Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes to ditch M-class in favor of GLE as part of renaming strategy

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is ditching the M-class nameplate as part of a comprehensive renaming strategy. When the vehicle receives a face-lift in early 2015 for the 2016 model year, it will be called the GLE class.... Read More »

 

Asian, European brands dominate satisfaction survey, but U.S. brands close gap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Asian and European brands dominate the top of an annual survey of customer satisfaction in the United States with auto brands, though overall satisfaction with the industry dropped for the second year in a row.... Read More »

 

Cadillac's big sedan plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A large, range-topping sedan Cadillac that will launch in 2015 is a prerequisite to competing against BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus, said General Motors global product chief Mark Reuss.... Read More »

 

Deepening rivalries test German luxury car dominance

Aug. 25, 2014 08:57 CET
As German premium brands lose their exclusivity in a chase for volume, revived premium brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Maserati are challenging the luxury-car market dominance of BMW, Audi and Mercedes.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

China's government flexes its muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Nearly every automaker is at risk these days of doing something wrong in the eyes of China's government.... Read More »

 

Is a CLA-fighter also in the cards?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
General Motors is mulling a smaller car to slot below the compact Cadillac ATS sedan, GM global product chief Mark Reuss confirmed last week.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz to bridge gap with midlevel AMGs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2014
Daimler AG plans a line of vehicles with modified engines and sport-tuned suspensions to bridge the gap between standard Mercedes-Benz models and high-performance AMG derivatives.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Settlement allows Mercedes to award dealership to Alabama's Saban

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Mercedes' plan to award a dealer franchise in Alabama to Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban and a business partner can move forward now that litigation with a longtime Mercedes dealer there has been settled. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed on Friday.... Read More »

 

China finds Mercedes guilty of price fixing, report says

Aug. 18, 2014 10:53 CET
Mercedes has been found guilty of manipulating prices for aftersales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Foreign automakers have been under scrutiny in China amid reports by state media that they are overcharging consumers.... Read More »

 

POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them.... Read More »

 

Mercedes, Audi success boosts Hungary economy

Aug. 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Increased vehicle output by Mercedes and Audi is giving Hungary's economy a boost. Gross Domestic Product rose by 3.9 percent in the second quarter, the Hungarian Central Statistics Office said.... Read More »

 

Audi, Mercedes gain on BMW in global sales race

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi and Mercedes are closing in on global premium sales leader BMW as the race between the three tightened last month.... Read More »

 

Kia joins Bentley in wooing the 1% crowd at Pebble Beach

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
The number of automotive brands making an appearance at the classic-car events in Pebble Beach, California, this week reflects the increasing number of automakers fighting for a piece of the luxury new-vehicle market. High-end car sales, fueled both by more mass-market brands offering upscale models and more premium marques offering lower priced choices, have outpaced the U.S. auto industry's growth since 2012.... Read More »

 

Europe group questions China antitrust probes

Aug. 13, 2014 13:25 CET
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China on Wednesday expressed concern over a recent series of antitrust investigations, saying China was using strong-arm tactics and appeared to be unfairly targeting foreign firms.... Read More »

 

Audi will 'accept penalty' in China anti-monopoly probe

Aug. 12, 2014 10:57 CET
Audi will accept punishment from Chinese authorities for breaching anti-monopoly laws in the world's largest car market, according to a statement from the automaker.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW, others lead shake-up of once-closed Korea

Aug. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Korean automakers may threaten the global dominance of automakers such as Volkswagen and Toyota, but they are losing ground at home to foreign brands -- especially premium automakers such as BMW and Mercedes.... Read More »

 

German gov't wants e-bikes to replace trucks for local deliveries

Aug. 11, 2014 14:49 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is looking for ways to encourage electric bikes to replace trucks for local freight shipments in Germany. BMW and Daimler's subsidiary, Smart, already offer e-bikes.... Read More »

 

Supply of new Mercedes GLA will be tight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Mercedes-Benz USA expects its GLA compact crossover to be in short supply when the vehicle debuts in September because of the segment's growing popularity.... Read More »

 

Q&A WITH GREG JACKSON | CEO, PRESTIGE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Minority dealers still don't reflect minority purchases

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Today, Prestige CEO Greg Jackson owns four dealerships in southeastern Michigan that sold 10,177 new Cadillac, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles last year.... Read More »

 

EDITORIALS

Who's to blame for luxury vehicle gray market? Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
A booming gray market of mostly European luxury vehicles being exported from here to China is unnecessarily roiling the U.S. auto market.... Read More »

 

Mercedes moves C class up and away from CLA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
The new-generation C-class sedan moves up in price, size and features because it's no longer the entry car into the Mercedes-Benz lineup.... Read More »

 

BMW's global sales advance 8% in July but lead over Audi shrinks

7:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
BMW's global lead over German rival Audi is shrinking, despite increasing deliveries in July, as the luxury-car leader posts lower volume growth in the United States and Europe. July was the third month this year that saw Audi outsell BMW, which has been the luxury sales leader since overtaking Mercedes-Benz in 2005.... Read More »

 

BMW cuts spare-part prices in China amid antitrust investigation

10:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
BMW AG joined Mercedes-Benz and Audi in reducing prices of spare parts in China amid an antitrust investigation into the auto industry.... Read More »

 

Strong Chinese and U.S. demand lifts Mercedes' July sales 11%

Aug. 7, 2014 11:48 CET
Mercedes-Benz brand had its highest monthly sales to date in July, up 11 percent to 130,003 cars, boosted by strong demand for its compact cars and SUVs.... Read More »

 

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