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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

Fiat 500 gains fans and sales in the U.S.

Maybe it is because of its fun ads or because its design sets it apart in the land of beefy pickups, sedans and SUVs. Whatever the reason, the Fiat 500 is generating more smiles in the United States than an ice cream truck on a hot summer day. Read More »

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Peugeot and Citroen national subsidiaries to merge across Europe

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to merge the national subsidiaries of its two main brands in European countries as part of a broader plan to reduce costs. Read More »

Auto resin shortage may hit Europe first, report says

Europe's auto production will probably be disrupted first if carmakers can't find alternative resins used to make fuel systems and brake lines, according to a Credit Suisse Group report. Read More »

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Alfa Romeo sets return to U.S. with 4C sports-car brand

Alfa Romeo took another step toward its return to the U.S. after registering the brand of its 4C coupe, the unit's first model targeted for sale in the country in almost 20 years. Read More »

Resins shortfall to give DuPont a boost from automakers

U.S. chemicals producer DuPont expects additional demand from automakers seeking to work around a shortage of resin used to make braking and fuel parts, the company's CEO said. Read More »

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Mexico's auto production shifts toward luxury cars with new Audi plant

Mexico's automobile industry, once focused on small cars and pickups, got a boost when Audi chose the country as the location for a new factory to build its Q5 premium SUV for the global market. Read More »

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Beijing Auto hires Ferrari car designer Fioravanti

Beijing Automotive has deepened its ties with Leonardo Fioravanti, hiring the Italian designer of a string of Ferrari sports cars as a consultant. Read More »

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