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Continental raises annual forecast after Q1 earnings rise 10%

Continental raised its 2015 sales forecast after posting higher first-quarter earnings that were helped by positive foreign exchange effects and a low oil price. Quarterly earnings rose 10 percent to 1.05 billion euros ($1.19 billion), the supplier said.  » READ
 

Fiat will unveil compact car at Turkish auto show

Fiat will debut the first model in its new compact car range for Europe and Turkey later this month. The brand will unveil a compact sedan at the Istanbul auto show that will replace the Linea. A hatchback version that will replace the Bravo will follow later.  » READ
 

Renault exec expects pricing boost from better lineup

 

Daimler granted license in U.S. to test self-driving trucks

 

Nissan exec predicts more Europe profits despite Russia

 

Automakers seek to delay tougher EU emissions testing

 

Dongfeng names new chairman amid merger reports

 

BMW Q1 profit rises 21% as U.S., Europe demand offsets slowing China

 

Opel makes new Astra lighter, roomier to fight VW Golf, Ford Focus

 

BMW postpones Russia assembly plant decision

 

TRW says Q1 revenue up 7%, profits rise

 

VW's Renschler to replace Piech as MAN chairman

 

ZF wins U.S. approval for TRW acquisition with divestitures

 

German car sales rise 6% in sign of Europe rebound

 

Chinese automakers Dongfeng, FAW halt trading on merger reports

 

Blogs

Why VW tops rivals Toyota and GM in workforce size

VW Group has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined. The surplus of workers is unlikely to change anytime soon because of the powerful role unions play at the automaker.  » READ
 

Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating.  » READ
 

Piech's absence dominates VW annual meeting

 

Good news for Europe's late arrivers in China

 

Mercedes G class latest victim in China's clone wars

 

Inside the Numbers

German car sales rise 6% in sign of Europe rebound

German car sales rose 6.3 percent in April as Europe's No. 1 market joined France, Italy and Spain in reporting higher registrations. The VDA industry association forecasts that German registrations could reach 3.1 million this year.  » READ
 

Europe recovery continues in March

European car sales increased 11 percent in March, the strongest growth in a year, as the region's improving economy fueled demand for vehicles made by automakers such as VW Group, Renault and Fiat Chrysler. Last month 1.65 million vehicles were sold in the region.  » READ
 

Western European sales recovery accelerated in March

 

Russian new-car sales fall 43% as economy slides

 

UK sales rise 6% in best March this century

 

On the Move

Hyundai names new Europe chief

Hyundai said company veteran Hyung Cheong Kim is the new president and CEO of its European operations, the third major reshuffle for the automaker in the region in less than a year. Kim replaces Byung Kwon Rhim, who moves to Seoul to head Hyundai Motors' international sales division.  » READ
 

Hella says its finance chief will leave

Hella, a German manufacturer of auto headlights and electronics, said its finance chief Wolfgang Ollig had asked that his contract not be renewed when it runs out in mid-2016.  » READ
 

Sogefi names former Faurecia exec as new CEO

 

Fiat Chrysler promotes Gilles to global design boss

 

Hyundai names sales veteran Schmid as No. 2 in Europe

 

Latest Launches

Suzuki sees Vitara as its best-seller in Europe

Suzuki expects the new Vitara to become its best-seller in Europe because of its more mainstream look, roomy interior and better fuel economy.  » READ
 

BMW targets U.S. market with 2-series softtop

BMW has increased the size of the 2-series convertible compared with its predecessor model, the 1-series convertible, largely to boost the car's appeal among U.S. buyers.  » READ
 

Volvo's future rides on revived XC90

 

Mercedes-Maybach offers quiet luxury

 

Land Rover Discovery Sport on conquest path