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Western Europe car sales rise 9%, boosted by Germany, Italy, Spain

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Western European new-car sales jumped 8.8 percent in July, boosted by higher demand in Germany and recovering Italian and Spanish markets, analysts LMC Automotive said. LMC raised its full-year forecast for the region....
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AvtoVAZ CEO Andersson foresees sales surge from key Lada debuts

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Former General Motors purchasing chief Bo Andersson faced a massive task when he was hired to turn around AvtoVAZ, Russia's automotive giant, two years ago. Despite the challenge of a slumping Russian market, Andersson is bullish about the future of the company that builds Lada cars....
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UK car sales growth slows in July; 'muted' growth forecast for second half

Aug. 6, 2015 12:14 CET

UK new-car registrations rose 3.2 percent to 178,420 in July, driven by sales of small cars and SUVs, according to the SMMT industry association. Growth likely will level off in the second half, it said....
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Production cost savings lure suppliers to Eastern Europe

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Thanks to lower production costs, suppliers continue to head to Eastern Europe, often following the trail of their customers....
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German suppliers chase opportunities in China

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Companies in China with Western participation such as SAIC Motor Corp. and China FAW Group Corp. are still the engines of growth there. But domestic Chinese companies such as Chery Automobile Co. and Geely have been carried along in their wake and are strongly advancing on them. That could give German suppliers a new foothold in China....
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German car industry criticized by environment agency over emissions

Aug. 4, 2015 17:11 CET

A trend by German automakers to build more powerful, heavier cars is helping to increase greenhouse gas emissions, the country's environment agency said....
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European car sales rebound continues in July

Aug. 4, 2015 10:57 CET

The recovery in European car sales continued in July as sales rose in the major markets of Germany, France, Italy and Spain....
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French car sales rise 2% percent in July

Aug. 3, 2015 09:23 CET

French car sales rose 2.3 percent in July, led by strong gains at Fiat, Hyundai and Toyota. Most volume brands boosted volume except Renault, whose sales fell on aging products....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for August

Aug. 3, 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 highlights Europe's first-half sales winners and looks at whether Greece's financial crisis will slow the region's stronger-than-expect rebound....
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Spain fines GM, Ford, other automakers for anti-competitive practices

July 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Spain's CNMC competition authority fined 21 automakers and two consultancy firms 171 million euros for anti-competitive practices. GM and Ford were given the highest penalties....
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ANE's August e-magazine goes live Monday

July 31, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, August 3. This month's edition highlights Europe's first-half sales winners and looks at whether Greece's financial crisis will slow the region's stronger-than-expected rebound....
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France prepares to sell 5% stake in Renault

July 30, 2015 13:41 CET

France is preparing to sell the 5 percent Renault stake it acquired earlier this year to secure a doubling of voting rights for longer-term investors, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said....
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French minister sees smoother return to Iran for Renault than PSA

July 30, 2015 12:47 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, previously the market leader in Iran, could find it more difficult to return to the country than rival Renault following a dispute over the carmaker's 2011 market exit, Laurent Fabius, France's foreign minister, said after talks with Iranian leaders....
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Italy's long-term car rental sector probed by competition authority

July 30, 2015 11:05 CET

The Italian Competition Authority has launched an investigation into possible breaches of competition rules by eight long-term car rental companies....
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PSA says anti-French backlash weighs on Iran talks

July 29, 2015 12:20 CET

PSA's talks on a manufacturing venture with Iran's biggest carmaker are being undermined by anti-French sentiment in the country, CEO Carlos Tavares said. Iranians are hostile because France took a tough line in talks to lift international sanctions against Iran....
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Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia, S.E. Asia after closing U.S. plant

July 27, 2015 08:42 CET

Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia and Southeast Asia after closing its U.S. plant, the automaker's president, Tetsuro Aikawa, said. Mitsubishi currently builds cars in Thailand and the Philippines and will open a factory in Indonesia....
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Daimler will test self-driving trucks this year, report says

July 27, 2015 11:23 CET

Daimler is planning to test self-driving trucks as early as this year, Wolfgang Bernhard, chief of the automaker's trucks business, told a German newspaper....
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Mercedes revamps supply chain to trim costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mercedes-Benz aims to reduce its logistics costs by about 20 percent per vehicle as the company invests hundreds of millions of euros in a global reorganization of its supply chain network. The automaker has increased production outside of its German home over the past decade but many of the components used in its cars are still sourced from Europe....
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Opel names engineer to oversee quality

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel named mechanical engineer Elvira Toelkes as its new head of quality in Europe. Toelkes will be tasked with continuing Opel's drive to improve customer satisfaction. Opel and sister brand Vauxhall had below average scores in J.D. Power's vehicle satisfaction surveys....
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UK car production rose sharply in June as export demand surges

July 23, 2015 09:30 CET

British car production rose sharply last month, helped by an upturn in the number of cars built for export and capping the strongest half-year performance since 2008....
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Opel aims Astra at 'user-chooser' company car drivers to boost profit

July 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel will target its new Astra at so-called "user-chooser" company car drivers in a bid to lift sales of the key model as it seeks to return to profitability. Corporate sales are growing in the brand's German home market....
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VW will set up new truck business headquarters

July 21, 2015 12:14 CET

Volkswagen plans to set up its new truck business near its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The carmaker aims to build a heavy goods vehicle operation capable of taking on rivals Daimler and Volvo....
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Opel will shorten hours at two German plants

July 17, 2015 17:29 CET

Opel will shorten working hours at two German plants after exiting the plunging Russian auto market and because of moderate demand in Europe....
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Land Rover Defender production to be extended

July 17, 2015 10:43 CET

Jaguar Land Rover could extend production of its current-generation Land Rover Defender in Solihull, England, into early next year as it mulls where to build the iconic SUV's successor. Defender production had been scheduled to finish at the end of the year....
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Nissan passes Toyota to become Europe's top-selling Asian brand

July 17, 2015 10:20 CET

Nissan passed Toyota to become the top-selling Asian brand in Europe in the first six months as demand for the latest Qashqai compact crossover and growth in key markets such as the UK, France and Germany, helped the automaker gain market share....
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