Designer Okuyama on the threat from Google, Apple

11:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

The days of cheap and cheerful cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla may be numbered as technology firms Google and Apple muscle into the auto industry, and change the way people own and drive cars. That's the warning from Ken Okuyama, the high-end Japanese designer of the Ferrari F60 Enzo and Porsche Boxster.... Read More »


BLOG: Lexus brings knife to horsepower gunfight

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

Looking to avoid a bare-knuckle horsepower brawl with its storied rivals, Lexus is positioning the first-ever GS F as the friendly performance sedan.... Read More »

China auto sales expand at slowest pace in 3 years

7:13 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Light-vehicle sales in China expanded at the slowest pace since 2012 so far this year, underlining the slump in demand that prompted the government to cut a tax on car purchases to revive demand in the world's biggest auto market.... Read More »

M-B Financial taps Silicon Valley for growth ideas

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

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services CEO Peter Zieringer talks to Automotive News about the company's plans to move more metal and go more digital.... Read More »


BLOG: FCA deal finally gives UAW an organizing carrot

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

A byproduct of the rich new deal that UAW workers demanded of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles -- and their own leaders -- is that the UAW finally has something worthwhile to sell to employees at nonunion U.S. transplants.... Read More »

Mercedes' monthly global sales top BMW, Audi again

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Mercedes-Benz was the world's best-selling luxury car brand for the third consecutive month in September, surpassing BMW and Audi as demand for coupelike SUVs helped its sales grow twice as fast as at either competitor.... Read More »

Mercedes will task dealers to step it up for AMG

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

With the new AMG Sport models starting to arrive, Mercedes-Benz USA is asking dealers to invest in more training and showroom space for the high-performance line. U.S. chief Steve Cannon sees a sharp increase in AMG sales ahead.... Read More »

Mercedes looks to cap number of stores per group

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

Mercedes-Benz USA is talking to dealership groups about putting a cap on the number of rooftops any single dealership group can own. But it doesn't plan a uniform cap for all groups, which makes some of its retailers wary.... Read More »

Posting in pink

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

Real men wear pink, tweets Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon, sporting pink Chucks from AutoNation.... Read More »


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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


Mercedes expects GLC, C-class coupe sales to jump

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

Mercedes-Benz says the U.S. will be the biggest market for the S-class convertible. Executives also expect another record U.S. sales year.... Read More »

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