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A VW-FCA deal would be risky, reasonable
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
If Volkswagen does buy Fiat Chrysler -- despite the companies' denials of a report that they are in talks -- it would be because the fixations of VW Chairman Ferdinand Pi ...


BMW open to sharing battery technology
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. ...


BMW open to sharing battery technology with rivals
July 15, 2014 09:52 CET
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the EV battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. ...


Infiniti compact sedan to come from Mexico
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
An Infiniti compact sedan will be the first vehicle produced at Daimler and Renault-Nissan's new plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. ...


Nissan to build Infiniti QX30 crossover in U.K.
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Nissan will build the Infiniti QX30 compact crossover for global markets at its factory in England, alongside the Infiniti Q30 compact hatchback. ...


Nissan will build Infiniti crossover in UK
July 9, 2014 08:20 CET
The Infiniti QX30 compact SUV will be built for global markets including the U.S. and China at Nissan's factory in England, alongside the Infiniti Q30 hatchback. ...


Audi plans aggressive series of plug-in hybrid launches
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7
In a countermove to BMW's electric-car offensive, Audi plans to launch at least four plug-in hybrid cars in the coming years. ...


Ferrari V-8s to get turbos; V-12s to get hybrid systems
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
Ferrari will use turbochargers on V-8s and hybrid systems on V-12s to cut fleet carbon dioxide emissions 20 percent by 2021 while also boosting performance, Ferrari Power ...


Audi plans plug-in hybrid offensive
June 27, 2014 10:46 CET | UPDATED: June 27 13:29 CET - adds U.S./China sales start
Audi plans to launch at least four plug-in hybrid cars as it bets on the technology to counter rival BMW's electric car offensive. The first of these, the A3 Sportback E- ...


Walter de Silva: Italy's loss, VW's gain
6:37 am U.S. ET | June 13
Walter de Silva had to leave Italy to become a legend in the vehicle design world. It's a common story in a country that fails to nurture its best and brightest. ...


Marchionne insists Fiat Chrysler needs 9 brands; market watchers disagree
June 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne wants his recently merged nine-brand automaker to more than double vehicle sales and operating profit, but analysts doubt there will b ...


F1 tech to influence high-end M-B products
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
Mercedes-Benz's fast start in the Formula One season has led Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche to see a closer link between F1 race car technology and production cars. ...


Fiat to get Mitsubishi pickup, sources say
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
Fiat will team up with Mitsubishi to add a long-promised large pickup to its lineups in Europe and Latin America. ...


Robertson: BMW's i subbrand will lift margins
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7
There's a nice pricing advantage to be had for early entrants in new segments, says Ian Robertson, BMW Group board member in charge of BMW brand sales and marketing and g ...


BMW sales boss bullish on 'born electric' range
June 6, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW aims to leverage improved margins with the i subbrand at a time when it believes the global premium sector price war is easing everywhere except in Europe. BMW brand ...


Zetsche's risky bet on an expanded compact lineup pays off for Mercedes
June 3, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche's decision to expand Mercedes's compact lineup into a five-model range is capturing new customers for the brand -- and at minimal risk of dilut ...


Renault exec Daniel aims to end the automaker's struggles in China
June 2, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault's long-term sales goals for China are bold. The automaker is aiming to sell 600,000 to 700,000 units, up from just 32,000 cars in the market last year. ...


Is Superleggera Vision roadster a new kind of Mini in the making?
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2
Instead of the iconic Mini design by Sir Alec Issigonis that debuted in 1959, some future models of the British small-car brand may look like the flashy Superleggera Visi ...


Fiat to get Mitsubishi pickup, sources say
May 31, 2014 06:01 CET
Fiat will team with Mitsubishi to add a long-promised large pickup in Europe and Latin America, sources said. Mitsubishi will provide Fiat with a variant of the L200, th ...


Daimler boss bullish on new ForFour
May 30, 2014 06:01 CET | UPDATED: June 2 9:15 CET -- adds correction
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche believes the all-new Smart ForFour minicar will be commercially successful and should help the brand further strengthen its balance sheet. ...


Zetsche sees speedy uptake of F1 tech in Mercedes cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30
Dieter Zetsche foresees Mercedes models benefiting quicker than ever from the automaker's participation in Formula One. ...


Zetsche sees speedy uptake of F1 tech in Mercedes models
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30
Dieter Zetsche foresees Mercedes models benefiting quicker than ever from the automaker's participation in Formula One. ...


M-B drops subcompact proposal; bigger Smart car may rival Audi A1
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26
After thinking it over, Mercedes-Benz has decided not to build a car smaller than its A-class subcompact. ...


Mini studies new design with Superleggera concept
5:18 am U.S. ET | May 26
The future of Mini may look nothing like the iconic model designed by Sir Alec Issigonis in 1959 but a lot like the Superleggera Vision roadster concept the BMW subsidiar ...


Mini boss experiences love at first sight
5:43 am U.S. ET | May 26
Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer's passion for the Superleggera Vision concept is deep. One look at the car and you'll understand why. ...


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Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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