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Fiat Chrysler mulls loyalty scheme in Ferrari spinoff

Nov. 28, 2014 17:36 CET

A loyalty scheme that would increase the voting power of Ferrari shareholders is one option parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will consider when it spins off the luxury marque next year, Chairman John Elkann said.
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Skoda's '18 sales goal tougher to hit on Russia slump
Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET

A severe slump in Russian car demand is making it harder for Skoda to meet its 2018 vehicle sales target. Skoda also must decide whether to reduce its investment budget f ...
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EU will hint at future new-car CO2 targets
Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET

The European Commission next month will outline progress on future emission targets for new cars sold in the EU, giving automakers a clearer look at the billions of euros ...
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Fiat Chrysler to stick with Ferrari CEO
Nov. 28, 2014 14:19 CET

Fiat Chrysler has no plans at this stage to replace Amedeo Felisa as CEO of Ferrari, which it is preparing to spin off, FCA Chairman John Elkann said. ...
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ZF expects surging sales of driver-assist systems
Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET

ZF, which agreed to buy TRW, expects the combined company's sales of driver-assist safety systems to grow by up to 25 percent a year. The technology will be the "major" p ...
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Michelin to double budget-tire sales to counter Chinese gains
Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET

Michelin will nearly double the proportion of budget tires in its global sales mix to as much as 30 percent to counter the huge rise in Chinese imports sold in Europe and ...
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Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy
Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET

Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. The automaker has started two pilot programs in Europe -- one in Stockholm and another in Berlin. ...
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Opel is succeeding in restoring poor image, exec says
Nov. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

Opel is succeeding in turning around its tattered image in Germany, the brand's marketing chief Tina Mueller said. ...
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Audi makes Q3 greener to keep lead over BMW X1
Nov. 27, 2014 11:34 CET

The Audi Q3 will get more efficient powertrains with technology such as the crossover's first use of fuel-saving cylinder deactivation as part of its mid-cycle refresh. A ...
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Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales
Nov. 27, 2014 12:28 CET | UPDATED: Nov. 27 14:55 CET -- adds comments, details

Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap w ...
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Ferrari spinoff to reduce Fiat Chrysler debt by $894 million
Nov. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles expects its net industrial debt to drop by about $894 million because of its planned Ferrari spinoff, a U.S. regulatory filing showed. ...
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Toyota's fuel cell goal: Big cost cutting
Nov. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

Toyota's top fuel cell engineer predicts the automaker will slash the cost of the next hydrogen-fueled powertrain to between one-third and one-fourth the cost of the curr ...
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Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust?
Nov. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how ...
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Fuel cell cars steal spotlight
Nov. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

Automakers are beginning to nudge the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle out of the illusion factory that is Southern California and into the broader conversation about the futur ...
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Land Rover blasts Evoque look-alike from China
Nov. 26, 2014 06:01 CET

Land Rover plans to complain to Chinese officials about a close copy of its Evoque SUV that debuted at the Guangzhou auto show last week. ...
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ZF CEO: We're not chasing 10-speeds
Nov. 26, 2014 06:01 CET

ZF will not follow rivals in pushing for 10-speed transmissions. The German supplier will stop at nine-speed transmissions, CEO Stefan Sommer says. ...
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Mini to trim lineup to 5 'superhero' cars
Nov. 26, 2014 15:04 CET

BMW Group has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move is a strategy change for Mini, which recently ha ...
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CLA wagon joins Mercedes' hot-selling compact family
Nov. 26, 2014 09:54 CET

Mercedes has released details on its new CLA Shooting Brake, the latest model to join the automaker's fast-growing, hot-selling compact lineup. Mercedes says that compact ...
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Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says
Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET | UPDATED: Nov. 25 17:11 CET - Adds comment from Opel

Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany ...
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BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico
Nov. 25, 2014 11:40 CET

Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Me ...
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