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BMW, Toyota move ahead with development of midsize sports car platform

Nov. 6, 2014 16:29 CET
BMW and Toyota have moved closer to a jointly developed sports car platform. A technical feasibility study has been completed and development of vehicle underpinnings has moved on to the concept phase, BMW said....
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GM, Renault, VW, others bet on megaplatforms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
GM, Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault-Nissan are among the automakers embracing flexible, globally compatible megaplatforms as a key to future success. Rivals that don't join them, including Fiat Chrysler, run a risk of being left behind, analysts say....
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VW, Renault, GM, others bet big on megaplatforms

Nov. 3, 2014 06:15 CET
VW, Renault and GM are among the automakers embracing flexible, globally compatible megaplatforms as a key to future success. Rivals that don't join them quickly, including Fiat Chrysler and PSA, run the risk of being left behind, analysts say....
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Check out the ANE e-magazine for November

Nov. 3, 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 why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions....
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Premium Lincoln platform could underpin new sedans, crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s plans for Lincoln may be even bigger than the company let on at its Sept. 29 investor day, when Lincoln President Kumar Galhotra announced plans to spend $2.5 billion on the brand and add two nameplates to its lineup....
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Mercedes reorganizes manufacturing operations to reduce costs

Sept. 10, 2014 11:44 CET
Mercedes is reorganizing its manufacturing operations away from a production network controlled by individual factories to a leaner system centered around vehicle architectures and model lines....
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BMW's new X1 will be the second model to use front-wheel-drive platform

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW plans to launch a revamped X1 and an all-new X2 next summer based on the company's UKL1 front-wheel-drive platform. The SUVs will be the second and third BMW-brand fwd models after the 2-series Active Tourer....
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Carmakers bet on big global platforms to cut costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The auto industry's switch to global platforms is rapidly picking up momentum. In 2020, the top 10 platforms are expected to generate production of 27.8 million vehicles, according to IHS Automotive, a consulting firm based in suburban Detroit. That's up from 19.2 million units this year....
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VW suffers production woes adjusting to MQB platform, report says

July 29, 2014 16:38 CET
Volkswagen's move to add extra German production shifts for the Golf, which the company has attributed to strong demand, is also due to problems adjusting to its new MQB platform, company sources said....
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Ford says Mondeo sales will be boosted by platform sharing with Lincoln

July 5, 2014 06:15 CET
Ford says its new Mondeo will compete better in Europe's mid-sized segment because it has a platform that was also designed to underpin Lincoln models....
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Renault-Nissan boost alliance savings by 7%

July 2, 2014 16:08 CET
Renault and Nissan increased savings from their alliance by 7 percent last year as the first cars built on the jointly developed common module family (CMF) platform rolled off production lines....
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Opel plans return to profit through closer ties with parent GM

June 4, 2014 12:38 CET
Opel aims to return to profit and increase its market share in Europe by focusing on smaller cars using more components from parent company General Motors, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann says....
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Subaru plans more U.S. capacity, unveils new technology

4:24 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
The maker of red-hot Subaru vehicles says it may expand annual capacity at its Indiana assembly plant to 400,000 units after 2017. It also plans to introduce of a new vehicle platform and more efficient fuel-injected engines....
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Aston Martin said to discuss building SUV with Daimler

March 31, 2014 10:48 CET
Aston Martin and Daimler are said to be holding talks to extend their cooperation to building an SUV as the UK carmaker seeks to broaden its lineup....
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BMW, Mercedes reduce number of architectures

March 14, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW and Mercedes-Benz are reducing their number of vehicle architectures to speed development and cut costs....
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BMW development chief Diess says internal synergies key to premium strategy

Feb. 4, 2014 06:15 CET
BMW plans to strengthen internal synergies between its BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands as it aims to make permanent its nine-year reign as the world's No. 1 premium automaker....
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Renault-Nissan's platform plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Carlos Ghosn says the Renault-Nissan Alliance he heads will roll out two shared vehicle platforms, each of which will underpin more than 3 million vehicles, by 2016 as part of a cost-cutting plan....
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Renault-Nissan raises savings targets

Jan. 30, 2014 18:08 CET
Renault-Nissan named executives to lead efforts to converge manufacturing, r&d, purchasing and human resources....
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Renault-Nissan raises savings targets in cooperation push

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2014
Renault-Nissan announced plans to accelerate integration between the carmakers by stepping up joint projects in development, manufacturing, purchasing and human resources....
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Opel, PSA end plans for shared subcompact platform

Dec. 12, 2013 11:06 CET
GM's Opel unit and partner PSA said they are abandoning plans to co-develop a common platform for subcompact cars....
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Alfa's revised plan focuses on new rwd/awd architecture

12:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
The revised Alfa Romeo plan that Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne is expected to announce next April focuses on a new rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive architecture that the automaker hopes will boost Alfa's global presence....
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Alfa's revised plan focuses on new rwd/awd architecture

Dec. 2, 2013 06:15 CET
The revised Alfa Romeo plan that Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne is expected to announce next April focuses on a new rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive architecture that the automaker hopes will boost Alfa's global presence....
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