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Daimler should get more time to address EU refrigerant regulations, German agency says

Feb. 15, 2013 16:00 CET
A German government body has proposed that the EU grants Daimler more time to meet new European laws mandating the use of climate-friendly air conditioning refrigerants in cars.

Auto parts price-fixing probe has expanded

Feb. 15, 2013 20:10 CET
A wide-ranging probe of price fixing in a variety of car parts has expanded to product segments not yet disclosed, a U.S. Department of Justice official said.

2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Renault Scenic gets SUV look to help maintain minivan lead

Feb. 15, 2013 06:01 CET
Renault has updated its Scenic minivan with SUV styling in a bid to maintain the automaker's lead in Europe's medium minivan segment.

PSA workers at Aulnay plant transferred early to avoid violence

Feb. 15, 2013 11:51 CET
PSA unions agreed to allow the carmaker start to move workers from its troubled Aulnay plant in response to violence and threats against staff ignoring a strike call.

COMMENTARY

Looking at Henry Ford the man

Feb. 15, 2013 06:01 CET
If you hang around Ford Motor Co. much, you'll know it is Henry Ford's 150th birthday this year.

PAUL MCVEIGH

Three words describe PSA's new brand strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2013
CEO Philippe Varin said PSA's latest product strategy can be summarized in three words for each brand and subbrand.

Land Rover, Kia, Audi were Europe 2012 winners

Feb. 15, 2013 06:01 CET
European sales declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2012, falling 8 percent to 12.6 million. But not everyone suffered. Kia, Hyundai, Audi, Land Rover and Jeep bucked the downward trend because of fresh models in hot segments.

VW Group global sales rise 14.9% in January

Feb. 15, 2013 14:13 CET
Volkswagen Group said its global vehicle sales rose 14.9 percent in January to 749,900 as strong demand in China and the United States continued to help offset a weak European market.

PSA's banking unit cut to junk by S&P on sluggish Europe car sales

Feb. 15, 2013 08:34 CET
PSA has been downgraded by ratings agency Standard & Poor's while its banking unit has been cut to junk by the firm on sluggish sales forecasts in Europe.

Hyundai builds test center at Germany's Nuerburgring

Feb. 15, 2013 06:01 CET
Hyundai has begun construction of a vehicle test center at Germany's famous Nuerburgring race track as the automaker seeks to lift its brand profile in Europe. The new facility, which will open in June, will be used to test all vehicles designed specifically for the European auto market.

 
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