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Infiniti picks veteran Nissan stylist Albaisa for new global design post

May 9, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

Microsoft wants to become key player in auto software

May 9, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

Volkswagen recalls 91,000 cars in Japan on transmission problems

May 9, 2013 12:02 CET
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.

Mazda names production chief Kogai next CEO

May 9, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

China passenger-vehicle sales rise 13% in April

May 9, 2013 08:49 CET
China's passenger-vehicle sales rose 13 percent in April on rising demand for new models in the world's biggest vehicle market.

BMW under inspection in India after report of tax probe

May 9, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

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Former Chrysler exec Hausch joins Nissan Europe

May 9, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

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Kia Europe boss sees growth despite tough market

May 9, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

 
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