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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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Renault poised for big boost from new SUV

Jan. 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault's new Kadjar will become a top-seller in Europe's key compact SUV segment, according to a forecast. The French automaker needs a boost after its Koleos flopped in a fast-growing niche dominated by alliance partner Nissan's Qashqai....
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Auto sales forecast calls for a hot January

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015

Forecasters say U.S. auto sales have begun 2015 much stronger than 2014, when a deep freeze kept shoppers away from many dealerships in much of the country. General Motors is expected to post nearly a 20 percent increase, with the other Detroit 3 automakers also on track for double-digit gains....
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Audi readies Q1 SUV after Fiat rebuff over name

Jan. 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi is reluctantly using the Q1 badge for its new compact SUV after failing to gain permission from Fiat Chrysler to call it the Q2, a name held by Alfa Romeo....
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Stadler: Audi to build range-topping Q8 SUV

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

Audi will launch a flagship SUV called the Q8 before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. The SUV will be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why Jeep executives might be praying for more snow days

1:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

For most of its life, Jeep has been at best an under-developed niche brand, relegated to an automotive sales backwater by a series of owners who always suspected it had sales potential -- they just couldn't figure out how to properly exploit it....
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Audi plans to build range-topping Q8 SUV, CEO Stadler says

Jan. 20, 2015 15:38 CET

Audi plans a range-topping SUV to go on sale before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. Dubbed the Q8, the SUV would be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East, where large coupe-styled SUVs are in demand....
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Ford revises EcoSport to counter slow sales

Jan. 20, 2015 12:02 CET

Ford will offer its EcoSport SUV in Europe without the spare wheel on the outside of the rear tailgate after the model's sales got off to a slow start. The EcoSport has failed to make a big impact in the region's booming subcompact SUV/crossover segment against sleeker-looking rivals....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Crossover craze takes hold in Europe

Jan. 16, 2015 06:01 CET

SUVs and crossovers will feature heavily in the launch of new models in Europe this year. Audi, VW, Renault and Fiat are among carmakers planning to launch updated or new models in this hotly contested segment....
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Bentley Bentayga may receive a smaller SUV sibling

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015

The first Bentley Bentayga SUV isn't even out yet, but the company is already mulling more SUVs for its lineup, according to Auto Express....
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Lincoln MKX grabs page from MKC

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

The redesigned Lincoln MKX takes much of the same formula that led to a successful first year for the MKC crossover and applies it to a larger package, at a time when utility vehicles are booming....
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VW to expand Slovakia plant, report says

Jan. 13, 2015 13:00 CET

Volkswagen will invest up to 500 million euros in its Slovakia plant, a report said. The plant builds minicars and large SUVs for the VW group and will add production of bodies for the Bentley Bentayga SUV....
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Bentley to call new SUV the Bentayga, attracts 4,000 preorders

3:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

Bentley has announced the name of its first-ever SUV, to be revealed later this year. It will be called the Bentley Bentayga....
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GM to splurge $12 billion to fund new Cadillac models by 2020

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

General Motors, working to revive its slumping Cadillac luxury brand, plans to spend $12 billion to develop eight new models by 2020 and two more in the next decade, the brand’s chief said....
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Alfa Romeo set to launch first SUV in 2016

Jan. 12, 2015 11:17 CET

Alfa Romeo is finalizing the development of its first SUV as the revival of the sporty brand takes shape. The compact SUV will likely be unveiled in 2016 following a midsize sedan that is slated to debut this year, said people familiar with the matter....
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Fiat-Chrysler sees 1,500 new jobs at Italian plant

Jan. 12, 2015 15:19 CET

Fiat-Chrysler expects to add 1,500 new jobs at its Melfi plant in Italy in response to the success of its new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X models. A temporary layoff scheme will also end, allowing 5,418 employees to return to work....
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Jaguar sees Porsche Macan as rival for its first crossover, the F-Pace

Jan. 11, 2015 11:41 CET

Jaguar's first crossover, the F-Pace, will be a rival to the Porsche Macan. The UK sports car brand released a teaser picture and some details of the model ahead of the crossover's sales launch next year....
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VW readies crossover blitz to help revive U.S. fortunes

8:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015

Volkswagen is mobilizing an SUV and crossover offensive over the next few years to strengthen its presence in those fast-growing segments and revive the VW brand's sagging U.S. sales. A long-wheelbase Tiguan crossover assembled in North America will arrive in the market in 2017, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said in remarks prepared for delivery today....
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More off-lease pickups, SUVs and crossovers in 5 years, KBB says

6:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015

Cars dominated the top segments of vehicles coming off lease in 2014, but the segments with the most projected off-lease growth in 2019, vs. 2014 volumes, will be SUVs, crossovers and pickups, analysts from Kelley Blue Book predicted Sunday....
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Jaguar's first crossover, the F-Pace, to hit U.S. in 2016

10:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015

Jaguar will enter the cutthroat luxury crossover segment in 2016 with the new F-Pace. The all-wheel-drive crossover will use the same aluminum-intensive architecture as the new XE compact sedan....
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Bentley considers smaller SUV to win women, younger buyers

Jan. 9, 2015 14:33 CET

Bentley is mulling a smaller version of its upcoming SUV to attract more women and younger buyers to the brand. Bentley will unveil the larger SUV, its first such model, later this year ahead of sales in 2016....
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Porsche expects sales to reach 200,000 cars this year

Jan. 8, 2015 12:54 CET

Porsche expects to increase sales to 200,000 cars or more this year, hitting a long-planned target three years early, after posting record deliveries in 2014....
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Rolls-Royce will reach decision on adding SUV this year

Jan. 6, 2015 12:33 CET

Rolls-Royce will decide this year whether to follow rival Bentley into the ultraluxury SUV market as the brand seeks to expand further after global sales rose 12 percent last year....
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For Americans, SUV body style puts sedans in rearview

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

It's pretty much official: A majority of American drivers would rather sit up high in their vehicles than down close to the ground....
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MASERATI

Growth spurt

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

The Levante will provide another boost when it arrives here, probably in 2016....
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