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2013 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW:

BMW, amid crossover surge, preps X4 for 2014 debut

BMW, capitalizing on rising demand for crossovers in Europe and the United States, is expanding its new 4-series lineup with the X4 crossover that will go on sale next year. Read More »

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BRUCE GAIN:

Automakers rethink cockpits to help save lives

Automakers are rethinking the way they design car cockpits to reduce cognitive overload as more sophisticated infotainment systems risk increasing driver distraction, a problem that has been linked to an increasing number of fatal accidents. Read More »

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NEW PRODUCT:

Lexus will launch hybrid SUV to rival Q3

Lexus plans to show a production-ready hybrid SUV to rival Audi's Q3 and BMW's X1 at next year's Geneva auto show, a company source said. Read More »

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SALES:

Mercedes sales up 5.7% in March on strong U.S. demand

Daimler said vehicle sales at its Mercedes-Benz Cars unit rose 5.7 percent to a record 150,430 units in March compared with the same month a year earlier because of strong U.S. demand and small gains in Europe and China. Read More »

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SALES:

UK car sales continue to buck Europe's downturn with 5.9% rise in March

New-car sales in the UK rose 5.9 percent to 394,806 in March, the 13th successive month of growth, as consumer demand continued to defy the downward trend in other major European markets. Read More »

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Kia eyes BMW, Audi; aims to add technology

Not only is Kia benchmarking BMW and Audi; it is crawling out of the shadow of its bigger corporate sibling, Hyundai. Its new goal: model its own brand identity after Volkswagen's as it seeks to be mass-market yet one notch above the pack in terms of quality and flair. Read More »

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GM, Opel CEOs to meet Germany's Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) -- General Motors CEO Dan Akerson and the new head of GM's Opel unit, Karl-Thomas Neumann, will visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel next Thursday, along with members of the GM board, a government spokesman said on Friday. Read More »

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GM to invest $332 million in 4 U.S. sites

GM said it will invest about $332 million in four U.S. manufacturing sites to produce more fuel-efficient engines and transmission systems. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Porsche switches gears on powertrains

It wasn't long ago that gasoline was the only fuel a Porsche could use. Today, the powertrain options at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary include diesel, gasoline-electric hybrid and, soon, plug-in hybrid. Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche's r&d boss, is spearheading the changes. Read More »

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SALES:

Fiat turns to Germany as Italy sales seen as worst since 1966

Fiat, faced with Italy sales that could fall to their lowest level for 47 years, is seeking to boost sales in Germany by offering steeper discounts than any other automaker there. Read More »

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GM reviews South Korea operations as tensions rise with North

GM CEO Dan Akerson said the automaker is making backup plans for its operations in South Korea as tensions with North Korea heighten. Chevrolet Europe gets most of its cars from South Korea. Read More »

NUTS & BOLTS:

1 million VW sales in the U.S. by 2018? Well ...

Does Volkswagen still expect to hit its much talked-about target of 1 million sales in the United States by 2018? At the New York auto show last week, Jonathan Browning, CEO of VW Group of America, offered a roundabout answer that smelled, at best, like a maybe. Read More »

 
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How PSA's DS division aims to sell French chic worldwide

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Zetsche on EU: Relish the peace


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23 2014

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Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says it is important not to lose sight of the many benefits of a united Europe. One he never takes for granted is peace. ...
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Google self-driving cars master delicate dance of city driving

Gabe Nelson
1:19 pm U.S. ET | May 14 2014

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Sitting in one of Google's self-driving vehicles feels like it does with a person in control. The te ...
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Marchionne lets the secrets flow

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2014

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Sergio Marchionne last week showed us how to open up a little more and how to let our secrets flow. ...
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Citroen's incoming CEO worked wonders in the UK

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9 2014

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Incoming Citroen CEO Linda Jackson has proved herself in the UK by reducing image-harming discounts and boosting morale. ...
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Europe car sales rise for ninth month
Europe's car sales rose 4 percent in May as growing consumer confidence encouraged purchases of new ...
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UK car sales rise to 10-year monthly record in May
UK car sales rose nearly 8 percent in May to hit a 10-year record for the month, but future demand i ...
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European car sales lackluster in May
New-car registrations across Europe were generally lackluster in May after a rebound in the first fe ...
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European sales rise 4% in April
New-car registrations in Europe rose 4 percent in April with mass-market automakers Renault, Ford, O ...
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Russian car sales fall 8% in April on weak ruble
Russian car sales fell 8 percent in April as the weak ruble hit consumer demand. ...
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W. Europe car sales headed for 4% growth after strong April
Western European car sales may rise 4 percent to 12.04 million this year as the region's auto market continues its recovery. ...
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German car sales fall for first time in five months
Sales of new cars in Germany fell by nearly 4 percent in April, bucking the trend in the other major ...
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European car sales rise 10% in March
European car sales jumped 10 percent in March, the seventh consecutive monthly gain, as new models t ...
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European car sales recovery gains pace as German deliveries rise 5%
Germany joined France, Italy and Spain in posting higher new-car sales in March, adding to signs tha ...
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European car sales rise 8% in February as region's economy revives
European car sales rose by nearly 8 percent percent in February, the sixth consecutive monthly gain, ...
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SGL Carbon names Majerus as CFO
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IAC promotes veteran exec to head European commercial operations
Luxembourg-based supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) has promoted Marcus Nyman to senior vice president of commercial operations for the European region. ...
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Hyundai Europe marketing boss Hall quits
Hyundai, one of the few carmakers not benefiting from a rebound in European car sales, said its mark ...
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Ford names Mustang styling chief new Europe design boss
Ford has named Joel Piaskowski, who helped create the automaker's new Mustang, to head its design team in Europe. He will succeed Martin Smith on July 1. ...
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Rolls-Royce picks former Infiniti, Audi exec to lead sales
Rolls-Royce has named former Infiniti and Audi executive Fintan Knight as its new director of sales ...
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Ex-Renault marketing boss Norman joins PSA
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has chosen former Renault colleague Stephen Norman as senior vice president o ...
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Rolls-Royce recruits former Chery executive
Rolls-Royce named Brett Soso, a former executive at China carmaker Chery, as regional director for t ...
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PSA names new chiefs for Citroen and DS brands
Citroen's UK chief, Linda Jackson, will replace Frederic Banzet as the brand's CEO while strategy di ...
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New Lotus CEO is industry veteran Gales
Industry veteran Jean-Marc Gales is the new CEO of Lotus. ...
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Daimler names Brecht as company's top workforce representative
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Peugeot's crossover fighter
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Porsche adds second SUV
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Kia enhances Soul's SUV traits
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Bigger Mini keeps its charm
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Seat goes large with Leon ST
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Ford tweaks India-built EcoSport for Europe
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