Luxury Market

M-B nabs the top spot from BMW in luxury race

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

With a strong April, Mercedes-Benz took over the top spot from BMW through four months in the tight U.S. luxury sales race.... Read More »

Benz overtakes BMW in U.S. luxury race

3:33 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Luxury auto sales are outpacing U.S. industry gains as BMW and Mercedes-Benz lure buyers from mainstream brands with lower-priced models. In April, Mercedes pulled ahead of BMW to take the luxury-brand lead.... Read More »

He's sold boxing champ Floyd Mayweather 39 cars … and counting

2:45 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Obi Okeke has sold 39 cars to welterweight champ Mayweather, including a $3.2 million Ferarri Enzo and three Bugatti Veyrons that are worth $6.2 million combined. In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Okeke has sold cars to the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jessica Simpson, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Tucker and more.... Read More »

Lexus reworks ES with bolder looks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

After surveying customers in China and the U.S., Lexus came up with a more aggressive look for the freshened ES sedan that goes into production in the U.S. this year.... Read More »

Audi sees compact cars driving sales in China

April 22, 2015 11:52 CET

Audi sees compact cars increasingly becoming the main driver of sales in China as the country's booming middle class looks for more affordable luxury.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why Lincoln is ready to toss the alphabet soup

2:44 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Lincoln's announcement last month that the Continental will replace the MKS signaled the automaker might be rethinking its decision to drop actual names nearly a decade ago. Ford's Joe Hinrichs today acknowledged that the MK monikers can be hard for anyone who's not a Ford executive to keep straight.... Read More »

Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept lands in Shanghai

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Volkswagen, continuing a march upmarket, unveiled the C Coupe GTE concept this week at the Shanghai auto show. Meant to be positioned between the Passat and the Phaeton if it goes into production, the C Coupe GTE concept is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI gasoline engine connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with an electric motor integrated in the transmission housing providing extra power; electricity is stored in a 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery.... Read More »

BMW cutting production, prices in China as market slows

April 20, 2015 14:28 CET

BMW has reduced the prices of some of its vehicles in China and will cut local production in the country to ensure that dealers are not overstocked as luxury demand in the world's largest auto market slows.... Read More »

Alfa's pitch will be luxury, Italian style

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

As he prepares the campaign to reintroduce Alfa Romeo to the United States, Fiat Chrysler marketing chief Olivier Francois says he may exploit the notion that shoppers have become tired of lookalike German luxury cars.... Read More »

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Mercedes-Maybach offers quiet luxury

April 17, 2015 06:15 CET

Mercedes has upgraded its flagship sedan by giving it a more spacious rear cabin and features such as voice amplification, extra lining to reduce wind noise and reclining rear seats to create the Mercedes-Maybach S class.... Read More »

BMW sales rise 5% in March on minivan, 4-series demand

April 14, 2015 11:35 CET

BMW said sales of its core luxury brand rose 5.1 percent in March to a record 195,593 cars, thanks to strong demand for the 2-series Active Tourer minivan and 4-series coupe.... Read More »

Lexus, Subaru score highest consumer reviews on DealerRater

5:31 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Lexus and Subaru dealerships posted the highest average consumer ratings among luxury and mass-market brands on review site DealerRater over the past 12 months. The site examined star ratings earned by franchised dealerships of all brands in the 12 months ending March 31, 2015, to come up with the Consumer Rating Index.... Read More »

Cadillac CT6 underpinnings could support a big Buick

11:15 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Now that General Motors has christened its large, rear-wheel-drive platform, code-named Omega, with the debut of the Cadillac CT6 sedan, what other cars might go onto that same foundation?... Read More »

Is Germany making too many luxury cars?

8:39 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Massive sales gains present some tricky terrain for a luxury brand. The appeal of a German-born luxury car, at least in part, is the air of exclusivity. So how do Germany's car bosses deal with that potential stigma?... Read More »

Audi's car sales rise to monthly record as U.S. surge offsets weaker Europe, China

April 13, 2015 12:30 CET

Audi said its vehicle sales increased 4.4 percent in March to 177,950, the highest level for any month in the carmaker's history, as surging volume in the U.S. offset a slowing Europe and China and a decline in Russia.... Read More »

Jaguar preps 4 fresh entries for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2015

A new compact sedan and crossover, plus a redesigned XF midsize and a freshened XJ full-size sedan, will give Jaguar a good chance to boost its sales next year, the brand's U.S. CEO says.... Read More »

4 of 5 Rolls purchasers customize

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2015

Rolls-Royce buyers want their cars to stand out. About 80 percent of Rolls-Royce cars sold in the U.S. are now custom ordered.... Read More »

Why every luxury automaker wants to make a million-dollar car

10:15 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

The past few years have seen an explosion of royals and tycoons around the globe who buy entire fleets of supercars -- fueling a race among small and large automakers to build land rockets that costs more than a million dollars..... Read More »

BMW, Mercedes probe unauthorized exports from U.S. to China

April 7, 2015 11:29 CET

Mercedes and BMW are probing unauthorized exports of vehicles from the U.S. to China, which have recently surged and threaten profit in the world's largest auto market. So-called gray imports to China have jumped since the country allowed dealers in Shanghai's free trade zone to import cars without the consent of foreign carmakers.... Read More »

Caddy: Not yet ready for S-class fighter

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Cadillac executives made clear that the CT6 large sedan unveiled last week at the auto show here isn't a big-boy, ultraluxury entry meant to compete head-on with the powerhouse Mercedes-Benz S class. That led to a natural question on the sidelines of Cadillac's bustling show stand: Is that range-topping car coming? And if so, when?... Read More »

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Cadillac rolls out a 'drivers car,' Lincoln aims for 'elegant beauty'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2015

While the Lincoln Continental and Cadillac CT6 battled to make the biggest splashes at the New York auto show, their real-life matchup won't have the same intensity. The cars embody the divergent directions that the tarnished marques are taking to land on more shopping lists.... Read More »

Porsche says Macan may pass Cayenne as U.S. No. 1

April 2, 2015 11:17 CET

Porsche said the new Macan compact crossover could pass the larger Cayenne SUV to become the brand's top-selling U.S. model this year. The Macan is already Porsche's best-seller in Europe with a volume of 3,457 in the first two months.... Read More »

Lexus goes bold with next RX crossover

9:15 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

In its latest expression of polarizing design, Lexus has drawn sharp creases along the sides of the 2016 RX crossover and given it an aggressive face. It's a risky move. The RX is Lexus' top-selling nameplate in the United States, and its customers aren't exactly used to an edgy look.... Read More »

BMW wins March luxury sales title; Lexus takes 2nd

4:08 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

The BMW brand topped the U.S. luxury market in March, while Lexus fended off Mercedes-Benz for second place.... Read More »

Cadillac touts big CT6 as driver's car, answer to Germans

8:30 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Cadillac continued its comeback quest by introducing the CT6, a rear-wheel-drive sedan rivaling the Mercedes S class in size while being touted for the driving performance of a smaller car. Extensive use of aluminum allowed GM to field a model 200 pounds lighter than BMW's 5 series.... Read More »

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