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BLOG: VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss....
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VW names veteran exec Schmall as components chief

Dec. 4, 2014 10:06 CET

VW named Thomas Schmall as the new core brand board member responsible for components – a key post that carries with it the potential for political friction with the carmaker's powerful German unions over a shakeup of parts production....
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Germany's Merkel backs incentives to reach EV goal

Dec. 2, 2014 12:45 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will need to provide more incentives to meet a goal of having 1 million electric cars on the country's roads by 2020. About 7,600 EVs were sold in Germany last year....
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Daimler will expand German battery output

Dec. 1, 2014 16:15 CET

Daimler will spend about 100 million euros ($125 million) to boost production of lithium ion batteries in Germany as it expects "high and steadily growing demand" for electric-car batteries....
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Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Nov. 27, 2014 12:28 CET

Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars....
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Opel is succeeding in restoring poor image, exec says

Nov. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

Opel is succeeding in turning around its tattered image in Germany, the brand's marketing chief Tina Mueller said....
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Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET

Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany....
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Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board

Nov. 25, 2014 06:01 CET

Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a member of its advisory board for integrity and corporate responsibility. The board is tasked with examining ethics issues at the automaker....
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Continental mulls German factory closure

Nov. 23, 2014 20:58 CET

Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant....
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Hella shares rise 4% in stock market debut

Nov. 12, 2014 12:59 CET

Shares in German automotive lighting supplier Hella rose 4 percent during their stock market debut in Frankfurt....
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VW to add autonomous driving proving ground at test track in Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

The Volkswagen Group plans to add a proving ground for autonomous driving to its test track in Ehra-Lessien in Lower Saxony, Germany, Automobilwoche, a sibling publication of Automotive News, has learned from company sources....
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German car sales rise 4% in October, boosted by demand from business customers

Nov. 4, 2014 16:33 CET

Car sales in Germany rose 4 percent in October, extending the increase seen so far this year in Europe's largest auto market despite a weakening domestic economy....
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GM to auction equipment from Opel's Bochum factory

Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET

GM's Opel unit will auction tooling from its factory in Bochum, Germany. The plant's 50 presses will be sold along with 80 percent of the robots in the body shop....
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Audi tests driverless car technology at 190 mph

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014

In its effort to bring autonomous-driving technology to the streets, Audi is testing unmanned vehicles at speeds as fast as 305 kilometers (190 miles) per hour. In these experiments, the car decides for itself the best way to take the corners in its race against human drivers....
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Schaeffler loan restructuring opposed by bondholder

Oct. 15, 2014 11:57 CET

Schaeffler's proposed changes to terms governing $7.9 billion of high-yield bonds, including a new 1.8 billion euro ($2.3 billion) loan, are being opposed by Schroders Plc., which manages some of the supplier's debt....
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Germany frustrates Nissan's No. 1 goal

Oct. 10, 2014 10:08 CET

Nissan says its goal of becoming the top-selling Asian brand in Europe is being held back by Germany and its preference for domestic brands. To help boost sales, Nissan aims to improve its brand image and retail network in the market....
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Daimler, Linde to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Germany

Oct. 8, 2014 14:01 CET

Daimler and industrial gases maker Linde will build 20 hydrogen fuel stations in Germany over the next few years to boost support networks for fuel cell cars. Daimler aims to bring competitively priced fuel cell vehicles to market by 2017....
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Germany joins France, Italy in reporting car-sales rebound in September

Oct. 3, 2014 11:23 CET

Germany joined France and Italy in reporting a rebound in new-car registrations last month after poor results in August. Sales in Germany rose 5 percent in September helping to lift nine-month registrations by 3 percent....
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VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production....
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Brose launches output at $62M Michigan plant supplying Detroit 3

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014

German supplier Brose North America launched production today at a $62 million factory in southeast Michigan to manufacture liftgates, door modules, latches and seat structures for the Detroit 3 automakers....
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EU orders Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of banned refrigerant

Sept. 25, 2014 16:00 CET

The EU has ordered Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of a banned car refrigerant within two months or face court action and possible fines. Mercedes is refusing to use an alternative refrigerant citing safety concerns....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Audi reveals open-air TT with faster, lighter top

Sept. 24, 2014 19:53 CET

Audi says the softtop on its new TT Roadster is lighter and opens faster than on the model it will replace. Audi revealed a photo of the cabriolet Wednesday ahead of its public debut at the Paris auto show next week....
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Germany to offer free parking to spur EV sales

Sept. 24, 2014 13:47 CET

Germany will offer free parking and the right to use bus lanes to buyers of electric, fuel cell and some plug-in hybrid cars in a bid to have 1 million EVs on German roads by 2020, up from about 21,000 at the start of the year....
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VW boosts German brands' market share in China

Sept. 16, 2014 10:32 CET

VW Group's lead in China's compact sedan market this year has helped boost German automakers' share of the overall car market to 24 percent in July from 21 percent at the end of 2013....
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