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Mercedes could reclaim luxury-sales crown as BMW's growth engine stalls

Feb. 29, 2016 15:44 CET

As BMW prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday next week, Mercedes is out to spoil the party. A lack of new models from BMW and slowing China sales mean Mercedes has its best shot in years to reclaim the luxury-car crown. However, BMW CEO Harald Krueger said today he aims to remain No. 1.... Read More »

Mini's 5th 'superhero' could be a compact sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2016

BMW's Mini is considering a premium compact sedan as its fifth volume model -- one of several options to grow the brand.... Read More »

Mini uses TV to cultivate 'mature brand' image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2016

Mini spent more than half of its record marketing budget last year on TV to build awareness. It's part of the new strategy to portray Mini as a more "mature brand" and attract new buyers.... Read More »

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BLOG: Hyundai's Super Bowl blitz scored big

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Hyundai wanted to make a splash in its first Super Bowl as the NFL's automotive sponsor, but it didn't just throw money around with reckless abandon.... Read More »

Stars and cars, Jeeps and sheep: Super Bowl auto ad roundup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Beneath the glamour of 2016's star-filled auto Super Bowl ads sat a group of vehicles that will be pawns crucial to each brand's product lineup.... Read More »

RED CARPET TREATMENT

Auto brands hope famous faces pay off in Super Bowl ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

A buzzworthy celebrity appearance is often the price of admission for advertising on gameday, but not any celebrity will do.... Read More »

Takata must change culture to prevent another safety crisis, panel says

6:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Takata Corp. must make quality a part of company culture if it hopes to prevent future safety defects like the exploding airbags at the center of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, a panel appointed by the Tokyo-based manufacturer to review its manufacturing process concluded.... Read More »

Mini teases star-studded 'Defy Labels' Super Bowl spot

9:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Mini knows a thing or two about being labeled. Some say Minis are cute "chick cars," or that they're underpowered and lack space, says Tom Noble, the brand's marketing chief. So Mini drew inspiration from this trend in a star-studded Super Bowl spot about defying labels that it begins teasing today.... Read More »

BMW fights off Mercedes to keep luxury crown

Jan. 11, 2016 14:27 CET

BMW retained the title of world's top-selling premium brand last year while Mercedes overtook Audi to claim the No. 2 spot.... Read More »

Penske enters Japan with equity buy into luxury dealership group

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Penske Automotive Group, making a foray into Japan, acquired a 49 percent equity stake in the Nicole Group, a luxury dealership group with operations in Tokyo and Kanagawa.... Read More »

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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 »

MINI

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 »

 
PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7 2016

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How to push self-driving tech to the limits without the risks

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6 2016

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There's a risk-free way to push autonomous cars to their limits. A simulator in the UK is going to d ...
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Volvo defies gravity

Luca Ciferri
8:33 am U.S. ET | July 5 2016

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Volvo doesn't consider itself a true global player in the premium segment. ...
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BMW CEO scores first big win with Intel, Mobileye deal

Christiaan Hetzner
10:40 am U.S. ET | July 2 2016

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Led by CEO Harald Krueger, BMW's strong push into autonomous driving with Intel and Mobileye could b ...
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Why Europe's car buyer categories need a shake-up

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:49 am U.S. ET | July 1 2016

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Johnson Controls says current car buyer categories aren't telling the full story. ...
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Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
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VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi
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Daimler lures exec from Citroen to lead digital sales unit at Mercedes
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Former Audi, Mercedes exec named new Cadillac Europe boss
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
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