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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS:

How to prosper during tough times

With sales slowing and government debt a growing crisis, the European auto industry is in for a rough ride over the next few years. What are the solutions? Which companies will emerge as winners? The 16th Automotive News Europe Congress will explore answers to those questions on June 12 in Paris. Read More »

PRODUCTION:

Weak car output hits Czech economy

Czech industrial production edged up in February but thinning order books show the central European country may not yet be coming out of its longest recession in two decades. The main problem has been falling car production. Read More »

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VW patriarch Piech's wife up for election to Audi board

Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech's wife looks set to join the supervisory board of Audi in a move by the controlling Piech-Porsche family to solidify its sway over Europe's biggest carmaker. Read More »

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SALES:

Porsche's March sales rise 19.8% on strong German, U.S. demand

Porsche said today its global vehicle sales rose 19.8 percent to a record 14,494 units in March on strong demand in Germany, the United States and China. Read More »

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SUPPLIERS:

SAIC unit aims to buy JCI's electronics business, report says

An automotive supplier majority owned by China's SAIC Motor Corp. is in talks with Johnson Controls Inc. about acquiring the U.S. supplier's electronics business, a daily Chinese business newspaper reports. Read More »

ASIA:

As Korea gets hot, carmakers stay cool

The expressway from downtown Seoul to the city's auto show venue is lined with tank traps, barbed wire and guard towers. Mounting tensions with North Korea are a chilling reminder why. Automakers there have long factored this into their business plans. Read More »

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SALES:

Audi sets March and first-quarter sales records

Audi said today it increased global vehicle sales 3 percent in March to a record 147,700 because of strong demand for its SUVs. The Volkswagen Group subsidiary finished the first-quarter will an all-time high of 369,500 sales, up 6.8 percent on the year-ago period. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Renault takes aim at VW

Renault says its net prices last year were higher than domestic rivals Citroen and Peugeot. Now the company wants to narrow the gap with Europe's price leader among volume brands: Volkswagen. Carlos Tavares explains how Renault will do this. Read More »

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SUPPLIERS:

Pirelli studying plan to offset weak Europe demand, source says

Pirelli plans to offset weakening demand in Europe for its premium tires by shipping tires produced in Europe to emerging markets, where demand is growing, said an industry source on Sunday. Read More »

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CHINA:

Dongfeng-PSA venture sales, fueled by 2 new models, jump 20% in March

Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co.'s sales in March rose 20 percent year-on-year to 49,009 Peugeot and Citroen vehicles.
The company, a joint venture between PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Dongfeng Motor Corp. Read More »

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NUTS & BOLTS:

Ford seeks to register 'inflatable light urban vehicle' trademark

Ford has filed an application to register the term "inflatable light urban vehicle (iLuv)" as a trademark, according to the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Read More »

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