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BMW has no plan B if UK quits EU

May 13, 2016 11:51 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger said it's too early to plan for possible changes that could affect the automaker if Britons vote to leave the EU. BMW builds Mini and Rolls-Royce cars in the UK.... Read More »

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Mini boss sees risks & rewards from further expanding brand

April 30, 2016 06:01 CET

Mini sales reached a record last year, but now the question is whether the BMW Group subsidiary can push volume even higher and what models it needs in its "superheroes" lineup to help achieve this? Peter Schwarzenbauer, the brand's chief, discussed this and other topics with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: A drop-off in drop-tops

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Can Buick counter the drop-off in drop-tops?; Ford issues 5 recalls; Getting Germany to go green; Volvo to test autonomous cars in U.K.; GM plant investments; May I rent your Mini?... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: FCA to shuffle plants, products

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

FCA plant, product shuffle: Ram factory to make Jeep Wagoneer, as Compass-Patriot replacement heads to Mexico; FCA column clicks; Ford investments; BMW exec changes... Read More »

BMW will help Mini owners rent out their cars

April 26, 2016 11:55 CET

Mini plans to help its customers turn idle downtime into cash by allowing them to rent out their cars when they are not using them. New Minis will soon be available with devices that track the vehicle and accept payments from renters.... Read More »

Mini appoints new head of Americas

2:17 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2016

David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. Duncan will be succeeded by Thomas Felbermair, who had a similar role with Mini in Europe.... Read More »

Mini is pushing its brand awareness in new ways

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2016

Fine-tuning of Mini's marketing message was a key topic at the brand's make meeting.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ford to attack Prius from Mexico?

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

Ford to attack Prius from Mexico?, Plant slated to open in '18, UAW: 'Very troubling'; PSA's path back to U.S.; Public retailers dialing back buy-sells, experts say; Mini pulls ads.... Read More »

Mini pulls Abby Wambach ads after DUI arrest; she wasn't driving a Mini

11:08 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2016

Mini says it is pulling ad content featuring Abby Wambach and "re-evaluating" its relationship with the retired soccer star after she was arrested Sunday and charged with driving under the influence.... Read More »

Mini dealers optimistic about Clubman, other new products

3:53 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2016

Product was the hot topic at Mini's make meeting Saturday, with dealers and the manufacturer analyzing the performance of the Clubman and awaiting the new Countryman and Cooper convertible.... Read More »

Q&A - MICHAEL VADASZ, CHAIRMAN, MINI DEALER COUNCIL

Mini bulks up to challenge premium compact rivals

2:00 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2016

Michael Vadasz, chairman of the Mini Dealer Council, says Mini is evolving with a portion of its demographic: buyers who liked their Minis, but because of a changed situation, such as a growing family, they need a roomier vehicle.... Read More »

Mini dealers' hopes ride on freshened lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2016

Better collaboration with the manufacturer and a freshened lineup, including larger vehicles for owners with growing families, will keep Mini sales climbing, says Michael Vadasz, chairman of the Mini Dealer Council.... Read More »

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 »

 
Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
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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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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
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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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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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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
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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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
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
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