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Suzuki plant in Hungary will return to double shifts ahead of Vitara launch, report says

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Suzuki will return to two-shift production at its plant in Hungary as it prepares to launch the new Vitara subcompact crossover, a report said.... Read More »

 

Gestamp expects China to be its No. 3 market by 2015

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Gestamp, a Spanish supplier of metal auto parts, predicts that by 2015 China will become its third-largest market worldwide, after Germany and Spain.... Read More »

 

German builder of crash-test facilities forms China unit

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Messring, a German manufacturer of crash-test facilities, has established a wholly owned Chinese subsidiary. The company has built ten crash-test facilities in China over the past decade.... Read More »

 

Opel names new engineering chief

Nov. 21, 2014 10:25 CET
Opel named Charlie Klein as its new engineering chief, promoting the executive from his current post as the brand's chief engineer for light commercial vehicles.... Read More »

 

Schaeffler posts 36% jump in Q3 profit on car demand rebound in Europe

Nov. 20, 2014 15:12 CET
Schaeffler said profit rose 36 percent in the third quarter, thanks to recovering car demand in Europe and growth in China. The supplier has lowered debt to 5.77 billion euros from over 10 billion when its bid for Continental backfired.... Read More »

 

GM approves Opel SUV and engine investments in Germany, Poland

Nov. 20, 2014 16:22 CET
GM CEO Mary Barra said Opel will add a flagship SUV to its lineup. The model will launch by the end of the decade. GM will also invest more than 500,000 euros in the production of new engines and transmissions in Germany and Poland.... Read More »

 

BMW may need to increase i8 production to cut waiting lists

Nov. 20, 2014 18:26 CET
BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car to meet high demand. Waiting lists for the 120,000-euro coupe are too long at up to 18 months, BMW sales and marketing chief, Ian Robertson, said.... Read More »

 

BMW CEO to join Siemens supervisory board, report says

Nov. 20, 2014 15:46 CET
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer will be nominated to join the supervisory board of German engineering company Siemens, German monthly Manager Magazin said, without citing sources.... Read More »

 

New Alfa Romeo will be unveiled in June

Nov. 20, 2014 10:04 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will debut a new Alfa Romeo in June, brand chief Harald Wester said. Alfa aims to introduce eight new models by 2018 as part of Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's plans to boost the brand's annual sales to 400,000.... Read More »

 

Mercedes presents Maybach S class as luxury executive cocoon

Nov. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes's new Maybach version of its flagship S class is challenging Bentley and Rolls-Royce for supremacy among customers who enjoy a chauffeured car's back seat.... Read More »

 

UK car production likely to miss full-year target on weak overseas demand

Nov. 20, 2014 12:09 CET
UK car production is unlikely to hit a full-year goal of 1.59 million as demand from key western European markets and Russia continues to fall, the SMMT industry association said.... Read More »

 

LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Fiat expects new crossover to outsell 500 minicar in U.S.

Nov. 20, 2014 11:11 CET
Fiat expects its Fiat 500X SUV to be even more popular in North America than its retro-styled 500 minicar as it appeals to customers seeking a larger car with the option of four-wheel drive.... Read More »

 

PSA plans to cut 3,450 French jobs in 2015, report says

Nov. 19, 2014 17:27 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is preparing to cut another 3,450 French jobs next year, sources said, as the troubled carmaker pursues a recovery plan under new CEO Carlos Tavares.... Read More »

 

Ford to cut 20% of staff at B-Max plant in Romania

Nov. 19, 2014 15:35 CET
Ford will lay off 20 percent of the workforce at the Romanian plant that builds the B-Max as it adjusts to falling sales of the subcompact minivan.... Read More »

 

LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Bentley unveils potential range-topping convertible to take on Rolls-Royce

Nov. 19, 2014 13:16 CET
The Bentley Grand Convertible concept previews a possible production car to take on the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The Grand Convertible would be Bentley's most expensive car, if it is built.... Read More »

 

Audi's China PR director faces corruption probe, report says

Nov. 19, 2014 10:39 CET
Audi's public relations chief in China, Lu Minjie, is under investigation by the central Chinese government's anti-corruption task force, according to Chinese media.... Read More »

 

Dongfeng-PSA to sell imported vehicles in China next year

Nov. 19, 2014 06:01 CET
Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile, PSA's joint venture with Dongfeng Motor, will take over the vehicle import business currently run by the French automaker's Asia office. The move integrates PSA's vehicle distribution channels in China.... Read More »

 

VW will stop selling Seat cars in Russia next year

Nov. 18, 2014 15:36 CET
Volkswagen's Spanish subsidiary, Seat, will stop selling cars in Russia by early next year because of the country's economic downturn and weakening ruble.... Read More »

 

VW's China growth slows to 10% due to capacity limits

Nov. 18, 2014 17:51 CET
VW's growth in China is expected to slow to 10 percent this year from 16 percent in 2013 due to a conservative strategy that has limited its production capacity, VW China chief Jochem Heizmann said.... Read More »

 

Europe car sales rebound continues in October

Nov. 18, 2014 08:39 CET
European new-car sales rose 6 percent in October as volume- and premium-brand leaders including VW and BMW recorded strong gains in key markets. Year-to-date deliveries increased by 6 percent to more than 11 million vehicles.... Read More »

 

Schaeffler targets 12%-13% margin over long term

Nov. 18, 2014 12:30 CET
Schaeffler says it aims to keep its operating margin in the region of 12 percent to 13 percent over the long term as it expects the economic environment in its key markets to remain positive.... Read More »

 

As China's luxury car wave slows, foreign automakers seek domestic foothold

Nov. 18, 2014 11:18 CET
Daimler will present its new ultraluxury Mercedes-Maybach subbrand at this week's Guangzhou auto show, even as analysts warn the end is approaching for China's 10-year high-end car sales boom.... Read More »

 

Daimler, BMW cooperate on suppliers in Mexico

Nov. 18, 2014 10:17 CET
Daimler and BMW are working together to build a network of suppliers for their new factories in Mexico as both carmakers aim to take advantage of the country's tariff-free access to the U.S. market.... Read More »

 

Fuel cell cars will be commercially viable by 2025, Bosch exec says

Nov. 17, 2014 11:36 CET
Falling costs will make fuel cell technology commercially viable for mass car production by 2025, Wolf-Henning Scheider, Bosch's automotive chief, said. Toyota and Honda plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in 2015.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe

4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. will not become a global template because they fall short of what is required in Europe to keep driver data safe.... Read More »

 

 
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