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Ford unveils upscale S-Max concept with Vignale badge

April 9, 2014 13:19 CET
Ford has unveiled a concept previewing an upscale Vignale variant of its S-Max large minivan, the second vehicle to receive the trim line after the Mondeo sedan.... Read More »

 

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How PSA lured Tavares

April 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Carlos Tavares' disclosure that he didn't want to remain No. 2 at Renault got him fired, but it also got him what he wanted: the chance to be CEO of a major global automaker.... Read More »

 

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Tavares's message to PSA execs: Make money

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
Incoming PSA CEO Carlos Tavares wants profitability to be the key priority for the ailing French automaker.... Read More »

 

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Alfa calls new architecture Giorgio

7:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Alfa Romeo's new architecture will be code-named Giorgio, people working on the project told me. It's one of the few details revealed so far about the brand's fourth revival plan since 2004.... Read More »

 

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Google, smartwatches, self-driving cars dominate at CES

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2014
There will be more Google in your next car and your first smartwatch might come from an automaker rather than a computer maker. Those are some of my takeaways from this year's CES.... Read More »

 

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Ford is right not to follow Fiat 500 with new Ka

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Ford is right to replace the Ka minicar in Europe with a regular subcompact instead of an upscale product to compete with the Fiat 500 or Opel Adam.... Read More »

 

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GM's massive missed opportunity in Europe

2:12 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2013
General Motors never should have dumped Daewoo in favor of Chevrolet in Europe eight years ago. Had GM stuck with Daewoo it could have gone head to head against Renault's successful low-cost Dacia brand.... Read More »

 

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Fiat's loveless marriage to Alfa

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2013
There has always been bad chemistry between Fiat and Alfa. Fiat's mass-market focus simply does not sit well with Alfa's great history of technical innovation and extreme performance. But Fiat refuses to dispose of it, despite strong interest from Volkswagen.... Read More »

 

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Audi CEO Stadler aims at next target: 2 million sales

Dec. 3, 2013 06:15 CET
Despite tough conditions in Europe, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says the brand is determined to reach annual global sales of 2 million vehicles by 2020 and take the lead in the premium segment.... Read More »

 

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Fiat's loveless marriage to Alfa

12:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
There has always been bad chemistry between Fiat and Alfa. Fiat's mass-market focus simply does not sit well with Alfa's great history of technical innovation and extreme performance. But Fiat refuses to dispose of it, despite strong interest from Volkswagen.... Read More »

 

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BMW: wagons for Europe, GTs for the rest of the world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2013
BMW's GT models are aimed at countries such as the U.S. and China, while Europe is the main market for the automaker's station wagons.... Read More »

 

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Maserati Quattroporte sales boosted by young female executives in China

Nov. 18, 2013 06:15 CET
Maserati CEO Harald Wester says Quattroporte sales in China are being boosted by young businesswomen. In China, the average age of Maserati buyers is about 37 years old compared with 55 for Europe and the United States.... Read More »

 

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Citroen CEO outlines brand's strategy for upscale and affordable car lines

Nov. 7, 2013 06:15 CET
Citroen wants its new C-line to match the success of its DS upscale subbrand. CEO Frederic Banzet told Automotive News Europe how the automaker aims to position its affordable, practical model line.... Read More »

 

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Peugeot CEO outlines plan to boost profit

Nov. 6, 2013 06:15 CET
Peugeot plans to boost profits by adding new high-end variants to its existing lineup, rather than developing new upscale model lines, its CEO says.... Read More »

 

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Fiat builds on its strength – minicars – to revive slumping sales

Nov. 5, 2013 06:15 CET
Fiat aims to win back customers to its core brand with the likely expansion of its Panda and 500 model lines to 12 derivatives that will cover the minicar, subcompact and compact segments.... Read More »

 

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Fiat drops out of Europe's top ten brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2013
Last month, Fiat sold just 15 more cars in Europe than Skoda. The Italian marque is no longer one of Europe's top 10 brands by vehicle sales.... Read More »

 

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Audi's amazing August provides parent VW Group some relief

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2013
Audi made history last month. It is the first premium brand to rank as high as No. 2 in total European monthly sales. That good news, however, was offset by bad news at sister brand Volkswagen.... Read More »

 

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Marchionne 3.0 – the Alfa patriot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
Sergio Marchionne's mantras are like liquid, meaning they – like the Fiat-Chysler CEO – continually change as the global auto business evolves.... Read More »

 

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Germans get positive endorsement; PSA looks poised to surprise

4:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
On the eve of their massive domestic auto show, German automakers received another strong endorsement, this time from the Fitch Ratings agency, which might be underestimating PSA's potential for a strong rebound.... Read More »

 

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What's next for Tavares, Ghosn and Renault?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2013
Carlos Tavares and Renault had no choice but to part ways. Tavares is 55 and wants to be the CEO at a global automaker sooner rather than later.... Read More »

 

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What's next for Tavares, Ghosn and Renault?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2013
Carlos Tavares and Renault had no choice but to part ways. Tavares is 55 and wants to be the CEO at a global automaker sooner rather than later.... Read More »

 

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Ferrari's next big challenge: Talk more, e-mail less

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2013
To encourage more talking and less e-mailing Ferrari introduced a rule that e-mails sent by employees can have no more than three internal recipients.... Read More »

 

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Ferrari's next big challenge: Talk more, e-mail less

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2013
To encourage more talking and less e-mailing Ferrari introduced a rule that e-mails sent by employees can have no more than three internal recipients.... Read More »

 

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Ralph Lauren's Bugatti shows fascination with cars definitely is not dying

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2013
We keep hearing that the iPod generation doesn't care as much about cars. That theory was proved wrong over the weekend during the Concourse d'Elegance in Como, Italy. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren's classic Bugatti was voted Best in Show by visitors to the event -- including those under 16 years old.... Read More »

 

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U.S. and Brazil bright spots for Fiat-Chrysler as Europe declines

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2013
Global April sales for Fiat-Chrysler show how much the Americas, especially the U.S. and Brazil, are supporting the automaker as deliveries in Europe fall.... Read More »

 

 
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