BMW

BMW plans to produce X2 crossover, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
BMW plans a third model based on its new front-wheel-drive UKL platform -- an X2 crossover.... Read More »

 

POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them.... Read More »

 

BMW hanging on to 30th anniversary M5

11:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a limited-edition 30th Anniversary M5 to the portfolio, good luck. Just one model remains unsold in the United States as of today, and BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch says the automaker is in no hurry to let go of it.... Read More »

 

Audi, Mercedes gain on BMW in global sales race

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi and Mercedes are closing in on global premium sales leader BMW as the race between the three tightened last month.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Ford Fiesta, VW Polo make big moves in Web world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Land Rover Discovery, BMW X6 and Toyota Yaris, according to study.... Read More »

 

Europe group questions China antitrust probes

Aug. 13, 2014 13:25 CET
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China on Wednesday expressed concern over a recent series of antitrust investigations, saying China was using strong-arm tactics and appeared to be unfairly targeting foreign firms.... Read More »

 

Audi will 'accept penalty' in China anti-monopoly probe

Aug. 12, 2014 10:57 CET
Audi will accept punishment from Chinese authorities for breaching anti-monopoly laws in the world's largest car market, according to a statement from the automaker.... Read More »

 

A (virtual) Rolls-Royce for the masses

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars debuted the Wraith in “Forza Motorsport 5” on the Xbox One today, a historic moment for driving game enthusiasts and an example of the branding opportunities automakers see in video games.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW invests 55 million euros to boost image in Korea

Aug. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW will open its third global brand experience center later this month in South Korea, which will allow customers to test their driving skills on features including a winding handling circuit and an off-road course.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW, others lead shake-up of once-closed Korea

Aug. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Korean automakers may threaten the global dominance of automakers such as Volkswagen and Toyota, but they are losing ground at home to foreign brands -- especially premium automakers such as BMW and Mercedes.... Read More »

 

German gov't wants e-bikes to replace trucks for local deliveries

Aug. 11, 2014 14:49 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is looking for ways to encourage electric bikes to replace trucks for local freight shipments in Germany. BMW and Daimler's subsidiary, Smart, already offer e-bikes.... Read More »

 

Students' task: Create BMW pickup with sports car cred

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
It sounds like a long shot, but BMW is taking a keen interest in an X3-derived pickup unveiled at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars here last week by engineering graduate students from Clemson University.... Read More »

 

BMW North America names new CFO

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
BMW of North America appointed Stefan Walmrath CFO, effective Sept. 1, succeeding Stefan Sengewald, who will return to Germany to serve as a senior vice president for BMW Group.... Read More »

 

New Rolls may be a Wraith droptop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Rolls-Royce says a new model will go on sale by mid-2016. The model is widely believed to be a convertible version of the Wraith fastback, and likely would get a new name.... Read More »

 

EDITORIALS

Who's to blame for luxury vehicle gray market? Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
A booming gray market of mostly European luxury vehicles being exported from here to China is unnecessarily roiling the U.S. auto market.... Read More »

 

BMW's global sales advance 8% in July but lead over Audi shrinks

7:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
BMW's global lead over German rival Audi is shrinking, despite increasing deliveries in July, as the luxury-car leader posts lower volume growth in the United States and Europe. July was the third month this year that saw Audi outsell BMW, which has been the luxury sales leader since overtaking Mercedes-Benz in 2005.... Read More »

 

BMW deliveries rise 8 percent in July

Aug. 8, 2014 10:40 CET
BMW said its July group deliveries rose 8 percent to 163,959 vehicles, helped by growth at its core brand.... Read More »

 

BMW's new X1 will be the second model to use front-wheel-drive platform

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW plans to launch a revamped X1 and an all-new X2 next summer based on the company's UKL1 front-wheel-drive platform. The SUVs will be the second and third BMW-brand fwd models after the 2-series Active Tourer.... Read More »

 

BMW cuts spare-part prices in China amid antitrust investigation

10:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
BMW AG joined Mercedes-Benz and Audi in reducing prices of spare parts in China amid an antitrust investigation into the auto industry.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce plans second convertible

11:11 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Rolls-Royce will expand its lineup with a new convertible that will go on sale mid-2016. Media reports said the car will be a convertible version of the Wraith coupe, which is based on the Ghost sedan.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X4

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X4 include BorgWarner, Gustav Wahler, Montaplast, Angell-Demmel, Grammer, Nippon Seiki, Benecke- Kaliko, Guelph Tool, Sika, APAG Elektronik, Toyoda Gosei, P&R Fasteners, Flexitech, Shiloh Industries, TI Automotive, FTE Automotive, ZF Friedrichshafen, Teklas, ElringKlinger and Mahle.... Read More »

 

BMW second-quarter profit jumps 26% boosted by record car sales

Aug. 5, 2014 09:02 CET
BMW said its second-quarter operating profit rose 26 percent, as new models, a rebounding Europe and strong China sales boosted earnings.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce says it is developing a second convertible

Aug. 5, 2014 17:11 CET
Rolls-Royce will expand its lineup with a new convertible that will go on sale mid-2016. Media reports said the car will be a convertible version of the Wraith coupe, which is based on the Ghost sedan.... Read More »

 

Check out the ANE e-magazine for August

Aug. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at the potential risks and rewards facing Porsche as it strives to achieve global sales of 200,000 vehicles a year.... Read More »

 

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