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Maserati Ghibli tests Fiat's push into luxury

The Ghibli is an early test of Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne's efforts to squeeze more cash out of the Maserati and Alfa Romeo brands. Maserati faces a difficult balancing act to emulate the success of BMW, Daimler and Audi by rolling out more affordable models aimed at a broader client base. Read More »

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Volvo CEO sees more tough times for Europe

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson is bracing for more tough times in Europe, where the automaker's sales fell 15 percent in the first quarter. Samuelsson expects growing sales in China and a rebound in the United States will result in flat overall vehicle sales for the year. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

Looking for a Chinese car in Shanghai

If I were an executive at a Chinese domestic automaker, I would be very worried. Why? Because it is difficult to find a Chinese-brand car on the streets of Shanghai. Read More »

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VW recall highlights perils of too much success in China

VW, Mercedes and BMW all posted record global sales last year, fueled by demand in China. This year, that growth is at risk after the Chinese government stepped up scrutiny of the automakers and media outlets questioned their quality, leading in one case to a recall of VW cars. Read More »

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YANG JIAN:

Chinese automakers will showcase strategies at Shanghai show

The Shanghai auto show will provide an opportunity for Chinese carmakers to declare they've learned from past mistakes. Read More »

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VW will expand China lineup 29% in sales push

Volkswagen plans to expand its lineup by 29 percent in China to offer 90 cars, SUVs, vans and heavy trucks in the country. China is a key market for VW in its drive to take the industry's global top spot in five years. Read More »

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PSA says vehicle sales in China rose 31% in first quarter

PSA said new-car sales in China rose 31 percent to 142,000 in the first quarter, a record for the automaker. Growth was driven by a 24 percent rise in deliveries for PSA's joint venture with Chinese automaker Dongfeng, the company added. Read More »

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VW hires McNabb from Maserati to extend U.S. sales surge

Volkswagen of America has hired Maserati North America CEO Mark McNabb, a former Nissan and GM sales executive, as its COO. Read More »

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NEW PRODUCT:

Renault hints at Twingo design with the Twin'Z EV concept

Renault has said its Twin'Z rear-wheel-drive electric concept car is part of a design study for the third-generation Twingo, due to go on sale next year. The automaker, which unveiled the concept last month, has not specified which design elements the Twingo will take from the concept. Read More »

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2013 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW:

French automakers count on luxury appeal for success in China

German automakers have long seen China as a key market. Now their French rivals, hit by slow sales in Europe, are playing catch up, and they are counting on the popularity of France's luxury fashion brands to help them. Read More »

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Fiat will add second shift at Maserati factory, report says

Fiat will add a second shift at the Turin factory where it builds Maserati cars, a source said. Fiat is investing 1.2 billion euros in the luxury marque as it seeks to boost global sales from 6,000 last year to 50,000. Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover hires industry veteran

Jaguar Land Rover North America has hired industry veteran Duke Hale to help improve its reputation for customer service -- especially for the Land Rover brand. Read More »

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Magna CEO Walker: Engineering expertise can help cut weight

Magna International plans to use its expertise in body engineering to help automakers cut vehicle weight, CEO Don Walker says. Read More »

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