Luxury Market

Mercedes' monthly global sales top BMW, Audi again

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Mercedes-Benz was the world's best-selling luxury car brand for the third consecutive month in September, surpassing BMW and Audi as demand for coupelike SUVs helped its sales grow twice as fast as at either competitor.... Read More »

Model X madness

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

“I think we got a little carried away,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk said of the Tesla Model X, the all-electric, three-row crossover he unveiled last month. Was it really too much? Here are some first impressions of the X.... Read More »


BLOG: Audi, VW Group's crown jewel, is damaged by emissions scandal

4:42 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Audi has been caught up in VW Group's diesel emissions scandal. The consequences will be bad for a brand that touts its engineering prowess.... Read More »

Tesla begins deliveries of Model X electric SUV to take on luxury rivals

Sept. 30, 2015 11:14 CET

Tesla began deliveries of its Model X electric SUV, a product the automaker hopes will help it compete with future battery-driven SUVs from Audi and Porsche.... Read More »

Design differentiation tricky for luxury brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Premium brands have some of the narrowest design differentiation between their models, often to the point they're hard to tell apart on the road. Audi is a good case in point. But why?... Read More »

New A8 will launch Lichte's Audi design strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Audi's all-new A8 flagship sedan, due in 2017, will launch a new styling direction for the brand. Design chief Marc Lichte says it will be Audi's most significant design statement since Walter de Silva created the single frame grille in 2004.... Read More »

7 series easy outside, starts revolution inside

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

The exterior design of the new BMW 7 series may be evolutionary, but inside it's a brave new world.... Read More »


How design heads see Hyundai's high-end future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2015

Hyundai has pulled back the curtain on its upscale aspirations with its unveiling of the Vision G Concept Coupe in August. Staff Reporter David Undercoffler sat down with Chris Chapman, who leads the Irvine, Calif., studio where it was designed, and Peter Schreyer, head of design for Hyundai and Kia, to talk about their latest project.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover plant would boost Slovak growth next year, minister says

Sept. 22, 2015 12:33 CET

Jaguar Land Rover's plan to build a plant in Slovakia would give a much-needed boost to economic growth in the country next year, the country's finance minister said. JLR selected Slovakia over locations in Europe, the U.S and Mexico for its new factory, but said a final decision will come later this year.... Read More »

Cadillac wants to push Escalade into the $100,000-plus market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Cadillac is considering a dramatic move upmarket for its hot-selling Escalade, as Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Maserati enter the premium six-figure market for superluxury SUVs.... Read More »

Mercedes considers ultraluxury crossover or SUV to fight Bentayga

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is exploring whether to introduce an ultraluxury crossover or SUV, possibly under its Maybach subbrand. Demand appears to be growing for ultraluxury SUV and crossover type vehicles, said Andreas Zygan, Mercedes director of development for SUVs.... Read More »


Mercedes expects GLC, C-class coupe sales to jump

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Mercedes-Benz says the U.S. will be the biggest market for the S-class convertible. Executives also expect another record U.S. sales year.... Read More »

BMW's next electric i cars in 'final stages'

Sept. 15, 2015 14:34 CET

BMW is pushing ahead with plans to expand its i subbrand as competitors threaten to push past the automaker with more advanced EVs. BMW has options that are in the final stages of consideration to join the i3 and i8, Ian Robertson, BMW's sales chief, Ian Robertson, said.... Read More »

Jaguar, joining key segment, prices F-Pace crossover from $43,385

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

The F-Pace, Jaguar's first crossover, will be priced from $43,385 when it goes on sale in May as the luxury brand enters a key segment and aims to significantly boost U.S. sales.... Read More »


Mercedes, BMW and Audi extend reach at the expense of mass-market brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

German luxury brands appear to be successful in broadening their reach, gaining volume without diminishing their brands, as seen by growing sales in the U.S. and Europe.... Read More »

A new breed of superrich buyer emerges - and splurges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

A new generation of wealthy and more-raucous luxury buyers is emboldening automakers to rethink their offerings.... Read More »

Lamborghini CEO eyes new sales record in 2015

Sept. 11, 2015 11:21 CET

Lamborghini expects to hit a new sales record this year, benefiting from strong demand for the all-new Huracan, CEO Stephan Winkelmann said. The brand’s current record of 2,530 deliveries, achieved in 2014, is likely to be surpassed this month.... Read More »

Volvo will launch S90 to challenge BMW 5 series, Mercedes E class

Sept. 10, 2015 11:44 CET

Volvo will introduce the new S90 sedan next year to replace its S80 model. Volvo is targeting the S90 at potential buyers of the BMW 5 series, Mercedes E class and the Audi A6.... Read More »


Bentley Bentayga set to become priciest SUV

Sept. 9, 2015 13:17 CET

The Bentley Bentayga will be the most expensive SUV on the market when it goes on sale early next year. The ultraluxury brand's first-ever SUV will start at $229,100 in the U.S., which is likely to be its biggest market.... Read More »

Audi CEO Stadler is positive on China recovery

Sept. 9, 2015 11:40 CET

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says China is showing signs of recovery and he is confident that the country's growing middle class will ensure its car market keeps growing.... Read More »


How BMW increases volume without sacrificing margins

Sept. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW's growing lineup of compact cars is luring customers away from similar-sized volume models, especially in Europe. BMW sales boss Ian Robertson talked about the effect this has had on BMW in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »


Rolls-Royce aims Dawn convertible at younger buyers

Sept. 8, 2015 14:14 CET

Rolls-Royce expects its Dawn convertible to attract more younger buyers and more women to the brand.... Read More »


Audi sales boss explains luxury brand's shifting 'center of gravity'

Sept. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi ranks as Europe's sixth-largest brand, outselling volume automakers such as Citroen and Fiat. Sales boss Luca De Meo explained to Automotive News Europe how the automaker is maintaining its premium-ness despite its rising volume.... Read More »


German luxury brands take aim at Model S and Model X

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

German premium-car makers are taking Tesla very seriously. Four have vehicles in the works or under consideration that take dead aim at the upstart U.S. electric vehicle maker. The latest to join the chase: Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »


How Audi, BMW, Mercedes boost Europe share while protecting premium-ness

Sept. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi, BMW and Mercedes have succeeded in “democratizing” luxury in Europe while increasing their combined share of the European market to 17 percent from 10 percent two decades ago. They have also managed to boost volume without sacrificing their high profit margins or their premium status.... Read More »

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