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Infiniti picks former BMW exec to head Europe

March 22, 2013 13:16 CET
Infiniti has appointed veteran premium brand executive Fintan Knight to lead the brand in Europe. Knight, 41, has 20 years experience working for automakers such as BMW, Audi and Lamborghini.

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Bosch auto chief Bernd Bohr to step down

March 22, 2013 20:31 CET
Bosch said Bernd Bohr, board member responsible for its auto-supply unit, will leave the supplier. Bohr was once a candidate to become Bosch CEO.

PRODUCTION

Audi plans extra shifts as A6, A7 orders rise

March 22, 2013 09:52 CET
Audi added 12 extra shifts in the first quarter at its plant in Neckarsulm and is planning more in April due to strong demand for the A6 and A7 models.

PRODUCTION

Opel union seeks talks over Bochum future after workers reject deal

March 22, 2013 12:07 CET
Opel union leaders are seeking talks over the future of the General Motors unit's Bochum, Germany, car factory after workers rejected a deal that would have saved more than a third of the jobs at the location.

NEW PRODUCT

VW ponders a large SUV built in North America

March 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Volkswagen Is building the business case for a large SUV in the United States, top VW executives said. The vehicle is a key to the company's plan to nearly double the VW brand's U.S. sales to 800,000 units by 2018.

COMPANY EARNINGS

Pininfarina returns to profit for first time since 2004

March 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Pininfarina returned to profit in 2012, its first since 2004, as lower financial charges from a debt restructuring helped its bottom line and its design and engineering business improved.

RETAIL

Volvo's China unit hit by dealer cheating

March 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Volvo has uncovered widespread cheating by its car dealers in China, where retailers inflated sales to win cash rebates from the company for hitting volume targets.

NEW PRODUCT

Bentley, Lamborghini eye U.S. as top market for ultraluxury SUVs

March 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Bentley and Lamborghini want to create a niche -- the ultraluxury crossover with a price tag of $200,000 to $250,000 -- and they're aiming for annual combined volume of more than 7,000 vehicles.

 
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Ita ...
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Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales
Jeep, Smart and Jaguar were the biggest sales winners last year in Europe, where overall vehicle sal ...
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Growth in car sales in key European markets 'encouraging' in January
New-car sales increased in key European markets in January including 3 percent growth in Germany and ...
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French automakers lose ground to rebounding VW
French new-car registrations increased 3. ...
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European car-sales growth forecast to slow to 2% in 2016
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European sales growth will slow this year, say Daimler, Ford, Volvo CEOs
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VW trails rivals as Europe sales rise 16% in December
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Western automakers hit hard as Russia car sales fell 36% in 2015
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VW brand sales fall 8% in Dec., dragging down group result
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Europe must look south for car sales growth this year
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Former Opel CEO Demant retires after VW role
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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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Nissan names new Europe marketing chief
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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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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl
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Infiniti's 'big bang' starts with Q30
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Renault packs Megane with high-tech upgrades
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Mini tweaks Clubman, moves it up a class
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Renault thinks big, green with Talisman flagship
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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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Toyota rolls out fuel cell cars, but Europe is not ready yet
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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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