Frankfurt auto show

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Future Buicks could get Opel's 'floating' roofline

6:14 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

One of the most distinctive design elements of the redesigned Opel Astra unveiled at the motor show here is its “floating” roofline, an element likely to appear on future Opels -- and by extension, future Buicks.... Read More »

BMW to 'step up' digital features

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

The next frontier for BMW is growing the digital end of its business, in vehicles and on the retail front. New consumer programs will focus on service and making it more seamless. In vehicles, improved connectivity and even autonomous driving “will weave itself into all of our next architectures,” the brand's top sales and marketing executive says.... Read More »

Audi's EV push won't stop with e-tron quattro

3:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

A second EV will join Audi’s U.S. lineup after the e-tron quattro concept. In a strategy similar to Tesla, Audi aims to introduce battery-electric EVs that provoke desirability, with a long driving range, high design and performance, to fuel consumer demand and command strong transaction prices.... Read More »

Hyundai waves big green flag for high-performance N line

2:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Hyundai, led by the M Series chief engineer hired from BMW, is moving forward with a high-performance line, possibly with new engines, crossovers and hybrid variants, to burnish its reputation amid flagging sales.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: The view of the global auto market from Germany? Not so bad

6:17 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

How bad are things on the world automotive stage? Pretty awful, right? ‎Th‎e U.S. is the only bright spot in a global industry filled with turmoil.‎ At least that's how Americans tend to view the situation. But here in Germany things don't look so bleak.... Read More »

AMY WILSON

BLOG: The look of Mercedes-Benzes to come

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Mercedes-Benz says its Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile concept unveiled Monday in Frankfurt will influence its design language for years to come. The concept's interior will show up in the redesigned E-class sedan next year.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Bentley Bentayga is fit for a queen

5:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Bentley has reserved the first Bentagya that will roll off its production line for Queen Elizabeth.... Read More »

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Nissan Gripz aims to lure sports car enthusiasts to crossovers

Sept. 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Nissan unveiled the Gripz sports-car-inspired, Juke-sized concept that it says represents a potential way to lure sports car enthusiasts toward crossovers.... Read More »

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Alfa Giulia tops BMW rival on speed, price

Sept. 15, 2015 15:51 CET

Alfa Romeo will price its Giulia Quadrifoglio slightly higher than its nearest rival as it seeks to challenge Germany's premium brands with Ferrari-inspired performance.... Read More »

RYAN BEENE

BLOG: VW Group boldly takes up Tesla's electric challenge

11:20 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Had Elon Musk attended the Volkswagen Group's brand cavalcade last night, he probably would've left with a smile on his face.... Read More »

With a roar, Ferrari snubs SUV, EV stampede

3:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Ferrari plans to stick to making high-end sports cars, avoiding the stampede to market an SUV or an electric model, as the traditional engine growl is part of what customers pay for.... Read More »

Google: No plans to become an automaker

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Google does not intend to become a vehicle manufacturer, the company's managing director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland said on Tuesday at the Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »

Mercedes confirms Tesla fighter

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will bring out an electric-powered Tesla fighter in the next few years. It will have a range of 250 to 310 miles, Daimler's r&d chief said.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce mulls electric car as new regulations dawn

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars may develop an electric vehicle as tighter regulations on auto emissions pushes even the most elite auto manufacturers to look into battery-powered cars.... Read More »

AMY WILSON

BLOG: The look of Mercedes-Benzes to come

11:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Mercedes-Benz says its Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile concept unveiled Monday in Frankfurt will influence its design language for years to come. The concept's interior will show up in the redesigned E-class sedan next year.... Read More »

GRAHAM KOZAK

BLOG: Why Nissan's Gripz concept makes Joe Isuzu smile

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

We knew Nissan was bringing a new take on the Z car to the Frankfurt motor show. Yet we weren't really expecting the Nissan Gripz (the “z” is for “Z car,” get it?!), a Maxima-nosed 4X4 concept supposedly inspired by the Safari Rally-winning Datsun 240Zs of yore.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Why a Rolls-Royce ATV isn't a strange idea

7:32 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

A Rolls-Royce ATV? Really? Not as strange as it sounds.... Read More »

Continental, Valeo developing mirror-eliminating camera technologies

3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Suppliers Continental and Valeo are hoping to turn rear- and side-view mirrors into relics of the past. The German and French suppliers kicked off the Frankfurt auto show today by touting how their camera-based systems can improve safety, reduce drag, and create more opportunities for design innovation.... Read More »

DIANA T. KURYLKO

BLOG: Rolls-Royce rebalances amid China slowdown

9:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars may not see an increase in global sales this year because of the meltdown in China, says its CEO, Torsten Muller–Otvos.... Read More »

Toyota refines compact crossover plans with C-HR

6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Not wanting to miss out on one of the hottest trends in the industry, Toyota said it will jump into the compact crossover segment next year with a new model it's tentatively calling the C-HR.... Read More »

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Porsche unveils fast-charging Mission E, a potential Tesla rival

Sept. 15, 2015 10:07 CET

Porsche unveiled its answer to Tesla -- the Mission E electric four-seat sports car. The concept provides a glimpse at the brand's first battery-powered model, which could arrive by the end of the decade.... Read More »

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Infiniti will sell tall Q30 to tempt SUV/crossover buyers

Sept. 14, 2015 11:54 CET

Infiniti will add a version of its Q30 hatchback with a raised height in a bid to attract some of the increasing numbers of buyers choosing cars with SUV styling. Presented in two variants, called the SE and Premium, the models are 20mm taller than the Sport version.... Read More »

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Volkswagen unveils bigger, lighter Tiguan

Sept. 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen has made its new-generation Tiguan compact SUV longer, wider and lower than than the current model and will add a long-wheelbase variant for the U.S. and Chinese markets.... 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 »

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Jaguar says F-Pace will set benchmark for ride and handling

Sept. 14, 2015 13:29 CET

Jaguar says the new F-Pace crossover is an "all-weather, all-surface Jaguar sports car" that will set a new benchmark for ride and handling compared with rivals. The car will compete against SUVs such as the Porsche Macan, BMW X4 and Audi Q5.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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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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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
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Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Honda names new Europe and North America chiefs
Honda named new chiefs for the company's operations in Europe and North America. ...
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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
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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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'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl
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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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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
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