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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fiat Chrysler may sell more than 10% of Ferrari in New York IPO

4:57 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may sell a stake exceeding 10 percent when its Ferrari division holds an initial public offering this year, as more investors than expected seek a share of the supercar manufacturer....
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Fiat Chrysler rises 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 5.6 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....
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Hyundai-Kia ride Sonata, Genesis to 7% gain

4:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia, which combined are the seventh-largest seller of cars in the U.S., posted a 7 percent sales increase in February, giving the group a better result than any top-six automaker except Toyota....
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Lexus jumps back into U.S. luxury race; BMW tops Mercedes

3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
With a new entry in the hot-selling compact crossover segment, Toyota's Lexus brand has gotten itself back in the hunt for the U.S. luxury auto-sales crown....
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Crossover sales help lift Toyota above Ford

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Powered by strong performances in cars, minivans and trucks, Toyota pulled off a rare feat in February: It outsold the perennial No. 2 in the U.S. market, Ford. Toyota’s three U.S. brands sold 180,467 light vehicles, up 13 percent and edging out Ford’s total of 179,673. Driving the gains were the RAV4 small crossover, whose sales jumped 33 percent to 21,943 units, the midsize 4Runner SUV, which saw an increase of 38 percent to 6,420, and Lexus’ two crossovers....
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Fiat Chrysler Canadian sales top Ford in February; GM, Toyota rise

2:14 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles topped February sales in Canada, handily beating Ford, which posted lower car and truck sales, according to company sales data....
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Ford slips 2% on soft car performance, tight F-150 supplies

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Ford posted its eighth US sales decline in the past 14 months, allowing Toyota Motor Sales to overtake it for the first time in six months....
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VW, Porsche hit by weather, port troubles, but Audi extends streak

2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
What looked like a hint of a sales rebound at Volkswagen evaporated in February, as every model except its red-hot Golf lineup posted lower sales....
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JESSE SNYDER

In February snow, buyers want 4x4s

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
So February U.S. auto sales came in lower than the forecasters figured just a week or two ago. Well yeah! Snow days.
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Infiniti surge helps Nissan gain 2.7% and outsell Honda

1:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Nissan has beaten Honda in the U.S. once again. Nissan sold a total of 118,436 cars and light trucks in February, up 2.7 percent and besting Honda's 105,466....
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GM's sales up 4.2% as trucks soar, cars dive

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Booming demand for General Motors' pickups and SUVs in February helped ease the sting of a 21 percent drop in car sales. Overall, GM sold 231,378 light vehicles last month, up 4.2 percent from a year earlier. Sales to individual buyers rose 1 percent while deliveries to fleet customers increased by 12 percent....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Whatever happens with a takeover, automakers always learn something

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo all have something in common today besides the fact that they were once owned or controlled by Ford. All three are starting to blossom again now that they have developed their own unique vehicle architectures, powertrains and technologies, and as Ford-based hardware ages out of production....
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Weather delays VW shipments as Honda production gets back on track

11:39 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
As Honda production affected by West Coast ports labor disputes returns to normal, Volkswagen’s East Coast shipments have been delayed....
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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....
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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....
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