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2013 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW:

BMW, amid crossover surge, preps X4 for 2014 debut

BMW, capitalizing on rising demand for crossovers in Europe and the United States, is expanding its new 4-series lineup with the X4 crossover that will go on sale next year. Read More »

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BRUCE GAIN:

Automakers rethink cockpits to help save lives

Automakers are rethinking the way they design car cockpits to reduce cognitive overload as more sophisticated infotainment systems risk increasing driver distraction, a problem that has been linked to an increasing number of fatal accidents. Read More »

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NEW PRODUCT:

Lexus will launch hybrid SUV to rival Q3

Lexus plans to show a production-ready hybrid SUV to rival Audi's Q3 and BMW's X1 at next year's Geneva auto show, a company source said. Read More »

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SALES:

Mercedes sales up 5.7% in March on strong U.S. demand

Daimler said vehicle sales at its Mercedes-Benz Cars unit rose 5.7 percent to a record 150,430 units in March compared with the same month a year earlier because of strong U.S. demand and small gains in Europe and China. Read More »

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SALES:

UK car sales continue to buck Europe's downturn with 5.9% rise in March

New-car sales in the UK rose 5.9 percent to 394,806 in March, the 13th successive month of growth, as consumer demand continued to defy the downward trend in other major European markets. Read More »

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Kia eyes BMW, Audi; aims to add technology

Not only is Kia benchmarking BMW and Audi; it is crawling out of the shadow of its bigger corporate sibling, Hyundai. Its new goal: model its own brand identity after Volkswagen's as it seeks to be mass-market yet one notch above the pack in terms of quality and flair. Read More »

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GM, Opel CEOs to meet Germany's Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) -- General Motors CEO Dan Akerson and the new head of GM's Opel unit, Karl-Thomas Neumann, will visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel next Thursday, along with members of the GM board, a government spokesman said on Friday. Read More »

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GM to invest $332 million in 4 U.S. sites

GM said it will invest about $332 million in four U.S. manufacturing sites to produce more fuel-efficient engines and transmission systems. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Porsche switches gears on powertrains

It wasn't long ago that gasoline was the only fuel a Porsche could use. Today, the powertrain options at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary include diesel, gasoline-electric hybrid and, soon, plug-in hybrid. Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche's r&d boss, is spearheading the changes. Read More »

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SALES:

Fiat turns to Germany as Italy sales seen as worst since 1966

Fiat, faced with Italy sales that could fall to their lowest level for 47 years, is seeking to boost sales in Germany by offering steeper discounts than any other automaker there. Read More »

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GM reviews South Korea operations as tensions rise with North

GM CEO Dan Akerson said the automaker is making backup plans for its operations in South Korea as tensions with North Korea heighten. Chevrolet Europe gets most of its cars from South Korea. Read More »

NUTS & BOLTS:

1 million VW sales in the U.S. by 2018? Well ...

Does Volkswagen still expect to hit its much talked-about target of 1 million sales in the United States by 2018? At the New York auto show last week, Jonathan Browning, CEO of VW Group of America, offered a roundabout answer that smelled, at best, like a maybe. Read More »

 
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French car sales rise 6% in Jan. as foreign brands gain
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W. Europe car sales up 5% in 2014; 3% gain seen for 2015
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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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