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Fiat Chrysler promotes Gilles to global head of design

April 1, 2015 19:01 CET

Fiat Chrysler promoted Ralph Gilles, its chief designer in the U.S., to global head of design. Gilles succeeds Lorenzo Ramaciotti, who is retiring. Ramaciotti will continue to lend his expertise to the group, serving as a special advisor to CEO Sergio Marchionne, the automaker said.
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France, Italy, Spain sales growth in March encourages European recovery hopes
April 1, 2015 12:12 CET | UPDATED: April 1 18:10 CET - adds Italy sales

New-car registrations rose in France, Italy and Spain last month, adding to signs that the European auto market is recovering. France's auto industry body, the CCFA, rais ...
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Daimler board will extend CEO Zetsche's contract through 2019
April 1, 2015 15:25 CET

Daimler's supervisory board plans to extend CEO Dieter Zetsche's contract to 2019, making it more likely old-guard executives will lose out to younger managers next time ...
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Daimler predicts profit rise on boost from China
April 1, 2015 10:49 CET

Daimler predicted higher profit this year, lifted by stronger demand in China, where first-time buyers often opt for an upscale car. The company targets a 9 percent retur ...
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Fiat to halt output at Brazil factory on slumping demand
April 1, 2015 09:45 CET

Fiat Chrysler will halt production at a plant in Brazil due to lower demand and high stock levels. Fiat joins VW in cutting output as car sales slump in the country. ...
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Honda will make UK plant global production hub for the Civic, move CR-V output to Canada
March 31, 2015 10:30 CET

Honda will upgrade its UK factory to turn it into a global production hub for the next-generation Civic compact car. The automaker will also transfer production of its Eu ...
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PSA CEO Tavares dampens talk of Fiat Chrysler merger
March 31, 2015 11:48 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will only be ready for a possible merger after it has completed its recovery plan, CEO Carlos Tavares told a newspaper, dampening speculation of a pot ...
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Bosch will pay $57.8 million fine for price-fixing
March 31, 2015 19:22 CET

Bosch has agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing and pay a $57.8 million fine for its role in conspiring to rig bids for parts sold to the Detroit 3 automakers and Volksw ...
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Mercedes pickup will be built by Nissan, report says
March 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler declined to comment on a report that its first Mercedes pickup will be based on the Nissan Navara and built by the Japanese automaker. ...
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Bentley and Lincoln Continental design chiefs clash
March 31, 2015 22:30 CET

A row erupted between Bentley's and Lincoln's design chiefs after Ford showed the 2016 Lincoln Continental Concept ahead of the New York auto show. Bentley's chief design ...
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Jaguar XF redesign has more aluminum, interior room
March 31, 2015 21:29 CET

The new Jaguar XF features aluminum-intensive technology, increased interior room and improved safety and infotainment systems to better compete against higher-volume lux ...
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Faurecia forms joint venture with China's Dongfeng
March 31, 2015 11:26 CET

Faurecia has agreed to form a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor to help increase its presence in the world's biggest car market. Faurecia is majority-owned by PSA/Peugeot ...
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PSA's Slovakia unit to boost output with new model
March 31, 2015 15:29 CET

PSA expects to raise annual capacity at its factory in Trnava, Slovakia, to more than 300,000 by 2017 with the production of a new Citroen model. ...
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Honda, like Mercedes, to test self-driving cars at U.S. military base
March 31, 2015 18:00 CET

Honda plans to join Mercedes in testing its self-driving cars at a retired military base northeast of San Francisco. Honda has kept quieter about its automated driving re ...
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Audi picks Delphi to make self-driving controller
March 31, 2015 16:44 CET

Audi is developing a device the size of an iPad tablet that will pack all the computing power needed for a car to drive itself safely along streets and highways without c ...
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Hyundai plans 2020 debut for autonomous driving tech
March 31, 2015 14:33 CET

Hyundai said it aims to commercialize autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the automaker plays catch-up with carmakers such as Mercedes and Gen ...
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Bang & Olufsen to sell car-audio unit to Harman
March 31, 2015 14:31 CET

Bang & Olufsen plans to sell its automotive sound-system business to Harman International Industries, as the Danish company reorganizes to focus on consumer electronics. ...
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Volvo will open U.S. assembly plant in 2018
March 30, 2015 06:30 CET

Volvo will open a car plant in the U.S. as the Swedish automaker pursues a global comeback under Chinese ownership. The factory will start operation in 2018 and will prod ...
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Toyota CEO thought U.S. recalls could cost him his job, but gave sense of purpose
March 30, 2015 14:21 CET

Toyota chief Akio Toyoda undoubtedly wishes his company's unintended-acceleration crisis never happened. But in a rare moment of public reflection on that period, he cred ...
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ChemChina hopes to re-list Pirelli in Italy; says counterbid will hurt investors
March 30, 2015 09:14 CET

The chairman of China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina), Ren Jianxin, said he hopes to re-list Italy's Pirelli on the Italian stock exchange. A counterbid for Pirelli w ...
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Ford's Farley feels the squeeze in Europe's middle

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