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BRADFORD WERNLE

BLOG: A glimpse at some imaginary future Fords and Lincolns

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013

Ford introduced a new sub-brand at the Frankfurt auto show this week. It’s called Vignale, named for a revered Italian coachbuilder. Seeing the Vignale concept vehicles got me thinking about other Ford fantasy vehicles.... Read More »

BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: A Nissan concept to watch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013

Nissan took infotainment connectivity to a new level by unveiling a wristwatch at the Frankfurt auto show that can receive driving data from a car and biometric reactions from its driver.... Read More »

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Volkswagen mulls launching commercial vehicles in U.S.

5:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013

Volkswagen may launch commercial vehicles in the United States as part of steps to expand its core namesake brand in the world's No. 2 auto market. Commercial pickup trucks and vans such as VW's box-type Caddy model "certainly represent an opportunity" for the United States, Jonathan Browning, chief executive of VW Group of America said at the Frankfurt auto show, referring to the success of Ford's Transit Connect van.... Read More »

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Auto executives more downbeat than desperate

Sept. 11, 2013 13:00 CET

Two years ago, at the last Frankfurt auto show, the big story was the unraveling euro zone crisis and its effect on the auto industry. Now the crisis is subsiding, but the caution remains.... Read More »

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Renault will launch upscale Initiale Paris line in China

Sept. 11, 2013 11:19 CET

Renault will sell upscale vehicles under its new Initiale Paris badge in China as well as Europe to compete with French rival Citroen's DS line.... Read More »

BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: A Nissan concept to watch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013

Nissan took infotainment connectivity to a new level by unveiling a wristwatch at the Frankfurt auto show that can receive driving data from a car and biometric reactions from its driver.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Taking a peek inside China's Changan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013

China's Changan is moving fast but cautiously, according to a top executive with the automaker whose partners include Ford, PSA and Mazda.... Read More »

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Porsche 918 hybrid beats Toyota Prius as supercars go green

Sept. 11, 2013 06:01 CET

Porsche and BMW are among carmakers who have unveiled new sports cars that are not only fast but also greener as fuel efficiency becomes a key standard even for supercars.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Tesla vows to charge across Europe

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013

How hot is Tesla? The California electric-vehicle maker drew a jostling crowd of perhaps 100 journalists for its press conference at the Frankfurt auto show Tuesday without the benefit of a new car to show.... Read More »

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Ferrari's 458 Speciale to sell for 238,000 euros

Sept. 10, 2013 16:39 CET

Ferrari's 458 Speciale, which will cost 238,000 euros in Italy, is targeting customers seeking a more extreme driving experience, the company's Chairman Luca di Montezemolo said.... Read More »

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Chevrolet sees Korean drive upmarket as opportunity in Europe

Sept. 10, 2013 16:46 CET

Korean automakers are increasingly focused on chasing better-off customers in Europe, creating an opportunity for General Motors to push its own value brand Chevrolet, Thomas Sedran, president of Chevrolet Europe, said.... Read More »

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Volvo execs, owner Geely clash over brand direction

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013

Safe, solid and understated in a Swedish way, or an aspiring luxury brand eager to pander to a Chinese taste for excess and 'bling': that's the debate causing ripples at the top of Volvo, which has been under Chinese ownership since 2010.... Read More »

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Hyundai cuts price on new i10 to win sales from VW Up

Sept. 10, 2013 18:26 CET

The new Hyundai i10 is longer, wider and less expensive than the model it replaces, changes that the automaker hopes will help it win sales from the Volkswagen Up.... Read More »

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GM may sell Opel Adam minicar in U.S. as a Buick

Sept. 10, 2013 17:04 CET

General Motors may sell the Opel Adam minicar in the United States, likely wearing a Buick badge.... Read More »

Volvo execs, owner Geely clash over brand direction

Sept. 10, 2013 21:40 CET

Safe, solid and understated in a Swedish way, or an aspiring luxury brand eager to pander to a Chinese taste for excess and 'bling': that's the debate causing ripples at the top of Volvo, which has been under Chinese ownership since 2010.... Read More »

2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Chevy sees Korean drive upmarket as opportunity in Europe

10:46 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013

South Korean automakers are increasingly focused on chasing premium clients in Europe, creating an opportunity for GM to push its own value brand Chevy, Thomas Sedran, president of Chevrolet... Read More »

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Mercedes S-class coupe concept set to replace CL coupe

5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013

Mercedes-Benz used the Frankfurt auto show today to unveil the S-class coupe concept that is expected to replace the CL coupe. The S-class coupe concept has the same rear-wheel-drive proportions as the latest S-class sedan and a diamond radiator grille that frames the Mercedes star.... Read More »

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Hot rods go green

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013

Speedy new models from Porsche AG and BMW AG can beat Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius not just off the line but also at the fuel pump as efficiency becomes a key standard even for elite racers.... Read More »

GM may sell Opel Adam minicar in U.S. as a Buick

11:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013

General Motors is considering bringing the Opel Adam minicar to the United States, likely wearing a Buick badge, Opel Chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann said today.... Read More »

Continental to partner with IBM on autonomous driving systems

10:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013

German automotive supplier Continental AG said it was teaming up with IBM, the world's biggest technology services company, on systems used for driverless cars.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Why Opel and Buick are looking more familiar

9:38 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013

A memo from overseas to Buick watchers in the United States: Pay attention to what GM's Opel brand is doing on the other side of the pond, including the lithe Monza concept it unwrapped at the auto show here today. Because, more than ever, what's Opel is Buick, and vice versa.... Read More »

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Audi may build production version of Nanuk quattro concept

Sept. 10, 2013 13:03 CET

Audi may build a production version of the Nanuk quattro concept unveiled at the auto show here if it finds enough interest from wealthy potential buyers in markets such as the Middle East and Russia.... Read More »

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Mercedes S-class coupe concept set to replace CL coupe

Sept. 10, 2013 11:30 CET

Mercedes unveiled the S-class coupe concept that is expected to replace the CL coupe.... Read More »

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European automakers see long road to recovery

Sept. 10, 2013 10:38 CET

Europe's car market is bottoming out after five years of falling demand, but high unemployment and weak bank lending suggest its recovery will be long and slow, executives at the Frankfurt show said.... Read More »

Ford's Odell: Europe has hit bottom

Sept. 10, 2013 06:01 CET

Ford of Europe CEO Stephen Odell sees signs that the European economy's tailspin has stopped. He cited business purchasing data, flattening of unemployment levels and the ability of hard-hit southern European countries to borrow.... Read More »

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