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Smart ForTwo takes on more American dimensions

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

The bite-size Smart ForTwo may have a European flavor, but the third-generation model coming to the U.S. in September was cooked up using plenty of American ingredients. All of the key changes to the 2016 model -- increased width, new transmission choices, and more substantial styling -- were made primarily with the U.S. in mind.... Read More »

How Daimler's Car2go could transform how New Yorkers get around town

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

As residents of Brooklyn and Queens know all too well, not having a car makes it difficult to get from one borough to the other. But soon there will be another option: hopping into an unnervingly small, but surprisingly roomy, two-person vehicle and motoring to the other borough, where the rental ends once the driver parks.... Read More »

Daimler seeks way around France's 35-hour workweek

Aug. 12, 2015 12:23 CET

Daimler is trying to circumvent France's 35-hour workweek. It wants workers in Hambach, where it makes the Smart ForTwo, to put in more hours and has hinted that it may shift production if it cannot reach an agreement with employees.... Read More »

Smart sticks with single nameplate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Smart microcar will continue to be a niche product in the U.S. with annual sales of about 10,000. Management has chosen to sell only one car here - the miniscule ForTwo and not the four-seat ForFour.... Read More »

Luxury brands draw tech battle lines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

European luxury brands are leaving few segments untouched, but the new battleground is high-technology and semiautonomous features.... Read More »

Curse of the $16.5 million Ferrari pits tycoon against an auction house

July 11, 2015 06:15 CET

Following 16 years of lawsuits and ownership claims from Paraguay to Switzerland, the fate of a 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus roadster, which Victoria's Secret founder Les Wexner thought he bought last year for 10.7 million pounds ($16.5 million), is finally coasting toward resolution in a London court.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Smart has no plans for an SUV, CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Daimler's Smart subsidiary will not expand its lineup with an SUV/crossover in the near future, said the brand's CEO, Annette Winkler.... Read More »

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Smart has no plans for crossover, CEO Winkler says

June 10, 2015 19:36 CET

Daimler's Smart subsidiary will not expand its lineup with an SUV/crossover in the near future, the brand's CEO, Annette Winkler, said.... Read More »

Mercedes brand sales rise 13% in May on China, U.S demand

June 8, 2015 11:44 CET

Global sales of Mercedes cars rose 13 percent in May, lifted by gains in the U.S. and China, along with strong demand for SUVs, compact models and the C class.... Read More »

Mercedes sales increase 12% in April on China, U.S demand

May 7, 2015 11:45 CET

Daimler said vehicle sales at its Mercedes cars unit, including Smart, rose 12 percent last month, driven by robust demand in the U.S. and China as well as strong sales of the Mercedes C class and GLA.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Daimler mimics BMW with conservative profit outlook

6:17 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Daimler seems to have taken a lead from BMW in keeping its 2015 profit outlook conservative to avoid any risk whatsoever of potentially giving the financial markets an unpleasant surprise later in the year.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Daimler mimics BMW with conservative profit outlook

6:17 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Daimler seems to have taken a lead from BMW in keeping its 2015 profit outlook conservative to avoid any risk whatsoever of potentially giving the financial markets an unpleasant surprise later in the year.... Read More »

Smart CEO to speak at Europe Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Smart CEO Annette Winkler, the first woman to lead an automotive brand in Europe, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in Birmingham, England.... Read More »

Mercedes sales increase 16% to monthly record

April 8, 2015 12:03 CET

Mercedes sales rose 16 percent in March to a monthly record, powered by robust demand in Europe, China and the U.S. and strong sales of the automaker's C class, compacts and SUVs.... Read More »

Mini clears Superleggera roadster for production, report says

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

It’s not quite as exciting as a Beatles reunion, but it looks like one of Britain’s greatest hits -- the affordable sports car -- could finally be returning. Car magazine reported that BMW officials have approved for production the Mini Superleggera concept car, which debuted last year.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 15% in Feb. on Europe demand

March 6, 2015 12:43 CET

Mercedes brand sales increased 15 percent in February, driven by robust demand in Europe and strong global sales of its C class, compacts and SUVs.... Read More »

Yamaha plans 2-seat car for Europe, source says

Feb. 27, 2015 10:06 CET

Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha aims to start making and selling two-seat cars in Europe as early as 2019, a person familiar with the plan told Reuters on Friday.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Faurecia helps cut CO2 in new Renault Twingo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

Faurecia's emissions control systems helps the third-generation Renault Twingo reduce fuel consumption by 26 percent to 4.2 liters per 100km and cuts CO2 emissions by 35 grams per kilometer to 95g/km in variants with the 1.0-liter gasoline engine equipped with stop-start technology.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Daimler seeks profitability at Smart with 2 minicar sizes

Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler hopes to make its Smart small-car unit sustainably profitable by offering the same car in two sizes: the two-seat ForTwo and the four-seat ForFour.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Love the displays, but where's the color?

4:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

This Detroit auto show is chock full of lavish, well-conceived and well executed backdrops specifically designed to show off each manufacturer's latest products.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for January

Jan. 7, 2015 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 Jaguar expects 2015 to be a record-breaking year.... Read More »

SMART

Wants to be an urban legend

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

Management realizes the appetite for Smart cars is limited in the U.S., hence the decision not to bring the larger ForFour four-door car to this market.... Read More »

Smart says China will be its top market

Dec. 15, 2014 08:29 CET

China could overtake Germany and Italy to become the biggest market for Smart in a few years, Smart CEO Annette Winkler said. Smart will launch the latest ForTwo and its new ForFour in China next year.... 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 »

Mercedes sales chief Kaellenius seen as potential Zetsche successor after promotion to board

Dec. 11, 2014 14:34 CET

Daimler promoted Ola Kaellenius, head of sales for its Mercedes unit, to the group's management board, making him a potential candidate to succeed Dieter Zetsche as CEO. Zetsche's current contract runs until the end of 2016.... Read More »

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

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Christiaan Hetzner
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8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
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