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BMW needs to adapt its retirement policy to changing times

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
BMW plans to raise the mandatory retirement age for its top management to 62 from 60 but the company isn't going far enough if it wants to keep the expertise of long-serving executives.

Divorce, Italian style? No, but a design change at Ferrari

March 28, 2013 06:01 CET
Since 1951, Pininfarina has designed all Ferrari production cars except the 1973 Dino 308 GT4, which was done by Bertone. But the LaFerrari that debuted at the Geneva auto show this month was styled entirely in-house, and that got tongues wagging.

CHINA

Renault awaiting China OK on production, Ghosn says

March 28, 2013 11:51 CET
Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn says plans by the automaker to begin car production in China are awaiting final approval from the local authorities. Renault has signed a framework deal with Dongfeng Motor to build up to 300,000 cars annually in the country.

BMW, Audi plan more diesel models for U.S.

March 28, 2013 06:01 CET
Audi and BMW are expanding their diesel lineups in the United States as consumers are drawn by the performance and as a way to counter rising gasoline prices. BMW plans to offer diesel engines in almost all of its model lines in the next five years, company officials say.

Barra remakes GM product development

March 28, 2013 06:01 CET
It has been just over two years since Mary Barra became the surprise pick to steer General Motors' global vehicle development. She'll get a report card soon. Over the next 18 months, GM is embarking on one of the company's busiest-ever launch schedules.

PRODUCTION

Nissan starts European production of Leaf EV

March 28, 2013 13:22 CET
Nissan began production of the Leaf electric car at its factory in Sunderland, north east England. The car was previously made in Japan and imported to European markets.

CHINA

Nissan delays China growth plan by one year

March 28, 2013 12:35 CET
Nissan has delayed its plan to get a 10 percent market share in China by one year, after political friction between China and Japan upset sales. Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn says he is now giving the carmaker until 2017 to hit its goal, instead of 2016. Nissan currently accounts for between 6.

VW says U.S. workers to decide if they wish to unionize

March 28, 2013 10:18 CET
Volkswagen of America says workers at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee will have the chance to decide whether they want to unionize and expects them to have a ''strong voice'' in operations at the factory.

ANE monthly e-magazine goes live Monday

March 28, 2013 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, April 1. Our cover story examines how Audi and Mercedes-Benz are aggressively aiming to topple BMW from its position as the world's best-selling premium brand.

 
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