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VW Group sales almost flat in August as Europe shrinks

VW Group sales were almost flat in August as the company was hit by difficult conditions in shrinking core European markets. Read More »

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Ford promotes Samardzich to COO of Europe

Ford's vice president of European product development, Barb Samardzich, has been named chief operating officer of Ford of Europe. Read More »

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Schaeffler won't extend contract of CEO Geissinger, report says

German supplier Schaeffler will not extend the contract of CEO Juergen Geissinger when it expires in 2014, a magazine reported. Read More »

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Germany will help EV sales take off, Nissan's Palmer says

Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer believes a growing interest in electric cars among Germany's carmakers is good for the industry and good for his company. Read More »

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Marchionne says Chrysler IPO would delay merger with Fiat

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said he is still a long way from reaching a deal to purchase the rest of Chrysler from a retiree healthcare trust. Read More »

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Porsche says China growth will quicken with new Macan SUV and push inland

Porsche's China CEO, Deesch Papke, forecast that sales growth in the country will accelerate next year, fueled by the introduction of the Macan compact SUV and a push to expand into the inner regions of the country. Read More »

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Pininfarina eyes comeback as coachbuilder

The improved ability of automakers to build small batches of specialty cars in-house, combined with the global recession, made life difficult for coachbuilders. But with the economy improving, Italian styling house Pininfarina is looking to re-enter the game. Read More »

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Bollore to list car battery business to speed up growth

French businessman Vincent Bollore will list a stake in his electric car battery business on the stock market in a bid to raise the business' profile and boost sales. Read More »

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Merkel warns EU against tough CO2 targets for carmakers

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, facing elections in less than two weeks, warned the EU against imposing tough environmental targets on German luxury carmakers. Read More »

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Hollande turns to self-driving cars, robots to revive French industry

French President Francois Hollande has laid out a 10-year roadmap to revive French industry by promoting new technologies such as self-driving cars to spur job creation. The plan, however, promises little public money from stretched state coffers. Read More »

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W. European 2013 sales beat forecast
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