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Bentley eyes record sales on Continental GT demand

Oct. 13, 2014 11:15 CET
Bentley expects another record year for vehicle sales in 2014 as demand for its Continental GT models helps to spur global growth....
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VW may use fewer temporary staff as part of cost cuts

Oct. 12, 2014 22:30 CET
Volkswagen may use fewer temporary staff as part of efforts to reduce costs by 5 billion euros ($6.3 billion), CEO Martin Winterkorn told a German magazine....
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VW deepens research cooperation with China's FAW

Oct. 10, 2014 11:23 CET
Volkswagen has extended a joint venture with China's FAW Group by 25 years to enhance research and development activities as it targets an increasing share of the world's biggest car market....
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VW says it is on track to sell 10 million vehicles this year as Europe, China offset weak U.S., Brazil sales

Oct. 10, 2014 12:50 CET
Volkswagen said it is on target to sell 10 million vehicles this year after its September deliveries increased by 3 percent. Higher sales in China and Europe are helping to offset weaker volume in the U.S. and South America for the group....
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Toyota remains most valuable automotive brand

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Toyota was named the best automotive brand worldwide for the 11th straight year, followed closely by Mercedes-Benz and BMW, in Interbrand's ranking of the 100 most valuable brands....
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Mercedes sales top Audi in Sept. as global competition intensifies

7:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Audi sold fewer cars globally than rival Mercedes-Benz for the first time this year in the latest sign that the sales rivalry among Germany's top luxury automakers is intensifying....
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Audi sells fewer cars than Mercedes as competition intensifies

Oct. 9, 2014 13:04 CET
Audi sold fewer cars than rival Mercedes-Benz for the first time this year in the latest sign that the sales rivalry among Germany's top luxury automakers is intensifying....
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Audi wants $2.5 billion in annual cost cuts to offset tech spending, reports say

9:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014
Audi wants to rein in costs by about $2.5 billion a year to offset surging spending on new technology, according to people familiar with the matter....
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Audi seeks to reduce annual costs by 2 billion euros, report says

Oct. 8, 2014 14:45 CET
Audi wants to reduce annual costs by about 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to safeguard profit margins, sources said. The automaker will seek to limit expenditure growth in areas such as development, purchasing and manufacturing, the sources said....
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VW core-brand sales remain flat in September

Oct. 7, 2014 12:58 CET
Volkswagen Group said global sales of its core VW passenger-car brand rose 0.2 percent last month, held back by declining deliveries in Russia and the Americas....
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Bentley crossover is coming to U.S., along with store upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Bentley expects its U.S. dealers to comply with a new corporate identity standard that is being rolled out for dealerships globally by the time they receive a new, as-yet-unnamed crossover....
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Paris show hits and misses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
There were more hits than misses at the Paris auto show, a sign that even with a sluggish European market, automakers are willing to take chances with new designs....
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Eurostar winners honored in Paris

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Fourteen Automotive News Europe Eurostar winners were honored at a dinner in Paris last week....
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Boom time for Audi dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Audi dealers, riding a sales bonanza, are also in the throes of a $1 billion building boom as they prepare to fulfill the brand's long-term goal of selling 200,000 vehicles a year in the U.S....
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Bugatti is shielded from VW cost reductions as it works on Veyron successor

Oct. 5, 2014 10:31 CET
Volkswagen keeps lavishing money on supercar maker Bugatti even as the company plans painful cuts in its core auto business. Bugatti is working on a successor to the Veyron that may deliver even more power than the current model....
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Luxury makers move into new hot spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Luxury-segment executives at last week's Paris auto show made it clear that they intend to attack new corners of the business as high-end customers emerge with nontraditional expectations....
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Bentley joins ultra-luxury fast lane with Mulsanne Speed

10:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Bentley is moving into the fast lane of ultra-luxury cars with a new version of its flagship saloon, aiming to grab a bigger slice of a market expected to double in size by 2018. The 95-year-old brand is launching the Mulsanne Speed under the strapline "the world's fastest ultra-luxury driving experience."...
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NEWS ANALYSIS

GM's bold platform plan aims to reduce complexity, save billions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM's ambitious plan to move from 26 global platforms to just four by 2025 will be a defining element of CEO Mary Barra's legacy but could eventually save the company many billions of dollars in production and purchasing outlays. GM faces a challenge of enormous complexity that rivals, notably VW and Toyota, already have begun and are still sorting out....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lamborghini unveils 910-hp plug-in hybrid Asterion

Oct. 2, 2014 09:45 CET
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the 910-hp Asterion LPI 910-4 plug-in hybrid supercar concept unveiled at the Paris auto show is a "ground-breaking, crucial step" for the VW-owned company....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Will the customer buy what governments demand?

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change....
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Mercedes tops BMW in monthly luxury sales

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz's record September in the United States was enough to top the BMW brand in the luxury sales race, but BMW held a small lead for the first nine months of the year....
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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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Winterkorn warns EU on overburdening automakers on CO2 emissions

Oct. 1, 2014 22:00 CET
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn warned EU regulators that it would be "fatal" to overburden the auto industry with tougher CO2 emission targets before a market can develop for electric cars, plug-in hybrids and other fuel-efficient models....
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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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EU probes Portugal's MQB platform aid to Volkswagen

Oct. 1, 2014 12:37 CET
The European Union has launched an investigation into Volkswagen's planned receipt of 36.15 million euros ($45.6 million) of state aid for investing in its MQB platform technology at a plant in Portugal....
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