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Kia expects Slovakia output to dip after record 2012

Jan. 10, 2013 14:01 CET
Kia said it plans to make 290,000 cars in Slovakia this year, which would be below its record of 292,000 units produced in 2012.

Audi sells record 1.45 million vehicles in 2012 on U.S., China demand

Jan. 10, 2013 15:28 CET
Audi sold a record 1.45 million vehicles globally in 2012, driven by strong growth in the United States and China and beating a previous sales target of 1.4 million.

Opel hopes Adam will help it win back European drivers

Jan. 10, 2013 12:04 CET
Opel started production of the Adam minicar at its Eisenach plant in Germany today as it strives to win back European customers amid the worst regional auto industry downturn for nearly two decades. The automaker has invested 190 million euros ($248 million) to prepare the factory to make the Adam.

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Italy's sales decline takes us back to 1979

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2013
Italy car sales last year fell 20 percent to 1.4 million units, the country's worst result in 33 years. Back then, domestic automakers had a dominating 61.7 percent share of the market, in 2012 they controlled just 29.7 percent.

EU must cut diesel emissions, officials say

Jan. 10, 2013 11:37 CET
The European Union must cut emissions from diesel vehicles as part of a drive to reduce air pollution, which causes nearly half a million premature deaths a year, EU officials said.

VW, BMW are favorites to gain market share in auto sector, survey says

Jan. 10, 2013 06:01 CET
VW and BMW are the favorites to add market share in the global auto industry over the next five years, according to a survey of top automotive executives.

Opel CEO says remaining factories safe

Jan. 10, 2013 12:16 CET
Opel has no plans for further factory closures at the moment, interim CEO Thomas Sedran said, adding that the weak European car market may shrink by 4 percent this year.

BMW aims for record 2013 sales despite 'headwinds'

Jan. 10, 2013 09:16 CET
BMW Group predicts 2013 will be an even better sales year than 2012, during which it sold a record 1.85 million vehicles worldwide.

Renault links French labor deal to Nissan, Daimler output

Jan. 10, 2013 10:46 CET
Renault may build vehicles in France for partners Nissan and Daimler if domestic employees agree to work an average 6.5 percent more, the carmaker told unions.

10 things to watch in 2013

Jan. 10, 2013 06:01 CET
No one expects the European car market to be a source of good news this year, especially for volume brands. Optimists predict flat sales while pessimists foresee a decline of up to 5 percent. Here are 10 stories to watch in 2013..

 
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