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Audi, Mercedes January sales beat BMW for global luxury-car lead

Feb. 10, 2015 11:00 CET

Audi and Mercedes brand both outsold BMW brand in January, bumping BMW to third place in the ranking of the world's best-selling luxury carmakers for the month. Both Mercedes and Audi aim to take the luxury sales crown from BMW by 2020....
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Mini optimistic for a sales rebound in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Executives of Mini of the Americas told its U.S. dealers that sales should return to at least 2013 levels this year after a delayed launch of the Cooper Hardtop knocked Mini sales down 16 percent for 2014. In 2013, the brand sold 66,502 vehicles in the United States. The nation's 122 Mini dealers are expecting a redesigned Clubman and convertible this year....
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BMW, Toyota may cooperate on new Mini, report says

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW and Toyota may cooperate on a small, decontented entry model for the Mini lineup that would be called the Minor, a German media report said. Toyota could sell its own version of the car, which may be called the Starlet, the report added....
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BMW fixes glitch that left BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars vulnerable to hackers

Jan. 30, 2015 15:14 CET

BMW has fixed a security flaw that could have allowed hackers to unlock the doors of up to 2.2 million Rolls-Royce, Mini and BMW vehicles....
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Mini dealers to keep popular customer satisfaction program; sales expected to return to '13 levels

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

Mini told its US dealers Saturday that the brand will continue its popular “Motorer Obsession” program that reimburses dealers when they go above and beyond the call to exceed customer's expectations. Mini expects US sales this year to at least return to 2013 levels, when the brand sold 66,502 vehicles....
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Mini store wants customers singing its praises

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

Surprising and treating customers to extras is part of a program Mini USA started in July to boost its image as a premium brand....
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New Mini boss is former Audi executive

Jan. 22, 2015 09:32 CET

BMW named former Audi executive Sebastian Mackensen as head of its Mini brand. BMW is seeking ways to boost Mini's long-term profitability and is expected to discontinue three slow-selling Minis -- the Coupe, Roadster and Paceman....
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Mini expects profit boost from leaner lineup

Jan. 19, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW is trimming its Mini lineup from eight models down to five to boost the brand's prospects of long-term profitability. The carmaker is expected to discontinue three slow-selling vehicles -- the Coupe, Roadster and Paceman....
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Mini expects to bounce back with new products, TV spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Mini USA expects a record year fueled by the redesigned Cooper hardtop and the new four-door hatch, said David Duncan, vice president of Mini of the Americas....
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BMW keeps luxury sales crown, beats rivals in December

Jan. 9, 2015 11:06 CET

BMW outsold Audi and Mercedes in December to round off a 10th year as global luxury car-sales champion but its two German rivals have reduced its advantage....
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Mini expects leaner lineup to boost profits

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

To boost Mini's prospects of long-term profitability, parent BMW Group has decided the British brand needs to shrink its lineup to four nameplates from seven....
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Has the brand maxed out?

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

Some say Mini hasn't responded with enough mainstream marketing, as opposed to the off-the-wall variety...
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VIN switcheroo a crushing defeat for Mini Cooper

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014

It won't be a merry Christmas for the Mini enthusiast who bought a classic Mini Cooper in England and had it shipped to the United States....
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Mini to pare lineup to 5 models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

By 2020 at the earliest, Mini's lineup will have only five models, down from seven today....
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Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET

Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh....
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BMW Group November deliveries rise 8% on China, UK demand

Dec. 10, 2014 08:50 CET

BMW Group said deliveries of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars rose 8 percent in November, thanks to a continued strong demand in China and a 20 percent rise of its BMW and Mini sales in the UK....
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BMW expects further sales growth in 2015

Dec. 4, 2014 15:49 CET

BMW expects its brand sales to increase in 2015, building on this year's solid expansion, even though economic growth in core European markets is stalling. The carmaker is sticking to its goal of selling more than 2 million group vehicles this year....
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Mini store wants customers singing its praises

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Surprising and treating customers to extras is part of a program Mini USA started in July to boost its image as a premium brand....
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Group 1 snaps up 3 more dealerships in the UK

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Group 1 Automotive Inc. is expanding its presence overseas with the purchase of three BMW-Mini dealerships in the United Kingdom. Terms were not disclosed, but the stores are expected to generate $225 million in annual revenues, Group 1 said in a statement....
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Mercedes, Mini top J.D. Power sales satisfaction rankings

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014

Mercedes-Benz ranked highest in sales satisfaction among luxury brands in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index Study released today. For a fifth consecutive year, Mini ranks highest among mass-market brands, with a score of 727....
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Mini 5-door may become best-seller

Nov. 13, 2014 06:01 CET

The Mini five-door variant targets customers who need more space. Available for the first time with the option of a head-up display and adaptive cruise control, Mini says the five-door hatchback could become its best-seller....
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BMW Group deliveries rise 11% on China demand

Nov. 11, 2014 11:05 CET

BMW Group vehicle sales increased by 11 percent in October on strong demand from China, which helped 10-month deliveries rise 7 percent to 1.71 million, keeping the automaker on course to reach 2 million sales this year....
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Mini: Retro brand battles fresh sales slump

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

For most of the past 12 years, Mini has lived a charmed life in the United States. Not lately. Critics say BMW's small-car brand should use its sales slump to rethink its ways....
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Duncan aims to improve service, ads, dealer profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

Faced with declining sales and a more mature brand that's launching revamped vehicles, new Mini leader David Duncan is making marketing, customer service and increased dealer profitability his priorities....
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Check out the ANE e-magazine for November

Nov. 3, 2014 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions....
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