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Hyundai picks former Russia boss to head Europe unit

Jan. 9, 2013 17:38 CET
Hyundai has appointed former Russia boss Byung Kwon Rhim to head its growing operations in Europe. Rhim, 52, also has held several marketing positions within Europe and previously headed the Europe division at Hyundai's headquarters in Korea.

DETROIT AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Smaller, smarter cars to star in Detroit

Jan. 9, 2013 06:01 CET
Next week's Detroit auto show will demonstrate that automakers are finding ways to provide sharp looks and speed, even as cars are shrinking to save fuel. Audi may show the RS7, a high-performance version of the A7, while Chevrolet will unveil a redesigned Corvette.

Renault to increase production in Turkey on recovering local demand

Jan. 9, 2013 10:19 CET
Renault plans to increase local production in Turkey to take advantage of a market expected to grow slightly in 2013. The automaker aims to use as much as 92 percent of the 360,000 vehicles-a-year capacity at its Bursa plant this year, compared with almost 86 percent in 2012.

PSA 2012 deliveries drop on Europe, Iran

Jan. 9, 2013 08:34 CET
PSA vehicle deliveries dropped 16.5 percent to 2.97 million last year as the struggling automaker lost ground in the European market and withdrew from Iran.

Russia car output to soar, but not without risks

Jan. 9, 2013 08:00 CET
Russia's auto industry is in danger of sliding into the same overcapacity problem as the rest of Europe, analysts say. The warning comes after contract manufacturer Avtotor Holding became the latest to announce a major investment in Russian auto production.

NICK GIBBS

Overcapacity in Russia?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
Automakers for months have been announcing plans to add local manufacturing in Russia. The list of companies planning to increase output includes VW, Nissan and Ford. But when Russian sales unexpectedly fell flat in November it caused concern.

France seeks EU approval for PSA aid, report says

Jan. 9, 2013 10:09 CET
The French government has officially sought approval from the European Union for its 7 billion euro ($9.2 billion) state loan guarantee for PSA's financing arm, a French newspaper reported today.

Japanese automakers take aim at Europe's growing wagon segment

Jan. 9, 2013 06:01 CET
The European market for compact station wagons is becoming more competitive after Honda said it will join Toyota in adding a wagon variant to its Civic lineup.

 
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