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BMW plans electric Mini, X3 to counter Mercedes

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2016

BMW AG will roll out the first battery-powered model of its urban Mini brand as part of a broader push to make electric cars more mainstream and counter ambitious plans from rivals. The new Mini is set to hit the market in 2019 and will be followed in 2020 by a battery-powered version of the BMW X3, CEO Harald Krueger said Friday.... Read More »

BMW to expand crossover lineup with sporty X2

7:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2016

BMW, aiming to capitalize on the hot market for crossovers, is hinting at plans to expand its crossover lineup, once again, with a model based on the X2 concept.... Read More »

BMW designers work inside out

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2016

When the creative minds behind BMW's Vision Next 100 sat down to conceive an autonomous driving car of the future, their approach was something of a revolution for the century-old company. Instead of sketching the overhangs, greenhouse or wheel arches in pursuit of the perfect proportions or the sportiest silhouette, they used an entirely different starting point to convey emotion: the interior.... Read More »

BMW's top brass caught in electric divide

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2016

Tesla envy among German luxury carmakers remains at a fever pitch, as Automotive News pointed out this month. Indeed, BMW's top executives will skip next week's Paris auto show to wrestle with how to react to the U.S. upstart.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ford's never-ending Mexico story

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2016

Ford's never-ending Mexico story; Fiat cuts trims, prices; Audi Q3 sales bonanza; Magna to make BMW 5 series; Imitating Elon?... Read More »

Mercedes extends luxury sales lead over BMW in August

Sept. 14, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler's Mercedes brand extended its global sales lead over rival BMW after its August registrations increased at a faster pace. Both automakers benefited from booming demand for SUVs.... Read More »

BMW ends Z4 output with successor due in late '17 or early '18

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2016

BMW has ended production of its slow-selling Z4 roadster and won't have a replacement until a two-seater being developed with Toyota goes on sale in late 2017 or early 2018.... Read More »

BMW recalls 110,000 cars in Japan over Takata airbags

Sept. 9, 2016 11:02 CET

BMW is recalling about 110,000 cars in Japan, including some 1-series and 3-series models, over potentially faulty airbag inflators made by Takata.... Read More »

Report: Coupe version of BMW 7 series coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2016

BMW plans a sporty two-door version of its flagship 7 series for as soon as 2019, a source told Bloomberg. The luxury coupe is the first of several new versions BMW is considering to give sales of its top model a lift.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: U.S. sales expected to drop in Aug.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

U.S. sales expected to drop in Aug.; Talent drought is drying up buy-sell deals, experts say; VW brand product pipeline; Volkswagen out, Audi in?; Report: BMW plans 7-series coupe.... Read More »

BMW plans 7-series coupe to boost sales of its top model line, report says

Aug. 29, 2016 11:10 CET

BMW plans to launch a sporty two-door version of its 7-series flagship sedan, Bloomberg reported. The luxury coupe could be the first of several new 7-series derivatives to boost sales of the brand's most expensive model line.... Read More »

Elvis has left this car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2016

In terms of classic car provenance, it just doesn't get much better: one of the most beautiful cars ever produced, one of just 254 ever built, driven by a famous racer and sold not just to a king but The King.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz gives luxury coupe a spin ahead of California show

12:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz released a sneak preview of a new ultra-luxury Maybach coupe in a sign that Daimler is continuing its push upmarket to turn up the heat on BMW, which owns the Rolls-Royce brand.... Read More »

Mercedes outpaces BMW, Audi in July to keep luxury sales lead

Aug. 11, 2016 11:25 CET

Mercedes brand kept its lead among luxury automakers last month after vehicle sales increased at a faster pace than its close German rivals, thanks to strong demand in China.... Read More »

Germany's new electric car discount scheme draws nearly 2,000 applicants

Aug. 5, 2016 09:21 CET

Nearly 2,000 people in Germany have applied for the government's electric car discount scheme, introduced on July 1, and a third of them are buyers of BMW models.... Read More »

Mercedes said to plan electric-car subbrand to challenge BMW, Tesla

Aug. 5, 2016 08:58 CET

Mercedes will create a subbrand for its own distinct line of electric vehicles, Bloomberg reported. The automaker plans to add two electric SUVs and two sedans, sources said.... Read More »

MERCEDES: Record July helps pad lead over BMW, Lexus

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2016

Mercedes-Benz posted record July U.S. sales, pulling further ahead of BMW and Lexus in the luxury-auto sales race.... Read More »

BMW pledges to stay atop luxury market as sales lag Mercedes

7:09 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2016

BMW pledged to remain the world’s leading luxury-vehicle maker after being usurped by Mercedes-Benz in the first half, highlighting the importance of new models such as the revamped BMW 5 series coming in 2017.... Read More »

In Mexico, BMW builds supply base from scratch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2016

BMW will create a new North American supply base at the company's San Luis Potosi plant.... Read More »

Mercedes beats BMW at half-year mark in luxury sales race

July 12, 2016 12:30 CET

Mercedes-Benz solidified its sales lead over the BMW brand in the first half of the year, moving closer to a goal of unseating its rival for the first time since 2005 as the global No. 1 in luxury deliveries.... Read More »

BMW i3 sales boosted by German EV subsidies, report says

July 11, 2016 10:49 CET

BMW has recorded rising sales of the latest version of its electric car, the i3, following Germany's decision to offer EV subsidies, a weekly German newspaper reported.... Read More »

AutoNation buys four luxury stores in N.Y.

2:22 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2016

AutoNation purchased four stores -- selling BMW, Land Rover and Jaguar brands -- in Westchester County, N.Y.... Read More »

LUXURY: BMW outsells Mercedes, Lexus as race tightens

3:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2016

BMW outsold Mercedes-Benz and Lexus last month in the U.S. as all three of the market's largest sellers of luxury autos ended the first half behind their year-earlier totals.... Read More »

Robert Cox, ad man behind Ford's 'Quality is Job 1' pitch, dies

5:30 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2016

Robert Cox, an outspoken New York advertising executive who helped Ford embrace the slogan “Quality is Job 1” in the 1980s and later crafted ad campaigns for Honda and Saturn, has died. He was 78.... Read More »

BMW's Mexican plant will be group's most resource-efficient factory

June 26, 2016 06:01 CET

BMW says its Mexico factory will solely rely on renewable energy in the form of wind and solar power to build its 3-series sedan and will set a new benchmark for resource conservation.... Read More »

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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French car sales rise 9% in November
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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W. Europe car sales fall 1% in October on weaker Germany, France
Western European car sales fell 1 percent in October as gains in the UK, Italy and Spain failed to o ...
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Strong business demand boosts Italian sales
Italian new-car registrations rose 9.8 percent in October as strong demand from business buyers exce ...
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German car sales fell 6% in October as Peugeot, Toyota gain ground on VW
German new-car sales fell by 5.6 percent in October as Peugeot, Toyota and Renault all gained ground ...
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Spanish sales rise 4% but private demand drops as subsidies end
Spanish new-car sales rose 4 percent in October but sales to private buyers dropped by 2. ...
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French car sales fall 4% in October as Renault, PSA demand drops
French new-car registrations fell 4 percent in October after sales fell at domestic automakers Renau ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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