Toyota hires robotics expert for AI push

Carmaker fuels race to pioneer forms of computer-assisted driving

Porsche backs Pötsch to take the helm at VW

CFO set for chair after resignation of patriarch Ferdinand Piëch

Syngenta: seed finance

The agribusiness is trying to placate shareholders, but buybacks and disposals will not be enough

Syngenta plans $2bn share buyback

Sale of vegetable seeds business will fund cash for shareholders

JLR scraps plans for Saudi car factory

Proposals ‘on hold’ as group focuses on production elsewhere

Play to pop culture: Lexus’s campaign scored some 30m views on YouTube and Facebook

Hoverboard lifts Lexus beyond car ads

Levitation stunt is subtle way to capture wider audience

Rio predicts modest China steel growth

Iron ore miner expects annual output to reach 1bn tonnes by 2030

As a child, one of Gurcharn Sahota’s favourite pastimes was cleaning his dad’s car
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Car-valeting, Knightsbridge-style

Gurcharn Sahota ditched accounting to polish Ferraris

Fosun on the hunt despite share price dip

China conglomerate continues search for more ‘pearls’

Minister slams Combes Alcatel-Lucent exit

Emmanuel Macron calls former CEO’s departure ‘unacceptable’

Construction revival feeds Ashtead profit

Tool hire group fares better than rivals Speedy Hire and HSS

UK car dealers: nice little runner

The changing motor industry looks like good value

VW to extend Winterkorn’s mandate to 2018

Plan to prolong chief executive’s contract should draw a line under power struggle at carmaker

US car sales better than expected

Ford, Fiat Chrysler and GM buck predictions for a decline

BAE Systems: holding its breath

Contractor’s rating belies improving UK and US defence outlook

GE set to secure approval for Alstom deal

European Commission expected to clear transaction after GE made concessions

Ridgeway hires board diversity campaigner

Former Norman Broadbent chief Sue O’Brien chosen

Palmer’s Mineralogy sues Citic for A$10bn

Australian tycoon intensifies legal battle with Chinese group

Toshiba delays earnings report once more

Group unable to close books due to accounting irregularities

Boeing: Safety demonstration

Cumulative cash losses on Dreamliner programme have hit $30bn

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