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Jaguar Land Rover CEO foresees continued struggles for EVs

June 19, 2015 06:01 CET

Car buyers continue to shun full-electric cars but that could change with the next generation of battery technology, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said. “Customers are not impressed with it currently,” he said....
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Car retailers face big changes, deep cuts to regain profitability

June 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Dealers can't make money by solely focusing on new cars any more, Audi's director of sales strategy says. Meanwhile, the head of analyst group ICDP says that Western Europe's car retail network needs to shrink by 20,000 stores. Both shared their views during a panel on the future of vehicle retailing....
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Citroen mulls Mehari revival to add fun to the brand

June 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen is considering a revival of its iconic Mehari lightweight utility car to help give the brand a “fun” image, CEO Linda Jackson said....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Most Russian car plants are uncompetitive, AvtoVAZ CEO says

June 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Most car plants in Russia are not cost competitive because they are not producing enough vehicles, AvtoVAZ chief Bo Andersson said....
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Auto execs warn UK exit from EU would be 'bad for both'

June 12, 2015 09:33 CET

Multiple automotive bosses -- including the heads of four iconic British brands -- urged the UK to remain in the European Union in the interest of both sides during the Automotive News Europe Congress....
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Volvo cuts complexity to stand out from German rivals

June 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Volvo will make less complexity a selling point against its German premium rivals, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. He used the example to show how Volvo is being revived after China's Zhejiang Geely Holding bought the Swedish automaker from Ford....
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Smart has no plans for crossover, CEO Winkler says

June 10, 2015 19:36 CET

Daimler's Smart subsidiary will not expand its lineup with an SUV/crossover in the near future, the brand's CEO, Annette Winkler, said....
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Aston Martin will decide on new plant in third quarter

June 10, 2015 13:06 CET

Aston Martin will decide on the location of its new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover in the third quarter, CEO Andy Palmer said. Potential sites in the U.S. and the UK are under consideration, Palmer said....
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Mini still mulling Superleggera roadster production

June 10, 2015 15:04 CET

Mini is still examining whether it can make a business case for its Superleggera Vision roadster, a senior BMW executive said....
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Andersson is set to speak at congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Bo Andersson, CEO of Russian automaker AvtoVAZ and General Motors' former head of global purchasing, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in Birmingham, England....
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Francois to speak at congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Olivier Francois, FCA's chief marketing officer who has been the driving force behind several highly praised and high-impact advertising campaigns in Europe and the United States, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in Birmingham, England....
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Mini and Rolls leader to speak at congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer, who is leading Mini and Rolls-Royce through periods of major change, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in Birmingham, England....
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Smart CEO to speak at Europe Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Smart CEO Annette Winkler, the first woman to lead an automotive brand in Europe, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in Birmingham, England....
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Aston Martin's Palmer to address congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, who took over at the luxury sports car maker in September after holding one of Nissan's top global jobs, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in Birmingham, England....
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JLR chief Speth to keynote U.K. congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, will be keynote speaker at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in Birmingham, U.K....
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MISSION TO DETROIT

Tesla's Musk focused on turning EV skeptics into believers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

In an hourlong discussion at the Automotive News World Congress, Tesla's Elon Musk offered several pearls of Elonthink and a few prized revelations about his personal life. But the real reason Musk came to Detroit was to deliver an urgent message to the industry establishment: Believe in EVs now, or regret it later....
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Marchionne: Predicting problems can stem recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said the U.S. industry in 2014 recalled a "nonsensical number" of vehicles. He said the record number of recalls, more than 60 million vehicles, resulted from a "paradigm shift" between the industry and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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Barra: A female CEO shouldn't be a shocker

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Mary Barra's first year as General Motors CEO was full of surprises. Perhaps the biggest for her, though, happened at the very beginning: the global media frenzy generated by her appointment as the first female CEO of a major automaker....
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Google car project finds friends in industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Chris Urmson, the director of Google's autonomous driving project, revealed at the Automotive News World Congress last week that Google is working closely with global suppliers such as Bosch and Continental to build the prototypes that it plans to begin testing on California roads this year....
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Ford vows not to rush Sync 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

In announcing Sync 3 last month, Ford Motor Co. said only that it would come to market starting in the 2016 model year, without saying exactly when or in what vehicle. That's a change from five years ago, when it unveiled MyFord Touch. Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president for the Americas, said the company won't make that mistake again....
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Musk: 'Keep driving our volume' to hit targets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. should be able to sell "a few million" cars per year by 2025, after the company has broadened its lineup beyond the Model S sedan and opened a "gigafactory" to double the world's supply of lithium ion battery cells, CEO Elon Musk said last week at the Automotive News World Congress....
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Good times won't last forever, analyst says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

The U.S. auto industry is in good shape. But the good times won't last forever, so watch your balance sheets and don't blow it. That was the advice to automakers from John Murphy, lead U.S. auto analyst in equity research with Bank of America Merrill Lynch....
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Purchasing chief: Thriving suppliers are good for GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

If Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is looking for an ally to wring price concessions from suppliers, he won't find one in Steve Kiefer, General Motors' newly installed head of purchasing....
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Luxury brands seek an edge with tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

The horsepower race is dead, giving way to advanced hybrid technology and smaller displacement engines. Digital technology has become central to selling vehicles, not only on smartphones and tablets but in innovative showroom settings. These are some of the ways that luxury brands are embracing the megatrends discussed at the Automotive News World Congress....
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VIDEO: Marchionne on consolidation, mandates

3:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne spoke with Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain at the 2015 World Congress....
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