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Automakers vie for pole position in Iran

July 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Carmakers are racing for Iran following the country's breakthrough nuclear deal with Western powers - pitting past market leader PSA/Peugeot-Citroen against challengers including Volkswagen and Renault....
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VW brand sales fall nearly 9% in June on China slowdown

July 17, 2015 20:03 CET

Sales at Volkswagen's core division fell for an eighth time in nine months in June as slowing momentum in China and slumping demand in Latin America outweighed gains in Europe....
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VW plans parts warehouse serving West Coast dealerships

10:35 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Volkswagen Group of America will spend $6.8 million to open a new parts distribution center in Sacramento, Calif., to serve dealers in the Pacific northwest and northern California, the company said today....
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FCA, VW, GM lead Strategic Vision quality survey

8:00 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

U.S. customers are happiest with vehicles from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen and General Motors, according to a survey of new car and light-truck buyers....
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VW, GM shudder as China profit engine sputters

5:47 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Shock waves from a drop in Chinese car demand are reverberating in Wolfsburg and Detroit, where Volkswagen and GM are feeling the effects of a slowdown in a market that has been their big profit engine. Barclays downgraded GM shares on Thursday, saying it was likely to face the sharpest of the China headwinds among automakers and auto parts makers....
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VW explores return to Iran after nuclear sanctions lift

July 16, 2015 14:48 CET

Volkswagen has taken the first steps to entering Iran after the Islamic Republic's nuclear accord with the West pointed to an easing of economic sanctions that have prevented carmakers from doing business in the country....
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Audi reviews China 2015 sales target

July 16, 2015 10:57 CET

Audi is reviewing its 2015 target of selling 600,000 cars in China, the latest sign that a downturn in demand for passenger cars in the world's biggest car market is more severe than automakers expected....
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Strike at Spanish seating supplier ends

July 15, 2015 14:53 CET

Employees at a Spanish factory of seating supplier Johnson Controls today resumed work. Their strike had hit production at Volkswagen Group's Seat unit....
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Ford confirms it will build Lincoln Continental in Michigan plant

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

The Lincoln Continental, which Ford Motor is bringing back to life next year to replace the MKS sedan, will be assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The factory, where the Mustang sports car and Fusion sedan are also assembled, will build the Continental for export to China and other markets, in addition to the U.S., Ford said today....
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Skoda makes new Superb smarter and more spacious

July 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Skoda has loaded its Superb midsize car with semi-autonomous driving technology typically found on more expensive vehicles....
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VW interim chairman to stay on, hunt for Piech successor continues, report says

9:59 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2015

Volkswagen AG is still looking for a successor to former chairman Ferdinand Piech, meaning the interim holder of the position, Berthold Huber, is likely to stay until at least the end of the year, a German newspaper reported....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: VW's Seat brand puts brakes on sportiness to lure family buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2015

VW's Spain-based Seat brand is no longer the “Spanish Alfa Romeo” after moving away from its sporty image, CEO Juergen Stackmann said. Nowadays, the marque aims to win family buyers, he said....
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Carmakers tell tech partners to keep hands off our data

8:48 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Carmakers are limiting the data they share with technology partners Apple and Google through new systems that link smartphones to vehicle infotainment systems, defending access to information about what drivers do in their cars....
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Audi sales rise 1.3% in June as Europe, U.S. demand offset China slide

July 10, 2015 12:25 CET

Audi's global sales rose 1.3 percent in June as gains in Europe and the U.S. helped offset a second consecutive monthly decline in China deliveries. Six-month sales at Audi rose 3.8 percent....
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VW said to offer $161 million to struggling China dealers

July 10, 2015 09:35 CET

VW Group is offering financial assistance totaling 1 billion yuan ($161 million) to support some of its dealers in China as demand slows in its largest market, according to people with knowledge of the matter....
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VW's Seat mulls China sales with new SUV

July 10, 2015 06:01 CET

VW's Seat brand could sell its forthcoming compact SUV in China in one of the few segments still posting growth in the world's largest auto market. Seat had planned to launch sales in China in 2012 but postponed the move to concentrate on fixing its money-losing European operations....
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Audi, BMW, Mercedes in stand-off with Nokia over bid for maps business, report says

July 9, 2015 12:19 CET

Audi, BMW and Mercedes have reached a stand-off with Nokia in their joint bid to buy the Finnish company's maps business HERE, while rival offers appear to be unravelling, sources familiar with the process said....
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China auto sales fall for first time in more than 2 years

6:45 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2015

China's vehicle sales fell for the first time in more than two years as the nation's economic growth slowed and a stock-market rout dented buying sentiment....
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VW resumes car output in Nigeria to tap growth in Africa

July 8, 2015 10:56 CET

VW has resumed output in Nigeria for the first time in 25 years in a bid to foster sales growth in Africa. The automaker began assembly in Lagos on Tuesday with its local partner, Stallion Group, and plans output of the Passat, Jetta and CC sedans as well as the Amarok pickup....
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JASON STEIN

BLOG: Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

4:56 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this?...
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why Skoda's fast rise helps and hurts parent VW Group

July 6, 2015 06:15 CET

Skoda and VW brand are heading in opposite directions. Skoda's car sales rose to a record last year and its profit margin was 7 percent, far higher than VW's 2.5 percent. Now Skoda's success is attracting the wrong kind of attention at VW Group headquarters in Wolfsburg....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for July

July 6, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Skoda's rising sales and profits both help and hinder its parent, VW Group....
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Giugiaro steps aside; Audi takes over

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

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original Volkswagen Golf and first Fiat Panda, last week resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A., the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968....
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Audi adds diesel to its best-selling A4

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

Audi will offer a diesel engine in its best-selling sedan, the A4, for the first time when the redesigned car arrives in U.S. showrooms next year....
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Japanese cement comeback in China as Toyota posts record sales

3:19 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Japanese automakers sold a record number of cars in China in the first six months of the year, cementing a comeback from anti-Japanese protests in 2012....
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