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Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle

The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components. Read More »

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VW will oust head product strategist, report says

Volkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. Read More »

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PSA may move Paris headquarters, report says

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is considering shifting its headquarters away from the center of Paris as a cost-cutting push impacts executive ranks, Bloomberg reported. Read More »

Asian carmakers' Russia ambitions hit by ruble collapse

Asian carmakers, which have been gaining market share in Russia at the expense of European and U.S. rivals, have been hit as the ruble plunges and auto sales skid. Read More »

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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 that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more. Read More »

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Alfa Romeo readies high-performance engines

Alfa Romeo plans to introduce new high-performance engines, including a range-topping V-6, in a bid to reconnect the brand to its sporty heritage. Read More »

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Toyota-PSA Czech joint venture plant cuts 2015 production target

Czech car factory TPCA, a joint venture of Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, cut its 2015 production outlook by 10 percent to 220,000 vehicles. Read More »

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Fiat's European holding company changes its name to FCA Italy

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Netherlands-based parent company of Fiat and Chrysler Group said it has changed the name of Italy's Fiat Group Automobiles to FCA Italy. Its U.S. affiliate changes from Chrysler Group to FCA US. Read More »

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Low-cost carmakers outperform as European car sales rise 1% in November

New-car registrations in Europe rose 1 percent last month, with budget brands beating the market as nervous consumers kept a tight lid on spending. Vehicle sales in the EU and EFTA markets advanced to 989,457 cars. Eleven-month sales are up 6 percent to 12 million. Read More »

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Lexus readies hybrid-only BMW X5, Mercedes M class rival

Lexus is counting on the NX hybrid to help it stand out against Europe's top-selling premium large crossovers. But unlike rivals such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes M class, there will be no diesel- or gasoline-powered versions of the NX. Read More »

Fiat Chrysler exports from Brazil to Mexico after more than 3 years

Fiat Chrysler has resumed exports from Brazil to Mexico after a more than three-year hiatus due to weak Brazilian demand and a more favorable exchange rate, Cledorvino Belini, chief executive officer in Latin America, said. Read More »

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Mercedes prices new Maybach S class at 134,100 euros

Mercedes set the starting price of the Maybach S-class sedan at 134,100 euros ($166,700) and began taking orders for the would-be challenger to Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Read More »

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BMW's Krueger must strengthen core products and improve in some niches

Harald Krueger, the 49-year-old tapped last week to become BMW's next CEO, has some work ahead to maintain the German automaker's competitive edge. Among the challenges: strengthening core products to combat much-improved rivals. Read More »

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Bentley raises car sales target to 20,000, report says

Bentley is targeting 20,000 annual deliveries by 2020, double its 2013 sales, boosted by new models such as its first SUV, a report said. Read More »

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Volvo will launch online car sales, skip some major auto shows

Volvo will start selling vehicles online as it rolls out new models. The automaker plans to have all its car lines offered digitally in all its markets, sales chief Alain Visser said. Read More »

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Smart says China will be its top market

China could overtake Germany and Italy to become the biggest market for Smart in a few years, Smart CEO Annette Winkler said. Smart will launch the latest ForTwo and its new ForFour in China next year. Read More »

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VW says Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers the 'best of both worlds'

Volkswagen says its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers eco-friendly buyers the “best of both worlds” -- a compact hatchback that can be driven up to 50km using electric power or up to 940km with additional power from its gasoline engine. Read More »

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BMW i3's Berlin test exposes lack of EV charging infrastructure

BMW's i3 is still rare enough to turn heads in Berlin, one of four cities chosen by the German government to promote electric cars, but finding a place to recharge the battery powered hatchback can be a challenge, meaning that range anxiety can turn to panic. Read More »

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Renault-Nissan shuffles purchasing team

Renault-Nissan has shuffled its executive purchasing team, promoting Yasuhiro Yamauchi to head the two companies' joint purchasing operation.Yamauchi will replace Christian Vandenhende, who will become Renault's head of quality, Read More »

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Audi Q7 slims down for 2015

Audi is shrinking the Q7 SUV by reducing its size slightly and constructing the body with a mixture of high-strength steel and aluminum. Read More »

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Skoda shifts new Superb flagship upscale

Skoda will launch the third generation of its Superb flagship in mid-2015 after the midsize sedan debuts at the Geneva auto show in March. Skoda said the new Superb has shifted to the upper end of its segment. Read More »

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Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km

Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh. Read More »

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Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van. Read More »

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VW has 10 million sales in sight despite flat November

VW Group's global vehicle sales increased just 1 percent in November as its business was hit by slumps in Russia and Brazil. The automaker, however, remains confident it will meet a full-year target of 10 million deliveries. Read More »

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Nissan doubles output at Russian plant

Nissan is boosting production in Russia as the collapse in the ruble hits its profits. The company started production of its X-Trail SUV at its St. Petersburg factory this week and will add the Qashqai next year. Read More »

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Ford-Getrag JV names new COO

Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss. Read More »

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Suppliers hit back against automakers' cost-cut demands

Relations between automakers and suppliers are deteriorating as vehicle manufacturers seek annual price decreases as high as 10 percent, according to the 2014 Global OEM-Supplier Relations Study conducted by IHS Automotive. Read More »

 
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Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

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

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A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. ...
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Why loyalty leads to fewer dealership visits

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11 2014

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A customer visited a dealership an average of six times in the UK before completing a purchase in 1994. That number dropped to 1. ...
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BMW's manufacturing arm also produces future leaders

Luca Ciferri
6:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2014

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BMW's manufacturing arm not only builds great cars -- it also produces the company's future leaders, as the appointment of Harald Krueger to succeed CEO Norbert Reithofer... ...
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VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

Christiaan Hetzner
6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2014

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VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn.. ...
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Prepare to embrace McLaren's anticipate-and-act tactics

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 2014

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People in the car business are so used to being lectured on how they are doing things wrong -- social media, customer service, what have you -- that it's notable whenever an.. ...
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France is hurting its domestic automakers with diesel policy shift


5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2014

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For environmental and public health reasons France is ending a government policy that has long promoted the purchase of diesel cars, but the move will hurt domestic... ...
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FAW bribe scandal should be wake-up call for Beijing

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28 2014

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Allegations of rampant bribery at FAW-VW should provide an urgent wake-up call to Beijing to abandon the country's JV rule for foreign automakers. ...
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Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28 2014

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Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell al ...
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How to get the U.S. into diesels

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28 2014

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European automakers and suppliers have been trying for years to get U.S. drivers excited about diesels. Experience has proved that a test drive can be a deal-maker. ...
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Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China

Nick Gibbs
6:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26 2014

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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. ...
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Russian auto market decline slows in November
Russian car sales fell 1 percent in November compared with 10 percent the month before as a state sc ...
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Western Europe car sales lifted by UK as France, Germany falter
Western Europe new-car sales rose 1 percent in November as strong demand in the UK and Spain helped ...
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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.. ...
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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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Ford-Getrag JV names new COO
Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. ...
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VW hires BMW exec Diess to lead core car brand
VW Group has appointed BMW development chief Herbert Diess to its management board. ...
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BMW names Krueger next CEO, Reithofer new chairman
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer will step down in May, one year early, and hand over his post to productio ...
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VW names veteran exec Schmall as components chief
VW named Thomas Schmall as the new core brand board member responsible for components – a key ...
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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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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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Lexus readies hybrid-only BMW X5, Mercedes M class rival
Lexus is counting on the NX hybrid to help it stand out against Europe's top-selling premium large c ...
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VW says Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers the 'best of both worlds'
Volkswagen says its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers eco-friendly buyers the “best of both world ...
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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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BWI Group gives Lamborghini Huracan added stability
BWI Group provides added stability to the new Lamborghini Huracan with its optional magneto-rheologi ...
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Magna, Haartz team up on Opel Cascada roof
Magna International and Haartz Corp. teamed up to supply the new Opel Cascada's folding softtop roof ...
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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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