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Mercedes gives Maybach interior the silent treatment

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
One of the highlights of the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 superluxury sedan is something you're not supposed to notice: noise, or more precisely, the lack of it....
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Cadillac will report its own financial results, de Nysschen says

5:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
GM's Cadillac luxury line, working to revive its image, will begin reporting financial results about 2017 and double global sales by the end of the decade, said Johan de Nysschen, the brand's chief....
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As China's luxury car wave slows, foreign automakers seek domestic foothold

Nov. 18, 2014 11:18 CET
Daimler will present its new ultraluxury Mercedes-Maybach subbrand at this week's Guangzhou auto show, even as analysts warn the end is approaching for China's 10-year high-end car sales boom....
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M-B bolsters service with concierge program

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has launched a product specialist program for dealerships and aims to train 1,600 employees through the program by the end of next year....
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Battle of the brands

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
How some tight brand races and model matchups are shaping up after 10 months...
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Lexus aims to woo wealthy eco-friendly buyers in Europe

Nov. 5, 2014 06:15 CET
Lexus Europe is positioning itself as a green, technology-driven alternative to Germany's premium automakers. Lexus Europe head, Alain Uyttenhoven, explained the strategy....
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BMW tops in luxury sales, despite Mercedes' best month of 2014

4:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The BMW brand had its strongest October sales performance ever to top Mercedes-Benz, which recorded its best month so far this year. While BMW and Mercedes-Benz duke it out for the top two spots, Lexus had its 13th consecutive month of sales gains....
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Daimler opens China r&d center to help Mercedes close gap with Audi, BMW

Nov. 3, 2014 14:55 CET
Daimler has opened an r&d center in Beijing tasked with further tuning its Mercedes brand to wealthy Chinese tastes and closing the sales gap with Audi and BMW....
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Audi profit margin slips as new plants in Mexico and Brazil offset sales gains

Nov. 3, 2014 11:30 CET
Audi's profitability slipped during the third quarter as spending on new factories and models outweighed gains from record sales. Audi is spending more than $1.3 billion on plants in Mexico and Brazil....
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BRUCE GAIN

China has room for PSA's upscale DS brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014
PSA's upscale DS brand is on track to be successful in China because of consumer demand for French luxury goods, but it is unlikely to be a serious rival to the popular German premium brands....
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Ford plans to overhaul Lincoln with $5 billion push, report says

5:13 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
New Ford CEO Mark Fields, with the renewed backing of Executive Chairman Bill Ford and the company's board, has committed the automaker to a multiyear, multibillion-dollar overhaul of Lincoln that includes a significant investment in a new premium vehicle platform that will underpin several future Lincoln vehicles, four sources told Reuters....
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Daimler third-quarter profit rises as Mercedes sales expand

Oct. 23, 2014 08:45 CET
Daimler reported a 21 percent increase in third-quarter profit. The Mercedes cars division's profit widened to 8.5 percent of revenue, the highest in more than two years, helped by fresh product....
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YANG JIAN

Why Audi, BMW and Mercedes dominate China's luxury market

8:25 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
Brands such as Cadillac, Lexus and French newcomer DS are trying -- but failing -- to loosen the tight grip German automakers have on China's luxury car market....
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Renault sets pricing for Clio Initiale Paris

Oct. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault is targeting prosperous car buyers in urban areas with its Clio Initiale Paris, the first Renault to use the upscale Initiale Paris trimline, which will cost 3,350 euros more than standard versions of the subcompact hatchback....
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Audi sells fewer cars than Mercedes as competition intensifies

Oct. 9, 2014 13:04 CET
Audi sold fewer cars than rival Mercedes-Benz for the first time this year in the latest sign that the sales rivalry among Germany's top luxury automakers is intensifying....
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Big, bold luxury returns

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
The world might be shifting to smaller vehicles, but life is different for the rich. Luxury automakers are preparing for a new era of showy full-size sedans -- even as they simultaneously push into smaller, entry-level vehicles....
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Luxury makers move into new hot spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Luxury-segment executives at last week's Paris auto show made it clear that they intend to attack new corners of the business as high-end customers emerge with nontraditional expectations....
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Toyota keeps European sales target despite Russian market slump

Oct. 2, 2014 14:42 CET
Toyota expects its focus on high-end vehicles in Russia will help it ride out the worst effects of the market slump in the country. The automaker says it is sticking to its target of increasing European sales to a million vehicles next year....
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Mercedes tops BMW in monthly luxury sales

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz's record September in the United States was enough to top the BMW brand in the luxury sales race, but BMW held a small lead for the first nine months of the year....
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GM will position Cadillac CT6 as tech showcase

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The CT6 sedan due late next year is intended to be more than just a high-end Cadillac. General Motors is counting on the car to be a rolling showcase of the company’s engineering and technology prowess, and its determination once again to rise to the top of the automotive world....
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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration points to brand's design direction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The large four-door fastback concept that Infiniti will unveil at the Paris auto show this week signals the styling for a stream of new products planned over the next four years....
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VanDyke says Lincoln's N.Y. agency move is working

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
After Cadillac announced the move of its marketing headquarters to New York, Lincoln's brand chief said setting up a new agency in the city more than two years ago has helped begin to reshape the luxury marque's image....
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Cadillac flagship sedan to be named CT6

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Cadillac will name its new, lineup-topping sedan the CT6, marking the start of a top-to-bottom overhaul of the luxury brand's nomenclature. The rear-wheel-drive sedan that is slated for a launch in late 2015 was code-named LTS during its internal development....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Premium automakers push into profitable niche segments in H1

Sept. 17, 2014 06:30 CET
Premium automakers are progressively pushing volume rivals out of profit-rich niches such as coupes and convertibles. In the first half, 67 percent of all coupes sold in Europe were from premium brands, up from 55 percent in 2013....
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Easing off on acquisitions

AutoNation adds 4 stores, but won't buy much more this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
AutoNation Inc.'s deal to buy four Bellevue, Wash., luxury-brand dealerships is the company's biggest acquisition since late 2012....
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