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DETROIT, Nov 8- U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into an estimated 61,000 Volkswagen Tiguan sport utility vehicles in the United States after receiving complaints about the loss of exterior lighting.
*Recovery of asset prices in UAE, Kuwait help. *Opel expects region's car market to grow 10-15 pct on average. Analysts estimate GDP in the richest Gulf Arab economies- Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar- is now growing at annual rates of around 3 to 5 percent, fuelled by high oil prices and heavy government spending.
SAO PAULO, Nov 6- Automobile production in Brazil fell 2.5 percent and sales rose 6.6 percent in October from September, the national automakers' association said on Wednesday. Automakers in Brazil produced some 323,800 new cars and trucks last month, while sales totaled about 330,200 vehicles, according to data from industry group Anfavea.
TOKYO, Nov 6- Toyota Motor Corp is closing in on a record profit set before the Lehman crisis after topping up its annual net profit forecast by nearly $2 billion and outperforming Japanese rivals as its expansion plans bear fruit.
TOKYO, Nov 6- Toyota Motor Corp raised its annual profit forecast on Wednesday, closing in on records set before the Lehman crisis as the weaker yen and growing sales in a healthy U.S. market sharply boost earnings.
TOKYO, Nov 6- Toyota Motor Corp raised its annual net profit forecast by 13 percent on Wednesday, backed by a weaker yen that makes exports more profitable and by solid vehicle sales in the United States, its biggest market.
BERLIN, Nov 5- BMW, the world's biggest luxury carmaker, said investment in technology and new models such as the i3 electric car would hold back fourth-quarter earnings, after it reported a bigger than expected drop in third-quarter profit.
SHANGHAI, Nov 5- China's capital, Beijing, infamous for its thick smog and heavy traffic, will slash the city's new car sales quotas by almost 40 percent next year, as it looks to curb vehicle emissions and hazardous levels of pollution, the city government website said.
BERLIN, Nov 5- German luxury carmaker BMW said third-quarter operating profit at its key automotive division fell more than expected due to the cost of new technology and price discounts in core European markets.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was almost effusive as he welcomed an all-star group of global capitalists in Beijing two weeks ago. The FT reports.
*HSBC up on strong quarterly earnings. *Ryanair, Weir fall on profit warnings. LONDON, Nov 4- Shares in banking heavyweight HSBC gained on Monday on strong results, in a rising market supported at five-year highs by expectations of additional monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank.
BERLIN, Nov 4- German luxury-car maker Audi stuck to its full-year profit target even as higher costs of plants and technology inflicted a double-digit drop in third-quarter earnings.
*Auto gain after Peugeot says French car registrations rise. *Airlines fall as Ryanair warns on profits. Autos performed strongly after Peugeot said French car registrations rose in October, while airlines fell on a profit warning from Ryanair.
*Detroit automakers post double-digit gains. October auto sales for the three Detroit- based automakers rose by double digits from a year earlier, but only General Motors Co beat expectations. Analysts had forecast stronger performances from Ford Motor Co and Chrysler Group LLC, as well as from Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co and Volkswagen AG.
October auto sales for Detroit's automakers rose by double-digits from 2012 but results at Ford and Chrysler missed analysts' expectations.
That was better than the average 119 problems and beat global names such as General Motors Co's Buick and Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan and Honda.
Oct 31- Audio equipment maker Harman International Industries Inc reported quarterly results that beat analysts' estimates, helped by higher demand from luxury carmakers such as Daimler AG, Ferrari and Volkswagen. Both Daimler and Volkswagen reported strong quarterly results due to demand for their premium brands such as Mercedes, Audi and Porsche.
Oct 31- Harman International Industries Inc reported a 17 percent rise in quarterly revenue as demand rose for its audio equipment from luxury carmakers such as Daimler AG, Ferrari and Volkswagen's Audi. Revenue rose to $1.17 billion in the first quarter ended Sept. 30, from $998 million a year earlier.
*Volkswagen and Orkla rise after earnings and sales figures. LONDON, Oct 30- Pan-European equities settled near 5- year highs on Wednesday, supported by robust trading updates from carmaker Volkswagen and Norwegian conglomerate Orkla, among others.
Take a look at some of Wednesday's midday movers: