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Audi aims Q7, A6L plug-in hybrids at Chinese buyers

April 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi will aim plug-in hybrid versions of the Q7 SUV and long-wheelbase A6 at Chinese customers as the company seeks to maintain its sales lead over rivals BMW and Mercedes in the world's largest vehicle market.... Read More »

BMW says new 7 series will park itself without driver at wheel

April 18, 2015 00:15 CET

BMW says the 7-series flagship sedan will be the world's first series-production car that can be parked without anyone at the wheel. The company released details of its new 7 series today. The remote control parking feature will help make the car the most technologically advanced model in its class, r&d boss Klaus Froehlich said.... Read More »

Lotus plans to build cars in China

April 17, 2015 16:24 CET

Lotus plans to build cars and engines in China in a joint venture, DRB-Hicom, the UK sports car maker's Malaysian parent company, said. The venture will involve an investment of $1.6 billion over 15 years.... Read More »

Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn to stay in defeat for Piech

April 17, 2015 11:59 CET

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn won the "full support" of the automaker's top-level committee to continue serving as chief executive in a defeat for Ferdinand Piech, the automaker's powerful chairman and patriarch of its founding family.... Read More »

Oman will use Italian expertise to help build auto industry

April 17, 2015 06:01 CET

The Oman government has bought into an Italian supplier as part of its goal to develop car production in the oil-rich Middle Eastern state. The state-owned Oman Investment Fund last month bought a 40 percent stake in Italian thermoplastic parts supplier Sigit.... Read More »

VW Group sales rise 2% on Europe, China demand

April 17, 2015 12:25 CET

VW said group sales rose 2.3 percent in March to 968,300 vehicles, as gains in Western Europe and China helped offset declines in the U.S. and South America. The result extended first-quarter deliveries to a total of 2.49 million vehicles, a rise of 1.8 percent.... Read More »

Renault wants France to back down on voting rights rise

April 17, 2015 11:07 CET

Renault urged France, its largest-single shareholder, to back down from plans to increase its voting weight in the automaker, warning that the balance of power within its alliance with Nissan was at risk. The Japanese automaker holds a non-voting 15 percent stake in Renault.... Read More »

FCA has no plans to list other brands after Ferrari

April 16, 2015 13:44 CET

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has no plans to list any other brand from its portfolio besides luxury unit Ferrari, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne told a shareholder meeting.... Read More »

VW, Metzler terminate talks to sell LeasePlan

April 16, 2015 18:56 CET

VW Group and private German bank Metzler have terminated talks to sell LeasePlan, a Dutch fleet-management company with 1.42 million vehicles spread across 32 countries. The deal was valued at about 3 billion euros, people familiar with the situation said.... Read More »

Grupo Antolin to buy Magna unit for $525 million

April 16, 2015 15:17 CET

Spain's Grupo Antolin has reached an agreement to purchase Magna International's interiors unit for about $525 million, creating what Antolin estimates will be the world's third-largest player in the consolidating sector.... Read More »

Mahindra nears deal to buy Pininfarina, sources say

April 16, 2015 14:10 CET

Mahindra & Mahindra, India's largest maker of SUVs, is in the final stages of negotiations to buy Italian design and engineering firm Pininfarina, according to people familiar with the matter, who said a deal could be reached as early as next week.... Read More »

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BorgWarner CEO welcomes electrification of the powertrain

April 16, 2015 06:15 CET

BorgWarner sees the electrification of the powertrain as a positive for the supplier despite its heavy reliance on sales of parts that EVs don't need, such as turbochargers and glow plugs, James Verrier, the company's CEO, explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Faurecia sales boosted by European car demand, weaker euro

April 15, 2015 18:46 CET

Faurecia said its first-quarter sales rose 14 percent, helped by currency tailwinds and a recovery in European vehicle demand.... Read More »

CO2 emissions from new cars in EU fell 2.6% in 2014, study says

April 15, 2015 16:29 CET

Average CO2 emissions from new cars sold in the EU fell 2.6 percent to to 123.4g/km last year, beating goals set for 2015 as part of efforts to slow climate change, the European Environment Agency said.... Read More »

PSA's upscale DS brand will join booming SUV/crossover segment

April 15, 2015 11:40 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's upscale DS brand plans to launch a subcompact SUV/crossover that will rival models such as the Renault Captur and Mini Countryman.... Read More »

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Crossovers to boost awd suppliers for rest of the decade

April 15, 2015 06:15 CET

Booming demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe and China will keep benefiting suppliers of all-wheel-drive technology such as GKN Driveline, BorgWarner and JTEKT for the rest of the decade.... Read More »

BMW sales rise 5% in March on minivan, 4-series demand

April 14, 2015 11:35 CET

BMW said sales of its core luxury brand rose 5.1 percent in March to a record 195,593 cars, thanks to strong demand for the 2-series Active Tourer minivan and 4-series coupe.... Read More »

VW brand sales fall nearly 1% in March on weak Russia, Brazil

April 14, 2015 12:46 CET

Volkswagen Group said sales of its core VW brand fell 0.9 percent last month. "Demanding" conditions in South America, especially Brazil, along with the Russian market slump, impacted deliveries, according to sales and marketing chief, Christian Klingler.... Read More »

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China's Qoros says subcompact SUV has German-inspired design

April 14, 2015 10:29 CET

Chinese carmaker Qoros said its Qoros 2 concept has a "German-inspired" design. The concept for a subcompact SUV is set to become the brand's fourth model. It was created by Qoros design teams in Munich and Shanghai.... Read More »

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Renault Kadjar, VW Tiguan will help drive compact SUV sales past 2 million

April 14, 2015 06:15 CET

Rivalry in Europe's compact SUV/crossover segment will intensify as more brands compete with refreshed models or all-new entries such as the Renault Kadjar. By 2020 sales in the segment are forecast to double to more than 2 million.... Read More »

Audi's car sales rise to monthly record as U.S. surge offsets weaker Europe, China

April 13, 2015 12:30 CET

Audi said its vehicle sales increased 4.4 percent in March to 177,950, the highest level for any month in the carmaker's history, as surging volume in the U.S. offset a slowing Europe and China and a decline in Russia.... Read More »

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Automakers benefit from China's SUV boom

April 13, 2015 08:55 CET

The Shanghai auto show will be the perfect place to gauge the intensity of the SUV battle between the global and Chinese automakers. The SUV market is one of the few segments in which Chinese automakers are successfully challenging foreign rivals.... Read More »

Hyundai beats VW as China's top-ranked mass-market auto brand

April 13, 2015 11:27 CET

Hyundai beat Volkswagen and General Motors' Buick to be the top-ranked mass-market auto brand in China in a state-backed survey, even as the South Korean automaker's deliveries there fell in the first quarter.... Read More »

Valeo says Audi will use its supercharger to reduce lag and save fuel

April 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Valeo says other automakers likely will follow Audi in using its electric supercharger that boosts an engine's acceleration while also saving fuel. The supplier said Audi will launch a production car with the supercharger next year.... Read More »

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Automakers defend diesels, call them key to meeting CO2 goals

April 13, 2015 06:15 CET

Automakers in Europe are calling for long-term clarity on legislation that affects diesels after some governments, including France, started to discourage buyers from purchasing vehicles that use the fuel because of air pollution concerns.... Read More »

 
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