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Plucky Madagascar car maker hopes to shift up a gear

Antananarivo - When you next shop around for a new car, the chances are you will not buy a Karenjy.For a start, only a dozen are built each year, by hand, on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar and none are exported outside the impoverished nation.

China to punish Audi, Chrysler for 'monopoly' acts

Shanghai - China stepped up pressure on foreign carmakers in the world's biggest auto market Wednesday, pledging to punish German luxury brand Audi and Chrysler of the United States for "monopoly behaviour".

GM chief creates new team to boost vehicle safety

New York - General Motors chief executive Mary Barra announced Tuesday the creation of a new team to enhance safety in the wake of an ignition-recall scandal that has engulfed the company.

BMW recalls half million cars worldwide

Frankfurt - German automaker BMW is recalling almost half a million vehicles worldwide due to an engine part defect, a company spokesman said Friday.

Volkswagen says won't raise Scania offer

Frankfurt - Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, said Friday it will not increase its offer for truck manufacturer Scania after the Swedish group dismissed the bid.

Blackstone to buy Gates Global for $5.4 bn

New York - Investment fund Blackstone said it will buy US auto parts maker Gates Corporation for $5.4 billion from its Canadian owners.The deal is the second-largest private equity takeover so far this year after Cerberus Capital's $9.

Blackstone to buy Gates Global for $5.4 bn

New York - Investment fund Blackstone will buy US auto parts maker Gates Global for $5.4 billion, the owners of the company said Friday.The deal is the second-largest private equity takeover so far this year after Cerberus Capital's $9.

Electric car sales smash records in Norway

Oslo - Norway's electric car market boomed in March, with sales of the environmentally friendly vehicles accounting for a record one in five of all cars registered, a national traffic group said Wednesday.

BMW to recall more than 232,000 cars in China

Beijing - German automaker BMW will recall more than 232,000 vehicles in China due to an engine part defect that could pose a safety hazard, China's quality watchdog said Wednesday.

Chinese farmers make 'Transformers' out of used cars

Beijing - A group of farmers have brought to life the "Transformers" films, toys and TV series and built giant robots out of old car parts, in rural China.

GM names new safety chief amid recall scandal

Chicago - General Motors named a new vehicle safety chief Tuesday in response to a growing scandal over its failure to react to an ignition switch defect linked to 12 deaths.In the newly created position of vice president for global vehicle safety, Jeff Boyer wi...

GM names new safety chief amid recall scandal

Chicago - General Motors named a new vehicle safety chief Tuesday in response to a growing scandal over its failure to react to an ignition switch defect linked to 12 deaths.In the newly created position of vice president for global vehicle safety, Jeff Boyer wi...

Recalled GM cars linked to 303 airbag-related deaths

New York - US safety regulators have tracked 303 deaths after airbags failed to properly deploy in vehicles recently recalled by General Motors, a consumer watchdog group said.The Center for Auto Safety commissioned a review by the Friedman Research Corporation.

GM knew of ignition problems in 2001

New York - General Motors knew of problems with its auto ignition switches, blamed for numerous crashes and 12 deaths, as early as 2001, three years before previously thought, fresh data shows.GM's updated chronology of the problem, sent to the National Highway T...

Bollore to quadruple electric-car points in Britain

London - French tycoon Vincent Bollore said Wednesday he aims to introduce a car version of the "Boris Bikes" hire scheme in London, and quadruple the number of electric car-charging points in Britain.IER, a subsidiary of the Bollore Group, has been selected by...

Gold-plated car shines at Geneva Motor Show

Geneva - For lovers of luxury and bling-bling, German tuning specialist Carlsson is offering an eyeful at the Geneva Motor Show this week, displaying the world's first gold-covered car.Several thousand sheets of gold leaf were needed to cover the Versailles-ins...

Car parts maker Continental posts stable profits in 2013

Frankfurt - Continental, the German maker of tyres and car parts, said Thursday it booked stable profits last year in the face of weak European demand and the strong euro. "Continental demonstrated strength ...

In a driverless future, drivers will do anything else

Geneva - Brew an espresso, watch a movie on a large screen, surf the Internet or simply sit and chat with friends?As automakers and technology firms steer towards a future of driverless cars, a Swiss think tank is at the Geneva Motor Show this week showing off ...

Luxury carmakers veer into booming SUV space

Geneva - Massive or small, affordable or off-the scale pricey: urban sports utility vehicles abound at the Geneva Motor Show, with luxury carmakers speeding into the lucrative market.One of the stars of the show, which opened its doors to the media on Tuesday, ...

Carmakers pitch smaller cars to boost European recovery

Geneva - Automobile giants pitched smaller, nimbler cars to tempt cash-strapped consumers in a recovering European market, with compact vehicles taking centre stage at the Geneva Motor Show.Small, punchy vehicles grabbed more of the spotlight than usual as one ...

BMW aims to sell more than 2 mn cars this year

Geneva - German top-of-the-range car maker BMW hopes this year to reach its target of global unit sales of more than two million cars, two years ahead of schedule, its chairman said Tuesday."We're very satisfied with the way the year has started for us," chief ...

Siri gets a seat in iPhone-friendly cars

San Francisco - Apple on Monday announced that autos will roll out this year with CarPlay technology making iPhones helpful road-trip companions, complete with Siri tending to messages."CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, li...

Honda opens second plant in rising auto power Mexico

Celaya - Honda unveiled a second factory in Mexico on Friday, seeking to capitalize on the nation's rising power in the sector and strengthen the Japanese car giant's foothold in North America.

Honda opens second plant in rising auto power Mexico

Celaya - Honda unveiled a second factory in Mexico on Friday, seeking to capitalize on the nation's rising power in the sector and strengthen the Japanese car giant's foothold in North America.The $800 million plant in Celaya, in the central state of Guanajuato...

Honda opens second plant in rising auto power Mexico

Celaya - Honda unveiled a second factory in Mexico on Friday, seizing on the nation's rising power in the sector to boost the Japanese car giant's foothold in North America.The $800 million plant in Celaya, in the central state of Guanajuato, will produce 200,0...

Japan tyremaker shares drop on dissolved Goodyear alliance

Tokyo - Shares in Japanese tyremaker Sumitomo Rubber fell on Friday after US partner Goodyear said it was dissolving the firms' longstanding alliance over allegations of anti-competitive behaviour.The Tokyo-listed stock finished the morning session down 5.39 p...

Chrysler recalls 8,000 vans with acceleration problem

New York - US automaker Chrysler is recalling about 8,000 large vans due to a problem with the acceleration pedal that can limit driver control and increase the chance of an accident.Chrysler, now part of Italian car giant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said the reca...

Winter takes a bite out of US auto sales

Chicago - Massive snowstorms and bitter cold took a bite out of US auto sales in January, but Chrysler said Monday it extended a winning streak even as its rivals posted significant losses.

Volkswagen overtakes General Motors as world number two car maker

Frankfurt - Germany's Volkswagen overtook US rival General Motors to become the world's second-biggest car maker after Japanese giant Toyota, last year sales figures showed on Friday.The German group said that it sold a total of 9.73 million vehicles in 2013.

GM eyes modest 2014 growth, higher restructuring costs

New York - General Motors Wednesday said it expects "modest" global industry growth and a better operating performance in 2014 to more than offset a large rise in restructuring costs.
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