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XC90 delay irks Volvo CEO

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2013
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson is not happy that the automaker has waited more than a decade to debut a new XC90, which was once the brand's best seller. Global sales of the XC90 fell 21 percent last year. Demand is not expected to rebound until the all-new XC90 goes on sale in early 2015.

Bosch happy to be on battery sidelines – for now

Feb. 22, 2013 16:00 CET
Bosch Chairman Volkmar Denner is happy that the supplier pulled out of its venture to develop and build lithium ion batteries last year. He says the market is over-saturated with too much capacity for lithium ion batteries.

Volkswagen forecasts unchanged 2013 operating profit on Europe

Feb. 22, 2013 15:22 CET
VW Group forecast 2013 operating profit will match last year's level, as the shrinking auto market in Europe weighs on earnings. VW is targeting earnings in 2013 on the same level as the 11.5 billion euros earned last year.

Valeo profit falls 11% despite record orders

Feb. 22, 2013 15:34 CET
French parts supplier Valeo said profit dropped 11 percent last year despite record orders for its fuel-saving and safety technologies.

GM pledges $7.3 billion investment in S. Korea unit

Feb. 22, 2013 13:32 CET
General Motors said it would invest $7.3 billion in its South Korean unit over the next five years -- an amount which will likely help relieve concerns that the U.S. automaker was set to reduce its presence in the country.

Zetsche aims to lift Mercedes' China sales 50% by 2015

Feb. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has vowed to raise the Mercedes brand's China sales 50 percent by 2015 after the automaker's deliveries last year rose only 2 percent to 196,211 units.

Bosch seeks to boost common-parts sales to Japanese carmakers

Feb. 22, 2013 14:12 CET
Bosch is seeking to boost its business with Japanese carmakers and take advantage of their plans to increase the number of common parts across models.

Former Fiat advisers found guilty of misleading market

Feb. 22, 2013 12:38 CET
Two former Fiat advisers have been handed suspended jail sentences and fines by an Italian appeals court for misleading the market in a 2005 stock transaction that secured the Agnelli family's control of the carmaker.

Mazda expects the CX-5 to help boost Europe sales by 15%

Feb. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Mazda expects to boost European sales by 15 percent after better-than-expected sales of its CX-5 crossover, said Jeff Guyton, Mazda's Europe chief.

 
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