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BMW, Toyota agree to platform on shared sports car

8:50 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

BMW AG and Toyota Motor Corp. are moving ahead on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings of major components for the model....
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BMW, Toyota move ahead on sports car with agreement on platform

June 29, 2015 14:58 CET

BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013....
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Geely will unveil compact car developed with Volvo at Geneva show

June 16, 2015 12:15 CET

Geely Automobile will unveil the first compact car jointly developed with Volvo at the Geneva auto show in March. The two automakers, both units of China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, plan to develop a series of models using a shared architecture....
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VW labor chief says new structure needed before new chairman

June 3, 2015 14:27 CET

Volkswagen needs to come up with a new structure before thinking about appointing a permanent chairman, VW's powerful labor chief, Bernd Osterloh, said....
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Aston Martin likely to shun Mercedes' platform for DBX crossover

May 15, 2015 12:48 CET

Aston Martin may modify its new sports car platform for its DBX crossover rather than use underpinnings from a Mercedes SUV, CEO Andy Palmer said. The DBX is due to launch in 2019....
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Honda will cut European Civic production costs with global platform

April 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Honda will significantly reduce production costs on its next European Civic compact hatchback by basing it on a global platform. Honda will launch its next-generation Civic five-door in Europe in 2017. Like the current car, it will be built at the automaker’s plant in England and will be exported to the U.S. and other markets outside Europe for the first time....
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BMW will build fwd cars in China to attract middle class

April 21, 2015 10:11 CET

BMW will double the number of cars it builds in China to six as it adds models including the front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer minivan in a bid to increase sales to middle class buyers who don't have chauffeurs....
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PSA plans joint small-car platform with Dongfeng

April 20, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA will focus on two core platforms for its volume models including a small-car architecture that it will jointly develop with China's Dongfeng. PSA aims to reduce the number of its passenger-car platforms to two by 2022 from five now....
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PSA and Dongfeng will develop platform for compact and subcompact cars

April 19, 2015 11:45 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and China's Dongfeng will jointly develop a platform for small cars for the Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Dongfeng brands. The platform will become operational starting in 2018 and can be used to develop up to 20 models from sedans to SUVs, PSA and Dongfeng said....
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BMW's new tech chief ready to tackle shifting consumer demands

12:15 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Klaus Froehlich's recent promotion to BMW Group r&d chief comes as the automaker shakes up its powertrain and platform lineups. Froehlich, who replaced Herbert Diess in December, discussed the group's evolving platform and engine strategy with Automotive News Europe....
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BMW's tech chief ready to meet changing consumer demands

April 10, 2015 06:15 CET

Klaus Froehlich’s recent promotion to BMW Group r&d boss comes as the automaker shakes up its powertrain and platform lineups. Froehlich, who replaced Herbert Diess in December, discussed the group’s evolving platform and engine strategy with Automotive News Europe....
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Mercedes pickup will be built by Nissan, report says

March 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler declined to comment on a report that its first Mercedes pickup will be based on the Nissan Navara and built by the Japanese automaker....
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BMW, Toyota move ahead with development of midsize sports car platform

Nov. 6, 2014 16:29 CET

BMW and Toyota have moved closer to a jointly developed sports car platform. A technical feasibility study has been completed and development of vehicle underpinnings has moved on to the concept phase, BMW said....
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PLATFORM PUZZLE

GM, Renault, VW, others bet on megaplatforms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

GM, Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault-Nissan are among the automakers embracing flexible, globally compatible megaplatforms as a key to future success. Rivals that don't join them, including Fiat Chrysler, run a risk of being left behind, analysts say....
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VW, Renault, GM, others bet big on megaplatforms

Nov. 3, 2014 06:15 CET

VW, Renault and GM are among the automakers embracing flexible, globally compatible megaplatforms as a key to future success. Rivals that don't join them quickly, including Fiat Chrysler and PSA, run the risk of being left behind, analysts say....
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Check out the ANE e-magazine for November

Nov. 3, 2014 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions....
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Premium Lincoln platform could underpin new sedans, crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

Ford Motor Co.'s plans for Lincoln may be even bigger than the company let on at its Sept. 29 investor day, when Lincoln President Kumar Galhotra announced plans to spend $2.5 billion on the brand and add two nameplates to its lineup....
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Mercedes reorganizes manufacturing operations to reduce costs

Sept. 10, 2014 11:44 CET

Mercedes is reorganizing its manufacturing operations away from a production network controlled by individual factories to a leaner system centered around vehicle architectures and model lines....
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BMW's new X1 will be the second model to use front-wheel-drive platform

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET

BMW plans to launch a revamped X1 and an all-new X2 next summer based on the company's UKL1 front-wheel-drive platform. The SUVs will be the second and third BMW-brand fwd models after the 2-series Active Tourer....
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Carmakers bet on big global platforms to cut costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

The auto industry's switch to global platforms is rapidly picking up momentum. In 2020, the top 10 platforms are expected to generate production of 27.8 million vehicles, according to IHS Automotive, a consulting firm based in suburban Detroit. That's up from 19.2 million units this year....
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VW suffers production woes adjusting to MQB platform, report says

July 29, 2014 16:38 CET

Volkswagen's move to add extra German production shifts for the Golf, which the company has attributed to strong demand, is also due to problems adjusting to its new MQB platform, company sources said....
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