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Daimler and Nissan approve joint Mexico production, report says

June 26, 2014 09:38 CET
Daimler and Nissan have finalized a joint venture deal to build future Mercedes and Infiniti compact cars in Mexico, sources said today as the automakers called a news conference to unveil the plans....
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Fiat's China JV prepares second plant

June 25, 2014 13:41 CET
Fiat and local partner Guangzhou Automobile have begun building a second Chinese plant to manufacture Jeep and Fiat-branded cars....
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Toyota fuel cell car to cost $69,000 in Japan, debut in U.S., Europe in 2015

5:25 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Toyota's highly-anticipated hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will debut in the Japan market by next April priced around 7 million yen ($69,348) and go on sale in the United States and Europe by the summer of 2015....
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BMW will decide on location of 2nd N.A. factory before summer break, CEO says

June 25, 2014 13:11 CET
BMW is still deliberating on where to locate a new factory in North America but will reach a decision before the summer break, CEO Norbert Reithofer said....
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Toyota will sell FCV fuel cell car in Europe starting next year

June 25, 2014 11:25 CET
Toyota said it will begin European sales of its FCV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by next summer. The automaker is joining Honda and Hyundai in introducing retail-ready fuel cell vehicles....
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Daimler set to approve Mercedes output in Mexico, report says

June 23, 2014 11:16 CET
Daimler's executive board will approve in two weeks production of a Mercedes compact sedan and the CLA at a Nissan plant in Mexico, a German press report said....
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Denso makes changes in North American executive management

4:00 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso said Sadahiro “Sam” Usui is the new chairman and CEO of its North American unit based in suburban Detroit. Usui replaces Hikaru "Howard" Sugi in the position. Sugi is retiring after heading Denso International America for the past three years....
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Renault seeks financial partner to resume Iran activities

June 19, 2014 13:36 CET
Renault is looking for a financial partner to help it resume activities in Iran. The automaker is in talks with the U.S. and French governments on the issue, Chief Performance Officer Jerome Stoll said....
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Daimler says it will significantly hike U.S. car production

June 18, 2014 18:52 CET
Daimler will "significantly" raise production capacity at its U.S. plant from about 185,000 cars, as it adds new models including the new Mercedes C class and an SUV based on the Concept SUV Coupe unveiled at the Beijing auto show earlier this year....
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Jaguar Land Rover to build Evoque and Freelander SUVs in China plant

June 18, 2014 10:29 CET
Jaguar Land Rover plans to build the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander SUVs at a new plant in China operated with joint venture partner Chery Automobile, a source said....
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Tesla to start deliveries of Model X crossover early next year

1:21 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2014
Tesla Motors will begin Model X prototype production this fall, and vehicle production for reservation holders is set for early 2015, a company spokeswoman confirmed today....
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Jaguar Land Rover plans China engine plant

June 13, 2014 13:13 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is finalizing plans to build an engine factory next to its new vehicle plant in China. The factory would be the British automaker's first engine plant outside the UK....
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PSA's domestic revamp begins with downsizing of Mulhouse plant

June 12, 2014 13:10 CET
PSA said it will revamp and shrink its Mulhouse plant in France as the carmaker begins work on a recovery plan. PSA briefed unions on the introduction of two new large cars and a compact model at the factory....
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Tesla could open factory in Europe, CEO Musk says

June 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Tesla will build a factory in Europe once sales of its cars reach 160,000 a year in the region, CEO Elon Musk said. The electric-car maker also plans to open a European r&d center "next year or the year after," Musk said....
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Supplier Toyoda Gosei to expand N.A. headquarters

1:32 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
Toyota-affiliated supplier Toyoda Gosei plans to expand its North American headquarters in suburban Detroit, investing about $8 million and adding about 50 jobs....
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Ford will keep Fiesta production in Germany after cost-saving deal

June 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford will keep production of the Fiesta in Germany after agreeing with workers to cut assembly costs. Reports had said Ford could move Fiesta production to its Romanian factory where the B-Max is built....
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Ford Fiesta production to stay in Germany after cost-cutting labor deal

9:39 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
Ford will make the next generation of the Fiesta small car in Cologne, Germany, targeting $400 million in savings on production costs from 2017 through 2021 because of greater worker flexibility....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

PSA, Honda have factories at risk of closure, analysts say

June 10, 2014 06:01 CET
A number of car factories are at risk of closure because of overcapacity in the European auto industry. PSA's factory in Rennes, France, and Honda's plant in Gebze, Turkey, are highest on the list, according researchers....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW, JLR, Daimler turn plant efficiency into profit

June 10, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Daimler ranked one, two and three in European plant capacity usage last year, according to data from research firm Inovev. All three automakers turned that efficiency into profitability....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

European plant capacity usage improves, but breakeven still years away

June 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Capacity utilization at Europe's vehicle plants should reach 70 percent this year. A return to the 2007 high of 85 percent is not expected until 2020 – if ever – forecasters say....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW sales boss bullish on 'born electric' range

June 6, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW aims to leverage improved margins with the i subbrand at a time when it believes the global premium sector price war is easing everywhere except in Europe. BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson spoke about the strategy....
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Seat brand will build SUV at Skoda factory, CEO says

June 6, 2014 10:48 CET
Seat's SUV will be built at a plant run by sister brand Skoda, the Spanish unit's CEO, Jurgen Stackmann, said....
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2014 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Toyota Europe's profit rebound built on hybrid sales, cost-cutting

June 4, 2014 11:15 CET
Toyota is now solidly profitable in Europe on the back of rising hybrid sales and aggressive cost-cutting across its operations, head of Toyota Europe Didier Leroy told the Automotive News Europe Congress in Brussels....
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2014 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Renault committed to expanding upscale offerings with Initiale Paris, CFO says

June 4, 2014 16:58 CET
Renault is committed to expanding its upscale offerings with its Initiale Paris badge, Dominique Thormann, the carmaker's Chief Financial Officer, said at the Automotive News Europe Congress....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Renault exec Daniel aims to end the automaker's struggles in China

June 2, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault's long-term sales goals for China are bold. The automaker is aiming to sell 600,000 to 700,000 units, up from just 32,000 cars in the market last year....
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