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Ford production at Belgium plant remains halted amid protests

Jan. 18, 2013 17:19 CET
Production at Ford's factory in Genk, Belgium, remained halted as protests over plans to shutter the plant showed no sign of letup. Ford hasn't shipped a vehicle from Genk since saying Oct. 24 that the plant will shut for good in 2014.

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Hey, come build a plant in sunny Macedonia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2013
Viktor Mizo is all smiles and speaks fluent English as he explains why the Republic of Macedonia would be an excellent spot to build an auto parts plant. Mizo can rattle off his country's virtues faster than you can take his business card.

Renault mulls building Nissans in France

Jan. 18, 2013 12:43 CET
Renault is considering producing cars in France for Nissan and other partners as part of a possible deal with the country's unions on working conditions and increased flexibility.

Renault targets gains this year after Europe hurts group 2012 sales

Jan. 18, 2013 15:46 CET
Renault is targeting growth in 2013 with new models after recessions in Europe led to the company's first annual delivery drop in four years.

Fiat expects full employment of its Italy work force in 3 to 4 years

Jan. 18, 2013 06:01 CET
Fiat will reach full employment of its work force at Italian plants in the next three to four years, CEO Sergio Marchionne said.

Rolls-Royce to unveil 'most powerful' model at Geneva show

Jan. 18, 2013 13:19 CET
Rolls-Royce will debut a new model, called the Wraith, expanding its lineup to tap growing demand from wealthy consumers in the U.S. and China.

Fiat signs accord with Mazda to build new Alfa roadster

Jan. 18, 2013 11:05 CET
Fiat said it had signed a final agreement with Mazda for the Japanese automaker to build a two-door roadster for its Alfa Romeo brand.

French car orders fall 3% in December

Jan. 18, 2013 06:01 CET
French car orders fell 3 percent last month, led by declines at Renault and U.S. automakers, according to a dealership survey. The French auto market is expected to decline by up to 5 percent this year.

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With the Paceman, Mini expands brand ambitions

Jan. 18, 2013 06:01 CET
Mini executives admit they're not sure of their target customer for the new three-door Paceman, which is based on the Countryman SUV.

PSA to work on efficiency gains at French factories

Jan. 18, 2013 06:01 CET
PSA plans to negotiate an accord with unions in the next few months to permit more flexible work conditions at its French factories as part of the effort to turn around the money-losing carmaker.

VW sees rapid Russia sales rise in 2012

Jan. 18, 2013 06:01 CET
Sales of VW brand cars in Russia rose 40 percent year-on-year in 2012. This helped VW Group, which also includes Skoda, Audi and Seat, boost its 2012 volume in the country 39 percent to 317,700 vehicles.

 
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