The proposed merger of global advertising agencies Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group into the world's largest advertising holding company would consolidate work for a long list of auto brands under a single corporate umbrella, but a major upheaval in automotive accounts is seen as unlikely.
Costly gamble or in tune with the public mood? BMW is set to launch its first all-electric car, hoping to stir demand for a pricey luxury model just as some other producers hit hurdles in selling electric propulsion.
Toyota is facing a Japan problem. The company was outsold by GM for the first time in six quarters, as sales in Japan extended their decline after government incentives for fuel-efficient models expired last year. Japan's largest automaker sold 8.