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VW's U.S. slump hits 6-month mark as Audi rise continues

Continued weakness in the Volkswagen brand's core lineup dragged down its U.S. sales for the sixth consecutive month in April while Audi notched its 64th-straight monthly record.  » READ
 

Fiat Chrysler, Google said to plan self-driving prototypes

Fiat Chrysler and Google plan to develop several dozen self-driving prototypes based on the carmaker's Pacifica minivan in the first phase of a joint project to create autonomous vehicles, Bloomberg reported.  » READ
 

Volvo sales rise 11% in April as U.S., Europe growth offsets China slowdown

 

German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains

 

Renault pressed by French gov't to cut Ghosn's pay after investor revolt

 

Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company

 

BMW i brand sales fall 23% as key executives join Chinese electric start-up company

 

Porsche turbocharges new Boxster

 

BMW Q1 profit falls nearly 3% on currency, development spending

 

Audi will invest heavily in technology despite emissions scandal costs, development boss Knirsch says

 

Porsche will sell Panamera wagon in U.S.

 

FCA's Marchionne adds Ferrari CEO title

 

Ferrari raises forecast after Q1 profit jumps 19%

 

French car sales rise nearly 7% in April

 

VW could face worker protests if wage talks delayed, union warns

 

Blogs

Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that makes the substitute.  » READ
 

VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. That's the good news, The bad news is that its workers in Germany are asking for a 5 percent pay increase.  » READ
 

VW's tone-deaf management

 

Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

 

Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

 

Inside the Numbers

German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains

German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust gains in France, Italy and Spain. Fiat, Volvo and Porsche were among brands with big gains.  » READ
 

French car sales rise nearly 7% in April

French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers including Hyundai, Fiat and BMW.  » READ
 

European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips

 

Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows

 

Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March

 

On the Move

BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations

BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. Petter Witt becomes executive vice president, operations, in North America, effective May 1.  » READ
 

IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations

International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively.  » READ
 

Porsche appoints Gartner expert to drive new technology developments

 

Mini appoints new head of Americas

 

Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health

 

Latest Launches

Porsche turbocharges new Boxster

Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine.  » READ
 

Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius

Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, which the automaker says is greener and more fun to drive than its predecessor.  » READ
 

High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals

 

Kia renews Sportage but drops the price