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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Paris congress will explore Europe's rocky road

March 4, 2013 06:01 CET
The European auto industry is in for a rough ride over the next few years. What are the solutions? Which companies will emerge as winners? The 16th Automotive News Europe Congress will explore answers to those questions on June 12 in Paris.

Opel aims to match last year's European car sales in softer 2013 market

March 4, 2013 16:40 CET
Opel aims to match last year's European sales results in 2013 thanks to the launch of the new Adam subcompact and Cascada cabriolet models, the brand's sales chief Duncan Aldred said.

2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW design arm Giugiaro creates coupe-SUV concept

March 4, 2013 21:00 CET
VW Group-controlled design firm Italdesign Giugiaro unveiled a concept car in Geneva that hints to a new type of Grand Tourism luxury model. What makes the sleek two-seat coupe unique is that it also offers go-anywhere off-road capability typically reserved for SUVs.

2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW sees U.S. demand for new Golf wagon

March 4, 2013 21:00 CET
Volkswagen introduced its next-generation compact wagon at the Geneva auto show. The wagon, which is identical to the new seventh-generation Golf from the front bumper to the B-pillar, is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in August and in the United States in late 2014.

LUCA CIFERRI

Mercedes A class suffers decisive defeat

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2013
The Mercedes-Benz A class suffered a surprisingly decisive defeat in the 2013 European Car of the Year contest won easily by the Volkswagen Golf.

German new-car sales down 10.5% in February

March 4, 2013 14:38 CET
New-car sales in Germany fell 10.5 percent to 200,683 in February, the KBA federal transport agency said on Monday.

2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Small SUVs poised to dominate at Geneva

March 4, 2013 06:01 CET
Renault and PSA will use the Geneva auto show as the launching pad for models that are forecast to go to the top of Europe's fast-growing small SUV segment.

Zetsche defends his strategy, job with CLA unveiling

March 4, 2013 12:29 CET
Embattled Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche will this week defend his strategy -- and his job -- by unveiling a new Mercedes model which is part of a compact vehicle lineup, seen as key to the premium carmaker's turnaround.

Alfa Romeo reboot marks tough road for Fiat recovery

March 4, 2013 11:34 CET
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has set himself a tough task to take the sporty Alfa Romeo brand global with more expensive models and triple its sales volume by 2016 -- after years of losses.

New Opel CEO Neumann stands behind rescue plan

March 4, 2013 06:01 CET
New Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann is standing behind Opel's restructuring. Neumann has seen the Drive 2022 plan and wants to implement it without major changes, sources close to Opel said. Opel was the major contributor to parent General Motors' $1.8 billion operating loss in Europe last year.

Check out the ANE monthly e-magazine

March 4, 2013 06:01 CET
The new issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. Inside this issue we look at why new Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann might be in a perfect position to succeed and why Bosch and PSA are so bullish on their new battery-free hybrid.

 
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