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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS:

Paris congress will explore Europe's rocky road

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

VW design arm Giugiaro creates coupe-SUV concept

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. Read More »

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2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

VW sees U.S. demand for new Golf wagon

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. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

Mercedes A class suffers decisive defeat

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. Read More »

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German new-car sales down 10.5% in February

New-car sales in Germany fell 10.5 percent to 200,683 in February, the KBA federal transport agency said on Monday. Read More »

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2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

Small SUVs poised to dominate at Geneva

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. Read More »

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Zetsche defends his strategy, job with CLA unveiling

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. Read More »

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Alfa Romeo reboot marks tough road for Fiat recovery

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. Read More »

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New Opel CEO Neumann stands behind rescue plan

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. Read More »

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Check out the ANE monthly e-magazine

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. Read More »

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Will the Citroen C4 Cactus be a game changer?

Paul McVeigh
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2 2014

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Citroen is taking a bold step with its new C4 Cactus compact car that debuts at the Geneva auto show ...
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Tablet-sized touchscreens ready to go mainstream

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2 2014

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VW and Volvo will use the Geneva auto show to present their plans to make pinch and swipe gestures as common in the car as they are on an iPad. ...
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Ex-VW designer has Volvo on a hot streak

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2 2014

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Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath has been turning heads and winning styling awards since joining the Swedish automaker from VW Group. ...
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Why the PSA-Dongfeng deal does more harm than good

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27 2014

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The bailout that PSA negotiated with the French government and Dongfeng will prop up the French automaker in the short term but could cripple its competitiveness in the long.. ...
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Ford exec doubts Ghosn's 2020 timetable for self-driving cars

Nick Gibbs
4:37 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26 2014

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Ford's head of advanced r&d in Europe doubts Carlos Ghosn's prediction that Renault-Nissan -- or any automaker -- will have self-driving cars on the road by 2020. ...
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French automakers beat U.S. rivals back to Iran

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2014

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Sanctions have barely been eased on Iran and the Detroit 3 are being beaten back to the market by French rivals. This is not surprising as the U.S. ...
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French gov't will be 'decisive' PSA stakeholder

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13 2014

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The French government doesn't intend to be a silent partner when it takes an expected step to acquire a 14 percent stake in PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. ...
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Aston Martin learns the scary meaning of 'China price'

David Sedgwick
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2014

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For any automaker or supplier doing business in China, Aston Martin's decision to recall 17,590 spor ...
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Bernhard may finally get Mercedes' top job

Paul McVeigh
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7 2014

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Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says the loss of long-serving executive Andreas Renschler offers new chances. ...
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Porsche Macan rises fast; VW Golf rules

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31 2014

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Porsche's Macan was a huge Web winner during the fourth quarter but the media champ of 2013 was the VW Golf, which was No. ...
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Automakers, suppliers extend strong gains in Q4
After particularly strong Q3 gains, automakers, suppliers and retailers saw further improvements in ...
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German sales recovery will lift European car market in 2014
A strong increase in January car sales in Germany bodes well for western Europe as a whole for 2014, according to market analyst LMC Automotive. ...
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Growth of 2% forecast for Europe car market
Europe's car market will probably expand 2 percent this year as demand recovers, ACEA said. ...
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European December car sales jump 13%, boosted by discounting
European new-car sales surged 13 percent in December, boosted by price cuts. Full-year sales fell by ...
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W. European 2013 sales beat forecast
Western Europe's 12 percent rise in new-car sales in December caused the region's overall 2013 volum ...
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Car-sales rise in southern Europe fails to halt regional decline in 2013
A rise in December new-car sales in France, Italy and Spain points to a pick-up in demand in souther ...
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Better Nov. car sales herald European growth in 2014, forecaster says
Western European car sales may improve by nearly 3 percent next year after November showed modest growth, LMC Automotive forecasts. ...
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European car sales rise as VW, Renault make Nov. gains
European new-car sales rose a third consecutive month in November, the longest period of gains in fo ...
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2013 Guide to Automotive Partnerships
Our comprehensive annual guide to global automotive partnerships offers a complete list of each auto ...
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Italy slump continues as November car sales fall 5%
New-car sales in Italy fell 5 percent in November continuing a slump in deliveries in Europe's fourt ...
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Honda names veteran exec Mikoshiba to head Europe operations
Honda named veteran executive Toshiaki Mikoshiba to head operations in Europe as the carmaker seeks ...
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Renschler hired by VW to push truck alliance
VW Group appointed former Daimler executive Andreas Renschler to its management board to deepen coop ...
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Daimler names former VW, BMW CEO Pischetsrieder to supervisory board
Daimler nominated former Volkswagen CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder to the company's supervisory board. ...
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Audi names VW executive as production chief
Audi named Volkswagen executive Hubert Waltl as its production chief. Waltl succeeds Frank Dreves wh ...
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New Vauxhall chief is former Mitsubishi Europe boss Tozer
Vauxhall brand has named former Mitsubishi Europe boss Tim Tozer as its new chief. Tozer succeeds Du ...
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Schaeffler appoints Knorr-Bremse exec Deller as CEO
Schaeffler has appointed auto-parts industry veteran Klaus Deller as its new CEO as the German suppl ...
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Renault names former PSA exec Wertans as global sales boss
Renault named Nicolas Wertans, PSA's former international sales chief, as its new global sales boss. ...
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Vauxhall chief Aldred to head Buick-GMC
GM has appointed Vauxhall boss Duncan Aldred as U.S. vice president of sales at the Buick and GMC br ...
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Honda Europe promotes veteran exec Ross to sales chief
Honda Europe has promoted veteran executive Philip Ross to senior vice president for sales as the ca ...
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VW brings back Barnes as U.S. sales chief
Volkswagen of America has rehired former COO and sales chief Mark Barnes as vice president of sales as it plots the next step toward its goal of nearly doubling deliveries in. ...
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Seat goes large with Leon ST
Seat is hoping to win new customers to its compact Leon range with the arrival of the Sports Tourer, ...
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Ford tweaks India-built EcoSport for Europe
Ford has tweaked the EcoSport subcompact SUV for European markets as it hopes the model will help it ...
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Range Rover diesel-hybrid saves fuel on and off road
Land Rover says the Range Rover SDV6 Hybrid offers the performance of a model powered by a V-8 diese ...
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Peugeot says new 308 outshines VW Golf
With the new 308 hatchback, Peugeot thinks it has a worthy rival to the Volkswagen Golf, Europe's be ...
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S3 will be flagship sedan in Audi's compact range
Audi's range of A3 sedans gets a flagship with the arrival of the 300-hp S3 sporty variant, which de ...
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Hyundai aims higher with new i10
Hyundai has positioned the new i10 higher than the outgoing model by making it bigger, more attracti ...
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BMW has high hopes for i3
BMW is bullish on the market potential for the i3 EV, the first model from its i subbrand. ...
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SX4 S-Cross is crucial for Suzuki's European revival
Suzuki expects the SX4 S-Cross, the company's first compact crossover, to help the automaker turn ar ...
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Skoda Rapid Spaceback aimed at low-cost rivals
Skoda is challenging value brands such as Hyundai and Kia in Europe's key compact hatchback segment ...
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Alfa 4C delivers on promise to offer affordable supercar
Alfa Romeo's 4C coupe delivers on the brand's promise to offer a true supercar at a reasonable price ...
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Honeywell turbo reduces CO2 in new Renault Clio
Honeywell’s turbocharger in the new Renault Clio helps the car’s new 90-hp 1.5-liter dCi ...
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Magna contributes to new Mercedes CLA's aerodynamics
Magna International played key roles in the Mercedes-Benz CLA's interior and exterior. ...
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Delphi helps keep the new Range Rover safe
Delphi helps keep occupants safe in the new Range Rover with systems such as it electronically scann ...
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Faurecia, Plastic Omnium cut weight, emissions in new Citroen C4 Picasso
With help from Faurecia, the new C4 Picasso is the first Citroen model that meets Euro 6 emission st ...
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Honeywell, Hirschvogel help cut CO2 in new VW Golf
Suppliers such as Honeywell and Hirschvogel played key roles in helping Volkswagen reduce CO2 emissi ...
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