Paris Motor Show

Fiat retools Jeep as 500X SUV to show Chrysler merger is street ready

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014

With the new pint-sized Fiat 500X, CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to show his vision for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is ready for the street. The latest member of the 500 family, which follows the 500L wagon, is especially important to halt losses and sliding market share at Fiat's operations in Europe.... Read More »

Bentley joins ultra-luxury fast lane with Mulsanne Speed

10:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014

Bentley is moving into the fast lane of ultra-luxury cars with a new version of its flagship saloon, aiming to grab a bigger slice of a market expected to double in size by 2018. The 95-year-old brand is launching the Mulsanne Speed under the strapline "the world's fastest ultra-luxury driving experience."... Read More »

Jeep ponders switch to aluminum for next Wrangler body, Marchionne says

11:21 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler may be built off a unibody platform, feature smaller and turbocharged engines, and switch to an aluminum body, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. Such significant changes to the hot-selling SUV would likely mean leaving its longtime, historic production site in Toledo, Ohio, Marchionne added.... Read More »

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lamborghini unveils 910-hp plug-in hybrid Asterion

Oct. 2, 2014 09:45 CET

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the 910-hp Asterion LPI 910-4 plug-in hybrid supercar concept unveiled at the Paris auto show is a "ground-breaking, crucial step" for the VW-owned company.... Read More »

Luxury brands standardize models to aid buyers, boost margins

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014

Mercedes-Benz and BMW are aiming to sell more standardized cars and services to boost profit margins and simplify the complex list of options for buyers -- while also giving them the choice of a bespoke car if they want.... Read More »

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Fiat expects 500X's Italian styling to win sales in booming segment

Oct. 2, 2014 12:37 CET

Fiat is touting the 500X's Italian styling as a standout feature that will help the car win sales in the booming but hotly contested subcompact crossover segment.... Read More »

BMW to boost i3, i8 availability in U.S.

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014

BMW plans to allocate a higher share of i electric and plug-in hybrid output for the U.S. in the coming months. The company has sold 10,000 i3 compact electric vehicles and 280 i8 plug-in hybrid supercars worldwide to date, BMW's top sales executive said today.... Read More »

Opel chief Neumann vows to make good on Barra's profit promise

11:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014

A day after his boss assured investors of a return to profitability in Europe by 2016, Opel chief Karl-Thomas Neumann outlined the reasons he believes he can deliver.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Will the customer buy what governments demand?

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change.... Read More »

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault bets on SUV looks to revive Espace

Oct. 2, 2014 10:46 CET

Renault has turned the new Espace into a crossover from a minivan as it seeks to revive the model's European sales and follow a market shift to more rugged-looking vehicles.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: XC90 boosts Volvo CEO's belief in e-commerce

6:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson's belief in e-commerce got a huge boost because of the XC90.... Read More »

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Infiniti Q80 will boost brand in Europe, exec says

Oct. 2, 2014 09:17 CET

Infiniti will launch a production version of its Q80 Inspiration concept sedan within three to five years to rival models such as the Porsche Panamera and help boost the brand's image and sales in Europe.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

It wasn't long ago when the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in the United States. But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

Oct. 1, 2014 23:33 CET

VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets.... Read More »

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lamborghini, Ferrari supercars join fuel sippers as show stars

Oct. 1, 2014 06:01 CET

Supercars such as a new 900hp Lamborghini and the Ferrari 458 Speciale A will line up alongside fuel-efficient plug-in hybrids such as the VW Passat GTE at the Paris auto show. The Mercedes-AMG GT and Jaguar XE will also debut.... Read More »

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Opel expects new Corsa to remain a best seller

Oct. 1, 2014 15:48 CET

Opel hopes its heavily reworked Corsa will remain the automaker's best seller in Europe. CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said new driver assistance and infotainment systems will help maintain the car's success.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: The Nissan Leaf's top-selling town?

10:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the United States, but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing well?... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally.... Read More »

DIANA T. KURYLKO

BLOG: Making a splashy entrance in Paris

6:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Ford puts refreshed C-Max in the Phantom's spotlight

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

Ford on Wednesday lifted the mask on its next-generation C-Max at a special event at the Opera National de Paris, the setting for the fictional The Phantom of the Opera. The irony may have been lost on the Ford execs on hand, who also showed off the next-generation European S-Max and Grande C-Max before their scheduled press conference Thursday at the Paris auto show.... Read More »

VW’s XL Sport concept full of surprises

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

Volkswagen dropped a surprise on Wednesday by rolling out the XL Sport concept on the eve of press previews for the Paris auto show. The biggest surprise, though, is the XL Sport’s engine -- a V-twin adapted from the VW Group’s Ducati 1199 Superleggera, which VW touts as the world’s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle.... Read More »

Jaguar XE to offer awd, diesel engine in U.S.

7:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

The Jaguar XE compact sedan will launch with optional all-wheel drive and a four-cylinder diesel engine when it goes on sale in the U.S.... Read More »

PAUL MCVEIGH

BLOG: For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014

Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market brands start to introduce such cars in a bid to lower the average CO2 emissions of their new-car fleets ahead of tougher EU limits.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Renault Eolab's funny numbers

5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014

I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Tavares, Palmer, Gales ready to shine in new CEO roles

2:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014

A year ago Carlos Tavares was unemployed, Andy Palmer was Nissan's planning chief and Jean-Marc Gales was leading supplier group CLEPA. All three are now CEOs ready to stand in the spotlight at the Paris auto show this week.... Read More »

 
Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
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