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Aston Martin CEO says Alabama 'obvious choice' for U.S. plant

May 19, 2015 12:01 CET

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the U.S state of Alabama is the “obvious choice” for a new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover.... Read More »

BMW approves launch of X2 crossover, report says

May 19, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW has approved the launch of a coupe-styled crossover called the X2 to rival the Range Rover Evoque, a report said.... Read More »

Audi rules out entry into Formula One

May 18, 2015 16:06 CET

Audi has no plans to enter Formula One, the company has said, seeking to end speculation that the carmaker was tempted to broaden its commitment to motor racing.... Read More »

Fiat, Renault output in Turkey hit by labor dispute

May 18, 2015 10:59 CET

Production was halted at Fiat's joint venture factory in Turkey today as a labor protest over working conditions that hit Renault last week widened.... Read More »

Ghosn sees no need to change Renault-Nissan alliance after French gov't stake increase

May 18, 2015 08:36 CET

Carlos Ghosn sees no need to change Nissan's capital alliance with Renault after France raised its stake in the French automaker. Some analysts had expected Ghosn to reduce Renault's stake in Nissan to below 40 percent.... Read More »

Turin's past as global design hub inspire new event

May 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Two Italian design companies will unveil high-performance sports coupes at an event that aims to recall the glamor of auto shows held in Turin when the city was a global design hub.... Read More »

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Why PSA chief Tavares is betting big on DS' long-term success

May 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Making a success of the DS brand is a big task facing PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares. PSA revived the DS badge for near-premium models five years ago, hoping its association with iconic Citroen DS cars would give the line instant appeal.... Read More »

VW Group sales fall for first time in years

May 16, 2015 10:45 CET

VW Group sales fell for the first time in at least four and a half years in April, raising pressure on the automaker to fix trouble spots laid bare by the ouster of Ferdinand Piech as chairman.... Read More »

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How Apple and Google could reshape the connected car sector

May 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Leading automakers believe that Apple and Google will play a key role in the connected car. The question is whether they will be partners or rivals to companies such as VW, Fiat Chrysler and Renault-Nissan.... Read More »

PSA will debut self-driving features on 508

May 15, 2015 06:15 CET

Peugeot will debut self-driving features on its next 508 midsize car as the brand seeks to move upscale in Europe. The 508 will offer hands-free steering and braking control in stop-and-go traffic and along highways.... Read More »

VW will invest 4.2 billion euros in Spanish factories

May 15, 2015 11:02 CET

VW Group will invest 4.2 billion euros ($4.8 billion) to upgrade its vehicle assembly plants in Martorell and Pamplona, Spain, in preparation for the assignment of new models.... Read More »

Aston Martin likely to shun Mercedes' platform for DBX crossover

May 15, 2015 12:48 CET

Aston Martin may modify its new sports car platform for its DBX crossover rather than use underpinnings from a Mercedes SUV, CEO Andy Palmer said. The DBX is due to launch in 2019.... Read More »

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Europe's biggest segment is poised for a rebound

May 15, 2015 06:15 CET

European sales of subcompact cars including the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta are forecast to rise to 23 percent of the overall auto market in 2015. The increasing popularity of small crossovers, however, means the segment will never again reach the record share seen in 2009, analysts predict.... Read More »

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Audi's move to e-charger will boost Valeo, Honeywell, other turbo makers

May 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi will be the first automaker to use electrically boosted turbocharging in a mass-production model. The trend toward electrifying turbos is expected to benefit suppliers Valeo, Honeywell and BorgWarner.... Read More »

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Hyundai, Volvo, Mercedes take steps toward Internet car sales

May 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Hyundai, Volvo and Mercedes are experimenting more boldly with online sales, but they are careful to avoid straining their relations with dealers as they create and deploy tools that make it possible for the bulk of the transaction to take place online.... Read More »

Honda adds nearly 5 million cars to Takata airbag recall

May 14, 2015 11:00 CET

Honda today said it will recall 4.89 million cars globally to replace potentially fatal airbag inflators made by Japan's Takata. The recall comes a day after Toyota and Nissan said they were taking back 6.5 million vehicles worldwide over the same issue.... Read More »

BMW is one big, happy family as squabbles damage rival Volkswagen

May 14, 2015 11:17 CET

The normally secretive Quandt family, which controls a majority stake in BMW, praised the company's seamless appointment of CEO Harald Krueger as rival VW Group inspects the damage from a bitter leadership crisis.... Read More »

Spain renews scrappage program for the last time

May 13, 2015 13:00 CET

New-car sales in Spain will continue to be boosted by subsidies after the government said it will renew a scrappage program for the last time.The program has helped to fuel car sales for the last 20 months after the country fell into a severe recession.... Read More »

Russian car sales fall 42% to lowest April level for a decade

May 13, 2015 15:17 CET

Russian new-car sales fell 42 percent in April, the lowest level for the month in a decade, as the country's economy continued to be hit by Western sanctions, low oil prices and a weak currency.... Read More »

VW brand sales fall 4.8% in April on weak China, Russia and Brazil

May 13, 2015 18:55 CET

Volkswagen brand vehicle sales fell 4.8 percent in April as lower volumes in China, Russia and South America continue to outweigh gains in Europe.... Read More »

Piech avoids family showdown over VW

May 13, 2015 11:41 CET

Ferdinand Piech avoided a showdown with his cousin, Wolfgang Porsche, by not attending today's annual shareholders meeting of his family's holding company that controls a majority stake in Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

Toyota, Nissan add 6.5 million cars to Takata airbag recall

May 13, 2015 08:02 CET

Toyota and Nissan are recalling more than 6.5 million cars globally to replace potentially faulty airbag inflators made by Takata. Toyota's recall involves 35 models including 1.27 million in Europe and 637,000 in the U.S. Nissan's recall includes 563,000 cars in Europe and 326,000 in North America.... Read More »

BMW's new CEO starts in shadow of predecessor's shift to chairman

May 13, 2015 10:50 CET

The first test facing Harald Krueger, BMW Group's new CEO, will be to emerge from the shadows of his predecessor, Norbert Reithofer, who will be watching over his shoulder as the new chairman.... Read More »

Porsche SE plans car-connectivity investments

May 13, 2015 16:22 CET

Porsche SE, the controlling shareholder of Volkswagen Group, plans to use its cash to invest in car-connectivity technology as part of a push to expand its portfolio beyond the automaker.... Read More »

Renault readies Porsche Boxster, Audi TT rival

May 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault may unveil its first modern Alpine sports car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race next month, a report said. The concept would preview a production car that would rival models such as the Audi TT and Porsche Boxster.... Read More »

 
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