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Daimler in talks on truck partnership, Iran Khodro says

July 28, 2015 12:01 CET

Daimler is exploring a partnership with Iran Khodro as it weighs a return to Iran's market for trucks, vans and buses, the Iranian automaker's CEO said. European carmakers are planning their return to Iran after the country agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions that have crippled its economy....
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VW's MAN truck unit expects profit drop on restructuring costs

July 28, 2015 11:27 CET

Volkswagen Group's MAN truck unit expects costs to reorganize its European truck and bus unit will significantly lower operating profit this year, as a recession in Brazil also hits sales....
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As dealership sales climb, margins slide

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

On the surface, second-quarter results from five publicly traded dealership groups last week were solid. But behind the gains lurked a disturbing trend: At all five, profit margins on new-vehicle sales fell....
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Audi aims to raise China sales with revamped A4

July 27, 2015 13:43 CET

Audi hopes that a redesigned A4 sedan will help shore up its fortunes in China where the premium brand is grappling with a second consecutive month of falling sales in its No. 1 market....
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Valeo raises profit forecast, shrugs off China slowdown

July 27, 2015 10:54 CET

Valeo raised its profit outlook today, playing down the impact of a Chinese market slowdown after a record first-half order intake boosted by demand for driving-assistance and fuel-saving technologies....
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Cars add bling, value versions to fight crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

As rising sales of crossovers continue to pull buyers away from middle-of-the-road sedans, automakers are scrambling to make their high-volume, mainstream cars a little less boring -- or at least more affordable....
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PSA plans to export Iran-made cars after nuclear deal

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA aims to export cars it produces in Iran with local partner Iran Khodro, as the French company looks to rebuild its business in the country following the diplomatic agreement last week ending sanctions over Iran's nuclear program....
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Faurecia accelerates margin target as first-half earnings surge

July 24, 2015 10:47 CET

Faurecia's first-half earnings surged 40 percent as sales growth outpaced auto-market expansion in Europe and North America. The supplier now plans to reach an operating margin of 4.5 percent to 5 percent in the second half rather than in 2016....
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Japanese automaker group says China market in 'downward spiral'

July 23, 2015 12:34 CET

China's vehicle market is showing signs of a "downward spiral" driven by excessive competition and overcapacity that will eventually hit Japanese carmakers, according to the chief of Japan's auto association....
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VW, Metzler sell LeasePlan for 3.7 billion euros

July 23, 2015 09:42 CET

Volkswagen and German bank Metzler have sold financing company LeasePlan to a consortium of investors for 3.7 billion euros ($4 billion)....
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Audi will replace its China chief amid sales decline

July 22, 2015 13:27 CET

Audi will replace the head of its Chinese operations, Dietmar Voggenreiter, as the carmaker grapples with an accelerating sales decline in its No. 1 market....
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Opel aims Astra at 'user-chooser' company car drivers to boost profit

July 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel will target its new Astra at so-called "user-chooser" company car drivers in a bid to lift sales of the key model as it seeks to return to profitability. Corporate sales are growing in the brand's German home market....
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Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Auto plan joint venture for sales in China

July 21, 2015 10:41 CET

Fiat Chrysler and Guangzhou Automobile will create a joint venture to integrate sales and marketing for the Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep brands in China. Fiat Chrysler aims to sell 850,000 locally built and imported vehicles annually in China in 2018, up from fewer than 195,000 in 2014....
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Faurecia explores sale of bumpers unit, report says

July 21, 2015 10:26 CET

Faurecia is exploring a sale of its bumpers business, sources said, as the supplier seeks to free up resources to fund expansion in China. The unit may fetch as much as $450 million, the sources said...
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Renault mulls Iran launch for Kwid crossover

July 20, 2015 17:28 CET

Renault may sell its new Indian-built Kwid crossover in Iran in a bid to freshen its model lineup as it prepares to return to the market following a deal to lift economic sanctions....
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Audi will give aid to China dealers, report says

July 20, 2015 11:19 CET

Audi will provide 1.2 billion yuan ($193 million) in financial aid to its dealers in China, according to sources, as demand for luxury vehicles slows in its largest market. Audi's China sales slipped 5.8 percent last month....
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Subaru stacks up aces across its lucky 7 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

It's true, we look for any excuse to marvel over Subaru's seven years of good luck, the sales surge that began in 2009 for the Japanese brand. Our pretext this time? Hey, it's the midway point in 2015, and Subaru is still soaring - up 15 percent in a market that increased just 4.4 percent....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM SCOTT PAINTER

TrueCar does not misuse dealer data

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Some media reports have raised concerns about how TrueCar uses data. The truth is TrueCar has requested the same data from our dealer partners for 10 years. We have never sold the data. We do not use the data for marketing. Suggestions that TrueCar may misuse data are untrue and misleading....
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EDITORIAL

All states must get on board to close title-washing spigot

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

A critical tool in preventing vehicle title-washing fraud can't work as intended because some states don't participate. States should link into the federal vehicle title-checking system to protect motorists' lives and pocketbooks....
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Automakers vie for pole position in Iran

July 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Carmakers are racing for Iran following the country's breakthrough nuclear deal with Western powers - pitting past market leader PSA/Peugeot-Citroen against challengers including Volkswagen and Renault....
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VW brand sales fall nearly 9% in June on China slowdown

July 17, 2015 20:03 CET

Sales at Volkswagen's core division fell for an eighth time in nine months in June as slowing momentum in China and slumping demand in Latin America outweighed gains in Europe....
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BMW will unveil redesigned, upgraded models in China as sales slow

July 17, 2015 12:56 CET

BMW will unveil a new 7-series sedan, an upgraded version of the 3 series and cheaper versions of the X5 and X6 SUVs in China this year. The company is aiming to shore up weak sales and raise its competitiveness against German rival Mercedes in the market....
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Land Rover Defender production to be extended

July 17, 2015 10:43 CET

Jaguar Land Rover could extend production of its current-generation Land Rover Defender in Solihull, England, into early next year as it mulls where to build the iconic SUV's successor. Defender production had been scheduled to finish at the end of the year....
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Nissan passes Toyota to become Europe's top-selling Asian brand

July 17, 2015 10:20 CET

Nissan passed Toyota to become the top-selling Asian brand in Europe in the first six months as demand for the latest Qashqai compact crossover and growth in key markets such as the UK, France and Germany, helped the automaker gain market share....
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VW explores return to Iran after nuclear sanctions lift

July 16, 2015 14:48 CET

Volkswagen has taken the first steps to entering Iran after the Islamic Republic's nuclear accord with the West pointed to an easing of economic sanctions that have prevented carmakers from doing business in the country....
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