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Renault plans to strengthen its collaboration with alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi even as it undertakes a major overhaul itself, Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said in interviews with Japanese media.  Among the areas where the three automakers will seek more commonalities to increase profits include platform sharing, electric vehicles and the Chinese market.  “In a very
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New-car sales in Russia fell by 2.1 percent in December to 166,666 vehicles, according to data from the Association of European Businesses. Despite the drop, Russia performed better than many other markets hit by government lockdowns to suppress the spread of COVID-19. Despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, Russia was “one of the best
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HAMBURG — Volkswagen said it would further cut car production at its Wolfsburg plant in northern Germany due to a shortage of semiconductors that has hit the industry worldwide. Staff producing the Tiguan, Touran, and Seat Tarraco models at Wolfsburg will work reduced hours, VW said in a statement on Wednesday. Production of the Golf
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Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, on trial over charges related to Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal, blamed engineers for his failure to uncover widespread cheating on emissions tests. Stadler, testifying for the first time, told a Munich court on Tuesday that engineers gave the management board at the VW Group’s luxury-car unit insufficient information to detect
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PARIS — Renault Group named Laurent Rossi, a former Google executive, as CEO of Alpine. He replaces Cyril Abiteboul, the managing director of Renault’s Formula One team, who was also temporarily overseeing the Alpine car brand. At Alpine, Rossi will be in charge of the sports car brand and Renault’s racing efforts, including endurance racing and
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Deep-pocketed customers helped insulate the U.S. luxury market from the brunt of the pandemic fallout last year. U.S. luxury sales fell 11 percent in 2020, compared with a 14 percent slide for the overall industry. Luxury brands delivered 2,030,912 vehicles, accounting for a record 13.9 percent of total U.S. light-vehicle sales. BMW defended its sales
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One person was killed and six were seriously injured in an explosion at a factory in China operated by a subsidiary of battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., authorities said Friday. Thursday’s blast happened in a workshop belonging to Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology in the city of Ningxiang, in the southern province of Hunan, the
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LONDON — Daimler on Thursday unveiled a new “Hyperscreen” display that will cover almost the entire dashboard of its luxury Mercedes-Benz models, in a bid to outdo Tesla’s large touchscreen infotainment system that has been a hallmark of the electric-car maker’s success. In a video presentation, Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius said the new screen –
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PARIS — Shareholders of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group are expected on Monday to agree to a merger between the two companies that will create a new global automaking powerhouse and unite two industry dynasties, the Peugeot and Agnelli/Elkann families.   Approval by shareholders will clear the way for the merger to close before
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MOSCOW – Honda’s Russian subsidiary said it would stop supplying new cars to official dealers in Russia in 2022 as part of the company’s efforts to restructure its operations. The company said Wednesday that it would keep its presence on the Russian market with motorcycle and power equipment sales, and retain its activities related to
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FRANKFURT — BMW plans to step up its production of electrified vehicles, CEO Oliver Zipse told a German newspaper. “We already had ambitions growth plans and want to further expand our market position,” Zipse said in an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper published on Sunday. Between 2021 and 2023, BMW will build 250,000 more
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Renault CEO Luca de Meo will present his turnaround plan for the automaker on Jan. 14. The Italian executive plans a “revolution” at the French company, so he is calling his plan “Renaulution.” De Meo describes the key points of the restructuring to the automaker’s executives and employee representatives in an internal paper of several
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Jaguar Land Rover has not seen any impact so far from congestion at UK ports, its parent Tata Motors said on Thursday, even as many countries cut transport ties with Britain due to a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus. Toyota brought forward its Christmas production breaks at plants in England and France after transport
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Volkswagen Group’s Seat unit will cut production at its Spanish factory in Martorell, near Barcelona, because of a shortage of microchips. A production line that builds the Seat Leon and Cupra Leon compact cars, and the Cupra Formentor crossover, will work on two shifts per day instead of the current three from Jan. 25 until
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