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Volvo will open U.S. assembly plant in 2018

Volvo will open a car plant in the U.S. as the Swedish automaker pursues a global comeback under Chinese ownership. The factory will start operation in 2018 and will produce vehicles built with the same underpinnings as the XC90, Volvo said.  » READ

VW halts production for three weeks at Brazil plant, union says

Volkswagen has halted production at its second-largest factory in Brazil for three weeks, a local union said, as a steep decline in demand forces carmakers to manage excess capacity.  » READ

Magna negotiating to sell interiors unit to Grupo Antolin, report says


Toyota CEO thought U.S. recalls could cost him his job, but gave sense of purpose


ChemChina hopes to re-list Pirelli in Italy; says counterbid will hurt investors


Ford revives the Lincoln Continental, aims at U.S. and China


Honda launches S660 minicar roadster, heir to Beat's looks


How a Frenchman is bringing back Datsun


Jaguar Land Rover names new global engineering chief


Mercedes plans to launch its first pickup by 2020


Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones


Ford's Mulally made $22 million in 2014; Fields' pay rose 83% to $18.6 million


Renault increases Zoe EV's range by 30km


Dutch regulators raid Uber over court ruling compliance


PSA picks France factory over Spain for engine production expansion



While others stand up, Italy stands aside

Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner, while Ferrari styling house Pininfarina could be acquired by an Indian company. Ducati, Lamborghini and Italdesign Giugiaro are already in German hands.  » READ

With Volvo's help, Geely goes upscale

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group launched sales last week of its new flagship car, the GC9 midsize sedan, which is the first product developed by the Chinese automaker with the support of Volvo.  » READ

Fiat Chrysler may find perfect partner is from Asia


Porsche boss Mueller, 62, says he's young enough to be VW Group CEO


China and cutting CO2 tough tasks for incoming BMW CEO Krueger


Inside the Numbers

European February car sales rise as economy bolsters demand

European car-sales rose by 7 percent in February as signs of a strengthening economic expansion in the region, a global drop in fuel prices and dealer discounts encouraged purchases. Analysts said the growth may signal a stronger-than-expected recovery of Europe's auto market.  » READ

Russian car sales fall 38% in February

Russia's new-car sales fell 38 percent to 128,298 vehicle in February as consumers continued to avoid big purchases in an ailing economy plagued by a weakening ruble and Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.  » READ

German car sales rise as Europe rebound continues


Spanish car sales jump 28% for 17th month of growth


French car sales rise 6% in Jan. as foreign brands gain


On the Move

Jaguar Land Rover names new global engineering chief

Jaguar Land Rover named company veteran Nick Rogers as its new engineering director to succeed Wolfgang Ziebart. Rogers will assume board-level responsibilities for the UK automaker's global engineering operations, reporting directly to CEO Ralf Speth, JLR said.  » READ

Former GM Europe chief Forster will lead UK taxi builder

Auto industry veteran Carl-Peter Forster, who once headed GM Europe and Tata Motors, is new board chairman at London Taxi Company, which builds the UK's iconic black cabs.  » READ

Volvo appoints Europe boss as part of global reorganization


Renault reinforces quality oversight


Cadillac Europe will be run by former BMW executive


Latest Launches

Land Rover Discovery Sport on conquest path

Land Rover expects the Discovery Sport to join the Range Rover Evoque coupe-styled compact SUV in attracting new customers to the brand. It will also become one of the company's top-selling models, executives predict.  » READ

Ford expects big boost from high-tech Mondeo

Ford expects a significant sales boost in the tough midsize segment from its latest-generation Mondeo because of the car's advanced technology, new upscale trim line and the addition of a hybrid variant.  » READ

Sportier Skoda Fabia keeps its functionality


Mazda2 gets bigger, lighter and bolder


Fiat goes global with 500X