Mini

2016 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Mini tries to go maxi without losing fans who saved brand

March 24, 2016 13:37 CET

BMW's iconic Mini brand is launching bigger cars as it seeks to broaden its appeal without losing the true fans who helped to bring the marque back to life in 2002.... Read More »

Audi, Mini score highest in service department satisfaction, J.D. Power says

1:15 pm U.S. ET | March 16, 2016

Audi and Mini were the two winners in customer satisfaction at dealership service departments in a benchmark study that J.D. Power and Associates released today.... Read More »

Timeline: BMW's first century

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

Tracing the automaker's history over the past 100 years.... Read More »

BMW warns its Rolls-Royce staff of Brexit risk, report says

March 3, 2016 11:12 CET

BMW Group has written to its Rolls-Royce employees to warn about the risks the company would face if the UK votes to leave the European Union at the upcoming referendum, the BBC reported.... Read More »

BMW says Brexit would cloud future for Mini, Rolls-Royce brands in UK

March 2, 2016 15:36 CET

BMW Group CEO Harald Krueger said a UK decision to exit the European Union after a referendum in June would cloud the future of its UK brands, Mini and Rolls-Royce.... Read More »

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 »

VINCE BOND JR.

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 »

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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 »

 
Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

Nick Gibbs
7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2016

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General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. ...
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Opel's Ampera bombed, but thankfully for its successor no one noticed


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2016

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One of the eco-friendly highlights premiering at the Paris auto show will be the Ampera-e, Opel's se ...
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Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers

Luca Ciferri
8:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8 2016

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To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to ma ...
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A year later, VW's diesel cheat proves costly

Christiaan Hetzner
5:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2 2016

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A year ago Volkswagen Group confessed in private to U.S. authorities that it had rigged diesel engin ...
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Summer of success for ANE's Rising Stars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30 2016

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It has been a summer of success for executives identified by as Rising Stars by Automotive News Europe. ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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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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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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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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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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