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BMW's sales crown scrutinized as profits shrink, rivals catch up

March 17, 2015 15:58 CET

BMW's record car sales have meant big profits that have funded incentives and investment in new technologies. But competitors are catching up and profits are shrinking. Some industry observers are wondering if the "sales grow, profits look after themselves" formula still works....
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Valeo open to acquisitions in growth areas

March 16, 2015 14:08 CET

Valeo is open to acquisitions that could bolster its product offerings in high-growth areas such as fuel efficiency and autonomous driving, CEO Jacques Aschenbroich said....
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Germany holds off on tax breaks to boost sales of electric company cars

March 16, 2015 21:45 CET

Germany's federal government has shelved a plan to boost electric car sales via corporate tax breaks because it could not secure the consent of state governments whose coffers stood to lose revenue....
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Automakers, greens disagree on the true cost of meeting EU's CO2 regulations

March 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Automakers say the cost to meet tough European CO2 emissions limits that take effect in 2021 is rising rapidly, according to an analyst report, a view not shared by environmentalists....
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Oregon prepares nation's first per-mile road tax

3:33 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Some states, worried that rising numbers of electric and fuel-efficient vehicles will crimp their gas-tax revenues, are looking at alternative ways to fund road upkeep. In July, Oregon will implement the first such alternative....
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Daimler plans years of cost cuts to offset investments to reduce CO2 emissions

Feb. 26, 2015 10:26 CET

Daimler plans to offset higher costs for technology to cut CO2 emissions with material cost savings for at least the next few years, Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber said....
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Valeo sees further profit gain after beating 2014 goal

Feb. 25, 2015 10:33 CET

Valeo is targeting a further boost in profitability this year after exceeding its 2014 goals on strong demand for emissions-cutting technologies and intuitive driving systems. The company's operating profit margin rose to 7.2 percent last year beating a 7 percent goal....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Has diesel peaked in Europe?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe. Driving into Paris a few years ago in a Peugeot diesel hatchback, I became lodged in a long line of traffic. I started coughing violently. It was so bad, I nearly couldn't drive. I blamed diesel fumes....
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BorgWarner Q4 revenue rises as net income declines slightly

11:04 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

BorgWarner, the turbocharger and emissions systems supplier, reported today fourth-quarter gains in revenues and a slight decline in net income....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Ford Mondeo hybrid may benefit from diesel backlash

7:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

Ford does not expect its Mondeo hybrid to be a big seller in Europe but the environmentally friendly car could benefit from a backlash in some countries against diesels due to health fears over particulate emissions....
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France offers up to 10,000 euros to encourage diesel drivers to switch to electric cars

Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 CET

France will gradually align taxes on diesel and gasoline and offer a bonus of up to 10,000 euros ($11,422) to consumers who buy an electric car to replace an old diesel vehicle....
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Audi exec takes aim at fully autonomous driving

Feb. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi plans to start offering advanced self-driving features in its cars by the end of next year, with fully autonomous vehicles expected to be ready for serial production within 10 years, Ulrich Hackenberg, the automaker's technology boss, said....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Ferrari's new 488 GTB taps turbos to stretch fuel

Feb. 3, 2015 18:14 CET

Ferrari's latest supercar, the 488 GTB, continues the brand's quest to improve fuel economy in its vehicles with turbocharging. The 488 GTB will replace the the 458 Italia, the brand's best-selling model....
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DOE announces $55 million in funding for green car research

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

More than $55 million in new funding from the Department of Energy will go toward projects that aim to reduce and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel and conventional vehicles....
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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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Porsche's sales boss bullish on plug-in hybrids

Jan. 8, 2015 06:15 CET

Porsche is joining other carmakers in embracing plug-in hybrids, so much so that the company's sales boss, Bernhard Maier, uses one for his daily commute. Maier shared his views on the future of plug-ins at Porsche....
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Average fuel economy in U.S. dips to 25.1 mpg in Dec.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015

With gasoline prices plunging, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US in December was down slightly from November, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said....
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Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET

Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh....
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VW, Fiat, Mercedes will benefit from CNG market growth

Dec. 10, 2014 06:01 CET

European sales of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas could grow tenfold by 2020, benefiting Fiat, VW and Mercedes. CNG sales are forecast to grow as automakers add more low-CO2 emission vehicles to their lineups....
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BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: France is hurting its domestic automakers with diesel policy shift

5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014

For environmental and public health reasons France is ending a government policy that has long promoted the purchase of diesel cars, but the move will hurt domestic automakers Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why lower oil prices might not be good for automakers

7:02 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Oil prices have fallen precipitously, from over $100 per barrel last summer to under $70 for some types of crude. Despite the rich retail sales mix that follows lower gas prices, this may not be entirely good for the auto industry....
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BMW plans 3 series, X5 plug-in hybrid variants

Dec. 1, 2014 15:43 CET

BMW is joining rival premium carmakers in offering plug-in hybrid versions of its main models, including the 3-series sedan and X5 SUV, as automakers react to tighter emissions regulations....
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Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche commit to plug-ins

Dec. 1, 2014 06:15 CET

Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche are among carmakers embracing plug-in hybrids as “the best of both worlds” as they eliminate the range anxiety that has hindered the purchase of full-electric cars and help carmakers cut CO2 emissions....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

Luxury cars go the way of free-trade coffee

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But now they may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience....
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EU will hint at future new-car CO2 targets

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET

The European Commission next month will outline progress on future emission targets for new cars sold in the EU, giving automakers a clearer look at the billions of euros in investment that will be needed to meet tougher goals....
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Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz has a tough goal to meet: Raise the combined U.S. market share of the Nissan and Infiniti brands from 8.4 percent last year to 10 percent by March of 2017.
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