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Sogefi reports first-half loss on restructuring costs, Brazil downturn

July 22, 2014 15:29 CET
Italian supplier Sogefi reported a first-half net loss, hit by restructuring costs, the negative impact of the strong euro on South American currencies and a sharp slowdown in the Brazilian market....
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Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco

July 22, 2014 13:16 CET
Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said....
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Opel will discontinue weak-selling Ampera, sources say

July 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Opel will discontinue the weak-selling Ampera plug-in hybrid, according to people familiar with the company's plans....
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GM won't offer version of next Volt in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
GM's Opel division will discontinue the Ampera, a rebadged Volt, after the redesign of the 2016 Volt, according to two people familiar with the company's plans....
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European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives

4:09 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product launches and retail incentives boosted demand for mass-market brands....
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Datsun on-Do sedan launch in Russia overshadowed by economic crisis and slumping car market

July 16, 2014 16:04 CET
Nissan's low-cost Datsun on-Do family sedan was launched in Russia this week, but the country's deepening political crisis with the West and falling car sales could dampen sales....
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Experts disagree on how to handle massive data from self-driving cars

July 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Experts have differing views on what to do with the mountain of data that is likely to be generated by autonomous vehicles when computers control much of our cars' functions in the future....
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Porsche will consolidate sports car output in Zuffenhausen with 400 million euro investment for Boxster and Cayman production

July 15, 2014 12:57 CET
Porsche plans to consolidate production of its Boxster and Cayman sports cars at its main plant in Zuffenhausen, near Stuttgart....
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Audi makes London showroom a technology showcase

July 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's central London dealership has chosen a revolutionary new way for the automaker to sell not just cars but the brand itself by allowing customers to configure their vehicles on four huge powerwall screens....
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Audi to add shift at Hungary plant ahead of TT launch

July 15, 2014 11:28 CET
Audi will add a third shift at its car plant in Hungary in mid-August ahead of the launch of the new TT sports car....
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Russia bans state purchase of foreign-made cars to aid local automakers

July 15, 2014 13:16 CET
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a ban on Russian state and municipal purchases of foreign-manufactured cars to support local producers....
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New Passat for Europe teases next American design

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
The redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Passat for Europe features restyled sheet metal that is expected to preview design touches on U.S.-bound models....
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Ford's Vignale Europe-bound, not Lincoln

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Ford Motor Co. has no plans to introduce Lincoln in Europe, but will offer its upscale Vignale trim level on Ford brand vehicles, Ford of Europe President Stephen Odell says....
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Ford, Toyota models will help boost Turkish car output to record

July 13, 2014 20:01 CET
New models from Ford, Toyota and Hyundai are expected to help boost Turkish automotive production to a record this year as a recovery in European demand drives up exports....
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BMW's gamble on U.S. factory provides export windfall

July 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's U.S. factory in South Carolina -- its first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany -- has become a bona fide success. The plant is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and remain ahead of rivals....
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BMW bet on S.C. plant pays off with export windfall

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
BMW's first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany has become a bona fide success after initial hiccups. The factory in Spartanburg, S.C., -- already the nation's biggest light-vehicle exporter -- is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and keep ahead of rivals Audi and Mercedes....
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Russian car sales sink most in 4 years on ruble weakness

July 10, 2014 12:29 CET
Sales of new cars in Russia plunged by the most in more than four years in June as a weaker ruble curbed demand. Automakers sold 199,398 vehicles last month, down 17 percent from a year earlier....
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Rolls-Royce reports record H1 sales on Europe demand

July 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce said its global vehicle sales rose 33 percent to a record 1,968 in the first six months, helped by strong demand in Europe....
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Ford's Odell says European recovery still shaky

11:49 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
Ford's European operations are sharing in the industry's modest sales recovery this year, but Ford of Europe President Stephen Odell warned today that some of the region's underlying economic weaknesses still pose a threat....
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EU probes state aid for Audi's Hungary expansion

July 9, 2014 16:22 CET
The European Commission is probing state aid to Audi to expand its plant in Hungary. The commission approved aid to Porsche and BMW to expand their factories in Germany....
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Nissan will build Infiniti crossover in UK

July 9, 2014 08:20 CET
The Infiniti QX30 compact SUV will be built for global markets including the U.S. and China at Nissan's factory in England, alongside the Infiniti Q30 hatchback. Q30 production will begin in mid-2015 with QX30 output starting shortly after....
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Toyota Europe boss puts profit before volume, brushes aside Nissan challenge

July 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy is not worried about Nissan's publicly stated goal of passing his company as Europe's top-selling Asian brand. Leroy puts profit before volume and he has returned Toyota's European operations back to the black....
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Chevy ad launched for sponsorship deal with Manchester United

2:24 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
General Motors turned one of the most hotly debated sports sponsorship deals of recent years into an advertising reality today by launching a video that celebrates the Chevrolet's "Bowtie" logo succeeding AON as Manchester United's match-shirt sponsor....
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Check out the ANE e-magazine for July

July 7, 2014 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 the challenges facing Volkswagen Group as it tries to become the world's largest automaker....
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Mercedes' $1 million S-class will be built by Brabus

July 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Brabus, the German high-performance aftermarket tuning company, will begin building a new $1 million version of Mercedes-Benz's ultra-luxury S-class Pullman in December 2015....
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