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  1. April 18, 2014

    Global carmakers seek China inroads

    There will be no Easter holiday for many senior US and European auto executives as they abandon their families and battle...

  2. April 14, 2014

    French and Italian carmakers make up lost ground in Europe

    For years French and Italian carmakers’ exposure to the dismal European car market has been their Achilles heel, forcing...

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  1. beyondbrics

    April 10, 2014

    The rise of the... Masala bond?

    The World Bank’s move doubling to $2bn its offshore-rupee bond programme today marks a significant moment in the...

  2. March 21, 2014

    Luxury carmakers: BMW and Daimler

    Motor racing is about performance over a given distance. In the battle between Germany’s luxury carmakers, BMW has been a...

  3. beyondbrics

    March 18, 2014

    Volkswagen moves van-making from Germany to Poland

    Amid the encircling gloom, a boost for the Polish economy on Tuesday: Volkswagen is to spend around 3.4bn zlotys ($1.1bn) to...

  4. March 14, 2014

    Daimler sells first renminbi bond in China

    Daimler has sold a Rmb500m “panda” bond to Chinese investors, the German company announced on Friday, making it the first...

  5. March 10, 2014

    European markets flat as data disappoint

    European markets were cautiously lower at the start of the new week, following their Asian counterparts after trade data...

  6. March 7, 2014

    Daimler to sell stake in joint venture to its Rolls-Royce partner

    Daimler is set to sell its 50 per cent stake in Rolls-Royce Power Systems to Rolls-Royce three years after the pair acquired...

  7. February 24, 2014

    Brussels poised to outline car emissions deal

    The EU is on Tuesday expected to set tough new targets for car emissions after striking a compromise deal that would give...

  8. February 15, 2014

    VW workers at US car plant snub union

    US labour unions’ efforts to push beyond their traditional heartlands suffered a significant blow on Friday when workers at...

  9. February 9, 2014

    Carmakers face difficulty attracting young buyers

    Younger people are shunning buying new vehicles and posing a dilemma for the car industry which must satisfy ageing car...

  10. February 6, 2014

    Daimler building on momentum with profits forecast to rise

    Daimler forecast a “significant” increase in group revenues and operating profit in 2014 as sales of compact Mercedes-Benz...

  11. February 4, 2014

    ‘Dr Z’ proves doubters wrong at Daimler

    Dieter Zetsche appeared confident and relaxed at last month’s Detroit motor show, a city where he is still known...

  12. February 3, 2014

    Ballot dates set for unions’ US car plants drive

    An international trade union drive to bring representation to the US’s foreign-owned car plants took an important step...

  13. January 28, 2014

    Daimler loses senior board member

    Daimler, the German car and truckmaker, has been rocked by the sudden departure of board member Andreas Renschler, who was...

  14. January 14, 2014

    Mercedes in talks with Infiniti over SUV joint venture

    Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti are in talks to start jointly developing a second shared vehicle platform, to be used to build...

  15. December 18, 2013

    Mercedes-Benz to take Aston Martin stake

    Aston Martin has reached an agreement with Mercedes-Benz under which the German carmaker will supply engines in exchange for...

  16. December 10, 2013

    Auto industry: Hybrid carmakers

    The power couple of the car industry, Carlos Ghosn and Dieter Zetsche, make for an odd pair. Mr Ghosn, an effervescent...

  17. December 8, 2013

    Renault-Nissan steers toward closer partnership with Daimler

    Renault-Nissan hopes to reach an agreement with German partner Daimler to deepen the alliance between the carmakers during...

  18. FT Alphaville

    December 6, 2013

    Banking with the windows down and the music on, floor it

    Car sales are related to economic growth and consumer confidence, says Citi. But wait! The bank’s analysts, Philip Watkins...

  19. December 5, 2013

    Autumn Statement 2013: Fast-track testing for driverless cars

    The UK government is aiming to leave Silicon Valley in its rear-view mirrors by investing in British developers of cars that...

  20. December 2, 2013

    Daimler and Lagardère face trial on insider trading charges

    Daimler, Lagardère and seven current and former Airbus and EADS executives are to stand trial in France for alleged insider...

  21. December 1, 2013

    Iveco head expects smoother sales road

    Iveco expects truck sales in Europe to flatten out in 2014 after two years of falling demand, as the need to replace ageing...

  22. November 19, 2013

    Crash technology: Removal of the human element is key to safety

    On a test track near Gothenburg, Sweden, a 10-foot tall model moose causes Volvos racing around the tarmac to slow down. The...

  23. November 19, 2013

    Motorcycles: Four wheels good, two wheels better

    A short drive from the southern Indian auto hub of Chennai, in the industrial satellite town of Oragadam, is a site that...

  24. November 19, 2013

    Vehicle innovators face fight to win hearts and minds

    When the most sought-after $1m supercars are hybrids, when hatchbacks are being made from carbon fibre and when...

  25. November 19, 2013

    Green developments: Work gathers speed on sustainable alternatives

    The car as we know it is not so much hurtling towards a crossroads as cautiously approaching a big, confusing roundabout....

  26. November 19, 2013

    Daimler invites BAIC cross shareholding

    Daimler would welcome a cross shareholding investment by Beijing Automotive, the head of the German luxury carmaker said on...

  27. November 6, 2013

    Mitsubishi Motors plans $2.1bn rights issue

    Mitsubishi Motors plans to raise up to Y210bn ($2.1bn) through a rights issue to repay other parts of the Mitsubishi group...

  28. November 5, 2013

    Mitsubishi deepens ties with Renault-Nissan alliance

    Renault and Nissan plan to jointly develop cars and share manufacturing capacity with Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi, as the...

  29. November 4, 2013

    The rise of the automotive tech wars

    In 1911, Henry Ford won a patent battle that kick-started the US automotive industry, crushing a licensing cartel that had...

  30. November 3, 2013

    European carmakers: stay in lane

    When bad times stop getting worse, one might imagine that everyone begins to benefit. Not so – or not, at least, in Europe’s...

  31. October 28, 2013

    Cars: Outside agitators

    The location of the United Auto Workers’ union office in Coaling, Alabama, says a lot about the status of organised labour...

  32. October 24, 2013

    Ford predicts European sales to pull ahead slowly

    Cars: hits and misses A company’s declaration that it will lose less than $1.8bn in its second-largest business division...

  33. October 24, 2013

    Daimler: three-point turn

    If shares in German carmakers Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen had been in a drag race this year, the first would be winning by a...

  34. October 24, 2013

    Daimler makes up ground on rivals with sales boost

    Daimler continued a recent return to form in the third quarter, helping it to gain ground on rivals BMW and Audi, as new...

  35. October 20, 2013

    Detroit Three put pressure on foreign carmakers in the US

    Looking like a pack of prehistoric creatures, the robots at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant in Tennessee make short work of...

  36. October 6, 2013

    VW sets pace over unionised factories

    A successful campaign to unionise workers at Volkswagen’s US assembly plant will boost unionisation drives at other...

  37. October 1, 2013

    European groups buffeted by emerging market currency volatility

    Unilever’s warning that “significant currency weakening” in emerging markets would cause quarterly sales growth to slow...

  38. September 12, 2013

    VW plant set for US first, union claims

    A Volkswagen plant in the lightly-unionised state of Tennessee looks set to become the first US auto plant to bring...

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