Autos

Audi expects to sell half million cars in China this year

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BEIJING - Volkswagen's luxury division Audi plans to sell about half a million cars this year in China, the world's biggest auto market, and raise the number of its Chinese dealers to 500 by 2017.

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Analysis - GM could benefit, too, from an ignition-switch victims fund 18 Apr 2014

- If General Motors Co creates a fund to compensate victims of its faulty ignition switches, an option that a top legal adviser suggested it is exploring, the company could give up strong defences to a wave of lawsuits. But it could stand to gain even more.

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Ford, IBM to face renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses 17 Apr 2014

NEW YORK - Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp will again have to face a U.S. lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.

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Exclusive - GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger 17 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.

Auto airbag maker Continental named in GM recall suit 17 Apr 2014

- Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors Co vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths.

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U.S. judge declines to order 'park it now' notices for GM cars 17 Apr 2014

- A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches.

Auto airbag maker Continental named in GM recall suit 17 Apr 2014

- Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors Co vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths.

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Ford's Lincoln brand to debut in China in seven cities 17 Apr 2014

BEIJING - Ford Motor Co's premium brand Lincoln may be late to China's luxury boom, but its top executives say the upscale car market still has plenty of steam left for growth to make its debut later this year worthwhile.

Europe's car sales upturn fails to halt price war 17 Apr 2014

PARIS - Europe's car sales recovery may be taking hold, according to registrations data published on Thursday, but a confidential industry survey shows the pick-up is failing to halt a price war.

Ford's Lincoln brand to debut in China with stores in seven cities - executive 17 Apr 2014

BEIJING - Ford Motor Co's premium brand Lincoln may be late to China's luxury boom, but its top executives say the upscale car market still has plenty of steam left for growth to make its debut later this year worthwhile.