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Magna International has lowered its 2019 financial outlook to reflect the estimated impact of the UAW strike at General Motors in the United States. The strike lasted 40 days and stretched from the latter part of the third quarter and into the fourth.   Magna, which supplies body exteriors and structures and power technologies, said Friday that it experienced
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Since time is a valuable commodity for Porsche’s affluent customers, the Volkswagen Group subsidiary hopes it can convince discriminating electric vehicle drivers with the fastest recharging capability currently on the market. The Taycan, the brand’s first EV and a rival to the Tesla Model S, has an 800-volt electrical architecture that is twice as powerful
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Magna International has lowered its 2019 financial outlook to reflect the estimated impact of the UAW strike at General Motors in the United States. The strike lasted 40 days and stretched from the latter part of the third quarter and into the fourth.   Magna, which supplies body exteriors and structures and power technologies, said Friday that it experienced
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Rolls-Royce’s newest model, the Cullinan SUV, is the latest to receive a variant from the British ultraluxury automaker’s performance and engineering subbrand, Black Badge. The Cullinan Black Badge receives a handful of design and performance changes over the standard model. The 6.75-liter-twin turbo V-12 engine now delivers 600 hp and 900 newtons meters (664 pound-feet)
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FRANKFURT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group have said they will not to close factories if they merge but this promise is likely to come under heavy strain as the combined group would have spare production capacity of almost 6 million vehicles in a slowing autos market. The companies last week unveiled plans to
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MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group aim to sign a final merger agreement as early as the beginning of next month, a source familiar with the matter said. The two automakers said earlier this week they planned to join forces in a 50-50 share merger to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker, seeking scale
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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration will look very closely at the planned merger between Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot owner PSA, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday. The deal, announced on Thursday, would create the world’s fourth-largest automaker. “We will obviously look at it very, very carefully,” Kudlow said on Bloomberg.
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group went out of their way to make their combination as equal as possible, shedding assets, paying special dividends and distributing board seats. It did not take long for investors to figure out who the buyer is. Shares of Fiat Chrysler jumped 10 percent Thursday after the two sides announced
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Magna International said on Wednesday it will build dual-clutch and hybrid transmissions for BMW under a multi-year contract. The products will be built at Magna’s plants in Germany and Slovakia, the company said. Magna did not disclose the financial terms of the contract. Magna ranks No. 3 on the Automotive News Europe list of the
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group of France are in talks to combine, The Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper reported that people familiar with the matter said a deal between FCA and the Peugeot parent could create a “$50 billion trans-Atlantic auto giant.” An all-share merger of equals, the paper reported, is one of
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FRANKFURT — Opel/Vauxhall appointed Pascal Martens as the new head of its light commercial unit to executive ambitious growth goals for the business. Belgian national Martens, who is currently Opel’s director of sales, will assume the role on Nov. 1. He succeeds Tobias Stoever, who has been appointed head of Peugeot marketing in Germany. PSA
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Jaguar Land Rover turned profitable in its latest quarter while working through a cost-cutting program. The UK automaker’s pretax profit was 156 million pounds ($200 million). Revenue rose 8 percent to 6 billion pounds, JLR’s owner, Tata Motors, said Friday. Tata Motors itself lost 2.17 billion rupees ($31 million) in the three months ended Sept.
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WOLFSBURG — Volkswagen is adding advanced connectivity and semi-autonomous features to help its latest Golf retain buyers in a market shifting toward SUVs and full-electric cars. The Golf’s new digital cockpit is a technological leap comparable to the debut of the first touch-based smartphones, VW said on Wednesday when it presented the latest generation of
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AMSTERDAM — Honda has brought forward a goal to only sell battery-powered and hybrid cars in Europe by three years to 2022. Honda is axing its diesel cars in Europe as it adds full-electric and hybrid powertrains in a green technology push. Honda had said it intended to move 100 percent of its European sales
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FRANKFURT –  Continental said on Tuesday that slower automobile production growth over the next five years had forced the supplier to book a 2.5 billion euro ($2.8 billion) impairment. The auto industry slowdown has already prompted profit warnings from various suppliers, including Continental, in the past few months. “We do not anticipate that global production
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Skoda has sought to reassure its employees after reports suggested that its owner, Volkswagen Group, is considering repositioning the brand downward to compete with low-cost marques such as Renault’s Dacia. In an internal letter to employees seen by Automotive News Europe, Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier wrote that brand values of space, functionality, value for money
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FRANKFURT – Tesla Inc.’s attempts to humble Porsche with a new lap record on Germany’s legendary Nordschleife racetrack have reignited a controversy about the value of lap times, as the circuit steps in to quash claims of cheating. Porsche and Tesla are battling to establish supremacy in lap times for four-door electric sports cars, but comparisons
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Skoda’s new Octavia has been designed to give it much more “emotional” appeal compared with the outgoing model, according to the Czech automaker. Sketches giving a flavor of the new compact car have been released by the Volkswagen Group subsidiary ahead of the Octavia’s planned unveiling in November. The car is Skoda’s best-seller. The sketches
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British business allowed itself a moment of hope as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union reached an agreement to ward off a no-deal Brexit. The agreement envisages an ambitious, wide-ranging and balanced economic partnership through a Free Trade Agreement that ensures no tariffs, fees, charges or quantitative restrictions across all sectors with appropriate
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LOS ANGELES — Volvo Cars has entered the electric vehicle market with a safe choice: a crossover. The XC40 Recharge, unveiled here Wednesday, is a modified version of Volvo’s XC40 compact crossover. In place of the the four-cylinder engine it has a 75-kilowatt-hour battery. The dual-motor XC40 Recharge is expected to arrive at dealers in
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