Paris Motor Show 2012
The Paris Motor Show, which was first held in 1898, is one of the world’s largest and brings together car makers from around the world for two weeks in the French capital. Manufacturers will be showcasing developments in safety, energy and the environment - as well as the latest concept cars, materials and technology - from Sept. 29 to Oct. 14. Follow reports on the industry’s innovations and interviews with top executives as they happen.
Daimler AG, the third-biggest maker of luxury cars, and French manufacturer Renault SA said they’re adding two cooperation projects as their joint work on conventional and electric powering systems expands.
General Motors Co. said Europe’s car industry will remain unprofitable at current vehicle pricing levels, while Volkswagen AG said some competitors are at risk of going out of business without state aid.
General Motors Co., in a bid to take on the Fiat 500, is betting that a “masculine” small car called Adam will help restore interest in the Opel brand as the automaker struggles to stem losses in Europe.
Fiat SpA said it asked a U.S. court to confirm the price it has to pay to increase its controlling stake in Chrysler Group LLC as the Italian carmaker didn’t reach an agreement with the United Auto Workers retiree health-care trust, or VEBA.
General Motors Co. and PSA Peugeot Citroen’s efforts to deepen their alliance have slowed recently amid a worsening European auto market and complicated regulatory review, people familiar with the matter said.
As it seeks to recapture the lead in luxury cars, Mercedes-Benz has dug deep into automotive history for inspiration. The result: The CLS Shooting Brake, a stretched, wagon-like version of its CLS sedan with a cherrywood-floored trunk that’s intended to evoke vehicles favored by Britain’s gentleman hunters in the 1930s.
Harald Geisbauer has meticulously planned his purchase of an electric car. For months, the 52- year-old engineer from southwest Germany kept a log of his driving in his Toyota Prius to determine range, he has read volumes about electrics, and he has driven four of them. One thing he’s certain of: He won’t be buying German.
Volkswagen AG’s name translates as “People’s Car” and the company traces its roots to a push by the Nazis to mobilize the masses. Today, it’s counting on profit from cars for the world’s elite to gain an edge in its pursuit of General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.