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Audi and Cadillac target young Chinese buyers

SHANGHAI -- Not long ago, a black stretch version of the Audi A6 was the unofficial ride of choice for Chinese government bureaucrats.
Even today, rows of the cars are visible outside Shanghai's ... May 3, 2013 06:01 European CT

Is Cherokee the global Jeep?

SHANGHAI -- The Cherokee, which was shown last week at the Shanghai auto show, is starting to look like Jeep's global SUV. During a media roundtable here, Jeep President Mike Manley called the Cherokee "an obvious choice" for ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29

Ford weighs compact for China

SHANGHAI -- With an eye to growth in China's booming compact car market, Ford has revived an old nameplate for a new concept car. The Ford Escort Concept, introduced at the auto show here, is an extended-wheelbase version of the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29

Audi and Caddy target young Chinese buyers

SHANGHAI -- Not long ago, a black stretch version of the Audi A6 was the unofficial ride of choice for Chinese government bureaucrats. Even today, rows of the cars are visible outside Shanghai's municipal training school, where the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29

Volvo CEO: Luxury car clashes with image

SHANGHAI -- Volvo will not develop a flagship sedan to challenge the BMW 7 series, Mercedes-Benz S class or Audi A8. Speaking at the auto show here, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said such a flagship doesn't fit Volvo's green image ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29

Cadillac eyes smaller Chinese cities for luxury market share

SHANGHAI (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. plans to more than triple sales of its luxury Cadillac brand in China by 2015 by targeting affluent buyers in smaller cities as competition intensifies in the world’s largest auto market. ... 9:40 am U.S. ET | April 22

Porsche vies with new Maserati as China grabs luxury limelight

FRANKFURT (Bloomberg) -- Porsche has debuted a revamped version of its Panamera coupe at the Shanghai auto show where it sought to outshine Maserati's all-new Ghibli to win over China's growing ranks of luxury-car buyers.
April 22, 2013 06:01 European CT

Mercedes hits reset on China after sales drive falters

SHANGHAI/FRANKFURT (Bloomberg) -- Mercedes-Benz is accelerating its dealer expansion in China and streamlining sales to fix past missteps that have contributed to a growing gap with BMW and Audi.
"We ... April 22, 2013 08:34 European CT

Ford targets Chinese buyers with Focus-based concept

SHANGHAI -- Ford Motor Co. was to have unveiled a Focus-based concept car last week at the Shanghai auto show that targets local tastes with a stretched wheelbase and larger rear doors. The car, which Ford calls a C-segment concept, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22

Toyota re-styles no-frills models to drive China fightback

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- Toyota Motor Corp. is giving its Vios and Yaris models a major makeover for China as part of the Japanese group's make-or-break move into the no-frills entry-level segment of the world's biggest autos market.
8:51 am U.S. ET | April 21

GM-VW China rivalry heats up as both see 3 million auto sales

SHANGHAI (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG, the largest foreign carmakers in China, both forecast sales will climb to 3 million vehicles in the country this year as the rivalry heats up for a second year.
8:23 am U.S. ET | April 21

Opel returns to Shanghai auto show with limited ambitions

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- General Motors' Opel unit returned to China's main auto show after a five-year absence with three new cars at the center of a long-promised push into the world's largest market.
April 21, 2013 06:01 European CT

GM plans to add four more plants in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- General Motors Co. plans to add four new plants in the next three years in China to bring its production capacity to 5 million vehicles a year, the head of GM China said at the Shanghai auto show.
8:03 am U.S. ET | April 20 | UPDATED: 4/20/13 8:52 am ET - adds Socia comments

Porsche says new Panamera's sales to beat old model

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- Porsche said sales of the overhauled Panamera coupe may beat deliveries of the four-door model's first generation.
Porsche has sold almost 100,000 units of the Panamera, which ... April 20, 2013 12:16 European CT

PSA lifts China sales target; growth eases Europe pain

SHANGHAI (Bloomberg) -- PSA/Peugeot-Citroen raised its sales target in China by 11 percent after demand rose more than expected in the first quarter, providing welcome relief to woes in its home region.
April 20, 2013 12:49 European CT

Hyundai Mistra previews a new sedan for China

(Reuters) -- Hyundai unveiled the Mistra concept for a mid-sized family sedan at the Shanghai auto show Saturday. The production car will go on sale later this year only in China, the automaker said.
April 20, 2013 06:01 European CT

Jeep may start Cherokee production in China in 2014, CEO Manley says

SHANGHAI (Bloomberg) -- Chrysler Group's new Jeep Cherokee is the "obvious choice" to become the first Jeep built in China in six years and the model could double the brand's sales in the world's largest auto market, Jeep CEO Mike Manley ... April 20, 2013 10:19 European CT

Riviera concept shows Buick design direction

SHANGHAI -- General Motors unveiled a gull wing, two-door Buick Riviera concept car today at an event here prior to the Shanghai auto show, which opens on Saturday.
"The new Riviera offers a preview of ... 12:15 pm U.S. ET | April 19

French automakers count on luxury appeal for success in China

German automakers have long seen China as a key market. Now their French rivals, hit by slow sales in Europe, are playing catch up and they are counting on the popularity of France's luxury fashion brands to help them.
April 19, 2013 06:01 European CT

Chery to ax subbrands, trim lineup

Chery Automobile Co., the largest domestic Chinese passenger vehicle maker, plans to drop its three subbrands and eliminate half its models to revamp its unprofitable business.
The state-owned ... 3:04 pm U.S. ET | April 18

Mercedes unveils GLA concept

MUNICH -- Mercedes-Benz today released pictures and details of the Concept GLA ahead of the car's debut at the Shanghai auto show. The production version will launch next year as a competitor to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.
April 18, 2013 09:01 European CT

MG previews brand's first production SUV

LONDON -- MG Motor said its MG CS concept previews a potential compact SUV/crossover that would target young, fashion-conscious people.
The MG CS is similar in size to the Nissan Qashqai. It will debut ... April 17, 2013 10:22 European CT

A bevy of crossovers and SUVs will take center stage at China's auto extravaganza

Automakers will test China's huge appetite for crossovers and SUVs with introductions this week at the Shanghai auto show. Acura, BMW, Citroen, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen plan world debuts for compact crossovers, while Jeep -- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 15

Citroen Wild Rubis previews SUV for upscale DS line

Citroen's Wild Rubis concept showcases the first SUV/crossover to be sold under the brand's upscale DS line.
Citroen said the concept previews a future DS SUV designed to be driven by full-hybrid plug- ... April 11, 2013 09:00 European CT

Ghibli will be Maserati's first diesel-powered car

TURIN -- Maserati today released the first official images of its Ghibli four-door sedan ahead of the car's debut at the Shanghai auto show next week. The Ghibli will be the first Maserati production car to offer a diesel variant.
April 9, 2013 12:44 European CT

BMW, amid crossover surge, preps X4 for U.S.

BMW, capitalizing on a surge in its U.S. light-truck sales, is expanding its new 4-series lineup with the X4 crossover that will be built in South Carolina and is expected to go on sale next year.
BMW ... 6:00 pm U.S. ET | April 4

BMW mulls exports of China joint-brand cars

BMW may export cars built under a new brand developed with Chinese partner Brilliance Automotive to mature and developing markets, global sales boss Ian Robertson said. BMW hadn’t decided which markets outside China the new brand ... April 4, 2013 06:01 European CT

2014 Porsche Panamera gets new hybrid

The Porsche Panamera has been restyled and the lineup gains a plug-in hybrid model, along with a new twin-turbo V6 for the Panamera S and 4S models that is more powerful than the former base V8.
Also, ... 1:10 pm U.S. ET | April 3

Porsche's plug-in Panamera to start at 110,400 euros

MUNICH -- Porsche will begin sales of its first plug-in hybrid in July with prices starting at 110,409 euros in Germany, the automaker said in a statement today. The 416-hp Panamera S E-Hybrid will debut at the Shanghai auto show April ... April 3, 2013 10:19 European CT

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