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New BMW 7 series focuses on comfort to beat S class

BMW believes its latest 7 series offers levels of comfort that will help it close the gap with the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S class, especially in the key China market where wealthy executives prize comfort features above driving dynamics.  » READ

Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo

Bosch has bought Seeo, a U.S.-based company that has developed next-generation lithium ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars.  » READ

Shelby will bring high-performance Ford Mustangs to the UK


PSA's DS brand creates performance unit to develop EV and plug-in hybrid technology


DS will challenge established premium brands


Volkswagen will invest $340 million in South Africa


Cars will be ripe for identity theft as shopping comes to dashboard, experts say


China's BAIC in talks to take Daimler stake, report says


Ferrari considers appointing Marchionne as CEO, report says


Renault touts Talisman wagon's upscale features


Global carmakers rework India plans


Kia releases Sportage pictures ahead of show debut


ZF says TRW integration on track, sees stable profits despite China slowdown


VW considers exporting Russia-built cars as market slumps


VW, BMW and Mercedes among automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignitions



Why autonomous cars should drive the way we do

As drivers, we're never as comfortable as when we or someone with the same risk tolerance and driving style is at the wheel. In that sense, even a well-trained computer might frighten us by taking a curve faster than we'd like, or exasperate us by hewing too blindly to the speed limit.  » READ

Why the Chinese market rout is hitting global auto brands

The Chinese government's decision to allow small and medium-sized businesses to list on the stock market produced a rout that wiped out the wealth of middle-class consumers, the main customers for global automakers.  » READ

Why Jaguar Land Rover picked 'Detroit East'


Turin auto show reboot provides hope


Skoda is poised to profit from protecting dogs in cars


Inside the Numbers

Europe sales advance 9% in July as economies rebound

European new-car registrations rose 9.1 percent in July as recession-hit countries such as Portugal and Ireland, along with the major markets of Germany, the UK, France and Italy, performed strongly.  » READ

Auto sector takes hit in Q2

As European stock markets retreated in the second three months of this year automakers and suppliers relinquished some of the strong gains they had recorded in shareholder value in the first quarter.  » READ

European H1 sales growth tops predictions, but Greece causes concern


Western Europe car sales rise 9%, boosted by Germany, Italy, Spain


European car sales rebound continues in July


On the Move

Opel names engineer to oversee quality

Opel named mechanical engineer Elvira Toelkes as its new head of quality in Europe. Toelkes will be tasked with continuing Opel's drive to improve customer satisfaction. Opel and sister brand Vauxhall had below average scores in J.D. Power's vehicle satisfaction surveys.  » READ

Bugatti names former Bentley, Ferrari exec as marketing boss

Bugatti named Oliver Winkes as its new marketing chief. The VW Group veteran who started his career with Ferrari will be responsible for the supercar marque's marketing activities.  » READ

Industry veteran Steve Miller takes helm of IAC


Renault-Nissan names Olive as head of manufacturing engineering, supply chain


CLEPA names Brembo exec as next president


Latest Launches

Mercedes GLC seeks to widen appeal with tech, right-hand drive

Mercedes expects that its latest compact SUV model, the GLC, will sell more than the GLK it replaces thanks to a softer design, more comfort features and availability in right-hand-drive markets.  » READ

Mazda makes new MX-5 lighter, more agile

The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 represents the biggest step to date in the roadster's development. The car's program manager said the new MX-5 is smaller, safer, lighter, more agile and more efficient than its predecessor.  » READ

BMW boosts the 'X-ness' of baby SUV


Mazda fears capacity constraints for new CX-3


Audi makes Q7 more agile, frugal