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Ford's Russia woes worsen as weak yen helps rivals

Feb. 2, 2015 11:23 CET
Ford's Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks expects that Russia will continue to weigh on the automaker this year as the country's economy slumps and Japanese rivals aggressively cut prices helped by the weak yen....
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Europe on track for 5th month of rising vehicle output

Jan. 31, 2015 06:01 CET
European light vehicle production is estimated to rise 1 percent to 1.36 million vehicles in January, the fifth consecutive month of higher output. BMW, Fiat, Ford and VW were forecast to have the biggest production increases on strong demand for new models....
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Renault will increase dealer rebates in China

Jan. 30, 2015 11:32 CET
Renault will give its China dealers more rebates and moderate sales targets as demand cools. Sales growth of passenger vehicles in China will probably slow to 8 percent this year from 10 percent in 2014, according to an industry association....
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Lear Q4 profits surge on North America growth

10:12 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Seating and electronics supplier Lear reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profits due to strong demand from North America....
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GM will suspend output at Russian plant

Jan. 29, 2015 20:01 CET
General Motors will suspend production at its plant in St. Petersburg, Russia, from mid-March until mid-May and is raising prices for its products because of the weak and volatile Russian ruble....
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2014 N.A. output up 6%

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
North American car and truck production rose 6 percent to 17,568,729 vehicles in 2014, according to preliminary estimates. It is the third-largest year ever, surpassed only by 17,598,866 in 2000 and 17,582,611 in 1999....
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GM to cut production of Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano

11:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
General Motors is cutting production of its Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano small cars amid higher-than-normal inventories, a sign that low gasoline prices could be weakening the sales outlook for small cars....
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UK 2014 car production rises to highest since 2007

Jan. 23, 2015 09:48 CET
UK car production rose to its highest level since 2007 last year, up 1 percent to 1.53 million cars. The UK is a major center for manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Nissan, Honda, Toyota and GM....
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Kia needs India plant to offset slowing sales in Russia and China, report says

Jan. 22, 2015 12:10 CET
Kia needs to set up a factory in India to tap growth in the fast-growing market and offset slowing sales in Russia and China, a Korean newspaper reported the automaker's CEO as saying. India may become the world's No. 3 auto market by next year....
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Daimler will invest more in Hungary to boost compact car output

Jan. 20, 2015 13:32 CET
Daimler will boost compact car output at its Mercedes-Benz factory in Hungary after the automaker launched production of a new model, the CLA Shooting Brake. The automaker has seen strong demand for its compact lineup, which grew 25 percent last year....
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Audi plans to build range-topping Q8 SUV, CEO Stadler says

Jan. 20, 2015 15:38 CET
Audi plans a range-topping SUV to go on sale before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. Dubbed the Q8, the SUV would be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East, where large coupe-styled SUVs are in demand....
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Renault plans big investment to catch rivals in China

Jan. 19, 2015 17:21 CET
Renault will make "massive investments" in China, where it sees its market share rising as high as 6 percent after the company ramps up sales of locally built vehicles in the world's biggest car market....
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Subaru puts China production effort on hold as car demand wanes

10:42 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Fuji Heavy Industries, the only Japanese automaker without Chinese government approval to start a joint venture, put efforts to build cars on hold in the country, where demand growth is slowing....
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Mini expects profit boost from leaner lineup

Jan. 19, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW is trimming its Mini lineup from eight models down to five to boost the brand's prospects of long-term profitability. The carmaker is expected to discontinue three slow-selling vehicles -- the Coupe, Roadster and Paceman....
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Subaru expects 7th year of record U.S. sales

11:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Subaru expects US sales to climb 5 percent in 2015, for a seventh straight record year, pushing North America volume to within a hair of its 2020 target -- five years ahead of schedule....
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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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Supplier Linamar to add 1,200 jobs, invest $425 million

10:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Canadian supplier Linamar will add up to 1,200 jobs at a plant in Guelph, Ontario, developing fuel-efficient transmissions, with 10 percent of the new investment paid by the Canadian government....
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JLR follows peers into 4-cyl. engines

11:41 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover is about to become the latest luxury auto maker to take the plunge into four-cylinder engines....
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GM to crank up production of Escalades amid tight supplies

12:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Cadillac is boosting production of its Escalade SUV amid strong demand for the redesigned truck, which rolled out last spring....
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Fiat Chrysler wants to collaborate with other automakers on new vehicles

Jan. 13, 2015 10:56 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says his company is in talks with other automakers to share the costs of developing new vehicles and technology, particularly to cut CO2 emissions, but he deflected questions on whether FCA was in merger talks....
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Mercedes increases emphasis on China in bid to pass BMW, Audi

Jan. 13, 2015 06:01 CET
Mercedes could become the first luxury carmaker to launch new models in China before rolling them out in Europe and the U.S. after it strengthened its local r&d operations in a bid to narrow the gap with Audi and BMW in the market....
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Fiat-Chrysler sees 1,500 new jobs at Italian plant

Jan. 12, 2015 15:19 CET
Fiat-Chrysler expects to add 1,500 new jobs at its Melfi plant in Italy in response to the success of its new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X models. A temporary layoff scheme will also end, allowing 5,418 employees to return to work....
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Renault, PSA halt production as France falls silent for terror victims

Jan. 8, 2015 20:51 CET
Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen stopped production lines during a nationwide minute's silence in remembrance of the victims of a terror attack on a Paris-based newspaper....
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Mexico's light-vehicle output, exports hit record in 2014

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Mexico's light-vehicle output in 2014 rose 10 percent from 2013 to a record 3.22 million units, while exports increased 9 percent to an all-time high of 2.64 million vehicles, a trade group said....
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Mexico fuels surge in 2014 N.A. output

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2014
Driven by surging Mexican factories, North American light-vehicle production in 2014 is headed for the second-highest level on record. Full-year 2014 output for the United States, Mexico and Canada will total 17.24 million, according to estimates from the Automotive News Data Center. That would fall about 53,000 light vehicles below the 2000 peak of 17,297,498. Next year could set a record....
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