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Jaguar works on compact sedan to lure young buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Jaguar's new F-Type roadster is an important halo car, but the brand needs to attract younger buyers.... Read More »

 

M-B platform, S class to yield many spinoffs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
The same platform that spawned Mercedes-Benz's new CLA will be the basis of two more compacts, and four new body styles derived from the S class will arrive.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- VOLKSWAGEN GROUP

VW plans multibrand product blitz as it pursues sales title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2012
Volkswagen Group is expanding the product range of all its brands at a ferocious pace as it fights to become the world's top-selling automaker. VW, Audi, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti will enter new segments in the next several years, challenging rivals with vehicles built on cost-effective group platforms.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- VOLKSWAGEN GROUP

VW: Mid-sized crossover to join U.S. lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2012
As the Volkswagen brand strives to sell 800,000 vehicles in the United States by 2018 -- up from a projected 420,000 this year -- the focus will be the U.S.-made Passat sedan and the Mexico-built Jetta sedan and Beetle coupe and convertible.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- VOLKSWAGEN GROUP

Mexico-built Q5, U.S. version of Q3 in the works at Audi

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2012
Audi will begin building vehicles in Mexico starting in 2016, starting with the second generation of the Q5 crossover that competes with the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK. A Q3 compact crossover will come to the United States in late 2013 or early 2014 and an A3 sedan designed mainly for the United States will debut in 2014.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- VOLKSWAGEN GROUP

Porsche looks beyond sports cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2012
As a full-fledged member of Volkswagen Group, Porsche is accelerating its move into segments beyond sports cars. The 911 remains the heart of Porsche, but the Panamera range likely will be expanded to include a station wagon and coupe.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- VOLKSWAGEN GROUP

Bentley plans a big crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2012
Bentley will enter the premium crossover segment in two years and perhaps add a sports car, using Volkswagen Group platforms and components. The British luxury brand also is likely to add a convertible based on its flagship Mulsanne sedan.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- VOLKSWAGEN GROUP

Sedan on ice; Lambo SUV looks like a go

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2012
Lamborghini has put a sedan on ice in favor of an SUV. The SUV, which debuted as the Urus concept in April at the Beijing auto show, hasn't been approved by top management at Volkswagen AG. But the project is expected to get a green light.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- VOLKSWAGEN GROUP

Bugatti's limited-edition Veyron gets more variants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2012
Bugatti, Volkswagen Group's exotic sports car brand, is awaiting approval to build a four-seat sedan as it adds more variants of the two-seat Veyron.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

Toyota to help BMW with EV subbrand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
BMW and Toyota have agreed to work on a sports car, fuel cells, electric-vehicle components and lightweight materials. The agreement underlined BMW's determination to make its new i electric-vehicle subbrand a success.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

Smart plans ForTwo successor in 2014

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Smart's sales have been rising since Mercedes-Benz took over the brand more than a year ago, but not fast enough. So the minicar brand will continue to tinker with new trims, wraps and accessories until its new vehicles begin to arrive in 2014.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

Range Rover gets a long-awaited redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
With the launch of the redesigned Range Rover early next year, Land Rover begins the process of switching its vehicles to an all-new flexible lightweight aluminum architecture shared with sibling division Jaguar.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

New engines, architecture for Volvo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Volvo wants to derive economies of scale from a new front-wheel-drive architecture called SPA, for Scalable Platform Architecture. The redesigned XC90 crossover due in 2014 will be the first to use the architecture.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

Mercedes is preparing to roll out fwd compacts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Are Americans ready to pay hefty prices for small, front-wheel-drive cars with features usually reserved for large German luxury cars? Mercedes-Benz is about to find out.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

F-Type pays heed to Jaguar's history

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Jaguar will launch the all-new F-Type roadster next year as a halo car for the English brand. The F-Type takes styling cues from Jaguar's iconic E-Type from the 1960s and is expected to compete with cars such as the Porsche 911.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

Europe's luxury icons embrace 4-bangers, hybrids, EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
So far it is just a trickle, but four-cylinder engines are making their way into European luxury vehicles in the United States. Four-bangers have become available in the past 12 months in Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Land Rover products.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

Coupe version of Rolls' Ghost is on the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Rolls-Royce executives says derivatives of the Ghost sedan probably will appear within two years, but they have axed plans for an electric Rolls-Royce.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

Big expansion of Mini's lineup is in the works

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Mini's range will grow to 10 vehicles by 2020 -- up from six today -- as it switches to a front-wheel-drive architecture developed with BMW. The fwd platform debuts with the second-generation Mini Cooper hardtop in 2014.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

At Aston Martin, big story is new Vanquish flagship

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
The big news at Aston Martin is the launch this fall of the Vanquish, which replaces the DBS as the British luxury brand's flagship. As for the rest of the lineup, expect a trickle-down of Vanquish technology, but no revolutionary changes to the 10-year-old VH platform.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

VW, Audi product planners think big, not small, for U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2011
While their competitors add compacts, hybrids and electric cars, Volkswagen and Audi are pursuing a different product strategy in the United States. Both VW Group brands want the volume and higher profits that go with larger vehicles. Bentley, Porsche and Lamborghini, the other three VW Group brands selling cars in the United States, plan to add SUVs and crossovers.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

VW weighs U.S.-built crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2011
Volkswagen is likely to add a mid-sized crossover that would be built at its factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. And a small four-door wagon concept called the Bulli that has Microbus-like styling cues may also be on the way. But VW has nixed plans to bring in vehicles from the subcompact Up family that was unveiled last month at the Frankfurt auto show. And there are no plans to sell a small Polo-sized car here.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPE

Audi A3 sedan due in 2014

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2011
A new Audi A3 sedan designed for the United States will arrive in 2014 as a replacement for the A3 hatchback. The sedan is expected to sell better than the hatchback version in this country, bringing in buyers who want a four-door that is smaller than Audi's A4 sedan.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPEAN LUXURY BRANDS

Sports car, crossover may join Bentley's lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2011
Bentley may add a sports car and crossover to its lineup. Both vehicles would use Volkswagen Group platforms and powertrains. They would not debut before the middle of the decade, when Bentley will be finished updating most of its Continental variants.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- PORSCHE

Porsche to add small SUV, future entry-level roadster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2011
Porsche plans a major expansion of its product range by the middle of the decade. CEO Matthias Mueller has promised at least one new model a year, starting with the redesigned 911 that arrives in February. An SUV that is smaller than the Cayenne will be added, along with an entry-level roadster. They could be joined by a sedan smaller than the Panamera and a plug-in hybrid supercar priced lower than the $845,000 limited-edition 918 Spyder.... Read More »

 

FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPEAN LUXURY BRANDS

Lambo's choice: New SUV or a 4-door sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2011
Lamborghini may add an SUV to its three-car range rather than the four-door sedan that had been on the drawing board. The reason: The brand wants to grow in China and Russia, where big SUVs are popular.... Read More »

 

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