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BMW, VW changes shake up Germany's top auto ranks

March 11, 2015 06:01 CET

When Harald Krueger becomes CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as boss of the VW brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their early or mid-50s, marking a generational shift for the industry....
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VW's German workers get 3% wage increase

March 5, 2015 12:56 CET

Volkswagen will give workers at German plants a 3.4 percent wage increase even as the automaker looks to boost profitability by cutting costs....
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Germany joins France, Spain, Italy in posting sales gains

March 2, 2015 19:15 CET

New-car sales in Germany rose 6.6 percent in February and are heading for a modest increase this year compared with 2014 levels. Germany joined France, Italy and Spain in posting gains last month....
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A shakeup in Germany’s top auto ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. When Harald Krueger rises to CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as chairman of the Volkswagen brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their late 40s to mid-50s....
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Porsche hedge-fund lawsuit faces dismissal in Germany

Feb. 26, 2015 15:14 CET

Hedge funds seeking 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in damages from Porsche SE in Germany over its failed attempt to take over carmaker Volkswagen Group in 2008 will likely have their case dismissed, according to a German judge....
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Union OKs 3% wage rise in Daimler, Porsche's heartland

Feb. 24, 2015 10:47 CET

Germany's biggest trade union, IG Metall, accepted a 3 percent wage increase for the country's southwest region, home to carmakers Daimler and Porsche. The union had called for a 5.5 percent increase. Deals agreed in the region traditionally serve as a template for agreements across Germany....
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Incoming Bosch auto boss must boost margin, fend off rising Conti, ZF

Feb. 16, 2015 06:01 CET

When Rolf Bulander takes over as head of Bosch's car parts division in April he will face hurdles such as raising the unit's margin to 8 percent and maintaining its position as the world's largest supplier despite intensifying competition from Continental and ZF....
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BLOG: Did VW pick the wrong U.S. state to build the Passat?

5:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has a message for any German carmaker or supplier considering expanding into the South: Labor unions are welcome, at least in his state....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

BMW expands minivan lineup with 7-seat 2 series

Feb. 11, 2015 16:45 CET

BMW will expand its minivan lineup with the seven-seat 2-series Gran Tourer that goes on sale in Europe in June. The latest 2-series variant will debut next month at the Geneva auto show....
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German prosecutors drop probe of Daimler, Merkel aide

Feb. 10, 2015 11:50 CET

Prosecutors in Berlin have dropped a probe into whether Daimler granted "undue advantage" to a former treasurer of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats when it hired him as chief political lobbyist....
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Daimler's innovation unit looks to products of the future

Feb. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler's business innovation unit is figuring out how current customers' children will use the automaker's products. That can mean everything from 3-D printing for classic car parts to package-delivery drones and a driverless concept car that doubles as a luxury lounge....
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BLOG: Has VW scored an own goal bankrolling its soccer club?

10:05 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015

With Volkswagen looking to save 5 billion euros in costs at its core VW brand and key wage negotiations with its German workforce just starting, is it sensible to use shareholder money to subsidize a soccer club's ambitions for a top-flight title?...
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German car sales rise as Europe rebound continues

Feb. 3, 2015 14:30 CET

New-car sales in Germany rose 3 percent in January, adding to signs that the European rebound is continuing. The rise follows sales growth last month in France, Italy and Spain....
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BLOG: German auto industry feels ripples from Paris terror attacks

5:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015

The January killings of journalists at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris have brought home to Germany the difficult issue of Jihadi attacks, with the debate now reaching the economic pride of the country, its carmakers....
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Germany plans driverless-car pilot project on autobahn

Jan. 27, 2015 10:36 CET

Germany plans a driverless-car pilot project on a portion of the A9 autobahn between Munich and Berlin. The project would be one of the first to equip a stretch of public highway specifically for testing autonomous vehicles....
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Ford will raise German production as demand rebounds

Jan. 16, 2015 12:34 CET

Ford will increase production of its Fiesta and three other models in Germany to meet growing demand in some of the region's key markets....
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Opel prices new Karl to win former Chevrolet customers

Jan. 15, 2015 11:31 CET

Opel said its new Karl minicar will cost 9,500 euros in Germany. The Karl will offer safety and driver systems not common in the segment including lane departure warning, Opel said....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Mercedes-Benz seeks new communication ties to customers

11:31 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is on a mission to expand its footprint in the digital world, improve its customer service and maintain its ionic status, Ola Kaellenius, the executive charged with the brand's marketing and sales, said today at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress....
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German car sales rose 7% in December on extra selling day

Jan. 5, 2015 13:05 CET

New-car sales in Germany rose 7 percent in December, returning Europe's largest auto market back to positive annual growth after two years of shrinking sales....
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Dealertrack expands beyond U.S. with acquisition of German software provider

11:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014

Dealer software giant Dealertrack Technologies is expanding beyond North America with the acquisition of incadea, a dealer software provider based in Germany. Dealertrack plans to pay just over $190 million in cash for publicly traded incadea, the companies said today....
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BMW i3 test in Berlin lead to 'range panic'

Dec. 13, 2014 06:01 CET

BMW's i3 is still rare enough to turn heads in Berlin, one of four cities chosen by the German government to promote electric cars, but finding a place to recharge the battery powered hatchback can be a challenge, meaning that range anxiety can turn to panic....
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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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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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