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BARCELONA — Seat has added advanced connectivity features and fuel-saving hybrid powertrains to its latest generation of its best-selling model, the Leon compact car. The fourth-generation Leon is the brand’s first fully connected car and its most innovative product to date, Seat said at the model’s unveiling here on Tuesday. The Leon will have an
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MILAN — Maserati will use the Beijing auto show as a launchpad for its electrification push with the unveiling of its first hybrid model. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ sporty brand will debut a hybrid version of its Ghibli sedan at the show on April 21, a source familiar with Maserati’s plans said. The Ghibli is expected
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PARIS — PSA Group said it will repatriate expatriate staff and their families from the Wuhan area in China, which is at the center of an outbreak of coronavirus. The maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars said that 38 people would be evacuated and that the initiative will be executed in full collaboration with the
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles filed a motion Friday to dismiss General Motors’ racketeering lawsuit against the company. In a sweeping suit filed in November, GM claims that its smaller rival secured an unfair advantage in labor costs by bribing UAW officials during key contract negotiations covering wages and benefits. The suit alleges that Sergio Marchionne, the
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A U.S. regulator said it will review part of a recommendation made last fall that India’s Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. infringed upon the intellectual property rights of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep design. The International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday said it would review an administrative law judge’s initial determination last November that Mahindra’s Roxor off-road
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For Aston Martin, side mirrors of the future could be a combination of old and new technology. The British automaker, along with mirror supplier Gentex Corp., has developed a system that combines aspects of traditional side mirrors with new camera monitoring systems. Aston Martin and Gentex’s collaboration, installed on a prototype DBS Superleggera, uses three
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BERLIN — German rangers stand guard to visitors away from a nondescript stretch of forest near Berlin, where a sign nearby warns of “Lebensgefahr” (danger to life). The precautions are part of the frantic activity underway to set up Tesla’s latest assembly plant, Elon Musk’s most daring attack yet on the German auto establishment. Workers
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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has threatened to impose a 25 percent tariff on European automobile imports if Britain, France and Germany do not formally accuse Iran of breaking the 2015 nuclear deal, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed European officials. The three European countries triggered a dispute mechanism under the agreement on Tuesday,
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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group said it delivered 10.8 million vehicles to customers last year, up 0.9 percent from 2018. VW Group’s divisions include the VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti car brands, as well as the Scania and MAN and heavy truck makers. VW Group CEO Herbert Diess issued the revised outlook during an
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Carlos Ghosn may be the world’s most famous fugitive, with his picture in newspapers around the globe, but that doesn’t mean Interpol could find a photo of him for the “Red Notice” they added to their website. In the hours before the former Nissan CEO held a press conference to defend himself to a packed
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The Land Rover Defender could be fording a stream tires-deep in the middle of nowhere while its onboard computers are being updated, thanks to a new connectivity system that includes two modems and two eSIMs. One modem and eSIM is dedicated to Jaguar Land Rover’s technology that updates the vehicle’s software over the air —
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ISTANBUL — A manager at Turkish jet operator MNG Jet has told authorities that he assisted unwittingly in the escape of ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn from Japan because he had been threatened by a former acquaintance, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Saturday. Turkish authorities have arrested five suspects, including MNG Jet operations manager Okan Kosemen, on
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MILAN — A maintenance worker was killed on Friday at a plant of Italian light commercial vehicles maker Sevel, according to a spokesman for Fiat Chrysler, which operates the unit under a joint venture agreement with PSA Group. The worker was employed by a subcontractor for Fiat Chrysler’s Comau industrial automation unit, the spokesman said.
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Dacia is a huge success in Europe for parent Renault Group because it delivers on its “value-for-money” philosophy. However, the cost of achieving emissions compliance, especially with electrified powertrains, could pose a threat to the low-cost brand’s profits and sales. Philippe Buros, a veteran of Dacia in Romania who is the chairman of Renault’s Europe
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