Partnerships

Suzuki will defend its independence after 4-year dispute with VW ends

Aug. 31, 2015 11:14 CET

Suzuki plans to defend its hard-won independence after arbitrators upheld the Japanese automaker's request to terminate a 2009 agreement with Volkswagen. VW will sell its 19.9 percent Suzuki stake, valued at about $3.8 billion....
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Volkswagen must sell shares in Suzuki, court decides

Aug. 30, 2015 10:54 CET

Volkswagen must sell its shares in estranged partner Suzuki, an international court decided, ending a nearly four-year battle over a dysfunctional alliance between the two carmakers....
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China's BAIC in talks to take Daimler stake, report says

Aug. 27, 2015 11:09 CET

Chinese automaker BAIC Motor is in talks with Daimler about taking a stake in the German luxury carmaker, Reuters reported. If a deal is completed BAIC will become one of Daimler's top shareholders after Kuwait and Renault-Nissan....
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Saab owner will develop green cars with China's Dongfeng

Aug. 17, 2015 12:50 CET

China's Dongfeng and National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which bought Saab Automobile in 2012, have signed an agreement to jointly develop green cars. NEVS will also help Dongfeng to develop its own brand cars to meet regulations and technical specifications of overseas markets including Europe and North America....
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Q&A

GM, Honda join forces for one fuel cell design

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Nearly two years have passed since General Motors and Honda announced their partnership to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. Charlie Freese, GM's general director of global fuel cell engineering, spoke recently about the partnership with Staff Reporter Richard Truett....
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Daimler in talks on truck partnership, Iran Khodro says

July 28, 2015 12:01 CET

Daimler is exploring a partnership with Iran Khodro as it weighs a return to Iran's market for trucks, vans and buses, the Iranian automaker's CEO said. European carmakers are planning their return to Iran after the country agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions that have crippled its economy....
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Infiniti Q30 will be powered by Mercedes engines

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Infiniti's Q30 compact car will be powered by two gasoline Mercedes engines, likely the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter units used in the A-class compact car, a source said. The Q30 is based on Mercedes's MFA front-wheel-drive compact architecture that also underpins the A class....
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Eberspaecher said to explore partnership or partial sale

July 6, 2015 15:01 CET

German supplier Eberspaecher is exploring a partnership with an overseas peer or a partial sale as it seeks to expand internationally, several sources familiar with the matter said....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Why talk of GM-FCA tie-up just won't die

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Few auto industry pundits seem to be taking Sergio Marchionne's awkwardly public pursuit of a merger with General Motors very seriously. And yet, there must be some reason why the idea keeps resurfacing. This is at least the third time in the past eight years that executives have kicked the tires on a GM-Chrysler combination....
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PSA will build Bollore electric car in France

June 17, 2015 10:43 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will build the Bollore Bluesummer electric car at its factory in Rennes, western France. The boxy convertible, which has a basic design similar to Citroen's iconic Mehari, will be sold through Citroen dealerships....
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Tesla gigafactory to get hundreds of Panasonic workers

6:56 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Panasonic will dispatch hundreds of employees to Tesla's Nevada gigafactory from this fall to get ready to make lithium ion batteries for electric cars at the plant from next year....
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Ghosn says Renault-Nissan can compete without new partners

June 4, 2015 09:12 CET

Renault and Nissan continue to increase savings through synergies and can meet longer-term goals without expanding their current alliances, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. The automakers saved more than 3 billion euros ($3.31 billion) in 2014 from sharing costs for new vehicles and technology development....
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GM president rebuffs Marchionne's merger talk

May 26, 2015 17:10 CET

General Motors sees no need to merge with another automaker to maintain profitability, the company's president, Dan Ammann, said. Ammann was commenting after a report said Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne had sent an email to General Motors CEO Mary Barra suggesting combining the automakers....
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Borgward's revival plan comes into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Bankrolled by a Chinese truckmaker and run by a former Daimler executive, Borgward's revival is starting to look real....
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Borgward revival led by former Daimler China boss

May 19, 2015 06:01 CET

Borgward named former Daimler China boss Ulrich Walker as its CEO as the company prepares to resurrect the German brand with Chinese backing....
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What drew Mazda, Toyota together?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Akio Toyoda and Masamichi Kogai sounded more like lovebirds than CEOs when they announced a shared vision for wide-ranging Toyota-Mazda cooperation. Yet it is still unclear what that vision is and how it will play out in joint projects....
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Toyota, Mazda form partnership to share technologies, confront cost challenges

6:39 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Toyota and Mazda have agreed to form a “long-term partnership” that deepens collaboration on products, manufacturing and technologies as carmakers race to spread spiraling development costs amid ever-stricter emissions standards....
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PSA and Ford will extend diesel tie-up, report says

May 7, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA and Ford will extend their partnership for small diesel engines, a report said. Ford will get variants of PSA's new DV-R family of diesels, which will be introduced in 2017....
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Aston Martin mulls plant in Alabama to be near Mercedes, report says

April 28, 2015 10:42 CET

Aston Martin is considering a U.S. factory in Alabama to be near industrial partner Daimler, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told a UK car magazine....
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PSA's Tavares open to adding partners to Toyota JV

April 23, 2015 13:53 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is open to bringing in more partners to its existing collaboration with Toyota to share the cost of designing and manufacturing minicars, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said....
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Mercedes, Nissan expand cooperation to build midsize pickup

April 7, 2015 16:50 CET

Daimler said it will expand its cooperation with strategic partner Nissan to develop a midsize pickup truck for Mercedes. The pickup will be built by the Renault-Nissan alliance at its plants in Spain and Argentina....
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Mercedes pickup will be built by Nissan, report says

March 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler declined to comment on a report that its first Mercedes pickup will be based on the Nissan Navara and built by the Japanese automaker....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ghosn sees Renault-Nissan passing No. 3 GM by 2018

March 9, 2015 06:15 CET

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident that by 2018 his seven-brand alliance will rank as one of the world's three largest automakers. Ghosn discussed topics including the sales race and Dacia's success with Automotive News Europe....
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Continental 'interested' in being partner on possible Apple car

March 5, 2015 11:50 CET

Continental would be interested in acting as partner for technology giant Apple if the tech company decides to build a car, CEO Elmar Degenhart said....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Google in talks with OEMs, suppliers to build self-driving cars

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015

Internet giant Google has started talks with most of the world's top automakers and assembled a team of global suppliers to speed its push to bring self-driving cars to market, Chris Urmson, the head of the project, said today at the Automotive News World Congress....
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