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Continental mulls German factory closure

Nov. 23, 2014 20:58 CET
Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant....
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Hella shares rise 4% in stock market debut

Nov. 12, 2014 12:59 CET
Shares in German automotive lighting supplier Hella rose 4 percent during their stock market debut in Frankfurt....
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VW to add autonomous driving proving ground at test track in Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The Volkswagen Group plans to add a proving ground for autonomous driving to its test track in Ehra-Lessien in Lower Saxony, Germany, Automobilwoche, a sibling publication of Automotive News, has learned from company sources....
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German car sales rise 4% in October, boosted by demand from business customers

Nov. 4, 2014 16:33 CET
Car sales in Germany rose 4 percent in October, extending the increase seen so far this year in Europe's largest auto market despite a weakening domestic economy....
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GM to auction equipment from Opel's Bochum factory

Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
GM's Opel unit will auction tooling from its factory in Bochum, Germany. The plant's 50 presses will be sold along with 80 percent of the robots in the body shop....
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Audi tests driverless car technology at 190 mph

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
In its effort to bring autonomous-driving technology to the streets, Audi is testing unmanned vehicles at speeds as fast as 305 kilometers (190 miles) per hour. In these experiments, the car decides for itself the best way to take the corners in its race against human drivers....
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Schaeffler loan restructuring opposed by bondholder

Oct. 15, 2014 11:57 CET
Schaeffler's proposed changes to terms governing $7.9 billion of high-yield bonds, including a new 1.8 billion euro ($2.3 billion) loan, are being opposed by Schroders Plc., which manages some of the supplier's debt....
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Germany frustrates Nissan's No. 1 goal

Oct. 10, 2014 10:08 CET
Nissan says its goal of becoming the top-selling Asian brand in Europe is being held back by Germany and its preference for domestic brands. To help boost sales, Nissan aims to improve its brand image and retail network in the market....
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Daimler, Linde to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Germany

Oct. 8, 2014 14:01 CET
Daimler and industrial gases maker Linde will build 20 hydrogen fuel stations in Germany over the next few years to boost support networks for fuel cell cars. Daimler aims to bring competitively priced fuel cell vehicles to market by 2017....
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Germany joins France, Italy in reporting car-sales rebound in September

Oct. 3, 2014 11:23 CET
Germany joined France and Italy in reporting a rebound in new-car registrations last month after poor results in August. Sales in Germany rose 5 percent in September helping to lift nine-month registrations by 3 percent....
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VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production....
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Brose launches output at $62M Michigan plant supplying Detroit 3

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
German supplier Brose North America launched production today at a $62 million factory in southeast Michigan to manufacture liftgates, door modules, latches and seat structures for the Detroit 3 automakers....
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EU orders Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of banned refrigerant

Sept. 25, 2014 16:00 CET
The EU has ordered Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of a banned car refrigerant within two months or face court action and possible fines. Mercedes is refusing to use an alternative refrigerant citing safety concerns....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Audi reveals open-air TT with faster, lighter top

Sept. 24, 2014 19:53 CET
Audi says the softtop on its new TT Roadster is lighter and opens faster than on the model it will replace. Audi revealed a photo of the cabriolet Wednesday ahead of its public debut at the Paris auto show next week....
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Germany to offer free parking to spur EV sales

Sept. 24, 2014 13:47 CET
Germany will offer free parking and the right to use bus lanes to buyers of electric, fuel cell and some plug-in hybrid cars in a bid to have 1 million EVs on German roads by 2020, up from about 21,000 at the start of the year....
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VW boosts German brands' market share in China

Sept. 16, 2014 10:32 CET
VW Group's lead in China's compact sedan market this year has helped boost German automakers' share of the overall car market to 24 percent in July from 21 percent at the end of 2013....
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Mercedes reorganizes manufacturing operations to reduce costs

Sept. 10, 2014 11:44 CET
Mercedes is reorganizing its manufacturing operations away from a production network controlled by individual factories to a leaner system centered around vehicle architectures and model lines....
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ZF's takeover bid for TRW causes stir in supplier's German home town

Sept. 9, 2014 17:09 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen's potential $11 billion takeover of TRW Automotive surprised and unsettled workers in the supplier's home town of Friedrichshafen, Germany. ZF's bid for TRW shows the financial might of Germany's stolid privately held companies....
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VW cancels night shifts amid Golf production problems

Sept. 3, 2014 15:19 CET
VW has agreed with German labor representatives to reduce the number of night shifts at its Wolfsburg factory to help the automaker fix problems that have stifled output of its top-selling Golf....
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German, French and Italian car sales fall in August

Sept. 2, 2014 11:25 CET
New-car sales in Germany, France and Italy all fell slightly in August, a seasonally weak vacation month, while Spain's subsidy-led recovery continued....
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ZF talks for TRW said to hinge on Bosch JV exit

Aug. 15, 2014 10:25 CET
ZF's ambitions to takeover TRW and become the world's No. 2 supplier are being held up by negotiations to exit a steering-systems joint venture with Robert Bosch, according to people familiar with the matter....
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German gov't wants e-bikes to replace trucks for local deliveries

Aug. 11, 2014 14:49 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is looking for ways to encourage electric bikes to replace trucks for local freight shipments in Germany. BMW and Daimler's subsidiary, Smart, already offer e-bikes....
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Recovery on track as western Europe car sales rise 5%

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Car sales in western Europe grew by 5 percent in July to a little more than 1 million vehicles, bringing sales for the first seven months to 7.4 million, according to analyst LMC Automotive....
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Audi sales rise 10% in July, boosted by A3 demand

Aug. 7, 2014 13:17 CET
Audi's vehicle sales rose 10 percent to 144,000 in July, helped by strong demand for the A3 model range....
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Strong Chinese and U.S. demand lifts Mercedes' July sales 11%

Aug. 7, 2014 11:48 CET
Mercedes-Benz brand had its highest monthly sales to date in July, up 11 percent to 130,003 cars, boosted by strong demand for its compact cars and SUVs....
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