Autos

Toyota says August China auto sales up 8.9 percent year-on-year

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BEIJING - Toyota Motor Corp and its two Chinese joint ventures sold about 78,500 vehicles in China in August, up 8.9 percent from a year earlier, the Japanese automaker said on Monday.

French car sales drop on weak August demand 9:46am BST

PARIS - French car sales fell 3 percent in August, a seasonally weak vacation month, the country's main automotive industry association said on Monday.

South Africa's Bidvest FY profit up 11 percent, lags consensus 6:52am BST

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's second biggest company by revenue Bidvest Group reported an 11 percent rise in annual profit on profit on Monday, helped partly by favourable currency swings.

Slovak PM slams sanctions on Russia, threatens to veto new ones 31 Aug 2014

BRUSSELS - Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico slammed European Union sanctions on Russia as "meaningless and counterproductive" and threatened to veto additional measures, highlighting the internal divide within the EU over its tough stance on Russia.

Poland, Ukraine bar overflight by Russian defence minister's plane 29 Aug 2014

WARSAW - Poland and Ukraine refused permission for a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to use their airspace on Friday while returning home from a visit to Slovakia.

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Tesla Motors, China Unicom to build car charging outlets across China 29 Aug 2014

SHANGHAI - U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors said on Friday that it would partner with China's No.2 mobile carrier China Unicom to build charging outlets across the country to push sales in the world's biggest auto market.

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Fiat says exit rights exercise won't jeopardise Chrysler merger 29 Aug 2014

MILAN - Fiat said on Friday its merger with Chrysler was on track to go ahead as planned in October since it did not expect a 500 million euro (396.69 million pounds) cap on the money it set aside to pay off any dissenting shareholders would be breached.

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Fiat shares rise after it says exit right cap won't be breached 29 Aug 2014

MILAN - Shares in Fiat were up 3 percent in early trade on Friday after the Italian carmaker said its merger with Chrysler was on track to go ahead as planned in October.

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Honda says to recall 63,200 vehicles over Takata air bag defect 28 Aug 2014

TOKYO - Honda Motor Co is recalling about 63,200 vehicles due to a defect in driver-side air bags made by Takata Corp , the latest in a series of air bag recalls across the industry that have affected nearly 16 million vehicles to date.

Russian village's graves may tie Kremlin to fighting in Ukraine 28 Aug 2014

VYBUTY Russia - In a public cemetery in an area of north-west Russia dominated by the Pskov military base are two freshly-dug graves that some locals believe hold the bodies of two Russian paratroopers killed last week fighting alongside rebels in Ukraine.