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Opel aims to woo Audi buyers with Cascada convertible

Jan. 22, 2013 13:26 CET
Opel/Vauxhall's new Cascada convertible will be priced 10,000 euros lower than potential rivals when it goes on sale in April as the money-losing brand seeks to attract buyers looking for a cheaper alternative to premium convertibles.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Test drive, no dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2013
Ex-GM chief Wagoner among venture's backers; BMW, Daimler seek car-sharing profits; Honda's 115-mpg Accord.

Social media emerge as tool to find defects

10:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2013
Using the auto industry's newest tool to detect vehicle defects is as simple as logging on to Twitter, Facebook or other social media Web sites. And federal regulators already are doing it, too.

Renault denies it may close two French plants

Jan. 22, 2013 18:34 CET
Renault said its workers in France need to make concessions on pay and conditions to safeguard the future of domestic plants but denied a union leader's claim that it plans to shutter two French factories.

VIDEO: First Shift: Deeper cuts for Opel?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2013
Girsky: European market still 'catastrophic,'; who might chair Toyota; Hyundai, Kia Super Bowl splash; Ford's twist on job fair.

GM steps up cost-cutting pressure at Opel

Jan. 22, 2013 12:38 CET
General Motors said it may close a German factory at its Opel subsidiary earlier than proposed adding restructuring talks with unions must be wrapped up by February, as the U.S. carmaker seeks deep cuts to save its ailing brand.

Toyota near final deal to license fuel-cell technology to BMW, report says

1:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2013
Toyota is nearing a final agreement to license its fuel-cell vehicle technology to BMW, the Nikkei reported today.

Vehicle navigation systems frustrate more car owners, study says

10:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2013
Owners' satisfaction with their new vehicles' navigation systems declined in 2012 as complex menu systems, voice-control commands and entering destinations frustrated users, according to J.D. Power and Associates.


Why TrueCar's Painter can chill out at Davos this week

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2013
TrueCar CEO Scott Painter is scheduled to present Thursday at the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, without the dark cloud that accompanied his visit last year.

Renault pledges extra production for labor deal

Jan. 22, 2013 15:01 CET
Renault told unions today that it could produce an additional 80,000 vehicles a year at its domestic factories for partners Nissan and Daimler if a labor deal was signed.

GM looks to Encore small crossover to expand Buick's reach

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2013
GM is counting on the new Encore small crossover vehicle to bring more new customers to its premium Buick brand.

BMW, Mercedes hatches head to India after China flop

Jan. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Hatchbacks from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi grew so popular in Europe that the carmakers bet Chinese consumers would feel the same way. They didn't. Next stop: India.

Russian car sales will rise 5% in 2013, PwC says

Jan. 22, 2013 10:07 CET
Russian car sales will likely rise by 5 percent in 2013 to around 2.9 million, PricewaterhouseCoopers said on Tuesday. The figure represents a slowdown from the previous year but is in stark contrast to recession-bound Europe where car sales slid to a 17-year low.

Audi plans to double Middle East sales by 2020

Jan. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Audi says it plans to double sales in the Middle East to at least 20,000 vehicles a year by 2020, as it predicts premium car deliveries in the region will grow 12 to 15 percent this year.

Daimler expects vehicle sales to grow in Turkey this year

Jan. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Daimler's Turkish unit expects stronger car and van sales this year despite forecasting that the market will remain stagnant.

Toyota set to pick Prius developer as next chairman, report says

Jan. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Toyota will probably pick Takeshi Uchiyamada, who led the development of the Prius hybrid car in 1990s, to replace Fujio Cho as the company's next chairman, Nikkei reported, without citing sources.

BMW offers engine to extend range of i3 EV

Jan. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW will offer a two-cylinder motorcycle engine and a generator to extend the range of its i3 electric car. Herbert Diess, BMW's head of r&d, said the package will be offered as an option on the i3.

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