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Audi, Mercedes gain on BMW in global sales race

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi and Mercedes are closing in on global premium sales leader BMW as the race between the three tightened last month....
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Smartphone camera makers see next opportunity in cars

2:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
South Korean smartphone camera makers are tapping the surging yet more technologically demanding market for vehicle cameras to dull the impact of slowing growth in global handset sales....
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Jobs growth slows at Japanese auto plants in U.S.

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
Japanese automakers and their suppliers added jobs in the United States at a slower pace in 2013 than in 2012, as they continued to expand in Mexico and elsewhere to reduce the impact of currency fluctuations....
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China's Brilliance mulls Italy car plant, prime minister says

Aug. 14, 2014 22:13 CET
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that Chinese carmaker Brilliance China Automotive had expressed an interest in opening a plant in Italy. Renzi is trying to encourage foreign investment in Italy, which has fallen back into recession....
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VW sedan under Chinese investigation for axle problem

Aug. 14, 2014 14:48 CET
China's quality inspector has started an investigation into potential defects on a locally produced VW sedan after a growing number complaints from owners about the car's rear axle....
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Pope bestows halo on Kia's Soul

Aug. 14, 2014 12:19 CET
Pope Francis is helping to elevate the profile of the Kia Soul beyond that of the car of choice for dancing hamsters....
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RYAN BEENE

Is this the next-generation MX-5 Miata roadster?

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Ahead of its media reveal next month, an Instagram user in Japan may have snagged an early glimpse of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster....
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Europe group questions China antitrust probes

Aug. 13, 2014 13:25 CET
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China on Wednesday expressed concern over a recent series of antitrust investigations, saying China was using strong-arm tactics and appeared to be unfairly targeting foreign firms....
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Audi will 'accept penalty' in China anti-monopoly probe

Aug. 12, 2014 10:57 CET
Audi will accept punishment from Chinese authorities for breaching anti-monopoly laws in the world's largest car market, according to a statement from the automaker....
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YANG JIAN

Why China's NDRC has become country's antitrust watchdog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
China's NDRC used to be very friendly toward foreign automakers, approving numerous factory projects. Now its is investigating global automakers for suspected monopolistic behavior. What prompted the change?...
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VW brand sales rise on Europe, China gains

Aug. 12, 2014 11:48 CET
VW increased sales at its core passenger-car brand by 4 percent in July as higher deliveries in western Europe and China offset declines in the United States and Brazil. Global sales of VW brand cars and SUVs rose to 491,600 last month....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW invests 55 million euros to boost image in Korea

Aug. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW will open its third global brand experience center later this month in South Korea, which will allow customers to test their driving skills on features including a winding handling circuit and an off-road course....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW, others lead shake-up of once-closed Korea

Aug. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Korean automakers may threaten the global dominance of automakers such as Volkswagen and Toyota, but they are losing ground at home to foreign brands -- especially premium automakers such as BMW and Mercedes....
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Jaguar Land Rover helps parent Tata triple Q1 profit

Aug. 12, 2014 01:20 CET
Jaguar Land Rover's surging vehicle sales and rising profit helped parent Tata Motors triple its first-quarter net income. JLR's pre-tax profit more than doubled to 924 million pounds (1.2 billion euros) during the quarter....
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YANG JIAN

China's new antitrust watchdog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
China has begun investigating global automakers for suspected monopolistic behavior....
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BMW cuts spare-part prices in China amid antitrust investigation

10:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
BMW AG joined Mercedes-Benz and Audi in reducing prices of spare parts in China amid an antitrust investigation into the auto industry....
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China suspends work at hundreds of factories after deadly blast

8:50 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China has suspended work at more than 200 factories in an eastern province for safety checks as part of a nationwide review following an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people, government officials and state media said....
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Toyota queried by China regulator amid antitrust probe, report says

10:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China's National Development and Reform Commission, which is conducting an antitrust probe into the auto industry, has asked Toyota about its business practices, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. China's recent antitrust probes rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law to support domestic firms at the expense of foreign companies....
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Wave of antitrust probes revive protectionism concerns in China

11:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China's recent probes into Microsoft, Audi and Chrysler have rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law to support domestic firms at the expense of foreign companies. The probes come as China's domestic auto brands have lost sales and share this year to global rival brands such as VW, Chevrolet and Audi....
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Audi sales rise 10% in July, boosted by A3 demand

Aug. 7, 2014 13:17 CET
Audi's vehicle sales rose 10 percent to 144,000 in July, helped by strong demand for the A3 model range....
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Strong Chinese and U.S. demand lifts Mercedes' July sales 11%

Aug. 7, 2014 11:48 CET
Mercedes-Benz brand had its highest monthly sales to date in July, up 11 percent to 130,003 cars, boosted by strong demand for its compact cars and SUVs....
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PSA denies partnership talks with India's Mahindra

Aug. 6, 2014 14:18 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen denied an Indian newspaper report of partnership talks with India's Mahindra & Mahindra to share technology and production facilities....
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China plant in fatal blast was dusty deathtrap, ex-workers say; Beijing to overhaul safety practices

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The weekend blast at a Kunshan auto parts plant, described by former workers as a dusty deathtrap, prompted China to overhaul workplace safety practices, and reignited concern about occupational hazards in the world's second-largest economy. State media say the blast at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products was triggered by tiny aluminum and magnesium flakes that caught fire....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Johnson Controls experiments with interiors that change colors

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Johnson Controls is experimenting with car interior surfaces that could change colors to match the motorist's whim. The concept could prove especially useful for vehicles that are used by ride-sharing services, said Han Hendriks, vice president of advanced product development at Johnson Controls Inc....
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Southeast Asia: Next boom market?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Auto industry executives are still upbeat about China, but their enthusiasm for the other BRIC countries has waned. New markets are in demand -- and are being discovered -- such as Southeast Asia....
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