Geneva Motor Show

BMW says its new fwd models are too small for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

BMW has decided not to bring either of its new 2-series front-wheel-drive models to the United States. The 2-series Gran Tourer, which debuted here last week, and the 2-series Active Tourer are too small for the U.S. market, a spokesman said.... Read More »

Toyota aims to cut price of fuel cell vehicle

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Toyota may have a $57,500 price tag on its Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle when it goes on sale late this year in the U.S., but it is pressing for a much lower future price. Katsuhiko Hirose, project general manager for Toyota Motor Corp.'s fuel cell development division, said Toyota wants fuel cell vehicles to be considered in the same competitive set as gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles.... Read More »

Rolls crossover to make broad use of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Rolls-Royce's new crossover will use a new aluminum spaceframe that won't be shared with BMW, says CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes. The spaceframe technology will be adopted for all future Rolls-Royce cars, Mueller-Oetvoes said.... Read More »

Highlights from Geneva

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Geneva has long been consider the show of exotics, and while there were plenty of those, there also were plenty of other interesting debuts. Here are a few models that caught our attention.... Read More »

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Crossovers, supercars show Europe is on the comeback trail

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

If there were any lingering anxieties about the state of the European market, last week's Geneva auto show officially blew them away.... Read More »

2-seat sports car concept may become Bentley's 5th model

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Bentley's EXP 10 Speed 6 two-seater concept unveiled here may join the British luxury brand's lineup before long. The EXP 10 shows how the brand's styling will evolve to become sportier and more emotionally appealing, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said.... Read More »

VW Sport Coupe concept previews CC successor

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Volkswagen's Sport Coupe Concept GTE, a four-door fastback plug-in hybrid concept that debuted in Geneva, is very close to the production version that will replace the CC and eventually could be built in the U.S., VW executives said.... Read More »

Sergio speaks -- about Toledo, Ferrari and self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

In a wide-ranging discussion at the Geneva auto show, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the automaker is mulling a proposal from Toledo, Ohio, to keep Jeep Wrangler production there, said Ferrari would be spun off by year's end, and said prospects for fully autonomous driving are overstated.... Read More »

Mitsubishi profit keys: Trucks, crossovers, EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has rebounded from financial trouble to profitability. The secret, says President Tetsuro Aikawa, is a focus on a few profitable segments: light trucks, crossovers and electric vehicles. Sedans and performance cars, not so much.... Read More »

With CMA, Volvo plans to develop cars faster

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Volvo will slash product development time to 20 months when it adds a second new vehicle architecture, r&d chief Peter Mertens said. The replacement for the V40 and other compact cars will use Volvo's new compact modular architecture, or CMA, "and from then on," all cars will take 20 months to develop, he said.... Read More »

Ford's Odell, Farley inherit each other's challenges in new roles

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2015

When you talk to Ford Motor Co.'s "trading places" executives, Stephen Odell and Jim Farley, it's clear: They have inherited each other's challenges. And it's hard to say who got the better deal.... Read More »

Infiniti QX30 could attract new dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2015

Infiniti's QX30 crossover concept, unveiled in Geneva last week, should boost the brand's sales in North America and Europe, but it also will help Infiniti expand its dealer body in markets outside North America.... Read More »

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Wow, Geneva gives the industry a jolt

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

This year's Geneva auto show was a display case of wild contradictions -- an industry barreling headlong into a future of extreme performance capabilities, pressing environmental concerns, serious international tensions and heavyweight outsiders apparently angling for a way into the automotive business.... Read More »

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Audi will offer Q7 as diesel or gasoline plug-in hybrid

March 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi will offer its Q7 large SUV with multiple plug-in hybrid variants: a diesel-electric for Europe and a gasoline-electric version for the U.S. and China. The Q7 e-tron quattro will be Audi's second plug-in hybrid. It currently offers a gasoline-electric plug-in variant of the A3.... Read More »

JLR CEO says U.S. plant decision is 3 years off

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

A US factory is a must if Jaguar Land Rover is to continue to grow and stay competitive, says CEO Ralf Speth. But the automaker has to find one product with annual sales of 30,000 to 40,000 to make an American plant worthwhile, he said.... Read More »

Audi R8 e-tron signals shift by German automakers to high-end EVs

March 4, 2015 16:12 CET

German carmakers are shifting their focus towards high-end electric vehicles such as the Audi R8 e-tron and away from cheaper city cars in an effort to revive environmentally-friendly but unpopular zero-emission vehicles.... Read More »

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Fiat's Mazda-based roadster will be called the 124 Spider

March 4, 2015 14:24 CET

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that Fiat will call its new Mazda-based roadster the 124 Spider, reviving a name from the 1960s. The roadster will be based on the Miata MX-5.... Read More »

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BLOG: America, land of big spaces, spurs Hyundai Tucson redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

How do you design a crossover with a name evoking the old West -- that cowboy, cactus, rugged desert terrain ethos?... Read More »

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Lexus reveals potential Mini fighter

March 3, 2015 14:55 CET

Lexus revealed the aggressively styled LF-SA subcompact concept at the Geneva auto show that, if built, would compete against the Mini hatchback and Audi A1.... Read More »

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Opel/Vauxhall touts connectivity as OnStar rolls out in Europe

March 3, 2015 18:43 CET

Opel/Vauxhall believes its OnStar digital service will help it win new customers, boost sales and return to profit after it begins to roll out the service in 13 European markets including Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain.... Read More »

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Aston Martin SUV may deepen Daimler partnership

March 3, 2015 10:39 CET

Aston Martin announced plans for an SUV that may draw more heavily on its partnership with Daimler, as the UK supercar maker confirmed moves to raise more capital and expand into new vehicle categories.... Read More »

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Infiniti will aim QX30 crossover at affluent young buyers

March 2, 2015 20:06 CET

Infiniti said it will target younger affluent customers with its QX30 compact crossover. Infiniti unveiled a concept for the crossover on the eve of the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

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Bentley unveils two-seat sports car concept that may become 5th model

March 2, 2015 20:39 CET

Bentley unveiled the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept for a two-seat luxury sports car that it says may join its lineup in the near future. The EXP 10 also shows how the brand's styling will evolve to become sportier and more emotionally appealing.... Read More »

Kia to roll out 1.0-liter turbo engine in Cee'd GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

This week at the Geneva auto show, Kia plans to unveil the Cee'd GT, the first Kia model to use Hyundai Motor Group's new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Kia says the engine puts out 118 hp and 127 pounds-feet of torque despite its scant displacement.... Read More »

CLS fighter from VW?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Volkswagen plans to unveil a coupe-style sedan concept this week at the Geneva auto show. VW insiders say the concept, shown in these sketches the company released last week, likely would become a production model positioned between the CC sedan and the Phaeton flagship.... Read More »

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