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McLaren rules out making SUVs

McLaren will stick to building sports cars and ruled out following rivals such as Lamborghini, Bentley and Maserati that are adding SUVs to their lineups. "We genuinely believe we make the best sports cars in the world," McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said. Read More »

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Rolls-Royce CEO predicts 5th year of record sales

Rolls-Royce will probably post a fifth consecutive year of record sales, helped by demand in China and Japan, CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes said. Sales also may rise in Russia this year as buyers look for investment vehicles to hold their value amid a slumping ruble, he added. Read More »

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Fiat reaches deal to start making Jeeps in China in 2015

Fiat plans to begin making Jeeps in China, the brand's second-largest market, by late 2015 after reaching an agreement with local partner Guangzhou Automobile. Fiat will produce three new Jeep vehicles in the southern city of Guangzhou. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

PSA needs the Citroen DS 6WR in Europe

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's decision not to sell the DS 6WR compact crossover in Europe is strange. Read More »

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YANG JIAN :

French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault will soon become forces to be reckoned with in China. PSA is racing to introduce new products while Renault prepares to start local production. Read More »

Continental named in GM recall suit

Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths. Read More »

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VW plans major World Cup ad push to counter Hyundai

Volkswagen is planning a major World Cup advertising push that will go head-to-head against official automotive sponsor Hyundai. Read More »

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Renault uses Formula One to win Chinese buyers

Renault is using Formula One to promote its brand in China ahead of the French automaker opening its first car factory in the world's biggest auto market. Read More »

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Nissan pins Europe growth hopes on new compact car

Nissan expects its new compact hatchback will help it reach its 5 percent European market share target. The hatchback will fill a market niche that Nissan quit when it stopped European sales of the Almera eight years ago. Read More »

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VW's Winterkorn plans new strategy called Future Tracks

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will unveil a new strategy for the automaker called Future Tracks by year end, a report said. The plan will set fresh profitability and sales goals, Winterkorn told Manager Magazin in an interview. Read More »

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Renault invests 240 million euros in Brazil

Renault will invest 240 million euros ($331 million) to build additional vehicle models and a new logistics centre in Brazil. Read More »

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BMW dealers with Product Geniuses boost profit and customer satisfaction

BMW dealers in Europe taking part in the automaker's Product Genius program are getting a financial boost. The tech-savvy employees' no-pressure explanation of the features available in BMW's vehicles has increased the purchase of high-margin options by 10 percent to 15 percent, the company said. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Ford Escort to make a return at Beijing show

Ford will unveil a production version of the Escort sedan at the Beijing auto show. The car will be aimed exclusively at the Chinese market. Read More »

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Mercedes starts production of electric B class

Mercedes has started series production of the B-class Electric Drive, which the automaker developed in partnership with Tesla. Read More »

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BRUCE GAIN:

PSA will survive for now, but long-term challenges remain

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares' Back in the Race business plan and a cash injection from Chinese partner Dongfeng are almost certainly enough to ensure his company's short-term survival, but PSA's long-term prospects remain uncertain. Read More »

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European car sales rise 10% as replacements help automakers

European car sales jumped 10 percent in March, the seventh consecutive monthly gain, as new models to replace aging vehicles and an economic rebound boosted demand. First-quarter sales rose 8 percent. Read More »

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Lamborghini helps give parent Audi a technical edge

Lamborghini will showcase the Huracan LP 610-4, its newest technology-packed supercar at the Beijing auto show, with the model set to spice up its parent company Audi's own offerings. Read More »

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Fields sees Ford Europe growth, eyes breakeven by mid-decade

Ford is sticking with its forecast for a smaller loss in Europe this year and breakeven by 2015 even as the company sees signs of growth, COO Mark Fields said. Read More »

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Maserati said to weigh new sports car after orders triple

Maserati will probably increase production and add the Alfieri sports car to its lineup after orders at the upscale Italian brand have almost tripled compared with 2013, sources said. Read More »

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Suzuki joins fuel-efficiency race with simplified hybrid system

Suzuki says it will introduce affordable, simplified gasoline-electric hybrid technology in its cars, joining rivals in the race for fuel efficiency. Read More »

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Ghosn sees 'bright spots' for carmakers as Europe revives

Global carmakers will see rising demand this year as sales in China and the United States expand and Europe starts to grow again, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Read More »

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Daimler will receive 2.43 billion euros for stake in engine JV from Rolls-Royce

Daimler will receive 2.43 billion euros ($3.36 billion) for its 50 percent stake in an engine joint venture from partner Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc. Read More »

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Daimler to unveil Maybach S class at Los Angeles show, report says

Daimler will revive the Maybach name with an exclusive version of its S-class limousine that will be unveiled at the Guangzhou and Los Angeles auto shows in November, a person familiar with the company's plans said. Read More »

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China's Qoros uses Slovakia to prepare for a full European roll out

Chinese automaker Qoros is using Slovakia as its first global export market with the goal of rolling out the brand across western Europe within two years. Read More »

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Ford of Europe sales rise 12% in March on German, UK demand

Ford said European car sales increased 12 percent in March, the 10th straight monthly gain, as customers snapped up small vehicles and compact SUVs. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Citroen to debut flagship SUV

Citroen will debut the DS 6WR, a production version of its admired Wild Rubis SUV concept, at the Beijing auto show. Read More »

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VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO. Read More »

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BMW i3 production boosted 43% in preparation for U.S. launch

BMW has ramped up production of its i3 electric car to 100 vehicles a day, ahead of its launch in the United States this month, board member Harald Krueger said. Read More »

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Fiat wraps up employees' foreign-made cars

Some Fiat employees at two Italian factories got a surprise last week: their foreign-made cars from brands such as VW, Peugeot and Toyota had been “wrapped up” in a giant plastic bag. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Hyundai, Toyota to debut mid-sized sedan rivals

Hyundai and Toyota have key product debuts at the New York auto show. BMW will unveil the X4 crossover while Mercedes debuts the S63 AMG coupe, a high-performance version of the S-class coupe. Read More »

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Old and new alliances crucial to Tavares' turnaround plan for PSA

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will keep its industrial partnerships with General Motors, Toyota and Fiat despite the arrival of China's Dongfeng as a stakeholder in the automaker, CEO Carlos Tavares said. Read More »

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Opel will focus on crossovers to boost sales and return to profit, CEO says

Opel will focus on crossovers as part of its product push to boost sales and return to profit, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said. Read More »

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Ford expects boost from EcoSport SUV

Ford says its EcoSport small SUV could become one of the company's best-sellers in Europe if it receives enough product supply from India. Read More »

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Opel may break even before 2016, report says

Opel may break even before its 2016 deadline, a report said, citing an interview with CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

PSA's recovery will be boosted by the 'Tavares factor'

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares admits that his turnaround plan for the struggling automaker isn't a wonder cure: "I cannot make miracles." His honest, no-nonsense approach is one of his strengths. Read More »

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PSA to halve lineup in push for 2% margins by 2018

PSA outlined plans to cut its model lineup by almost half and to make Citroen's DS unit a separate brand in a bid to restore the automotive division's profit. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Peugeot unveils 340-hp plug-in hybrid

Peugeot will unveil a plug-in hybrid concept car called the Exalt at the Beijing auto show that hints at a future upmarket design direction for the brand. Read More »

Bosch plans automatic park system in 2015

Bosch says it will start producing an automatic parking system -- a step toward autonomous driving -- in 2015 for a customer it did not identify. Read More »

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VW Marketing VP on how automaker keeps its products fresh in customers' minds

VW is determined to keep improving how it launches vehicles and how it uses the massive amount of analytical data it gathers as it strives to reach 10 million vehicle sales this year, Simon Thomas, VW's marketing VP, told Automotive New Europe. Read More »

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PSA needs the Citroen DS 6WR in Europe

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19 2014

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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's decision not to sell the DS 6WR compact crossover in Europe is strange. ...
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French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18 2014

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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault will soon become forces to be reckoned with in China. PSA is racing ...
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Renault uses Formula One to win Chinese buyers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18 2014

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Renault is using Formula One to promote its brand in China ahead of the French automaker opening its ...
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PSA will survive for now, but long-term challenges remain

Bruce Gain
6:42 am U.S. ET | April 17 2014

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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares' Back in the Race business plan and a cash injection from Chinese partner Dongfeng are almost certainly enough to ensure his company's.. ...
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PSA's recovery will be boosted by the 'Tavares factor'


9:52 am U.S. ET | April 14 2014

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PSA CEO Carlos Tavares admits that his turnaround plan for the struggling automaker isn't a wonder cure: "I cannot make miracles." ...
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Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show


5:58 am U.S. ET | April 11 2014

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Ten years ago, many Chinese families could not afford a car. ...
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More Mercedes records to fall in 2014

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:55 am U.S. ET | April 4 2014

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Mercedes' new record for global sales in a single month -- 158,523 -- probably won't last long. ...
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Land Rover provides more clues to expanded Discovery family

Diana T. Kurylko
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3 2014

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Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the Discovery, and making a family of it. ...
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With Tavares no longer involved, Renault divorces Alpine partner

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2014

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Renault appears to be scaling back its ambitions for the sporty Alpine subbrand after ending plans w ...
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End of an era at Fiat

Jennifer Clark
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1 2014

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Fiat held its last annual shareholder's meeting in Turin. The next one will be in the Netherlands, which is like Ford Motor holding its annual assembly in Canada. ...
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European car sales recovery gains pace as German deliveries rise 5%
Germany joined France, Italy and Spain in posting higher new-car sales in March, adding to signs tha ...
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European car sales rise 8% in February as region's economy revives
European car sales rose by nearly 8 percent percent in February, the sixth consecutive monthly gain, ...
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Automakers, suppliers extend strong gains in Q4
After particularly strong Q3 gains, automakers, suppliers and retailers saw further improvements in ...
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German sales recovery will lift European car market in 2014
A strong increase in January car sales in Germany bodes well for western Europe as a whole for 2014, according to market analyst LMC Automotive. ...
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Growth of 2% forecast for Europe car market
Europe's car market will probably expand 2 percent this year as demand recovers, ACEA said. ...
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European December car sales jump 13%, boosted by discounting
European new-car sales surged 13 percent in December, boosted by price cuts. Full-year sales fell by ...
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W. European 2013 sales beat forecast
Western Europe's 12 percent rise in new-car sales in December caused the region's overall 2013 volum ...
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Car-sales rise in southern Europe fails to halt regional decline in 2013
A rise in December new-car sales in France, Italy and Spain points to a pick-up in demand in souther ...
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VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Buga ...
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Ford moves Europe exec Cortesi to global corporate communications role
Ford of Europe executive Elena Cortesi has been given a global role as the automaker's corporate communications manager. ...
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Nissan appoints diesel expert Shirakawa as European r&d chief
Nissan named Takashi Shirakawa as its head of research and development in Europe, effective April 1. ...
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Infiniti names French executive as new Europe head
Infiniti has named former Ford executive Francois Goupil de Bouille as head of its European operatio ...
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Infiniti names new product strategy head
Infiniti named industry veteran Francois Bancon as its product strategy head. Bancon now leads advan ...
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Infiniti names new product strategy head
Infiniti has named industry veteran Francois Bancon as its product strategy head. Currently Bancon l ...
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Tesla hires Renault-Nissan chief spokesman Sproule in global push
Tesla is hiring a veteran of Carlos Ghosn's Renault-Nissan alliance to manage its marketing and mess ...
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Porsche extends CEO Mueller's contract by five years
Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller, who has led the sports car brand to record sales and defended the marq ...
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Back to Britain for ex-Volkswagen exec Browning
Jonathan Browning, who departed as CEO of Volkswagen's U.S. ...
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Honda names veteran exec Mikoshiba to head Europe operations
Honda named veteran executive Toshiaki Mikoshiba to head operations in Europe as the carmaker seeks ...
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Nissan moves Qashqai upmarket
Nissan is so confident about the new Qashqai that its production capacity is three times that of the ...
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Bigger Mini keeps its charm
The third-generation Mini looks very much like its predecessor but beneath the longer body shell a l ...
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Mercedes touts GLA's sporty looks
Mercedes expects a 70 percent conquest rate for the GLA, the brand's smallest and cheapest SUV. ...
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Seat goes large with Leon ST
Seat is hoping to win new customers to its compact Leon range with the arrival of the Sports Tourer, ...
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Ford tweaks India-built EcoSport for Europe
Ford has tweaked the EcoSport subcompact SUV for European markets as it hopes the model will help it ...
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Range Rover diesel-hybrid saves fuel on and off road
Land Rover says the Range Rover SDV6 Hybrid offers the performance of a model powered by a V-8 diese ...
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Peugeot says new 308 outshines VW Golf
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S3 will be flagship sedan in Audi's compact range
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Hyundai aims higher with new i10
Hyundai has positioned the new i10 higher than the outgoing model by making it bigger, more attracti ...
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BMW has high hopes for i3
BMW is bullish on the market potential for the i3 EV, the first model from its i subbrand. ...
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ZF 8-speed cuts fuel use in new BMW 4 series
ZF supplies the new BMW 4 series with its optional eight-speed automatic transmission. ...
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Honeywell turbo reduces CO2 in new Renault Clio
Honeywell’s turbocharger in the new Renault Clio helps the car’s new 90-hp 1.5-liter dCi ...
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Magna contributes to new Mercedes CLA's aerodynamics
Magna International played key roles in the Mercedes-Benz CLA's interior and exterior. ...
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Delphi helps keep the new Range Rover safe
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