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Bentley CEO expects big boost from brand's first SUV

March 3, 2015 06:01 CET
Bentley is on course to reach record sales targets as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with its first SUV, the Bentayga. The marque's CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer shared his outlook for the UK-based carmaker with Automotive News Europe....
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Toyota sees its EU sales growth this year, boosted by UK, southern Europe rebound

March 2, 2015 22:32 CET
Toyota expects its EU sales to grow by 2 percent to 2.5 percent in 2015, compared to 0.8 percent growth for the market in Western Europe. The rise will come from recovery in southern Europe, as well as continued strong sales in the UK, the automaker says....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Ford, Farley hope for success in U.S.-Russian diplomacy

8:36 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Jim Farley, newly installed as head of Ford of Europe, on Monday vowed that the loss-making unit is “going to make progress in spite of the headwinds.”...
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Caddy works on twin-turbo, V-8-powered CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
The Cadillac CT6 sedan eventually will get a performance model with a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Brand boss Johan de Nysschen said last week that the CT6's lightweight structure will allow for "a very wide mix of engines, starting with a 2-liter turbo, up to, eventually, a high-performance advanced V-8 turbo," which presumably would wear a V-series badge....
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Mr. K a force for the Z and Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Yutaka Katayama, Nissan's first U.S. president, who grabbed American consumer awareness by introducing the affordable Datsun Z sports car in the early 1970s, died last month at 105....
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Toyota to end production of Venza

4:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Toyota is pulling the plug on the Venza crossover, a vehicle the automaker once touted as engineered in America for American buyers....
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GMC doubles down with 10-year plan to boost U.S. share to 5%

12:30 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
General Motors plans to roughly double its total spending on its GMC truck brand over the next decade with the goal of boosting its U.S. market share by two-thirds, the brand's top executive said today. Duncan Aldred, vice president of the GMC and Buick brands, said the doubling of investment in GMC will cut across vehicle development, marketing and other areas....
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German car sales rise 7% in February

March 2, 2015 19:15 CET
New-car sales in Germany rose 7 percent in February and are heading for a modest gain this year compared with 2014 levels, an industry association said. Germany joined the other major European markets of France, Italy and Spain in posting gains last month....
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CLA’s minor dings put a big dent in Mercedes’ rating

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
It wasn't cranky engines, shiftless transmissions or funky infotainment systems that sunk Mercedes-Benz last week in the Consumer Reports Car Brand Report Cards. Several of Mercedes' newer vehicles, including the front-wheel-drive CLA sedan, suffered a variety of problems with loose-fitting trim, rattles and other minor maladies. That knocked the German automaker from ninth place on last year's report to 21st this year out of 28 brands....
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Foreign carmakers lead February sales growth in France

March 2, 2015 13:36 CET
French car registrations grew 4.1 percent in February compared with a year earlier, led by growth in sales of cars made by foreign-owned manufacturers....
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Apple car rumors fuel debate on future vehicles

March 2, 2015 10:53 CET
Reports that Apple may be building a car have got established automakers wondering whether they are still in pole position to build the car of the future and will likely fuel debate at this week's Geneva auto show on the role of tech companies in the future of carmaking....
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Spain new-car sales rise 26% in February

March 2, 2015 14:00 CET
New-car sales rose 26 percent in Spain last month, the 18th consecutive month of growth, a car manufacturers' group said. Registrations have been boosted by a government subsidy program....
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BEST PRACTICES

Eat at the food court, buy a car

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Aloha Auto Group sells about 3,500 new and used vehicles a year from its seven Kia dealerships, across the islands of Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. His mall location sells about 200, mostly new, vehicles a year. It is profitable despite having no service department....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Bentley, Maserati among biggest winners in fast-growing niche

March 2, 2015 06:01 CET
Ultraluxury carmakers Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Maserati are experiencing unprecedented success. Strong demand for those brands -- as well as Ferrari and Aston Martin -- has forecasters predicting the niche will grow by nearly 40 percent between now and 2020....
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Report: Prices of used cars to tumble as supply rises

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Prices of used cars and light trucks up to 5 years old will drop 3 to 4.5 percent this year, fueled by a rising supply of the vehicles and an increase in off-lease volume....
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VW and Bjork collaborate on a 'Sound Journey'

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Volkswagen has sponsored New York's Museum of Modern Art since 2011. This year, VW is helping to make some art for MoMA: an interactive soundscape for an exhibit on Icelandic musician Bjork's three-decade career....
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Q&A

Bentley CEO expects boost from brand's first SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Bentley delivered a record 11,020 cars last year around the world and it is on course to top that mark as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with an SUV, the Bentayga. The Volkswagen Group subsidiary expects to increase annual sales to 20,000 by 2020 after previously targeting 15,000 deliveries by 2018....
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Q&A

Rolls chief confident of another record sales year

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Rolls-Royce set a record by delivering 4,063 cars worldwide in 2014, and CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, 54, expects to top that total this year. Now the BMW-owned British ultraluxury brand must decide whether to stretch its prized exclusivity even further with the addition of an SUV....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Old vs. new diesel technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Whether we're talking diesel or gasoline, the issue in Europe is more about old technology and higher emissions....
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Brawny Bentley

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Spy photos of Bentley's first SUV, the Bentayga, reveal a front fascia inspired by the U.K. superluxury brand's Continental sedan, with a prominent grille flanked by circular headlights....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Dealers featured this week include Michelle Primm, managing partner of Cascade Auto Group in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Rocky Franich, dealer at Marty Franich Ford-Lincoln in Watsonville, Calif.; Fred DeStefano, dealer principal at Infiniti of Massapequa in Massapequa, N.Y.; and Mark Winkler, general manager of Champion Ford Edinboro in Edinboro, Pa....
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Ford Flex scores well, but not on sales charts

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
The Ford Flex has a distinctive look, good reliability ratings and loyal owners. It's one of only two 2015 Ford nameplates recommended by Consumer Reports, and half of Flex buyers are new to Ford. But it was also the brand's slowest-selling U.S. nameplate last year, averaging just eight sales per dealer. And after seven years on the market, there's also no sign of a second generation in the offing....
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Golden Age for ultraluxury brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
Strong demand for ultraluxury brands -- driven by new models, improved U.S. and European economic conditions and a rising number of superwealthy -- has led forecasters to predict that overall global sales in the segment will grow by nearly 40 percent in the next five years. The bullish prediction is good news for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen Group and BMW Group....
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Cold winter, hot sales start for 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2015
U.S. auto sales have started 2015 on a stronger note than expected, increasing the industry's chances of cracking 17 million vehicles this year for the first time since 2001. It's still early in the year, but analysts say there are plenty of positive signs, including record-high lease penetration in early February....
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Dodge dealers called out for 'unscrupulous' Hellcat sales practices by FCA exec

9:32 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler has taken the unusual step of warning some of its most enthusiastic customers -- about some of its dealers. At issue is outsized consumer demand for the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats and dealer practices that the company says are “unscrupulous” and perhaps illegal....
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