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Infiniti picks veteran Nissan stylist Albaisa for new global design post

Infiniti has named a global design chief as part of the luxury brand's ongoing effort to distance itself from parent company Nissan's mass-market Nissan marque. Read More »

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Microsoft wants to become key player in auto software

Having reshaped a big piece of the world's economy around its Windows software, Microsoft now wants to do the same thing in the car business. What the Seattle giant sees there says as much about the future of cars as it does about itself. Read More »

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Volkswagen recalls 91,000 cars in Japan on transmission problems

Volkswagen said today that it is recalling around 91,000 cars in Japan, citing potential transmission problems that have already led to the recall of 384,181 vehicles in China. Read More »

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Mazda names production chief Kogai next CEO

Mazda has appointed Masamichi Kogai its next CEO. The production and purchasing specialist replaces Takashi Yamanouchi, who led the carmaker to its first annual profit in five years. Read More »

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China passenger-vehicle sales rise 13% in April

China's passenger-vehicle sales rose 13 percent in April on rising demand for new models in the world's biggest vehicle market. Read More »

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BMW under inspection in India after report of tax probe

BMW has said it is cooperating with Indian authorities after a newspaper reported the automaker is being investigated for possibly owing $120 million in taxes. Read More »

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Former Chrysler exec Hausch joins Nissan Europe

Chrysler's former Europe chief, Thomas Hausch, will head Nissan's operations in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Hausch started the role with the Japanese automaker on May 1. Read More »

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Kia Europe boss sees growth despite tough market

Kia Europe President Brandon Yea believes the brand will continue its growth in the region this year despite tough economic conditions. Kia is sticking to its target of boosting annual sales to 420,000 by 2016 in the EU and EFTA markets from 338,000 last year. The brand's vehicle sales were up 3. Read More »

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Ferrari bets big on Europe's rebound

Jennifer Clark
1:35 pm U.S. ET | March 14 2014

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Ferrari's decision to put its second theme park in Europe rather than China or another growing marke ...
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Fallout from Ukraine crisis weighs on VW

Gabe Nelson
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14 2014

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The Ukraine crisis has led to a sharp depreciation of the ruble, making imported cars more expensive for Russians. That is bad news for VW. ...
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VW, Toyota poised to make history


9:47 am U.S. ET | March 13 2014

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No automaker has sold 10 million vehicles in a single year but it's very likely that both Toyota and VW will surpass that milestone in 2014. ...
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Porsche is Volkswagen's profit champion

Paul McVeigh
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13 2014

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The true worth of the Porsche sports car brand to Volkswagen Group became apparent when VW released its 2013 financial results. ...
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Hackenberg's next Audi R8 could rock the EV world

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:27 am U.S. ET | March 11 2014

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Audi technology boss Ulrich Hackenberg believes the R8 E-tron supercar's 450km range could change th ...
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Audi TT scores double Web win at Geneva show

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:34 am U.S. ET | March 10 2014

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The new Audi TT scored a double victory at the Geneva auto show, finishing No. 1 in both online news ...
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Apple's CarPlay is smart but simple

Jennifer Clark
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 6 2014

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Apple's new CarPlay system is as simple to use as you would expect from a company that has perfected ...
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Huracan poised to blow away Gallardo

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:45 am U.S. ET | March 5 2014

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Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann predicts that the supercar maker's newest model will start breaki ...
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Renault Twingo: a new French revolution

Paul McVeigh
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5 2014

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The Renault Twingo will stand out in Europe's crowded minicar segment because of its rear-engine lay ...
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What BMW's Robertson looks for in a future leader

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4 2014

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BMW sales chief Ian Robertson says that the auto industry's next-generation leaders will need to have open minds and international backgrounds. ...
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Automakers, suppliers extend strong gains in Q4
After particularly strong Q3 gains, automakers, suppliers and retailers saw further improvements in ...
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German sales recovery will lift European car market in 2014
A strong increase in January car sales in Germany bodes well for western Europe as a whole for 2014, according to market analyst LMC Automotive. ...
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Growth of 2% forecast for Europe car market
Europe's car market will probably expand 2 percent this year as demand recovers, ACEA said. ...
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European December car sales jump 13%, boosted by discounting
European new-car sales surged 13 percent in December, boosted by price cuts. Full-year sales fell by ...
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W. European 2013 sales beat forecast
Western Europe's 12 percent rise in new-car sales in December caused the region's overall 2013 volum ...
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Car-sales rise in southern Europe fails to halt regional decline in 2013
A rise in December new-car sales in France, Italy and Spain points to a pick-up in demand in souther ...
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Better Nov. car sales herald European growth in 2014, forecaster says
Western European car sales may improve by nearly 3 percent next year after November showed modest growth, LMC Automotive forecasts. ...
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European car sales rise as VW, Renault make Nov. gains
European new-car sales rose a third consecutive month in November, the longest period of gains in fo ...
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2013 Guide to Automotive Partnerships
Our comprehensive annual guide to global automotive partnerships offers a complete list of each auto ...
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Italy slump continues as November car sales fall 5%
New-car sales in Italy fell 5 percent in November continuing a slump in deliveries in Europe's fourt ...
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Tesla hires Renault-Nissan chief spokesman Sproule in global push
Tesla is hiring a veteran of Carlos Ghosn's Renault-Nissan alliance to manage its marketing and mess ...
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Porsche extends CEO Mueller's contract by five years
Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller, who has led the sports car brand to record sales and defended the marq ...
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Back to Britain for ex-Volkswagen exec Browning
Jonathan Browning, who departed as CEO of Volkswagen's U.S. ...
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Honda names veteran exec Mikoshiba to head Europe operations
Honda named veteran executive Toshiaki Mikoshiba to head operations in Europe as the carmaker seeks ...
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Renschler hired by VW to push truck alliance
VW Group appointed former Daimler executive Andreas Renschler to its management board to deepen coop ...
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Daimler names former VW, BMW CEO Pischetsrieder to supervisory board
Daimler nominated former Volkswagen CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder to the company's supervisory board. ...
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Audi names VW executive as production chief
Audi named Volkswagen executive Hubert Waltl as its production chief. Waltl succeeds Frank Dreves wh ...
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New Vauxhall chief is former Mitsubishi Europe boss Tozer
Vauxhall brand has named former Mitsubishi Europe boss Tim Tozer as its new chief. Tozer succeeds Du ...
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Schaeffler appoints Knorr-Bremse exec Deller as CEO
Schaeffler has appointed auto-parts industry veteran Klaus Deller as its new CEO as the German suppl ...
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Renault names former PSA exec Wertans as global sales boss
Renault named Nicolas Wertans, PSA's former international sales chief, as its new global sales boss. ...
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Bigger Mini keeps its charm
The third-generation Mini looks very much like its predecessor but beneath the longer body shell a l ...
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Mercedes touts GLA's sporty looks
Mercedes expects a 70 percent conquest rate for the GLA, the brand's smallest and cheapest SUV. ...
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Seat goes large with Leon ST
Seat is hoping to win new customers to its compact Leon range with the arrival of the Sports Tourer, ...
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Ford tweaks India-built EcoSport for Europe
Ford has tweaked the EcoSport subcompact SUV for European markets as it hopes the model will help it ...
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Range Rover diesel-hybrid saves fuel on and off road
Land Rover says the Range Rover SDV6 Hybrid offers the performance of a model powered by a V-8 diese ...
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Peugeot says new 308 outshines VW Golf
With the new 308 hatchback, Peugeot thinks it has a worthy rival to the Volkswagen Golf, Europe's be ...
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S3 will be flagship sedan in Audi's compact range
Audi's range of A3 sedans gets a flagship with the arrival of the 300-hp S3 sporty variant, which de ...
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Hyundai aims higher with new i10
Hyundai has positioned the new i10 higher than the outgoing model by making it bigger, more attracti ...
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BMW has high hopes for i3
BMW is bullish on the market potential for the i3 EV, the first model from its i subbrand. ...
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SX4 S-Cross is crucial for Suzuki's European revival
Suzuki expects the SX4 S-Cross, the company's first compact crossover, to help the automaker turn ar ...
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ZF 8-speed cuts fuel use in new BMW 4 series
ZF supplies the new BMW 4 series with its optional eight-speed automatic transmission. ...
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Honeywell turbo reduces CO2 in new Renault Clio
Honeywell’s turbocharger in the new Renault Clio helps the car’s new 90-hp 1.5-liter dCi ...
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Magna contributes to new Mercedes CLA's aerodynamics
Magna International played key roles in the Mercedes-Benz CLA's interior and exterior. ...
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Delphi helps keep the new Range Rover safe
Delphi helps keep occupants safe in the new Range Rover with systems such as it electronically scann ...
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Faurecia, Plastic Omnium cut weight, emissions in new Citroen C4 Picasso
With help from Faurecia, the new C4 Picasso is the first Citroen model that meets Euro 6 emission st ...
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Honeywell, Hirschvogel help cut CO2 in new VW Golf
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