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Mercedes plans to launch its first pickup by 2020

March 27, 2015 13:40 CET

Daimler's Mercedes unit plans to launch its first pickup truck by 2020, targeting sales at the European, Latin American, Australian and South African markets. The pickup will contribute to the brand's global growth targets, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said.... Read More »

Mercedes adds plug-in hybrid to retooled GLE crossover line

7:00 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a new plug-in hybrid with the debut of the revamped GLE midsize crossover. The 2016 crossover family will be the first product line to feature Mercedes' new nomenclature. The GLE replaces the M class, Mercedes' top-selling light truck in the U.S.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC crossover sheds GLK box

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz GLK crossover becomes roomier and sheds its old-fashioned square shape for a more modern design when it becomes the GLC this fall. It will have a longer wheelbase and wider track, giving it more interior room and making it more competitive with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.... Read More »

Mercedes begins output of GLA engines in China

March 24, 2015 12:28 CET

Mercedes has added production of engines for the GLA compact crossover at its powertrain plant in Beijing. The automaker has now localized all engine production for the three models it produces locally with partner Beijing Automotive, that also include the C class and E class.... Read More »

BAIC Motor will take stake in Daimler China leasing firm

March 23, 2015 13:50 CET

Chinese automaker BAIC Motor plans to deepen its partnership with Daimler by taking a 35 percent stake in the German automaker's Mercedes-Benz Leasing.... Read More »

Lexus aims to recapture luxury sales crown with retooled RX

2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Lexus is gunning to regain the U.S. luxury sales crown when it unveils a redesigned RX crossover next month at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Audi has no plans for rival to BMW's minivans

March 20, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi development boss Ulrich Hackenberg says the automaker does not need minivans to reach its target of 2 million annual sales -- in contrast to BMW, which has launched two compact minivans to help attract family buyers.... Read More »

Daimler will upgrade key German plant for fuel-efficient engines, fuel cells

March 18, 2015 22:23 CET

Daimler will invest billions of euros to modernize its powertrain factory in Untertuerkheim, near Stuttgart. The plant will become a center of competence for fuel-efficient engines, hybrid drivertrains and the production of fuel cell systems.... Read More »

Mini clears Superleggera roadster for production, report says

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

It’s not quite as exciting as a Beatles reunion, but it looks like one of Britain’s greatest hits -- the affordable sports car -- could finally be returning. Car magazine reported that BMW officials have approved for production the Mini Superleggera concept car, which debuted last year.... Read More »

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'Tier 2' luxury brands struggle to compete with elite Germans, Lexus

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Lincoln, Acura, Cadillac and Infiniti are struggling to make inroads against Lexus and a trio of German powerhouses – BMW, Mercedes and an ascending Audi. An enviable combination of global reach, strong residual values and rock-solid brand images is creating a world of U.S. luxury haves and have-nots.... Read More »

VW, Mercedes, JLR, Nissan targeted by China TV show

March 16, 2015 11:43 CET

Volkswagen, Mercedes and Nissan said they are probing allegations aired by Chinese state TV that they oversold repairs and spare parts to drivers. Media criticism can dent reputations and drag on sales in the world's biggest auto market.... Read More »

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BMW, VW changes shake up Germany's top auto ranks

March 11, 2015 06:01 CET

When Harald Krueger becomes CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as boss of the VW brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their early or mid-50s, marking a generational shift for the industry.... Read More »

Automakers spot a profit opportunity in mobility services

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

Changing mobility habits among consumers are fueling an aggressive exploration of new business models by automakers that could potentially pad their bottom lines in the decades to come -- even if fewer people buy cars.... Read More »

M-B's Metris enters scene

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

Ford Motor Co.'s segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

Lexus heats up luxury sales race

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

The U.S. luxury sales race is shaping up to be another barnburner in 2015 between Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.... Read More »

Zetsche: Appetite for Apple opportunities

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

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche can't figure out why Apple would want to be an automaker. "I don't see a battle [with Apple]," said Zetsche, "but I do see a huge opportunity."... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover's performance unit could make stand-alone models

March 6, 2015 15:14 CET

Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations unit may create its own stand-alone models to rival Mercedes' AMG performance division, which builds the SLS and GT.... Read More »

Daimler to invest $500 million in S.C. plant to build Sprinters

9:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Daimler AG said it will spend $500 million to build a new assembly plant in South Carolina that will make large commercial vans and result in the creation of more than 1,300 jobs.... Read More »

Mercedes sales rise 15% in Feb. on Europe demand

March 6, 2015 12:43 CET

Mercedes brand sales increased 15 percent in February, driven by robust demand in Europe and strong global sales of its C class, compacts and SUVs.... Read More »

Mercedes Metris cargo van to enter Ford Transit Connect's turf

11:54 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Ford's segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

Daimler to build Sprinter vans in South Carolina, lawmaker says

8:29 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Daimler AG is set to announce it will build Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans at its plant in South Carolina and add 1,200 jobs there as a result, a state politician said on Tuesday.... Read More »

Lexus jumps back into U.S. luxury race; BMW tops Mercedes

3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

With a new entry in the hot-selling compact crossover segment, Toyota's Lexus brand has gotten itself back in the hunt for the U.S. luxury auto-sales crown.... Read More »

Daimler's Zetsche sees opportunity from convergence with tech firms

March 3, 2015 14:33 CET

Daimler is not afraid of new competitors from the technology and telecoms industries such as Google and Apple, CEO Dieter Zetsche said, adding that there is a tremendous opportunity for cooperation.... 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 »

CLA’s minor dings put a big dent in Mercedes’ rating

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

It wasn't cranky engines, shiftless transmissions or funky infotainment systems that sunk Mercedes-Benz last week in the Consumer Reports Car Brand Report Cards. Several of Mercedes' newer vehicles, including the front-wheel-drive CLA sedan, suffered a variety of problems with loose-fitting trim, rattles and other minor maladies. That knocked the German automaker from ninth place on last year's report to 21st this year out of 28 brands.... Read More »

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