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AvtoVAZ aims to win back market share to return to profit, CEO Andersson says

AvtoVAZ plans to return to profit by cutting costs and rolling out new models to claw back market share that has been slipping away from the producer of Lada vehicles since the end of the Soviet Union. Read More »

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Schaeffler first-half earnings rise 9% on China demand

Schaeffler expects sales growth in excess of 7 percent this year after first-half earnings rose 9 percent and profit margins improved because of demand in China. Read More »

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GM ignition switch fund receives claims for more than 100 deaths

A program to compensate victims of crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has received claims for 107 deaths as of Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the lawyer overseeing the program. Read More »

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China said to mull $16 billion funding for EV chargers

China may provide as much as $16 billion for electric-vehicle charging facilities. Increased state funding would be a tailwind for carmakers coping with consumer concerns over the price, reliability and convenience of electric vehicles. Read More »

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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's sales network in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Read More »

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Anti-UAW workers begin effort to create union at Volkswagen's U.S. plant

Employees at Volkswagen's U.S. plant in Chattanooga are attempting to form a union that will include hourly and salaried workers as a counter to the UAW Local 42 established last month.. Read More »

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Ex-Porsche CEO Wiedeking to be tried for VW share manipulation

A German court revived criminal charges against former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and ex-finance chief Holger Haerter involving a failed takeover of Volkswagen, saying prosecutors' findings indicate it "seems quite likely" the company hid its plan. Read More »

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Volvo unveils new XC90 flagship SUV

Volvo unveiled the new XC90, a key part of the automaker's plan to nearly double annual vehicle sales to 800,000 vehicles by 2020. Read More »

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BRUCE GAIN:

Hollywood glamour, Parisian chic and the Peugeot 308

PSA is using the Hollywood film "Lucy" to give its Peugeot 308 a marketing boost in more than 50 markets around the world as the automaker strives to build sales outside Europe. Read More »

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Volvo counts on high-cost Sweden for crucial XC90

Volvo is sticking to its Scandinavian roots with its first model since being acquired by Chinese owners four years ago. Rather than chase low wages, Volvo will build the new XC90 SUV in Sweden, where auto workers get about $62 an hour. Read More »

GM, Ford, Toyota and VW among automakers hit by antitrust penalties in India

India's antitrust regulator fined 14 carmakers a combined $420 million for stifling competition in the market for spare parts. Among the companies fined were the local units of GM, Ford, Toyota, VW, Fiat, Nissan, BMW and Mercedes. Read More »

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VW Group sales rise 7% in July on Europe, China gains

VW Group sales increased 7 percent in July to 808,500 vehicles as gains in Europe and China outweighed declines in the Americas. Through seven months the automaker's volume is up 6 percent to 5.78 million. Read More »

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China's corruption watchdog investigates execs at Volkswagen JV

China's corruption watchdog says it is investigating one former and one current executive at VW Group's Chinese venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive, for "seriously violating the law." Read More »

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Bentley Mulsanne Convertible project is back in the mix

Bentley's Mulsanne Convertible Concept is back on track. The car would target the upcoming Rolls-Royce Ghost-based convertible and the upcoming cabriolet version of the Mercedes S class. Read More »

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Tata brand plans upscale SUVs with Jaguar Land Rover tech, report says

Tata Motors is developing two upscale SUVs for its Tata brand using technology from Jaguar Land Rover, a Delhi-based business newspaper reported. Read More »

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VW will launch new Golf in 2017, report says

Volkswagen plans to launch the eighth generation of its best-selling Golf hatchback in 2017, five years after launching the current model, a German magazine reported. Read More »

German suppliers asked to form JVs in China, report says

China has told three German suppliers they can no longer manage their Chinese units independently but need to form partnerships with local peers, the CEO of partsmaker ElringKlinger told a German newspaper. Read More »

Regulators' sweep threatens auto parts business model

Suppliers who have colluded for years to inflate parts prices for automakers, dealers and repair shops in a global market with annual sales of more than 80 million vehicles, are now being exposed in a worldwide sweep by regulators. Read More »

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Russia's AvtoVAZ to cut Lada production

Russia's AvtoVAZ said it plans to cut production of its Lada cars in the next three months by 25,000 because of rapidly declining demand for new vehicles in the country. Read More »

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U.S. probes GM lawyers' role on vehicle recalls, reports say

U.S. prosecutors have learned that lawyers for General Motors were present at key meetings during which information about problems with some of its vehicles were discussed, a source close to the investigation told Reuters. Read More »

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Deepening rivalries test German luxury car dominance

As German premium brands lose their exclusivity in a chase for volume, revived premium brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Maserati are challenging the luxury-car market dominance of BMW, Audi and Mercedes. Read More »

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GM reviews timing of Russia plant expansion

GM is reviewing the timing of the expansion of its Russian plant near St. Petersburg because of a slump in the country's auto market. Read More »

Mexico wants more Tier 2 suppliers

Mexico's auto industry has launched an effort to develop a national network of Tier 2 suppliers as U.S., German and Japanese automakers look to regionalize parts procurement. Read More »

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Jaguar's special performance unit shines

Jaguar Land Rover's Special Operations unit unveiled its Lightweight E-Type, an exact replica of an aluminum-body E-Type racecar first produced in 1963, with plans to complete the originally planned production run. Read More »

GM cuts production in Russia as market slump continues

General Motors said it will reduce production at its plant near St. Petersburg, Russia, citing a continued slowdown of the country's auto market. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Skoda releases images of the new Fabia

Skoda has released images of its new Fabia subcompact, which will launch in Europe early next year after debuting at the Paris auto show in October. Read More »

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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 design operations. Read More »

Novelis: Aluminum sales to automakers will nearly triple on new emissions rules

Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of aluminum sheeting to carmakers, expects sales to customers including Audi and Ford to rise almost threefold as new emissions rules restrict the use of steel. Read More »

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Sixt says BMW car-sharing venture is profitable in most cities

Germany's Sixt said its DriveNow car-sharing venture with BMW is profitable in cities where it has been operating for more than a year as sign-ups exceed forecasts. Read More »

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New and premium models boost UK car exports to July record

The UK has reported record car exports for July as production rose by nearly 3 percent year-on-year last month because of new models and strong sales of top-end vehicles. Read More »

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Conti exec says automated driving requires tight ties with many partners

Continental executive Helmut Matschi says automated driving will emerge gradually in the next decade. He also believes that to be successful, suppliers will need to collaborate more than ever with non-automotive companies. Read More »

 
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Hollywood glamour, Parisian chic and the Peugeot 308

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26 2014

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PSA is using the Hollywood film "Lucy" to give its Peugeot 308 a marketing boost in more than 50 mar ...
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Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20 2014

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Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up? ...
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Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17 2014

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Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them. ...
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Ford Fiesta, VW Polo make big moves in Web world

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15 2014

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The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Lan ...
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Automakers to face intensified scrutiny over voice recognition

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14 2014

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The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. ...
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Lamborghini's special power to punctuate popularity

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13 2014 UPDATED: Aug. 13 17:40 CET -- corrects height of front lift

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Nothing can prepare you for the sudden popularity that comes with driving a Lamborghini. ...
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Why China's NDRC has become country's antitrust watchdog

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

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China's NDRC used to be very friendly toward foreign automakers, approving numerous factory projects. ...
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Audi's war chest could buy Fiat Chrysler


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7 2014

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If there is one thing that Audi's first-half results prove, it's that VW Group's premium brand earns so much cash it could easily swallow Fiat-Chrysler whole ...
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For some investors, Fiat's meeting to approve Chrysler merger felt like a funeral

Gilles Castonguay
12:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1 2014

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Fiat shareholders were in a resigned mood when they met to vote on the carmaker's merger with Chrysler. ...
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Fiat would find a safe haven in VW

Guido Reinking
4:59 am U.S. ET | July 29 2014

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Reports that VW may buy Fiat-Chrysler sound improbable, but the idea has appeal. ...
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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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Russian car sales sink most in 4 years on ruble weakness
Sales of new cars in Russia plunged by the most in more than four years in June as a weaker ruble cu ...
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German car market slows as France, Spain, Italy continue recovery
French, Spanish and Italian car sales rose in June while the German market slowed down, held back by fewer working days as the European market rebound remained intact. ...
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Europe car sales rise for ninth month
Europe's car sales rose 4 percent in May as growing consumer confidence encouraged purchases of new ...
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UK car sales rise to 10-year monthly record in May
UK car sales rose nearly 8 percent in May to hit a 10-year record for the month, but future demand i ...
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European car sales lackluster in May
New-car registrations across Europe were generally lackluster in May after a rebound in the first fe ...
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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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CLEPA names new CEO
Veteran supplier executive Paul Schockmel is the new CEO of Europe's partmakers association, CLEPA. He succeeds Jean-Marc Gales who is now CEO of sports car maker Lotus. ...
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Infiniti lures BMW exec to head global operations
Infiniti has named longtime BMW executive Gaby-Luise Wuest as its head of global operations. ...
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Germany's Kiekert names new Asia chief
Kiekert, a German supplier of automotive door locks and latches, has named Karl Lambertz director of its Asian operations. ...
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VW taps veteran German exec for top U.S. quality post
Volkswagen Group of America named German national Stefan Schueller quality chief for VW and Audi in the United States. ...
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Renault names new engineering chief
Renault named company veteran Gaspar Gascon Abellan as its new engineering chief. Abellan succeeds J ...
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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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Peugeot's crossover fighter
Peugeot has high hopes for the new 308 SW despite many customers deserting compact station wagons fo ...
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Porsche adds second SUV
Porsche hopes its Macan compact SUV will be able to repeat the success of its Cayenne, which account ...
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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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Brose, Behr, Conti keep Skoda Octavia's cabin cozy
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TrelleborgVibracoustic helps cut CO2 in Porsche Macan
TrelleborgVibracoustic supplies the Porsche Macan's optional air springs that allow the crossover to ...
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