Luxury

Caddy: Not yet ready for S-class fighter

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Cadillac executives made clear that the CT6 large sedan unveiled last week at the auto show here isn't a big-boy, ultraluxury entry meant to compete head-on with the powerhouse Mercedes-Benz S class. That led to a natural question on the sidelines of Cadillac's bustling show stand: Is that range-topping car coming? And if so, when?...
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WHO'S RIGHT?

Cadillac rolls out a 'drivers car,' Lincoln aims for 'elegant beauty'

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

While the Lincoln Continental and Cadillac CT6 battled to make the biggest splashes at the New York auto show, their real-life matchup won't have the same intensity. The cars embody the divergent directions that the tarnished marques are taking to land on more shopping lists....
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Porsche says Macan may pass Cayenne as U.S. No. 1

April 2, 2015 11:17 CET

Porsche said the new Macan compact crossover could pass the larger Cayenne SUV to become the brand's top-selling U.S. model this year. The Macan is already Porsche's best-seller in Europe with a volume of 3,457 in the first two months....
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Lexus goes bold with next RX crossover

9:15 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

In its latest expression of polarizing design, Lexus has drawn sharp creases along the sides of the 2016 RX crossover and given it an aggressive face. It's a risky move. The RX is Lexus' top-selling nameplate in the United States, and its customers aren't exactly used to an edgy look....
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BMW wins March luxury sales title; Lexus takes 2nd

4:08 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

The BMW brand topped the U.S. luxury market in March, while Lexus fended off Mercedes-Benz for second place....
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Cadillac touts big CT6 as driver's car, answer to Germans

8:30 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Cadillac continued its comeback quest by introducing the CT6, a rear-wheel-drive sedan rivaling the Mercedes S class in size while being touted for the driving performance of a smaller car. Extensive use of aluminum allowed GM to field a model 200 pounds lighter than BMW's 5 series....
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How the SUV drove luxury kings to power

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

BMW, Lexus and Mercedes climbed to unimagined heights in the United States after agreeing to go where luxury makers once feared to go: the grubby world of mud-spattered trucks....
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Jaguar's revamped XF sedan slims down to boost fuel efficiency

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Jaguar's redesigned XF sedan has taken a big leap in refinement, weight savings and fuel efficiency. The brand unveiled the second generation of its best-seller with a spectacular high-wire stunt drive across the Thames river in London on Tuesday....
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Cadillac looks to exploit mismatches vs. Germans with CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Cadillac is taking a decidedly different approach to the full-size luxury sedan category with the upcoming CT6. While that uber-lux segment always has been long on roominess, horsepower and opulence, Cadillac will position the CT6 as an agile, athletic, driver's car and a technological tour de force....
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Cadillac will fit CT6 with a new twin-turbo V6

10:48 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Cadillac has promised that its forthcoming CT6 will form the tip of its technological spear, packing features such as an autonomous-drive system and a rearview mirror that streams video from a rear camera....
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Lexus aims to recapture luxury sales crown with retooled RX

2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Lexus is gunning to regain the U.S. luxury sales crown when it unveils a redesigned RX crossover next month at the New York auto show....
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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....
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Buy-sell deals, blue sky soar

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

Buy-sell transactions surged last year, sending dealership values higher, especially for luxury brands....
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Top luxury brands have luxury of growing lineups

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

When it comes to winning share in the ultracompetitive luxury car market, it helps to have more models on sale than your competitors. The 2014 sales champion, BMW, offered more models - 27 - than any of its competitors. Audi was second with 25, followed by Mercedes-Benz with 19, Lexus with 16 and Cadillac with 12....
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YANG JIAN

BLOG: Why Land Rover leads among China's second-tier luxury brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Land Rover has remained China's fourth-largest luxury brand behind Audi, BMW and Mercedes for two years in a row. The fact it has started to build SUVs in China seems likely to strengthen its position as the leader among China's second-tier luxury automakers....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Lexus jumps back into U.S. luxury race; BMW tops Mercedes

3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

With a new entry in the hot-selling compact crossover segment, Toyota's Lexus brand has gotten itself back in the hunt for the U.S. luxury auto-sales crown....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to rebuild Caddy's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015

An open letter to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen: Fixing Cadillac will be the biggest challenge of your career, a far larger task, even, than breathing new life into Audi. My brother is a perfect example why....
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Daimler extends contract of China boss Troska

Feb. 13, 2015 16:00 CET

Daimler's supervisory board has extended the contract of Hubertus Troska, head of the automaker's China unit, by five years. The 54-year-old executive has helped reduce Mercedes' sales gap with BMW and Audi in the world's largest auto market....
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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....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Infiniti teases Mercedes-based QX30 crossover

Feb. 6, 2015 11:05 CET

Infiniti teased its new Mercedes-based QX30, a key model in the brand's bid to boost its European sales. With the UK-built model, Infiniti will have its first entry in the booming compact crossover segment. The car will compete with the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X3....
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Daimler launches new Mercedes cost-cutting drive to help reach profit goal

Feb. 5, 2015 14:39 CET

Daimler will launch a new efficiency program at its Mercedes cars unit to dampen the acceleration in its growing cost base as the company seeks to achieve record vehicle sales, revenue and profits for 2015....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

DS CEO wants upscale brand to have Audi-like impact

Feb. 5, 2015 06:15 CET

Yves Bonnefont, the CEO of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's upscale DS brand, hopes the unit's sales will eventually represent 10 percent to 15 percent of its parent's annual volumes – up from 4 percent last year. At that level DS' sales contribution at PSA would match Audi's at VW Group....
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