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Hyundai to take 'global action' to fix brake light switch

Hyundai and its affiliate, Kia, will take "global action" to fix a potentially faulty brake light switch, after they said they planned to recall almost 1.9 million cars in the United States. Read More »

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TECHNOLOGY:

Mercedes may allow China partner BAIC to share platforms

Mercedes could allow China partner BAIC to build cars using its vehicle platforms, parent company Daimler said. Daimler has agreed to buy a 12 percent stake in its local joint venture partner for 640 million euros ($822.3 million). Read More »

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GM board will meet in Germany to review Opel's progress

General Motors' board will hold its quarterly meeting in Germany next week as the U.S. carmaker examines the efforts of its Opel/Vauxhall unit to become profitable. GM's European operations have lost $18 billion since 1999, but the U.S. carmaker is expecting the division to break even by 2015. Read More »

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Ferrari sales in Japan hit 12-year high on economic boost

Ferrari registrations in Japan surged to the highest in 12 years amid growing optimism Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to weaken the yen will help boost the world's third-biggest economy. Read More »

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Daimler's Bernhard sets sights on beating truck rivals

New Daimler trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard aims to beat rivals Volvo and Scania in more than just sales. Closing the earnings gap with rivals would increase Bernhard's chances of eventually succeeding Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. Read More »

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BMW mulls exports of China joint-brand cars

BMW may export cars built under a new brand developed with Chinese partner Brilliance Automotive to mature and developing markets, global sales boss Ian Robertson said. Read More »

Former A123 battery maker settles supply claim with Fisker

The bankrupt electric-car battery maker formerly called A123 Systems, renamed B456 Systems, reached a settlement in which Fisker Automotive reduced its claims by 89 percent to $15 million. Read More »

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Opel says crash test shows new refrigerant is safe

Opel has found no evidence in a crash test on its new Mokka small SUV that a controversial air conditioning refrigerant could catch fire in a collision and release toxic fumes. Read More »

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NEW PRODUCT:

Mercedes said to plan X-class range to rival BMW's Mini

Mercedes plans to launch a subcompact car range with the help of Renault-Nissan, a German magazine reported. The cars, badged as X-class models, would be priced below 20,000 euros and compete with BMW's Mini brand and the Audi A1. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Toyota targets growth in Europe

Since he was appointed Toyota Europe CEO in 2010 French engineer Didier Leroy led the automaker's operations in the region back to its first profit since 2007 for the fiscal year that ended March 31. Read More »

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Beetle marketing push in U.S. pays off for VW

Volkswagen brand's U.S. vehicle sales rose 3 percent last month from a year earlier with most of the gains coming from one nameplate: the Beetle. The brand sold 37,704 vehicles in March, its third straight month of single-digit sales increases after a nearly two-year run of double-digit gains. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

Germany stumbles in global sales race

Germany knows just how powerful the BRIC nations have become. Once the world’s third-largest vehicle-sales market, Germany is at risk of falling to seventh in the global ranking this year because of the rise of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China). Read More »

 
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BMW's iDrive system ranked highest in Germany and Italy for user experience in a recent test, but the automaker and its peers have a long way to go to match Apple. ...
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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares's new executive committee structure is very much like the one he left behind at Renault when he was Carlos Ghosn's No. 2. ...
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Walter de Silva: Italy's loss, VW's gain

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Walter de Silva had to leave Italy to become a legend in the vehicle design world. It's a common sto ...
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European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives
European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product la ...
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Ford, Toyota models will help boost Turkish car output to record
New models from Ford, Toyota and Hyundai are expected to help boost Turkish automotive production to ...
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Russian car sales sink most in 4 years on ruble weakness
Sales of new cars in Russia plunged by the most in more than four years in June as a weaker ruble cu ...
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German car market slows as France, Spain, Italy continue recovery
French, Spanish and Italian car sales rose in June while the German market slowed down, held back by fewer working days as the European market rebound remained intact. ...
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Europe car sales rise for ninth month
Europe's car sales rose 4 percent in May as growing consumer confidence encouraged purchases of new ...
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UK car sales rise to 10-year monthly record in May
UK car sales rose nearly 8 percent in May to hit a 10-year record for the month, but future demand i ...
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European car sales lackluster in May
New-car registrations across Europe were generally lackluster in May after a rebound in the first fe ...
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European sales rise 4% in April
New-car registrations in Europe rose 4 percent in April with mass-market automakers Renault, Ford, O ...
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Russian car sales fall 8% in April on weak ruble
Russian car sales fell 8 percent in April as the weak ruble hit consumer demand. ...
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W. Europe car sales headed for 4% growth after strong April
Western European car sales may rise 4 percent to 12.04 million this year as the region's auto market continues its recovery. ...
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Bentley names VW veteran as human resources chief
Bentley named VW Group executive Marlies Rogait as its new head of human resources. ...
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Rolls-Royce names new China boss
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CLEPA names new CEO
Veteran supplier executive Paul Schockmel is the new CEO of Europe's partmakers association, CLEPA. He succeeds Jean-Marc Gales who is now CEO of sports car maker Lotus. ...
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Infiniti lures BMW exec to head global operations
Infiniti has named longtime BMW executive Gaby-Luise Wuest as its head of global operations. ...
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Germany's Kiekert names new Asia chief
Kiekert, a German supplier of automotive door locks and latches, has named Karl Lambertz director of its Asian operations. ...
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VW taps veteran German exec for top U.S. quality post
Volkswagen Group of America named German national Stefan Schueller quality chief for VW and Audi in the United States. ...
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Renault names new engineering chief
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Porsche adds second SUV
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