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PSA and the French government's 'socialist' agenda

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2012
The French government's influence over PSA should remain limited despite Paris getting a spot on the automaker's top-level board. PSA provided the board seat in exchange for a 7 billion euro loan from the government to bail out its car-loans arm.

Chrysler avoids touch-screen woes by letting Ford, GM blunder

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2012
Chrysler is emerging as a leader in touch screens by letting Ford and GM jump ahead and stumble.

MG aims to copy Kia to rise again in Europe

Nov. 22, 2012 13:00 CET
Despite numerous stumbles, Chinese-owned British brand MG Motor aims to match Kia's quick rise in Europe by also focusing on design. “In terms of product and competitiveness I'd say we're not very far away [from Kia] already,” MG vice director of design Martin Uhlarik said.


Carmakers, suppliers see great potential for growth in North Africa

Nov. 22, 2012 06:01 CET
Automakers and suppliers are finding big opportunities in North Africa, where new-car sales are forecast to rise more than 40 percent by 2016 and where low labor costs make producing vehicles and components cheaper than in western Europe and even parts of eastern Europe.

Suppliers push head-up displays as safety gear

Nov. 22, 2012 06:01 CET
Head-up displays are getting a fresh look as safety-alert devices. Suppliers such as Denso, Nippon Seiki, Continental and Delphi Automotive are developing head-up displays that project larger, brighter and more detailed images onto the windshield.


Gasoline engines poised to gain share in Europe

Nov. 22, 2012 06:01 CET
Despite all the hoopla over electric cars and fuel cells, gasoline-powered vehicles will be the key powertrain for automakers that must meet the European Union's tough emission standards.

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