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Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'superhero' cars

BMW Group has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move is a strategy change for Mini, which in recent years has rolled out quirky derivatives such as its two-seat coupe and roadster models. Read More »

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CLA wagon joins Mercedes' hot-selling compact family

Mercedes has released details on its new CLA Shooting Brake, the latest model to join the automaker's fast-growing, hot-selling compact lineup. Mercedes says that compacts accounted for nearly a third of its global sales through October. Read More »

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Auto sector takes hit in Q3

Automakers and suppliers were hit hard in the third quarter while car retailers continued to make gains, according to the Automotive News Europe/PwC shareholder value report. Read More »

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NICK GIBBS:

Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China

European sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but in China suppliers such as Michelin are winning customers who don't trust homegrown tire makers. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler told by U.S. regulators to speed up Takata airbag recall

U.S. regulators have told Fiat Chrysler to speed up its recall of airbags with faulty inflators. The NHTSA said the company should begin its recall of cars with Takata airbags Dec. 1, almost three weeks earlier than the company planned. Read More »

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Land Rover blasts Evoque look-alike from China

Land Rover plans to complain to Chinese officials about a close copy of its Evoque SUV that debuted at the Guangzhou auto show last week. Read More »

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Visteon confirms talks to sell stake in climate control JV

Visteon, which counts on Europe for about a third of its sales, has confirmed that it's in discussions with a private equity firm to sell its stake in South Korean joint venture Halla Visteon Climate Control. Read More »

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ZF CEO: We're not chasing 10-speeds

ZF will not follow rivals in pushing for 10-speed transmissions. The German supplier will stop at nine-speed transmissions, CEO Stefan Sommer says. Read More »

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BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico

Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Mercedes cars roll out of billion-dollar factories. Read More »

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Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany. Read More »

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PSA launches 4th Chinese-built SUV

PSA has launched its fourth Chinese-built SUV, the Citroen C3-XR, in the world's biggest auto market. PSA's other locally produced SUVs are the Peugeot 2008, Peugeot 3008 and DS6. Read More »

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Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board

Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a member of its advisory board for integrity and corporate responsibility. The board is tasked with examining ethics issues at the automaker. Read More »

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GM's savvy new face to suppliers

New GM global purchasing boss Steve Kiefer takes over at a critical time. Suppliers complain that GM's executives and its buyers often aren't aligned. One of Kiefer's challenges is to drive the supplier-relations message from top to bottom. Read More »

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Hyundai-Kia to sell record 8 million vehicles in 2014

Hyundai and Kia said better-than-expected sales in Brazil, China and India will help them sell a record 8 million vehicles this year. In Europe, Hyundai expects to see a sales recovery driven by its new i20. Read More »

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Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning

When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. Read More »

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2015 Rising Star nominations sought

Automotive News Europe needs your help to identify the Rising Stars in the European automotive industry. The award honors executives with a pan-European profile who have driven change, fostered innovation and made courageous decisions. Read More »

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Tesla, BMW discuss batteries, carbon parts, Musk says

Tesla Motors is in talks with BMW over a possible alliance in battery technology and lightweight components, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a German magazine. Read More »

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BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market. Read More »

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SGL sees rising interest in carbon fiber parts

SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with Audi, Porsche, GM and other carmakers to supply carbon fiber for a wider range of automotive components, its CEO said. Read More »

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VW on track to reach 2018 margin goal, report says

VW Group, which is cutting costs and overhauling its development and production, is on track to reach its goal of a pretax profit of 8 percent of sales by 2018, a German magazine reported. Read More »

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Continental mulls German factory closure

Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant. Read More »

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VW will invest 86 billion euros chasing Toyota

Volkswagen will invest 85.6 billion euros ($106 billion) over the next five years on new vehicles, technology and factories as it tries to pass Toyota and become the world's largest automaker. Read More »

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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER:

Volkswagen raises the stakes in China

Volkswagen's investment plans for the next five years tell one story very clearly – the company is becoming ever more dependent on growth in China in its bid to overtake Toyota as the world's No. 1 carmaker. Read More »

German builder of crash-test facilities forms China unit

Messring, a German manufacturer of crash-test facilities, has established a wholly owned Chinese subsidiary. The company has built 10 crash-test facilities in China over the past decade. Read More »

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Opel names new engineering chief

Opel named Charlie Klein as its new engineering chief, promoting the executive from his current post as the brand's chief engineer for light commercial vehicles. Read More »

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U.S. to be main market for Mercedes-AMG GT

The United States will be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT and is expected to account for 25 percent of the car's worldwide volume. Read More »

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Suzuki plant in Hungary will return to double shifts ahead of Vitara launch, report says

Suzuki will return to two-shift production at its plant in Hungary as it prepares to launch the new Vitara subcompact crossover, a report said. Read More »

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Gestamp expects China to be its No. 3 market by 2015

Gestamp, a Spanish supplier of metal auto parts, predicts that by 2015 China will become its third-largest market worldwide, after Germany and Spain. Read More »

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BMW may need to boost i8 output to cut waiting time

BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said. Read More »

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Alfa Romeo midsize sedan will be unveiled next June

Alfa Romeo's new midsized sedan will be unveiled next June, according to sources. The sedan will be positioned in the market between the BMW 3 series and 5 series, sources said. Read More »

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Schaeffler posts 36% jump in Q3 profit on car demand rebound in Europe

Schaeffler said profit rose 36 percent in the third quarter because of recovering car demand in Europe and growth in China. The supplier has lowered debt to 5.77 billion euros from more than 10 billion euros when its bid for Continental backfired. Read More »

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GM shuffles top execs for quality, purchasing, powertrain

GM said Grace Lieblein will replace Alicia Boler-Davis as head of global quality as the company caps a year of record recalls. Lieblein, currently head of purchasing, will be replaced by powertrain chief Steve Kiefer. Read More »

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GM approves Opel SUV and engine investments in Germany, Poland

GM CEO Mary Barra said Opel will add a flagship SUV to its lineup. The model will launch by the end of the decade. GM will also invest more than 500,000 euros in the production of new engines and transmissions in Germany and Poland. Read More »

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BMW CEO to join Siemens supervisory board, report says

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer will be nominated to join the supervisory board of German engineering company Siemens, German monthly Manager Magazin said, without citing sources. Read More »

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Mercedes presents Maybach S class as luxury executive cocoon

Mercedes's new Maybach version of its flagship S class is challenging Bentley and Rolls-Royce for supremacy among customers who enjoy a chauffeured car's back seat. Read More »

TRW shareholders approve $13.5 billion takeover by ZF

TRW Automotive shareholders today approved a $13.5 billion takeover offer by Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen, the companies said, paving the way for a new global automotive supply powerhouse to rival Robert Bosch. Read More »

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UK car production likely to miss full-year target on weak overseas demand

UK car production is unlikely to hit a full-year goal of 1.59 million as demand from key western European markets and Russia continues to fall, the SMMT industry association said. Read More »

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LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW:

Fiat expects new crossover to outsell 500 minicar in U.S.

Fiat expects its Fiat 500X SUV to be even more popular in North America than its retro-styled 500 minicar as it appeals to customers seeking a larger car with the option of four-wheel drive. Read More »

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Volvo plots U.S. resurgence with model overhaul

Volvo said an overhaul of its model range over the next five years would propel annual car-sales volumes in the U.S. back above 100,000 vehicles. The carmaker's U.S. deliveries fell 8 percent through October to 47,823. Read More »

 
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Volkswagen raises the stakes in China

Christiaan Hetzner
9:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21 2014

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Volkswagen's investment plans for the next five years tell one story very clearly – the company is becoming ever more dependent on growth in China in its bid to... ...
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U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17 2014

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Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. will not become a global template because they fall short of what is required in Europe to keep driver data safe. ...
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How to humanize autonomous driving

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2014

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Self-driving cars are coming, but few people will hand over control to the vehicle unless the computer can match the way they like to drive. ...
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Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful

James B. Treece
7:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2014

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Ford of Europe boss Stephen Odell's focus on respecting the customer will be a good start when he becomes the automaker's global sales and marketing chief. ...
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Suzuki seeks BMW-like success -- on the seas

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7 2014

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Suzuki is trying to emulate BMW's and Volvo's success on the seas by associating its brand with one ...
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New CO2 rules may benefit car design

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6 2014

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Proposed changes to how fuel economy and emissions are measured could mean the end of useful-but-ugl ...
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Dissecting Daimler's motorcycle deal

Christiaan Hetzner
12:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31 2014

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Daimler's purchase of a stake in motorbike brand MV Agusta is nothing like Audi's purchase of Ducati. ...
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Is Ferrari worth 12 billion euros?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31 2014

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Ferrari is worth as much as 12 billion euros on the open market based on Chairman Sergio Marchionne's most optimistic blue-sky estimate. ...
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Ferrari will go public but remain private

Luca Ciferri
3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29 2014

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Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group. ...
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China has room for PSA's upscale DS brand

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25 2014

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PSA's upscale DS brand is on track to be successful in China because of consumer demand for French l ...
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Europe's auto recovery continues without France
Western European new-car sales rose 6 percent in October as demand picked up in all major markets ex ...
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Western European car sales rise 6% in September
Western European car sales rose 6 percent in September, according to forecaster LMC Automotive. ...
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Germany joins France, Italy in reporting car-sales rebound in September
Germany joined France and Italy in reporting a rebound in new-car registrations last month after poo ...
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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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Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board
Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a me ...
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Opel names new engineering chief
Opel named Charlie Klein as its new engineering chief, promoting the executive from his current post ...
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GM shuffles top execs for quality, purchasing, powertrain
GM said Grace Lieblein will replace Alicia Boler-Davis as head of global quality as the company caps a year of record recalls. ...
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PSA moves Xavier Peugeot to Citroen, names new Peugeot product chief
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named Xavier Peugeot as product planning chief of Citroen. ...
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Faurecia promotes seating chief Koller to No. 2 role
Faurecia promoted its automotive seating boss, Patrick Koller, to the role of chief operating office ...
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Rolls-Royce names BMW exec interior design chief
Daniel Starke is the new Rolls-Royce interior design head, a role he previously held at BMW's i elec ...
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Lotus names Carr as new design chief
Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car ma ...
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Bentley appoints Austrian dealership veteran as Europe sales boss
Bentley named Robert Engstler as its regional director for Europe. Austrian-born Engstler joins Bent ...
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Nissan recruits Hyundai Europe COO as global sales chief
Nissan has tapped Hyundai Europe's chief operating officer, Allan Rushforth, to be its new global sa ...
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BMW hires Ferrari's chief engineer
BMW has hired Ferrari's former technical director, Roberto Fedeli, for an as-yet unspecified role. ...
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Jeep pushes Renegade's off-road skills
Jeep says its Renegade is a true off-roader and is positioning the model at the higher end of the ho ...
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Mini 5-door may become best-seller
The Mini five-door variant targets customers who need more space. ...
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Nissan touts Pulsar's roominess
Nissan believes the sizeable rear-seat space of its new Pulsar compact hatchback will be the car's b ...
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Audi seeks to increase TT's market share
Audi expects its new TT to boost its market share even though demand for small sports cars is shrink ...
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BMW's taboo-breaker, the 2-series Active Tourer
BMW's 2-series Active Tourer breaks new ground for the automaker as the brand's first minivan and fi ...
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Renault's radical new Twingo could become segment leader
Renault's new Twingo is radically different than the two previous generations of the minicar with a ...
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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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Marelli helps optimize Alfa 4C's transmission
Magneti Marelli supplies the Alfa Romeo 4C roadster with the technology that helps optimize the perf ...
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BorgWarner helps boost power in BMW 2 series
BorgWarner-sourced turbochargers for the new BMW 2 series help boost power by as much as 13 hp to 18 ...
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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
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