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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

BMW expands minivan lineup with 7-seat 2 series

Feb. 11, 2015 16:45 CET
BMW will expand its minivan lineup with the seven-seat 2-series Gran Tourer that goes on sale in Europe in June. The latest 2-series variant will debut next month at the Geneva auto show....
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Audi buys Ballard fuel-cell tech to boost clean-car push

Feb. 11, 2015 16:27 CET
VW Group's Audi unit bought fuel-cell technology from Ballard Power Systems in a deal worth as much as $112 million to advance development of clean-running vehicles at the automaker. Audi bought about 700 patents from Ballard....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Did VW pick the wrong U.S. state to build the Passat?

5:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has a message for any German carmaker or supplier considering expanding into the South: Labor unions are welcome, at least in his state....
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VW sees tough year after Europe, China slip in January

Feb. 11, 2015 11:50 CET
VW brand is bracing for a challenging year after reporting that vehicle sales fell for a fourth straight month in January. VW was hit last month by shrinking demand in Europe and China....
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VW calls on government to invest more in EVs

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Volkswagen of America's top product executive called on federal and state governments to do more to spur electric vehicle sales and EV infrastructure development at an event here today....
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Audi, Mercedes January sales beat BMW for global luxury-car lead

Feb. 10, 2015 11:00 CET
Audi and Mercedes brand both outsold BMW brand in January, bumping BMW to third place in the ranking of the world's best-selling luxury carmakers for the month. Both Mercedes and Audi aim to take the luxury sales crown from BMW by 2020....
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Audi's January sales rise 10% on China, U.S. demand

Feb. 9, 2015 13:29 CET
Audi increased vehicle sales by 10 percent last month to a record 137,700 on strong demand from China, the U.S. and Germany. Strong sales of the A3 compact and the revamped TT sports car helped fuel volumes last month, Audi said....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Lamborghini concept shows possible move to less extreme looks

Feb. 9, 2015 06:30 CET
Lamborghini design boss Filippo Perini and his team wanted a unique look for the Asterion concept, the Italian supercar maker's first plug-in hybrid. They wanted to move away from the angular and aggressive forms of recent cars by borrowing less extreme features from renowned Lamborghinis of the past such as the Miura....
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VW dealers begin to see upside of U.S. sales target

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2015
Volkswagen dealers in the United States who once bristled at the way the brand pursued its 800,000-unit-a-year sales goal now sound more positive, amid increasing signs that they won't have to shoulder the burden themselves....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Has VW scored an own goal bankrolling its soccer club?

10:05 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
With Volkswagen looking to save 5 billion euros in costs at its core VW brand and key wage negotiations with its German workforce just starting, is it sensible to use shareholder money to subsidize a soccer club's ambitions for a top-flight title?...
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Bentley sees slowdown on economic uncertainties

Feb. 5, 2015 18:11 CET
Bentley's vehicle sales this year likely will be lower than last year, said Kevin Rose, the brand's sales and marketing chief, as economic uncertainties and the slump in oil prices leave consumers more cautious about luxury purchases....
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Audi exec takes aim at fully autonomous driving

Feb. 4, 2015 06:01 CET
Audi plans to start offering advanced self-driving features in its cars by the end of next year, with fully autonomous vehicles expected to be ready for serial production within 10 years, Ulrich Hackenberg, the automaker's technology boss, said....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ford, Opel, Renault step up battle for No. 2 in Europe

Feb. 3, 2015 06:01 CET
Renault and Opel/Vauxhall will step up their efforts this year to replace Ford as Europe's No. 2 brand by vehicle sales with major product pushes. Ford fought off both rivals last year but Renault's volume increased 9 percent, while Opel's sales were up 7 percent, both outpacing Ford's 5 percent gain....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for February

Feb. 2, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at Europe's big 2014 sales winners and explains why 2015 is off to a positive start....
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Lambo concept hints at move to less extreme looks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Lamborghini wanted the Asterion concept to look different from the angular and aggressive forms of recent Lamborghini models....
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Audi's high-performance division looks at entering new segments

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Audi's Quattro GmbH division is expected to launch RS performance derivatives of Q crossover models and is considering a lightweight, high-powered derivative of the TTS roadster....
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Q&A

Audi pushes toward fully autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Audi plans to start offering advanced self-driving features in its cars by the end of next year. The company's technology boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, meanwhile, expects fully autonomous vehicles to be ready for serial production within 10 years....
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MAKE MEETINGS

VW execs confirm U.S. sales goal but soften on deadline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
After two years of declining U.S. sales for Volkswagen, brand executives meeting with dealers at the NADA convention reaffirmed the company's goal of selling 800,000 vehicles a year in the U.S. But they said hitting the target by 2018 is less important than improving dealership profitability in the short term....
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MAKE MEETINGS

Audi bullish about another record year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Despite few major vehicle launches coming up, Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh says the brand will post record U.S. sales for the sixth-straight year in 2015. The gains will be fueled by greater availability of the hot-selling Q5 and Q3 crossovers....
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Audi could hit 2 million sales goal ahead of 2020

Jan. 30, 2015 15:43 CET
Audi could reach its goal of 2 million sales a year before its 2020 target, helped by models such as the A4, the flagship Q7 SUV and the R8 sports car, CEO Rupert Stadler said....
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ANE's February e-magazine goes live Monday

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Feb. 2. This month's edition looks at Europe's big 2014 sales winners and explains why 2015 is off to a positive start....
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VW could beat 5 million euro savings goal, exec says

Jan. 29, 2015 16:09 CET
VW Group ought to be able to cut costs at its passenger-car brand by "substantially more" than the 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion) planned by the carmaker's top management, VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh said....
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Bentley names industry veteran Winkler to head Americas unit

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Bentley said it appointed Michael Winkler as president and CEO of Bentley Motors in the Americas, replacing Christophe Georges, who will become director of product and marketing for Bentley’s global organization....
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Cost-cutting VW baffles experts with Phaeton plans

Jan. 28, 2015 10:05 CET
With VW having embarked on a big cost-cutting drive, industry experts are baffled why the "people's car" maker plans to spend millions of euros upgrading the money-losing Phaeton premium sedan. Analysts say the costly car should be axed....
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How VW veered off target

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Competition has heated up, the Jetta and Passat have cooled off, and with back-to-back yearly declines, VW has missed out on a key boom period in US auto sales -- a sore spot with dealers who made big bets on sustained sales growth....
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