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VW will build XL1 plug-in hybrid car

Volkswagen said it will build the XL1 plug-in hybrid, which the automaker says will be the world's most fuel-efficient production car. The XL1 is the culmination of VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech's aim to build for everyday use a car that uses one liter of fuel per 100km Read More »

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Bernhard moved from Mercedes cars to Daimler Trucks

Daimler swapped the roles of Mercedes production and purchasing chief Wolfgang Bernhard and Daimler Trucks head Andreas Renschler at a supervisory board meeting on Thursday. The board also extended CEO Dieter Zetsche's contract until the end of 2016. Read More »

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Renault, Nissan will build new plant in India, report says

Renault and Nissan will invest about $320 million in a new car assembly plant in India to build Datsuns and low-cost Renault cars, a Japanese business paper said. Read More »

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Volvo purges more Ford influences

Volvo is distancing itself further from its Ford legacy as it prepares to launch a new range of in-house engines and a modular platform. Read More »

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Fiat-Chrysler increased global sales by 12.7% in January

Fiat-Chrysler's global sales increased by 12.7 percent in January, boosted by strong demand for the Fiat brand in Brazil and for Chrysler vehicles in North America. Read More »

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Mercedes, UK dealers fined for competition breach

Mercedes-Benz and three of its UK commercial vehicle dealers have been fined 2.6 million pounds ($4 million) by Britain's competition watchdog for price fixing between 2008 and 2010. Read More »

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Estonia installs nationwide EV charger network

Estonia has become the first country in the world to install a nationwide system of fast chargers for electric vehicles as part of European efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Read More »

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French automakers beat U.S. rivals back to Iran

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2014

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Sanctions have barely been eased on Iran and the Detroit 3 are being beaten back to the market by French rivals. This is not surprising as the U.S. ...
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French gov't will be 'decisive' PSA stakeholder

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13 2014

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The French government doesn't intend to be a silent partner when it takes an expected step to acquire a 14 percent stake in PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. ...
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Aston Martin learns the scary meaning of 'China price'

David Sedgwick
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2014

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For any automaker or supplier doing business in China, Aston Martin's decision to recall 17,590 spor ...
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Bernhard may finally get Mercedes' top job

Paul McVeigh
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7 2014

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Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says the loss of long-serving executive Andreas Renschler offers new chances. ...
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Porsche Macan rises fast; VW Golf rules

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31 2014

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Porsche's Macan was a huge Web winner during the fourth quarter but the media champ of 2013 was the VW Golf, which was No. ...
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Is Chrysler American, Italian, Dutch or … ?

Nick Bunkley
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30 2014

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Yesterday was certainly a big day for the venerable Dutch auto industry. ...
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Will Renault and Nissan drift apart when Ghosn goes?

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29 2014

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The likelihood that Renault-Nissan will appoint a single executive to succeed Carlos Ghosn to run both automakers is remote. ...
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Asia boosts status as production powerhouse

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28 2014

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Where will the bulk of the world's cars be built this year? More than a third of the global total wi ...
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Alfa calls new architecture Giorgio

Luca Ciferri
7:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27 2014 UPDATED: Jan. 27 19:10 CET -- Corrects timing for new plan

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Alfa Romeo's new architecture will be code-named Giorgio, people working on the project told me. ...
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Self-driving shuttle shows way to autonomous cars

Vince Bond Jr.
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24 2014

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A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that ...
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Growth of 2% forecast for Europe car market
Europe's car market will probably expand 2 percent this year as demand recovers, ACEA said. ...
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European December car sales jump 13%, boosted by discounting
European new-car sales surged 13 percent in December, boosted by price cuts. Full-year sales fell by ...
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W. European 2013 sales beat forecast
Western Europe's 12 percent rise in new-car sales in December caused the region's overall 2013 volum ...
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Car-sales rise in southern Europe fails to halt regional decline in 2013
A rise in December new-car sales in France, Italy and Spain points to a pick-up in demand in souther ...
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Better Nov. car sales herald European growth in 2014, forecaster says
Western European car sales may improve by nearly 3 percent next year after November showed modest growth, LMC Automotive forecasts. ...
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European car sales rise as VW, Renault make Nov. gains
European new-car sales rose a third consecutive month in November, the longest period of gains in fo ...
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2013 Guide to Automotive Partnerships
Our comprehensive annual guide to global automotive partnerships offers a complete list of each auto ...
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Italy slump continues as November car sales fall 5%
New-car sales in Italy fell 5 percent in November continuing a slump in deliveries in Europe's fourt ...
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German car sales set to grow in 2014, VDA says
Car sales in Germany will recover next year even though November registrations showed a 2 percent de ...
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Spanish car sales rise 15% in November on subsidies
Spanish new-car sales jumped 15 percent in November from a year earlier as government subsidies continued to lift deliveries. ...
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Schaeffler appoints Knorr-Bremse exec Deller as CEO
Schaeffler has appointed auto-parts industry veteran Klaus Deller as its new CEO as the German suppl ...
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Renault names former PSA exec Wertans as global sales boss
Renault named Nicolas Wertans, PSA's former international sales chief, as its new global sales boss. ...
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Vauxhall chief Aldred to head Buick-GMC
GM has appointed Vauxhall boss Duncan Aldred as U.S. vice president of sales at the Buick and GMC br ...
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Honda Europe promotes veteran exec Ross to sales chief
Honda Europe has promoted veteran executive Philip Ross to senior vice president for sales as the ca ...
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VW brings back Barnes as U.S. sales chief
Volkswagen of America has rehired former COO and sales chief Mark Barnes as vice president of sales as it plots the next step toward its goal of nearly doubling deliveries in. ...
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Kia Europe names former VW exec Martins as marketing chief
Kia's European marketing chief, Benny Oeyen, is being replaced by former Volkswagen executive Artur ...
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Former PSA executive is new CLEPA president
Former PSA executive Arnaud de David-Beauregard is the new president of European supplier group CLEPA. ...
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Nissan names VW exec Willcox as new Europe head
Nissan has appointed new regional bosses for Europe and the Africa-Middle East-India regions, tappin ...
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Audi's top designer Egger will move to Italdesign on Feb. 1
Audi confirmed that its chief designer, Wolfgang Egger, will move to Italdesign Giugiaro, where he w ...
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BMW promotes two European execs to key U.S. roles
BMW appointed two European executives to key roles in the United States as the company reshuffles it ...
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Seat goes large with Leon ST
Seat is hoping to win new customers to its compact Leon range with the arrival of the Sports Tourer, ...
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Ford tweaks India-built EcoSport for Europe
Ford has tweaked the EcoSport subcompact SUV for European markets as it hopes the model will help it ...
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Range Rover diesel-hybrid saves fuel on and off road
Land Rover says the Range Rover SDV6 Hybrid offers the performance of a model powered by a V-8 diese ...
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Peugeot says new 308 outshines VW Golf
With the new 308 hatchback, Peugeot thinks it has a worthy rival to the Volkswagen Golf, Europe's be ...
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S3 will be flagship sedan in Audi's compact range
Audi's range of A3 sedans gets a flagship with the arrival of the 300-hp S3 sporty variant, which de ...
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Hyundai aims higher with new i10
Hyundai has positioned the new i10 higher than the outgoing model by making it bigger, more attracti ...
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BMW has high hopes for i3
BMW is bullish on the market potential for the i3 EV, the first model from its i subbrand. ...
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SX4 S-Cross is crucial for Suzuki's European revival
Suzuki expects the SX4 S-Cross, the company's first compact crossover, to help the automaker turn ar ...
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Skoda Rapid Spaceback aimed at low-cost rivals
Skoda is challenging value brands such as Hyundai and Kia in Europe's key compact hatchback segment ...
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Alfa 4C delivers on promise to offer affordable supercar
Alfa Romeo's 4C coupe delivers on the brand's promise to offer a true supercar at a reasonable price ...
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Honeywell turbo reduces CO2 in new Renault Clio
Honeywell’s turbocharger in the new Renault Clio helps the car’s new 90-hp 1.5-liter dCi ...
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Magna contributes to new Mercedes CLA's aerodynamics
Magna International played key roles in the Mercedes-Benz CLA's interior and exterior. ...
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Delphi helps keep the new Range Rover safe
Delphi helps keep occupants safe in the new Range Rover with systems such as it electronically scann ...
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Faurecia, Plastic Omnium cut weight, emissions in new Citroen C4 Picasso
With help from Faurecia, the new C4 Picasso is the first Citroen model that meets Euro 6 emission st ...
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Honeywell, Hirschvogel help cut CO2 in new VW Golf
Suppliers such as Honeywell and Hirschvogel played key roles in helping Volkswagen reduce CO2 emissi ...
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ThyssenKrupp helps trim weight in new Skoda Octavia
ThyssenKrupp cut 20 percent from the weight of the crankshaft in the new Skoda Octavia’s revis ...
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