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Lamborghini offered tax breaks to build SUV in Italy, report says

May 5, 2015 12:06 CET

Lamborghini is being offered incentives by Italy's government to make sure the automaker builds a production version of its Urus SUV concept in the country, sources said. Lamborghini sees the potential to sell 3,000 units a year of the Urus, more than doubling the brand's global volume....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Hooray for GM's 500 millionth vehicle?

10:39 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

GM today is celebrating its 500 millionth vehicle. But GM knows -- perhaps better than any company on the planet -- that the ability to manufacture a lot of product, in and of itself, is no cause for celebration....
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Volvo sales rise 2.3% in April as Europe growth offsets weak China, U.S.

May 4, 2015 15:56 CET

Volvo's vehicle sales rose 2.3 percent in April as growth in Western Europe offset weaker demand in China and the U.S. Separately, Volvo said it is adding a third shift at its plant in Sweden to meet demand for the new XC90 SUV....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How European automakers aim to keep winning in China despite market's slowdown

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Foreign carmakers face a tough battle in China as double-digit volume gains and fat profit margins recede and Chinese automakers make inroads into profitable segments. To combat the challenges, Volkswagen and others are focusing on low-emission models, budget vehicles and local production....
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Aston Martin mulls plant in Alabama to be near Mercedes, report says

April 28, 2015 10:42 CET

Aston Martin is considering a U.S. factory in Alabama to be near industrial partner Daimler, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told a UK car magazine....
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Valeo posts quarterly sales gain on Europe, China

April 24, 2015 11:56 CET

Valeo's first-quarter revenue rose 15 percent, lifted by sales growth in Europe and China. The supplier sees vehicle production rising about 3 percent globally in 2015, with the same figure expected in Europe, excluding Russia....
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UK car production rises 1.9% in March

April 23, 2015 14:22 CET

UK car production rose 1.9 percent last month, the best March figure since 2006, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Through March output fell 0.6 percent, the SMMT said....
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Hyundai may boost SUV capacity in U.S., China after Q1 profit dips

10:04 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

South Korea's Hyundai Motor may boost production of SUVs in the United States and China after reporting profits fell again, squeezed by the cost of promotions to bolster car sales and unfavorable foreign exchange trends....
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Toyota keeps global sales lead over VW on U.S. demand

April 23, 2015 11:37 CET

Toyota beat Volkswagen and General Motors to remain the world's top-selling automaker during the last quarter despite declining deliveries. Demand for SUVs has helped to boost Toyota's market-share gains in the U.S. during the quarter as Volkswagen continued to struggle in the market....
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Honda will cut European Civic production costs with global platform

April 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Honda will significantly reduce production costs on its next European Civic compact hatchback by basing it on a global platform. Honda will launch its next-generation Civic five-door in Europe in 2017. Like the current car, it will be built at the automaker’s plant in England and will be exported to the U.S. and other markets outside Europe for the first time....
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Aston Martin mulls U.S. plant for crossover, report says

April 22, 2015 10:50 CET

Aston Martin may add a plant in the U.S. to build the brand's first crossover, the Financial Times reported. The British automaker has held talks with officials in several states about the factory, the paper said, citing several sources familiar with the talks....
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BMW will build fwd cars in China to attract middle class

April 21, 2015 10:11 CET

BMW will double the number of cars it builds in China to six as it adds models including the front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer minivan in a bid to increase sales to middle class buyers who don't have chauffeurs....
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Toyota in talks to boost China output to meet 2 million sales goal

6:57 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Toyota, already planning to build one new assembly plant in China in 2017, is in talks to further ramp up production in the world’s largest auto market....
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N.A. output up 4.2% in March

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

North America car and truck production in March rose 5.4 percent from March 2014 volumes, to an estimated 1,628,340 vehicles....
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PSA plans joint small-car platform with Dongfeng

April 20, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA will focus on two core platforms for its volume models including a small-car architecture that it will jointly develop with China's Dongfeng. PSA aims to reduce the number of its passenger-car platforms to two by 2022 from five now....
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EDITORIAL

Toyota's Mexico move

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Production capacity is shifting rapidly to Mexico. Last week, Toyota was the latest automaker to announce plans to build or expand a plant there....
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EDITORIAL

Time to prune, time to sow

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Automakers constantly search for new product niches, but it's a daunting process. Many product ideas never see the light of day....
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Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local JV

April 10, 2015 11:58 CET

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support. The automaker started production of its latest Mondeo at its St. Petersburg plant, the first of at least four new models the company plans to launch in Russia this year....
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Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local joint venture

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support. The automaker today started production of its latest Mondeo at its St. Petersburg plant, the first of at least four new models the company plans to launch in Russia this year....
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VW will expand Slovak plant for Bentley SUV production

April 10, 2015 06:01 CET

VW Group will invest 500 million euros to expand its Bratislava, Slovakia, factory as it prepares to add production of bodies for Bentley's new SUV. The factory builds minicars for VW, Skoda and Seat, along with the VW Touareg and Audi Q7 large SUVs and bodies for the Porsche Cayenne....
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Daimler nearing decision on Russian Mercedes plant, report says

April 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler has narrowed down potential sites for a Mercedes car plant in Russia to three locations, according to a Russian media report. Daimler will likely make a decision next month on whether to build Mercedes cars in the country where its vehicle sales are increasing despite the market's steep downturn, the report said....
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Skoda unions issue strike threat over pay demands

April 9, 2015 12:53 CET

Unions at Skoda, Volkswagen's Czech unit, warned that they may strike after rejecting the company's offer for a 3 percent pay rise....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Aston CEO calls crossover, Daimler deal keys to revival

April 9, 2015 06:15 CET

Aston Martin will develop two new platforms, add a crossover, refresh its supercar lineup and leverage its technology alliance with Daimler to help make the brand consistently profitable. CEO Andy Palmer outlined his plans in an interview with Automotive News Europe....
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Asia-Pacific grabs bigger share of 2014 global vehicle output

2:55 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

The Asia-Pacific region was the center of vehicle production again in 2014, accounting for more than half of global output, and is expected to keep grabbing a larger slice. The North American market also improved, with Mexico output jumping 10 percent....
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Mercedes, Nissan expand cooperation to build midsize pickup

April 7, 2015 16:50 CET

Daimler said it will expand its cooperation with strategic partner Nissan to develop a midsize pickup truck for Mercedes. The pickup will be built by the Renault-Nissan alliance at its plants in Spain and Argentina....
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