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Winterkorn seeks to cut his VW pay ahead of wage talks

VW CEO Martin Winterkorn proposed that he should take a self-imposed pay cut as the automaker prepares for wage talks with production staff in western Germany. Read More »

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French gov't could take a PSA stake, minister says

The French government may buy a stake in PSA/Peugeot-Citroen if it is necessary to save the ailing automaker, a minister said. The comment came after PSA announced second-half writedowns of 4.13 billion euros ($5.53 billion) as Europe's plunging auto sales pushed down the value of its assets. Read More »

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Auto execs turn away from EVs, focus r&d on downsizing, hybrids

Optimism about electric cars is fading as manufacturers scale back investment in response to weak sales. Just 8 percent of auto executives said their companies would invest in pure battery technologies over the next five years. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

A Mercedes in half the time

Daimler is determined to build its Mercedes-Benz and Smart cars in half the time it took just six years ago. Back then, the average production time at the Daimler subsidiaries was 60 hours, excluding the powertrain. Read More »

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Nissan profits dented by China slump, lagging sales of key U.S. models

Nissan reported a 35-percent drop in third-quarter profit after sales tumbled in China and new models trailed rivals in the United States. Read More »

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Renault Twingo, Smarts will share rwd platform

The Smart ForFour will share a rear-wheel-drive platform with Renault's future Twingo, executives at Smart said. Read More »

Supplier group CLEPA achieves new milestone

Powertrain component producer Dana this month became the 100th member of the European suppliers association, CLEPA. Partsmakers are counting on the Brussels-based lobby group to help them cope with tough times in Europe, CEO Jean-Marc Gales said. Read More »

2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

New Corvette convertible confirmed for Geneva debut

General Motors confirmed that the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible will make its world debut at the Geneva auto show on March 5. Read More »

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BMW aims for record third year after January sales boost

BMW said it aims for a third year of record sales in 2013 after January sales got off to a good start. Read More »

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Automotive News Publisher Peter Brown sets April 30 retirement

Peter Brown, publisher of Automotive News, has announced his retirement effective April 30. Read More »

 
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Ford, Toyota models will help boost Turkish car output to record
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German market slows down in June
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Europe car sales rise for ninth month
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UK car sales rise to 10-year monthly record in May
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European car sales lackluster in May
New-car registrations across Europe were generally lackluster in May after a rebound in the first fe ...
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European sales rise 4% in April
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CLEPA names new CEO
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VW taps veteran German exec for top U.S. quality post
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Renault names new engineering chief
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