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Daimler offers 'currency rebate' on Mercedes, Smart cars in Switzerland

Jan. 20, 2015 13:26 CET
Daimler is cutting Mercedes and Smart car prices in Switzerland after the central bank's surprise abandonment of a minimum exchange rate caused the franc to surge versus the euro.... Read More »

 

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Daimler seeks profitability at Smart with 2 minicar sizes

Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET
Daimler hopes to make its Smart small-car unit sustainably profitable by offering the same car in two sizes: the two-seat ForTwo and the four-seat ForFour.... Read More »

 

McLaren names new design chief

Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET
UK supercar maker McLaren promoted Robert Melville to the post of chief designer, reporting to the company’s design director, Frank Stephenson.... Read More »

 

Renault plans big nvestment to catch rivals in China

Jan. 19, 2015 17:21 CET
Renault will make "massive investments" in China, where it sees its market share rising as high as 6 percent after the company ramps up sales of locally built vehicles in the world's biggest car market.... Read More »

 

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McLaren will unveil P1 GTR hybrid supercar

Jan. 19, 2015 12:53 CET
McLaren will unveil a production-ready version of the P1 GTR hybrid supercar, its fastest and most powerful vehicle to date, at the Geneva auto show in March.... Read More »

 

Renault's 2014 sales rise 3% as budget cars offset Russia drop

Jan. 19, 2015 10:40 CET
Renault delivered 3 percent more vehicles globally last year as strong European sales of cars such as the Renault Captur and no-frills Dacia Sandero helped offset falling demand in Russia and South America.... Read More »

 

2015 Rising Star nominations sought

Jan. 19, 2015 06:01 CET
Automotive News Europe needs your help to identify the Rising Stars in the European automotive industry. The award honors executives with a pan-European profile who have driven change, fostered innovation and made courageous decisions.... Read More »

 

VW's Seat brand recruits Ford designer Lamm

Jan. 19, 2015 12:39 CET
Volkswagen's Seat brand has recruited Ford of Europe stylist Stefan Lamm as its new head of exterior design.... Read More »

 

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Mini expects profit boost from leaner lineup

Jan. 19, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW is trimming its Mini lineup from eight models down to five to boost the brand's prospects of long-term profitability. The carmaker is expected to discontinue three slow-selling vehicles -- the Coupe, Roadster and Paceman.... Read More »

 

Ford will launch new Galaxy minivan as brand pushes upscale in Europe

Jan. 19, 2015 11:28 CET
Ford of Europe will start sales of its new-generation Galaxy large minivan this year as part of a wider product offensive that includes the launches of its Vignale upscale trim line and new Mustang sports car.... Read More »

 

Daimler will extend contract of China division boss, paper says

Jan. 18, 2015 10:41 CET
Daimler will extend the contract of the head of its China division, Hubertus Troska, according to a newspaper report. Troska is said to be a potential successor to CEO Dieter Zetsche.... Read More »

 

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Jeep uses Paris boat show to gain traction

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Jeep hopes its role as a marketing partner at the Nautic in Paris, one of Europe's biggest boat shows, will help it get a leg up in the fast-growing small SUV market. The U.S. off-road brand says it is considering partnering with the event this year after gaining “positive feedback” at last year's show in December.... Read More »

 

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Honeywell turbo boss expects to gain from hot sector's growth

Jan. 16, 2015 06:01 CET
Honeywell, the world's leading turbocharger supplier, foresees big gains for the performance-boosting, CO2-reducing technology, Terrence Hahn, CEO of the Switzerland-based Honeywell business unit, told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Europe 2014 sales rise on low-cost brands shift

Jan. 16, 2015 10:14 CET
European car sales in 2014 rose for the first time in seven years, thanks to government incentives, tax breaks and a consumer shift to cheaper brands such as Dacia and Skoda.... Read More »

 

Strike ends at VW Brazil factory as 800 workers get jobs back

Jan. 16, 2015 15:08 CET
Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Brazil voted to end a 10-day strike after the carmaker agreed to reverse the layoff of 800 employees and presented a new labor deal through 2019.... Read More »

 

Ford will raise German production as demand rebounds

Jan. 16, 2015 12:34 CET
Ford will increase production of its Fiesta and three other models in Germany to meet growing demand in some of the region's key markets.... Read More »

 

Volvo may expand export markets for China-built cars beyond U.S.

Jan. 16, 2015 11:36 CET
Volvo, which will start shipping the S60L sedan to the U.S. later this year, says it could add additional export markets in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere. The automaker may also consider future exports of a large china-built sedan, dubbed internally as the S90.... Read More »

 

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Crossover craze takes hold in Europe

Jan. 16, 2015 06:01 CET
SUVs and crossovers will feature heavily in the launch of new models in Europe this year. Audi, VW, Renault and Fiat are among carmakers planning to launch updated or new models in this hotly contested segment.... Read More »

 

Russia car sales forecast to drop 24% as economic crisis worsens

Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 CET
Russian car sales are set to decline by 24 percent this year after falling 10 percent in 2014 as the country heads for recession. Major Western automakers including Ford, GM, and VW saw their Russian vehicle sales plunge steeply last year.... Read More »

 

Renault faces dealer criticism over China strategy

Jan. 15, 2015 14:41 CET
Renault has become the latest foreign carmaker to be targeted by China dealers in disputes over who should bear the brunt of a market slowdown. BMW was persuaded earlier this month to pay $824 million in subsidies to its local dealers.... Read More »

 

Opel prices new Karl to win former Chevrolet customers

Jan. 15, 2015 11:31 CET
Opel said its new Karl minicar will cost 9,500 euros in Germany. The Karl will offer safety and driver systems not common in the segment including lane departure warning, Opel said.... Read More »

 

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VW Passat tackles trailer troubles

Jan. 15, 2015 06:01 CET
Volkswagen has made a big effort to ensure its latest Passat remains Europe’s best-selling midsize car, including adding a feature that can back the car and a trailer autonomously into a parking space.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen starts sales of black-box recorder for vehicle data

Jan. 14, 2015 18:18 CET
Volkswagen plans to sell a black box in Austria that records trips and tracks the location of a car. The box will be available for new and old VW and Audi models. VW plans to expand the service to other European markets.... Read More »

 

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So what is a Bentayga?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we can add a new head-scratcher to the list: the Bentley Bentayga.... Read More »

 

Daimler recalls 114,000 Mercedes in Germany over seal fault

Jan. 14, 2015 18:34 CET
Daimler said it is recalling 114,000 of its four-cylinder diesel-engined Mercedes-Benz cars in Germany because some are equipped with faulty seals that can cause potential oil leaks.... Read More »

 

 
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