Luxury

Jaguar Land Rover sales fuel tripling of Tata Motors profit

Feb. 10, 2014 13:07 CET
Jaguar Land Rover reported third-quarter profits that more than doubled to 619 million pounds ($1 billion), helping to buoy parent Tata Motors, which is struggling to revive its Indian auto business.... Read More »

 

Next long shot for Sergio: Put Maserati on the map

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Add another long shot to Sergio Marchionne’s list of challenges: He wants to put Maserati on the shopping lists of wealthy consumers who favor Lexus and Mercedes. And he used a Super Bowl ad to strike.... Read More »

 

Audi opens 'digital' showroom in Berlin

Feb. 8, 2014 06:15 CET
Audi has opened a "digital" showroom on a major Berlin shopping street, part of a shift by luxury carmakers to move into smaller, pricier city center locations to woo young, affluent buyers.... Read More »

 

Mercedes to decrease sales incentives as demand outstrips supply

Feb. 7, 2014 14:24 CET
Daimler plans to lower sales incentives on its Mercedes-Benz vehicles and raise prices on some models as demand outstrips supply.... Read More »

 

Ferrari denies move from Italy to the Netherlands

Feb. 7, 2014 12:29 CET
Ferrari said it does not plan to move to the Netherlands from Italy after parent Fiat decided to create a Dutch holding company for the merged Fiat-Chrysler group.... Read More »

 

Zetsche basks in Mercedes rebound after tenure questioned

6:43 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2014
Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche in early 2013 had to face down critics to hang onto his job. A year later, his strategy is gaining traction, with Mercedes-Benz closing the gap with bigger German rivals.... Read More »

 

Mercedes maintains U.S. luxury sales lead over BMW in January

Feb. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes, the top-selling luxury-auto brand in the U.S. in 2013, started out the year ahead of No. 2 BMW with record January sales.... Read More »

 

Mercedes takes U.S. luxury lead as entry level expands

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz, the top-selling luxury-auto brand in the United States in 2013, started out this year in the lead with record January sales as carmakers broaden their lineups to bring in younger buyers.... Read More »

 

Lamborghini plans to introduce Urus SUV in 2017

Jan. 14, 2014 11:55 CET
Lamborghini plans to start building the Urus SUV in three years, the brand's first model in the segment since the LM002 in the 1990s.... Read More »

 

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Hyundai honors Genesis with a winged badge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
After sticking with Hyundai's circular "H" badge for the original U.S. market Genesis, the redesigned model will come wearing with the winged badge that graces every Genesis sold in South Korea.... Read More »

 

BMW retains global luxury-sales crown for ninth straight year

Jan. 13, 2014 11:06 CET
BMW retained its global sales lead over rivals Audi and Mercedes for the ninth straight year in 2013 as it sold a record 1.66 million core-brand vehicles.... Read More »

 

Daimler's Zetsche says building new U.S. factory is 'an option'

Jan. 13, 2014 13:06 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says the automaker may build another factory in North America as a way to ramp up global production capacity for Mercedes cars.... Read More »

 

GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS

Strong start for CLA, not enough cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
The new Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan will be in short supply until the second quarter because of hot sales. Dealers will see higher allocations as the year progresses, and the situation is expected to ease in the second quarter, says Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.... Read More »

 

Audi joins Mercedes to lure mainstream buyers with cheaper sedans

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2014
Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW are rolling out cheaper models in the United States to woo customers from mass-market rivals like Ford.... Read More »

 

Mercedes beats BMW in U.S. luxury race

Jan. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes had to withstand another December charge by BMW to capture the U.S. luxury-brand sales crown for 2013 -- the first time Mercedes finished on top since 1999. Fresh products did the trick, said Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.... Read More »

 

Mercedes beats BMW in luxury race

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Mercedes-Benz had to withstand another December charge by BMW to capture the U.S. luxury-brand sales crown for 2013 -- the first time Mercedes finished on top since 1999. Fresh products did the trick, said Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.... Read More »

 

What was hot, cold in 2013

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Small crossovers and big pickups soared in 2013, as the two segments combined to account for one of every four vehicles sold. But growth in the compact and mid-sized car segments slowed significantly, and minivan sales declined.... Read More »

 

Mercedes outlasts BMW's late surge to grab U.S. luxury crown

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz withstood a late surge from BMW, ending its rival's two-year reign as the U.S. luxury-vehicle sales leader as the breadth of Mercedes's lineup pushed it to a record year. Mercedes won its only other U.S. luxury sales title in 1999.... Read More »

 

Daimler focuses on pricing over volume in China

Dec. 12, 2013 12:19 CET
Daimler is working to end rebates on Mercedes vehicles such as the C- and E-class sedans in China at the same time it tries to match the growth of rivals in the premium segment next year.... Read More »

 

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Infiniti Q50 offers auto first: steer-by-wire

Dec. 11, 2013 06:15 CET
With the Q50, Infiniti is counting on a world-first technology for a serial production car – steer-by-wire – and the addition of its first diesel powertrain to lure European premium-car buyers from the dominant German brands.... Read More »

 

Mercedes tops Audi in Nov. global sales; BMW defends luxury lead

Dec. 10, 2013 10:04 CET
Mercedes outsold Audi last month as a new line of compacts helped boost its volume, but it wasn't enough to overcome BMW, which maintained its position as the world's No. 1 premium brand.... Read More »

 

Lexus: No interest in $30,000 models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Lexus boss Jeff Bracken concedes that Mercedes-Benz's low-priced CLA sedan is off to a flying start, but he vows not to follow Mercedes down the price ladder.... Read More »

 

Jag joins the crossover club

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Jaguar's compact crossover, which is expected to arrive in the United States in the first half of 2015, was snapped during tests in the United Kingdom.... Read More »

 

Acura gets more out of RLX hybrid motors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Acura has taken its RLX sedan, strapped to a three-motor hybrid system that gooses horsepower to 377 from 310 with the added benefit of all-wheel drive, and transformed its vanilla full-sized luxury sedan into a stronger competitor.... Read More »

 

At high end, Germans waging a war of roar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2013
A battle is raging among Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz that goes beyond unit sales and global expansion. They're constantly trying to out-engineer one another with their high-performance subbrands. The grand prize for horsepower supremacy, snappy acceleration and leading-edge technology is a small but affluent group of enthusiast car buyers who will pay a premium for the high-powered cars.... Read More »

 

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