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Marchionne's Fiat-GM merger plan may wait for Ferrari spinoff

Sept. 4, 2015 14:18 CET

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne isn't known for his patience but he's likely to wait until next year before making a bid for GM. The spinoff of Ferrari early 2016 could be the catalyst for Marchionne to make an offer for GM.
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VW's unassuming CFO emerges from boardroom wars as chairman
Sept. 4, 2015 08:22 CET

Hans Dieter Poetsch, VW's finance chief, faces a massive task in his future role as chairman of the automaker to maintain the support of the often-divided stakeholders wh ...
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Jaguar F-Pace teaser picture shows SUV's shape
Sept. 4, 2015 11:34 CET | UPDATED: Sep. 4 13:29 CET - Adds video

Jaguar's latest teaser picture of its F-Pace shows that the SUV/crossover has stayed faithful to the 2013 C-X17 concept. ...
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Mercedes sales rise 18% in August on China surge
Sept. 4, 2015 15:28 CET

Mercedes' brand sales increased 18 percent in August, marking the 30th consecutive month of record sales at the automaker. Demand was particularly robust in China, where ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 10% in August, boosted by Germany, UK, Spain
Sept. 4, 2015 13:58 CET

Western European car sales jumped 9.6 percent in August, boosted by buoyant demand in Germany, the UK and southern Europe, data from analysts LMC Automotive showed. ...
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Ford opens engine plant in Russia to reduce dependency on imports
Sept. 4, 2015 11:02 CET

Ford opened its first Russian engine plant, which will help to make its locally produced vehicles less dependent on imported components and currency fluctuations. ...
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UK new-car sales rise 10%, helped by cheap financing deals
Sept. 4, 2015 11:58 CET

UK car sales jumped by nearly 10 percent in August as consumers took advantage of attractive financing deals that helped drive the 42nd consecutive month of sales increas ...
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Continental's finance chief calls China stock effect an 'overreaction'
Sept. 4, 2015 12:31 CET

Continental's finance chief, Wolfgang Schaefer, called last week's China-related global stock slide an "overreaction" and said he still sees growth in the nation's auto i ...
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Ford, GM, JLR, China's Lifan make big changes to European car assembly footprint
Sept. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford, GM, JLR and China's Lifan have made the biggest moves affecting European production in the past year. Automotive News Europe's new Guide to European Assembl ...
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Citroen concept hints at 'fun' SUV inspired by Mehari
Sept. 3, 2015 11:18 CET

Citroen has built a concept that takes inspiration from the brand's iconic Mehari beach buggy and hints at a production SUV version of the C4 Cactus. ...
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Mercedes is working on Tesla Model S fighter, r&d chief tells paper
Sept. 3, 2015 12:08 CET

Mercedes is working on an electric car to compete with the Tesla Model S and the vehicle will be launched "soon," the automaker's development chief, Thomas Weber, told a ...
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Tesla will begin deliveries of Model X on Sept. 29
Sept. 3, 2015 11:17 CET

Tesla will begin delivering its Model X electric crossover at the end of the month. The Model X will launch with a premium-priced special version called the Signature ser ...
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Jaguar offers free maintenance, cuts prices in U.S.
Sept. 3, 2015 16:30 CET

Jaguar is lowering its prices and rolling out free scheduled maintenance in the U.S. to remove what customers cite as key reasons consumers reject the British brand: high ...
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VW plans to extend CEO Winterkorn's contract until 2018
Sept. 2, 2015 10:02 CET

Volkswagen plans to extend the contract of CEO Martin Winterkorn until the end of 2018, a victory for the executive after he clashed with former Chairman Ferdinand Piech. ...
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Former Saab CEO charged with giving false testimony
Sept. 2, 2015 16:44 CET

Former Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake Jonsson was charged with giving false testimony when the aftermath of the Swedish automaker's bankruptcy played out in court. ...
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German car sales rose 6% in August
Sept. 2, 2015 10:46 CET

German new-car registrations rose 6 percent in August, slowing from a growth rate of 7 percent in July. Germany joins France, Italy and Spain in reporting increased sales ...
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Opel will launch online retail banking in Germany
Sept. 2, 2015 12:24 CET

Opel will push into online retail banking in Germany and use consumer deposits to broaden the base of its financing operation. ...
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Mercedes completes S-class family with luxury convertible
Sept. 2, 2015 09:03 CET

Mercedes will complete its S-class family with the sixth and final derivative of its flagship sedan next year, when it launches its first top-of-the-line four-seat conver ...
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PSA's DS upscale brand to launch crossover-styled DS 4
Sept. 2, 2015 15:18 CET

DS Automobiles will launch a crossover-styled version of its DS 4 compact car. The DS 4 Crossback will help fill a new product gap until DS adds all-new models to its lin ...
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Volvo sales rise 3% in August as U.S. demand offsets slowing China
Sept. 2, 2015 11:38 CET

Volvo's global car sales rose 3.2 percent in August as strong growth in the U.S. helped offset a continued slide in China, which has been hit by slowing growth and stock ...
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12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14 2015

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Skoda is poised to profit from protecting dogs in cars

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