BLOG: So long side mirrors, hello cameras

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

Audi and Mercedes-Benz are among the automakers that believe they will be able persuade legislators in key global markets that side mirrors need to be replaced by cameras to make future models more aerodynamic and fuel efficient.... Read More »

S.C. dealerships, factories begin recovering from floods

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

The rain has stopped, but South Carolina’s dealerships and residents are still on alert and recovering from the massive floods that have wreaked havoc on much of the state.... Read More »

Mercedes sales jump 16% in September on China demand

Oct. 6, 2015 12:38 CET

Mercedes brand's global sales increased 16 percent in September, buoyed by a 53 percent jump in China deliveries.... Read More »

BMW car-sharing program quits San Francisco

5:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

DriveNow, the car-sharing program owned by BMW that allows drivers to rent electric cars by the minute, is pulling out of San Francisco, the only U.S. city in which it operates, the company said Monday.... Read More »

Smart ForTwo EV to arrive in U.S. late next year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

The next-generation electric Smart ForTwo will arrive in the U.S. at the end of 2016. Government incentives likely will determine whether demand will outpace the 25 percent take rate seen for the electric version of the ForTwo last year.... Read More »

G class gets downsized V-8, new AMG version for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Mercedes-Benz USA chief Steve Cannon says the brand will sell more G-class SUVs in 2016 than even. Cannon is counting on changes such as a smaller but more powerful V-8, plus a new $218,000 AMG version, to drive sales higher.... Read More »


How to do an automotive hookup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

The low-key cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan offers a low-key counterpoint to Sergio Marchionne's assertion that mergers are critical to industry survival.... Read More »

Mercedes aims to add dealerships judiciously

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Mercedes-Benz plans to add more dealerships to address unmet demand in growing markets. But it will stop in a couple of years once it gets to around 390 stores, up from 370 now.... Read More »

M-B seeks Apple experience in service drive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon wants the brand's dealerships to provide service customers an experience closer to that of an Apple Store, through a digital initiative in the service drive. He expects it to be in all U.S. dealerships by the end of 2016.... Read More »

Daimler Chairman Bischoff has backing for another term

Oct. 2, 2015 16:25 CET

Daimler's supervisory board will seek to have Chairman Manfred Bischoff re-elected for another term at its annual shareholders' meeting in April.... Read More »

Mercedes names new chief of China r&d center

Oct. 2, 2015 12:10 CET

Mercedes named Hans Georg Engel to run its r&d center in Beijing where he will oversee the expansion of the unit, which is planned to almost double in size by the end of the year from when it opened in 2014.... Read More »


BMW says emissions manipulation software is a 'no-go'

Oct. 1, 2015 16:18 CET

BMW's development chief has echoed rival automakers Daimler and Volvo in saying that the so-called "defeat device" that VW Group used to cheat U.S. diesel-emissions tests was a “no-go” at his company, adding that BMW has control systems to ensure such manipulation never occurs.... Read More »


BLOG: VW's travails aside, diesel fans remain loyal

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

There is a lot of chatter about VW's emissions scam being the death knell for the diesel engine in the U.S. Why it won't happen.... Read More »


BLOG: The secret to the Ghosn-Zetsche alliance's success

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Carlos Ghosn and Dieter Zetsche's annual press conference, known on the auto show circuit as “The Carlos and Dieter Show,” would be easy to dismiss as mere self-congratulation. But in this year of feverish merger talk, it took on broader implications.... Read More »

Automakers should explain gap in real-word and lab tests for CO2 emissions

Sept. 28, 2015 16:30 CET

A campaign group said automakers should explain why new cars in Europe have CO2 emissions on the road that are far higher than laboratory tests show.... Read More »


BLOG: The challenge and promise of car-sharing, in 2 charts

9:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

If you're a forward-looking automaker, it's no longer enough to sell an EV and experiment with autonomous driving -- you need a car-sharing service, too.... Read More »

Mercedes will promote diesel cars in Japan despite VW scandal

Sept. 28, 2015 14:14 CET

Mercedes will continue to promote diesel cars in Japan despite the negative impression that VW's emissions test cheating has had on the fuel technology. Mercedes is aiming to double the proportion of diesel cars it sells in Japan to 10 percent in 2015.... Read More »

NHTSA considers expanding Takata airbag recalls

7:21 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

The U.S. regulator overseeing the replacement of Takata airbags is considering an order that would expand the recalls and has contacted seven manufacturers who could be affected, including Volkswagen AG and Tesla Motors Inc.... Read More »

Daimler denies manipulating emissions data

Sept. 25, 2015 14:54 CET

Daimler says it has not used defeat devices to manipulate its vehicles during emissions tests.The denial follows allegations by lobby group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) that tests on vehicles made by German carmakers including Daimler had shown significantly exceeded limits on nitrogen oxide emissions.... Read More »

Diesel test report cites emissions gaps at other automakers

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2015

A European environmental group issued a report this month that suggested other automakers in addition to Volkswagen and Audi may use software or other technology to enable their diesel vehicles to perform better in emissions testing than in actual, on-road driving.... Read More »


Creative concepts

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

Automakers at Frankfurt this year displayed concept cars bursting with ideas about form, from the regal smoothness of the Mercedes-Benz IAA to the intricate but harmonious geometry in the Nissan Gripz.... Read More »

Mercedes considers ultraluxury crossover or SUV to fight Bentayga

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

Mercedes-Benz is exploring whether to introduce an ultraluxury crossover or SUV, possibly under its Maybach subbrand. Demand appears to be growing for ultraluxury SUV and crossover type vehicles, said Andreas Zygan, Mercedes director of development for SUVs.... Read More »

BMW, Daimler say their diesels comply with U.S. clean air rules

Sept. 21, 2015 13:27 CET

BMW and Daimler say their diesel-powered vehicles comply with U.S. clean air rules. Their comments come after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that fellow German automaker Volkswagen used software to deceive regulators measuring emissions from VW and Audi diesels.... Read More »


BLOG: Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!

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

Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology.... Read More »


Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!

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

Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology.... Read More »

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