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Renault revives Alpine production with 6,000-car capacity

Dec. 14, 2017 17:30 CET

Renault has invested in plant capacity to build up to 6,000 sports cars annually under the revived Alpine brand, the automaker said, as it formally opened the new production line in France.
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Ford denies Mondeo will be imported into Europe from China
Dec. 14, 2017 10:47 CET

Ford denied it will import the Mondeo sedan into Europe from China after ending output in Spain as CEO Jim Hackett seeks to cut production costs. ...

 

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Mini goes minimalist with retooled logo
Dec. 14, 2017 20:45 CET

Mini has redesigned its logo with a more minimalist approach to its traditional double-winged design. ...

 




 
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Suzuki says EV battery supply deal possible with Toyota-Panasonic
Dec. 14, 2017 11:19 CET

Suzuki will not join efforts by Toyota and Panasonic to develop batteries for electric vehicles, but a supply deal could be possible. ...

 

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European car sales rise 6%, helped by extra selling day
Dec. 14, 2017 08:52 CET | UPDATED: Dec 14 11:27 CET - corrected

European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toyota, Dacia and Kia posting strong gains while the Fiat and BMW brands ...

 

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Renault preps for hands-free cars by buying stake in French publisher
Dec. 13, 2017 15:04 CET

Renault said its purchase of a stake in a publishing company is a first among automakers. The move comes as car companies look for ways of keeping drivers entertained whi ...

 

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Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries
Dec. 13, 2017 09:39 CET

Toyota and Panasonic are considering jointly developing batteries for EVs, a partnership that could help the Japanese automaker in its late bid to begin EV production aft ...

 

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Audi will dissolve task force set up amid VW Group's diesel scandal
Dec. 13, 2017 09:02 CET

Audi will dissolve the task force it set up to investigate how many of its diesel cars have "defeat" devices designed to cheat official tests of NOx emissions, CEO Rupert ...

 

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Mercedes preps 2 instrument panels for next G-class SUV
Dec. 13, 2017 21:47 CET

The next Mercedes G class will be roomier and more luxurious. Mercedes shared details of the off-roader's redesign ahead of its unveiling in January at the Detroit auto s ...

 

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Jeep reshapes iconic Wrangler with slippery brick styling
Dec. 13, 2017 14:50 CET

At first glance, the styling of the next-generation Wrangler doesn't appear to have changed much. But a bend here and a curve there improved aerodynamics by 9 percent, a ...

 

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Hyundai bolsters EV lineup to narrow gap with rivals
Dec. 13, 2017 15:15 CET

Hyundai, lagging behind rivals in the introduction of electric vehicles, is stepping up plans for battery-powered cars as world governments crack down on polluting fossil ...

 

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Schaeffler expands into EV motors as core ball-bearings business comes under threat
Dec. 13, 2017 10:00 CET

Schaeffler has taken full control of high-performance electric-motor manufacturer Compact Dynamics as the supplier aims to strengthen its position in the race to develop ...

 

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Continental to showcase 2 battery charging systems at CES
Dec. 13, 2017 18:21 CET

Continental has developed two battery charging systems that aim to tackle the obstacles of range, weight and cost often associated with charging technology. ...

 

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VW bank expects profit rise in 2017 despite diesel scandal
Dec. 13, 2017 15:40 CET

Volkswagen's financial arm said that it expects 2017 profit will exceed a record 2.1 billion euros ($2.47 billion) in 2016, despite a diesel scandal that has rocked the i ...

 

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Porsche Cayenne, Macan may go EV, coupe route
Dec. 13, 2017 06:01 CET

Porsche will make a final decision next year whether to build full battery-electric and coupe versions of its Cayenne and Macan crossovers. ...

 

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Mini's switch to electrics hinges on 2019 launch
Dec. 13, 2017 06:01 CET

The Mini brand may go all electric, but a decision won't be made until early next decade.Executives want to evaluate how the launch of an electric Mini planned in 2019 go ...

 

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VW Touaregs recalled over defeat devices
Dec. 12, 2017 14:37 CET

Germany's KBA has announced a global recall of some VW 3.0-liter diesel Touaregs after detecting two illicit emissions control devices. ...

 

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VW Jetta gets fresh look, more tech
Dec. 12, 2017 20:41 CET

VW is betting that there's enough life left in the floundering U.S. compact sedan segment to draw new customers to the redesigned Jetta. ...

 

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Ferrari plans production boost as supercar sales jump, report says
Dec. 12, 2017 19:15 CET

Ferrari plans to boost production by doubling assembly shifts to two a day in 2018 as deliveries are on pace to reach its 9,000-vehicle target a year earlier than schedul ...

 

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Volvo's Drive Me takes detour on road to full autonomy
Dec. 12, 2017 11:54 CET

Volvo's Drive Me autonomous driving project is taking some detours compared with promises the automaker made when it announced the program four years ago, but Volvo says ...

 

    
 
How China plans to create a giant state-owned automaker

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12 2017

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In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking ...
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BYD bets big on buses in Europe, cars can't be far behind

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10 2017

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China's BYD has built up a production network in Europe to make electric buses. ...
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Schmidt's statement showed a broken man with misplaced faith in VW

Larry P. Vellequette
3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2017

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Oliver Schmidt's vacant almost defiant stare has been the face of VW's $30 billion diesel emissions ...
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Why an electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles

Richard Truett
12:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. ...
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VW Beetle could be reborn as electric car

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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VW is considering the future of the brand's iconic Beetle. ...
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Tesla shows why VW, Daimler should keep their heavy trucks businesses

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24 2017

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Tesla's punt at the heavy truck market shows VW and Daimler that there may be meaningful synergies b ...
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BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Nick Gibbs
5:14 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22 2017

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As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW see ...
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Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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European light-vehicle sales rise in November
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VW, Ford gain as Russia sales rise 15%
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German sales likely to fall next year on lower diesel demand, VDA says
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German sales rise 9% but diesel sales hit hard
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UK sales fall 11% in 8th month of decline
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Western European car sales rise 5% despite UK woes
Western European car registrations rose 5.4 percent in November, with the key French and German mark ...
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Fiat falls in Italy despite 7% market rise
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Renault, Peugeot gain in Spain while diesel, VW sales fall
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Skoda, Peugeot SUVs help French market grow by 10% in Nov.
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
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Toyota Europe sets up mobility, connectivity units; shuffles r&d, purchasing leadership
Toyota Europe will establish two business divisions to focus on mobility services and connectivity a ...
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PSA names veteran exec as chief digital officer
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Bugatti's sales chief quits to head luxury beds brand
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Porsche France boss to head Canada ops
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VW brand gets outsider as powertrain chief
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
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Ford expands Fiesta family
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
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