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Thierry Peugeot, pictured on the large screen, was the Peugeot family strongman but has now lost his seat on the PSA board.
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To preserve its sporty image, BMW is targeting the 2-series Active Tourer minivan at outdoor enthusiasts.
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Nissan's Venucia R30 is the lowest-priced subcompact that any global brand has sold in China. (Nissan)
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The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 looks like something dreamed up for a comic book superhero.
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The Ford Fiesta ranked No. 2 in 3 out of 4 measures of online popularity in Q2.
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The 308 features in car chase scenes in the Hollywood movie "Lucy."
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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's survival as a company largely hinges on the company selling at least half of its cars outside of Europe compared with about 40 percent now. As a glamorous means to that end, PSA is using Luc Besson's Hollywood film "Lucy" to give the Peugeot 308 a marketing push in more than 50 markets around the world.
The 308 is featured in a scene in which Scarlett Johansson, one of the b ...
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| Hans Greimel is Asia editor for Automotive News.|
Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up?
Authorities there are already getting tough on the pricing of auto parts. And public opinion in Korea apparently supports China's ongoing probe and favors sterner measures at home.
Pressure on foreign brands in South Korea could ...
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| Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.|
Over the last month, the National Development and Reform Commission has launched a slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers.
One might logically conclude that China's central economic planning agency is doing all this to protect domestic automakers. But this notion is misleading even though the NDRC has used questionable tactics to conduct its investigatio ...
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The Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Land Rover Discovery, BMW X6 and Toyota Yaris.
The Fiesta got a boost from being named Car of the Year by The Telegraph in May. The subcompact beat models such as the Volkswagen Golf, Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar XF. The British newspaper picked the Fiesta for its agility, comfortable ride, f ...
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The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. Power plans to criticize them for one of the most poorly executed technologies they peddle to consumers -- voice recognition. In brief, vehicle voice-recognition technology is awful. It was lousy when it emerged in the early 1990s. And after 15 years of inclusion in vehicles across the price spectrum, it remains as lousy ...
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Nothing can prepare you for the sudden popularity that comes with driving a Lamborghini. One minute you’re as average as white bread, the next minute you’re being photographed like a supermodel, chatted up by awestruck strangers and chased by kids who just want to get within a few feet of a supercar.
Jon Maffei, the general manager of Lamborghini Sarasota in Florida, warned me about t ...
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| Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.|
Until recently, the National Development and Reform Commission, a ministry-level government body, was very friendly toward foreign automakers, approving numerous factory projects the companies sought. But lately it has begun investigating global automakers for suspected monopolistic behavior. What prompted the about-face? The commission suddenly feels it has to justify its existence by transformin ...
Continue reading "Why China's NDRC has become country's antitrust watchdog" »
| Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.|
If there is one thing that Audi’s first-half results prove, it's that Volkswagen Group’s premium brand earns so much cash it could easily swallow Fiat-Chrysler whole.
VW’s 77-year old chairman, Ferdinand Piech, is known to be a fan of Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, and he wants to lead the company to industry leadership via an ever growing stable of brands sold across the globe.
Continue reading "Audi's war chest could buy Fiat Chrysler" »
| Gilles Castonguay is an Automotive News Europe correspondent in Italy|
Fiat shareholders were in a resigned mood Friday when they met to vote on the Italian carmaker’s merger with Chrysler Group.
"Today we are attending Fiat’s funeral," said Marco Bava, a notoriously combative shareholder, as he went to cast his vote at the extraordinary assembly. The majority of investors voted in favor of the plan.
Not only were the shareholders holding their last mee ...
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| Guido Reinking is editor-in-chief of Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe.|
Some things sound so improbable that you think that they just might be true. Reports that Volkswagen may buy Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) come under this category.
VW patriarch Ferdinand Piech has always been interested in buying Fiat's Alfa Romeo and Ferrari units, but the likelihood of VW acquiring the whole of FCA seems absurd. However, the idea has its appeal: It would allow VW to overcome its weaknes ...
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SHANGHAI -- For a long time, global automakers have been reluctant to sell inexpensive vehicles in China because they didn't want to reduce the healthy profit margins on their products.
But the landscape is changing and now foreign automakers are jumping into China's entry-level market.
Nissan's Chinese joint venture last week introduced a rebadged Nissan March. Marketed as the Venucia R30, the ...
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Even auto industry darling BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rear-wheel-drive car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. So for traditional fans of the luxury brand, the 2-series Active Tourer minivan is nothing less than a heresy on wheels -- the first modern-era BMW-badged car where power from a transversely mounted engine is applied to the front axle.
The 2-series Active Tourer is perhap ...
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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s future could be brighter following the departure of its influential former chairman Thierry Peugeot from the automaker’s supervisory board.
Thierry’s departure signals the end of dissent among Peugeot family members over the automaker’s capital tie-up with China’s Dongfeng Motor, industry watchers say.
Thierry publicly opposed the terms of Dong ...
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| Douglas A. Bolduc is Managing Editor at Automotive News Europe.|
Buttons and dials may become obsolete to control your car's radio, heater and navigation system. That’s because those functions can now be managed with the wave of the hand.
Gesture-recognition technology could appear in a production car as early as next year, SoftKinetic Chief Marketing Officer Eric Krzeslo told me on the sidelines of the we.CONECT Car HMI Concepts & Systems conference ...
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Under China's regulations, foreign automakers may not own more than 50 percent of their joint ventures with Chinese partners.
But that may change. Since President Xi Jinping took office early last year, he has repeatedly pledged to shore up China's economic growth by opening up the domestic market.
Heeding the pledge, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce said last year that the government wo ...