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Mini tweaks Clubman, moves it up a class

Jan. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Mini hopes the latest Clubman's four-door body style instead of a three-and-a-half door configuration will help win customers.... Read More »

Mini joins the Super Bowl ad blitz

7:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Mini is returning to the Super Bowl ad game after a five-year hiatus. The small-car brand's commercial is slated to run in the third quarter of Super Bowl 50. It will be Mini's second Super Bowl ad.... Read More »

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Bigger, more luxurious

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Mini has to conquest new buyers as it launches a new generation of larger, more premium cars. But it will be competing with less expensive volume brands.... Read More »

BMW agrees to consent order, fine up to $40 million over slow Mini recall

11:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

BMW today was hit with a civil penalty of up to $40 million for failing to recall more than 30,000 Mini Coopers quickly enough. BMW recalled the Mini Coopers in July, several months after it said it would issue a voluntary service campaign on the vehicles.... Read More »

VIRTUAL REALITY

Google's goggles open up new world for auto marketers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

Virtual reality is making its way to the masses in auto marketing. While Google Cardboard isn't nearly as advanced as other upcoming options, it allows automakers to dabble in a developing space with engaging content that's accessible to a wide range of smartphone-owning consumers.... Read More »

BMW Group sales rise nearly 5% on Europe, SUV demand

Dec. 10, 2015 12:38 CET

BMW Group's sales increased nearly 5 percent in November, helped by continuing demand for SUVs and by strong growth in Europe.... Read More »

2016 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Tesla, Mini to skip Detroit auto show

11:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2015

Tesla and Mini have joined Jaguar Land Rover in skipping the 2016 Detroit auto show next month.... Read More »

German luxury brands Porsche, M-B and Mini rule the car-buying process

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2015

German luxury brands still rule when it comes to satisfaction with the new-car buying process, according to U.S. consumers. Porsche shoved Mercedes-Benz from first to second place in sales satisfaction among luxury brands in J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index. For the sixth straight year, Mini ranks highest among mass-market brands.... Read More »

Mini shifts convertible production to Dutch factory

Nov. 12, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW Group's Dutch contract manufacturing partner has started production of the new Mini Convertible.... Read More »

BMW recalls 86,018 Mini Cooper models for power-steering glitch

1:25 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

BMW is recalling 86,018 Mini Coopers after an investigation into a steering glitch on the vehicles prompted U.S. regulators to recommend a recall.... Read More »

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BLOG: Mini rewards Japan sales with Tokyo debut

11:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

Mini unveiled a redesigned and more upscale convertible at the Tokyo Motor Show because Japanese sales are growing at a faster rate than sales in other major markets.... Read More »

Mini moves convertible upscale

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Mini is banking that its redesigned convertible -- with a BMW architecture and engines and a host of new premium options -- will push the model up and away from volume competitors.... Read More »

Mini Convertible slated for March debut in U.S.

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2015

The redesigned Mini Convertible based on a new BMW architecture goes on sale next March. The car, like all of Mini's redesigned models, will be powered by BMW Group engines. It is one of Mini's five “superhero,” or core, models as the brand moves to focus on volume cars rather than expand into more niches.... Read More »

Mini bets on 'very emotional' Clubman

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Mini is banking the new Clubman wagon will set itself apart from competitors in the compact segment because it's different - and emotional, said the brand's global chief.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How BMW increases volume without sacrificing margins

Sept. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW's growing lineup of compact cars is luring customers away from similar-sized volume models, especially in Europe. BMW sales boss Ian Robertson talked about the effect this has had on BMW in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Millennials are developing parents' taste for Jaguars, Cadillacs

6:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Millennials are developing a taste for expensive -- and even luxury -- automobiles and taking out cheap leases so they can afford them. Lexus, Jaguar, Cadillac and Acura are among the top 10 brands leased by millennial buyers, along with other pricey cars like Subaru, Mini and Buick, according to Edmunds.com... Read More »

BMW sales rise 5.6% as Europe offsets China slump

Aug. 12, 2015 12:35 CET

BMW Group said on Wednesday that deliveries of its Mini, BMW and Rolls-Royce cars rose 5.6 percent to 173,195 in July to a new record as demand in Europe offset falling sales in China and the U.S.... Read More »

Evolving Mini takes aim at high-end brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2015

Mini is changing its marketing and will pitch to the “executive personality” as products move upmarket, says its North American chief.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW exec explains why less is more for Mini brand

Aug. 5, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW's board member in charge of Mini, Peter Schwarzenbauer, is reducing the brand's range to five models -- dropping the slow-selling Roadster, Coupe and Paceman. He admits that the move is controversial because it runs counter to the belief that more models mean more volume.... Read More »

Mini drops models in its move upmarket

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Mini is revamping its model range, trimming three models and using a BMW Group architecture and engines. As the new cars become bigger and more luxurious, Mini will move the range upmarket.... Read More »

Luxury brands draw tech battle lines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

European luxury brands are leaving few segments untouched, but the new battleground is high-technology and semiautonomous features.... Read More »

Mini issues recall for side impact protection

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Mini is recalling 30,456 Cooper and Cooper S cars in the U.S. to address poor side impact protection.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Financial leads in dealer satisfaction, J.D. Power finds

8:00 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services ranks No. 1 among auto lenders in terms of dealerships' satisfaction with lenders' services, according to a study released today by J.D. Power.... Read More »

Mini, Subaru, Scion improve the most in J.D. Power APEAL Study

10:00 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

Mini, Subaru and Scion had the biggest improvements in J.D. Power's latest study of new-vehicle appeal. Porsche was the overall leader for the 11th consecutive year.... Read More »

FCA, VW, GM lead Strategic Vision quality survey

8:00 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

U.S. customers are happiest with vehicles from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen and General Motors, according to a survey of new car and light-truck buyers.... Read More »

 
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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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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The time may be just right for PSA's return to the U.S.

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21 2016

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If you've heard that PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is considering a return to North America, don't think that ...
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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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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
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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'
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
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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 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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