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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market

SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as models such as the Renault Captur and Nissan Qashqai continue to lure buyers from minivans, wagons and hatchbacks.

VW's Seat plans to expand in N. Africa, Latin America

Spanish automaker Seat will lead VW Group's expansion in North Africa as part of internationalization plans that may also include building cars in Mexico.

VW's Seat will get a midsize SUV built in Wolfsburg

UPDATED: March 23 20:45 CET - adds 2016 profit

VW Group's Seat brand will add a midsize SUV that will be built at VW's factory in Wolfsburg. The SUV will help Seat, which reported its first annual operating profit since 2007, to build on its recovery.

Mercedes' self-driving tech takes on curves

Daimler's new r&d boss, Ola Kaellenius, says the new Mercedes-Benz S class coming this summer will be the first production car that links navigation with semiautonomous sensor data.

Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially those in Europe -- will have a powerful say in which powertrains will rule the road because they can dictate which types of...

How Schreyer's passion to make a sports car became the Kia Stinger

Peter Schreyer has dreamed of designing a true sports car for Kia since joining the Korean automaker from VW in 2006. The result is the Kia Stinger.

Could Opel deal set off a chain reaction?

Historically, deals like General Motors' sale of Opel/Vauxhall to PSA Group have set off a chain reaction in the industry. Is a new round of consolidation in the works?

Daimler r&d boss outlines Mercedes' self-driving, EV, connectivity plans

Daimler development boss Ola Kaellenius believes the industry is at a major crossroads as megatrends such as connectivity, autonomous drive, shared services and electrification combine to shape the future market.

F1 champion Fittipaldi will build Pininfarina-designed 600-hp supercar in Germany

Racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi chose Italian design and German engineering to create a sports-car company that bears his name.

Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover

PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.

Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover

PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.

Range Rover aims high with Velar

Range Rover's first midsize SUV, the Velar, will be positioned between the smaller Evoque and the larger Range Rover Sport.

Tavares is a maestro who wants to orchestrate Opel's revival

Carlos Tavares, the energetic executive who plans to fold General Motors' European operations into France's PSA Group, is a modest man despite his high ambitions.

Italdesign and Airbus develop car that can be airlifted above traffic

Italdesign and aircraft manufacturer Airbus are working on a futuristic car whose upper body can be airlifted by a drone and flown above traffic congestion. A concept of the model will make its debut at the Geneva auto show.

BMW helps fill free time given by piloted cars

As autonomous driving becomes a hot topic, BMW provided a peek at the opportunities drivers will have when they don't have to worry about steering their car.

Range Rover aims high with Velar

The new Range Rover Velar will be positioned at the top end of the premium market, priced much higher than rivals from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

Peugeot concept highlights self-driving advances

Peugeot will highlight its autonomous technology at the upcoming Geneva auto show with a self-driving shooting-brake concept called the Instinct.

Italdesign launches new division for limited-edition models

Italdesign has formed a business division to build limited-edition supercars. The new unit will unveil its first car, a $1.6 million coupe, at the Geneva auto show next month.

China's Techrules will debut Giugiaro-styled supercar

Chinese startup Techrules will debut a supercar at the Geneva auto show next month styled by Italian designers Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio.

What's in it for PSA? Analysts aren't sure.

Carlos Tavares, PSA Group's energetic CEO, made a promise when he took over the struggling French automaker in 2014: Let us fix the business, then we can look to forge partnerships that foster our growth.

Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'

Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. To stand out in the crowded sector the automaker has done something out of character -- it has given the C-HR a polarizing design.

Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn.

BMW taps turbos to make new 7 series more powerful

BMW's new 7-series sedan will get a gasoline-powered twin-turbo variant with 610 hp, a boost of 70 hp on the flagship model's most powerful predecessor. The upgrade means the new 7 series can go 0 to 100 kph in 3.

Volvo CEO predicts 4th straight year of record sales

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson expects the automaker to build on recent success and set a new all-time sales record for a fourth consecutive year in 2017.

Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze

Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall vehicle sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.