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Lexus may be profitable in Europe in two years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2012
Toyota expects its Lexus brand to make money soon in Europe despite a very tough competitive environment and an unfavorable yen/euro exchange rate.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Audi SUV concept would be smaller than Q3, compete with Mini Countryman

Sept. 27, 2012 17:38 CET
Audi previewed plans for a future crossover smaller than the Q3 with the Crosslane coupe concept unveiled at the Paris auto show. Likely coming to market in 2015 with the Q2 nameplate, the new vehicle uses the Volkswagen Group's new MQB modular platform. The Q2 would compete against vehicles such as the Mini Countryman.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Audi SUV concept would be smaller than Q3, compete with Mini Countryman

11:38 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2012
Audi previewed plans for a future crossover smaller than the Q3 with the Crosslane coupe concept unveiled today at the Paris motor show. Likely coming to market in 2015 with the Q2 nameplate, the new vehicle uses the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB modular platform. The Q2 would compete against vehicles such as the Mini Countryman.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Missing Stefan Jacoby

3:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2012
The news that Stefan Jacoby suffered a mild stroke last week provided a somber reminder that life doesn't always respect our plans. I will miss speaking with the Volvo CEO at the Paris show today.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Opel prices Adam below Fiat 500, Mini

Sept. 27, 2012 09:40 CET
Opel/Vauxhall has priced its new Adam minicar just under its main rival, the Fiat 500. Opel/Vauxhall says the entry-level Adam will cost 11,500 euros ($14,870) in Germany when it goes on sale in January. The cheapest Fiat 500 starts at 11,600 euros.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Maserati's U.S.-built SUV to be named Levante

6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2012
Maserati's first SUV will be called the Levante and its planned mid-sized sedan will be named the Ghibli. The Fiat subsidiary, which announced the names today, is counting on the two new models to help boost the company's global sales to 50,000 units by 2015 from 6,150 last year.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Maserati's new sedan named after a desert wind

Sept. 27, 2012 12:00 CET
Maserati has named its new sedan the Ghibli after a wind that blows from the Sahara Desert. The brand's first SUV will be called the Levante after the street where the company was once based.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Daimler hunts lead in luxury sales with shooting brake heritage

Sept. 27, 2012 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz has dug deep into automotive history for inspiration as it seeks to recapture the lead in luxury car sales. The result: The CLS Shooting Brake, a stretched, wagon-like version of its CLS sedan that's intended to evoke vehicles favored by Britain's gentleman hunters in the 1930s.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Missing Stefan Jacoby

3:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2012
The news that Stefan Jacoby suffered a mild stroke last week provided a somber reminder that life doesn't always respect our plans. I will miss speaking with the Volvo CEO at the Paris show today.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Mercedes-Benz electrifies SLS AMG

3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2012
Mercedes-Benz has kicked off a high-stakes bid for electric performance car supremacy with the unveiling of the production version of the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive at the Paris auto show.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Porsche previews new Panamera wagon

Sept. 26, 2012 19:26 CET
Porsche has provided the clearest hint yet that its long-held plans of expanding the Panamera lineup to include a sporting wagon are real with the unveiling of the Panamera Sport Turismo concept at the Paris auto show.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

2014 Jaguar F-Type avoids retro design temptation

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2012
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type sports car has finally been officially unveiled to the public. Jaguar designer Ian Callum, charged with creating a successor to the hallowed E-type, has penned an unmistakably British roadster that channels elements of the E without succumbing to the temptation to create an actual retro design. Jaguar executives remain mum on pricing for the moment, but it's clear they're determined to offer potential Porsche Boxster buyers a compelling alternative.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Ah, the good old days in France

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2012
As the Paris auto show takes off this week, one thing that probably won't get talked about much in English is the recent news that the French government has informed top executives at Renault (and that would be “the Renault-Nissan Alliance” for those of us outside of la belle France) to become -- ahem -- “more French.”... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Porsche hints at new Panamera wagon

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2012
Porsche has provided the clearest hint yet that its long-held plans of expanding the Panamera lineup to include a sporting wagon are real with the unveiling of the Panamera Sport Turismo concept at the Paris auto show.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

GM's Opel gets serious about minicars while the rain falls

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2012
Apparently the folks at Opel are accustomed to working through difficulties and distractions. Opel showed its Adam minicar on the eve of the Paris auto show, assembling journalists in the covered outdoor dining area of a restaurant next to the Centre Pompidou, with cars in the adjoining square. The presentation was punctuated by heavy rain.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Razzle dazzle at Paris show can't hide gloom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2012
Europe's automakers will seek to dazzle at the Paris auto show starting on Thursday, revealing over 100 new models ranging from Opel's new cheap and cheerful Adam micro-mini to the McLaren P1 supercar, expected to cost more than $240,000. But no amount of shiny chrome can distract automakers from the deep-rooted challenges facing them in the European market, the world's most competitive and its worst-performing.... Read More »

 

Marchionne, a rock star in Detroit, vilified in Italy for cuts

6:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2012
At a rain-sodden charity event in Detroit earlier this month, Mayor Dave Bing and other city leaders showered Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne with kind words. The warm welcome contrasts sharply with the mood in Marchionne's home country of Italy, where as leader of Fiat, he is more likely to be vilified than praised by politicians. The differing perceptions of the 60-year-old executive stem from the performance of the two automakers he leads.... Read More »

 

Daimler, BMW, VW race to catch up with EV, hybrid models

Sept. 25, 2012 10:04 CET
German automakers including Daimler, BMW and VW have spent much of the past decade fine-tuning their diesel and gasoline engines, letting Toyota race ahead in hybrid technology and more recently, allowing GM and the Renault-Nissan alliance take the lead in electric-powered vehicles.... Read More »

 

PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lexus concept probably is a preview of GS coupe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2012
Looking to put some pizazz in its products, Lexus will introduce a concept car this week at the Paris auto show that likely will turn out to be a coupe version of the GS sedan.... Read More »

 

PARIS AUTO SHOW

Jaguar's F-Type evokes memories of '60s 2-seater

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2012
Pictures of Jaguar's new F-Type released before its Paris debut this week reveal a contemporary-looking two-seater that also calls to mind the brand's E-Type of the 1960s and '70s.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Jaguar F-Type's styling has details from iconic E-Type

Sept. 21, 2012 10:37 CET
Jaguar's new F-Type sports car has styling details recalling the brand's iconic E-Type, a picture of the new model shows.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Mercedes will unveil B-class EV as part of battery-powered model offensive in Paris

Sept. 20, 2012 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz has revealed a new plug-in electric version of the second-generation B class ahead of its public unveiling alongside other battery-powered models at the Paris motor show later this month.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Kia hopes fresh design will boost appeal of Carens minivan

Sept. 19, 2012 14:29 CET
Kia aims to attract a new group of consumers when it launches the new Carens medium minivan in Europe early next year. The company today released pictures of the third-generation Carens, which will debut at the Paris auto show on September 27.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault's Dacia brand gets fresh styling to broaden appeal

Sept. 18, 2012 12:19 CET
Renault aims to widen the appeal of its low-cost Dacia brand with fresh versions of the Logan sedan and Sandero hatchback that debut at the upcoming Paris auto show.... Read More »

 

2012 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lexus LF-CC concept could showcase design direction for next generation of IS sedans

Sept. 18, 2012 12:43 CET
The mid-size Lexus LF-CC hybrid coupe concept will make its world premiere at the Paris auto show later this month and reports say the concept could determine the design of the next generation of IS sedans.... Read More »

 

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