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Volkswagen rules out refrigerant made by Honeywell, DuPont

Volkswagen has joined Daimler in deciding not to use a new air-conditioning refrigerant developed by Honeywell and DuPont in its cars. Read More »

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Carmakers seek new ways to cut CO2 emissions as EV optimism wanes

Automakers are rethinking fuel-saving technologies for passenger cars as hopes dampen that electric vehicles will play a big role in cutting CO2 emissions. Read More »

Plastic Omnium to close bumper plant in Belgium

French supplier Plastic Omnium said it plans to close its Belgian bumper manufacturing plant this summer in response to shrinking car sales in Europe. Read More »

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2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

McLaren vs. Ferrari Formula One rivalry spills onto the road

The all-consuming rivalry McLaren and Ferrari display on the F1 racetrack was transferred to the Geneva auto show as the two carmakers unveiled competing million-euro hybrid hypercars. Read More »

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PSA signs Kazakhstan vehicle-assembly deal

PSA says a deal with the Russian company Agromash Holding to assemble cars in Kazakhstan could generate more than 300 jobs in France. Read More »

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Western Europe car sales decline 10.6% in February

New-car registrations in western Europe fell 10.6 percent to 771,695 in February, market forecaster LMC Automotive said. Read More »

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PSA wants GM to share development of compressed-gas hybrids

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to talk to other carmakers including alliance partner General Motors about sharing development of low-cost compressed-gas hybrids. Read More »

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Honda needs more time to turn around Europe business

Honda will need more time to turn around its European business. “We want to be profitable within three years, by 2016,” Honda Europe President Manabu Nishimae said. Last year, Nishimae said Honda would be profitable in Europe starting in its 2013-2014 business year. Read More »

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BMW brand regained luxury sales lead from Audi in February

BMW regained the luxury lead from Audi after its vehicle sales rose 7 percent to 114,908 last month as increased demand in China, the UK and Russia offset weakness in Germany and other parts of Europe. Read More »

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Continental forecasts first-quarter sales drop on falling auto demand

Continental forecasts first-quarter sales will decline as much as 3 percent as demand for autos in its home market plunges. Revenue in the quarter will drop 1 percent to 3 percent, the company says. Read More »

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PSA will offer retail banking to raise funds for dealers, auto ops

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will offer savings accounts through its financing arm to raise funding for dealerships and other automotive operations. PSA is following Renault in setting up a retail banking arm. Read More »

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Q&A:

BMW r&d boss bets on technology push to stay No. 1

BMW faces challenges to hold off rivals Audi and Mercedes to remain the world's largest premium automaker. Read More »

 
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European February car sales rise as economy bolsters demand
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Russian car sales fall 38% in February
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Spanish car sales jump 28% for 17th month of growth
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French car sales rise 6% in Jan. as foreign brands gain
French car sales rose 6 percent in January, halting a three-month decline. Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota a ...
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Europe 2014 sales rise on low-cost brands shift
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Russia car sales forecast to drop 24% as economic crisis worsens
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W. Europe car sales up 5% in 2014; 3% gain seen for 2015
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