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SPAIN: 2016 Hyundai i20 last to be bought on price: UK MD

November 21, 2014 - 16:17
Next year's new Hyundai i20 will be the last car from the brand which people will buy primarily on price, says UK president and managing director Tony Whitehorn.

GERMANY: Volkswagen Group to invest EUR86bn in next five years

November 21, 2014 - 15:56
Volkswagen Group says it will invest a total of EUR85.6bn (US$106.3bn) in new models, technologies and its global presence in its Automotive Division during the next five years.

LA DEBUTS: Mullen defibrillates the Miles Coda EV

November 21, 2014 - 12:31
Mullen Technologies, the firm which bought the assets of the bankrupt Miles EV, has announced plans to reintroduce the Coda electric sedan. Its new name will be Mullen 700e.

US: Delphi partners with Ottomatika for automated driving

November 21, 2014 - 12:14
Delphi says it will partner with Ottomatika, a company started by Carnegie Mellon University, which provides advanced automated driving software, to jointly develop technology that will help accelerate automated driving.

CANADA: GM names Stephen Carlisle as president

November 21, 2014 - 10:47
General Motors Canada has named Stephen Carlisle as president and managing director, succeeding Kevin Williams, who has led the organisation since 2010.

GERMANY: Opel announces management changes

November 21, 2014 - 10:26
Opel Group has appointed current executive chief engineer, vans, light commercial vehicles and Alliance Programmes, Charlie Klein, as VP vehicle engineering Europe.

US: BMW tests Google Glass eyewear for quality checks in production

November 21, 2014 - 09:33
BMW is testing Google Glass eyewear for use in quality assurance in production at its Spartanburg plant in the US.

US: Acura to launch facelifted ILX in early 2015

November 21, 2014 - 09:32
American Honda says it will launch an updated Acura ILX sedan in early 2015, with distribution at nationwide dealers.

GERMANY: Volvo Car and DHL close in on remote parcel service - report

November 21, 2014 - 08:59
Deutsche Post's DHL unit is in talks with Volvo Car Group on a partnership that would allow the parcel delivery service to remotely deliver to Volvo Car customer's cars according to reports.

GUANGZHOU SHOW: China replaces US as Volvo Car's biggest market

November 21, 2014 - 08:25
China is poised to replace the US as Volvo Cars largest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars, up from 61,146 in 2013.

SPAIN: SEAT adds jobs at Martorell to meet rising demand

November 20, 2014 - 18:34
SEAT is hiring 233 temporary workers at its Martorell facilities near Barcelona to cope with a one-off increase in demand for the Ibiza and Audi Q3 models.

US: GM shows off front end of next Chevy Volt

November 20, 2014 - 18:04
It won't be fully revealed until January's NAIAS, but the covers have been partially removed from a 2016 Chevrolet Volt at an event in Los Angeles.

CZECH REPUBLIC: SKF opens expanded lubrication factory

November 20, 2014 - 17:23
SKF has inaugurated its expanded lubrication systems manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic.

US: Michelin opens Tweel tyre plant

November 20, 2014 - 17:06
Michelin has opened its newest plant in North America, which will produce the Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial Tyre for commercial applications.

GUANGZHOU DEBUTS: Kia to enter B-SUV segment with KX3

November 20, 2014 - 14:25
With the Chery Tiggo 3 and Great Wall's Haval H2 both selling up a storm in China's B-SUV vehicle class, the Dongfeng Yueda Kia JV is keen to get in on the action. Thus the debut of the Kia KX3 prototype at the Guangzhou motor show.

US: TRW shareholders approve acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen

November 20, 2014 - 14:05
ZF Friedrichshafen and TRW say they welcome the decision by stockholders of the US supplier to approve the acquisition of the Michigan-headquarted company by its German counterpart.

LA DEBUTS: Audi A7 h-tron - hydrogen fuel cell

November 20, 2014 - 13:51
Audi has revealed an experimental hydrogen fuel cell version of the A7 Sportback at the LA auto show. But there's a twist: it's also a plug-in hybrid.

GERMANY: Opel/Vauxhall to produce new SUV at Rüsselsheim

November 20, 2014 - 13:49
GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra has announced the production of a new SUV in Rüsselsheim by the end of the decade as part of GM's ongoing commitment to its still loss-making European operations.

SYRIA: IKCO mulls 2015 market re-entry as civil war rages

November 20, 2014 - 13:32
IKCO Iran Khodro says it is evaluating the Syrian market with a view to either supplying CKD kits or utilising an existing factory in its neighbouring country by next year.

THAILAND: Thai vehicle sales crash 20% in October

November 20, 2014 - 13:25
New vehicle sales in Thailand fell by 20.5% to 70,791 units in October, compared with the already depressed 88,989 units sold in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.