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Audi tests driverless car technology at 190 mph

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
In its effort to bring autonomous-driving technology to the streets, Audi is testing unmanned vehicles at speeds as fast as 305 kilometers (190 miles) per hour. In these experiments, the car decides for itself the best way to take the corners in its race against human drivers....
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Schaeffler loan restructuring opposed by bondholder

Oct. 15, 2014 11:57 CET
Schaeffler's proposed changes to terms governing $7.9 billion of high-yield bonds, including a new 1.8 billion euro ($2.3 billion) loan, are being opposed by Schroders Plc., which manages some of the supplier's debt....
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Bentley appoints Austrian dealership veteran as Europe sales boss

Oct. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Bentley named Robert Engstler as its regional director for Europe. Austrian-born Engstler joins Bentley from the dealer group Porsche Holding Salzburg....
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Suzuki cuts output at Hungary plant ahead of model changeover

Oct. 14, 2014 08:46 CET
Suzuki's plant in Hungary will continue to operate at reduced capacity as production of the Splash and SX4 runs out ahead of the launch of the new Vitara model, a report said....
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Renault design boss aims to 'seduce' buyers with French flair

Oct. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker wants the brand's cars to "seduce" customers with their French styling. The styling chief explained his strategy in an interview with Automotive News Europe....
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How the XE will help Jaguar forget the failed X-Type

Oct. 13, 2014 06:15 CET
Jaguar says it has learned from the mistakes of the Ford Mondeo-based X-Type as it launches the XE, a model that aims to win sales from the BMW 3 series and Audi A4 in the fiercely competitive premium midsize market....
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ANALYSIS

UK's foreign-owned auto industry rebounds to top French production

Oct. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Britain last year produced more cars than France for the first time in decades, mostly for foreign-owned automakers including BMW, Nissan and Tata Motors....
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British automakers, in foreign hands, overtake France

11:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014
Britain last year produced more cars than France for the first time in decades. And in a dramatic turnabout, the value of British car exports has doubled in the past 10 year....
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Renault's radical new Twingo could become segment leader

Oct. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault's new Twingo is radically different than the two previous generations of the minicar with a rear-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and five doors. These features could help it pass the Fiat 500 to lead Europe's hotly contested minicar segment....
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Germany frustrates Nissan's No. 1 goal

Oct. 10, 2014 10:08 CET
Nissan says its goal of becoming the top-selling Asian brand in Europe is being held back by Germany and its preference for domestic brands. To help boost sales, Nissan aims to improve its brand image and retail network in the market....
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Russian market in free fall as Ukraine crisis curbs demand

Oct. 9, 2014 11:53 CET
Russia's auto market is in free fall with new-car sales plunging by 20 percent last month following a 26 percent drop in August as buyers worried about the country's sanctions-hit economy avoid large purchases....
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Mitsubishi will add two more plug-in hybrids to European lineup

Oct. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Mitsubishi will add plug-in hybrid versions of its next ASX compact crossover and Pajero SUV, CEO Osamu Masuko said....
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EU industry director wants to boost auto trade in Asia; warns of tougher CO2 rules

Oct. 9, 2014 06:30 CET
The new European Commission that takes office next month will make several decisions affecting automakers, including potentially tougher post-2020 CO2 emissions targets, its industry and enterprise director, Carlo Pettinelli, said....
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Daimler, Linde to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Germany

Oct. 8, 2014 14:01 CET
Daimler and industrial gases maker Linde will build 20 hydrogen fuel stations in Germany over the next few years to boost support networks for fuel cell cars. Daimler aims to bring competitively priced fuel cell vehicles to market by 2017....
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Renault, Peugeot, Opel get big boost from booming small SUV segment

Oct. 8, 2014 06:30 CET
Mass-market automakers such as Renault, Peugeot and Opel are getting a much-needed boost from Europe's booming small SUV segment, which is forecast to more than double in western Europe to nearly 1 million sales by 2020....
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AvtoVAZ CEO sees 'massive' room for improvement at Lada

Oct. 7, 2014 06:30 CET
Bo Andersson, who became CEO of Russia's AvtoVAZ in January, has been working to turn the carmaker into a profitable part of the Renault-Nissan alliance. Andersson shared some of his early accomplishments with Automotive News Europe....
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Western European car sales rise 6% in September

Oct. 6, 2014 15:02 CET
Western European car sales rose 6 percent in September, according to forecaster LMC Automotive. However, LMC said it had trimmed its full-year growth forecast due to weak confidence and geopolitical uncertainties....
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UK car market heads for highest level in 10 years after 6% growth in September

Oct. 6, 2014 10:48 CET
UK car sales rose 6 percent in September, the 31st consecutive month of growth and the best September since 2004. The market is on track to sell 2.45 million new cars this year, which would be the highest level for ten years....
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AvtoVAZ rebound key to Ghosn's grand plan for Renault-Nissan

Oct. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's plan to make the alliance one of the top three global automakers by 2016 could be derailed if Russia's largest automaker, AvtoVAZ, fails to recover from the country's latest market collapse....
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Betting on Russia, despite turmoil

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
It sounds risky, but many auto executives say that the best response to Western sanctions against Russia is to continue investing there....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights....
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Volvo sales rise 9% in September

Oct. 3, 2014 15:12 CET
Volvo's global vehicle sales rose 9 percent in September on the back of growth in Europe, the United States and China....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota hoping for Prius-like success with European launch of fuel cell car

Oct. 3, 2014 15:11 CET
Toyota plans a controlled rollout of its fuel cell car in Europe next summer as the automaker aims to replicate the first-mover success of its Prius hybrid and stir interest in the new technology....
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Germany joins France, Italy in reporting car-sales rebound in September

Oct. 3, 2014 11:23 CET
Germany joined France and Italy in reporting a rebound in new-car registrations last month after poor results in August. Sales in Germany rose 5 percent in September helping to lift nine-month registrations by 3 percent....
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BRUCE GAIN

Tavares brings PSA back in the race

5:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares is already achieving positive results with his turnaround plan at the money-losing automaker. So much so, that one analyst believes the operating targets Tavares has set for the automaker to hit by 2018 are way too conservative....
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