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U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.2 mpg in February, report says

3:47 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. decreased 0.2 mpg last month from January, likely because of severe weather in much of the country, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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BMW CEO Reithofer sees challenges mounting for his successor

March 4, 2015 21:46 CET
The new boss of BMW Group, Harald Krueger, will have to cope with the rise of electric cars, automated driving and new competitors, as well as the traditional uncertainties over consumer demand and fuel prices, the company's outgoing CEO, Norbert Reithofer, said....
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NHTSA expands Ford Fiesta door-latch probe to 2013 Fusion, Lincoln MKZ

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding a September investigation of door-latch failure in the 2011-13 Ford Fiesta to include the 2013 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ....
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Ram will expand lineup of CNG-powered trucks

1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Fiat Chrysler is expanding the availability of compressed natural gas on its heavy duty Ram pickup. The CNG-fueled truck, originally engineered for fleet operators, is available now only in a four-door crew cab, four-wheel-drive and long-bed model. This fall, the truck will be offered in a regular cab two-door body style with two-wheel drive and a long bed....
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Jeep ramps up dealers in China as production commences

2:14 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Jeep will increase its dealerships in China by about a third this year and will start local production of its Cherokee SUV in November followed by the smaller Renegade model in 2016, CEO Mike Manley said....
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Fiat brand will never again be a mass-market player in Europe, Marchionne says

March 4, 2015 19:42 CET
The Fiat brand will never again be the mass-market brand it once was in Europe as it places strategic emphasis on profit and brand discipline, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said....
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ZF-TRW deal to be approved by EU regulators, report says

1:48 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
EU antitrust regulators are expected to clear German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion bid for US peer TRW Automotive Holdings with conditions, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters today....
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Chevy Bolt EV variant may be sold as an Opel in Europe, sources say

March 4, 2015 19:08 CET
General Motors may sell a version of the Chevrolet Bolt electric car in Europe as an Opel/Vauxhall model, company sources said....
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HANS GREIMEL

BYD heralds its vehicle sales in Japan

1:04 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Can the Chinese succeed where the Koreans and Americans largely have failed: penetrating Japan's auto market?...
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DAVE GUILFORD

America, land of big spaces, spurs Hyundai Tucson redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
How do you design a crossover with a name evoking the old West -- that cowboy, cactus, rugged desert terrain ethos?...
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Audi R8 e-tron signals shift by German automakers to high-end EVs

March 4, 2015 16:12 CET
German carmakers are shifting their focus towards high-end electric vehicles such as the Audi R8 e-tron and away from cheaper city cars in an effort to revive environmentally-friendly but unpopular zero-emission vehicles....
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Next Malibu tackles weight, space challenges

9:49 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu will have more interior space and weigh 300 pounds less than the current car, General Motors said today....
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Ford warning shows Britain must stay in EU, UK lawmaker says

March 4, 2015 16:23 CET
Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley said the UK needs to stay in the EU to keep its manufacturers at the forefront of global production. "We really believe that the UK being part of the EU is critical for business," Farley said in a radio interview....
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Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role

March 4, 2015 09:55 CET
Toyota will add Europe boss Didier Leroy to its board and promote him to global head of business in developed countries in a wider management shuffle. Johan van Zyl, currently CEO of Toyota's Africa region, will become Europe chief....
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Audi spreads wireless connectivity to nearly all 2016 models

10:53 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Audi said it plans to equip nearly all of its 2016 model-year vehicles with 4G LTE or 3G high-speed data connectivity to give drivers Wi-Fi access from the road....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Fiat's Mazda-based roadster will be called the 124 Spider

March 4, 2015 14:24 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that Fiat will call its new Mazda-based roadster the 124 Spider, reviving a name from the 1960s. The roadster will be based on the Miata MX-5....
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AvtoVAZ raises Lada prices again on weak ruble

March 4, 2015 15:21 CET
Russian automaker AvtoVAZ has raised the prices of its Lada cars for the second time this year because of the weaker ruble. The automaker said prices rose by 4.8 percent on average after an increase of around 9 percent in January this year....
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LUCA CIFERRI

Leroy's Toyota Europe success brings reward

6:34 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
When Didier Leroy was promoted to head Toyota's European operations in April 2011, his goal was to return the region to sustainable profitability. After a three-year plan that has brought success step-by-step, he now gets a new role with even more responsibility....
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Apple explores resolution of A123 Systems’ poaching suit

6:59 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Apple said it’s exploring a potential resolution of a lawsuit in which it’s accused of poaching employees from a lithium ion battery maker amid reports that it’s trying to develop an electric car....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Lamborghini CEO takes aim at another sales record

March 4, 2015 06:30 CET
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann is bullish about the supercar maker's future after setting a new sales record last year and entering 2015 with a "solid order book." Winkelmann discussed this as well as Lamborghini's response to tougher CO2 emissions rules with Automotive News Europe....
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PSA may expand sales of Citroen C4 Cactus to China

March 4, 2015 06:01 CET
PSA may expand sales of its Citroen C4 Cactus to China in a sign that a repositioning of the brand is bearing fruit. Sales of the hatchback have topped 50,000, beating expectations....
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FEBRUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. sales rise 5.3% as wintry weather takes toll

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Toyota and Subaru joined a handful of smaller automakers in posting double-digit U.S. sales increases for February as severe winter weather crimped demand more than analysts had forecast. Most companies posted modest gains as the overall industry rose 5.3 percent. While last month's pace trailed January's hot start, the industry has taken solid early strides towards its sixth year of sales advances since the recession....
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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 that, if built, would compete against the Mini hatchback and Audi A1....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Opel/Vauxhall touts connectivity as OnStar rolls out in Europe

March 3, 2015 18:43 CET
Opel/Vauxhall believes its OnStar digital service will help it win new customers, boost sales and return to profit after it begins to roll out the service in 13 European markets including Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain....
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Daimler to build Sprinter vans in South Carolina, lawmaker says

8:29 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Daimler AG is set to announce it will build Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans at its plant in South Carolina and add 1,200 jobs there as a result, a state politician said on Tuesday....
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