Creative concepts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Automakers at Frankfurt this year displayed concept cars bursting with ideas about form, from the regal smoothness of the Mercedes-Benz IAA to the intricate but harmonious geometry in the Nissan Gripz.... Read More »

BMW, Daimler say their diesels comply with U.S. clean air rules

Sept. 21, 2015 13:27 CET

BMW and Daimler say their diesel-powered vehicles comply with U.S. clean air rules. Their comments come after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that fellow German automaker Volkswagen used software to deceive regulators measuring emissions from VW and Audi diesels.... Read More »


BLOG: Why VW's betrayal with diesel engines is different

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

For the second time in recent decades, it appears that the U.S. diesel passenger car market has been mortally wounded by a car company claiming to be its champion.... Read More »

Audi's 'Truth in Engineering' ads come back to bite amid probe

8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Audi's advertising pitches under the banner "Truth in Engineering" have come under fire after Volkswagen Group admitted to violating U.S. emissions rules.... Read More »

Auto-brake pact offers boon to big suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

When 10 automakers agreed this month to voluntarily make automatic emergency braking systems standard, they were promising off-the-shelf technology priced for the mass market that includes an assortment of cameras, radar, lidar and computer chips that make up collision avoidance systems. The suppliers that will profit are a well-defined group of big suppliers with production-ready components.... Read More »


Audi readies 2 EVs for U.S. starting in 2018

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

A production version of Audi's e-tron quattro concept for a crossover electric vehicle shown in Frankfurt will go on sale in the U.S. in 2018, and another battery-electric vehicle will come after that, the automaker's top U.S. executive said.... Read More »

VW accused of using 'defeat device' software in 482,000 diesels to skirt U.S. clean-air rules

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

VW and Audi sold about 482,000 diesel models with illegal emissions control software to make the cars appear cleaner in testing than they are in the real world, the EPA charged in ordering a recall of the vehicles.... Read More »

Design legend Giugiaro plans return after Piech setback

Sept. 18, 2015 11:43 CET

Design legend Giorgetto Giugiaro is striking out alone after selling the remaining part of his styling company to VW Group's Audi division following his friend Ferdinand Piech's ouster from the German automaker. Giugiaro is discussing potential projects with Chinese and Korean companies.... Read More »

Tesla struggles in Germany with consumers unswayed by Model S cult

10:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Tesla has built a cult following in the U.S. for its high-powered electric sports cars. But in Europe's biggest car market, consumers are proving harder to convince.... Read More »

Audi's EV push won't stop with e-tron quattro

3:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

A second EV will join Audi’s U.S. lineup after the e-tron quattro concept. In a strategy similar to Tesla, Audi aims to introduce battery-electric EVs that provoke desirability, with a long driving range, high design and performance, to fuel consumer demand and command strong transaction prices.... Read More »

Mercedes open to battery alliance with BMW, Audi, Zetsche says

Sept. 16, 2015 15:32 CET

Mercedes is open to the idea of creating an alliance with rivals BMW and Audi to manufacture next-generation batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the automaker's CEO, Dieter Zetsche, said. A deal would extend an alliance formed by the three automakers earlier this year to buy Nokia's maps business, Here.... Read More »

Porsche, Audi EVs zero in on Tesla

5:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

The high-performance electric car market is shaping up to be a high-profile battleground featuring some of the world's most glamorous brands after Porsche and Audi unveiled models to challenge pioneer Tesla Motors.... Read More »


Mercedes, BMW and Audi extend reach at the expense of mass-market brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

German luxury brands appear to be successful in broadening their reach, gaining volume without diminishing their brands, as seen by growing sales in the U.S. and Europe.... Read More »

2015 Eurostar winner Ricky Hudi

Sept. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

The executives chosen as 2015 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest by pushing their companies to new heights. Ricky Hudi, Audi chief executive engineer for electrics/electronics, is this year's winner for Connected Car.... Read More »

Mercedes passes Audi to take second place in luxury-car sales

Sept. 10, 2015 11:15 CET

Mercedes outsold Audi in the first eight months to become the world's second-biggest luxury-car maker, as both Audi and BMW struggled to match its sales growth in China.... Read More »

Audi CEO Stadler is positive on China recovery

Sept. 9, 2015 11:40 CET

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says China is showing signs of recovery and he is confident that the country's growing middle class will ensure its car market keeps growing.... Read More »


Audi sales boss explains luxury brand's shifting 'center of gravity'

Sept. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi ranks as Europe's sixth-largest brand, outselling volume automakers such as Citroen and Fiat. Sales boss Luca De Meo explained to Automotive News Europe how the automaker is maintaining its premium-ness despite its rising volume.... Read More »


German luxury brands take aim at Model S and Model X

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

German premium-car makers are taking Tesla very seriously. Four have vehicles in the works or under consideration that take dead aim at the upstart U.S. electric vehicle maker. The latest to join the chase: Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »


How Audi, BMW, Mercedes boost Europe share while protecting premium-ness

Sept. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi, BMW and Mercedes have succeeded in “democratizing” luxury in Europe while increasing their combined share of the European market to 17 percent from 10 percent two decades ago. They have also managed to boost volume without sacrificing their high profit margins or their premium status.... Read More »

Audi product blitz will usher in new styling, tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Audi will continue its crossover and technology offensive for the foreseeable future while rolling out a new design language to its entire lineup by the end of the decade.... Read More »

German carmakers win U.S. antitrust approval to buy Nokia maps

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015

German carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes have won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Nokia's maps business for around 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion), the Federal Trade Commission said today.... Read More »

VW's run ends with 8.1% drop; Audi's hot streak continues

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Audi of America posted its best August ever, while Volkswagen of America was unable to sustain its brief growth spurt. After posting higher U.S. sales in May, June and July, VW backtracked with an 8.1 percent decline last month. However, the 32,332 vehicles VW sold in August represented its best monthly U.S. sales total of 2015.... Read More »

Daimler 'still confident' in China sales outlook after market plunge

8:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Daimler AG, counting on China to provide the most fuel for car demand growth this year, pledged to keep up its investments after the country's biggest stock-market rout since 2007.... Read More »

Audi plans EV crossover to fight Tesla Model X

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

The e-tron quattro concept that Audi plans to unveil next month at the Frankfurt auto show will preview the brand's upcoming Tesla Model X-fighter. A teaser photo and some details of the electric four-seat crossover, likely to be called the Q6, were released last week. Production will start in 2018.... Read More »


Audi teases Tesla Model X fighter, says launch planned for 2018

Aug. 19, 2015 11:06 CET

Audi issued a teaser picture and some details of an all-electric SUV that it will launch to rival the upcoming Tesla Model X. The SUV will have a range of more than 500km (310 miles) and will go into production in 2018 as the brand's first volume electric car, Audi said.... Read More »

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