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Ford sets ambitious 2020 goals while Europe remains a drag

Sept. 30, 2014 09:54 CET

Ford targets boosting its global vehicle sales by 52 percent to 9.4 million annually by 2020 as the automaker looks to fast-growing Asian markets to offset the poor-performing regions of Europe and South America.
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Ferrari will unveil top-performing 458 Speciale
Sept. 30, 2014 10:10 CET

Ferrari will unveil the top-performing convertible version of the mid-engined 458 Speciale sports car range in Paris. The automaker will build just 499 examples of the 45 ...
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BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu
Sept. 29, 2014 17:43 CET

BMW is teaming up with Chinese internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of automated driving h ...
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CO2 from new cars in Europe 38% worse than promised, study says
Sept. 29, 2014 18:06 CET | UPDATED: Sept. 30 8:40 CET -- Adds link to report

European cars probably discharged 38 percent more CO2 on real-world roads last year than their ratings promised, a transportation lobby group said. That means more fuel, ...
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Fiat jobs matter more than HQ location, Italy prime minister says
Sept. 29, 2014 10:26 CET

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Fiat Chrysler's decision to have a home base in London matters less than the jobs and opportunities that the combined company wil ...
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VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot
Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, s ...
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French use Paris to show progress in low-CO2 cars
Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

French automakers are putting a big emphasis on fuel efficiency at the Paris auto show this year, having received financial help from the French government ahead of tough ...
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Infiniti's new London studio ignites brand's Aston Martin aspirations
Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

Infiniti executives think that its brand new London design studio will help it create models that appeal to customers purchasing some of Britain's most exclusive vehicles ...
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VW Group, Renault-Nissan dominate European car assembly footprint
Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET | UPDATED: 9/27/2014

VW Group and Renault-Nissan have expanded their reach. The two automakers now jointly account for more than 40 percent of all the vehicle assembly plants in Europe, accor ...
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Opel says Adam, Corsa need checks for faulty steering
Sept. 26, 2014 22:16 CET

Opel has said that 8,000 of its Adam minicars and Corsa subcompacts delivered to customers in Europe since May 2014 need to be checked for faulty steering parts. ...
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Skoda denies report on investment curb in India
Sept. 26, 2014 16:01 CET

Skoda says it remains committed to its Indian operations after a report suggested that the automaker may cut investments in the market over concerns about the country's b ...
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Summer breaks pull UK car output 22% lower in August
Sept. 26, 2014 10:41 CET

UK car production fell 22 percent in August because of the timing and length of holidays and repairs to a major plant. So far this year output has risen 1 percent and is ...
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Fiat 500X unlikely to steal sales from Jeep Renegade, analysts say
Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET

The Fiat 500X is unlikely to cannibalize sales from its sister model, the Jeep Renegade, industry watchers say. The 500X is a "cute, urban vehicle with off-road capabilit ...
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Renault concept rivals VW's 1-liter car for fuel economy
Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET

Renault says the Eolab concept previews fuel-saving technologies that will appear on its production cars before 2020. The Eolab's fuel economy rivals the VW XL1, promote ...
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ZF-TRW 'playing in a new league'
Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET

ZF's acquisition of TRW will put the German company in an elite group: Megasuppliers able to feed automakers' growing appetite for collision-avoidance technology. ...
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Renault recalls Clio, Kangoo on brake problems
Sept. 25, 2014 11:04 CET

Renault has recalled about 402,000 units of its top-selling Clio subcompact and 64,000 Kangoo vans because of brake problems. The Renault-built Mercedes Citan also has be ...
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Renault's new Espace gets major makeover
Sept. 25, 2014 16:46 CET

Renault's big, boxy Espace large minivan will be transformed into a sleek-looking crossover that's more in line with what European customers want. Renault released photos ...
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Ford Mondeo gets power boost to better battle Passat
Sept. 25, 2014 12:15 CET

The new Ford Mondeo will get more powerful engines, a more diverse powertrain lineup and more advanced features to better compete against the VW Passat in Europe's midsiz ...
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Renault mulls cutting Dacia's lineup
Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET

Renault must decide whether to cut the Logan MCV station wagon, Dokker car-derived van or Lodgy compact minivan from Dacia's lineup, a company spokesman confirmed. The mo ...
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EU orders Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of banned refrigerant
Sept. 25, 2014 16:00 CET

The EU has ordered Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of a banned car refrigerant within two months or face court action and possible fines. Mercedes is refusing to us ...
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