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Lexus tops BMW in U.S. registrations; 2015 luxury title in dispute

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Not so fast on BMW winning the 2015 U.S. luxury crown over Lexus and Mercedes. According to manufacturer-reported sales released last month, BMW won. But Polk said today that Lexus was tops in U.S. vehicle registrations last year with 340,392 vs. BMW's 335,259.... Read More »

Lower-priced Sprinter van targets plumbers, electricians

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Vans USA is introducing a new, lower-priced Sprinter commercial van model in a bid to win over more plumbers, electricians and other tradespeople.... Read More »

Daimler will invest $2.94 billion on cleaner diesels

Feb. 11, 2016 15:21 CET

Daimler will spend $2.94 billion by 2019 on developing next-generation diesel engines to help the automaker to meet new pollution-measuring standards.... Read More »

Daimler to name Kaellenius r&d head, German paper reports

12:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Daimler AG is about to appoint its marketing and sales head Ola Kaellenius as head of research and development, Handelsblatt reported today.... Read More »

Cadillac prices XT5 below rivals, but aims high

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The new 2017 Cadillac XT5 will have a base sticker price of $39,990, including shipping, when it hits showrooms in April -- about $1,400 more than its predecessor, the SRX, but considerably less than key competitors in the luxury midsize crossover market. The price range will stretch far higher on the XT5 than on the SRX.... Read More »

BMW drops to 3rd place in global luxury sales race during January

6:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

BMW lost ground in the luxury-car sales race in January, dropping to third place as Mercedes-Benz moved closer to a goal of unseating its rival this year.... Read More »

BMW drops to third place in luxury sales race during January

Feb. 10, 2016 11:56 CET

BMW lost ground in the luxury-car sales race in January, dropping to third place as Mercedes moved closer to a goal of unseating its rival this year.... Read More »

Daimler recalls 840,000 vehicles in U.S. for airbag concerns

Feb. 9, 2016 20:49 CET

Daimler said it would recall 840,000 U.S. vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that could be defective, a step that would result in a charge of $383.96 million.... Read More »

Google's autonomous tech can be considered driver under federal law, NHTSA says

8:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.... Read More »

Mercedes is not chasing luxury sales lead at any price, Zetsche says

Feb. 9, 2016 11:29 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says Mercedes will not sacrifice margins in its quest to overtake rival BMW and become the world's best-selling luxury brand.... Read More »

Diesel Fiat 500X has excess emissions, German lobby group claims

9:16 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against auto industry pollution today, accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' 500X compact SUV of releasing excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 20% in Jan. on strong China demand

Feb. 5, 2016 13:13 CET

Sales of Mercedes brand cars increased by 20 percent in January to 150,814, buoyed by a 52 percent jump in China sales.... Read More »

Daimler earnings surge 22% on new models

Feb. 4, 2016 09:44 CET

Daimler's fourth-quarter operating profit surged by 22 percent, lifted by demand for SUVs, compact cars and sales of its C class. The company, however, warned of slower growth in 2016 as China cools.... Read More »

Brazil wants to lift Mexico, Argentina trade caps as auto crisis deepens

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Brazil's trade minister called for unrestricted auto trade with Mexico and Argentina on Thursday, after data showed the automotive industry had its worst January in a dozen years.... Read More »

Continental recalls defective airbag control units used in 5 million vehicles

8:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Continental Automotive Systems said it supplied potentially defective airbag control units to 5 million vehicles used by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and three other automakers built over a five-year period worldwide, widening an airbag safety crisis.... Read More »

Zetsche: Apple, Google 'can do more' than we thought

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and other a handful of his senior execs met recently with around 70 companies in Silicon Valley, according to the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. Asked about Google and Apple's automotive pursuits, Zetsche told the newspaper: “Our impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed.”... Read More »

Takata will meet carmakers to gauge possible financial aid, source says

Jan. 25, 2016 09:53 CET

Takata plans to meet with key customers this week to gauge how receptive they are to extending financial aid to help the supplier cope with the costs of its massive airbag recall, a person familiar with the matter said. Honda and Nissan said they received invitations to meet with Takata.... Read More »

Mercedes plans U.S. sales of E-class variants in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Mercedes-Benz will begin introducing variants of its redesigned E-class sedan in the U.S. in 2017. They include plug-in hybrid, diesel and AMG versions.... Read More »

PORT AUTHORITY

Why Mercedes-Benz is reasserting control over connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Well-funded startups such as Automatic, Vinli and Zubie are selling under-the-dashboard dongles that can plug into a car's electronics and communicate data wirelessly to a smartphone or computer, effectively turning any car into a connected car. Automakers are pushing back.... Read More »

Apple, Google making progress on car projects, Daimler's Zetsche tells paper

Jan. 24, 2016 12:07 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that Apple and Google have made more progress on automotive projects than he had assumed.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz USA names Chamberlain as VP of sales

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Mercedes-Benz USA today named Adam Chamberlain its vice president of sales, effective April 1. Chamberlain, 42, replaces Dietmar Exler, who was promoted to CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA in December following the resignation of former CEO Steve Cannon.... Read More »

Mercedes, Opel to face French emissions panel

Jan. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

Mercedes and Opel will face a French panel that is looking into excessive tailpipe emissions in the wake of the Volkswagen Group scandal.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: What Nissan learned from Mercedes for Infiniti Q30 production

6:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Nissan made some costly changes to build the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 compact cars at its UK factory. The models, which are based on Mercedes's architecture, are the first premium vehicles to be built there.... Read More »

BMW's retooled, tech-packed 2017 5 series takes shape

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

BMW's aging 5-series sedan will be more svelte and technology-packed when it is redesigned and debuts later this year as a 2017 model. It's expected to shed more than 200 pounds as it adopts BMW's new 35up platform that debuted with last year's redesigned 7-series flagship sedan.... Read More »

Mercedes to skip Super Bowl 50

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

Mercedes-Benz is sitting out the Super Bowl this year after it made a rare appearance in 2015 to tout the speedy AMG GT.... Read More »

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