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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small

Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Picanto's cabin space through a 15mm longer wheelbase and making it 5mm taller, while keeping it the same overall length and...

VW brand confirms Sengpiehl as marketing chief

VW Group named former Hyundai executive Jochen Sengpiehl as head of marketing for its core passenger cars brand.

Ford of Europe names Leenarts design chief

Ford named Amko Leenarts as its new design director for Europe. Leenarts will succeed Joel Piaskowski in the post.

BMW sales chief Robertson to retire; Dutch executive Nota is successor

BMW said Ian Robertson will retire as the automaker's sales chief. He will be succeeded by Pieter Nota, who moves to BMW from Dutch electronics and lighting company Philips.

BMW designer's next assignment: Update Mini

Oliver Heilmer takes over as new styling chief at Mini, which has been without a design boss since Anders Warming quit nearly a year ago.

BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design

UPDATED: June 1 12:20 CET - adds BMW statement

BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BMW's Designworks subsidiary.

Skoda touts Karoq's 'van-like' roominess

Skoda unveiled its Karoq, touting the compact SUV's generous interior room and luggage capacity as key selling points.

VW says new Polo will be segment 'benchmark'

VW will begin production of its latest Polo hatchback next month, intensifying the fight for leadership in Europe's subcompact segment. VW brand chief Herbert Diess says the Polo will "set the benchmark" in its sector.

Mini maxes out with Countryman

The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes in the compact class, the first Mini to do so.

PSA-Opel joint cars, Renault Alpine coupe and first Porsche wagon seek Swiss spotlight

The first cars shared between PSA and GM's Opel unit will be among the debuts at this week's Geneva auto show. Other premiers include Renault's Alpine sports car, Range Rover's Velar SUV and Porsche's first station wagon.

Ferrari beast, Porsche wagon to star in Geneva

Next week’s Geneva auto show will highlight a mix of supercars, everyday models and cars you never expected, such as a Porsche station wagon and a Mercedes-Benz pickup.

Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost

The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 years and to improve the hatchback's competitiveness in the compact segment, the automaker has added so many extras to the...