake in motorbike brand MV Agusta is nothing like Audi's purchase of Ducati. ...
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Is Ferrari worth 12 billion euros?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31 2014

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Ferrari is worth as much as 12 billion euros on the open market based on Chairman Sergio Marchionne's most optimistic blue-sky estimate. ...
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Ferrari will go public but remain private

Luca Ciferri
3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29 2014

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Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group. ...
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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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Western European car sales rise 6% in September
Western European car sales rose 6 percent in September, according to forecaster LMC Automotive. ...
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Germany joins France, Italy in reporting car-sales rebound in September
Germany joined France and Italy in reporting a rebound in new-car registrations last month after poo ...
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Auto sector faltered in Q2
European automakers, suppliers and retailers experienced mixed fortunes in the second quarter of 2014, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers. ...
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Western European car sales extend mixed recovery
Western European car sales rose 1 percent in August, the 12th consecutive monthly gain, as faltering ...
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German, French and Italian car sales fall in August
New-car sales in Germany, France and Italy all fell slightly in August, a seasonally weak vacation m ...
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Spanish car sales rise 14% in August
Spain's new-car sales rose 14 percent to 45,355 in August, the twelfth straight month of increases, ...
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French car sales drop 3% on weak August demand
French car sales fell 3 percent last month, led by an 11 percent drop at Renault. ...
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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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Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board
Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a me ...
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Opel names new engineering chief
Opel named Charlie Klein as its new engineering chief, promoting the executive from his current post ...
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GM shuffles top execs for quality, purchasing, powertrain
GM said Grace Lieblein will replace Alicia Boler-Davis as head of global quality as the company caps a year of record recalls. ...
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PSA moves Xavier Peugeot to Citroen, names new Peugeot product chief
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named Xavier Peugeot as product planning chief of Citroen. ...
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Faurecia promotes seating chief Koller to No. 2 role
Faurecia promoted its automotive seating boss, Patrick Koller, to the role of chief operating office ...
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Rolls-Royce names BMW exec interior design chief
Daniel Starke is the new Rolls-Royce interior design head, a role he previously held at BMW's i elec ...
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Lotus names Carr as new design chief
Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car ma ...
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Bentley appoints Austrian dealership veteran as Europe sales boss
Bentley named Robert Engstler as its regional director for Europe. Austrian-born Engstler joins Bent ...
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Nissan recruits Hyundai Europe COO as global sales chief
Nissan has tapped Hyundai Europe's chief operating officer, Allan Rushforth, to be its new global sa ...
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BMW hires Ferrari's chief engineer
BMW has hired Ferrari's former technical director, Roberto Fedeli, for an as-yet unspecified role. ...
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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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BMW's taboo-breaker, the 2-series Active Tourer
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Renault's radical new Twingo could become segment leader
Renault's new Twingo is radically different than the two previous generations of the minicar with a ...
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Citroen touts 'cheerful' C1
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Mercedes has high hopes for S-class coupe
Mercedes expects a new name, fresh design and innovative technology will help double sales of the S- ...
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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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Magna, Haartz team up on Opel Cascada roof
Magna International and Haartz Corp. teamed up to supply the new Opel Cascada's folding softtop 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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Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights
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