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Infiniti picks former BMW exec to head Europe

Infiniti has appointed veteran premium brand executive Fintan Knight to lead the brand in Europe. Knight, 41, has 20 years experience working for automakers such as BMW, Audi and Lamborghini. Read More »

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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE:

Bosch auto chief Bernd Bohr to step down

Bosch said Bernd Bohr, board member responsible for its auto-supply unit, will leave the supplier. Bohr was once a candidate to become Bosch CEO. Read More »

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PRODUCTION:

Audi plans extra shifts as A6, A7 orders rise

Audi added 12 extra shifts in the first quarter at its plant in Neckarsulm and is planning more in April due to strong demand for the A6 and A7 models. Read More »

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PRODUCTION:

Opel union seeks talks over Bochum future after workers reject deal

Opel union leaders are seeking talks over the future of the General Motors unit's Bochum, Germany, car factory after workers rejected a deal that would have saved more than a third of the jobs at the location. Read More »

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NEW PRODUCT:

VW ponders a large SUV built in North America

Volkswagen Is building the business case for a large SUV in the United States, top VW executives said. The vehicle is a key to the company's plan to nearly double the VW brand's U.S. sales to 800,000 units by 2018. Read More »

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COMPANY EARNINGS:

Pininfarina returns to profit for first time since 2004

Pininfarina returned to profit in 2012, its first since 2004, as lower financial charges from a debt restructuring helped its bottom line and its design and engineering business improved. Read More »

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RETAIL:

Volvo's China unit hit by dealer cheating

Volvo has uncovered widespread cheating by its car dealers in China, where retailers inflated sales to win cash rebates from the company for hitting volume targets. Read More »

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NEW PRODUCT:

Bentley, Lamborghini eye U.S. as top market for ultraluxury SUVs

Bentley and Lamborghini want to create a niche -- the ultraluxury crossover with a price tag of $200,000 to $250,000 -- and they're aiming for annual combined volume of more than 7,000 vehicles. Read More »

 
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Volvo r&d boss Peter Mertens is not impressed with the proliferation of models at the Swedish brand's bigger German rivals. “They are in a rat race. ...
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European February car sales rise as economy bolsters demand
European car-sales rose by 7 percent in February as signs of a strengthening economic expansion in t ...
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Russian car sales fall 38% in February
Russia's new-car sales fell 38 percent to 128,298 vehicle in February as consumers continued to avoi ...
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German car sales rise as Europe rebound continues
New-car sales in Germany rose 3 percent in January, adding to signs that the European rebound is con ...
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Spanish car sales jump 28% for 17th month of growth
New-car sales in Spain rose 28 percent in January, the 17th consecutive month of growth. ...
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French car sales rise 6% in Jan. as foreign brands gain
French car sales rose 6 percent in January, halting a three-month decline. Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota a ...
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Europe 2014 sales rise on low-cost brands shift
European car sales in 2014 rose for the first time in seven years, thanks to government incentives, ...
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Russia car sales forecast to drop 24% as economic crisis worsens
Russian car sales are set to decline by 24 percent this year after falling 10 percent in 2014 as the ...
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W. Europe car sales up 5% in 2014; 3% gain seen for 2015
New-car sales in western Europe increased by 5 percent in 2014, the best result since 2009, but grow ...
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German car sales rose 7% in December on extra selling day
New-car sales in Germany rose 7 percent in December, returning Europe's largest auto market back to positive annual growth after two years of shrinking sales. ...
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Jaguar Land Rover names new global engineering chief
Jaguar Land Rover named company veteran Nick Rogers as its new engineering director to succeed Wolfg ...
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Former GM Europe chief Forster will lead UK taxi builder
Auto industry veteran Carl-Peter Forster, who once headed GM Europe and Tata Motors, is new board ch ...
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Volvo appoints Europe boss as part of global reorganization
Volvo named Anders Gustafsson as head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, one of three global busines ...
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Renault reinforces quality oversight
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Cadillac Europe will be run by former BMW executive
GM has appointed veteran BMW executive Andreas Schaaf as its new Cadillac chief in Europe. ...
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BMW names ex-Mini plant boss next production chief
BMW Group has promoted manufacturing expert Oliver Zipse to succeed incoming CEO Harald Krueger as h ...
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Bentley names industry veteran Winkler to head Americas unit
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VW Passat tackles trailer troubles
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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip
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