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Mini to pare lineup to 5 models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
By 2020 at the earliest, Mini's lineup will have only five models, down from seven today.... Read More »

 

Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh.... Read More »

 

BMW Group November deliveries rise 8% on China, UK demand

Dec. 10, 2014 08:50 CET
BMW Group said deliveries of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars rose 8 percent in November, thanks to a continued strong demand in China and a 20 percent rise of its BMW and Mini sales in the UK.... Read More »

 

BMW expects further sales growth in 2015

Dec. 4, 2014 15:49 CET
BMW expects its brand sales to increase in 2015, building on this year's solid expansion, even though economic growth in core European markets is stalling. The carmaker is sticking to its goal of selling more than 2 million group vehicles this year.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Mini store wants customers singing its praises

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Surprising and treating customers to extras is part of a program Mini USA started in July to boost its image as a premium brand.... Read More »

 

Group 1 snaps up 3 more dealerships in the UK

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Group 1 Automotive Inc. is expanding its presence overseas with the purchase of three BMW-Mini dealerships in the United Kingdom. Terms were not disclosed, but the stores are expected to generate $225 million in annual revenues, Group 1 said in a statement.... Read More »

 

Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars

9:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years.... 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 »

 

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 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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for November

Nov. 3, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions.... Read More »

 

ANE's November e-magazine goes live Monday

Oct. 31, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Nov. 3. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions.... Read More »

 

BMW to lower mpg ratings on 4 Mini Cooper models

11:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
BMW is lowering the estimated fuel economy labels on four 2014 Mini Cooper models after tests by the EPA, the agency said today. The EPA completed a fuel economy audit on the Mini Cooper and found actual mpg lower than the figures BMW submitted for certification, a statement said.... Read More »

 

BMW outsells Audi, Mercedes but its global luxury cars lead is shrinking

Oct. 10, 2014 10:56 CET
BMW Group's core brand outsold rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz in September thanks to strong demand in Europe, but the gap between the three luxury car brands has narrowed this year in a fierce sales race.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Mini will show new 5-door hatchback at Paris

Sept. 19, 2014 14:52 CET
Mini will unveil its first five-door hatchback in Paris as the BMW subsidiary seeks to attract new customers and those looking for something bigger than the current three-door Mini.... Read More »

 

BMW: Decision on new-look Mini EV still months away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
BMW won't decide for at least six months whether to build an electric version of the Mini that will move the classic British car further from its original design. The new car, known as the Superleggera, was shown this month in Britain.... Read More »

 

BMW's brand sales rise 6% in August on China, U.S. demand

Sept. 11, 2014 09:56 CET
Sales of BMW's core brand increased 6 percent in August, boosted by strong demand in China and the U.S. Eight-month deliveries rose 10 percent, helping the marque to maintain its lead in global premium sales over rival Audi.... Read More »

 

Decision to build BMW's new electric Mini months away

Sept. 9, 2014 19:25 CET
An electric version of the Mini that will move the classic British car further away from its original design will have to wait at least six months for a possible green light, BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer said.... Read More »

 

BMW's new X1 will be the second model to use front-wheel-drive platform

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW plans to launch a revamped X1 and an all-new X2 next summer based on the company's UKL1 front-wheel-drive platform. The SUVs will be the second and third BMW-brand fwd models after the 2-series Active Tourer.... Read More »

 

Mini Cooper tops other small cars in latest round of overlap crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman stood out among its peers in a new round of insurance industry crash testing, receiving the only good rating among 12 small cars evaluated.... Read More »

 

Mini: Many variants to join the lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
BMW's Mini brand could have between eight and 10 variants in the future. Mini switched to the group's UKL front-wheel-drive architecture with the debut of the new Cooper hatchback this year. All of today's models and their variants will use the new architecture.... Read More »

 

Small cars struggle in latest round of IIHS crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Small cars performed poorly in a new round of insurance industry crash testing, with the four-door Mini Cooper Countryman receiving the only good rating of 12 cars evaluated. Meanwhile, the lithium ion electric batteries of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan Leaf electric vehicle survived during their first Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests with no problems reported.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help.... Read More »

 

 
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