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UK car sales buck Europe downturn with 11.5% rise in January

Feb. 6, 2013 12:48 CET
New-car registrations in the UK rose 11.5 percent to 143,643 in January as the market continued to buck the downward trend in other key European markets.

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Pininfarina honors former CEO with Geneva concept

Feb. 6, 2013 11:23 CET
Pininfarina has created a concept car named Sergio to pay tribute to the company's longtime CEO Sergio Pininfarina. The car will be unveiled at next month's Geneva auto show.

BMW quits industry group testing safety of new refrigerant

Feb. 6, 2013 21:01 CET
BMW stepped down from its role in an automotive industry research program investigating the safety of a potential new air conditioning refrigerant, disagreeing with the test methods employed.

Audi sales rise 16% in January on robust China, Europe growth

Feb. 6, 2013 15:10 CET
Audi's global sales rose 16.3 percent to 111,750 in January, boosted by strong growth in China and Europe, the carmaker said on Wednesday.

VW's Piech says automaker may add a 13th brand

Feb. 6, 2013 15:19 CET
Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech indicated that the automaker plans to add at least one brand to the current lineup as part of a strategy to claim the industry's top spot by 2018.

U.S., China boost Mercedes' January sales

Feb. 6, 2013 13:58 CET
Global sales at Mercedes-Benz Cars unit rose 8.1 percent to 102,180 in January as the United States and China helped lift demand.

Germans A-OK in the USA

Feb. 6, 2013 06:01 CET
German automakers expect to partially offset Europe's sales slump with another year of double-digit volume gains in the hot U.S. market. “We expect to grow by about 10 percent this year,” Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon told Automotive News Europe

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Feb. 6, 2013 06:01 CET
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German car sales rise 6% in sign of Europe rebound
German car sales rose 6.3 percent in April as Europe's No. 1 market joined France, Italy and Spain i ...
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Italy sales rose by 25% in April boosted by big discounts
Italy's new-car registrations rose 24.7 percent in April to 148,807, boosted by heavy discounting by ...
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Western European sales recovery accelerated in March
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Russian new-car sales fall 43% as economy slides
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UK sales rise 6% in best March this century
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Citroen names former BMW exec as China director
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