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Mobis plans winter testing in Sweden; Korean supplier will assess brakes, steering systems.(Hyundai Mobis)

Mobis plans winter testing in Sweden; Korean supplier will assess brakes, steering systems.(Hyundai Mobis) Thorpe, Norman Byline: Norman Thorpe Hyundai Mobis is planning to invest [euro]8.3 million to build a test-drive course on a frozen lake in Sweden, joining a host of other suppliers that do extreme cold testing there. Korea’s biggest auto parts- maker […]

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Supply line.(Autoliv AB plans two plants in Turkey)(WL Ross and Company L.L.C. purchased BST Safety Textiles)(Hayes Lemmerz International earnings)(Brief article)

Supply line.(Autoliv AB plans two plants in Turkey)(WL Ross and Company L.L.C. purchased BST Safety Textiles)(Hayes Lemmerz International earnings)(Brief article) Jackson, Kathy Ross buys German auto fabric supplier Auto parts industry consolidator Wilbur Ross has added BST Safety Textiles of Germany to his list of acquisitions. Ross, a New York billionaire, already has bought Collins […]

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For 30 years, Lilli prepared to run Bertone.

For 30 years, Lilli prepared to run Bertone. Ciferri, Luca Lilli Bertone, who took over as head of Carrozzeria Bertone when her husband Nuccio died in 1997, never expected a career in the car business. As a teenage girl, Lilli Cortese enjoyed writing. But in the 1950s the only Italian journalism schools were in Urbino […]

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Magna aims to expand in Russia.(Suppliers)

Magna aims to expand in Russia.(Suppliers) Byline: Robert Sherefkin Frank Stronach did it his way for 50 years at the helm of Magna International. Now he’s selling a chunk of the world’s third-largest auto partsmaker – a company the rough-hewn Austrian started in his garage near here – to a Russian billionaire as part of […]

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Citroen uses scents as C4 incentive.(News)(Brief Article)

Citroen uses scents as C4 incentive.(News)(Brief Article) Saint-Seine, Sylviane de Byline: Sylviane de Saint-Seine Citroen has added a fresh incentive to lure buyers to its C4 – a perfume dispenser. The dispenser, which fits in an air vent on C4 dashboards, diffuses nine fragrances including citrus, mint, cinnamon and ginger into the cabin from a […]

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Prost will head Renault powertrain engineering.(People)(Jacques Prost appointed as head at Regie Nationale des Usines Renault)(Brief article)

Prost will head Renault powertrain engineering.(People)(Jacques Prost appointed as head at Regie Nationale des Usines Renault)(Brief article) Saint-Seine, Sylviane de Byline: Sylviane de Saint-Seine Jacques Prost will become head of Renault’s Paris-based powertrain engineering division January 1. Currently, Prost, 53, is vice president for Renault’s small cars program. Prost was project manager for the third-generation […]

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Irish changes herald new BMW strategy.(News)(Brief Article)

Irish changes herald new BMW strategy.(News)(Brief Article) Byline: Olive Keogh BMW will replace an independent distributor it has used for the last 36 years and directly control distribution of its cars in Ireland by October 1. Ireland is the first country where BMW has taken over from an independent distributor as new European Union block […]

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Hummer could get smaller SUV; A rival for Jeep Wrangler is possible for off-road brand.

Hummer could get smaller SUV; A rival for Jeep Wrangler is possible for off-road brand. Stein, Jason Byline: Jason Stein Hummer could expand its lineup with a SUV about the same size as the Jeep Wrangler. The new vehicle, which is likely to be called the H4, would increase General Motors’ rugged, off-road brand to […]

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Distributor has trouble with Great Wall.(News)

Distributor has trouble with Great Wall.(News) Byline: Luca Ciferri Eurasia Motors, the Italian distributor for Chinese-built Great Wall vehicles, has had to deal with cancellations and delays of promised products. The distributor targets sales of 10,000 to 12,000 Great Wall vehicles a year in Italy within three years. Eurasia, based in Brescia, northwest Italy, launched […]

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Michelin leads the way.(Compagnie Generale des Etablissement Michelin)(Brief article)

Michelin leads the way.(Compagnie Generale des Etablissement Michelin)(Brief article) Saint-Seine, Sylviane de Byline: Sylviane de Saint-Seine Michelin was the top-performer among suppliers in the fourth quarter of 2006. The French tire maker provided share-holders with a 25.43 percent return in the fourth quarter, as the investment community was reassured about the company’s management and its […]