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Dutch car sales likely to fall to 45-year low, industry group says

Aug. 19, 2014 13:36 CET
Dutch car sales will likely fall to their lowest level since 1969 this year as sluggish economic recovery and weak consumer confidence hit demand, automotive industry consultancy group Aumacon says.... Read More »

 

Saab's owner seeks partner to secure brand's future

Aug. 19, 2014 11:15 CET
Saab's owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, says it is in discussions with potential partners as it seeks to restart car production and develop future models.... Read More »

 

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Citroen's clever C4 Cactus

Aug. 19, 2014 06:01 CET
Citroen has found clever ways to make its new C4 Cactus an unconventional and affordable alternative to hatchbacks that dominate Europe's compact segment.... Read More »

 

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Ford Store borrows from Apple in bid to move brand upscale in Europe

Aug. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford is the latest automaker to borrow ideas from tech giant Apple. The automaker is rebranding 500 European dealerships as Ford Stores ahead of launching its new Vignale premium trim line.... Read More »

 

Volvo CEO on new XC90: 'There is no second chance'

Aug. 18, 2014 15:00 CET
The new XC90 is crucial to Volvo's bid to close the sales gap with German premium rivals BMW, Mercedes and Audi. "There is no second chance," Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said.... Read More »

 

China finds Mercedes guilty of price fixing, report says

Aug. 18, 2014 10:53 CET
Mercedes has been found guilty of manipulating prices for aftersales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Foreign automakers have been under scrutiny in China amid reports by state media that they are overcharging consumers.... Read More »

 

Russia may ban car imports if West applies new sanctions, report says

Aug. 18, 2014 11:54 CET
Russia may ban car imports if the West applies additional sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine, a daily newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

China needs Europe-like open competition, Volvo Chairman says

Aug. 18, 2014 13:46 CET
Volvo Chairman Li Shufu says China should stop trying to hinder competition in the world's largest automaker. "It's best if it's completely open, like in the U.S. and Europe; whoever wants to produce cars can do it," Li said.... Read More »

 

ZF plans big expansion of Shanghai r&d center

Aug. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is investing 50 million euros (412 million yuan) in a fivefold expansion of its Shanghai headquarters and research hub.... Read More »

 

Chinese EV, plug-in hybrid output soars tenfold in July

Aug. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Automakers, aided by government subsidies, produced 5,799 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China in July, 10 times more than in the same month last year.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them.... Read More »

 

Mercedes, Audi success boosts Hungary economy

Aug. 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Increased vehicle output by Mercedes and Audi is giving Hungary's economy a boost. Gross Domestic Product rose by 3.9 percent in the second quarter, the Hungarian Central Statistics Office said.... Read More »

 

Aston Martin's U.S. stores at risk due to new crash rule, dealer says

Aug. 15, 2014 10:45 CET
Aston Martin stores in the United States will become unprofitable and could be forced to close if the sports-car maker cannot get an exemption for two of its models from tougher new crash standards, a top dealer said.... Read More »

 

Daimler to recall 50,000 Smarts in China

Aug. 15, 2014 12:33 CET
Daimler is recalling about 50,000 Smart ForTwos in China. Authorities identified that vibrations can cause the V-belt, an engine component that drives the cooling fan and the alternator, to tear.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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