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PARIS — Renault will reposition the Espace as a five- and seven-seat SUV to be revealed this spring, after five generations as a minivan. The first generation Espace was launched in 1983, but in recent years sales fell sharply as buyers increasingly chose SUVs or crossovers over minivans. The Espace will be based on the
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Hungarian protesters disrupted an event in the city where Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. and Mercedes-Benz plan a 7.3 billion-euro ($7.9 billion) factory, signaling growing opposition to the country’s single biggest investment. Residents shouted “traitors” at officials during a town-hall meeting in the eastern city of Debrecen, a stronghold of Prime Minister
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Group Lotus has appointed former Volvo global marketing chief Mike Johnstone to lead the performance brand’s commercial operations, the company said. Johnstone has already taken up the London-based post, reporting to Group Lotus CEO Feng Qingfeng. Johnstone joined Volvo in 2017 as head of the brand’s UK marketing operations before moving to oversee its global
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Volkswagen brand is replacing its design chief, Jozef Kaban, with Bentley’s design boss, Andreas Mindt, according to company sources. Mindt will take up the post at VW brand on Feb. 1, the sources told Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche. Mindt’s successor at Bentley will be Tobias Suehlmann, who currently heads exterior design at the
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Ford will cut more than 1,000 jobs in Germany as it switches its business in the region to selling only electric cars. The automaker plans to reduce the workforce at its European headquarters and factory in Cologne, Germany, by a four-digit number, sources told Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche. The job losses will be
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BERLIN — Northvolt believes in Germany as an industrial location and continues discussions on building a battery plant there, it said on Wednesday amid speculation that the Swedish battery maker could divert its planned investment to the U.S. The $369-billion U.S. Inflation Reduction Act passed last year prompted companies including Northvolt to rethink planned investments
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