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  1. April 6, 2014

    Li Shufu: an engineer with a mind for poetry and motion

    Li Shufu guffaws. The Chinese billionaire – viewed by some as his country’s answer to Henry Ford – executed one of corporate...

  2. April 6, 2014

    Geely sees room for Volvo to ‘modernise’ Scandinavian designs

    The Chinese billionaire owner of Volvo Cars has promised to “modernise” the Swedish company’s classic Scandinavian designs...

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  1. March 30, 2014

    Torotrack crosses from racetrack to road

    A normal Volvo S60 can accelerate from 0-60mph in about eight seconds. For the modified model roaring around the track at...

  2. March 23, 2014

    Volvo push to revive faltering US business

    Volvo Cars is to double its marketing budget in the US as it seeks to revive its faltering business there and keep a nascent...

  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 2, 2014

    VW/Scania: neutral

    Being a minority shareholder is always tricky. Investors in Sweden’s Scania are the latest to learn this. Shares in the...

  5. February 6, 2014

    Volvo Group to shed 2,400 more jobs

    Volvo Group will cut a further 2,400 jobs as the Swedish truckmaker continues to struggle with weak profitability. The...

  6. December 15, 2013

    Alert over Europe’s struggle to compete

    Europe’s 50 top industrialists are sounding the alarm about Europe’s gap in competitiveness to US and Asian rivals,...

  7. December 10, 2013

    Volvo: more rocking than rolling

    Restructurings need to progress. Shareholders and managements are frequently at odds about the pace of change, but if there...

  8. 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...

  9. November 24, 2013

    Truckmakers: Long haul

    Ever been stuck on a motorway, with juggernauts on all sides revving noisily but going nowhere fast? It is a little like...

  10. 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...

  11. FT Alphaville

    October 30, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Cardiff takes a look at the idea that future healthcare spending may not be as huge as...

  12. FT Alphaville

    October 30, 2013

    Trucked in a low growth world, Volvo edition

    Good old self-help: saviour of earnings, wellspring of hope. After a while, however, it really would be useful if economic...

  13. October 25, 2013

    Volvo and Electrolux announce job cuts as they miss forecasts

    Fears over the fragility of the European recovery led two of the biggest names in Swedish industry to announce more cut jobs...

  14. September 25, 2013

    Hiesinger faces challenge to recast Germany’s ThyssenKrupp

    ThyssenKrupp: under pressure A famous chapter in ThyssenKrupp’s history will draw to a close on Thursday when Germany’s...

  15. September 9, 2013

    Clearing the road for self-driving cars

    When Mercedes-Benz launched its S-Class saloon at a Hamburg airfield in May, the carmaker pulled out all the stops, booking...

  16. September 4, 2013

    Volvo Cars swings into loss amid tough European market

    Volvo Cars swung into a loss in the first half as a tough market in Europe continued to weigh on the Swedish premium...

  17. August 22, 2013

    Volvo CEO settles MAN bribery probe

    Håkan Samuelsson, the chief executive of Volvo Cars, will pay €500,000 to charity to settle a German investigation into...

  18. August 8, 2013

    Norway’s oil fund plans to turn active

    Norway’s $760bn oil fund, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, is stepping up its efforts to be a more active investor...

  19. August 5, 2013

    Volvo’s European road trip offer

    Agency: In-house Territory: US Verdict: 4/5 Some marketing offers are too good to be true, and others might just be too...

  20. August 5, 2013

    BMW recalls 140,000 vehicles in China

    BMW has recalled more than 140,000 vehicles in China, less than a week after a planned expansion plan was criticised by the...

  21. July 24, 2013

    Edenred and Volvo earnings boost European stocks

    European equity market gains were largely results-driven on Wednesday, with the best performances coming from the likes of...

  22. July 24, 2013

    Europe’s truckmakers glimpse signs of recovery

    Heavy truckmakers are seeing signs of improvement in Europe as new models and tough new emission regulations encourage...

  23. July 24, 2013

    Volvo sales and profitability rally after slow start

    Volvo reported sales and profitability bouncing back in the second quarter compared with the early part of the year, amid...

  24. June 26, 2013

    Russian automotive: Kaluga creates cluster template

    Around 2005, Anatoly Artamonov came across a small article in a Moscow newspaper stating that Volkswagen wanted to start...

  25. June 25, 2013

    Graphene inks bring flexible touch screens step closer

    Flexible computer or mobile phone screens have moved a step closer after two British companies began selling inks based on...

  26. June 19, 2013

    Identical competitive racing boats cut expenses

    As professional yacht racing has become more competitive, costs have soared and sponsors have had to look much harder at...

  27. May 29, 2013

    FT Series: Emerging market groups eye EU investments

    For all Europe’s current air of doom and gloom, for cash-rich emerging market companies, its manufacturing sector remains...

  28. May 26, 2013

    Alarm over skills shortage in Europe

    European industrialists are sounding the alarm over a growing skills shortage on the continent that threatens their...

  29. May 24, 2013

    Volvo and BMW enjoy ‘unique’ benefits of golf sponsorship

    For a sport to hold on to a sponsor for 25 years is a significant achievement given the boom-and-bust cycles of the global...

  30. May 5, 2013

    Traditional investors adopt activism

    Traditional institutional investors are taking a leaf out of the book of more aggressive activist investor groups, which are...

  31. May 3, 2013

    Volvo chief looks to break even before new models come on line

    Volvo Cars is aiming to break even this and next year as the Swedish carmaker owned by China’s Geely awaits a raft of new...

  32. April 25, 2013

    Norway wealth fund focuses on corporate engagement

    In 1978, Volvo and Norway unveiled an audacious proposal. The Swedish company would sell 40 per cent of itself to the...

  33. April 25, 2013

    Norway’s oil fund to become active investor

    Norway’s oil fund is to become a more active investor by helping pick directors at companies in which it has significant...

  34. April 25, 2013

    Mixed Volvo earnings reveal wider trend

    Volvo underlined the fragile state of European industry as the Swedish truckmaker reported its weakest sales in three years...

  35. April 24, 2013

    Advertisers look for ways to follow consumers

    The year was 1994. Jonathan Nelson, then 27, was huddled round a computer in the San Francisco offices of HotWired as a team...

  36. beyondbrics

    April 23, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Thai billionaire launches $6.6bn retail bid * ‘Too Swedish’ Volvo provides China test * China stocks drop as PMI...

  37. April 23, 2013

    Geely grapples with the Volvo gears

    The Chinese owner of Volvo does not mince words when it comes to something as vital as the interior of his cars. Li Shufu,...

  38. April 18, 2013

    Slowing motor production hits GKN profits

    Lacklustre vehicle production in Japan, Europe and India and a £23m restructuring charge have combined to put the brakes on...

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