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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 »

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 »

OUT OF THEIR LEAGUE

'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 »

Audi plans 2 new crossovers, joins VW with plug-in hybrids

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

Audi will add two crossovers to its lineup - one big and one small - and Volkswagen will offer new plug-in hybrid variants of several nameplates, company executives said last week. In 2016, Audi will launch an entry-level crossover called the Q1 positioned beneath the subcompact Q3, CEO Rupert Stadler said.... Read More »

Audi plans to give EVs stand-out looks

March 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi wants its future electric vehicles to stand out from its conventionally powered models by giving them their own design language, the automaker's development chief said.... Read More »

Volkswagen plans on hybrids while it waits for longer-range batteries

1:07 pm U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

The Volkswagen Group plans to offer plug-in hybrid powertrains on most of its models before longer-range batteries become a reality. Audi will offer plug-in hybrid versions of the Q7 SUV, A7 and A8 sedans while the VW brand will launch a plug-in Touareg SUV and Phaeton flagship sedan in global markets, VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said at the automaker's annual media conference today.... Read More »

Audi sees lower profitability as it invests to boost sales

March 10, 2015 12:31 CET

Audi is targeting another year of record car sales in 2015, but said profitability could slip further amid spending on technology, foreign expansion and plans to increase its model range to 60 vehicles by 2020.... Read More »

Audi outsells Mercedes again in February

March 9, 2015 12:01 CET

Audi said global vehicle sales rose 4.2 percent in February as the carmaker benefited from its revamped model lineup and strong sales of the A3 compact model line. The automaker outsold premium rival Mercedes for a second straight month.... Read More »

BMW hopes to replace Z4 before 2020

March 9, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW hopes to launch a successor to the Z4 roadster before the end of the decade, the automaker's chief engineer told Automotive News Europe. Development costs could be shared with Toyota as part of the automakers' cooperation.... Read More »

Luxury brands jostle for position

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

We pay very close attention to the three-way sales race involving Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus, but so far this year, there's been a lot of action in the second-tier luxury realm -- namely, Audi, Cadillac, Acura and Infiniti.... 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 »

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 »

Audi spreads wireless connectivity to nearly all 2016 models

10:53 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

Audi said it plans to equip nearly all of its 2016 model-year vehicles with 4G LTE or 3G high-speed data connectivity to give drivers Wi-Fi access from the road.... Read More »

VW, Porsche hit by weather, port troubles, but Audi extends streak

2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

What looked like a hint of a sales rebound at Volkswagen evaporated in February, as every model except its red-hot Golf lineup posted lower sales.... Read More »

A shakeup in Germany’s top auto ranks

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

Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. When Harald Krueger rises to CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as chairman of the Volkswagen brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their late 40s to mid-50s.... Read More »

A peek into Audi's future

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

Audi has released pictures of the Prologue Avant station wagon concept that will debut this week at the Geneva auto show. The four-door wagon follows the unveiling of the Prologue coupe at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.... Read More »

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Audi says new R8 is its most powerful production car

Feb. 26, 2015 10:54 CET

Audi today released pictures and details of its second-generation R8 supercar. It said the top-range version will be the most powerful and fastest series-production Audi to date.... Read More »

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Audi R8 seen on racetrack ahead of Geneva debut

Feb. 20, 2015 11:49 CET

Audi released a video of its latest R8 supercar undergoing test drives in Spain. The second generation of the mid-engine coupe is lighter and more powerful than the current car, reports said.... Read More »

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Audi will showcase possible flagship wagon

Feb. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi released sketches of the Prologue Avant station wagon concept that will debut at the Geneva auto show. The concept could preview a rival to the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, reports said.... Read More »

Range Rover Evoque cabrio spied during testing

Feb. 11, 2015 12:55 CET

A convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque has been spotted during road testing. An open-air Evoque would give Land Rover a lead over German premium rivals BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz by creating a niche where they have no competitor.... Read More »

Audi buys Ballard fuel-cell tech to boost clean-car push

Feb. 11, 2015 16:27 CET

VW Group's Audi unit bought fuel-cell technology from Ballard Power Systems in a deal worth as much as $112 million to advance development of clean-running vehicles at the automaker. Audi bought about 700 patents from Ballard.... Read More »

Audi, Mercedes January sales beat BMW for global luxury-car lead

Feb. 10, 2015 11:00 CET

Audi and Mercedes brand both outsold BMW brand in January, bumping BMW to third place in the ranking of the world's best-selling luxury carmakers for the month. Both Mercedes and Audi aim to take the luxury sales crown from BMW by 2020.... Read More »

Audi's January sales rise 10% on China, U.S. demand

Feb. 9, 2015 13:29 CET

Audi increased vehicle sales by 10 percent last month to a record 137,700 on strong demand from China, the U.S. and Germany. Strong sales of the A3 compact and the revamped TT sports car helped fuel volumes last month, Audi said.... Read More »

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Audi exec takes aim at fully autonomous driving

Feb. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi plans to start offering advanced self-driving features in its cars by the end of next year, with fully autonomous vehicles expected to be ready for serial production within 10 years, Ulrich Hackenberg, the automaker's technology boss, said.... Read More »

Audi's high-performance division looks at entering new segments

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

Audi's Quattro GmbH division is expected to launch RS performance derivatives of Q crossover models and is considering a lightweight, high-powered derivative of the TTS roadster.... Read More »

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