Smart

Q&A: ANNETTE WINKLER

CEO: 'A Smart always has to be a unique concept'

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Why would Smart want an SUV? It would only make the brand like everybody else.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: For Europe's small cars, it's war

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2016

Ford's other small-car battlefront; Why Smart's not planning SUV; Cruze hatchback price: $22,190; Canadian supplier chats with Google, Apple; Hyundai safety tech, in song.... Read More »

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Smart CEO Winkler outlines plan to keep Daimler brand profitable, 'unique'

June 16, 2016 06:01 CET

The fortunes of Daimler's Smart brand have rebounded after some tough times with the latest ForTwo and ForFour models that are built in partnership with Renault-Nissan. Smart CEO Annette Winkler explained to Automotive News Europe about how she sees the brand's future.... Read More »

Daimler to unveil long-range electric car in October

June 11, 2016 10:42 CET

Daimler will unveil a long-range electric car from its Mercedes brand at the Paris auto show, as the automaker gears up to compete with the Tesla Model X SUV.... Read More »

Mercedes' May sales rise 13% on Europe, China demand

June 6, 2016 12:19 CET

Sales of Mercedes cars jumped 13 percent in May as strong demand in Europe and China helped to offset a drop in the U.S.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 11% in April on robust Europe, China demand

May 9, 2016 11:19 CET

Sales of Mercedes vehicles rose 11 percent in April, boosted by strong demand in Europe and China and the launch of several new models, which helped offset flat deliveries in the U.S. Four-month brand sales were up 12 percent.... Read More »

ForTwo tippers are back at it

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

This month, groups of vandals in Seattle tipped a handful of Smart ForTwos from the car-sharing service Car2Go onto their sides.... Read More »

Mercedes posts record March sales on Europe, China demand

April 6, 2016 13:58 CET

Mercedes achieved its highest-ever monthly brand sales in March as deliveries rose 8.4 percent. Strong demand in Europe and China helped offset a drop in U.S. volume. Three-month registrations rose 13 percent.... Read More »

DAVID UNDERCOFFLER

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 »

 
China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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Volvo dealers get crash course on conquests

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Volvo's head of Europe says that his dealers have had to get used to something new: knowing how to cash in on conquest sales. ...
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How China dealer association resolved Audi's dealer crisis


3:59 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Audi's dispute with some of its China dealers, that threatened to blow up into all-out war, finally ...
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Lithium next German power play?

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28 2017

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BMW, Daimler and VW came together to acquire Nokia's HERE high-definition mapping unit in 2015 so wi ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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