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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



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