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LUCA CIFERRI:

BMW needs to adapt its retirement policy to changing times

BMW plans to raise the mandatory retirement age for its top management to 62 from 60 but the company isn't going far enough if it wants to keep the expertise of long-serving executives. Read More »

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Divorce, Italian style? No, but a design change at Ferrari

Since 1951, Pininfarina has designed all Ferrari production cars except the 1973 Dino 308 GT4, which was done by Bertone. But the LaFerrari that debuted at the Geneva auto show this month was styled entirely in-house, and that got tongues wagging. Read More »

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CHINA:

Renault awaiting China OK on production, Ghosn says

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn says plans by the automaker to begin car production in China are awaiting final approval from the local authorities. Renault has signed a framework deal with Dongfeng Motor to build up to 300,000 cars annually in the country. Read More »

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BMW, Audi plan more diesel models for U.S.

Audi and BMW are expanding their diesel lineups in the United States as consumers are drawn by the performance and as a way to counter rising gasoline prices. BMW plans to offer diesel engines in almost all of its model lines in the next five years, company officials say. Read More »

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Barra remakes GM product development

It has been just over two years since Mary Barra became the surprise pick to steer General Motors' global vehicle development. She'll get a report card soon. Over the next 18 months, GM is embarking on one of the company's busiest-ever launch schedules. Read More »

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PRODUCTION:

Nissan starts European production of Leaf EV

Nissan began production of the Leaf electric car at its factory in Sunderland, north east England. The car was previously made in Japan and imported to European markets. Read More »

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CHINA:

Nissan delays China growth plan by one year

Nissan has delayed its plan to get a 10 percent market share in China by one year, after political friction between China and Japan upset sales. Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn says he is now giving the carmaker until 2017 to hit its goal, instead of 2016. Nissan currently accounts for between 6. Read More »

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VW says U.S. workers to decide if they wish to unionize

Volkswagen of America says workers at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee will have the chance to decide whether they want to unionize and expects them to have a ''strong voice'' in operations at the factory. Read More »

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ANE monthly e-magazine goes live Monday

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, April 1. Our cover story examines how Audi and Mercedes-Benz are aggressively aiming to topple BMW from its position as the world's best-selling premium brand. Read More »

 
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Volvo r&d boss Peter Mertens is not impressed with the proliferation of models at the Swedish brand's bigger German rivals. “They are in a rat race. ...
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Ford Mondeo hybrid may benefit from diesel backlash

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Qoros should ditch Europe ambitions and focus on China

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5:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6 2015

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German auto industry feels ripples from Paris terror attacks

Christiaan Hetzner
5:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30 2015

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German car sales rise as Europe rebound continues
New-car sales in Germany rose 3 percent in January, adding to signs that the European rebound is con ...
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Spanish car sales jump 28% for 17th month of growth
New-car sales in Spain rose 28 percent in January, the 17th consecutive 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
European car sales in 2014 rose for the first time in seven years, thanks to government incentives, ...
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Russia car sales forecast to drop 24% as economic crisis worsens
Russian car sales are set to decline by 24 percent this year after falling 10 percent in 2014 as the ...
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W. Europe car sales up 5% in 2014; 3% gain seen for 2015
New-car sales in western Europe increased by 5 percent in 2014, the best result since 2009, but grow ...
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German car sales rose 7% in December on extra selling day
New-car sales in Germany rose 7 percent in December, returning Europe's largest auto market back to positive annual growth after two years of shrinking sales. ...
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Car sales slump in France in December, but rise in Spain and Italy
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Budget brands win despite Europe's car sales slowdown
New-car registrations in Europe rose 1 percent in November, with budget brands beating the market as ...
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Russian auto market decline slows in November
Russian car sales fell 1 percent in November compared with 10 percent the month before as a state sc ...
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Bentley names industry veteran Winkler to head Americas unit
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Ford names new lobbyist in Europe as free trade, CO2 pressure intensifies
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New Mini boss is former Audi executive
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Volvo appoints Kerssemakers as U.S. chief
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McLaren names new design chief
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VW's Seat brand recruits Ford designer Lamm
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Aston Martin hires former Porsche exec as China boss
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