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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault bets on SUV looks to revive Espace

Oct. 2, 2014 10:46 CET
Renault has turned the new Espace into a crossover from a minivan as it seeks to revive the model's European sales and follow a market shift to more rugged-looking vehicles....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

XC90 boosts Volvo CEO's belief in e-commerce

6:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson's belief in e-commerce got a huge boost because of the XC90....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Infiniti Q80 will boost brand in Europe, exec says

Oct. 2, 2014 09:17 CET
Infiniti will launch a production version of its Q80 Inspiration concept sedan within three to five years to rival models such as the Porsche Panamera and help boost the brand's image and sales in Europe....
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MIKE COLIAS

What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It wasn't long ago when the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in the United States. But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

Oct. 1, 2014 23:33 CET
VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lamborghini, Ferrari supercars join fuel sippers as show stars

Oct. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
Supercars such as a new 900hp Lamborghini and the Ferrari 458 Speciale A will line up alongside fuel-efficient plug-in hybrids such as the VW Passat GTE at the Paris auto show. The Mercedes-AMG GT and Jaguar XE will also debut....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Opel expects new Corsa to remain a best seller

Oct. 1, 2014 15:48 CET
Opel hopes its heavily reworked Corsa will remain the automaker's best seller in Europe. CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said new driver assistance and infotainment systems will help maintain the car's success....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

The Nissan Leaf's top-selling town?

10:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the United States, but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing well?...
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RICHARD JOHNSON

Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally....
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DIANA T. KURYLKO

Making a splashy entrance in Paris

6:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Ford puts refreshed C-Max in the Phantom's spotlight

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Ford on Wednesday lifted the mask on its next-generation C-Max at a special event at the Opera National de Paris, the setting for the fictional The Phantom of the Opera. The irony may have been lost on the Ford execs on hand, who also showed off the next-generation European S-Max and Grande C-Max before their scheduled press conference Thursday at the Paris auto show....
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VW’s XL Sport concept full of surprises

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Volkswagen dropped a surprise on Wednesday by rolling out the XL Sport concept on the eve of press previews for the Paris auto show. The biggest surprise, though, is the XL Sport’s engine -- a V-twin adapted from the VW Group’s Ducati 1199 Superleggera, which VW touts as the world’s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle....
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Jaguar XE to offer awd, diesel engine in U.S.

7:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The Jaguar XE compact sedan will launch with optional all-wheel drive and a four-cylinder diesel engine when it goes on sale in the U.S....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault Clio will be first production car with upscale trim line

Sept. 30, 2014 12:17 CET
Renault will launch its upscale Initiale Paris trim line on its Clio subcompact. Renault, Ford and PSA are upgrading their models in Europe by adding premium features in a bid to attract affluent customers who find luxury brands too expensive....
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PAUL MCVEIGH

For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market brands start to introduce such cars in a bid to lower the average CO2 emissions of their new-car fleets ahead of tougher EU limits....
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LUCA CIFERRI

Renault Eolab's funny numbers

5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Tavares, Palmer, Gales ready to shine in new CEO roles

2:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
A year ago Carlos Tavares was unemployed, Andy Palmer was Nissan's planning chief and Jean-Marc Gales was leading supplier group CLEPA. All three are now CEOs ready to stand in the spotlight at the Paris auto show this week....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Europe's struggling auto recovery overshadows Paris glamour

Sept. 30, 2014 11:30 CET
Self-driving vehicles and smartphone integration will be among the top features at Europe's biggest auto show this year as executives focus on something that's become increasingly hard to come by: buyers....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ferrari will unveil top-performing 458 Speciale

Sept. 30, 2014 10:10 CET
Ferrari will unveil the top-performing convertible version of the mid-engine 458 Speciale sports car range in Paris. The automaker will build just 499 examples of the 458 Speciale A, which has the company's most powerful naturally aspirated engine....
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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration points to brand's design direction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The large four-door fastback concept that Infiniti will unveil at the Paris auto show this week signals the styling for a stream of new products planned over the next four years....
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KEITH CRAIN

In Paris, excitement amid uncertainty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Europe has been happily seeing real signs of recovery, but the threat of interrupted energy supplies has to weigh heavily on minds there. Still, expect an upbeat mood in Paris this week....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault concept rivals VW's 1-liter car for fuel economy

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault says the Eolab concept previews fuel-saving technologies that will appear on its production cars before 2020. The Eolab's fuel economy rivals the VW XL1, promoted as a "1-liter" car because it uses 1 liter of fuel per 100km....
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Fiat 500X unlikely to steal sales from Jeep Renegade, analysts say

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
The Fiat 500X is unlikely to cannibalize sales from its sister model, the Jeep Renegade, industry watchers say. The 500X is a "cute, urban vehicle with off-road capabilities," while the Renegade is the "rugged" off-roader, one analyst said....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault's new Espace gets major makeover

Sept. 25, 2014 16:46 CET
Renault's big, boxy Espace large minivan will be transformed into a sleek-looking crossover that's more in line with what European customers want. Renault released photos but provided few details about the next-generation Espace Thursday....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ford Mondeo gets power boost to better battle Passat

Sept. 25, 2014 12:15 CET
The new Ford Mondeo will get more powerful engines, a more diverse powertrain lineup and more advanced features to better compete against the VW Passat in Europe's midsize segment....
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