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VW recalls 680,000 U.S. cars with Takata airbags

Feb. 10, 2016 14:27 CET | UPDATED: Feb. 10 15:39 CET - adds further detail

Volkswagen is recalling 680,000 cars of its namesake brand in the U.S. because Takata-made airbags in them could be defective.
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2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW
Honda hints at sporty Civic hatchback
Feb. 10, 2016 12:29 CET

Honda will preview its next Civic hatchback with a sporty prototype at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The five-door model will be rolled out globally next year including ...
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BMW drops to third place in luxury sales race during January
Feb. 10, 2016 11:56 CET

BMW lost ground in the luxury-car sales race in January, dropping to third place as Mercedes moved closer to a goal of unseating its rival this year. ...
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Renault will launch Koleos successor in Europe this year
Feb. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

Renault will begin selling a replacement for its Koleos SUV in Europe next year. Unlike its platform sibling, the Nissan X-Trail, the Renault model will not offer a seven ...
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Nissan profit boosted by strong U.S. demand, Europe loss widens on Russia
Feb. 10, 2016 10:28 CET

Nissan reported a 24 percent profit increase in the latest quarter on the back of booming North American sales and cost cutting. Russia dragged down the automaker's Europ ...
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Diesel Fiat 500X has excessive NOx emissions, lobby group claims
Feb. 9, 2016 15:16 CET | UPDATED: Feb. 9 17:10 CET - adds FCA defeat device denial

German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against auto-industry pollution by accusing Fiat of releasing excessive levels of NOx emissions with its dies ...
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Porsche CEO says profits will be hit by EV investment
Feb. 9, 2016 11:02 CET

Porsche is bracing for smaller profit gains in the future as the sports-car maker steps up spending on models such as its first EV, CEO Oliver Blume said. ...
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Google's self-driving car wins boost from U.S. safety regulators
Feb. 10, 2016 02:12 CET

U.S. vehicle safety regulators said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step t ...
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Mercedes is not chasing luxury sales lead at any price, Zetsche says
Feb. 9, 2016 11:29 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says Mercedes will not sacrifice margins in its quest to overtake rival BMW and become the world's best-selling luxury brand. ...
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE
Infiniti CEO calls Q30 a 'game changer' for brand; eyes adding a plug-in hybrid
Feb. 9, 2016 06:01 CET

Infiniti is bullish about its future in Europe. With Q30 production underway in England and output of the QX30 due to join it later this year, 2016 will be a breakout yea ...
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Daimler recalls 840,000 vehicles in U.S. for airbag concerns
Feb. 9, 2016 20:49 CET | UPDATED: Feb. 9 21:28 CET - new story

Daimler said it would recall 840,000 U.S. vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that could be defective, a step that would result in a charge of $383.96 million. ...
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Ferrari's 'family' car gets new name, more power
Feb. 8, 2016 15:41 CET

Ferrari is renaming its FF four-seat coupe as the GTC4Lusso and adding rear-wheel steering to boost the appeal of a model launched five years ago as a practical ultraluxu ...
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VW quality chief quits amid diesel scandal fallout
Feb. 8, 2016 17:32 CET

Volkswagen named company veteran Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler as head of group quality assurance, replacing Frank Tuch who held the job for six years and, according to sourc ...
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Emissions lies haunt VW as automaker faces tougher U.S. Justice Department
Feb. 8, 2016 14:18 CET

VW's emissions-cheating software has not directly been responsible for any deaths, yet the U.S. Justice Department may treat it more harshly than General Motors and Toyot ...
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PSA will pay Iran partner $446 million compensation for quitting market, report says
Feb. 8, 2016 11:28 CET

PSA will pay its Iran partner $446 million in compensation for losses incurred after it quit the country due to sanctions, the Iranian company told a local news agency. ...
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Russian new-car sales continue steep decline in January
Feb. 8, 2016 15:45 CET

Russian new-car sales plunged 29 percent last month, extending a collapse from 2015 that is forcing the government to spend billions of rubles more to support the ailing ...
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Continental must ration parts for recall fixes
Feb. 8, 2016 06:01 CET

Continental is recalling five million airbag control units that affect vehicles made by companies including Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes, Honda and Fiat Chrysler. But the ...
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL
VW will offer U.S. diesel scandal customers generous compensation, paper says
Feb. 7, 2016 14:16 CET

Volkswagen will offer generous compensation packages for the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles that emit an illegal amount of emissions, Ken Feinberg, the he ...
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2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW
VW's Seat readies unveiling of its first SUV
Feb. 7, 2016 06:01 CET

VW Group's Seat brand this week will unveil its first SUV as the struggling brand seeks to benefit from a booming segment in Europe. ...
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL
VW delays 2015 earnings report until April due to diesel scandal
Feb. 7, 2016 13:52 CET

Volkswagen said it will publish its annual results as soon as April and may hold its annual shareholders' meeting in early June, four to six weeks later than scheduled as ...
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Jeep joins Nissan, Honda and others getting big benefit from European production

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2016

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Fiat Chrysler's decision to build the new Jeep Renegade in Italy is paying off, helped by strong dem ...
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Ford faces tough decision on B-Max

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9 2016

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When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the ...
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'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2016

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Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the ...
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Automotive News Europe celebrates 20 years; watch this space for future trends


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5 2016

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In an industry reshaping at the speed of light, Automotive News Europe brings you reliable, relevant and unbiased coverage of the auto business. ...
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How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4 2016

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Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is pl ...
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Nissan claims win in Europe, but Toyota had more sales


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29 2016

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Nissan claims it has achieved a long-stated goal of becoming the No. 1 Asian automaker in Europe by ...
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How GM zoomed past VW in China

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25 2016

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The Volkswagen Group was China's largest automaker in 2013 and 2014, but last year, General Motors r ...
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ZF executive 'remarkably comfortable' in one-on-one chat with Obama

Bryan Johnson
3:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21 2016

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The most commonly asked question I've received in the past 24 hours is: “Were you nervous?R ...
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What Nissan learned from Mercedes for Infiniti Q30 production


6:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20 2016

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Nissan made some costly changes to build the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 compact cars at its UK factory. ...
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Aston Martin asks suppliers for cost cuts

Nick Gibbs
9:31 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2016

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Aston Martin is asking suppliers to reduce costs by 10 percent annually as part of wider cost-cutting moves as the niche automaker adopts the practices of a mass-market... ...
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