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Mini store wants customers singing its praises

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Surprising and treating customers to extras is part of a program Mini USA started in July to boost its image as a premium brand....
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Group 1 snaps up 3 more dealerships in the UK

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Group 1 Automotive Inc. is expanding its presence overseas with the purchase of three BMW-Mini dealerships in the United Kingdom. Terms were not disclosed, but the stores are expected to generate $225 million in annual revenues, Group 1 said in a statement....
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BMW to roll out plug-in hybrid versions of top models

8:27 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
BMW plans to offer plug-in hybrid versions of all its main models, including the best-selling 3-series sedan, as the world's largest maker of luxury vehicles reacts to tighter emissions regulations....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for December

Dec. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions....
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BMW rolls out showpieces

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
BMW will present two of its BMW Art Cars -- a BMW 320 that Roy Lichtenstein used as a canvas in 1977, and a 1989 BMW M3 with artwork by Michael Jagamara Nelson -- at the 2014 Art Basel in Miami Beach, Fla....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How to get the U.S. into diesels

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
European automakers and suppliers have been trying for years to get U.S. drivers excited about diesels. Experience has proved that a test drive can be a deal-maker....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How to get the U.S. into diesels

8:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
European automakers and suppliers have been trying for years to get U.S. drivers excited about diesels. Experience has proved that a test drive can be a deal-maker....
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ANE's December e-magazine goes live Monday

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 1. This month's edition looks at how German premium automakers plan to profit from plug-in hybrids....
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Audi makes Q3 greener to keep lead over BMW X1

Nov. 27, 2014 11:34 CET
The Audi Q3 will get more efficient powertrains with technology such as the crossover's first use of fuel-saving cylinder deactivation as part of its mid-cycle refresh. Audi starts European sales of the revised Q3 in February....
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Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars

9:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years....
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BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico

Nov. 25, 2014 11:40 CET
Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Mercedes cars roll out of billion-dollar factories....
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Lexus' Bracken says 300,000 U.S. sales 'is within our grasp' this year

1:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Lexus is raising its U.S. sales target to 300,000 vehicles this year, General Manager Jeff Bracken said. “We started the year with a sales goal of 290,000 units,” Bracken told Automotive News. “Now 300,000 is within our grasp.”...
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Tesla, BMW in talks over batteries, light-weight parts, Musk says

11:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
Tesla Motors is in talks with BMW over a possible alliance in battery technology and light-weight components, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a German weekly magazine....
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BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

Nov. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market....
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SGL sees rising interest in carbon fiber parts

Nov. 23, 2014 20:25 CET
SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with Audi, Porsche, GM and other carmakers to supply carbon fiber for a wider range of automotive components, its CEO said....
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BMW may need to boost i8 output to cut waiting time

Nov. 20, 2014 18:26 CET
BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said....
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BMW CEO to join Siemens supervisory board, report says

Nov. 20, 2014 15:46 CET
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer will be nominated to join the supervisory board of German engineering company Siemens, German monthly Manager Magazin said, without citing sources....
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BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany

7:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Takata plans to shift production of BMW airbag inflators from Mexico to Germany, BMW said on Wednesday in a filing with federal safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant....
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Daimler, BMW cooperate on suppliers in Mexico

Nov. 18, 2014 10:17 CET
Daimler and BMW are working together to build a network of suppliers for their new factories in Mexico as both carmakers aim to take advantage of the country's tariff-free access to the U.S. market....
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BMW 1-series sedan for the U.S.?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
A new BMW 1-series sedan is expected in the U.S. in 2017, based on a front-wheel-drive architecture shared with Mini....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe

4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. will not become a global template because they fall short of what is required in Europe to keep driver data safe....
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Whither the sports car? BMW exec says it may never recover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
BMW and Toyota are co-developing a midsize sports car, a project that recently moved to "concept stage" following the completion of a feasibility study....
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HERE's looking at you -- in 3-D

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
John Ristevski's ride always gets attention on the street. People are bound to stop and stare at a bright blue station wagon with $80,000 worth of electronics mounted on its roof and a map of the world affixed to its side. Ristevski works for HERE, the maps division of Finnish telecom company Nokia. And the technology-laded wagon is playing a key role in helping automakers such as BMW and Daimler keep pace with Google in the field of self-driving vehicles....
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Mercedes, Mini top J.D. Power sales satisfaction rankings

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Mercedes-Benz ranked highest in sales satisfaction among luxury brands in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index Study released today. For a fifth consecutive year, Mini ranks highest among mass-market brands, with a score of 727....
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Automakers adopt protocols to handle, protect consumer data in connected car era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Hoping to harness customer data to offer more services without eliciting an outcry over the misuse of personal information, major automakers today agreed to industry-wide principles to handle consumer data and safeguard individual privacy going forward....
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