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BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico

Nov. 25, 2014 11:40 CET
Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Mercedes cars roll out of billion-dollar factories.... Read More »

 

Lexus' Bracken says 300,000 U.S. sales 'is within our grasp' this year

1:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Lexus is raising its U.S. sales target to 300,000 vehicles this year, General Manager Jeff Bracken said. “We started the year with a sales goal of 290,000 units,” Bracken told Automotive News. “Now 300,000 is within our grasp.”... Read More »

 

Tesla, BMW in talks over batteries, light-weight parts, Musk says

11:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
Tesla Motors is in talks with BMW over a possible alliance in battery technology and light-weight components, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a German weekly magazine.... Read More »

 

BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

Nov. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market.... Read More »

 

SGL sees rising interest in carbon fiber parts

Nov. 23, 2014 20:25 CET
SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with Audi, Porsche, GM and other carmakers to supply carbon fiber for a wider range of automotive components, its CEO said.... Read More »

 

BMW may need to boost i8 output to cut waiting time

Nov. 20, 2014 18:26 CET
BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said.... Read More »

 

BMW CEO to join Siemens supervisory board, report says

Nov. 20, 2014 15:46 CET
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer will be nominated to join the supervisory board of German engineering company Siemens, German monthly Manager Magazin said, without citing sources.... Read More »

 

BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany

7:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Takata plans to shift production of BMW airbag inflators from Mexico to Germany, BMW said on Wednesday in a filing with federal safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant.... Read More »

 

Daimler, BMW cooperate on suppliers in Mexico

Nov. 18, 2014 10:17 CET
Daimler and BMW are working together to build a network of suppliers for their new factories in Mexico as both carmakers aim to take advantage of the country's tariff-free access to the U.S. market.... Read More »

 

BMW 1-series sedan for the U.S.?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
A new BMW 1-series sedan is expected in the U.S. in 2017, based on a front-wheel-drive architecture shared with Mini.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe

4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. will not become a global template because they fall short of what is required in Europe to keep driver data safe.... Read More »

 

Whither the sports car? BMW exec says it may never recover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
BMW and Toyota are co-developing a midsize sports car, a project that recently moved to "concept stage" following the completion of a feasibility study.... Read More »

 

HERE's looking at you -- in 3-D

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
John Ristevski's ride always gets attention on the street. People are bound to stop and stare at a bright blue station wagon with $80,000 worth of electronics mounted on its roof and a map of the world affixed to its side. Ristevski works for HERE, the maps division of Finnish telecom company Nokia. And the technology-laded wagon is playing a key role in helping automakers such as BMW and Daimler keep pace with Google in the field of self-driving vehicles.... Read More »

 

Mercedes, Mini top J.D. Power sales satisfaction rankings

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Mercedes-Benz ranked highest in sales satisfaction among luxury brands in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index Study released today. For a fifth consecutive year, Mini ranks highest among mass-market brands, with a score of 727.... Read More »

 

Automakers adopt protocols to handle, protect consumer data in connected car era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Hoping to harness customer data to offer more services without eliciting an outcry over the misuse of personal information, major automakers today agreed to industry-wide principles to handle consumer data and safeguard individual privacy going forward.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mini 5-door may become best-seller

Nov. 13, 2014 06:01 CET
The Mini five-door variant targets customers who need more space. Available for the first time with the option of a head-up display and adaptive cruise control, Mini says the five-door hatchback could become its best-seller.... Read More »

 

BMW sees popularity of sports cars waning as customer tastes change

Nov. 11, 2014 12:00 CET
BMW says sports car sales may never reach pre-recession levels again as changing tastes among rich customers in China and other emerging markets hits demand. In Europe and North America, sports car demand has been hit too by growing sales of SUVs and crossovers.... Read More »

 

BMW Group deliveries rise 11% on China demand

Nov. 11, 2014 11:05 CET
BMW Group vehicle sales increased by 11 percent in October on strong demand from China, which helped 10-month deliveries rise 7 percent to 1.71 million, keeping the automaker on course to reach 2 million sales this year.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Tesla, BMW, Nissan help boost EV sales in Europe

Nov. 11, 2014 06:15 CET
Helped by new entries such as the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, the market for electric cars in Europe may rise to 150,000 with a "high scenario" of 250,000 by 2020 in a total global market forecast to be 19.3 million, analysts LMC Automotive predicts.... Read More »

 

Mini: Retro brand battles fresh sales slump

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
For most of the past 12 years, Mini has lived a charmed life in the United States. Not lately. Critics say BMW's small-car brand should use its sales slump to rethink its ways.... Read More »

 

Robertson to speak at congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Ian Robertson, BMW AG's board member for sales and marketing, will speak during the opening afternoon of the Automotive News World Congress here on Jan. 13.... Read More »

 

Duncan aims to improve service, ads, dealer profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Faced with declining sales and a more mature brand that's launching revamped vehicles, new Mini leader David Duncan is making marketing, customer service and increased dealer profitability his priorities.... Read More »

 

BMW, Toyota move forward with midsize sports car program

6:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
BMW and Toyota are moving closer to putting jointly developed sports cars on the road.... Read More »

 

BMW, Toyota move ahead with development of midsize sports car platform

Nov. 6, 2014 16:29 CET
BMW and Toyota have moved closer to a jointly developed sports car platform. A technical feasibility study has been completed and development of vehicle underpinnings has moved on to the concept phase, BMW said.... Read More »

 

BMW profit rises 17% as SUV demand outpaces EVs, Mini

Nov. 4, 2014 08:27 CET
BMW said third-quarter earnings before interest and tax rose 17 percent as demand for its SUVs more than offset slow sales of its electric cars and Mini brand. The automaker stuck to its forecast for a "significant" increase in 2014 pretax profit.... Read More »

 

 
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