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Audi, Mercedes gain on BMW in global sales race

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi and Mercedes are closing in on global premium sales leader BMW as the race between the three tightened last month.... Read More »

 

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Toyota Aygo gets 'fun' makeover

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota is aiming its new Aygo minicar at younger buyers who don't take themselves too seriously, particularly men, who make up just 40 percent of current buyers.... Read More »

 

Autoliv ups focus on fast-growing active safety business

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Autoliv, the world's largest maker of seat belts and airbags, is reorganizing to put more focus on its fast-growing, high-margin active safety business.... Read More »

 

ZF talks for TRW said to hinge on Bosch JV exit

Aug. 15, 2014 10:25 CET
ZF's ambitions to takeover TRW and become the world's No. 2 supplier are being held up by negotiations to exit a steering-systems joint venture with Robert Bosch, according to people familiar with the matter.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Ford Fiesta, VW Polo make big moves in Web world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Land Rover Discovery, BMW X6 and Toyota Yaris, according to study.... Read More »

 

China's Brilliance mulls Italy car plant, prime minister says

Aug. 14, 2014 22:13 CET
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that Chinese carmaker Brilliance China Automotive had expressed an interest in opening a plant in Italy. Renzi is trying to encourage foreign investment in Italy, which has fallen back into recession.... Read More »

 

VW sedan under Chinese investigation for axle problem

Aug. 14, 2014 14:48 CET
China's quality inspector has started an investigation into potential defects on a locally produced VW sedan after a growing number complaints from owners about the car's rear axle.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers to face intensified scrutiny over voice recognition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. Power plans to criticize them for one of the most poorly executed technologies they offer to consumers -- voice recognition.... Read More »

 

China to fine Audi 30 million euros for breaking monopoly law, paper says

Aug. 14, 2014 11:03 CET
China will fine Audi about 250 million yuan (30.4 million euros) for violating anti-monopoly laws, the 21st Century Business Herald, an influential business daily, reported on Thursday.... Read More »

 

Pope bestows halo on Kia's Soul

Aug. 14, 2014 12:19 CET
Pope Francis is helping to elevate the profile of the Kia Soul beyond that of the car of choice for dancing hamsters.... Read More »

 

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Europe's slump creates new opportunities at the top

Aug. 13, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe's car sales slump took its toll on the executive ranks at automakers active in the region. Just 13 of the 37 executives who topped their organizational charts before the crisis are still there.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Lamborghini's special power to punctuate popularity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Nothing can prepare you for the sudden popularity that comes with driving a Lamborghini. One minute you're as average as white bread, the next minute you're being photographed like a supermodel.... Read More »

 

Peugeot edges closer to rejoining key stock index

Aug. 13, 2014 13:10 CET
Peugeot, whose losses led to a government bailout earlier this year, may already be close to an important recovery milestone: a return to France's benchmark stock index.... Read More »

 

UK dealer Lookers expects record full-year profit

Aug. 13, 2014 09:25 CET
Britain's fourth-largest car dealer, Lookers, expects to post a full-year pretax profit of more than 60 million pounds (75 million euros) after record sales lifted its pretax profit by 36 percent in the first half.... Read More »

 

Europe group questions China antitrust probes

Aug. 13, 2014 13:25 CET
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China on Wednesday expressed concern over a recent series of antitrust investigations, saying China was using strong-arm tactics and appeared to be unfairly targeting foreign firms.... Read More »

 

Skoda sales rise 19% in July

Aug. 13, 2014 10:25 CET
Skoda said today its global sales in July rose 19 percent to 82,800 units, the most ever for that month and biggest monthly increase so far this year.... Read More »

 

Audi will 'accept penalty' in China anti-monopoly probe

Aug. 12, 2014 10:57 CET
Audi will accept punishment from Chinese authorities for breaching anti-monopoly laws in the world's largest car market, according to a statement from the automaker.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Why China's NDRC has become country's antitrust watchdog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
China's NDRC used to be very friendly toward foreign automakers, approving numerous factory projects. Now its is investigating global automakers for suspected monopolistic behavior. What prompted the change?... Read More »

 

VW brand sales rise on Europe, China gains

Aug. 12, 2014 11:48 CET
VW increased sales at its core passenger-car brand by 4 percent in July as higher deliveries in western Europe and China offset declines in the United States and Brazil. Global sales of VW brand cars and SUVs rose to 491,600 last month.... Read More »

 

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BMW invests 55 million euros to boost image in Korea

Aug. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW will open its third global brand experience center later this month in South Korea, which will allow customers to test their driving skills on features including a winding handling circuit and an off-road course.... Read More »

 

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BMW, others lead shake-up of once-closed Korea

Aug. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Korean automakers may threaten the global dominance of automakers such as Volkswagen and Toyota, but they are losing ground at home to foreign brands -- especially premium automakers such as BMW and Mercedes.... Read More »

 

German gov't wants e-bikes to replace trucks for local deliveries

Aug. 11, 2014 14:49 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is looking for ways to encourage electric bikes to replace trucks for local freight shipments in Germany. BMW and Daimler's subsidiary, Smart, already offer e-bikes.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover helps parent Tata triple Q1 profit

Aug. 12, 2014 01:20 CET
Jaguar Land Rover's surging vehicle sales and rising profit helped parent Tata Motors triple its first-quarter net income. JLR's pre-tax profit more than doubled to 924 million pounds (1.2 billion euros) during the quarter.... Read More »

 

LG Display wants 30% auto-screen share by 2018

Aug. 11, 2014 06:04 CET
LG Display, the world's second-largest flat panel maker, is aiming to nearly double its share of the in-vehicle auto screen market.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler merger now awaits shareholder buy-in

Aug. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Following shareholder approval of the proposed merger of Fiat and Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne now faces an uncertain few months as he waits to find out if he has to postpone the tie-up because too many shareholders want to be bought out.... Read More »

 

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