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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lamborghini unveils 910-hp plug-in hybrid Asterion

Oct. 2, 2014 09:45 CET
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the 910-hp Asterion LPI 910-4 plug-in hybrid supercar concept unveiled at the Paris auto show is a "ground-breaking, crucial step" for the VW-owned company....
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Luxury brands standardize models to aid buyers, boost margins

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Mercedes-Benz and BMW are aiming to sell more standardized cars and services to boost profit margins and simplify the complex list of options for buyers -- while also giving them the choice of a bespoke car if they want....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Fiat expects 500X's Italian styling to win sales in booming segment

Oct. 2, 2014 12:37 CET
Fiat is touting the 500X's Italian styling as a standout feature that will help the car win sales in the booming but hotly contested subcompact crossover segment....
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BMW to boost i3, i8 availability in U.S.

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
BMW plans to allocate a higher share of i electric and plug-in hybrid output for the U.S. in the coming months. The company has sold 10,000 i3 compact electric vehicles and 280 i8 plug-in hybrid supercars worldwide to date, BMW's top sales executive said today....
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Opel chief Neumann vows to make good on Barra's profit promise

11:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
A day after his boss assured investors of a return to profitability in Europe by 2016, Opel chief Karl-Thomas Neumann outlined the reasons he believes he can deliver....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Will the customer buy what governments demand?

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault bets on SUV looks to revive Espace

Oct. 2, 2014 10:46 CET
Renault has turned the new Espace into a crossover from a minivan as it seeks to revive the model's European sales and follow a market shift to more rugged-looking vehicles....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

XC90 boosts Volvo CEO's belief in e-commerce

6:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson's belief in e-commerce got a huge boost because of the XC90....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Infiniti Q80 will boost brand in Europe, exec says

Oct. 2, 2014 09:17 CET
Infiniti will launch a production version of its Q80 Inspiration concept sedan within three to five years to rival models such as the Porsche Panamera and help boost the brand's image and sales in Europe....
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MIKE COLIAS

What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It wasn't long ago when the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in the United States. But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

Oct. 1, 2014 23:33 CET
VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lamborghini, Ferrari supercars join fuel sippers as show stars

Oct. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
Supercars such as a new 900hp Lamborghini and the Ferrari 458 Speciale A will line up alongside fuel-efficient plug-in hybrids such as the VW Passat GTE at the Paris auto show. The Mercedes-AMG GT and Jaguar XE will also debut....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Opel expects new Corsa to remain a best seller

Oct. 1, 2014 15:48 CET
Opel hopes its heavily reworked Corsa will remain the automaker's best seller in Europe. CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said new driver assistance and infotainment systems will help maintain the car's success....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

The Nissan Leaf's top-selling town?

10:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the United States, but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing well?...
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RICHARD JOHNSON

Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally....
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DIANA T. KURYLKO

Making a splashy entrance in Paris

6:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Ford puts refreshed C-Max in the Phantom's spotlight

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Ford on Wednesday lifted the mask on its next-generation C-Max at a special event at the Opera National de Paris, the setting for the fictional The Phantom of the Opera. The irony may have been lost on the Ford execs on hand, who also showed off the next-generation European S-Max and Grande C-Max before their scheduled press conference Thursday at the Paris auto show....
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VW’s XL Sport concept full of surprises

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Volkswagen dropped a surprise on Wednesday by rolling out the XL Sport concept on the eve of press previews for the Paris auto show. The biggest surprise, though, is the XL Sport’s engine -- a V-twin adapted from the VW Group’s Ducati 1199 Superleggera, which VW touts as the world’s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle....
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Jaguar XE to offer awd, diesel engine in U.S.

7:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The Jaguar XE compact sedan will launch with optional all-wheel drive and a four-cylinder diesel engine when it goes on sale in the U.S....
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Chevy Trax will start at $20,995 in U.S. debut

11:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The 2015 Trax, Chevrolet's seventh small vehicle launched in the past four years, will start at a retail price of $20,995 including shipping, General Motors said in a statement today....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault Clio will be first production car with upscale trim line

Sept. 30, 2014 12:17 CET
Renault will launch its upscale Initiale Paris trim line on its Clio subcompact. Renault, Ford and PSA are upgrading their models in Europe by adding premium features in a bid to attract affluent customers who find luxury brands too expensive....
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PAUL MCVEIGH

For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market brands start to introduce such cars in a bid to lower the average CO2 emissions of their new-car fleets ahead of tougher EU limits....
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LUCA CIFERRI

Renault Eolab's funny numbers

5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Tavares, Palmer, Gales ready to shine in new CEO roles

2:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
A year ago Carlos Tavares was unemployed, Andy Palmer was Nissan's planning chief and Jean-Marc Gales was leading supplier group CLEPA. All three are now CEOs ready to stand in the spotlight at the Paris auto show this week....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Europe's struggling auto recovery overshadows Paris glamour

Sept. 30, 2014 11:30 CET
Self-driving vehicles and smartphone integration will be among the top features at Europe's biggest auto show this year as executives focus on something that's become increasingly hard to come by: buyers....
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