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PSA in talks with Russia's ZIL on vehicle making pact

March 1, 2013 16:19 CET
PSA confirmed it is talking with Russian vehicle manufacturer AMO ZIL about the possibility of cooperating as the French company plans to boost sales in the country.

2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Automakers push into new niches

March 1, 2013 06:01 CET
This year's Geneva auto show highlights how automakers are increasingly pushing into new market niches as they seek to maximize showroom sales and profits. Ultraluxury niche models will debut alongside limited-edition supercars by Ferrari and McLaren.

Video: Behind the Europeans' success in the U.S.

March 1, 2013 06:01 CET
European automakers are marking record achievements in the United States. Jesse Snyder, a former editor for Automotive News Europe, explores why in this segment from Automotive News TV's First Shift newscast on Feb. 26.

PAUL MCVEIGH

China's newest brand is one to watch

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2013
European automakers reeling from the region's car sales slump have another reason to worry as ambitious Chinese brand Qoros will unveil three models at the Geneva show March 5.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Alfa 4C, Act II

5:34 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2013
Getting a close look at the Alfa Romeo 4C when it debuts in Geneva will be a challenge if there is a repeat of what happened two years ago at the same show.

LUCA CIFERRI

Don't mess with Ferrari

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2013
Give credit to the organizers of the Geneva auto show, they know better than to mess with Ferrari.

Spain car sales fell 10% in February

March 1, 2013 12:01 CET
Spanish car sales fell 10 percent year-on-year in February, mirroring January's decline, car manufacturers' association Anfac said on Friday.

ThyssenKrupp offices raided in German auto steel suppliers probe

March 1, 2013 06:01 CET
ThyssenKrupp AG, Germany's biggest steelmaker, said an antitrust watchdog in the country raided its offices in the western city of Duisburg.

Europe's turnaround to take longer than U.S. rebound, Visteon CEO says

March 1, 2013 06:01 CET
The auto industry's turnaround efforts will take longer to gain traction in Europe than in the United States, where some companies were able to see the positive results from their plans within a year, Visteon CEO Tim Leuliette said.

GM-Opel labor deal faces opposition from Bochum union chief

March 1, 2013 14:19 CET
GM may still struggle to push through a labor deal announced yesterday after the works council leader at a German Opel factory slated to end production in 2016 said he doesn't support the plan.

Volvo promotes China manufacturing head Danielson to regional chief

March 1, 2013 12:21 CET
Volvo has promoted China manufacturing boss Lars Danielson to its top job in the key market, where the automaker plans a major sales push this decade.

Marchionne sees clarity on Chrysler ownership in Q3

March 1, 2013 11:34 CET
Sergio Marchionne, the CEO seeking to combine Chrysler and Fiat, predicted that Chrysler's future ownership structure won't be clear until the third quarter. He said his "best estimate" is that Fiat has a 50-50 chance of avoiding a Chrysler IPO and creating "one organization."

Ford hurt most by French car sales decline

March 1, 2013 09:27 CET
Ford was hurt most by a steep decline in French car registrations in February as a weak economy continued to weigh on demand for new vehicles.

ANE monthly e-magazine goes live Monday

March 1, 2013 06:01 CET
The new issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, March 4. Our cover story examines Sergio Marchionne's multi-billion-euro bet that he can turn Alfa Romeo and Maserati into global sales powerhouses.

 
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PSA appoints former Yahoo exec as chief digital officer
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Mercedes promotes UK sales boss to U.S. role
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VW picks ex-BMW manager to head core brand in North America
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VW motorsport director Capito moves to McLaren
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Hyundai hires former Lamborghini exec to shape strategy at luxury Genesis brand
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Porsche names new production chief
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Porsche names new production chief
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Renault names former EV boss as sales and marketing chief
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
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Opel wants leaner Astra to leap over rivals
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Audi sees A4 causing segment shake-up
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
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Suppliers to the new VW Touran
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Suppliers to the new BMW 7 series
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