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BMW i3 test in Berlin lead to 'range panic'

Dec. 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's i3 is still rare enough to turn heads in Berlin, one of four cities chosen by the German government to promote electric cars, but finding a place to recharge the battery powered hatchback can be a challenge, meaning that range anxiety can turn to panic.... Read More »

 

Skoda shifts new Superb flagship upscale

Dec. 12, 2014 10:13 CET
Skoda will launch the third generation of its Superb flagship in mid-2015 after the midsize sedan debuts at the Geneva auto show in March. Skoda said the new Superb has shifted to the upper end of its segment.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

BWI Group gives Lamborghini Huracan added stability

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
BWI Group provides added stability to the new Lamborghini Huracan with its optional magneto-rheologic suspension damper control system. Harman supplies the supercar's infotainment and navigation system.... Read More »

 

Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van.... Read More »

 

VW has 10 million sales in sight despite flat November

Dec. 12, 2014 12:54 CET
VW Group's global vehicle sales increased just 1 percent in November as its business was hit by slumps in Russia and Brazil. The automaker, however, remains confident it will meet a full-year target of 10 million deliveries.... Read More »

 

Nissan doubles output at Russian plant

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan is boosting production in Russia as the collapse in the ruble hits its profits. The company started production of its X-Trail SUV at its St. Petersburg factory this week and will add the Qashqai next year.... Read More »

 

Ford-Getrag JV names new COO

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss.... Read More »

 

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Suppliers hit back against automakers' cost-cut demands

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Relations between automakers and suppliers are deteriorating as vehicle manufacturers seek annual price decreases as high as 10 percent, according to the 2014 Global OEM-Supplier Relations Study conducted by IHS Automotive.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler says it has no plan to move Ferrari's tax base from Italy

Dec. 11, 2014 16:07 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles denied a report that it is considering moving the tax residence of its Ferrari supercar unit outside Italy. The possibility of the move to save on corporate taxes caused an outcry in its home country.... Read More »

 

Aston Martin seeks funds for new models, report says

Dec. 11, 2014 21:56 CET
Aston Martin is preparing to raise funds to expand its range of models into new areas including SUVs, Reuters reported, as the money-losing supercar maker steps up its turnaround efforts under a new boss.... Read More »

 

Honda, Nissan add Europe cars to Takata airbag recalls

Dec. 11, 2014 08:55 CET
Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi will recall more than 500,000 cars globally to replace airbag inflators made by Takata. Honda will recall 100,000 cars in Europe while Nissan's recall includes 49,000 vehicles in Europe.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler sells stock at discount after NY slump

Dec. 11, 2014 11:06 CET
Fiat Chrysler's share sale will carry a discount of 4 percent after the stock plunged the most in New York since the company's October debut. CEO Sergio Marchionne is seeking to raise about $5 billion to counter mounting debt.... Read More »

 

Mercedes sales chief Kaellenius seen as potential Zetsche successor after promotion to board

Dec. 11, 2014 14:34 CET
Daimler promoted Ola Kaellenius, head of sales for its Mercedes unit, to the group's management board, making him a potential candidate to succeed Dieter Zetsche as CEO. Zetsche's current contract runs until the end of 2016.... Read More »

 

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UK dealer puts BMW's Future Retail program to the test

Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's Future Retail program, which launched last year in Europe and China, offers customers a high-tech but unrushed explanation of BMW products. Elms BMW in the UK was an early adopter as it wanted a new way to lure customers.... Read More »

 

Mahindra nears deal to buy Saab maker, report says

Dec. 11, 2014 10:37 CET
India's Mahindra is close to sealing a deal to buy NEVS, the investment group that bought the assets of Saab Automobile, a report said. Mahindra wants Saab so it can accelerate its expansion into Western markets and into premium and electric cars.... Read More »

 

PSA will invest 150 million euros in French plant

Dec. 11, 2014 12:05 CET
PSA has agreed to invest 150 million euros ($187 million) over the next three years to add models such as upscale compact car at its plant in Poissy, France, unions said.... Read More »

 

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Audi exec says cyberstores link physical, virtual worlds

Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's cyberstores in London, Beijing and Berlin showcase the brand's technology by presenting its entire model lineup in a digital format. Horst Hanschur, Audi's head of business development, explained the benefits to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Why loyalty leads to fewer dealership visits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
A customer visited a dealership an average of six times in the UK before completing a purchase in 1994. That number dropped to 1.2 visits in 2012 and it's still falling, a successful retailer says.... Read More »

 

Ferrari said to mull moving fiscal residence outside Italy

Dec. 10, 2014 13:02 CET
Ferrari is considering moving its fiscal residence outside Italy to save on corporate taxes as the supercar maker prepares for its spinoff from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, sources said.... Read More »

 

Mercedes needs China boost to regain global luxury sales lead, exec says

Dec. 10, 2014 15:29 CET
Mercedes needs to catch up with rivals BMW and Audi in China to meet its goal of becoming the global No. 1 in luxury car sales by 2020, Hubertus Troska, the carmaker's China chief, said.... Read More »

 

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VW, Fiat, Mercedes will benefit from CNG market growth

Dec. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
European sales of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas could grow tenfold by 2020, benefiting Fiat, VW and Mercedes. CNG sales are forecast to grow as automakers add more low-CO2 emission vehicles to their lineups.... Read More »

 

BMW brand tops Audi, Mercedes but lead narrows

Dec. 10, 2014 11:33 CET
BMW brand sales rose 6 percent last month, its highest-ever November sales. The result beat Audi and Mercedes, but the two rivals remain on course to narrow BMW's 2014 lead as the No.1 global luxury brand.... Read More »

 

BMW Group November deliveries rise 8% on China, UK demand

Dec. 10, 2014 08:50 CET
BMW Group said deliveries of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars rose 8 percent in November, thanks to a continued strong demand in China and a 20 percent rise of its BMW and Mini sales in the UK.... Read More »

 

BMW's designated CEO Krueger will usher in new era at automaker

Dec. 10, 2014 10:58 CET
BMW's designated CEO Harald Krueger is seen as an executive who commands respect among colleagues as a "straight shooter, a good motivator and a good speaker," according to one analyst, and by another as likely to start "a new era" at the automaker..... Read More »

 

 
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