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WPP India unit sacks employees after sexist Ford ads

An Indian unit of advertising group WPP has sacked employees over a series of ads, including one showing women tied up in the trunk of a Ford driven by ex-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Read More »

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RESTRUCTURING:

GM's Girsky slashes at Opel's culture

General Motors Vice Chairman Steve Girsky took inspiration from a historical figure to try and stem chronic losses at Opel. GM is the leader in China and the United States but turning around its Europe operations remains spectacularly challenging. Read More »

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Renault touts low running costs for Zoe EV

Renault says the new Zoe is the first mass-market EV available at an affordable price with low running costs and a long driving range. The automaker expects the battery-driven hatchback to be the biggest seller among its range of electric vehicles that also includes the Fluence Z.E. sedan, Kangoo Z. Read More »

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NEW PRODUCT:

Audi aims A3 sedan at young luxury buyers

Audi released the first images of its A3 sedan, a new variant of its A3 compact line that will compete for young luxury buyers with the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The sedan will mainly be aimed at customers in the United States and China where sedans are more popular than in Audi's home European market. Read More »

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Faurecia to build new N.A. headquarters, tech center

Faurecia North America is planning to build a new North American headquarters and technical center north of Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich. Read More »

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NEW PRODUCT:

Mitsubishi replaces Colt with smaller Space Star

Mitsubishi seeks to gain sales in the minicar segment in Europe with the launch of the Space Star, which replaces the Colt subcompact. The Space Star's retail price of 9,690 euros will help it gain share against rivals such as the Nissan Micra and the Fiat Panda, a Mitsubishi spokesman said. Read More »

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GREEN CARS:

France's EV push presents power grid challenge

The rising popularity of electric vehicles in France could present a problem to the country's fragile power grid, power sector executives say, particularly if owners all recharge their batteries at the same time of day. Read More »

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Saint-Gobain to close Belgian windscreen factory that supplies Ford's Genk plant

French supplier Saint-Gobain plans to close a factory in Belgium that supplies glass windscreens to Ford's doomed plant in Genk. Ford announced late last year that it would be closing the Genk plant as well as two others in Britain, to stem losses in Europe. Read More »

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Continental says 2014 sales growth may quicken if economy holds

German supplier Continental says it expects 'high single-digit growth' in 2014 if economic conditions don't worsen. The company added that it is sticking to its forecast of a 5 percent increase in sales this year. Read More »

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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE:

De Nysschen picks new Infiniti team

Johan de Nysschen, president of Infiniti, has overhauled his top management with hand-picked executives tasked with taking the brand global. The changes inject the top ranks with non-Japanese executives, many poached from rivals. Read More »

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PRODUCTION:

Fiat, Serbia said to agree deal to build cheaper 500L for domestic market

Fiat and Serbia have agreed on a subsidy deal to produce a cheaper version of the 500L minicar for domestic sales, a local newspaper reported. Under the agreement, Fiat's Serbian unit would produce the model for 10,900 euros ($14,200), which is around 3,000 euros less than its regular sticker price. Read More »

 
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Europe's auto recovery continues without France
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Western European car sales rise 6% in September
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