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BMW plans self-driving electric car to counter Apple, Google threat

March 16, 2016 16:02 CET

BMW will launch a flagship self-driving EV early next decade in response to the threat from tech giants such as Apple and Google in the field of autonomous driving.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 11% in February on strong China, Europe demand

March 4, 2016 16:46 CET

Sales of Mercedes brand cars rose 11 percent in February to 133,752 vehicles, as strong demand in China and Europe offset a drop in U.S. volume... 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 »

Daimler declines to invest in battery cell production

Feb. 25, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has ruled out investing in battery cell production for electric cars with other German premium brands for at least another few years citing a massive overcapacity in the market that has turned cells into a commodity.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 20% in Jan. on strong China demand

Feb. 5, 2016 13:13 CET

Sales of Mercedes brand cars increased by 20 percent in January to 150,814, buoyed by a 52 percent jump in China sales.... Read More »

'IPhone of cars' in self-assembly kits is French entrepreneur's Vegas bet

7:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2016

GM and Mercedes-Benz say the next generation of cars will be self-driving and super-connected. A French entrepreneur is betting they'll also come in kits. The cube-shaped vehicles made by France Craft are shipped in a kit and have safety clearance to hit the road in Europe as long as they're assembled by a professional mechanic.... Read More »

SMART

New variants coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Smart is launching two variants of the redesigned ForTwo in 2016 -- a convertible this summer and an electric version near the end of the year.... Read More »

Mercedes SLK morphs into freshened SLC roadster for 2017

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC, a renamed and freshened SLK roadster, features a sportier front end marked by a “diamond” radiator grille and a tweaked interior, among other changes.... Read More »

Mercedes brand sales rise 7% to monthly record on strong China demand

Dec. 4, 2015 12:09 CET

Mercedes brand sales rose 7.4 percent last month, the highest-ever level for November, as demand in China offset a plunge in U.S. sales.... Read More »

Mercedes completes U.S. tally with 12% Nov. decline

12:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2015

Mercedes-Benz posted a 12 percent decline in U.S. sales for November -- its biggest drop in more than six years -- wrapping up a rare two-day tally of monthly deliveries.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: It takes 2 to get the full story of Smart's new ForTwo

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2015

Smart USA's latest pitch on Instagram for the new 2016 ForTwo is a tag-team effort. While much of the marketing content hitting the social sphere these days is designed for one person to absorb on a mobile device, Smart's campaign is meant for two -- just like its miniature cruiser.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German premium brands should embrace China's Internet sales craze

6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Audi and rival German premium carmakers dominate the Chinese auto market but they are missing out on an e-commerce boom that celebrates its annual peak today.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz teases 'diamond' grille on freshened SL

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

Mercedes-Benz's freshened SL features a retouched fascia and a new “diamond” radiator grille, a teaser photo released Tuesday by the automaker shows.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 13% in October on China demand

Nov. 6, 2015 12:56 CET

Mercedes-Benz boosted sales by 13 percent to 165,706 in October, buoyed by continued growth in China.... Read More »

Smart wants to get smart about urban mobility

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2015

Smart wants to win over buyers to its microcar by offering extra perks through a smartphone app. They'll be able to find parking spots in some cities through the app, and Smart is developing more ideas, including a possible car-sharing function with friends.... 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 »

Renault will supply Daimler's Smart with electric motors

Sept. 16, 2015 13:00 CET

Renault will supply motors for electric versions of Daimler's Smart city cars under their deepening five-year-old alliance. Renault already uses the motors in its Zoe EV.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 18% in August on China surge

Sept. 4, 2015 15:28 CET

Mercedes' brand sales increased 18 percent in August, marking the 30th consecutive month of record sales at the automaker. Demand was particularly robust in China, where sales rose 53 percent. Eight-month brand sales were up 15 percent to 1.18 million.... Read More »

Updated Smart ForTwo convertible is due next summer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The convertible version of the redesigned Smart ForTwo will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. early next summer.... Read More »

Smart ForTwo redesigned to better fit U.S. buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Smart's all-new 2016 ForTwo may have a European flavor to it, but significant portions of the car were specifically designed for the U.S. market.... Read More »

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 »

 
Nissan's self-driving tech in high demand

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 2016

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Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. It will make future cars a lot safer and a lot smarter, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says, ...
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PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investments


4:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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PSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. ...
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MG's Chinese owners fail to revive UK brand

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2016

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MG's decision to end production in the UK shows just how tough it has been for Chinese owners SAIC t ...
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Bye-bye Bentley, hello Dyson?

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27 2016

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The list of exhibitors for this week's Paris auto show is the latest indication that the industry is changing fast. ...
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Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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BMW appoints European sales chief to replace retiring CFO
BMW Group appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner w ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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