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DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Volkswagen dealerships focused on profitability

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
After two years of backsliding from the Volkswagen brand's goal of selling 800,000 vehicles in the U.S., returning dealers to profitability is the top priority for 2015, the head of VW's dealer council says....
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DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Audi dealers eager to add a Q8 to red-hot lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Audi dealers are clamoring for a range-topping Q8 SUV to take on the Range Rover and expand the automaker's red-hot crossover lineup, Audi's dealer council chairman says....
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Strike ends at VW Brazil factory as 800 workers get jobs back

Jan. 16, 2015 15:08 CET
Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Brazil voted to end a 10-day strike after the carmaker agreed to reverse the layoff of 800 employees and presented a new labor deal through 2019....
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ARLENA SAWYERS

How will the newest metal in Detroit hold up in the used market?

2:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
When analysts who examine used vehicles and establish prices for them look at an all-new or redesigned car or pickup, they study exterior styling, engine specs and technical innovations. The also weigh factors such as price, incentives, competitors and deliveries to rental fleets....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

VW Passat tackles trailer troubles

Jan. 15, 2015 06:01 CET
Volkswagen has made a big effort to ensure its latest Passat remains Europe’s best-selling midsize car, including adding a feature that can back the car and a trailer autonomously into a parking space....
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Volkswagen starts sales of black-box recorder for vehicle data

Jan. 14, 2015 18:18 CET
Volkswagen plans to sell a black box in Austria that records trips and tracks the location of a car. The box will be available for new and old VW and Audi models. VW plans to expand the service to other European markets....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

So what is a Bentayga?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we can add a new head-scratcher to the list: the Bentley Bentayga....
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Bentley Bentayga may receive a smaller SUV sibling

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
The first Bentley Bentayga SUV isn't even out yet, but the company is already mulling more SUVs for its lineup, according to Auto Express....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Audi sales chief unveils virtual reality system for shoppers

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Audi AG's top sales executive today unveiled a new virtual reality system that he called the “most flexible sales format ever invented for the car industry.”...
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BRADFORD WERNLE

So what is a Bentayga?

11:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we can add a new head-scratcher to the list: the Bentley Bentayga....
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VW to expand Slovakia plant, report says

Jan. 13, 2015 13:00 CET
Volkswagen will invest up to 500 million euros in its Slovakia plant, a report said. The plant builds minicars and large SUVs for the VW group and will add production of bodies for the Bentley Bentayga SUV....
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VW Golf and Ford F-150 win North American Car and Truck of the Year awards

7:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The Volkswagen Golf and Ford F-150 pickup were named 2015 North American Car and Truck of the Year today by a panel of automotive journalists....
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VW crosses 10 million sales mark on surging China demand

Jan. 12, 2015 11:29 CET
Volkswagen has hit a sales milestone four years earlier than planned after group deliveries rose 4 percent to 10.14 million last year. Growth was boosted by demand in China....
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VW plans to add 100 U.S. dealerships by 2018

10:41 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Volkswagen of America plans to add about 100 new dealerships to its US retail network through 2018 as part of its plan to revive its growth in the market. Michael Horn, one year into his tenure as CEO of Volkswagen of America, told reporters at the Detroit auto show that VW wants to add the additional 100 rooftops in open points where the VW brand currently lacks a presence....
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Cadillac will develop entry-level sedan, de Nysschen says

5:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said sales of the ATS compact sedan have been hurt by the Mercedes CLA and other lower-priced recent entries, and he plans to respond with an entry-level sedan of his own....
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Bentley to call new SUV the Bentayga, attracts 4,000 preorders

3:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Bentley has announced the name of its first-ever SUV, to be revealed later this year. It will be called the Bentley Bentayga....
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A good year, but not for everyone

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Thirteen brands set U.S. sales records last year. The lucky 13: Honda, Subaru, Porsche, Nissan, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Land Rover, Hyundai, BMW, Audi, Jeep and Ram....
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VW readies crossover blitz to help revive U.S. fortunes

8:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Volkswagen is mobilizing an SUV and crossover offensive over the next few years to strengthen its presence in those fast-growing segments and revive the VW brand's sagging U.S. sales. A long-wheelbase Tiguan crossover assembled in North America will arrive in the market in 2017, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said in remarks prepared for delivery today....
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Audi aims for BMW's luxury crown with product blitz

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Audi will kick off one of the most aggressive two-year model expansions in the luxury-car industry at the Detroit auto show as the German marque closes in on BMW, which sold a record of more than 2 million cars last year....
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Bentley considers smaller SUV to win women, younger buyers

Jan. 9, 2015 14:33 CET
Bentley is mulling a smaller version of its upcoming SUV to attract more women and younger buyers to the brand. Bentley will unveil the larger SUV, its first such model, later this year ahead of sales in 2016....
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BMW keeps luxury sales crown, beats rivals in December

Jan. 9, 2015 11:06 CET
BMW outsold Audi and Mercedes in December to round off a 10th year as global luxury car-sales champion but its two German rivals have reduced its advantage....
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VW brand sales down 2% in December on 'challenging' conditions

Jan. 9, 2015 13:06 CET
Volkswagen Group said sales at its VW brand fell 2 percent in December because of "challenging market conditions." Full-year deliveries rose 3 percent to a record 6.1 million....
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J. Stuart Perkins, former VW of America executive, dead at 86

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
J. Stuart Perkins, who steered Volkswagen to a US sales record that has held for 45 years, will be remembered at a memorial service in Florida on Saturday. Perkins died in Sarasota on Dec. 25. He was 86....
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Bentley sees new SUV spurring annual sales to 20,000

Jan. 7, 2015 12:07 CET
Bentley expects its first SUV to help almost double its vehicle sales after reporting record deliveries last year. The ultraluxury brand expects to increase annual sales to 20,000 units by 2020 after previously targeting 15,000 deliveries by 2018....
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DECEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

FCA, GM, Toyota, Subaru drive market to 11% gain

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Led by double-digit sales increases at Fiat Chrysler, GM, Hyundai-Kia, Toyota and Subaru, the auto industry closed out a stellar 2014 with a blockbuster December as consumers took advantage of year-end deals, lower fuel prices and an improving economy. Light-vehicle sales rose 11 percent in December -- slightly above forecasts -- and 6 percent to 16.53 million for the year. The annualized pace of sales hit 16.92 million units, the third-fastest sales rate of the year....
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