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ANE's April e-magazine goes live Monday

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, April 6. This month's edition looks at how PSA CEO Carlos Tavares made France's largest automaker operationally profitable again after three years of huge losses. Read More »

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Mercedes concept hints at GLC coupe variant to fight BMW X4

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche hinted at a Mercedes compact crossover with the release of a sketch that signals a GLC Coupe, a niche vehicle that would compete against models such as the BMW X4. Read More »

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Hyundai debuts Enduro compact crossover in Seoul

Hyundai is bending segment definitions again with the Enduro compact crossover concept. The three-door car could preview Hyundai’s move into the growing compact crossover segment with a twist: coupelike hatchback styling. Read More »

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GM expects to earn $350 million over 3 years from 4G technology in cars

General Motors will generate $350 million in improved profit over the three years to 2018 from its rollout of 4G LTE mobile broadband in its cars and trucks. Read More »

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Kia previews future compact lineup with Novo concept

Kia unveiled the Novo coupe-styled sedan concept at the Seoul auto show today. The concept provides "a glimpse into Kia's plans for its future compact car lineup," Kia said Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler promotes Gilles to global head of design

Fiat Chrysler promoted Ralph Gilles, its chief designer in the U.S., to global head of design. Gilles succeeds Lorenzo Ramaciotti, who is retiring. Ramaciotti will continue to lend his expertise to the group, serving as a special advisor to CEO Sergio Marchionne, the automaker said. Read More »

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France, Italy, Spain sales growth in March encourages European recovery hopes

New-car registrations rose in France, Italy and Spain last month, adding to signs that the European auto market is recovering. France's auto industry body, the CCFA, raised its full-year forecast for the country to a 2 percent gain, close to many predictions for Europe as a whole. Read More »

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Daimler board will extend CEO Zetsche's contract through 2019

Daimler's supervisory board plans to extend CEO Dieter Zetsche's contract to 2019, making it more likely old-guard executives will lose out to younger managers next time the post is available. Read More »

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Daimler predicts profit rise on boost from China

Daimler predicted higher profit this year, lifted by stronger demand in China, where first-time buyers often opt for an upscale car. The company targets a 9 percent return on sales after generating a margin of 7.8 percent in 2014. Read More »

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Fiat to halt output at Brazil factory on slumping demand

Fiat Chrysler will halt production at a plant in Brazil due to lower demand and high stock levels. Fiat joins VW in cutting output as car sales slump in the country. Read More »

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2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Jaguar XF redesign has more aluminum, interior room

The new Jaguar XF features aluminum-intensive technology, increased interior room and improved safety and infotainment systems to better compete against higher-volume luxury vehicles such as the Mercedes E class. Read More »

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PSA's Slovakia unit to boost output with new model

PSA expects to raise annual capacity at its factory in Trnava, Slovakia, to more than 300,000 by 2017 with the production of a new Citroen model. Read More »

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Honda, like Mercedes, to test self-driving cars at U.S. military base

Honda plans to join Mercedes in testing its self-driving cars at a retired military base northeast of San Francisco. Honda has kept quieter about its automated driving research than European luxury brands. Read More »

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Bosch will pay $57.8 million fine for price-fixing

Bosch has agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing and pay a $57.8 million fine for its role in conspiring to rig bids for parts sold to the Detroit 3 automakers and Volkswagen. Read More »

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2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Bentley and Lincoln Continental design chiefs clash

A row erupted between Bentley's and Lincoln's design chiefs after Ford showed the 2016 Lincoln Continental Concept ahead of the New York auto show. Read More »

Bang & Olufsen to sell car-audio unit to Harman

Bang & Olufsen plans to sell its automotive sound-system business to Harman International Industries, as the Danish company reorganizes to focus on consumer electronics. The deal provides Harman with automaking customers including BMW, Audi and Mercedes. Read More »

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Hyundai plans 2020 debut for autonomous driving tech

Hyundai said it aims to commercialize autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the automaker plays catch-up with carmakers such as Mercedes and General Motors in the increasingly competitive technology. Read More »

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Audi picks Delphi to make self-driving controller

Audi is developing a device the size of an iPad tablet that will pack all the computing power needed for a car to drive itself safely along streets and highways without crashing. Within two years, Delphi will start commercial production of the zFAS controller, Audi said. Read More »

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Honda will make UK plant global production hub for the Civic, move CR-V output to Canada

Honda will upgrade its UK factory to turn it into a global production hub for the next-generation Civic compact car. The automaker will also transfer production of its European-market CR-V crossover from the UK to Canada. Read More »

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Hyundai names sales veteran Schmid as No. 2 in Europe

Hyundai has promoted Thomas Schmid to chief operating officer in Europe. He succeeds Allan Rushforth, who quit the automaker last October to become Nissan's global sales chief. Read More »

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Mercedes pickup will be built by Nissan, report says

Daimler declined to comment on a report that its first Mercedes pickup will be based on the Nissan Navara and built by the Japanese automaker. Read More »

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PSA CEO Tavares dampens talk of Fiat Chrysler merger

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will only be ready for a possible merger after it has completed its recovery plan, CEO Carlos Tavares told a newspaper, dampening speculation of a potential tie-up with Fiat Chrysler. Read More »

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Faurecia forms joint venture with China's Dongfeng

Faurecia has agreed to form a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor to help increase its presence in the world's biggest car market. Faurecia is majority-owned by PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. Dongfeng has a 14 percent stake in PSA. Read More »

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VW halts output for 3 weeks at Brazil plant, union says

Volkswagen has halted production at its second-largest factory in Brazil for three weeks, a local union said, as a steep decline in demand forces carmakers to manage excess capacity. Read More »

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Toyota CEO thought U.S. recalls could cost him his job, but gave sense of purpose

Toyota chief Akio Toyoda undoubtedly wishes his company's unintended-acceleration crisis never happened. But in a rare moment of public reflection on that period, he credited the worldwide upheaval as the turning point in his career, even as he fretted about being fired from the CEO suite. Read More »

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Volvo will open U.S. assembly plant in 2018

Volvo will open a car plant in the U.S. as the Swedish automaker pursues a global comeback under Chinese ownership. The factory will start operation in 2018 and will produce vehicles built with the same underpinnings as the XC90, Volvo said. Read More »

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Magna negotiating to sell interiors unit to Grupo Antolin, report says

Magna International is in talks to sell its car-interior business to Spain's Grupo Antolin, Bloomberg reported. Read More »

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ChemChina hopes to re-list Pirelli in Italy; says counterbid will hurt investors

The chairman of China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina), Ren Jianxin, said he hopes to re-list Italy's Pirelli on the Italian stock exchange. A counterbid for Pirelli would hurt the Italian firm's investors and long-term strategy, he warned. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

While others stand up, Italy stands aside

Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner, while Ferrari styling house Pininfarina could be acquired by an Indian company. Ducati, Lamborghini and Italdesign Giugiaro are already in German hands. Read More »

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Ford revives the Lincoln Continental, aims at U.S. and China

Ford will resurrect the Lincoln Continental as its top-of-the line luxury sedan, betting the classic name will help rebuild the brand's image in the United States and China. Read More »

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Honda launches S660 minicar roadster, heir to Beat's looks

Honda will sell the S660 mini roadster only in the company's home market of Japan, at least for now. The two-seater is powered by a three-cylinder 660cc turbocharged midship engine with an output of 63hp. Read More »

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How a Frenchman is bringing back Datsun

Vincent Cobee's mission to reintroduce Datsun around the world is a mixture of irony, politics, auto industry counterintuition and a fair amount of raiding the corporate closet for new products. The Frenchman has been tasked by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn with re-establishing the brand. Read More »

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Jaguar Land Rover names new global engineering chief

Jaguar Land Rover named company veteran Nick Rogers as its new engineering director to succeed Wolfgang Ziebart. Rogers will assume board-level responsibilities for the UK automaker's global engineering operations, reporting directly to CEO Ralf Speth, JLR said. Read More »

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Mercedes plans to launch its first pickup by 2020

Daimler's Mercedes unit plans to launch its first pickup truck by 2020, targeting sales at the European, Latin American, Australian and South African markets. The pickup will contribute to the brand's global growth targets, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said. Read More »

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Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones

Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. The French supplier said the first applications may reach automaker customers within three years. Read More »

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Ford's Mulally made $22 million in 2014; Fields' pay rose 83% to $18.6 million

Alan Mulally, who retired as Ford CEO in mid-2014, received compensation worth $22 million last year. His successor, Mark Fields, earned $18.6 million. Read More »

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Renault increases Zoe EV's range by 30km

Renault has extended the range of its battery powered Zoe subcompact hatchback by 30km to 240km (149 miles) to help boost sales. Read More »

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Dutch regulators raid Uber over court ruling compliance

A Dutch regulatory agency raided the Amsterdam offices of ride-sharing service Uber in connection with its UberPOP unit after a court deemed it illegal in December. Read More »

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PSA picks France factory over Spain for engine production expansion

PSA said it has chosen a French factory over a rival Spanish plant to expand engine production. PSA will upgrade its Tremery site to produce the turbocharged version of a three-cylinder engine already manufactured there. Read More »

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Ghosn's pay increase criticized by Renault union

Renault's biggest trade union, the CGT, criticized the automaker's proposal to more than double CEO Carlos Ghosn's 2014 pay package to 7.22 million euros ($7.85 million). Renault, which is cutting 7,200 jobs in France, says Ghosn's higher earnings are tied to the company's profit increase. Read More »

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YANG JIAN:

With Volvo's help, Geely goes upscale

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group launched sales last week of its new flagship car, the GC9 midsize sedan, which is the first product developed by the Chinese automaker with the support of Volvo. Read More »

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PSA, Mitsubishi cuts jobs in Russia, halt output again

PSA and Mitsubishi will halt production at their joint venture plant in Russia for the second time this year and cut 100 jobs. Read More »

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Pirelli CEO sees strong future with ChemChina, no talks on counterbid

Pirelli has a strong future with China National Chemical Corp. and is not talking to others about a possible counterbid, CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera said. ChemChina agreed to become the majority owner of the world's fifth-largest tire maker in an $8 billion deal. Read More »

 
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While others stand up, Italy stands aside

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30 2015

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Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner, while Ferrari styling house Pininfarina could be acquired by an Indian company. ...
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With Volvo's help, Geely goes upscale


4:31 am U.S. ET | March 27 2015

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Zhejiang Geely Holding Group launched sales last week of its new flagship car, the GC9 midsize sedan ...
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Fiat Chrysler may find perfect partner is from Asia

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23 2015

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Sergio Marchionne wants a dance partner for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. ...
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Porsche boss Mueller, 62, says he's young enough to be VW Group CEO

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20 2015

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Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says he's young and fit enough to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of ...
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China and cutting CO2 tough tasks for incoming BMW CEO Krueger


7:15 am U.S. ET | March 19 2015

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BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer sees China and CO2 emissions as the biggest challenges facing incoming chief Harald Krueger when he takes over the top job from Reithofer on May 15. ...
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How Michelin may give Europe's SUV craze even more traction

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13 2015

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Michelin has developed a tire that could give even more traction to Europe's SUV craze. ...
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Why Land Rover leads among China's second-tier luxury brands

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13 2015

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Land Rover has remained China's fourth-largest luxury brand behind Audi, BMW and Mercedes for two ye ...
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Ford's Farley feels the squeeze in Europe's middle

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11 2015

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The squeeze in the middle of the European car market is getting worse for volume automakers, Ford of ...
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Why McLaren can be profitable without an SUV

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10 2015

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McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt says the supercar maker doesn't need an SUV to generate the cash ...
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No German-driven 'rat race' for Volvo

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5 2015

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Volvo r&d boss Peter Mertens is not impressed with the proliferation of models at the Swedish brand's bigger German rivals. “They are in a rat race. ...
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European February car sales rise as economy bolsters demand
European car-sales rose by 7 percent in February as signs of a strengthening economic expansion in t ...
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Russian car sales fall 38% in February
Russia's new-car sales fell 38 percent to 128,298 vehicle in February as consumers continued to avoi ...
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German car sales rise as Europe rebound continues
New-car sales in Germany rose 3 percent in January, adding to signs that the European rebound is con ...
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Spanish car sales jump 28% for 17th month of growth
New-car sales in Spain rose 28 percent in January, the 17th consecutive month of growth. ...
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French car sales rise 6% in Jan. as foreign brands gain
French car sales rose 6 percent in January, halting a three-month decline. Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota a ...
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Europe 2014 sales rise on low-cost brands shift
European car sales in 2014 rose for the first time in seven years, thanks to government incentives, ...
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Russia car sales forecast to drop 24% as economic crisis worsens
Russian car sales are set to decline by 24 percent this year after falling 10 percent in 2014 as the ...
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W. Europe car sales up 5% in 2014; 3% gain seen for 2015
New-car sales in western Europe increased by 5 percent in 2014, the best result since 2009, but grow ...
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German car sales rose 7% in December on extra selling day
New-car sales in Germany rose 7 percent in December, returning Europe's largest auto market back to positive annual growth after two years of shrinking sales. ...
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Car sales slump in France in December, but rise in Spain and Italy
France's floundering economy pushed car sales 7 percent lower in December, while Spanish sales jumpe ...
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Hyundai names sales veteran Schmid as No. 2 in Europe
Hyundai has promoted Thomas Schmid to chief operating officer in Europe. ...
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Jaguar Land Rover names new global engineering chief
Jaguar Land Rover named company veteran Nick Rogers as its new engineering director to succeed Wolfg ...
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Former GM Europe chief Forster will lead UK taxi builder
Auto industry veteran Carl-Peter Forster, who once headed GM Europe and Tata Motors, is new board ch ...
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Volvo appoints Europe boss as part of global reorganization
Volvo named Anders Gustafsson as head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, one of three global busines ...
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Renault reinforces quality oversight
Renault aims to improve its quality and customer satisfaction ratings by moving its Americas chief, ...
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Cadillac Europe will be run by former BMW executive
GM has appointed veteran BMW executive Andreas Schaaf as its new Cadillac chief in Europe. ...
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BMW names ex-Mini plant boss next production chief
BMW Group has promoted manufacturing expert Oliver Zipse to succeed incoming CEO Harald Krueger as h ...
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Grupo Antolin shakes up management team
Grupo Antolin, the world's largest supplier of vehicle headliners, has shaken up the top tier of its ...
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Bentley names industry veteran Winkler to head Americas unit
Bentley said it appointed Michael Winkler as president and CEO of Bentley Motors in the Americas, replacing Christophe Georges, who will become director of product and... ...
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Ford names new lobbyist in Europe as free trade, CO2 pressure intensifies
Ford of Europe has promoted veteran lobbyist Andrew McCall as its new vice president for government ...
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Land Rover Discovery Sport on conquest path
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Ford expects big boost from high-tech Mondeo
Ford expects a significant sales boost in the tough midsize segment from its latest-generation Monde ...
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Sportier Skoda Fabia keeps its functionality
The new Skoda Fabia highlights how the fast-growing Czech value brand is adding a touch of style to ...
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Mazda2 gets bigger, lighter and bolder
Mazda expects its latest Mazda2 hatchback to make a bigger impact in Europe's highly competitive sub ...
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Fiat goes global with 500X
Fiat's 500X has the widest engine and transmission range in the automaker's lineup as the company pr ...
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BMW X6 gets sleeker to keep edge on new rivals
BMW successfully created a niche for coupe-styled large premium SUVs with the X6, but the second-gen ...
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Daimler seeks profitability at Smart with 2 minicar sizes
Daimler hopes to make its Smart small-car unit sustainably profitable by offering the same car in tw ...
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VW Passat tackles trailer troubles
Volkswagen has made a big effort to ensure its latest Passat remains Europe’s best-selling mid ...
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Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every ...
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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip
Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers th ...
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Novelis helps make the Jaguar XE lean and green
Novelis plays a key role in the new Jaguar XE's aluminum-intensive monocoque structure. ...
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Faurecia helps cut CO2 in new Renault Twingo
Faurecia's emissions control systems helps the third-generation Renault Twingo reduce fuel consumpti ...
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ZF provides Maserati Quattroporte with leaner, smarter transmission
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BWI Group gives Lamborghini Huracan added stability
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Magna, Haartz team up on Opel Cascada roof
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