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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Lexus reveals potential Mini fighter

March 3, 2015 14:55 CET
Lexus revealed the aggressively styled LF-SA subcompact concept at the Geneva auto show today that, if built, would compete against the Mini hatchback and Audi A1.... Read More »

 

FEBRUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

Fiat Chrysler, GM, Nissan rise in Feb.; Ford falls

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said its U.S. sales rose 6 percent last month, its smallest increase in more than a year, and indicated that industrywide demand was not as strong as some analysts had forecast.... Read More »

 

FCA's February sales rise 6% on SUV, pickup, Chrysler 200 demand

10:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Strong sales of Jeeps, Ram pickups and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 6 percent in February. FCA US reported sales of 163,586 vehicles in February, its 59th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases in the United States.... Read More »

 

Daimler's Zetsche sees opportunity from convergence with tech firms

March 3, 2015 14:33 CET
Daimler is not afraid of new competitors from the technology and telecoms industries such as Google and Apple, CEO Dieter Zetsche said, adding that there is a tremendous opportunity for cooperation.... Read More »

 

Porsche will buy 25% stake in carbon fiber maker

March 3, 2015 13:30 CET
Porsche plans to buy a 25 percent stake in German carbon fiber producer Capricorn Composite, widening access to the lightweight material it uses in its LMP1 and 918 Spyder sports cars.... Read More »

 

Apple seen emerging as serious competitor by auto executives

9:09 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Auto executives are taking seriously the prospect that Apple and Google will emerge as competitors even as they consider partnering with the two.... Read More »

 

First Shift: Marchionne's big mystery

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
FCA head has tie-up in mind - but not with VW; Ford, Hyundai, Infiniti debuts; Toyota Venza exit; ultra-luxury boom.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Ford frustrated by rail car shortage

7:05 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Railroad companies are struggling to keep up with surging US demand for trucks and SUVs, frustrating Ford and Toyota.... Read More »

 

Kobe Steel considers $800 million U.S. aluminum plant for auto suppliers

6:41 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Kobe Steel, supplier of aluminum sheet to half of Japan’s auto industry, is considering building a 100 billion yen ($832 million) plant in the U.S. to expand sales to Japanese carmakers operating in North America.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Bentley CEO expects big boost from brand's first SUV

March 3, 2015 06:01 CET
Bentley is on course to reach record sales targets as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with its first SUV, the Bentayga. Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer shared his outlook for the UK-based carmaker with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Aston Martin SUV may deepen Daimler partnership

March 3, 2015 10:39 CET
Aston Martin announced plans for an SUV that may draw more heavily on its partnership with Daimler, as the UK supercar maker confirmed moves to raise more capital and expand into new vehicle categories.... Read More »

 

Marchionne says he has merger candidate in mind, but it's not VW

6:22 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Volkswagen is not the ideal candidate for a tie-up with Fiat Chrysler, the CEO Sergio Marchionne said today, adding he was exploring various merger and acquisition options.... Read More »

 

Opel, VW CEOs cautious on Europe sales growth amid Russia crisis

March 3, 2015 09:14 CET
Europe's carmakers are benefiting from robust demand for passenger cars in most of the region although the slumping Russian market continues to cast a shadow, making forecasts increasingly difficult, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann and VW boss Martin Winterkorn said.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Ford, Farley hope for success in U.S.-Russian diplomacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Jim Farley, newly installed as head of Ford of Europe, on Monday vowed that the money-losing unit is “going to make progress in spite of the headwinds.”... Read More »

 

VW coupe-styled GTE aims to boost brand image

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Volkswagen previewed a coupe-styled sedan at the Geneva auto show that is set to become a production model to boost the brand's image and attract customers from cars such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS. VW signaled the Sport Coupe Concept GTE will likely become a production model.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Bentley, Maserati, Lambo big winners in surging niche

March 2, 2015 06:01 CET
Ultraluxury carmakers Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Maserati are experiencing unprecedented success. Strong demand for those brands -- as well as Ferrari and Aston Martin -- has forecasters predicting the niche will grow by nearly 40 percent between now and 2020.... 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 »

 

Foreign carmakers lead February sales growth in France

March 2, 2015 13:36 CET
French car registrations grew 4.1 percent in February compared with a year earlier, led by growth in sales of cars made by foreign-owned manufacturers.... Read More »

 

Spain new-car sales rise 26% in February

March 2, 2015 14:00 CET
New-car sales rose 26 percent in Spain last month, the 18th consecutive month of growth, a car manufacturers' group said. Registrations have been boosted by a government subsidy program.... Read More »

 

Kia to roll out 1.0-liter turbo engine in Cee'd GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
This week at the Geneva auto show, Kia plans to unveil the Cee'd GT, the first Kia model to use Hyundai Motor Group's new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Kia says the engine puts out 118 hp and 127 pounds-feet of torque despite its scant displacement.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Nissan charts own course to raise racing profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Darren Cox, global director of motorsports for Nissan and head of sales and marketing for the Nismo performance brand, is tasked with raising Nissan's profile in world racing. That includes making NASCAR-centric Americans more aware of Nissan as a bona fide source of performance technology.... Read More »

 

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