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Fiat, Renault output in Turkey hit by labor dispute

May 18, 2015 10:59 CET

Production was halted at Fiat's joint venture factory in Turkey today as a labor protest over working conditions that hit Renault last week widened....
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Volvo U.S. plant a long time coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Volvo long toyed with building cars in this country before announcing last week that it had chosen a site in South Carolina for its first U.S. plant....
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Audi plans backups for key safety tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

For its next big step in collision avoidance - vehicles that can swerve to avoid an obstacle - Audi AG is adopting a belt-and-suspenders approach. All key technologies, including the processors, software and sensors, will have a redundant backup system in case of failure....
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Fiat, Renault production in Turkey halted by protests

May 16, 2015 10:26 CET

Production at the Turkish factories of Renault and Fiat stopped as workers protested wages and other employment conditions....
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Workers halt production at Renault's Turkish plant

May 15, 2015 12:29 CET

Production at Renault's plant in Turkey has been halted due to a protest by workers, a company spokesman said. The factory builds the Clio and Symbol subcompact cars and Megane and Fluence compact models....
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VW will invest 4.2 billion euros in Spanish factories

May 15, 2015 11:02 CET

VW Group will invest 4.2 billion euros ($4.8 billion) to upgrade its vehicle assembly plants in Martorell and Pamplona, Spain, in preparation for the assignment of new models....
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Renault readies Porsche Boxster, Audi TT rival

May 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault may unveil its first modern Alpine sports car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race next month, a report said. The concept would preview a production car that would rival models such as the Audi TT and Porsche Boxster....
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Audi A1 production will move to Seat plant in Spain from Belgium, reports say

May 11, 2015 13:54 CET

VW Group may build the Audi A1 entry premium car at Seat's factory in Spain instead of in Belgium as part of a production reshuffle, media reports said....
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Volvo picks South Carolina for new plant to supply U.S. market

6:08 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Volvo has chosen a site in South Carolina for a $500 million investment in its first U.S. plant, the automaker said today, targeting a bigger share of the increasingly competitive North American premium market....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Why VW tops rivals Toyota and GM in workforce size

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2015

VW Group has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined. The surplus of workers is unlikely to change anytime soon because of the powerful role unions play at the automaker....
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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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BMW postpones Russia assembly plant decision

May 6, 2015 11:58 CET

BMW said it had postponed a decision about whether to build an assembly plant in Russia because of the uncertainty caused by the economic crisis....
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Lamborghini may get tax breaks to build SUV in Italy

May 5, 2015 12:06 CET

Lamborghini is being offered incentives by Italy's government to make sure the automaker builds a production version of its Urus SUV concept in the country, sources said. Lamborghini sees the potential to sell 3,000 units a year of the Urus, more than doubling the brand's global volume....
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Volvo sales rise 2.3% in April as Europe growth offsets weak China, U.S.

May 4, 2015 15:56 CET

Volvo's vehicle sales rose 2.3 percent in April as growth in Western Europe offset weaker demand in China and the U.S. Separately, Volvo said it is adding a third shift at its plant in Sweden to meet demand for the new XC90 SUV....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Hooray for GM's 500 millionth vehicle?

10:39 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

GM today is celebrating its 500 millionth vehicle. But GM knows -- perhaps better than any company on the planet -- that the ability to manufacture a lot of product, in and of itself, is no cause for celebration....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How European automakers aim to keep winning in China despite market's slowdown

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Foreign carmakers face a tough battle in China as double-digit volume gains and fat profit margins recede and Chinese automakers make inroads into profitable segments. To combat the challenges, Volkswagen and others are focusing on low-emission models, budget vehicles and local production....
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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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Valeo posts quarterly sales gain on Europe, China

April 24, 2015 11:56 CET

Valeo's first-quarter revenue rose 15 percent, lifted by sales growth in Europe and China. The supplier sees vehicle production rising about 3 percent globally in 2015, with the same figure expected in Europe, excluding Russia....
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UK car production rises 1.9% in March

April 23, 2015 14:22 CET

UK car production rose 1.9 percent last month, the best March figure since 2006, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Through March output fell 0.6 percent, the SMMT said....
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Hyundai may boost SUV capacity in U.S., China after Q1 profit dips

10:04 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

South Korea's Hyundai Motor may boost production of SUVs in the United States and China after reporting profits fell again, squeezed by the cost of promotions to bolster car sales and unfavorable foreign exchange trends....
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Toyota keeps global sales lead over VW on U.S. demand

April 23, 2015 11:37 CET

Toyota beat Volkswagen and General Motors to remain the world's top-selling automaker during the last quarter despite declining deliveries. Demand for SUVs has helped to boost Toyota's market-share gains in the U.S. during the quarter as Volkswagen continued to struggle in the market....
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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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Aston Martin mulls U.S. plant for crossover, report says

April 22, 2015 10:50 CET

Aston Martin may add a plant in the U.S. to build the brand's first crossover, the Financial Times reported. The British automaker has held talks with officials in several states about the factory, the paper said, citing several sources familiar with the talks....
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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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Toyota in talks to boost China output to meet 2 million sales goal

6:57 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Toyota, already planning to build one new assembly plant in China in 2017, is in talks to further ramp up production in the world’s largest auto market....
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