Europe

Saab's owner seeks partner to secure brand's future

Aug. 19, 2014 11:15 CET
Saab's owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, says it is in discussions with potential partners as it seeks to restart car production and develop future models....
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Ford Store borrows from Apple in bid to move brand upscale in Europe

Aug. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford is the latest automaker to borrow ideas from tech giant Apple. The automaker is rebranding 500 European dealerships as Ford Stores ahead of launching its new Vignale premium trim line....
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Ford begins testing first right-hand-drive Mustang

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford has begun testing the first prototype of the right-hand-drive Mustang pony car. Ford said its engineers recently finished building the handmade prototype, which will be used in various developmental tests in coming months....
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Russia may ban car imports if West applies new sanctions, report says

Aug. 18, 2014 11:54 CET
Russia may ban car imports if the West applies additional sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine, a daily newspaper reported....
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Why Americans are rediscovering Italian cars

8:52 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Pagani, Zagato -- those luminary Italian brands barely add up to a percent of a percentage point worth of sales in America. But oh, the mystique....
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Audi, Mercedes gain on BMW in global sales race

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi and Mercedes are closing in on global premium sales leader BMW as the race between the three tightened last month....
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ZF talks for TRW said to hinge on Bosch JV exit

Aug. 15, 2014 10:25 CET
ZF's ambitions to takeover TRW and become the world's No. 2 supplier are being held up by negotiations to exit a steering-systems joint venture with Robert Bosch, according to people familiar with the matter....
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China's Brilliance mulls Italy car plant, prime minister says

Aug. 14, 2014 22:13 CET
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that Chinese carmaker Brilliance China Automotive had expressed an interest in opening a plant in Italy. Renzi is trying to encourage foreign investment in Italy, which has fallen back into recession....
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Europe's slump creates new opportunities at the top

Aug. 13, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe's car sales slump took its toll on the executive ranks at automakers active in the region. Just 13 of the 37 executives who topped their organizational charts before the crisis are still there....
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UK dealer Lookers expects record full-year profit

Aug. 13, 2014 09:25 CET
Britain's fourth-largest car dealer, Lookers, expects to post a full-year pretax profit of more than 60 million pounds (75 million euros) after record sales lifted its pretax profit by 36 percent in the first half....
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VW brand sales rise on Europe, China gains

Aug. 12, 2014 11:48 CET
VW increased sales at its core passenger-car brand by 4 percent in July as higher deliveries in western Europe and China offset declines in the United States and Brazil. Global sales of VW brand cars and SUVs rose to 491,600 last month....
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German gov't wants e-bikes to replace trucks for local deliveries

Aug. 11, 2014 14:49 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is looking for ways to encourage electric bikes to replace trucks for local freight shipments in Germany. BMW and Daimler's subsidiary, Smart, already offer e-bikes....
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Recovery on track as western Europe car sales rise 5%

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Car sales in western Europe grew by 5 percent in July to a little more than 1 million vehicles, bringing sales for the first seven months to 7.4 million, according to analyst LMC Automotive....
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Web visits help UK's largest car dealer, Pendragon, to boost profits

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Profits of Britain's largest car dealer, Pendragon, doubled in the first half as increased online visits helped drive up used and new car sales....
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Audi sales rise 10% in July, boosted by A3 demand

Aug. 7, 2014 13:17 CET
Audi's vehicle sales rose 10 percent to 144,000 in July, helped by strong demand for the A3 model range....
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Strong Chinese and U.S. demand lifts Mercedes' July sales 11%

Aug. 7, 2014 11:48 CET
Mercedes-Benz brand had its highest monthly sales to date in July, up 11 percent to 130,003 cars, boosted by strong demand for its compact cars and SUVs....
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Tough European CO2 targets will help keep region's fuel-efficiency lead

Aug. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe automakers are speeding up the introduction of alternative fuel powertrains in a bid to cut CO2 emissions ahead of tougher limits planned by the European Union....
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Russian car sales may fall by 12% this year, PwC says

Aug. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Russian car sales are expected to fall by between 8 and 12 percent this year, PricewaterhouseCoopers said. Russia's sharp economic slowdown and devaluation of the ruble will hit sales, PwC said....
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Strong UK car sales in July part of improving European trend

Aug. 6, 2014 12:33 CET
New-car sales in the UK rose by 7 percent in July, as the country's credit-backed growth continued. The increase follows volume growth last month in Germany, Italy and Spain....
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Hot models make Jeep, Lexus, Dacia first-half sales winners

Aug. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe's first-half sales results provided further evidence the region's six-year slump will end in 2014. Led by Jeep, Lexus and Dacia, 14 brands grew more than the market, which was up by 6 percent to 6.85 million....
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German car sales bounce back in July

Aug. 4, 2014 10:43 CET
New-car sales in Germany bounced back in July, suggesting further improvement in second-half demand in Europe's largest auto market....
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Italian car sales rose 5% in July

Aug. 4, 2014 13:49 CET
New car sales in Italy rose 5 percent in July compared to the same month a year ago to 113,777 vehicles...
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Check out the ANE e-magazine for August

Aug. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at the potential risks and rewards facing Porsche as it strives to achieve global sales of 200,000 vehicles a year....
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Penske adds Spain to its overseas roster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Fresh off the heels of a joint venture in Barcelona, Spain, Penske Automotive Group Inc. will continue to expand with acquisitions in the United States and elsewhere. "We want to expand globally where we have human capital and people to build these businesses," Chairman Roger Penske told Automotive News....
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A Renegade prime minister

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, front, checks out rear legroom in the Jeep Renegade with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chairman John Elkann....
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