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China’s tastes shape Japan’s luxury cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2016

Japan's premium designs are getting bolder and flashier as Lexus, Infiniti and Acura try to gain the attention of German-leaning Chinese luxury buyers.... Read More »

At Lexus' U.S. plant, cars get caressed

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2016

Whether a Lexus is made in Japan, at the RX plant in Canada or at the new $360 million ES factory line in Kentucky, customers expect near perfection in appearance and quality, say executives. And the factory floor is where that has to happen.... Read More »

Toyota gets another boost from light trucks

6:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Toyota Motor Sales posted a 3.8 percent sales increase in April, moving 211,125 vehicles for the month. Sales at the Toyota division, including Scion, rose 5 percent to 186,243 vehicles. The gains were largely buoyed by the strength of Toyota's light trucks, which set a record for April sales, rising 16 percent for the month to 96,033 vehicles.... Read More »

Mercedes widens lead over Lexus, BMW with SUVs

2:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Mercedes-Benz led U.S. sales of luxury autos in April, solidifying its top spot ahead of Toyota's Lexus and the BMW brand as demand for SUVs stayed strong.... Read More »

Freshening gives Lexus IS sedan a bolder look

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Lexus unveiled a freshened IS compact sedan last week at the Beijing auto show with an aggressive, heavily creased front fascia that echoes those of the RC coupe and upcoming LC 500 sports car.... Read More »

Lexus dramatizes design in meaner mug for IS

11:00 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2016

Lexus is doubling down on bolder designs with a freshened IS sport sedan that gets a meaner mug and sportier demeanor. The mid-cycle update also rolls out a tweaked interior with a bigger multimedia display and the brand's latest active safety system.... Read More »

Beijing show opens up to challenger brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2016

The Beijing auto show going on this week has become a showcase for Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz -- the dominant luxury brands in China -- as well as challengers such as Cadillac, Lincoln and Infiniti.... Read More »

Toyota may lose $277 million this quarter as quakes halt Japan output

April 18, 2016 10:39 CET

Toyota's profit may fall by about $277 million for the current quarter, an industry analyst said, after a series of earthquakes struck Japan, disrupting parts supplies. A production halt at Toyota's Kyushu factories will extend to other Japan assembly lines.... Read More »

Toyota, Nissan idle 2 assembly plants in wake of earthquake

10:00 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2016

Toyota and Nissan have suspended production at two plants that export Lexus and crossover vehicles to the U.S. after a strong earthquake in southwest Japan disrupted operations at key suppliers.... Read More »

Digital Honda ads make it personal

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2016

In online video campaigns, simply repurposing a TV spot for the digital audience can be an inefficient exercise when trying to influence potential buyers. So the TriHonda Dealers Association took a more targeted approach in a recent Tier 2 digital video blitz.... Read More »

Lexus aims to treat buyers 'like guests in our own home'

6:37 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Beyond the creature comforts and quality of an upscale vehicle, the "luxury" in luxury cars is increasingly about hospitality and how a buyer -- or "guest" in Lexus lingo -- feels about the entire brand experience, said Jeff Bracken, Lexus general manager.... Read More »

Lexus leads March U.S. luxury sales as crossovers draw buyers

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus brand, bolstered by demand for its crossovers, sold the most luxury light vehicles in the U.S. for a second straight month in March, closing in on Mercedes-Benz's first-quarter lead.... Read More »

Toyota loses ground as Easter holiday dents showroom traffic

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Toyota Motor Corp.'s March new-vehicle sales in the U.S. fell 2.7 percent from last year as car sales continued to slump and an early Easter contributed to dampened retail volume.... Read More »

Q&A - JOHN IACONO, MEMBER, LEXUS NATIONAL DEALER ADVISORY BOARD

New vehicles fuel excitement among Lexus dealers

2:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Lexus' LC 500, a coupe unveiled in January at the Detroit auto show and expected to go on sale in 2017, and the LF-FC fuel cell concept, which could come to life as the next LS, has Lexus National Dealer Advisory Council member John Iacono fired up about prospects for the brand.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Lexus to test no-haggle sales

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

At NADA: Lexus to test no-haggle sales; VW store worth buying?; a 'ransomware' warning for dealers; Best way to reduce cyber risks; special delivery.... Read More »

Lexus dealers get their wish -- a three-row RX crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2016

Lexus has decided to build a three-row version of the popular RX crossover. It would go on sale in late 2017 or early 2018.... Read More »

Lexus dealers eager for flagship car due in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2016

Life is good for Lexus dealers, and they expect it to get even better when the new flagship LC 500 arrives in stores in 2017.... Read More »

Lexus readies 3-row RX crossover

6:30 pm U.S. ET | March 23, 2016

After months of speculation, and pleading from U.S. dealers, Lexus has finalized plans to build a three-row version of the popular RX crossover.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Toyota hits gas on auto-braking

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2016

Toyota hits gas on auto-braking; BMW airbag-replacement snag; A premium for premium; 8 GM models, 10 speeds; VW, Infiniti, GMC auto-show peeks; Giving Ram more 'buzz.'... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: VW braces for 'residual' damage

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15, 2016

VW braces for 'residual' damage; BMW luxury lead in Feb.; GM lawyer: 'Sometimes, accidents just happen'; Worst traffic-jam cities; Infiniti, Buick, Lexus March Madness campaigns.... Read More »

PRESSURE TO PUNCH

When is a sale not really a sale?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2016

As U.S. auto sales show signs of hitting a peak, dealers across the industry face mounting pressure to sustain momentum. Among the most common practices appears to be one called "punching" -- dealers buying vehicles from their own inventory and converting them into testers or loaners in order to earn hefty bonuses.... Read More »

Lexus' new March Madness contest aimed at GS F audience

2:27 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2016

Lexus is getting in on March Madness. For the first time, the luxury brand has created a game around the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament to interact with potentially millions of fans online.... Read More »

Lexus rolls out new gearbox

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2016

The new Lexus LC500h hybrid features a new and innovative transmission -- actually two linked together in a design intended to provide sporty performance with its fuel-sipping hybrid engine.... Read More »

Porsche tops Lexus in study of online responses

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2016

Porsche dealerships led other brands in responding to consumers' online queries, a study found.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Clinton, Sanders spar on auto rescue

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2016

Clinton, Sanders spar on auto rescue, JCI: We didn't get U.S. aid; Porsche, Lexus, BMW tops in online-lead responses; New Subaru platform; Autovaz CEO Andersson to step down.... Read More »

 
Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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