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Cadillac, amid U.S. sales slump, mulls more features to hold luxury prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Cadillac, hoping to maintain pricing amid a sales slump even as the U.S. luxury market has expanded, may add features such as heated seats to lower-level versions of the CTS sedan to entice U.S. buyers. Cadillac officials are also weighing "significant changes" to the brand's marketing in the first quarter....
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BMW, Audi, Mercedes help boost U.S. car sales with incentives

Sept. 4, 2014 11:44 CET
BMW, Audi and Mercedes all offered generous discounts to U.S. auto buyers in August that helped drive sales to the best month in eight years. Spending by vehicle averaged $4,912 at BMW last month, followed by $4,189 for Mercedes and $3,236 for Audi....
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Luxury brands lead way in hiking spiffs to drive U.S. sales

1:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz unit were among a series of automakers doling out higher discounts to U.S. buyers in August, helping drive sales to the best month in eight years....
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VW cancels night shifts amid Golf production problems

Sept. 3, 2014 15:19 CET
VW has agreed with German labor representatives to reduce the number of night shifts at its Wolfsburg factory to help the automaker fix problems that have stifled output of its top-selling Golf....
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China launches criminal case against former exec at FAW, VW's China partner

Sept. 3, 2014 11:37 CET
Chinese prosecutors have launched a criminal bribery investigation into a former senior executive at FAW Group Corp., one of Volkswagen's joint-venture partners in China. An Dewu is suspected of accepting bribes, China's procurator said....
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Audi CEO sees strong sales growth despite Russia, emerging markets slowdown

Sept. 3, 2014 10:40 CET
Audi expects to sell more than 1.7 million cars this year as China and the U.S. offset lower sales in Russia and other emerging markets, CEO Rupert Stadler said....
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Audi, Porsche roll on; VW extends slump

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
New models fueled double-digit sales gains at Volkswagen Group of America's Audi and Porsche luxury brands, but not enough to offset ongoing weakness at the VW brand and buoy the German automaker's overall U.S. sales in August....
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China targeting auto industry, other foreign companies unfairly, U.S. group says

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
China is targeting foreign companies -- including automakers and suppliers -- with opaque laws and rules, according to a group representing U.S. businesses there, contributing to a deteriorating environment for investment in the nation....
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Thailand set to approve Volkswagen factory, report says

Sept. 1, 2014 23:00 CET
Thailand is set to approve the construction of a VW factory near Bangkok, a German newspaper reported. The investment would secure tax and customs advantages for VW if it builds fuel-efficient cars there....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

European automakers seek firmer foothold in India

Sept. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
When VW reported group deliveries in India had more than doubled in 2011, it looked as if the market would help the automaker achieve its goal of being No. 1 in global sales. Things have changed since then, forcing VW to rework its plans....
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Bugatti Galibier may live

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer is not writing off the ultrapowerful Galibier four-door sedan yet, despite statements by his predecessor, Wolfgang Schreiber....
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Report: New look for the 8th-gen Volkswagen Golf

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf due in 2017 will be lower, wider and look much different from the current hatchback, German magazine Auto Motor und Sport reported....
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China watchdog probes another exec at FAW Group, VW's China partner

Aug. 30, 2014 09:58 CET
China's anti-graft watchdog says it is investigating a former senior executive at FAW Group Corp. for corruption. State-owned FAW has a joint venture with Volkswagen....
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Audi will recall 70,000 cars for potential brake problem

Aug. 29, 2014 16:58 CET
Audi will recall 70,000 cars worldwide because of a potential fault with the brake booster. Audi's A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q7 models equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel engine and built between March and December 2012 are being recalled....
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Anti-UAW workers begin effort to create union at VW Tenn. plant

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Employees at the Volkswagen AG auto plant in Tennessee are forming a union that is to include hourly and salaried workers, as a counter to the UAW Local 42 that was established last month, a leading anti-UAW worker said today....
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VW Group sales rise 7% in July on Europe, China gains

Aug. 26, 2014 12:22 CET
VW Group sales increased 7 percent in July to 808,500 vehicles as gains in Europe and China outweighed declines in the Americas. Through seven months the automaker's volume is up 6 percent to 5.78 million....
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China's corruption watchdog investigates execs at Volkswagen JV

Aug. 26, 2014 12:51 CET
China's corruption watchdog says it is investigating one former and one current executive at VW Group's Chinese venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive, for "seriously violating the law."...
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VW will launch new Golf in 2017, report says

Aug. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Volkswagen plans to launch the eighth generation of its best-selling Golf hatchback in 2017, five years after launching the current model, a German magazine reported....
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Cadillac's big sedan plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A large, range-topping sedan Cadillac that will launch in 2015 is a prerequisite to competing against BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus, said General Motors global product chief Mark Reuss....
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Deepening rivalries test German luxury car dominance

Aug. 25, 2014 08:57 CET
As German premium brands lose their exclusivity in a chase for volume, revived premium brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Maserati are challenging the luxury-car market dominance of BMW, Audi and Mercedes....
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KEITH CRAIN

China's government flexes its muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Nearly every automaker is at risk these days of doing something wrong in the eyes of China's government....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Gene Moon, dealer principal of Signature Toyota in Benton Harbor, Mich., receives a 25-year award from Scott Wracher, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s Cincinnati regional general manager....
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Bentley Mulsanne Convertible project is back in the mix

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Bentley's Mulsanne Convertible Concept is back on track. Shown by Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer to a select few customers at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2012, the stately convertible was intended for production. But after Duerheimer's departure in 2012, his successor, Wolfgang Schreiber, killed the project....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Skoda releases images of the new Fabia

Aug. 21, 2014 15:21 CET
Skoda has released images of its new Fabia subcompact, which will launch in Europe early next year after debuting at the Paris auto show in October....
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Novelis: Aluminum sales to automakers will nearly triple on new emissions, mpg rules

8:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of aluminum sheeting to carmakers, expects sales to customers including Audi and Ford to rise almost three-fold as new emissions rules restrict the use of steel....
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