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BLOG: How BMW saleswoman builds rapport, trust and her brand on social media

12:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

The chance to leave a lasting impression on a potential buyer perusing the dealer lot doesn't have to end when a salesperson hands over a business card.... Read More »

German carmakers team up with private equity firm to bid for Nokia map unit, report says

May 21, 2015 16:48 CET

Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE, a report said. Automakers use HERE's maps in vehicle navigation systems and are counting on them to provide crucial context for upcoming collision-detection systems.... Read More »

BMW approves launch of X2 crossover, report says

May 19, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW has approved the launch of a coupe-styled crossover called the X2 to rival the Range Rover Evoque, a report said.... Read More »

Consensus-builder Krueger takes the reins at BMW

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Charismatic consensus-building helped Harald Krueger become BMW's new chief executive.... Read More »

LUDWIG WILLISCH, CEO, BMW OF NORTH AMERICA

Willisch is eager for more crossovers from Spartanburg

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch is focused on the hot-selling crossover segment. There may be no market for the 2-series five- or seven-seat wagon/minivan in the U.S. But The X7, a full-size crossover coming in three years, is what the U.S. market needs, he said. In general, there's a shortage of crossovers - especially the compact X3 and midsize X5.... Read More »

BMW is one big, happy family as squabbles damage rival Volkswagen

May 14, 2015 11:17 CET

The normally secretive Quandt family, which controls a majority stake in BMW, praised the company's seamless appointment of CEO Harald Krueger as rival VW Group inspects the damage from a bitter leadership crisis.... Read More »

BMW's new CEO starts in shadow of predecessor's shift to chairman

May 13, 2015 10:50 CET

The first test facing Harald Krueger, BMW Group's new CEO, will be to emerge from the shadows of his predecessor, Norbert Reithofer, who will be watching over his shoulder as the new chairman.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce has new Dawn on the horizon

5:01 pm U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will call its new convertible Dawn. The car will go on sale in the first quarter of 2016. The open-top car shares a platform with the Wraith coupe.... Read More »

Audi edges ahead of BMW to lead luxury-car sales race

May 12, 2015 11:12 CET

Audi sold the most luxury cars globally in April, edging out BMW Group's namesake brand and fast-growing Mercedes. BMW kept its No. 1 ranking through the first four months.... Read More »

Jaguar XE-R takes aim at BMW M3

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

The 2017 Jaguar XE -- the automaker's BMW 3-series fighter -- isn't even in dealer showrooms, but a hotter version reportedly is already in the works... Read More »

Reithofer's board role at BMW backed by fund firm

May 12, 2015 12:36 CET

UK fund firm Hermes Investment Management said it supported the election of BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer to the automaker's supervisory board. The proposal has drawn criticism for the lack of a cooling off period after Harald Krueger, the automaker's production chief, succeeds Reithofer as CEO.... Read More »

BMW car sales rose nearly 6% in April as Europe, U.S. offset sluggish China

May 12, 2015 09:29 CET

BMW said vehicle sales at its core BMW brand rose 5.6 percent in April as strong sales of the 2-series Active Tourer minivan in Europe and demand for SUVs in the U.S. helped to offset a sluggish China market.... Read More »

China slowdown puts global players at risk

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

China is no longer a tide lifting all boats. German automakers are most at risk from a slowdown in the world's largest auto market, but all major global auto companies will be hit.... Read More »

BMW expands event marketing after success in '14

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

BMW is expanding its event marketing because 25 percent of last year's participants who drove a vehicle later bought one, says BMW's chief marketer.... Read More »

BMW faces opposition to CEO Reithofer's elevation to supervisory board, report says

May 10, 2015 10:56 CET

BMW faces opposition at its upcoming annual shareholders meeting to the appointment of outgoing CEO Norbert Reithofer as its supervisory board chairman, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

German carmakers may need help to bid for Nokia's high-tech maps

May 10, 2015 14:10 CET

German automakers may need help to buy Nokia's mapping unit as a rival bid from Uber signals interest from Silicon Valley players. High-definition mapping has emerged as a key feature for autonomous driving and connected car services.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: BMW's days of easy money in China are over

6:30 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2015

BMW executives are bracing the market for a profit-eroding performance in China as the automaker is weighed down by rising investment costs and an aging product lineup.... Read More »

Uber joins German automakers in seeking to buy Nokia's mapping service

May 8, 2015 10:29 CET

Uber Technologies has submitted a bid for HERE, Nokia's maps business, for as much as $3 billion, a report said. The offer is competing with a bid by a group of German automakers, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes, which are teaming up with Chinese Internet search engine giant Baidu on a deal.... Read More »

BMW Q1 profit rises 21% as U.S., Europe demand offsets slowing China

May 6, 2015 08:40 CET

BMW reported a 21 percent jump in first-quarter profit as stronger demand in the U.S. and Europe for models such as the X5 SUV offset slowing demand in China.... Read More »

BMW postpones Russia assembly plant decision

May 6, 2015 11:58 CET

BMW said it had postponed a decision about whether to build an assembly plant in Russia because of the uncertainty caused by the economic crisis.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X6

12:33 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

The 2015 BMW X6 is the second generation of the premium CUV. It is assembled in Spartanburg, S.C., on BMW’s L4 platform. The program code is F16. Suppliers include Bosch, BorgWarner, Johnson Controls. The supplier data is compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW sales boss shares how brand is adapting to big changes in China

May 5, 2015 06:15 CET

China's rapidly developing auto market has led some cities to restrict new-car sales and forced the country's dealers to rely more heavily on selling used cars rather than new models. BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe what the automaker is doing to cope with these changes.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for May

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth.... Read More »

M-B nabs the top spot from BMW in luxury race

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

With a strong April, Mercedes-Benz took over the top spot from BMW through four months in the tight U.S. luxury sales race.... Read More »

Benz overtakes BMW in U.S. luxury race

3:33 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Luxury auto sales are outpacing U.S. industry gains as BMW and Mercedes-Benz lure buyers from mainstream brands with lower-priced models. In April, Mercedes pulled ahead of BMW to take the luxury-brand lead.... Read More »

 
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