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BLOG: Mazda MX-5 Miata goes fastback with 'RF' lid

8:15 pm U.S. ET | March 22, 2016

Mazda welcomed spring late Tuesday by unveiling the MX-5 RF, a power-folding hardtop version of its MX-5 Miata roadster.... Read More »

Greenpeace, German regulator clash over vehicle test data

March 18, 2016 17:33 CET

Greenpeace and Germany's autos regulator clashed over some data from vehicle tests, highlighting the tensions over car pollution in the wake of Volkswagen's emissions test-cheating scandal.... Read More »

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 »

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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W. Europe car sales fall 1% in October on weaker Germany, France
Western European car sales fell 1 percent in October as gains in the UK, Italy and Spain failed to o ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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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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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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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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