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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Infiniti will aim QX30 crossover at affluent young buyers

March 2, 2015 20:06 CET

Infiniti said it will target younger affluent customers with its QX30 compact crossover. Infiniti unveiled a concept for the crossover on the eve of the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Bentley unveils two-seat sports car concept that may become 5th model

March 2, 2015 20:39 CET

Bentley unveiled the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept for a two-seat luxury sports car that it says may join its lineup in the near future. The EXP 10 also shows how the brand's styling will evolve to become sportier and more emotionally appealing.... Read More »

Germany joins France, Spain, Italy in posting sales gains

March 2, 2015 19:15 CET

New-car sales in Germany rose 6.6 percent in February and are heading for a modest increase this year compared with 2014 levels. Germany joined France, Italy and Spain in posting gains last month.... Read More »

VW Passat named European Car of the Year

March 2, 2015 17:28 CET

The Volkswagen Passat is Europe's 2015 Car of the Year, marking the third time in six years that VW has won the title. The Passat beat its nearest competitor, the Citroen C4 Cactus, by nearly 100 points. The Mercedes C class finished third in the voting.... Read More »

Toyota sees its EU sales growth this year, boosted by UK, southern Europe rebound

March 2, 2015 22:32 CET

Toyota expects its EU sales to grow by 2 percent to 2.5 percent in 2015, compared to 0.8 percent growth for the market in Western Europe. The rise will come from recovery in southern Europe, as well as continued strong sales in the UK, the automaker says.... Read More »

ElringKlinger may cancel EV contract

March 2, 2015 15:14 CET

German supplier ElringKlinger says it may terminate a contract to supply a major customer with components for electric cars to halt continued losses at its E-Mobility business.... Read More »

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Nissan Sway concept may preview new Micra

Feb. 24, 2015 12:58 CET

Nissan will unveil the Sway concept car at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The Sway will preview the automaker's next Micra subcompact, reports said. The automaker said the concept shows “how a future generation of small Nissans could look,” but didn't say whether it previews the new Micra.... Read More »

Union OKs 3% wage rise in Daimler, Porsche's heartland

Feb. 24, 2015 10:47 CET

Germany's biggest trade union, IG Metall, accepted a 3 percent wage increase for the country's southwest region, home to carmakers Daimler and Porsche. The union had called for a 5.5 percent increase. Deals agreed in the region traditionally serve as a template for agreements across Germany.... Read More »

Continental increases microcontroller output in China

Feb. 24, 2015 12:45 CET

Continental says it has launched production of transmission control units on a second line at its plant in Tianjin, China. The German supplier's transmission division entered China in 1998. Aside from its factory in Tianjin, the unit has an r&d center in Shanghai.... Read More »

GKN sees more growth this year after 2014 profits rise 4%

Feb. 24, 2015 11:12 CET

UK supplier GKN reported a 4 percent rise in annual profit last year and said it expected to grow again in 2015, helped by the continued strong demand for car parts.... Read More »

VW Eos output will end on declining cabrio demand

Feb. 23, 2015 19:06 CET

VW plans to stop making its Eos cabriolet as customer tastes shift away from convertibles in general and retractable hardtops like the Eos in particular. European sales of convertibles from volume carmakers fell 20 percent last year.... Read More »

Bugatti sells last Veyron, ending era for VW supercar

Feb. 23, 2015 14:52 CET

Volkswagen Group sold the 450th and final Bugatti Veyron, marking the end of one of the most exclusive supercars ever built. The 450 Veyrons were sold for an average price of about 2.3 million euros ($2.6 million) each.... Read More »

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Aston Martin will unveil Vulcan high-performance car

Feb. 17, 2015 12:03 CET

Aston Martin will unveil the Vulcan limited-edition supercar at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The Vulcan will be available for customers to drive on racetracks, the company said.... Read More »

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Audi will showcase possible flagship wagon

Feb. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi released sketches of the Prologue Avant station wagon concept that will debut at the Geneva auto show. The concept could preview a rival to the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, reports said.... Read More »

European recovery gains speed; Jan. sales up 6%

Feb. 17, 2015 09:01 CET

New-car sales in Europe rose 6 percent in January as price cuts and economic-growth prospects boosted demand for most brands. Registrations rose to 1.03 million vehicles last month, industry association ACEA said.... Read More »

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Mazda2 gets bigger, lighter and bolder

Feb. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Mazda expects its latest Mazda2 hatchback to make a bigger impact in Europe's highly competitive subcompact segment than the current model because of its more aggressive design, improved interior and a wide range of safety equipment.... Read More »

Daimler recalls 149,000 Mercedes cars in China and Germany

Feb. 16, 2015 16:52 CET

Daimler is recalling about 149,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in China and Germany for safety reasons.... Read More »

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Premium compact SUV sales forecast to top 500,000

Feb. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Sales of compact premium SUVs in Europe are poised to top half a million for the first time this year because of new model launches from brands such as BMW, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz. The segment has expanded significantly since 2010, when about 270,000 units were sold.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan posts record 2014 sales but fails to gain ground on Ghosn's No. 3 goal

Feb. 10, 2015 11:02 CET

Renault-Nissan increased combined global vehicle sales by 2.5 percent to 8.47 million last year, but the alliance is no closer to CEO Carlos Ghosn's goal of becoming one of the world's top three automakers.... Read More »

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BLOG: Ford Mondeo hybrid may benefit from diesel backlash

7:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

Ford does not expect its Mondeo hybrid to be a big seller in Europe but the environmentally friendly car could benefit from a backlash in some countries against diesels due to health fears over particulate emissions.... Read More »

Audi, Mercedes January sales beat BMW for global luxury-car lead

Feb. 10, 2015 11:00 CET

Audi and Mercedes brand both outsold BMW brand in January, bumping BMW to third place in the ranking of the world's best-selling luxury carmakers for the month. Both Mercedes and Audi aim to take the luxury sales crown from BMW by 2020.... Read More »

Daimler targets at least 10% sales growth in China this year

Feb. 10, 2015 13:27 CET

Daimler will boost local production of Mercedes vehicles in China and continue its dealer network expansion as it targets sales growth of at least 10 percent this year, the company's China chief, Hubertus Troska, said.... Read More »

German prosecutors drop probe of Daimler, Merkel aide

Feb. 10, 2015 11:50 CET

Prosecutors in Berlin have dropped a probe into whether Daimler granted "undue advantage" to a former treasurer of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats when it hired him as chief political lobbyist.... Read More »

Cooper-Standard plans to close factories in Europe in cost-cutting move

Feb. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

U.S. supplier Cooper-Standard Automotive plans to shutter factories and cut jobs in Germany and France as it restructures its European operations.The company, which has 12 factories in western Europe, declined to name which factories will be closed or downsized.... Read More »

Russian car sales may fall up to 35% in 2015, PwC says

Feb. 9, 2015 11:55 CET

Russian new-car sales are expected to decline by 25 percent to 35 percent this year as a weakening ruble and a sharply declining economy hit demand, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said. Sales fell 24 percent in January.... Read More »

 
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