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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker

Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who remain stubbornly loyal to traditional German, French or Italian volume brands.

Borgward seeks to draw on 1950s heritage with modern Isabella

Borgward unveiled a modern take on its 1950s Isabella sedan that could become a flagship model. The China-backed German brand plans to start Europe sales by the end of the year.

Self-driving cars, EVs, SUVs and Chinese challengers in the spotlight

At this week's Frankfurt auto show, German automakers will be vying to show that upstarts such as Tesla won't overtake them in a future where cars are powered by long-range electric motors, can pilot themselves without ever...

Frankfurt showcases EVs, autonomy and a 1,000-hp car

UPDATED: 9/11/17 2:01 am ET - adds Ford, Toyota, Lexus

Chinese brands, including Chery Automobile and Jeep suitor Great Wall, will have world debuts as they set their sights on expanding to the U.S. and Europe.

Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small

Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Picanto's cabin space through a 15mm longer wheelbase and making it 5mm taller, while keeping it the same overall length and...

VW brand confirms Sengpiehl as marketing chief

VW Group named former Hyundai executive Jochen Sengpiehl as head of marketing for its core passenger cars brand.

Ford of Europe names Leenarts design chief

Ford named Amko Leenarts as its new design director for Europe. Leenarts will succeed Joel Piaskowski in the post.

BMW sales chief Robertson to retire; Dutch executive Nota is successor

BMW said Ian Robertson will retire as the automaker's sales chief. He will be succeeded by Pieter Nota, who moves to BMW from Dutch electronics and lighting company Philips.

BMW designer's next assignment: Update Mini

Oliver Heilmer takes over as new styling chief at Mini, which has been without a design boss since Anders Warming quit nearly a year ago.

BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design

UPDATED: June 1 12:20 CET - adds BMW statement

BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BMW's Designworks subsidiary.

Skoda touts Karoq's 'van-like' roominess

Skoda unveiled its Karoq, touting the compact SUV's generous interior room and luggage capacity as key selling points.

VW says new Polo will be segment 'benchmark'

VW will begin production of its latest Polo hatchback next month, intensifying the fight for leadership in Europe's subcompact segment. VW brand chief Herbert Diess says the Polo will "set the benchmark" in its sector.