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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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Skoda may outsource non-core services

July 3, 2015 06:15 CET

Skoda says it is examining whether to outsource certain parts of its non-manufacturing business such as peripheral services, and has initiated negotiations with local unions over such a move....
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ANE's July e-magazine goes live Monday

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, July 6. 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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Legendary car designer Giugiaro quits company that bears his name

12:42 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968....
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Car design legend Giugiaro quits company he founded

July 2, 2015 18:42 CET

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968....
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VW worker killed by robot in Germany

July 2, 2015 11:39 CET

Volkswagen said a contractor was crushed to death by a robot at its German components factory in Kassel. The 21-year-old worker was setting up the robot on an electric motor assembly line when it grabbed him and forced him against a metal plate....
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VW rides hot Golf, Audi to 2nd straight monthly gain

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

The red-hot Golf lineup drove Volkswagen of America to its second-straight monthly U.S. sales gain in June....
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Porsche labor chief joins VW board

8:41 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Porsche's labor chief, who once fought a merger with Volkswagen, is joining the parent company's supervisory board as a reshuffle of positions at Europe's largest automaker continues....
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Newer Audi, BMW, Subaru models use lots of oil, Consumer Reports survey finds

3:10 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Newer models from Audi, BMW and Subaru are burning a lot of oil between routine oil changes, according to a consumer survey from Consumer Reports....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

New VW brand boss Diess needs to cut costs, boost profits

June 30, 2015 06:01 CET

VW brand will have a new boss for the first time since 2007 when former BMW development chief Herbert Diess takes control. His tasks as successor to Martin Winterkorn, who remains VW Group CEO, include reining in costs, increasing profitability and making the brand a stronger player in the U.S....
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VW's Seat brand set to launch small SUV in 2017

June 29, 2015 21:34 CET

VW Group Spanish subsidiary Seat plans to launch a subcompact SUV/crossover by the end of 2017 as part of its effort to be sustainably profitable, a company source said....
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Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter

June 29, 2015 14:23 CET

Audi released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to the automaker's goal of passing BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand. The new A4 is slightly larger than the current model, which is Audi's global best-seller, but is lighter and has a more spacious interior....
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Europe's car output may grow as China costs rise, VW exec says

June 29, 2015 12:12 CET

Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, Martin Jahn, managing director of VW Group Fleet International, said....
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Gestamp along for VW's expansion ride in N. America

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Gestamp Automocion announced plans last week to expand its stamping plant in Chattanooga to produce body panels, hot-stamped steel parts and chassis components for Volkswagen's new midsize SUV, which will enter production in 2016. Gestamp's $180 million expansion will add 510 jobs and triple production in Chattanooga. It also will give Gestamp a new North American product line - chassis components - to supplement its production of body panels and hot-stamped parts....
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Chasing Jetta, Chevy equips Cruze with a new turbodiesel

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Chevrolet isn't just sticking with a diesel offering on the next-generation Cruze - it's talking tough about challenging Volkswagen for passenger-car diesel leadership in the U.S....
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VW to launch low-cost car family for China, possibly elsewhere, in 2018

9:16 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

Volkswagen plans to launch a family of low cost budget cars in China and possibly elsewhere starting in 2018, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a newspaper interview published Sunday....
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Suzuki, VW await arbitration decision in dispute

June 26, 2015 13:27 CET

Suzuki said arbitration proceedings to end a dispute with Volkswagen over a failed partnership have concluded. Suzuki is seeking to force VW to sell back its stake in the Japanese automaker....
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VW plans subcompact sedan for India to help build market share

June 23, 2015 15:20 CET

Volkswagen is betting that the launch of a subcompact sedan in India will help it build on its small market share in the market. The new car comes with equipment usually reserved for high-end models, such as dual airbags and automatic gear shift....
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VW supplier Gestamp to expand stamping line in Tenn. for new SUV

10:30 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Gestamp Automocion, a Spanish supplier to Volkswagen AG, said it plans to expand its stamping plant in Chattanooga to produce body panels for VW's new midsize SUV....
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Ex-Porsche CEO Wiedeking faces more VW bid charges

June 22, 2015 15:19 CET

Former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and ex-finance chief Holger Haerter face more charges over the use of a controversial options strategy in Porsche's doomed attempt to take over Volkswagen in 2008....
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Sources: VW Phaeton to get plug-in hybrid variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Volkswagen will offer the next Phaeton with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, sources told German sibling publication Automobilwoche....
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Sergio to BMW, Audi: Here comes Alfa

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

Sergio Marchionne's risky, $6 billion plan to turn Alfa Romeo into a premium brand - one that can challenge BMW and Audi and end decades of dismal performance - begins with three new models that will arrive by the end of 2017....
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WAVE OF THE FUTURE?

BMW's flagship gives gesture controls first big test

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

Gesture control is here, but automakers are being cautious, having learned a lesson from the problems that plagued early voice-control systems. With the debut of gesture controls in BMW's flagship sedan later this year, yet another interface is entering the fray....
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VW U.S. chief sees 'limited growth' until new SUVs arrive

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Volkswagen expects "limited growth" in the United States over the next two years and will focus on defending the market share it has, the top executive for the region said, suggesting the German automaker will fall short of an ambitious 2018 sales target....
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YANG JIAN

BLOG: VW pays the price for failing to respond to evolving customer needs in China

5:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

After outperforming the market for almost a decade, Volkswagen, the top-selling brand in China, has begun to lose market share as the economy slides and the automaker becomes less responsive to evolving consumer needs....
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