Luxury Market

Audi could hit 2 million sales goal ahead of 2020

Jan. 30, 2015 15:43 CET
Audi could reach its goal of 2 million sales a year before its 2020 target, helped by models such as the A4 sedan, the flagship Q7 SUV and the R8 sports car, CEO Rupert Stadler said.... Read More »

 

Bentley names industry veteran Winkler to head Americas unit

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Bentley said it appointed Michael Winkler as president and CEO of Bentley Motors in the Americas, replacing Christophe Georges, who will become director of product and marketing for Bentley’s global organization.... Read More »

 

Perks program lifts struggling store's satisfaction scores, sales

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Land Rover San Diego is rewarding big spenders with a perks program that offers Padres baseball tickets, dry cleaning runs, preferential service times and other goodies.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Luxury retailer is in for long haul

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Living a teenage boy's fantasy of driving exotic cars is part of Tom O'Keefe's job at Midwestern Auto Group, a 15-franchise group of mostly exotic and luxury dealerships in Dublin, Ohio, that offers valet service to its high-line customers.... Read More »

 

Audi plans to build range-topping Q8 SUV, CEO Stadler says

Jan. 20, 2015 15:38 CET
Audi plans a range-topping SUV to go on sale before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. Dubbed the Q8, the SUV would be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East, where large coupe-styled SUVs are in demand.... Read More »

 

Signature sound

Autos, audio amplify each other

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover's partnership with Meridian is part of an intensifying competition among luxury carmakers to use high-end audio brands to enhance their vehicles' appeal. In December, Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln became the latest entrant, announcing a 10-year partnership with Revel, a premium speaker brand owned by Harman International Industries.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Luxury brands seek an edge with tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
The horsepower race is dead, giving way to advanced hybrid technology and smaller displacement engines. Digital technology has become central to selling vehicles, not only on smartphones and tablets but in innovative showroom settings. These are some of the ways that luxury brands are embracing the megatrends discussed at the Automotive News World Congress.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Maybach S600 priced at $190,275

2:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Mercedes-Benz has priced its flagship Mercedes-Maybach S600 at $190,275, including shipping. The ultra-luxury car is based on the S-class sedan that starts at $167,825, including shipping.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

So what is a Bentayga?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we can add a new head-scratcher to the list: the Bentley Bentayga.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

So what is a Bentayga?

11:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we can add a new head-scratcher to the list: the Bentley Bentayga.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mercedes increases emphasis on China in bid to pass BMW, Audi

Jan. 13, 2015 06:01 CET
Mercedes could become the first luxury carmaker to launch new models in China before rolling them out in Europe and the U.S. after it strengthened its local r&d operations in a bid to narrow the gap with Audi and BMW in the market.... Read More »

 

Bentley to call new SUV the Bentayga, attracts 4,000 preorders

3:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Bentley has announced the name of its first-ever SUV, to be revealed later this year. It will be called the Bentley Bentayga.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Why the growth in U.S. luxury sales gets tricky

7:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Luxury automakers can expect their niche to expand. But reaching customers will get harder as Millenials increasingly enter the market.... Read More »

 

Mercedes GLE coupe takes on BMW X6 for SUV buyers seeking curves

8:46 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Mercedes-Benz, which pioneered the luxury offroader with the boxy G-class 36 years ago, is now adding curves to its SUV lineup with the new GLE coupe.... Read More »

 

Bentley considers smaller SUV to win women, younger buyers

Jan. 9, 2015 14:33 CET
Bentley is mulling a smaller version of its upcoming SUV to attract more women and younger buyers to the brand. Bentley will unveil the larger SUV, its first such model, later this year ahead of sales in 2016.... Read More »

 

BMW keeps luxury sales crown, beats rivals in December

Jan. 9, 2015 11:06 CET
BMW outsold Audi and Mercedes in December to round off a 10th year as global luxury car-sales champion but its two German rivals have reduced its advantage.... Read More »

 

AutoNation posts 12% sales gain in December

11:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
AutoNation said its new-vehicle sales jumped 12 percent in December compared with a year earlier, reaching 33,069 vehicles.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce will reach decision on adding SUV this year

Jan. 6, 2015 12:33 CET
Rolls-Royce will decide this year whether to follow rival Bentley into the ultraluxury SUV market as the brand seeks to expand further after global sales rose 12 percent last year.... Read More »

 

MASERATI

Growth spurt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
The Levante will provide another boost when it arrives here, probably in 2016.... Read More »

 

AUDI

On a roll

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
While launching important new products such as the A3 and Q3, Audi has done a remarkable job of maintaining steady sales of older nameplates such as the A4, A6 and Q5.... Read More »

 

Miami auto show seeks to ride Latin identity into the big leagues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Organizers of the Miami International Auto Show hope to capitalize on the arrival of well-heeled Latino buyers to make the show a major annual event. As the U.S. moved to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba last week, Miami was looming even larger as a potential hotbed of the car business.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Who says the Detroit 3 can't sell luxury?

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
We hear an awful lot about the sorry state of Detroit's luxury brands, but if you look at it objectively, Detroit actually isn't bad at selling luxury vehicles. It's just that the luxury vehicles are pickup trucks and SUVs.... Read More »

 

BMW brand tops Audi, Mercedes but lead narrows

Dec. 10, 2014 11:33 CET
BMW brand sales rose 6 percent last month, its highest-ever November sales. The result beat Audi and Mercedes, but the two rivals remain on course to narrow BMW's 2014 lead as the No.1 global luxury brand.... Read More »

 

Mercedes needs China boost to regain global luxury sales lead, exec says

Dec. 10, 2014 15:29 CET
Mercedes needs to catch up with rivals BMW and Audi in China to meet its goal of becoming the global No. 1 in luxury car sales by 2020, Hubertus Troska, the carmaker's China chief, said.... Read More »

 

Carmakers hit the gas as China slows down

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Chinese bureaucrats are jittery, maybe even a bit panicky, about the country's slumping economy. But global carmakers sound as optimistic as ever as they place big bets on the world's biggest auto market.... Read More »

 

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