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Volvo will shift V60 production to Belgium

Jan. 29, 2016 06:01 CET

Volvo will shift production of the V60 model line to its Belgium factory. The move will free up capacity at Volvo's main plant in Sweden for new additions such as the S90 and V90, as well as the strong-selling XC90....
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Flexible MQB? Sounds more like expendable MQB to this analyst

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

AllianceBernstein analyst Max Warburton has lively, unorthodox notions on such matters as the Volkswagen diesel turmoil. For one thing, VW could cut the MQB platform....
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Nissan Juke will be first model based on new small-car platform

Sept. 7, 2015 14:03 CET

The next Nissan Juke will be the first car to be built on Renault-Nissan's CMF-B small-car modular architecture. The subcompact SUV also will continue to be built at Nissan's plant in England, securing the factory's future....
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Plastic Omnium boss foresees further gains from toughening emissions rules

July 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Plastic Omnium CEO Laurent Burelle wants to boost revenue 32 percent to 7 billion euros by 2018 at the French supplier of bumpers and fuel tanks. Much of the increase is expected to come from components that will help automakers meet tougher global emissions rules, Burelle told Automotive News Europe....
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Renault-Nissan savings boosted by new platform

July 10, 2015 14:45 CET

Renault and affiliate Nissan increased annual savings by almost one-third to 3.8 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in part through the shared use of the new CMF platform. The technology underpins models from both carmakers including the latest Qashqai compact SUV from Nissan and Renault's equivalent Kadjar, as well as Renault's updated Espace minivan....
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BMW, Toyota agree to platform on shared sports car

8:50 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

BMW AG and Toyota Motor Corp. are moving ahead on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings of major components for the model....
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BMW, Toyota move ahead on sports car with agreement on platform

June 29, 2015 14:58 CET

BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013....
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Geely will unveil compact car developed with Volvo at Geneva show

June 16, 2015 12:15 CET

Geely Automobile will unveil the first compact car jointly developed with Volvo at the Geneva auto show in March. The two automakers, both units of China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, plan to develop a series of models using a shared architecture....
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VW labor chief says new structure needed before new chairman

June 3, 2015 14:27 CET

Volkswagen needs to come up with a new structure before thinking about appointing a permanent chairman, VW's powerful labor chief, Bernd Osterloh, said....
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Aston Martin likely to shun Mercedes' platform for DBX crossover

May 15, 2015 12:48 CET

Aston Martin may modify its new sports car platform for its DBX crossover rather than use underpinnings from a Mercedes SUV, CEO Andy Palmer said. The DBX is due to launch in 2019....
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Honda will cut European Civic production costs with global platform

April 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Honda will significantly reduce production costs on its next European Civic compact hatchback by basing it on a global platform. Honda will launch its next-generation Civic five-door in Europe in 2017. Like the current car, it will be built at the automaker’s plant in England and will be exported to the U.S. and other markets outside Europe for the first time....
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BMW will build fwd cars in China to attract middle class

April 21, 2015 10:11 CET

BMW will double the number of cars it builds in China to six as it adds models including the front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer minivan in a bid to increase sales to middle class buyers who don't have chauffeurs....
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PSA plans joint small-car platform with Dongfeng

April 20, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA will focus on two core platforms for its volume models including a small-car architecture that it will jointly develop with China's Dongfeng. PSA aims to reduce the number of its passenger-car platforms to two by 2022 from five now....
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PSA and Dongfeng will develop platform for compact and subcompact cars

April 19, 2015 11:45 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and China's Dongfeng will jointly develop a platform for small cars for the Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Dongfeng brands. The platform will become operational starting in 2018 and can be used to develop up to 20 models from sedans to SUVs, PSA and Dongfeng said....
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BMW's new tech chief ready to tackle shifting consumer demands

12:15 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Klaus Froehlich's recent promotion to BMW Group r&d chief comes as the automaker shakes up its powertrain and platform lineups. Froehlich, who replaced Herbert Diess in December, discussed the group's evolving platform and engine strategy with Automotive News Europe....
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BMW's tech chief ready to meet changing consumer demands

April 10, 2015 06:15 CET

Klaus Froehlich’s recent promotion to BMW Group r&d boss comes as the automaker shakes up its powertrain and platform lineups. Froehlich, who replaced Herbert Diess in December, discussed the group’s evolving platform and engine strategy with Automotive News Europe....
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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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