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BMW, others bet on Brazil but benefits trail Mexico

Oct. 30, 2014 16:18 CET
BMW is among a group of carmakers investing in Brazil as a growing middle class fuels a surge in car sales, but high costs, poor infrastructure and few trade agreements mean Brazil can't compete with rival Mexico as a Latin American car-manufacturing hub.... Read More »

 

VW's Q3 profit jumps on record Audi, Porsche sales

Oct. 30, 2014 10:37 CET
VW Group posted higher-than-expected operating profit in the third quarter, boosted by strong demand for Audi and Porsche models in Europe and China. Earnings rose 16 percent to 3.23 billion euros ($4.07 billion), VW said.... Read More »

 

Ferrari spinoff's real winners are Agnelli clan

Oct. 30, 2014 14:31 CET
The real winners in Fiat Chrysler's spinoff of supercar unit Ferrari are Chairman John Elkann and the Agnelli industrial clan he represents, who will be the biggest shareholders of both companies.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler to issue $2.5 billion bond

Oct. 29, 2014 15:40 CET
Fiat Chrysler will issue a mandatory convertible bond for $2.5 billion and place up to 100 million of its shares to shore up funding for its 48 billion euro ($61 billion) investment plan.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler profit increases 7% in Q3

Oct. 29, 2014 15:09 CET
Fiat Chrysler reported a slightly lower-than-expected 7 percent rise in third-quarter operating profit on weak margins in North America and a slowdown in Latin America, but stuck to its full-year guidance of a 14 percent rise in profit.... Read More »

 

Renault's revenue rises on Dacia, Europe

Oct. 29, 2014 21:26 CET
Renault reported a 7 percent increase in revenue in the third quarter, boosted by higher demand for low-cost Dacia models in its home region. Revenue rose to 8.53 billion euros ($10.9 billion) from 7.99 billion euros a year earlier.... Read More »

 

JLR picks Discovery Sport to lead Brazil output

Oct. 29, 2014 16:00 CET
The Land Rover Discovery Sport will be the first model Jaguar Land Rover produces at its new plant in Brazil, the automaker said. Output will begin in 2016.... Read More »

 

Maserati beats Ferrari in Q3 profit on Montezemolo exit

Oct. 29, 2014 18:22 CET
Maserati's quarterly profit topped Ferrari's for the first time since it became part of Fiat Group more than 25 years ago. The main reason was that Ferrari took a big financial hit to part ways with Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Ferrari will go public but remain private

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group.... Read More »

 

VW recalls Audi A4s in China over airbag issue

Oct. 29, 2014 10:33 CET
VW Group's joint venture with FAW Group will recall 270,635 Audi A4s in China due to an airbag software issue, the country's quality watchdog said on Wednesday. The recall involves 4,692 imported A4 allroad variants and 265,943 China-made A4Ls.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's growth plans clouded by Brazilian outlook

Oct. 29, 2014 11:52 CET
Fiat Chrysler aims to boost sales in Latin America by 44 percent over five years but a recent big drop in volume and weakening outlook in Brazil, the region's biggest economy, threaten to spoil its ambitions.... Read More »

 

VW closes sales gap with Toyota in race for No. 1

Oct. 29, 2014 11:56 CET
VW Group has narrowed its global sales gap with market leader Toyota as the world's two largest automakers enter the fourth quarter in a tight race for the industry's top spot. VW Group trailed Toyota by 72,000 vehicles after nine months.... Read More »

 

Mazda readies CX-3 for Europe's hot small SUV segment

Oct. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda will join Europe's hot subcompact SUV segment early next year with the CX-3, a company spokesman said. Mazda will sell more than 25,000 CX-3s in Europe next year, analysts at IHS Automotive predict.... Read More »

 

Car dealer Lookers to beat expectations

Oct. 29, 2014 10:55 CET
Britain's fourth-largest car dealer group, Lookers, forecast better-than-expected 2014 results on Wednesday after seeing strong new car sales. Lookers said retail new car sales rose 12 percent in the first nine months of the year.... Read More »

 

VW to launch more than 20 EVs, plug-ins in China

Oct. 28, 2014 15:53 CET
Volkswagen Group said it will launch more than 20 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China by the end of 2018, as it capitalizes on Beijing's support for low-emission vehicles in the country's campaign against pollution.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Europe to add ix25 small SUV, source says

Oct. 28, 2014 15:36 CET
Hyundai will sell a version of the ix25 subcompact SUV in Europe and the U.S. starting in 2017, a company source told Automotive News Europe. The move would give Hyundai a competitor in Europe's booming small SUV segment.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

BorgWarner helps boost power in BMW 2 series

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
BorgWarner-sourced turbochargers for the new BMW 2 series help boost power by as much as 13 hp to 184 hp in gasoline-powered variants of the 220i compared with the previous generation of the car.... Read More »

 

Ghosn sees more recalls to ensure quality

Oct. 27, 2014 16:03 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says consumers can expect more recalls as automakers work to keep customers happy and ensure minimal fuss over quality issues.... Read More »

 

Toyota's global sales rise 3% as race with VW tightens

Oct. 27, 2014 12:38 CET
Toyota said worldwide sales climbed 3 percent through September as the carmaker battles VW Group to be the global No. 1. Toyota is benefiting from strong growth in the U.S. while VW Group is getting a big boost from China.... Read More »

 

VW owners in China protest over automaker's recall

Oct. 27, 2014 11:57 CET
Volkswagen faces protests in China after car owners were unsatisfied with its handling of a recall to fix a possible suspension defect. China is VW's No. 1 market, accounting for more than a third of its global unit sales in the first nine months.... Read More »

 

Continental eyes acquisition to reduce dependence on auto unit, report says

Oct. 27, 2014 15:37 CET
Continental is said to be looking for an acquisition in the industrial sector as it seeks to boost its proportion of industrial sales to 40 percent from close to 30 percent now to reduce its dependence on volatile car markets.... Read More »

 

Jaguar prices XE's volume version above BMW 3 series

Oct. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
The Jaguar XE's likely best-selling model, the XE 2.0-liter diesel sedan, will start at 29,775 pounds (37,713 euros) in the UK, topping the price of rival BMW's equivalent model, the 320d Efficient Dynamics sedan, by 1,000 pounds.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Europe mulls i20 subcompact wagon

Oct. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Hyundai says it is considering adding new body styles for the i20 subcompact that could include a station wagon to compete against cars such as wagon variants of the Skoda Fabia and Renault Clio.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

China has room for PSA's upscale DS brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014
PSA's upscale DS brand is on track to be successful in China because of consumer demand for French luxury goods, but it is unlikely to be a serious rival to the popular German premium brands.... Read More »

 

Porsche's pain helps create in-demand consultancy

Oct. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Porsche's experience of recovering from the brink of insolvency two decades ago to become a profit engine for VW Group has helped it with the development of a consultancy business that has a growing list of high-profile clients.... Read More »

 

 
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