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Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Nov. 27, 2014 12:28 CET
Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars....
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Audi makes Q3 greener to keep lead over BMW X1

Nov. 27, 2014 11:34 CET
The Audi Q3 will get more efficient powertrains with technology such as the crossover's first use of fuel-saving cylinder deactivation as part of its mid-cycle refresh. Audi starts European sales of the revised Q3 in February....
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CLA wagon joins Mercedes' hot-selling compact family

Nov. 26, 2014 09:54 CET
Mercedes has released details on its new CLA Shooting Brake, the latest model to join the automaker's fast-growing, hot-selling compact lineup. Mercedes says that compacts accounted for nearly a third of its global sales through October....
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BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico

Nov. 25, 2014 11:40 CET
Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Mercedes cars roll out of billion-dollar factories....
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Daimler appoints journalist to ethics board

Nov. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has appointed the former editor-in-chief of the German news agency dpa, Wilm Herlyn, as a member of its advisory board for integrity and corporate responsibility. The board is tasked with examining ethics issues at the automaker....
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Lexus' Bracken says 300,000 U.S. sales 'is within our grasp' this year

1:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Lexus is raising its U.S. sales target to 300,000 vehicles this year, General Manager Jeff Bracken said. “We started the year with a sales goal of 290,000 units,” Bracken told Automotive News. “Now 300,000 is within our grasp.”...
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M-B exec: S class 'is now our flagship platform'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Mercedes-Benz thinks there's a new, hot niche in the global auto industry: $100,000-plus cars....
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RICHARD TRUETT

How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week in South Carolina. This after being built, then disassembled in Germany. The gyrations some automakers perform to avoid the 25 percent tariff seem wasteful and crazy....
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BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

Nov. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

Apple's CarPlay goes missing in L.A. and in the showroom

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Tech giants Apple and Google have generated a lot of hype over the past 12 months over their plans to tightly integrate their smartphones and app technology with in-car infotainment systems....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

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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Mercedes presents Maybach S class as luxury executive cocoon

Nov. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes's new Maybach version of its flagship S class is challenging Bentley and Rolls-Royce for supremacy among customers who enjoy a chauffeured car's back seat....
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Maybach returns with lavish interior, lower price

8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
After falling short of attempts to sell an ultraluxury sedan to compete with Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Mercedes-Benz is resurrecting the historic Maybach badge but setting lower expectations....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler....
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Daimler, BMW cooperate on suppliers in Mexico

Nov. 18, 2014 10:17 CET
Daimler and BMW are working together to build a network of suppliers for their new factories in Mexico as both carmakers aim to take advantage of the country's tariff-free access to the U.S. market....
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Daimler to revive Maybach with 3 sedans but no SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Daimler plans three variants of its ultraluxury Maybach version of the flagship S-class sedan, including one aimed at Chinese buyers. But the company has ruled out a Maybach SUV for now....
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American Axle hires former Mich. car czar Francis

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Nigel Francis, former car czar for the state of Michigan, has been appointed as vice president of corporate planning for American Axle & Manufacturing in Detroit....
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M-B tweaks model names

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
In the interest of "logic and transparency," Mercedes-Benz plans new names for almost every model other than the core A, C, E and S class....
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M-B: U.S. to be main market for new sports car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
The United States will be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT and is expected to account for 25 percent of the car's worldwide volume....
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HERE's looking at you -- in 3-D

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
John Ristevski's ride always gets attention on the street. People are bound to stop and stare at a bright blue station wagon with $80,000 worth of electronics mounted on its roof and a map of the world affixed to its side. Ristevski works for HERE, the maps division of Finnish telecom company Nokia. And the technology-laded wagon is playing a key role in helping automakers such as BMW and Daimler keep pace with Google in the field of self-driving vehicles....
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Zetsche sees significant AMG-MV Agusta synergies

Nov. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche sees big cross-marketing opportunities for the Mercedes-AMG performance unit and motorcycle maker MV Agusta because customers of both brands have a lot in common....
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Automakers adopt protocols to handle, protect consumer data in connected car era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Hoping to harness customer data to offer more services without eliciting an outcry over the misuse of personal information, major automakers today agreed to industry-wide principles to handle consumer data and safeguard individual privacy going forward....
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Car2Go poised to top 1-million users

Nov. 13, 2014 10:19 CET
Daimler's Car2Go car-sharing unit will have more than 1 million registered users by the end of the year, a company executive said, up from 900,000 now. The company aims to double penetration to 50 cities by 2016 with an emphasis on China....
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Mercedes-AMG GT targets Porsche 911

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is using the tag line “Handcrafted by Racers: a sports car in its purest form,” for the new GT sports car, emphasizing the car’s development by Mercedes’ AMG performance unit....
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Zetsche: Daimler has no ambition to run Aston Martin

Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says his company has no plans to increase its stake in Aston Martin or involve itself in operational matters at the UK sports car maker. Daimler supplies Aston Martin with electric and electronic parts and V-8 engines....
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