BMW to 'step up' digital features

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

The next frontier for BMW is growing the digital end of its business, in vehicles and on the retail front. New consumer programs will focus on service and making it more seamless. In vehicles, improved connectivity and even autonomous driving “will weave itself into all of our next architectures,” the brand's top sales and marketing executive says.... Read More »

BMW CEO Krueger is likely to be back at work next week

Sept. 16, 2015 11:44 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger is recovering well after collapsing during the carmaker's presentation at the Frankfurt auto show on Tuesday and likely will be back at his desk next week, his predecessor Norbert Reithofer said.... 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 »

BMW eyes new business opportunities with autonomous cars

Sept. 16, 2015 09:58 CET

BMW is rethinking its products, design and business models for the advent of driverless cars, said Peter Schwarzenbauer, the group's Mini boss. The executive added that the competitive advantage for premium carmakers will be based on their ability to offer a portfolio of transport options far beyond just selling cars.... Read More »

BMW CEO Krueger collapses on stage at Frankfurt show

Sept. 15, 2015 08:48 CET

BMW Group CEO Harald Krueger collapsed on stage at the Frankfurt auto show. Krueger is recovering well after a "moment of dizziness," BMW said.... Read More »


Alfa Giulia tops BMW rival on speed, price

Sept. 15, 2015 15:51 CET

Alfa Romeo will price its Giulia Quadrifoglio slightly higher than its nearest rival as it seeks to challenge Germany's premium brands with Ferrari-inspired performance.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce mulls electric car as new regulations dawn

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars may develop an electric vehicle as tighter regulations on auto emissions pushes even the most elite auto manufacturers to look into battery-powered cars.... Read More »


BLOG: Why a Rolls-Royce ATV isn't a strange idea

7:32 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

A Rolls-Royce ATV? Really? Not as strange as it sounds.... Read More »

BMW's next electric i cars in 'final stages'

Sept. 15, 2015 14:34 CET

BMW is pushing ahead with plans to expand its i subbrand as competitors threaten to push past the automaker with more advanced EVs. BMW has options that are in the final stages of consideration to join the i3 and i8, Ian Robertson, BMW's sales chief, Ian Robertson, said.... Read More »


BLOG: Rolls-Royce rebalances amid China slowdown

9:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars may not see an increase in global sales this year because of the meltdown in China, says its CEO, Torsten Muller–Otvos.... Read More »

BMW is open to partnerships with tech firms, report says

Sept. 14, 2015 13:12 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger is open to exploring deeper partnerships with software and computer companies such as Apple, but says both partners need to profit from the cooperation, otherwise it will not last, a German paper reported.... 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 »

A new breed of superrich buyer emerges - and splurges

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

A new generation of wealthy and more-raucous luxury buyers is emboldening automakers to rethink their offerings.... Read More »

Now, this is a queen who knows how to roll

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

Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in British history last week. This is one monarch who knows her way around a vehicle.... Read More »

Rolls targets women, younger buyers with Dawn convertible

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

The Dawn convertible that Rolls-Royce will unveil this week at the Frankfurt auto show aims to attract younger buyers and more women to the brand.... Read More »

BMW will pay $1.6 million, offer jobs to resolve EEOC lawsuit

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

The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina last week entered a consent decree ordering BMW Manufacturing Co. to pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities to alleged victims of race discrimination as part of the resolution of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.... Read More »

Crossover, Dawn are on the horizon

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

Rolls-Royce will join ultraluxury competitor Bentley and launch a crossover. in 2018. The crossover will use a new aluminum spaceframe that also will underpin Rolls-Royce cars as they are replaced.... Read More »

BMW makes changes in N.A. sales management team

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

Peter Miles, BMW of North America's vice president of sales channel development and customer relations, has moved into a new role with the company as part of several leadership changes. Craig Westbrook, BMW of North America's vice president of aftersales, will succeed Miles on Oct. 1.... Read More »

BMW, other auto brands can benefit from YouTube 'fan videos,' report says

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

BMW-related viewership on YouTube -- at more than 4 billion views -- is larger than that of any other auto brand, a report by marketing and data firm ZEFR found. But here's the twist: Just 5 percent of those views are on the German automaker's official YouTube channel.... 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 »

2015 Eurostar winner Josef Kerscher

Sept. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

The executives chosen as 2015 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest. Josef Kerscher, plant manager for BMW factory in Dingolfing, Germany, is this year's winner for Manufacturing Executive.... Read More »

BMW to pay $1.6 million, rehire black workers to settle federal bias claims

7:47 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

BMW will pay $1.6 million and offer to rehire dozens of black former employees at a South Carolina plant who were fired after the company implemented a new criminal background check policy, according to a settlement agreement approved Tuesday.... Read More »


How BMW increases volume without sacrificing margins

Sept. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW's growing lineup of compact cars is luring customers away from similar-sized volume models, especially in Europe. BMW sales boss Ian Robertson talked about the effect this has had on BMW in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »


Rolls-Royce aims Dawn convertible at younger buyers

Sept. 8, 2015 14:14 CET

Rolls-Royce expects its Dawn convertible to attract more younger buyers and more women to the brand.... Read More »


BLOG: Some tips on interior packaging from a casual dining darling

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

The auto industry can learn something from Shake Shack, the fast-growing burger chain out of New York.... Read More »

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