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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS:

Learn how to thrive in tough times

The head of Renault's entry-level models, Arnaud Deboeuf, will share insights on how Dacia has thrived during Europe's debt crisis at the 16th Automotive News Europe Congress on June 12 in Paris. Read More »

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NEWS ANALYSIS:

European auto execs see rebound next year at the earliest

The struggling European auto industry will bounce back next year. Or maybe in 2016. Or maybe later. It depends on whom you talk to among the executives here coping with depressed sales and the uncertain government response to Europe's economic crisis. Read More »

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Bosch auto boss sees slight growth in car parts sales in 2013

Robert Bosch expects revenue from the sale of car parts to grow slightly this year as it grabs a bigger share of components built in each car. Read More »

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Q&A:

Jaguar Land Rover bullish on Europe

Jaguar Land Rover head of European operations Bernhard Kuhnt sees a positive 2013 for both UK brands in Europe because of strong demand for the recently launched new Range Rover and the early-summer arrival the Jaguar F-Type. Read More »

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Toyoda shake-up empowers non-Japanese execs

After four tumultuous years of natural disasters, recalls and record losses, President Akio Toyoda is restructuring Toyota Motor Corp. to empower regional CEOs to anticipate problems and respond quickly. The new structure is less insular and more international. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

LaFerrari and Golf were Geneva Web winners

Ferrari's new supercar and Volkswagen's award-winning top seller were the big Web winners from this year's Geneva auto show, according to a study. Read More »

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Russian car sales growth slows to 2% in February

Russian car sales grew 2 percent year-on-year in February to 210,666 units, slowing from a 5 percent increase in the previous month, the Association of European Businesses (AEB) said on Monday. Read More »

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VW brand sales flat in February, hit by weak Europe

Volkswagen said sales of its main namesake brand edged up 0.4 percent in February, the smallest gain in 13 months. Read More »

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PSA, Renault woo younger drivers with new small SUVs

French automakers aim to win customers in the growing small SUV/crossover segment with the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur. Peugeot says the first reaction to the 2008 has been positive. Read More »

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LATEST LAUNCHES:

Fiat aims 500L at families

Fiat added the 500L to provide a car for customers who have grown out of three-door 500, specifically at couples who have started families. The 500L – the L stands for large – is a five-door small minivan that is 602mm longer than the 500. Read More »

 
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