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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Renault bets on SUV looks to revive Espace

Renault has turned the new Espace into a crossover from a minivan as it seeks to revive the model's European sales and follow a market shift to more rugged looking vehicles. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

XC90 boosts Volvo CEO's belief in e-commerce

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson's belief in e-commerce got a huge boost because of the XC90. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Lamborghini unveils 910-hp hybrid Asterion

Lamborghini has unveiled the mid-engined, all-wheel-drive Asterion LPI 910-4 hybrid concept. The supercar uses a 5.2-liter V10 engine from the brand's Huracan model with three electric motors to produce 910hp. Read More »

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DIANA T. KURYLKO:

Making a splashy entrance in Paris

Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Infiniti Q80 will boost brand in Europe, exec says

Infiniti will launch a production version of its Q80 Inspiration concept sedan within three to five years to rival models such as the Porsche Panamera and help boost the brand's image and sales in Europe. Read More »

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Fiat says Luxembourg tax deal probe will not significantly impact finances

Fiat said the potential financial impact of a European Commission probe into a tax agreement granted by Luxembourg to one of its subsidiaries would not be significant. Read More »

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RICHARD JOHNSON:

Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent

How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally. Read More »

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Winterkorn warns EU on overburdening automakers on CO2 emissions

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn warned EU regulators that it would be "fatal" to overburden the auto industry with tougher CO2 emission targets before a market can develop for electric cars, plug-in hybrids and other fuel-efficient models. Read More »

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PSA's Tavares keeps door open to partnerships

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares says the carmaker is open to potential partnerships but must first complete its restructuring. In July, PSA reported a surprise surge in first-half cash flow and the first auto-division profit in three years. Read More »

Italy car sales rise 3% in September

New-car registrations in Italy rose 3 percent in September, according to data published by the country's transport ministry. Full-year sales are seen rising to about 1.35 million, up from the 1.3 million units sold last year. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Opel expects new Corsa to remain a best seller

Opel hopes its heavily reworked Corsa will remain the automaker's best seller in Europe. CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said new driver assistance and infotainment systems will help maintain the car's success. Read More »

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GM predicts Europe profit in '16, ending years of losses

General Motors said it expects its first profit in Europe in more than a decade in 2016. CEO Mary Barra said the target for Europe took into account steps to minimize the impact of the downturn in the Russian market. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Lamborghini, Ferrari supercars join fuel sippers as show stars

Supercars such as a new 900hp Lamborghini and the Ferrari 458 Speciale A will line up alongside fuel-efficient plug-in hybrids such as the VW Passat GTE at the Paris auto show. The Mercedes-AMG GT and Jaguar XE will also debut. Read More »

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EU probes Portugal's MQB platform aid to Volkswagen

The European Union has launched an investigation into Volkswagen's planned receipt of 36.15 million euros ($45.6 million) of state aid for investing in its MQB platform technology at a plant in Portugal. Read More »

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Spanish new-car sales up 26% in September

New-car registrations in Spain rose 26 percent in September, the market's 13th consecutive month of growth, as continued support from a government subsidy program helped boost sales. Read More »

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PSA leads 6% gain in French car sales in September

PSA led a 6 percent gain in French car sales last month as registrations at the automaker jumped 17 percent. Sales were also boosted by an extra selling day, the CCFA industry association said. Read More »

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2014 Eurostar winner Heinz-Gerhard Wente

The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Heinz-Gerhard Wente, head of Continental's ContiTech division, is this year's Eurostar winner for Supplier Division CEO. Read More »

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2014 Eurostar winner Elon Musk

The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk is this year's Eurostar winner for Entrepreneur. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Renault Clio will be first production car with upscale trim line

Renault will launch its upscale Initiale Paris trim line on its Clio subcompact. Renault, Ford and PSA are upgrading their models in Europe by adding premium features in a bid to attract affluent customers who find luxury brands too expensive. Read More »

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PAUL MCVEIGH:

For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market brands start to introduce such cars in a bid to lower the average CO2 emissions of their new-car fleets ahead of tougher EU limits. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

Renault Eolab's funny numbers

I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

Tavares, Palmer, Gales ready to shine in new CEO roles

A year ago Carlos Tavares was unemployed, Andy Palmer was Nissan's planning chief and Jean-Marc Gales was leading supplier group CLEPA. All three are now CEOs ready to stand in the spotlight at the Paris auto show this week. Read More »

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UAW, 2 German labor groups join forces in bid to organize VW’s U.S. plant

The UAW union and two German labor groups have signed a letter of intent to jointly organize Volkswagen's U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee, a top UAW official said. Read More »

Panasonic to buy 49% stake in Spanish supplier Ficosa

Panasonic says it has agreed to buy a 49 percent stake in Spanish supplier Ficosa to allow the companies to accelerate the launch of electronic technologically advanced automotive mirrors that support safe driving. Read More »

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Ford sets high 2020 sales goal while Europe remains a drag

Ford targets boosting its global vehicle sales by 52 percent to 9.4 million annually by 2020 as the automaker looks to fast-growing Asian markets to offset the poor-performing regions of Europe and South America. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Europe's struggling auto recovery overshadows Paris glamour

Self-driving vehicles and smartphone integration will be among the top features at Europe's biggest auto show this year as executives focus on something that's become increasingly hard to come by: buyers. Read More »

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Fiat's tax accord with Luxembourg may be illegal state aid, EU says

The European Commission has told Luxembourg that its tax arrangement with a Fiat finance subsidiary may constitute state aid, breaking EU internal market rules. Read More »

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SGL Carbon will sell 267 million euros worth of shares to tackle debt, boost growth

SGL Carbon, which counts BMW, VW Group and BMW heiress Susanne Klatten as its three biggest shareholders, will sell 267 million euros ($339 million) in shares to repay debt and make investments. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Ferrari will unveil top-performing 458 Speciale

Ferrari will unveil the top-performing convertible version of the mid-engine 458 Speciale sports car range in Paris. The automaker will build just 499 examples of the 458 Speciale A, which has the company's most powerful naturally aspirated engine. Read More »

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2014 Eurostar winner Marco Tencone

The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Marco Tencone, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati styling center coordinator, is this year's Eurostar winner for Design. Read More »

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BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu

BMW is teaming up with Chinese Internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of automated driving already have undergone tests on German autobahns. Read More »

CO2 from new cars in Europe 38% worse than promised, study says

European cars probably discharged 38 percent more CO2 on real-world roads last year than their ratings promised, a transportation lobby group said. That means more fuel, costing the average consumer an extra 450 euros a year. Read More »

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Fiat jobs matter more than HQ location, Italy prime minister says

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Fiat Chrysler's decision to have a home base in London matters less than the jobs and opportunities that the combined company will create in Italy. Read More »

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2014 Eurostar winner Klaus Zehender

The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest by pushing their companies to new heights. Klaus Zehender, Daimler head of procurement and supplier quality, is this year's winner for Purchasing Executive. Read More »

VW Group, Renault-Nissan dominate European car assembly footprint

VW Group and Renault-Nissan have expanded their reach. The two automakers now jointly account for more than 40 percent of all the vehicle assembly plants in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe data. Read More »

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French use Paris to show progress in low-CO2 cars

French automakers are putting a big emphasis on fuel efficiency at the Paris auto show this year, having received financial help from the French government ahead of tougher new EU regulations. Read More »

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VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production. Read More »

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Infiniti's new London studio ignites brand's Aston Martin aspirations

Infiniti executives think that its brand new London design studio will help it create models that appeal to customers purchasing some of Britain's most exclusive vehicles. Read More »

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Opel says Adam, Corsa need checks for faulty steering

Opel has said that 8,000 of its Adam minicars and Corsa subcompacts delivered to customers in Europe since May 2014 need to be checked for faulty steering parts. Read More »

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Skoda denies report on investment curb in India

Skoda says it remains committed to its Indian operations after a report suggested that the automaker may cut investments in the market over concerns about the country's business environment. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Renault concept rivals VW's 1-liter car for fuel economy

Renault says the Eolab concept previews fuel-saving technologies that will appear on its production cars before 2020. The Eolab's fuel economy rivals the VW XL1, promoted as a "1-liter" car because it uses 1 liter of fuel per 100km. Read More »

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Summer breaks pull UK car output 22% lower in August

UK car production fell 22 percent in August because of the timing and length of holidays and repairs to a major plant. So far this year output has risen 1 percent and is expected to reach record levels by 2017. Read More »

 
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For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

Paul McVeigh
9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 2014

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Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market ...
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Renault Eolab's funny numbers

Luca Ciferri
5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 2014

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I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. ...
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Tavares, Palmer, Gales ready to shine in new CEO roles

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 2014

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A year ago Carlos Tavares was unemployed, Andy Palmer was Nissan's planning chief and Jean-Marc Gales was leading supplier group CLEPA. ...
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Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26 2014

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Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets. ...
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Lotus' timeless 'tub'

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23 2014

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New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales sees no reason to change the British sport car maker's timeless bonded aluminum “tub" because he says it remains a benchmark for vehicle... ...
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Vauxhall flexes its muscles

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2014

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Opel and Vauxhall's harmonious relationship was tested recently by the naming of their new minicar. ...
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Montezemolo's Ferrari departure no laughing matter

Gilles Castonguay
4:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2014

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After Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said he will no longer lead the sports car brand, he and Sergio Marchionne made a great show of being good friends, but... ...
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Montezemolo's magic touch

Luca Ciferri
7:20 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2014

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When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar make ...
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Nissan, Renault, Dacia and Lada benefit from low-cost car vision

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5 2014

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The global reach of Renault's budget-car program, which was dreamed up by former Renault CEO Louis S ...
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Mazda MX-5 restores love at first sight

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2014

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The new Mazda MX-5 instantly reignited a fire in this longtime Miata co-owner. ...
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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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German car sales bounce back in July
New-car sales in Germany bounced back in July, suggesting further improvement in second-half demand ...
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European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives
European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product la ...
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Ford, Toyota models will help boost Turkish car output to record
New models from Ford, Toyota and Hyundai are expected to help boost Turkish automotive production to ...
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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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Mazda names new sales chief for Europe
Mazda veteran Martijn ten Brink is the automaker's new head of sales in Europe. ...
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Lotus hires former Kia Europe exec Lievens
Lotus has hired Jean-Charles Lievens, Kia's former European markets expert, to develop the automaker ...
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Former BMW designer Rice is Mazda Europe's new design boss
Mazda has promoted Kevin Rice, who rejoined the automaker from BMW last year, to lead its European d ...
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Europe's slump creates new opportunities at the top
Europe's car sales slump took its toll on the executive ranks at automakers active in the region. ...
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Bentley names VW China exec as CFO
Bentley has appointed Joerg Mull, executive vice president of finance at Volkswagen Group in China, as its new finance chief. ...
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Bentley names VW veteran as human resources chief
Bentley named VW Group executive Marlies Rogait as its new head of human resources. ...
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Rolls-Royce names new China boss
Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. ...
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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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Ferrari California T is brand's fuel-sipper
Ferrari expects its California T, the brand's only model with a turbocharged engine, to attract cust ...
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BMW X4 fills tall order
BMW has taken steps to ensure that tall people will still feel comfortable inside the new X4 by lowe ...
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Nissan wants e-NV200 to win sales from diesels
Nissan wants fleet managers in Europe to turn away from diesel-powered delivery vans in favor of its ...
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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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Roechling, Plastic Omnium help cut CO2 in new Nissan Qashqai
Roechling Automotive and Plastic Omnium help reduce the drag coefficient in the new Nissan Qashqai t ...
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