Germany

'Made in Germany' loses more luster as BMW, Audi, M-B expand footprints

1:15 pm U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
“Made in Germany,” a hallmark of three of Europe's leading luxury automakers for years, is losing a little more of its exclusivity with BMW's decision to join rivals Audi and Mercedes and establish a manufacturing footprint in Mexico....
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Porsche raises stake in Germany's Bertrandt to 29%

July 3, 2014 13:11 CET
Porsche has raised its stake in German engineering company Bertrandt from 25 percent to about 29 percent. The company's auto-industry customers include Audi, BMW Group, Daimler, and Ford Motor Co....
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German new-car sales fall 2% in June on fewer work days

July 2, 2014 13:08 CET
German car sales fell 2 percent in June, held back by fewer working days than a year ago, the VDA auto industry association said. The group reaffirmed its outlook for a slight improvement in deliveries this year as first-half sales rose 2 percent....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BMW's iDrive earns high marks, but doesn't match Apple

7:37 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
BMW's iDrive system ranked highest in Germany and Italy for user experience in a recent test, but the automaker and its peers have a long way to go to match Apple....
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Ford will keep Fiesta production in Germany after cost-saving deal

June 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford will keep production of the Fiesta in Germany after agreeing with workers to cut assembly costs. Reports had said Ford could move Fiesta production to its Romanian factory where the B-Max is built....
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Ford Fiesta production to stay in Germany after cost-cutting labor deal

9:39 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
Ford will make the next generation of the Fiesta small car in Cologne, Germany, targeting $400 million in savings on production costs from 2017 through 2021 because of greater worker flexibility....
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W. Europe car sales rise but recovery to be 'bumpy'

June 6, 2014 11:19 CET
Car sales in western Europe rose about 5 percent in May but the seasonally adjusted annualized rate of sales slipped back from the April level, analyst LMC Automotive said, adding that "the road to recovery remains a bumpy one."...
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German car sales rebound 5% in May

June 3, 2014 11:30 CET
German new-car registrations rose 5 percent in May after a 4 percent dip in April in a sign that demand is still recovering in Europe's biggest auto market....
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BMW plans to cut 100 million euros of German labor costs per year, report says

June 2, 2014 22:11 CET
BMW intends to cut 100 million euros ($136 million) of German labor costs annually from 2015 onwards, a German newspaper reported, citing workers' representatives....
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Continental's Veyance deal is probed by German cartel office

May 26, 2014 14:39 CET
Germany's cartel office says it has launched a probe into Continental's planned takeover of U.S. rubber firm Veyance Technologies....
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Daimler's German dealers face shake-up in profit push

May 22, 2014 10:54 CET
Daimler is considering scaling back its vehicle retail organization in Germany and ending production of EV battery cells in an accelerated push to reach its profitability goal. The Mercedes maker has revealed plans to sell 36 sales outlets....
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Michelin to close truck tire plant in Hungary

May 6, 2014 13:07 CET
Michelin plans to close its truck tire plant in Budapest, Hungary, in response to adverse trends and aggressive competition in the European market. The French firm, however, will keep making high-performance car tires in the country....
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German car sales fall for first time in five months

May 5, 2014 12:56 CET
Sales of new cars in Germany fell by nearly 4 percent in April, bucking the trend in the other major western European markets of France, Italy and Spain where sales were up....
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Daimler names Brecht as company's top workforce representative

May 2, 2014 09:27 CET
Daimler's supervisory board has chosen Michael Brecht as its deputy chairman replacing Erich Klemm, in a move that may smooth management-labor relations at the automaker....
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PICTURE GALLERY

ADAC auto club tests car safety in Germany

May 2, 2014 08:30 CET
The test facility at Germany's ADAC automotive club near Munich is one of only a handful of test centers in Europe accredited by EuroNCAP to assess the safety of passenger cars....
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Daimler workers protest over dealership revamp plans in Germany

April 25, 2014 13:05 CET
Daimler workers oppose the automaker's plans to restructure its German network of Mercedes dealerships owned and operated by the company. Mercedes depends on its unprofitable company-owned dealerships for half of its car sales in its home market....
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Ford of Europe sales rise 12% in March on German, UK demand

April 15, 2014 15:53 CET
Ford said European car sales increased 12 percent in March, the 10th straight monthly gain, as customers snapped up small vehicles and compact SUVs....
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Audi may further increase production in Germany on Europe, China demand

April 8, 2014 10:43 CET
Audi said it may further increase production in Germany during the second quarter after adding shifts in past months on strong demand from China and Europe....
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Ford boosts Fiesta output in Germany on growing demand

April 3, 2014 13:28 CET
Ford says it has increased production of the Fiesta by 200 units a day at its plant in Cologne, Germany, to satisfy growing demand for the subcompact....
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European car sales recovery gains pace as German deliveries rise 5%

April 2, 2014 12:46 CET
Germany joined France, Italy and Spain in posting higher new-car sales in March, adding to signs that a recovery in the European market is gaining strength....
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Daimler, Bosch question Tesla's go-it-alone plan for German EV charging network

March 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has joined German supplier Bosch in questioning Tesla's decision to build so-called ''supercharger'' stations in Germany that only cater to the U.S. electric carmaker's vehicles....
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Volkswagen restructures production; new Polish factory to open in 2016

March 18, 2014 14:33 CET
Volkswagen is shuffling its European production, adding a new van plant in Poland and rearranging output of the VW Tiguan, Porsche Panamera and Porsche Cayenne models....
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VW will expand Tiguan production to Hanover factory, report says

March 17, 2014 13:48 CET
Volkswagen will expand its production of the Tiguan compact SUV to its Hanover factory in northern Germany to boost capacity utilization at the site, sources said....
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Germany's famed Nuerburgring race track sold to partsmaker

March 12, 2014 06:01 CET
The Nuerburgring, the German race track known as Green Hell for its challenging Formula One course, was sold to Dusseldorf-based partsmaker Capricorn Group....
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Germany's famed Nuerburgring race track sold to auto parts maker

2:34 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
The Nuerburgring, the German race track known as Green Hell for its challenging Formula One course, was sold to Capricorn Group, an auto parts maker based in Dusseldorf....
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