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Volkswagen mulls budget SUVs, minivans for China

April 19, 2015 11:13 CET

Volkswagen is exploring the possibility of developing budget SUVs and minivans in China to keep up with shifts in the market, its China chief executive, Jochem Heizmann, said. VW is considering a product family of low cost models, he said....
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VW Group sales rise 2% on Europe, China demand

April 17, 2015 12:25 CET

VW said group sales rose 2.3 percent in March to 968,300 vehicles, as gains in Western Europe and China helped offset declines in the U.S. and South America. The result extended first-quarter deliveries to a total of 2.49 million vehicles, a rise of 1.8 percent....
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VW, Metzler terminate talks to sell LeasePlan

April 16, 2015 18:56 CET

VW Group and private German bank Metzler have terminated talks to sell LeasePlan, a Dutch fleet-management company with 1.42 million vehicles spread across 32 countries. The deal was valued at about 3 billion euros, people familiar with the situation said....
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Chinese automakers are taking over the hottest SUV market

12:34 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

After years of losing out to foreign brands, China's automakers are winning in the world's hottest SUV market by employing a tried-and-tested strategy: offering them cheap....
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BorgWarner CEO welcomes electrification of the powertrain

April 16, 2015 06:15 CET

BorgWarner sees the electrification of the powertrain as a positive for the supplier despite its heavy reliance on sales of parts that EVs don't need, such as turbochargers and glow plugs, James Verrier, the company's CEO, explained to Automotive News Europe....
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Crossovers to boost awd suppliers for rest of the decade

April 15, 2015 06:15 CET

Booming demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe and China will keep benefiting suppliers of all-wheel-drive technology such as GKN Driveline, BorgWarner and JTEKT for the rest of the decade....
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BMW sales rise 5% in March on minivan, 4-series demand

April 14, 2015 11:35 CET

BMW said sales of its core luxury brand rose 5.1 percent in March to a record 195,593 cars, thanks to strong demand for the 2-series Active Tourer minivan and 4-series coupe....
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Lexus, Subaru score highest consumer reviews on DealerRater

5:31 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Lexus and Subaru dealerships posted the highest average consumer ratings among luxury and mass-market brands on review site DealerRater over the past 12 months. The site examined star ratings earned by franchised dealerships of all brands in the 12 months ending March 31, 2015, to come up with the Consumer Rating Index....
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Chevy cuts price, adds incentives for Spark EV

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Chevrolet is cutting the sticker price on the Spark EV by $1,650 and adding cash incentives that will allow buyers to get the battery electric minicar for as low as $14,995 after federal and state tax breaks....
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VW brand sales fall nearly 1% in March on weak Russia, Brazil

April 14, 2015 12:46 CET

Volkswagen Group said sales of its core VW brand fell 0.9 percent last month. "Demanding" conditions in South America, especially Brazil, along with the Russian market slump, impacted deliveries, according to sales and marketing chief, Christian Klingler....
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Renault Kadjar, VW Tiguan will help drive compact SUV sales past 2 million

April 14, 2015 06:15 CET

Rivalry in Europe's compact SUV/crossover segment will intensify as more brands compete with refreshed models or all-new entries such as the Renault Kadjar. By 2020 sales in the segment are forecast to double to more than 2 million....
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Audi's car sales rise to monthly record as U.S. surge offsets weaker Europe, China

April 13, 2015 12:30 CET

Audi said its vehicle sales increased 4.4 percent in March to 177,950, the highest level for any month in the carmaker's history, as surging volume in the U.S. offset a slowing Europe and China and a decline in Russia....
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Hyundai beats VW as China's top-ranked mass-market auto brand

April 13, 2015 11:27 CET

Hyundai beat Volkswagen and General Motors' Buick to be the top-ranked mass-market auto brand in China in a state-backed survey, even as the South Korean automaker's deliveries there fell in the first quarter....
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Ford's stair-step workout for dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

As its U.S. market share slides, Ford Motor Co. has dug up one of the old-school, sales-boosting tricks it had seemingly buried: stair-step incentives. The move comes as other automakers swear off stair-steps and dealers criticize such a strategy as profit-eroding, confusing and ineffective long term....
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Inventories stay level in March

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Automakers have carefully controlled U.S. inventories since the scary days of the recession, but they started April with textbooklike perfection....
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Nissan expects Leaf sales to hit 50,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Nissan CEO Ghosn thinks selling 50,000 Leafs should not be a problem -- even with first-quarter sales down 21 percent. The key to EV growth will be more public charging, he says....
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Fleet sales drove market in March

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Retail sales typically are four times greater than fleet, so sales to commercial, government and daily rental buyers rarely reverse the overall market's momentum. But it happened in March because retail sales changed modestly from the year-earlier period while fleet changed a lot....
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EDITORIAL

Time to prune, time to sow

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Automakers constantly search for new product niches, but it's a daunting process. Many product ideas never see the light of day....
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4 of 5 Rolls purchasers customize

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2015

Rolls-Royce buyers want their cars to stand out. About 80 percent of Rolls-Royce cars sold in the U.S. are now custom ordered....
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Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local JV

April 10, 2015 11:58 CET

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support. The automaker started production of its latest Mondeo at its St. Petersburg plant, the first of at least four new models the company plans to launch in Russia this year....
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Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local joint venture

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support. The automaker today started production of its latest Mondeo at its St. Petersburg plant, the first of at least four new models the company plans to launch in Russia this year....
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EVs under pressure as plug-ins rise in Europe

April 10, 2015 06:01 CET

More full-electric vehicles were sold in Europe last year than plug-in hybrids, but plug-ins are poised to overtake EVs soon. The biggest market for EVs was Norway while the Netherlands was the biggest market for plug-ins....
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Daimler nearing decision on Russian Mercedes plant, report says

April 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler has narrowed down potential sites for a Mercedes car plant in Russia to three locations, according to a Russian media report. Daimler will likely make a decision next month on whether to build Mercedes cars in the country where its vehicle sales are increasing despite the market's steep downturn, the report said....
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Aston CEO calls crossover, Daimler deal keys to revival

April 9, 2015 06:15 CET

Aston Martin will develop two new platforms, add a crossover, refresh its supercar lineup and leverage its technology alliance with Daimler to help make the brand consistently profitable. CEO Andy Palmer outlined his plans in an interview with Automotive News Europe....
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Western European sales recovery accelerated in March

April 8, 2015 17:46 CET

Western European new-car sales rose nearly 11 percent in March, helped by an increasing willingness by private customers to make purchases, particularly in the ailing southern European economies....
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