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Renault revives Alpine production with 6,000-car capacity

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DIEPPE, France Renault has invested in plant capacity to build up to 6,000 sports cars annually under the revived Alpine brand, the company said on Thursday, as it formally opened the new production line in Dieppe, northern France.

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VW says some employees cooperated with Brazil's military regime 3:00pm GMT

FRANKFURT Volkswagen said on Thursday that a historian commissioned by the carmaker found that some of the security staff at Volkswagen do Brasil had cooperated with the country's former military regime.

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Nissan recalls 320,000 vehicles in Japan, eight fires reported 7:51am GMT

TOKYO Nissan Motor Co said on Thursday it was recalling nearly 320,000 vehicles in Japan to fix defective coating in an electronic power unit that could cause a short circuit and fire in the worst-case scenario.

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PSA, Toyota lead European car sales gain, helped by extra selling day 7:04am GMT

BERLIN European car sales rose 5.8 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day as PSA Group and Toyota posted the strongest gains among the region's major automakers, industry data published on Thursday showed.

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Ford to shift midsize sedan production out of Mexico - sources 13 Dec 2017

Ford Motor Co has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion and Mondeo sedans out of Mexico and Spain in 2020 and move it to China, three sources said on Wednesday.

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Renault gears up for driverless cars by buying magazines 13 Dec 2017

PARIS French carmaker Renault has bought a stake in a glossy magazine publishing group, its first foray into media, as it prepares to keep travellers occupied in the era of driverless cars.

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Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries 13 Dec 2017

TOKYO Toyota Motor Corp is considering making batteries for electric vehicles (EV) with Panasonic Corp, as it ramps up battery development to help meet its goal for green cars to comprise half of global sales by 2030. | Video

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German watchdog recalls VW Touaregs over defeat devices 12 Dec 2017

HAMBURG/BERLIN Germany's KBA automotive watchdog on Tuesday announced a recall of Volkswagen's flagship European sport-utility vehicles (SUV) with 3-litre diesel engines after detecting two illicit emissions control devices in the models.

Seasonal battery demand, tight supply to buoy lead prices 12 Dec 2017

LONDON Seasonally strong demand from battery makers, tight supplies caused by mine shutdowns and dwindling inventories in London Metal Exchange warehouses are expected to sustain lead prices, which recently hit six-year highs.

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Audi CEO drops plan to sell motorcycle brand Ducati 12 Dec 2017

INGOLSTADT, Germany Germany's Audi has abandoned plans to sell its Italian motorcycle brand Ducati, its chief executive Rupert Stadler said, in a sign of confidence that the carmaker expects to be able to carry the costs of its transformation.