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VW's Seat brand targets women, will add crossovers to boost profits

June 3, 2015 06:15 CET

VW Group's Seat brand posted its first quarterly profit in seven years last month, but CEO Juergen Stackmann must still overcome big challenges to make the brand a consistent money-maker. Stackman discussed some of these issues including crossovers, attracting women buyers and resuming China sales with Automotive News Europe....
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MAY U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales sizzle, set May record on light truck surge

8:30 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Light-vehicle sales -- fueled by robust demand for trucks, crossovers and SUVs -- rose 1.6 percent last month, setting a May record and bucking projections for a modest decline. FCA, Honda, GM, Kia and Subaru generated gains while Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai fell as the industry enjoyed the strongest pace of sales in nearly a decade....
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Pickups, crossovers propel GM to 3% gain; car sales slide again

12:30 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

GM rode strong retail sales and surging demand for pickups and crossovers to a 3 percent U.S. sales gain in May, offsetting continued weakness in car deliveries. Total sales of 293,097 marked GM's strongest monthly result since August 2008. Sales to individual buyers rose 7 percent, while fleet deliveries fell 7.6 percent....
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FCA sales up 4%, back over 200,000 vehicles

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Brisk demand for Jeep and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 4 percent in May. The automaker posted U.S. sales of 202,227, marking its 62nd consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains — and its first time over 200,000 vehicles since March 2007....
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Is Ssangyong coming to America ... with a Jeep Wrangler rival?

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Korean automaker Ssangyong is planning a Jeep Wrangler rival as a launch vehicle for the U.S., Autocar reports. The report of a small SUV that will be high on style follows the debut of the Tivoli compact crossover in Europe, which is launching this year. Company sources told Autocar that there is enough spare capacity on the Tivoli production line for another derivative....
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Lamborghini sets SUV in motion

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Last week, Lambo announced it will produce a new SUV at its Sant'Agata Bolognese plant in Italy, for launch in 2018....
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Audi plans SUV blitz as demand grows

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says the German automaker plans a big push for SUVs and crossovers....
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Q&A

Audi boss focuses on SUVs to win consumers' hearts

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2015

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, 52, is particularly bullish about the automaker's fast-growing SUV lineup....
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Lamborghini will launch SUV in 2018

May 27, 2015 16:35 CET

Lamborghini will produce its new SUV in Italy, with the model due to enter the market in 2018. The company will hire 500 new employees and almost double the physical size of its plant in Italy's Emilia Romagna region....
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Borgward's revival plan comes into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Bankrolled by a Chinese truckmaker and run by a former Daimler executive, Borgward's revival is starting to look real....
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Aston Martin CEO says Alabama 'obvious choice' for U.S. plant

May 19, 2015 12:01 CET

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the U.S state of Alabama is the “obvious choice” for a new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover....
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BMW approves launch of X2 crossover, report says

May 19, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW has approved the launch of a coupe-styled crossover called the X2 to rival the Range Rover Evoque, a report said....
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Aston Martin likely to shun Mercedes' platform for DBX crossover

May 15, 2015 12:48 CET

Aston Martin may modify its new sports car platform for its DBX crossover rather than use underpinnings from a Mercedes SUV, CEO Andy Palmer said. The DBX is due to launch in 2019....
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Nissan Murano gets top rank after IIHS small-overlap test

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

The Nissan Murano, Jeep Wrangler and Ford Flex earned high ratings in the latest round of small-overlap front crash testing, helping the Murano and Flex win coveted “top safety” honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety....
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Kia bets on diesel demand for Sorento

May 11, 2015 12:03 CET

Kia is selling its new Sorento in Europe with a diesel engine only due to low demand in the region for gasoline-powered SUVs, which account for less than 5 percent of midsize SUV sales in Western Europe....
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Lamborghini may get tax breaks to build SUV in Italy

May 5, 2015 12:06 CET

Lamborghini is being offered incentives by Italy's government to make sure the automaker builds a production version of its Urus SUV concept in the country, sources said. Lamborghini sees the potential to sell 3,000 units a year of the Urus, more than doubling the brand's global volume....
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VW's Seat brand bets on SUVs for profitability

May 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Seat is mulling a family of SUVs as it seeks to boost volume and become sustainably profitable. The brand's first SUV, a compact, will go on sale next year. At the Geneva auto show last month Seat previewed the 20V20 concept, a midsize SUV that could go on sale by 2020....
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Audi prepares electric SUV to fight Tesla

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi is set to launch a full-electric SUV with a 500km (310 mile) range that will challenge Tesla's Model X crossover, but CEO Rupert Stadler remains cautious about EVs. Plug-in hybrids will be the preferred choice for customers looking for a vehicle with some form of electrification for the next 10 to 15 years, he said....
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Suzuki sees Vitara as its best-seller in Europe

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Suzuki expects the new Vitara to become its best-seller in Europe because of its more mainstream look, roomy interior and better fuel economy....
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Chinese-owned MG eyes Europe push with new SUV

April 22, 2015 06:01 CET

MG Motor may expand into mainland Europe with the MG GS SUV, which was unveiled at this week's Shanghai auto show. The MG GS will go on sale in the UK next year and will compete against models such as the Nissan Qashqai in the popular compact SUV/crossover segment....
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Aston Martin mulls U.S. plant for crossover, report says

April 22, 2015 10:50 CET

Aston Martin may add a plant in the U.S. to build the brand's first crossover, the Financial Times reported. The British automaker has held talks with officials in several states about the factory, the paper said, citing several sources familiar with the talks....
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China's Geely gears up for push into Europe, U.S.

April 21, 2015 08:38 CET

Chinese automaker Geely plans to build a small SUV late next year that will go on sale in China in early 2017, several European markets a year or so later, and eventually the U.S., sources said. For export to Europe, the SUV will initially be a plug in hybrid because Geely wants to be seen as a maker of affordable high-tech cars rather than just a cheap Chinese brand....
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Jaguar Land Rover forced to accept Range Rover Evoque lookalike from China's Jiangling

April 20, 2015 13:31 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will not take action against Jiangling Motors over the Chinese automaker's Landwind X7, which the UK automaker says closely resembles the Range Rover Evoque SUV....
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Mercedes shrinks SUV with GLC coupe concept

4:34 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is looking at bringing out an all-new compact SUV coupe as early as 2016 as buyers continue to favor sporty models....
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China's Guangzhou Auto seeks U.S. dealers ahead of 2017 SUV launch

9:58 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Guangzhou Auto is searching for dealership partners in the United States and is researching how to comply with regulations to prepare for its planned 2017 launch there, the company's top executive said....
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