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Volkswagen says group sales rise 7% as China offsets Europe drop

VW said group vehicle sales for its brands, which include Audi and Porsche, increased 7 percent in September as strong demand from China outweighed declining deliveries in Europe. Read More »

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Toyota cuts fuel cell costs by nearly $1 million for new hydrogen car

Toyota reduced the cost of the fuel cell system in its next hydrogen-powered car by almost $1 million. The mid-sized sedan will launch in 2015 in Europe, the U.S. and Japan, with a price below $100,000. Read More »

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Volkswagen's top execs split on unionizing U.S. plant, report says

VW's top executives are said to be divided over whether and how workers at the company's U.S. assembly plant should be represented by a union. Read More »

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Toyota plans radar-based safety system to prevent car collisions

Toyota will introduce safety systems in about two years enabling cars to communicate with each other to avoid collision. The move is another step toward self-driving cars, analysts said. Read More »

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Toyota not at fault in fatal crash of Camry, U.S. jury finds

Toyota wasn't at fault in a fatal accident in which a 66-year-old woman crashed her Camry into a tree after it sped out of control in the wrong direction on a one-way road, a U.S. jury said. Read More »

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Mercedes tech boss expects B-class EV to top BMW i3, others

Daimler r&d chief Thomas Weber believes that the Mercedes B-class Electric Drive will outpace the BMW i3 and other competitors in the fast-growing EV segment. Read More »

 
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Suzuki seeks BMW-like success -- on the seas

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7 2014

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Suzuki is trying to emulate BMW's and Volvo's success on the seas by associating its brand with one ...
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New CO2 rules may benefit car design

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6 2014

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Proposed changes to how fuel economy and emissions are measured could mean the end of useful-but-ugl ...
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Dissecting Daimler's motorcycle deal

Christiaan Hetzner
12:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31 2014

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Daimler's purchase of a stake in motorbike brand MV Agusta is nothing like Audi's purchase of Ducati. ...
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Is Ferrari worth 12 billion euros?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31 2014

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Ferrari is worth as much as 12 billion euros on the open market based on Chairman Sergio Marchionne's most optimistic blue-sky estimate. ...
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Ferrari will go public but remain private

Luca Ciferri
3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29 2014

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Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group. ...
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China has room for PSA's upscale DS brand

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25 2014

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PSA's upscale DS brand is on track to be successful in China because of consumer demand for French l ...
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Japanese automakers drive UK car industry's rebound

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24 2014

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The UK's car industry is staging a big comeback. And it's mostly due to some not-so English names: Nissan, Toyota and Honda. ...
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Why Daimler doesn't share investors' love affair with Tesla

Christiaan Hetzner
9:14 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22 2014

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Are Tesla shares overvalued? If you ask Daimler, investors have gotten ahead of themselves with their exuberant love for Elon Musk's EV carmaker. ...
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Why Audi, BMW and Mercedes dominate China's luxury market

Yang Jian
8:25 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17 2014

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Brands such as Cadillac, Lexus and French newcomer DS are trying -- but failing -- to loosen the tight grip German automakers have on China's luxury car market. ...
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Reithofer's vision made U.S. plant into a global giant

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2014

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BMW CEO Nortbert Reithofer has transformed the automaker's U.S. factory into one of the world's larg ...
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Europe's auto recovery continues without France
Western European new-car sales rose 6 percent in October as demand picked up in all major markets ex ...
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Western European car sales rise 6% in September
Western European car sales rose 6 percent in September, according to forecaster LMC Automotive. ...
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Germany joins France, Italy in reporting car-sales rebound in September
Germany joined France and Italy in reporting a rebound in new-car registrations last month after poo ...
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Auto sector faltered in Q2
European automakers, suppliers and retailers experienced mixed fortunes in the second quarter of 2014, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers. ...
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Western European car sales extend mixed recovery
Western European car sales rose 1 percent in August, the 12th consecutive monthly gain, as faltering ...
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German, French and Italian car sales fall in August
New-car sales in Germany, France and Italy all fell slightly in August, a seasonally weak vacation m ...
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Spanish car sales rise 14% in August
Spain's new-car sales rose 14 percent to 45,355 in August, the twelfth straight month of increases, ...
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French car sales drop 3% on weak August demand
French car sales fell 3 percent last month, led by an 11 percent drop at Renault. ...
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Recovery on track as western Europe car sales rise 5%
Car sales in western Europe grew by 5 percent in July to a little more than 1 million vehicles, brin ...
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Strong UK car sales in July part of improving European trend
New-car sales in the UK rose by 7 percent in July, as the country's credit-backed growth continued. The increase follows volume growth last month in Germany, Italy and Spain. ...
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Faurecia promotes seating chief Koller to No. 2 role
Faurecia promoted its automotive seating boss, Patrick Koller, to the role of chief operating office ...
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Rolls-Royce names BMW exec interior design chief
Daniel Starke is the new Rolls-Royce interior design head, a role he previously held at BMW's i elec ...
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Lotus names Carr as new design chief
Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car ma ...
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Bentley appoints Austrian dealership veteran as Europe sales boss
Bentley named Robert Engstler as its regional director for Europe. Austrian-born Engstler joins Bent ...
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Nissan recruits Hyundai Europe COO as global sales chief
Nissan has tapped Hyundai Europe's chief operating officer, Allan Rushforth, to be its new global sa ...
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BMW hires Ferrari's chief engineer
BMW has hired Ferrari's former technical director, Roberto Fedeli, for an as-yet unspecified role. ...
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Aston Martin recruits Tesla spokesman Sproule as chief marketing officer
Aston Martin has recruited Simon Sproule, Tesla's communications head, to serve as chief marketing o ...
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VW picks Kantner to lead India sales
VW Group has named Manfred Kantner the new head of passenger car sales for India and the Far East at ...
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BMW names former Audi exec to lead high-performance M unit
BMW has appointed Franciscus "Frank" van Meel as head of its M in-house performance unit. Van Meel r ...
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VW-SAIC joint venture names industry veteran as president
Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive, a joint venture between VW and SAIC Motor, hired veteran executive Chen Zhangxian as its new president. ...
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Audi seeks to increase TT's market share
Audi expects its new TT to boost its market share even though demand for small sports cars is shrink ...
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BMW's taboo-breaker, the 2-series Active Tourer
BMW's 2-series Active Tourer breaks new ground for the automaker as the brand's first minivan and fi ...
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Renault's radical new Twingo could become segment leader
Renault's new Twingo is radically different than the two previous generations of the minicar with a ...
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Citroen touts 'cheerful' C1
Citroen is touting the C1's "cheerful" front-end design, open-top variant and a modern infotainment ...
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Mercedes has high hopes for S-class coupe
Mercedes expects a new name, fresh design and innovative technology will help double sales of the S- ...
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Citroen's clever C4 Cactus
Citroen has found clever ways to make its new C4 Cactus an unconventional and affordable alternative ...
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Toyota Aygo gets 'fun' makeover
Toyota is aiming its new Aygo minicar at younger buyers who don't take themselves too seriously, par ...
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Nissan X-Trail gets sporty
Nissan's new X-Trail, which is now available with front-wheel-drive and seven-seat models, has a dis ...
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The 'better Golf'
Volkswagen says the Golf Sportsvan combines the agility of the classic Golf hatchback with the roomi ...
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Honda rolls out the Civic wagon
Honda hopes that sleek styling and a smart interior will help its new Civic Tourer station wagon boo ...
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BorgWarner helps boost power in BMW 2 series
BorgWarner-sourced turbochargers for the new BMW 2 series help boost power by as much as 13 hp to 18 ...
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Jaguar F-Type relies on Stadco's aluminum skin
Stadco supplies the vast majority of the aluminum outer structure for the new Jaguar F-Type, includi ...
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Magna Powertrain helps Mercedes GLA stay on track
Magna Powertrain supplies the all-wheel-drive system for the new Mercedes-Benz GLA. ...
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Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights
Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar ...
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Delphi helps reduce CO2, noise in new Peugeot 308
Delphi supplies the injectors to the new Peugeot 308's gasoline direct-injection engine, which produ ...
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