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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Learn how to thrive in tough times

April 11, 2013 06:00 CET
The head of Renault's entry-level models, Arnaud Deboeuf, will share insights on how Dacia has thrived during Europe's debt crisis at the 16th Automotive News Europe Congress on June 12 in Paris.

NEWS ANALYSIS

European auto execs see rebound next year at the earliest

March 11, 2013 06:01 CET
The struggling European auto industry will bounce back next year. Or maybe in 2016. Or maybe later. It depends on whom you talk to among the executives here coping with depressed sales and the uncertain government response to Europe's economic crisis.

Bosch auto boss sees slight growth in car parts sales in 2013

March 11, 2013 15:46 CET
Robert Bosch expects revenue from the sale of car parts to grow slightly this year as it grabs a bigger share of components built in each car.

Q&A

Jaguar Land Rover bullish on Europe

March 11, 2013 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover head of European operations Bernhard Kuhnt sees a positive 2013 for both UK brands in Europe because of strong demand for the recently launched new Range Rover and the early-summer arrival the Jaguar F-Type.

Toyoda shake-up empowers non-Japanese execs

March 11, 2013 06:01 CET
After four tumultuous years of natural disasters, recalls and record losses, President Akio Toyoda is restructuring Toyota Motor Corp. to empower regional CEOs to anticipate problems and respond quickly. The new structure is less insular and more international.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

LaFerrari and Golf were Geneva Web winners

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2013
Ferrari's new supercar and Volkswagen's award-winning top seller were the big Web winners from this year's Geneva auto show, according to a study.

Russian car sales growth slows to 2% in February

March 11, 2013 14:01 CET
Russian car sales grew 2 percent year-on-year in February to 210,666 units, slowing from a 5 percent increase in the previous month, the Association of European Businesses (AEB) said on Monday.

VW brand sales flat in February, hit by weak Europe

March 11, 2013 13:17 CET
Volkswagen said sales of its main namesake brand edged up 0.4 percent in February, the smallest gain in 13 months.

PSA, Renault woo younger drivers with new small SUVs

March 11, 2013 07:04 CET
French automakers aim to win customers in the growing small SUV/crossover segment with the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur. Peugeot says the first reaction to the 2008 has been positive.

LATEST LAUNCHES

Fiat aims 500L at families

March 11, 2013 06:01 CET
Fiat added the 500L to provide a car for customers who have grown out of three-door 500, specifically at couples who have started families. The 500L – the L stands for large – is a five-door small minivan that is 602mm longer than the 500.

 
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Ita ...
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Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales
Jeep, Smart and Jaguar were the biggest sales winners last year in Europe, where overall vehicle sal ...
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Growth in car sales in key European markets 'encouraging' in January
New-car sales increased in key European markets in January including 3 percent growth in Germany and ...
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French automakers lose ground to rebounding VW
French new-car registrations increased 3. ...
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European car-sales growth forecast to slow to 2% in 2016
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European sales growth will slow this year, say Daimler, Ford, Volvo CEOs
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VW trails rivals as Europe sales rise 16% in December
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Western automakers hit hard as Russia car sales fell 36% in 2015
Russia's car sales plunged by 36 percent in 2015 in a disastrous year for Western automakers with op ...
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VW brand sales fall 8% in Dec., dragging down group result
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Europe must look south for car sales growth this year
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Former Opel CEO Demant retires after VW role
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PSA appoints former Yahoo exec as chief digital officer
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Mercedes promotes UK sales boss to U.S. role
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VW picks ex-BMW manager to head core brand in North America
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VW motorsport director Capito moves to McLaren
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Nissan names new Europe marketing chief
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Hyundai hires former Lamborghini exec to shape strategy at luxury Genesis brand
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Porsche names new production chief
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Porsche names new production chief
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Renault names former EV boss as sales and marketing chief
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl
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Infiniti's 'big bang' starts with Q30
Infiniti expects the Q30 hatchback and its sibling model, the QX30 crossover, to give the brand a hu ...
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Renault packs Megane with high-tech upgrades
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Mini tweaks Clubman, moves it up a class
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Renault thinks big, green with Talisman flagship
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Opel wants leaner Astra to leap over rivals
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Audi sees A4 causing segment shake-up
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Toyota rolls out fuel cell cars, but Europe is not ready yet
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
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Suppliers to the new VW Touran
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Suppliers to the new BMW 7 series
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Magna makes new VW Passat lighter
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GKN helps slash CO2 in new Volvo XC90
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