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Audi's top designer Egger will move to Italdesign, reports say

Dec. 5, 2013 17:28 CET
Audi's chief designer, Wolfgang Egger, will move to Italdesign Giugiaro as the company's design boss, German press reports said. Marc Lichte, a senior VW designer who was responsible for styling the current Golf, will be Egger's successor, the reports said.

Ford plans to launch new Ka in Europe in 2015

Dec. 5, 2013 12:42 CET
Ford of Europe plans to launch a new Ka in the region in 2015 based on the Ka Concept unveiled in Brazil last month. The five-door model will replace the three-door Ka.

Jaguar Land Rover to start Brazil output in 2016

Dec. 5, 2013 22:26 CET
Jaguar Land Rover plans to build a factory in Brazil with a capacity of 24,000 vehicles a year. Production should begin in 2016.

GM to drop Chevrolet in Europe to focus on Opel

Dec. 5, 2013 09:21 CET
GM will drop the Chevrolet brand in Europe by the end of 2015. The move is the latest effort by GM to turn around its European operations and focus its resources on reviving the Opel brand.

Toyota moves closer to wireless charging

Dec. 5, 2013 22:58 CET
Toyota is a step closer to offering wireless charging for its electrified vehicles after signing an agreement to license the intellectual property of WiTricity, a U.S. company specializing in wireless power transfer.

Mulally to stay 'through the end of 2014,' Edsel Ford II says

Dec. 5, 2013 16:28 CET
Ford CEO Alan Mulally, considered one of the leading candidates to take the top job at Microsoft, is not leaving the automaker until the end of next year, said Edsel Ford II, a company director.

GM's Holden may exit Australia as early as 2016, reports say

Dec. 5, 2013 23:22 CET
General Motors has decided to pull out of vehicle production in Australia as early as 2016, local media reported, in what would be a major blow to the struggling industry.

Renault-Dongfeng JV approved by China regulator

Dec. 5, 2013 14:12 CET
Renault said China's top economic planner has approved a joint venture between the automaker and Dongfeng to build and sell cars in China. The new venture plans to build 150,000 vehicles a year.

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BMW i3 London test drive easier to arrange than expected

3:37 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2013
BMW says it will take months to get through its waiting list of people in the UK who want to test drive the new i3 electric car, but I was able to arrange a test drive in London in a fraction of that time.

Renault-Dongfeng joint venture approved by China regulator

Dec. 5, 2013 09:53 CET
Renault said China's top economic planner has approved a joint venture between the automaker and Dongfeng to build and sell cars in China. The new venture plans to build 150,000 vehicles a year.

Ford sees Mustang as image booster in Europe

Dec. 5, 2013 06:01 CET
Ford expects its Mustang coupe to boost its image in Europe, even though the car will not sell in large numbers. Ford plans to sell the Mustang through its European dealer network for the first time to broaden the car's global appeal.

Mercedes sales rise 11% in November on robust China, U.S. demand

Dec. 5, 2013 11:48 CET
Mercedes brand's global sales grew 11 percent last month to a record 133,441 cars, thanks to demand for its refreshed E class, new compact models and strong sales in China and the U. S.

BMW promotes two European execs to key U.S. roles

Dec. 5, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW appointed two European executives to key roles in the United States as the company reshuffles its senior management to counter a surge by Mercedes, which is on course to topple the Munich-based automaker as the market's luxury leader.

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Turkey's Inci aims to be top 100 supplier by 2023

Dec. 5, 2013 06:01 CET
Turkish conglomerate Inci Holding aims to be one of the world's top 100 automotive suppliers by 2023 with sales of $2 billion, up from the equivalent of $496 million in turnover last year.

 
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