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Call to ban smoking in cars

A poll conducted by Motorpoint, a car supermarket, which included 7500 British motorists, found out that the majority would like to see a smoking ban in cars.



BMW expands capacity in US and adds X7 model

• The BMW Group is expanding capacity at its US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.



Nissan expands regional presence; refocuses on KSA

Nissan is expanding operations in Iraq and Turkey as part of a strategy to enhance its geographic presence in the Middle East.



Saudi market ‘generates half of our sales’

Jim Benintende, Ford’s president of Middle East and Africa business unit, has assumed his responsibility for the new Ford business unit this year.



Brand image and perils of social media

News that Ferrari is fighting a 22-year-old fan over his Facebook fan page of Ferrari raises dilemmas for companies on how to deal with brand protection without alienating fans at the same time.



Aston Martin discusses building SUV model with Daimler

Aston Martin seems to have taken the plunge to produce an SUV model and is in talks with Daimler to extend their cooperation to building an SUV as the UK carmaker seeks to broaden its lineup.



Shroff nervous about son’s debut

MUMBAI: Actor Jackie Shroff is happy that his son Tiger is making his acting debut with ‘Heropanti’ but is also feeling nervous as a father.





Lupita Nyong’o is the new face of Lancome

PARIS: First came critical acclaim, then Hollywood A-list status and a best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of an abused plantation worker in the film “12 Years A Slave.”

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