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Jan. 14, 2013 06:01 CET
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Marchionne to narrow Fiat European loss as market hits bottom

Jan. 14, 2013 17:19 CET
Fiat plans to narrow losses in Europe this year as sales may recover in the second half. A revival in demand in the second six months of 2013 is "possible,"CEO Marchionne said, while warning that pricing is still a problem.

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Car marketing tweaked due to tough times

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Europe's shrinking car market has changed automakers' marketing messages. Since early 2012, carmakers have shifted from generic, brand-focused campaigns to ads that show how specific features benefit drivers -- and their wallets.

2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

VW aims at family crossover market with CrossBlue concept

Jan. 14, 2013 17:15 CET
VW brand -- signaling its intentions to target another high-volume U.S. segment -- introduced a three-row crossover concept Monday at the Detroit auto show.

Akerson denies GM may give Opel to PSA

Jan. 14, 2013 15:02 CET
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson reiterated that the automaker's Opel unit is not for sale, following a French media report that PSA/Peugeot-Citroen could take over GM's troubled European arm.

Rolls-Royce to unveil new car within weeks

Jan. 14, 2013 13:04 CET
Rolls-Royce plans to unveil a new car in the next couple of weeks to help extend record sales, CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes said.

PSA secures 5.3 billion euros to shore up bank arm

Jan. 14, 2013 11:04 CET
PSA said its banking unit completed about 5.3 billion euros ($7.1 billion) in loan agreements as part of a refinancing plan aimed at stemming a sales decline.

Volkswagen sees tougher competition after record 2012 sales

Jan. 14, 2013 07:34 CET
After posting record global sales in 2012, VW Group expects tougher competition and more uncertainties this year, CEO Martin Winterkorn said. Deliveries rose 11 percent last year to 9.07 million, VW said.

Conti sees slower growth as global car industry slows

Jan. 14, 2013 10:49 CET
Continental, Europe's second-largest maker of auto parts, said sales and profitability growth may slow in 2013 as the region's market contraction causes unpredictability for the global car industry.

Jaguar Land Rover sales gain 30%; China passes UK as top market

Jan. 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover's global sales rose 30 percent last year, with China surpassing the UK to become the largest market for the unit of Tata Motors.

Neumann said to take helm at Opel early after VW relents on non-compete clause

Jan. 14, 2013 13:07 CET
Volkswagen is prepared to allow Karl-Thomas Neumann to leave the automaker before his contract runs out to become CEO of Opel, reports said

BMW names ad industry veteran Althaus as brand management head

Jan. 14, 2013 10:34 CET
BMW has named advertising industry manager Steven F. Althaus director of brand management. He starts Jan. 15.

 
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