Luxury

New BMW 7 series focuses on comfort to beat S class

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW believes its latest 7 series offers levels of comfort that will help it close the gap with the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S class, especially in the key China market where wealthy executives prize comfort features above driving dynamics....
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DS will challenge established premium brands

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

DS may be the youngest brand on the market but its product chief, Vincent Devos, believes the upscale marque can rival the best the luxury segment has to offer within two decades, as he explained to Automotive News Europe....
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BMW aims to retake segment lead with redesigned 7 series

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

BMW of North America wants to set a new sales record for the 7-series sedan with its redesigned version -- and regain leadership of the luxury sedan segment....
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Daimler still positive on China business despite stock market rout

Aug. 24, 2015 15:36 CET

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is counting on China to be a leading driver of car sales growth this year despite the country's stock market turmoil. The automaker expects vehicle ownership levels to rise and will continue to invest more in compact cars in the market where it has been adding dealerships, Hubertus Troska, head of Daimler China, said....
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Pebble Beach culminates auto-mania week

8:06 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

When it began 65 years ago, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was just a one-day affair. Now the day has become a week. It includes road rallies, races, auctions, displays, seminars, exhibitions, parties and, underpinning it all, marketing....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: CTS-V sticker reflects shift in Cadillac pricing

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

If you squint hard at the label on the Cadillac CTS-V high-performance sedan that hits showrooms soon, you will see a subtle but telling shift in Cadillac's pricing strategy....
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Lexus revs for run at luxury title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Thanks to the NX small crossover, Lexus bested BMW and Mercedes-Benz in July sales and is poised to take a serious run at the luxuxy sales crown....
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Is Cadillac's next challenger Infiniti?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Audi passed Cadillac in U.S. sales last year, and Acura has moved past the General Motors luxury brand in 2015. Could Infiniti be the next to challenge Cadillac?...
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Lexus leans on leases as U.S. luxury race tightens

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2015

Lexus is relying more on leasing than BMW and Mercedes-Benz as it challenges the German brands for the lead in U.S. sales of luxury vehicle sales. About 62 percent of Lexus vehicles have been leased this year, compared with about half for BMW and Mercedes, according to Edmunds.com data....
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Lexus plans 2nd 'flagship' model to augment LS sedan

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Toyota Motor's Lexus brand is planning to launch a second top-of-the-line "flagship" model to accompany a new generation of its LS sedan, the head of the brand's U.S. operations said....
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Luxury titans: A case of too much variety?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Automakers are rapidly widening their lineups to fill in every possible niche, with German luxury-makers BMW and Mercedes-Benz leading the way. But they say flexible platforms and premium pricing make the new variants profitable....
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Nissan, Honda outpace the market on crossovers, sedans

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

American Honda Motor Co. and Nissan North America both showed solid sales growth in July, thanks to brisk sales of small crossovers, midsize sedans and luxury cars, data released today show....
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Weak car, Scion results offset strong truck deliveries at Toyota

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. reported flat sales in July as a big win for its Lexus brand and strong truck sales were offset by weak performances by its top sellers on the car side, the Camry and Corolla, and at Scion....
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Maserati's profits will recover with Levante SUV, Marchionne says

July 31, 2015 11:44 CET

Maserati's profits will recover when the brand launches its first SUV next year, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Maserati's second-quarter earnings fell by 30 percent and global vehicle sales were down 13 percent....
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Audi cuts global car sales outlook on China

July 30, 2015 11:57 CET

Audi lowered its global sales forecast for this year because of slumping demand in China, its biggest market. The automaker expects global deliveries to increase between 3 percent and 4 percent from a record 1.74 million sales in 2014....
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Jeep hacking sends warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes

4:55 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

When friendly hackers landed a Jeep Cherokee in a ditch last week, it sent a warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes as the luxury automakers compete increasingly on technology rather than just horsepower....
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Audi aims to raise China sales with revamped A4

July 27, 2015 13:43 CET

Audi hopes that a redesigned A4 sedan will help shore up its fortunes in China where the premium brand is grappling with a second consecutive month of falling sales in its No. 1 market....
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Pickups are picking up premium price tags

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Last week, Ford introduced a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and will likely top $70,000 when loaded with options. So what do you get when you max out other half-ton pickups sold in the U.S. with the most expensive set of options? We found prices identified more with upper-end German performance sedans than vehicles that can haul a load of hay....
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SCREEN SAVERS

Automakers try integrated tablets to retain backseat business

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

It might seem strange that BMW's redesigned 7-series sedan, priced at $81,300 plus shipping, would have to compete with a $499 iPad from Apple. But that's exactly what's happening, as automakers realize that their cars are being compared not only with other cars but also with devices brought into the back seat....
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Ferrari stock faces soaring Testarossa prices for investor favor

6:19 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Ferrari's upcoming stock listing may struggle for investor attention with competitors in its own ranks. Buying one of the Italian supercars, like a Testarossa, has generated gains that are hard to beat....
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High-performance Cadillacs roar into Japan

7:23 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

GM is introducing two high-performance V-Series Cadillac nameplates in Japan that outspoken presidential hopeful Donald Trump famously blasted as closed to Detroit automakers....
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Infiniti unwraps Audi A3 fighter

12:01 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Infiniti has pulled the wraps off the production version of its new Q30 compact hatch. The Q30 is intended especially for Europe, where Infiniti hopes it and its upcoming crossover sibling, the QX30, will ignite sales next year. It will go on sale in the U.S. next spring....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Cadillac's product onslaught: Hurry up and wait

12:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

A glance at Cadillac's product-planning timeline shows that dealers and consumers will be waiting quite a while for much of the fresh sheet metal planned by the brand....
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Audi reviews China 2015 sales target

July 16, 2015 10:57 CET

Audi is reviewing its 2015 target of selling 600,000 cars in China, the latest sign that a downturn in demand for passenger cars in the world's biggest car market is more severe than automakers expected....
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Maserati sales will resume in India

July 15, 2015 16:16 CET

Fiat Chrysler will resume sales of its Maserati sports cars in India, nearly three years after troubles with its former partner forced it to leave the market. Growth in luxury car sales in India has outpaced sales of other passenger vehicles over the last few years....
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