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Marchionne has FCA on fast track to profit in Europe
Jan. 28, 2015 16:28 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be profitable in Europe a year earlier than expected, CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. ...


Audi readies Q1 SUV after Fiat rebuff over name
Jan. 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Audi is reluctantly using the Q1 badge for its new compact SUV after failing to gain permission from Fiat Chrysler to call it the Q2, a name held by Alfa Romeo. ...


Farewell to an auto PR legend
8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21
Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski -- even literally crashing into an auto show. ...


Farewell to an auto PR legend
8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21
Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski even literally crashing into an auto show. ...


Daimler seeks profitability at Smart with 2 minicar sizes
Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET
Daimler hopes to make its Smart small-car unit sustainably profitable by offering the same car in two sizes: the two-seat ForTwo and the four-seat ForFour. ...


Mini expects profit boost from leaner lineup
Jan. 19, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW is trimming its Mini lineup from eight models down to five to boost the brand's prospects of long-term profitability. The carmaker is expected to discontinue three sl ...


BMW moves top tech from i3, i8 into mainstream vehicles
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
BMW wants its mainstream models to benefit quickly from the cutting-edge technology offered in its i3 and i8, such as carbon fiber construction and high-performance, low- ...


Porsche's sales boss bullish on plug-in hybrids
Jan. 8, 2015 06:15 CET
Porsche is joining other carmakers in embracing plug-in hybrids, so much so that the company's sales boss, Bernhard Maier, uses one for his daily commute. Maier shared hi ...


BMW's iDrive will add touch screen, gesture recognition
3:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6
BMW plans to add touch-screen and gesture recognition to its next-generation iDrive human-machine interface. ...


BMW quickly moves top 'i' tech to mainstream models
Jan. 6, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW's mainstream models could soon benefit from technology offered in the i3 and i8, such as carbon fiber construction and high-performance low-CO2 powertrains, BMW brand ...


Mini expects leaner lineup to boost profits
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5
To boost Mini's prospects of long-term profitability, parent BMW Group has decided the British brand needs to shrink its lineup to four nameplates from seven. ...


Twin turbos on V-8s; hybrid systems on V-12s
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5
Ferrari this year will become an independent company. ...


Porsche bullish on plug-in hybrids
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3
Bernhard Maier, Porsche's global sales and marketing boss, commutes daily to company headquarters near Stuttgart using a Porsche Cayenne plug-in hybrid or a Panamera with ...


Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV
Dec. 18, 2014 17:03 CET
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every day driving. ...


Alfa Romeo readies high-performance engines
Dec. 17, 2014 08:55 CET
Alfa Romeo plans to introduce new high-performance engines, including a range-topping V-6, in a bid to reconnect the brand to its sporty heritage. ...


Lexus readies hybrid-only BMW X5, Mercedes M class rival
Dec. 16, 2014 06:15 CET
Lexus is counting on the NX hybrid to help it stand out against Europe's top-selling premium large crossovers. ...


Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st diesel plug-in hybrid
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
The Audi Q7 will be the first Volkswagen Group model offered with a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain. ...


Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km
Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as par ...


UK dealer puts BMW's Future Retail program to the test
Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's Future Retail program, which launched last year in Europe and China, offers customers a high-tech but unrushed explanation of BMW products. ...


Why loyalty leads to fewer dealership visits
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11
A customer visited a dealership an average of six times in the UK before completing a purchase in 1994. That number dropped to 1.2 visits in 2012 and it's still falling, ...


BMW's manufacturing arm also produces future leaders
6:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9
BMW's manufacturing arm not only builds great cars -- it also produces the company's future leaders, as the appointment of Harald Krueger to succeed CEO Norbert Reithofer ...


BMW's manufacturing arm also produces future leaders
6:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9
BMW's manufacturing arm not only builds great cars -- it also produces the company's future leaders, as the appointment of Harald Krueger to succeed CEO Norbert Reithofer ...


Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st plug-in diesel
Dec. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's Q7 will be the first model from VW Group to offer a plug-in hybrid diesel powertrain, an Audi source told Automotive News Europe. ...


Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28
Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology. ...


BMW may need to boost i8 output to cut waiting time
Nov. 20, 2014 18:26 CET
BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW ...


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