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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....
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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....
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Yamaha plans 2-seat car for Europe, source says

Feb. 27, 2015 10:06 CET

Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha aims to start making and selling two-seat cars in Europe as early as 2019, a person familiar with the plan told Reuters on Friday....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Daimler seeks profitability at Smart with 2 minicar sizes

Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler hopes to make its Smart small-car unit sustainably profitable by offering the same car in two sizes: the two-seat ForTwo and the four-seat ForFour....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Love the displays, but where's the color?

4:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

This Detroit auto show is chock full of lavish, well-conceived and well executed backdrops specifically designed to show off each manufacturer's latest products....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for January

Jan. 7, 2015 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 Jaguar expects 2015 to be a record-breaking year....
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SMART

Wants to be an urban legend

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Management realizes the appetite for Smart cars is limited in the U.S., hence the decision not to bring the larger ForFour four-door car to this market....
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Smart says China will be its top market

Dec. 15, 2014 08:29 CET

China could overtake Germany and Italy to become the biggest market for Smart in a few years, Smart CEO Annette Winkler said. Smart will launch the latest ForTwo and its new ForFour in China next year....
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Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET

Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh....
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Mercedes sales chief Kaellenius seen as potential Zetsche successor after promotion to board

Dec. 11, 2014 14:34 CET

Daimler promoted Ola Kaellenius, head of sales for its Mercedes unit, to the group's management board, making him a potential candidate to succeed Dieter Zetsche as CEO. Zetsche's current contract runs until the end of 2016....
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Daimler will expand German battery output

Dec. 1, 2014 16:15 CET

Daimler will spend about 100 million euros ($125 million) to boost production of lithium ion batteries in Germany as it expects "high and steadily growing demand" for electric-car batteries....
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Car2Go poised to top 1-million users

Nov. 13, 2014 10:19 CET

Daimler's Car2Go car-sharing unit will have more than 1 million registered users by the end of the year, a company executive said, up from 900,000 now. The company aims to double penetration to 50 cities by 2016 with an emphasis on China....
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Daimler lifted by jump in third-quarter earnings at Mercedes

Oct. 14, 2014 11:21 CET

Daimler reported a 29 percent jump in quarterly core earnings at Mercedes-Benz Cars, surprising investors wary of an economic slowdown....
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Mercedes has best-ever monthly sales, helped by new models, China

Oct. 7, 2014 15:20 CET

Mercedes had its best month for vehicle sales in the company's 88-year history in September, benefiting from new models and surging demand in China....
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Mercedes' August sales rise 10% on demand for compacts

Sept. 5, 2014 11:42 CET

Mercedes says it is on course for a record sales year after brand sales increased by 10 percent in August, bringing eight-month volume to 1.03 million. The brand's expanding compact car range is helping to boost volume....
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Daimler to recall 50,000 Smarts in China

Aug. 15, 2014 12:33 CET

Daimler is recalling about 50,000 Smart ForTwos in China. Authorities identified that vibrations can cause the V-belt, an engine component that drives the cooling fan and the alternator, to tear....
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German gov't wants e-bikes to replace trucks for local deliveries

Aug. 11, 2014 14:49 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is looking for ways to encourage electric bikes to replace trucks for local freight shipments in Germany. BMW and Daimler's subsidiary, Smart, already offer e-bikes....
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For Smart, ForTwo is the 1

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

The Smart ForTwo is being redesigned and it comes to the United States in August 2015. Smart decided not to sell the slightly larger four-seat ForFour in the United States. The ForFour goes on sale in Europe late this year, and executives say U.S. sales wouldn't be high enough to warrant the costs of homologation....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:02 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014

Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help....
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Smart: New ForTwo gets EV, drop-top

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Daimler's Smart division will offer electric and convertible versions of the redesigned two-seater it unveiled here last week....
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Daimler seeks boost for Smart from new 4-seat model

July 16, 2014 16:10 CET

Smart took the wraps off a four-seat model that it hopes will give the small-car brand a more solid foundation. The new ForFour was unveiled alongside the latest version of the ForTwo two-seater, currently the brand's only model....
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Daimler to unveil new Smart 4- and 2-seat cars

July 16, 2014 12:02 CET

The new-generation Smart ForFour and ForTwo will be unveiled today. The arrival of the ForFour gives the Daimler subsidiary a second model in its European portfolio for the first time since 2006....
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Daimler seeks to jumpstart Smart with revamped ForTwo, new 4-seat model

10:10 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014

Smart took the wraps off a four-seat model that it hopes will give the small-car brand a more solid foundation. The new ForFour was unveiled today alongside the latest version of the ForTwo two-seater....
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Mercedes sales rise 10% in May on C class, compacts

June 6, 2014 12:45 CET

Mercedes' global brand sales rose 10 percent in May, helped by demand for the new C class and the carmaker's growing lineup of compacts....
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