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VW mulls new growth goal as it nears 2018 target

Volkswagen's top managers are drawing up new expansion goals stretching as far as nine years ahead as steady volume gains have already propelled the automaker within reach of its current sales target for 2018. Read More »

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Opel names Neumann as new CEO

Opel named Karl-Thomas Neumann as its new CEO. Neumann, 51, a former head of Volkswagen China and the supplier Continental, will take up the post on March 1. Read More »

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Porsche, hedge funds agree VW case can be heard in Germany

Porsche SE and several hedge funds seeking damages from the company agreed that New York was the wrong place to pursue compensation, and left the door open to bringing a case in German courts. Read More »

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Automakers' Super Bowl spots rule YouTube

Carmakers' Super Bowl commercials so far are dominating viewership among the big game's ads on YouTube, the social-media video site. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Opel chief's to-do list

Ex-VW exec to tackle slow sales, losses at troubled GM unit; China's air woes may aid some automakers; bully for Hyundai. Read More »

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First Shift: AutoNation renaming stores

Nearly all will carry dealership group's moniker; Cadillac's new ad boss; Honda trims forecast; Snyder: Signs of strong 2013. Read More »

Daimler near deal to take stake in China partner, report says

Daimler will sign a deal in Germany on Friday to take a 10 percent to 20 percent stake in Beijing Automotive Group's car unit, China's National Business Daily newspaper said on Thursday. Read More »

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PSA unions bicker over job cuts at crisis-hit automaker

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen labor leaders squared off against one another over a plan to eliminate 17 percent of the automaker's French workforce, with three of the five main unions urging immediate action to stem losses. Read More »

BMW will sell Husqvarna motorcycle brand to KTM owner

BMW agreed to sell its struggling Husqvarna off-road motorcycle unit to focus its two-wheeler efforts on its namesake brand. Read More »

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AutoNation to put its own name on most dealerships

AutoNation says it will drop regional brand names on its dealerships and use the AutoNation moniker on most of its 221 stores coast to coast. Read More »

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BorgWarner, Manganello donate $2 million to UM for endowed chair in mechanical engineering

BorgWarner Chairman Tim Manganello and the company's charitable foundation are donating $2 million to the University of Michigan College of Engineering for an endowment to fund research and teaching. Read More »

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More electric car loans 'remains to be seen,' Chu says

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said it "remains to be seen in the future" whether about $16 billion in available federal government loans to develop alternative-technology vehicles will be disbursed. Read More »

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Costco-GM promotion proves value of 90-day sales drives

A 90-day sales drive beats a 60-day one. By a lot. That's the lesson from a 90-day sales promotion between General Motors and Costco Auto Program that ended Jan. 2. Read More »

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Infiniti's de Nysschen on global growth strategy

Johan de Nysschen became head of Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand on July 1, 2012. Before that, he led Audi of America for seven years. In this video, he explains why Infiniti's headquarters are in Hong Kong and addresses the prospect for design and production investment in the U.S. Read More »

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VW German workers want a pay hike of up to 6.5%

Workers at Volkswagen's German factories may seek as much as 6.5 percent more pay this year, demanding a share of the company's record sales, VW's top labor representative said. Read More »

Wanxiang interested in aiding Fisker after A123 purchase

Chinese supplier Wanxiang Group, which just won approval to acquire battery maker A123 Systems, said it now wants to help support A123's main customer, Fisker Automotive, the financally troubled plug-in hybrid sports car maker. Read More »

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PAUL McVEIGH:

New Opel CEO Neumann may have a mission impossible

Opel's new CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann is an auto industry veteran, but he hasn't remained in a top job long enough to judge whether he can turn around GM's European operations. Read More »

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Honda trims full-year profit forecast

Honda cut its full-year profit forecast as lower sales in China and Europe overshadowed the benefits from the weaker yen. Net income will likely be 370 billion yen ($4.1 billion) in the 12 months ending March 31, compared with its previous estimate for 375 billion yen. Read More »

Autoliv says weak European car market will dent first-quarter sales

Autoliv said its sales in the first quarter of 2013 were likely to fall 4 percent due to weak European car markets. Read More »

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PAUL MCVEIGH:

New Opel CEO Neumann may have a mission impossible

Opel's new CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, is an auto industry veteran but he hasn't remained in a top job long enough to judge whether he can turnaround around GM's European operations. Read More »

Goodyear will close French plant on Europe troubles

Goodyear will close its main French plant and cut its work force in the country by 39 percent amid labor disputes and plunging auto demand in Europe. Read More »

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Fiat renames Maserati plant after company patriarch

Fiat has renamed its Maserati plant after company patriarch Giovanni “Gianni” Agnelli. The Italian industrialist and controlling Fiat shareholder served as the company's chairman from 1966 to 1996. He passed away a decade ago this month at age 81. Read More »

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Tata denies it plans European production in Romania

Tata Motors has denied that it plans to open a vehicle assembly plant in Romania. Read More »

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