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Aston Martin will expand hypercar lineup

Aston Martin plans to expand its hypercar lineup with a coupe code-named the 003. Sales of the 003 will be limited to 500 units and its price is expected to be below that of its sister model, the Valkyrie, which cost $2.6 million when it launched last year.

Jaguar Land Rover cuts production at UK plant on slow demand

UPDATED: Sept 17 16:45 CET - adds JLR comment

Jaguar Land Rover is cutting production to three days at one of its UK plants as it deals with the fallout from the Brexit vote and the drop in diesel demand.

Lotus Cars recruits former Jaguar Land Rover executive Popham as CEO

Lotus has recruited former Jaguar Land Rover executive Phil Popham as its CEO as its new parent Geely Holding considers an investment of $1.9 billion to turn the niche brand into a global competitor to Porsche and Aston Martin.

Toyota uses Yaris to launch GR Sport performance range

Toyota will use the Paris auto show to unveil the first of its GR Sport range of performance-oriented models, beginning with the Yaris small car.

Nissan exits Europe's compact car segment

Nissan has stopped building the Pulsar hatchback for Europe and will end production of the Almera sedan in Russia later this year.

Aston Martin's new UK factory will be EV hub

Aston Martin says its new UK factory will build the Rapide E electric sports car and Lagonda EVs.

Renault's revived Alpine races to keep pace with demand

Since Renault launched the Alpine A110, the new brand has taken 5,000 reservations, resulting in a 14-month waiting time. Now Alpine is increasing production to 20 cars a day from 15 to keep pace with demand.

How do you replace a Russian icon?

Russia's Lada split on whether the 40-year-old Lada Niva should continue to be the farmers' friend, or a funky urban SUV with occasional mud-plugging skills

Why Aston Martin's CEO expects automaker to be more profitable than Ferrari

As Aston Martin plans its London IPO, CEO Andy Palmer believes the company will be more profitable than Ferrari. But the automaker does not have Ferrari's revenue streams such as a Formula One team, engine sales, and huge product leverage through sponsorship activities.

Skoda previews new Rapid with Vision RS concept, reports say

Skoda will unveil the Vision RS concept at the Paris auto show, which reports say previews a successor to its Rapid model.

Toyota hopes new name, sporty design will boost compact wagon

Toyota Europe said the wagon version of the new Corolla, which replaces the Auris wagon, will offer a sporty drive and one of the biggest trunks in its class.

Opel joins Ford, FCA and others skipping Paris show

Automakers accounting for almost 40 percent of European sales will be missing from this year's biannual event in Paris.

Renault will phase out rebadged Dacias in Russia in upmarket push

Renault Group's core Renault brand will stop selling Dacia derivatives in Russia to push upmarket and avoid an overlap with Lada, which is owned by the group's AvtoVAZ subsidiary.

Russia's answer to Rolls, Bentley

Aurus, the Russian maker of President Vladimir Putin's new luxury sedan, will launch a range of upscale vehicles next year and export them to global markets, including Europe and possibly the United States in the long term.

After 4 decades, Lada plans a new Niva

Lada unveiled a concept car previewing a replacement for its 4x4, more than 40 years after the budget off-roader first appeared.

Russia's Aurus plans ultraluxury vehicles to challenge Rolls-Royce, Bentley

Aurus, the Russian maker of President Vladimir Putin's new ultraluxury sedan, will launch a range of upscale vehicles next year and export them to global markets, including Europe and possibly the U.S. in the long term.

Lada plans to update its off-roader after 40 years

Lada plans to update its 4x4 to appeal to modern buyers, more than 40 years after the budget off-roader first appeared.

Renault expects Arkana's coupe styling will stand out in crossover market

Renault said its coupe-styled Arkana crossover would appeal to Russian tastes for distinctive SUVs.

UK aims to capitalize on growth of self-driving tech

The UK government is making 150 million pounds (170 million euros) available over five years to help fund pilot studies of self-driving cars. The country forecasts that the autonomous market will be worth more than 900 million pounds by 2035.

GM's diesel center in Italy has a role post-Opel

GM has decided to keep its diesel development center in Turin even though selling Opel last year meant leaving diesel's global stronghold of Europe. Pierpaolo Antonioli, GM's diesel boss, explained why in an interview with Automotive News Europe.

JLR plans three new models, versatile platform

Jaguar Land Rover will add three new models over the next five years and gradually switch most of its vehicles to a new modular platform.

Peugeot, Toyota commit to midsize sector despite slump

Peugeot and Toyota are the latest automakers to commit to Europe's volume midsize segment despite customers moving to SUVs, while Ford, once a dominant player, is not commenting on whether it will replace its Mondeo.

Audi's Pebble Beach concept may lead to e-tron version of R8

Audi will unveil an electric supercar concept that could signal the company is ready to add an e-tron version of its R8 supercar or even replace it altogether.

How benchmarking helped Opel to rebound

Being able to benchmark against new owner PSA was a key advantage to help Opel/Vauxhall cut costs and reverse losses, Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller said.

Audi will preview electric supercar at Pebble Beach

Audi will unveil an electric supercar concept that could signal the company is ready to add an e-tron version of its R8 supercar or even replace it altogether.


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