Forecasts

GM CEO Barra stands by target to return to profit in Europe in 2016

Jan. 9, 2015 10:23 CET

General Motors stands by its target to return to profit in Europe in 2016, CEO Mary Barra said. Barra's stance contrasts with Ford, which last autumn cut its outlook for Europe due to steeper losses in Russia....
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W. Europe car sales up 5% in 2014; 3% gain seen for 2015

Jan. 8, 2015 13:21 CET

New-car sales in western Europe increased by 5 percent in 2014, the best result since 2009, but growth will slow this year, according to forecasters LMC Automotive. The region's car sales grew thanks to a strong UK market and rebounds in Germany, Italy and Spain....
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Porsche expects sales to reach 200,000 cars this year

Jan. 8, 2015 12:54 CET

Porsche expects to increase sales to 200,000 cars or more this year, hitting a long-planned target three years early, after posting record deliveries in 2014....
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Europe sales growth forecast to continue, but at slower rate

Jan. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Carmakers can look forward to another year of sales growth in Europe in 2015, but analysts expect the rate of increase to be 2 percent to 3 percent compared with last year's 5 percent rise....
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Opel CEO warns that 2016 profit target is under threat

Dec. 20, 2014 22:07 CET

Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has warned top managers that the General Motors unit's 2016 profit target is under threat from economic setbacks, according to a German daily paper....
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Europe car sales will rise up to 4% in 2015, Fitch says

Dec. 2, 2014 09:05 CET

European automakers' credit profiles will be helped by a modest global increase in vehicle sales, including growth in Europe of up to 4 percent next year, Fitch Ratings says....
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Schaeffler posts 36% jump in Q3 profit on car demand rebound in Europe

Nov. 20, 2014 15:12 CET

Schaeffler said profit rose 36 percent in the third quarter because of recovering car demand in Europe and growth in China. The supplier has lowered debt to 5.77 billion euros from more than 10 billion euros when its bid for Continental backfired....
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NADA sees 2015 U.S. sales nearing 17 million vehicles

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

Continued economic improvement, low interest rates and cheap gasoline will help new-vehicle sales rise more than 3 percent to nearly 17 million units next year, the most since 2005, according to forecasts from the National Automobile Dealers Association....
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Faurecia aims to nearly double sales in China by 2018

Nov. 12, 2014 11:07 CET

Faurecia is targeting sales of more than 4 billion euros ($4.97 billion) in China by 2018, up from the 2.3 billion euro estimated for this year. The supplier says it will invest 400 million euros in the country over the next five years....
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China's auto market growth may halve to 7% this year

Oct. 31, 2014 06:15 CET

Growth in China's auto market is forecast to halve to 7 percent this year, an industry body said, citing a slowing economy which weakened further in the third quarter....
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Fiat Chrysler's growth plans clouded by Brazilian outlook

Oct. 29, 2014 11:52 CET

Fiat Chrysler aims to boost sales in Latin America by 44 percent over five years but a recent big drop in volume and weakening outlook in Brazil, the region's biggest economy, threaten to spoil its ambitions....
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Car dealer Lookers to beat expectations

Oct. 29, 2014 10:55 CET

Britain's fourth-largest car dealer group, Lookers, forecast better-than-expected 2014 results on Wednesday after seeing strong new car sales. Lookers said retail new car sales rose 12 percent in the first nine months of the year....
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UK car production set for record in 2014

Oct. 24, 2014 10:47 CET

UK car production is still on track to reach its highest level in six years despite lower output in September. New Jaguar, Mini and Honda models will help boost production....
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GKN sees growth in 2014 helped by auto-unit performance

Oct. 21, 2014 15:07 CET

UK supplier GKN said it was on track for growth in 2014 after posting third-quarter profit of 160 million pounds ($258.62 million), boosted by a strong performance at its automotive unit....
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Chinese auto market growth will slow to 5% this year, group says

Oct. 21, 2014 11:34 CET

China's vehicle sales will likely rise just 5 percent in 2014 to 23 million, according to the country's main auto association, which revised its growth forecast downward for the second time this year....
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Daimler lifted by jump in third-quarter earnings at Mercedes

Oct. 14, 2014 11:21 CET

Daimler reported a 29 percent jump in quarterly core earnings at Mercedes-Benz Cars, surprising investors wary of an economic slowdown....
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Bentley eyes record sales on Continental GT demand

Oct. 13, 2014 11:15 CET

Bentley expects another record year for vehicle sales in 2014 as demand for its Continental GT models helps to spur global growth....
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NADA economist doubts sales over 17 million will last

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014

New light-vehicle sales will top 16 million units annually in the United States at least until 2018 but won't reach the heights some forecasters -- and automakers -- are anticipating, predicted Steven Szakaly, chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association....
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Renault's radical new Twingo could become segment leader

Oct. 10, 2014 06:01 CET

Renault's new Twingo is radically different than the two previous generations of the minicar with a rear-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and five doors. These features could help it pass the Fiat 500 to lead Europe's hotly contested minicar segment....
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Marchionne foresees mergers creating new top carmaker

Oct. 8, 2014 12:02 CET

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne sees potential to form a new No. 1 in the auto industry as carmakers grapple with low returns on the increasing amount of money needed to develop new cars....
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Maserati sees global sales topping 35,000 this year

Oct. 3, 2014 14:38 CET

Maserati expects to increase global sales to 35,000 this year from 15,400 in 2013, putting the sports car maker on course to meet a goal of selling 50,000 units in 2015, CEO Harald Wester said....
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Ford sees Europe growth but no profit until after 2015

Oct. 2, 2014 15:27 CET

Ford is forecasting sales growth in Europe next year as demand for new models helps narrow its losses in the region, but it has pushed back its profit forecast from next year until after 2015 as a slump in Russia continues to hit sales....
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Toyota keeps European sales target despite Russian market slump

Oct. 2, 2014 14:42 CET

Toyota expects its focus on high-end vehicles in Russia will help it ride out the worst effects of the market slump in the country. The automaker says it is sticking to its target of increasing European sales to a million vehicles next year....
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Ford sets high 2020 sales goal while Europe remains a drag

Sept. 30, 2014 09:54 CET

Ford targets boosting its global vehicle sales by 52 percent to 9.4 million annually by 2020 as the automaker looks to fast-growing Asian markets to offset the poor-performing regions of Europe and South America....
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Cadillac’s China sales expected to grow 40% this year

6:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014

GM expects Cadillac sales in China to increase 40 percent this year, as it prepares to reorganize its luxury brand as a separate unit based in New York....
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