Luxury

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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BMW veteran takes charge of Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
BMW veteran Roland Krueger has been named to head Nissan's leaderless Infiniti luxury unit....
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New Navigator rolls up to challenge Escalade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014
The new Navigator's role is to reclaim a piece of a segment Lincoln pioneered in the 1990s and then ceded to the Cadillac Escalade....
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Is this the new face of Lexus?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Lexus is counting on its new 2015 RC 350 sports coupe to take on BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in a segment dominated by the German luxury brands. And that may be the easy part of the car's mission....
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AutoNation sales rise 7 percent in August

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
AutoNation said today that its new-vehicle sales in the United States during August were the dealership group's best since 2002....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, Ala., when it learned last year that Mercedes had quietly awarded the champion football coach a letter of intent authorizing them to open a Mercedes dealership in ... Birmingham....
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GLE to usher in new M-B naming system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
When the Mercedes-Benz M-class crossover gets a face-lift in early 2015 it also will get a new name -- the GLE class -- as part of a new naming system for the brand....
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Perks program lifts struggling store's satisfaction scores, sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Land Rover San Diego is rewarding big spenders with a perks program that offers Padres baseball tickets, dry cleaning runs, preferential service times and other goodies....
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Alfa dealers urged to offer luxury services

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group expects Alfa Romeo dealers to provide luxury services -- such as home pickup and delivery for repairs -- despite having only a handful of cars to sell for the next two years....
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Tata brand plans upscale SUVs with Jaguar Land Rover tech, report says

Aug. 26, 2014 11:41 CET
Tata Motors is developing two upscale SUVs for its Tata brand using technology from Jaguar Land Rover, a Delhi-based business newspaper reported....
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Deepening rivalries test German luxury car dominance

Aug. 25, 2014 08:57 CET
As German premium brands lose their exclusivity in a chase for volume, revived premium brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Maserati are challenging the luxury-car market dominance of BMW, Audi and Mercedes....
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Johan's gone but his Infiniti plan stands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Infiniti is reassuring U.S. dealers that its product expansion plans are on track, despite the defection of their chief architect, Johan de Nysschen, this summer....
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Buggy man Meyers celebrates 50 years of fun, fun, fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Fifty years after creating the iconic swinging '60s dune buggy that put the Beach Boys and the Monkees on wheels, Bruce Meyers is still at it....
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Dude, where's my Escalade?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Cadillac dealers nationwide are frustrated over the choppy rollout of the '15 Escalade, the first redesign of the luxury barge in eight years....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Porsche's rapid growth brings risks

Aug. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
Porsche sales are booming as the carmaker looks set to hit a target of 200,000 annual global sales before a 2018 deadline, but some industry watchers worry that too much emphasis on volume jeopardizes the brand's exclusivity....
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SELF-CONFIDENT

Mercedes-Benz's autonomous driving features dominate the industry -- and will for years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Silicon Valley is making waves with news about self-driving cars. But the most-advanced vehicles that consumers can actually buy today came out of Mercedes-Benz in Germany....
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U.S. sales of luxury brands through July outpace overall market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Memories of the recession have all but disappeared in the rearview mirror for Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, BMW and most other luxury brands, with their sales rising considerably faster than the rest of the industry this year....
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Sub-$30,000 Lexus car? 'Can't do it'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
While other luxury brands are adding lower-priced vehicles to their lineups, a senior Lexus executive vowed that his brand won't, because a car priced below $30,000 would not be worthy of the Lexus logo....
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European luxury makers trim platforms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
European luxury brands are developing new architectures that will underpin replacements for today's models and allow faster development of new ones....
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Mercedes' rivals develop self-driving features, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The luxury competition has a number of advanced self-driving features, but they aren't as integrated as what's offered by Mercedes-Benz....
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Lexus jumps 19% for first monthly luxury win in almost a year

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Lexus hasn't chased other luxury brands down-market with a sub-$30,000 car like the Mercedes-Benz CLA, yet Toyota's premium brand topped Mercedes and BMW in July for its first monthly sales win since August 2013....
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Toyota luxury boss says sub-$30K car 'wouldn't be a Lexus'

3:10 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
A senior Lexus executive said that a car priced below $30,000 would not be worthy of the brand, in an indirect dig at German rivals who have been moving downmarket. "We could go down and build a car under $30,000, but it would be decontented, and you'd be cutting corners. It wouldn't be a Lexus," Mark Templin, Lexus International's executive vice president, told Automotive News....
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Audi, BMW and Mercedes pressure Ford, GM as UK market booms

July 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Germany's premium automakers are benefiting most from the UK car market boom. Audi, BMW and Mercedes are winning customers from mass-market brands such as Ford and Vauxhall....
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Audi, BMW and Mercedes pressure Ford, GM as UK market booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
Germany's premium automakers are benefiting most from the UK car market boom. Audi, BMW and Mercedes are winning customers from mass-market brands such as Ford and Vauxhall....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels....
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