Luxury

BMW leads Mercedes in U.S. luxury sales race in May

June 4, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW topped Mercedes in May U.S. sales as smaller, cheaper models and fashionable SUVs helped luxury brands increase deliveries....
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BMW tops Mercedes in May as cheaper luxury models woo buyers

5:07 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
BMW topped Mercedes in May sales as cheaper models and fashionable crossover vehicles helped luxury brands gain traction in the United States with new buyers enjoying rising disposable income....
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Ford's shift upscale across Europe draws skeptics

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2014
Ford intends to compete with premium automakers with high-end versions of its mass-market models in a bid to end years of financial losses in Europe. But the strategy is not without risk....
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Ford's upscale push in Europe draws skeptics

May 26, 2014 12:58 CET
Ford intends to compete with premium carmakers with high-end versions of its mass-market models in a bid to end years of losses in Europe, but the strategy is not without risk....
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Bentley boosts work force ahead of SUV output

May 20, 2014 12:01 CET
Bentley will create 140 new jobs at its UK headquarters ahead of the production start for its first SUV in 2016. The majority of the new hires will be engineers....
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Kia's quest: Jump into mainstream

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Kia executives in Seoul say the top-shelf K900 sedan, which hit showrooms in March, is key to a grand plan to transform Kia into a mainstream brand on par with Volkswagen or Toyota by 2018....
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$60,000 Kia K900 made for 'confident individualists,' says VP

4:06 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
Kia is taking the slow and steady approach to its freshly launched K900 luxury sedan....
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Premium SUVs poised for sales surge after disappointing 2013

May 14, 2014 06:01 CET
European sales of premium SUVs are expected to surge as the market heads toward 1 million units by 2020, analysts predict. The sector has expanded as key players such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz have all launched smaller models....
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BMW maintains lead in global luxury race

May 13, 2014 11:01 CET
BMW Group remains the world's best-selling premium automaker after vehicle sales at its namesake BMW brand rose 8 percent to 140,840 in April....
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Mercedes sales close in on BMW, Audi in April

7:19 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2014
Mercedes-Benz narrowed the sales gap with larger luxury competitors BMW and Audi last month as customers sought the company's top-of-the-line S-Class and up-market E-Class sedans....
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At Hyundai, luxury lives with low-end

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
The next-generation Hyundai Genesis starting to arrive in showrooms to take on the likes of the BMW 5 series features taut, stately sheet metal that wraps a leather-bathed interior trimmed in matte-finished real wood, and a sticker price topping $51,000 for the 420-hp V-8 edition. And it's taking its place barely a car length away from the entry-est of entry-level vehicles, a $15,000 Hyundai Accent....
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Audi climbs in April, and Mercedes stays ahead of BMW

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Audi sold 2,159 units of its redesigned sub-$30,000 A3 sedan in its first full month in showrooms, contributing to the brand's 19 percent increase from a year earlier to 15,653 vehicles....
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Audi climbs; Mercedes keeps slim lead over BMW

4:54 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Audi's entry in the expanding sub-$30,000 luxury-car segment helped the Volkswagen AG unit post record April sales in the United States. Mercedes led the luxury segment with a narrow lead over BMW....
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Customers' luxury motivation turns to self-reward, execs say

1:48 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
The definition of luxury automotive brands, and the motivation of luxury-car shoppers, is changing from an outward-directed display of wealth to a self reward for a successful customer. That was the conclusion of a panel of luxury-brand executives at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum in New York today....
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VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

6:12 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO....
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VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

April 15, 2014 12:12 CET
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO....
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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus aims NX crossover at German premium brands in China

April 11, 2014 14:45 CET
Lexus will debut the NX crossover at the Beijing auto show as it tries to compete with German premium rivals in China. The NX will be the brand's first compact crossover and will be sold in global markets including Europe and the United States....
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Co-owner of Calif. luxury dealership pleads guilty in campaign finance case

3:34 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The co-owner of a California luxury-car dealership pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal political campaign donations in the name of a foreign national, according to court documents....
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Views mixed on DS's chances as stand-alone brand

April 7, 2014 06:01 CET
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares wants the company's Citroen DS marque to become a stand-alone brand that can compete with premium German carmakers' products. Market watchers, however, have mixed views on this goal....
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BMW’s March surge narrows Mercedes’ U.S. luxury sales lead

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
The BMW brand posted its best March sales ever in the United States, helping the luxury automaker shrink Mercedes-Benz’s 2014 lead....
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Aston Martin holding talks with Daimler on luxury SUV, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Aston Martin Lagonda and Daimler AG are holding talks to extend their cooperation to SUVs as the British maker of cars featured in James Bond movies seeks to broaden its lineup, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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CHARLES CHILD

Cheesey key told a sad story

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
What I recall about the Rick Wagoner years boils down to a key....
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BMW aims to sell a record 2 million cars this year

March 14, 2014 11:57 CET
BMW Group aims to sell a record 2 million cars or more this year, up from 1.96 million in 2013, as the automaker benefits from record deliveries in China and the U.S....
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BMW Group posts Q4 profit gain on 3-series demand

March 13, 2014 13:29 CET
BMW Group reported a surprise 4 percent gain in fourth-quarter profit because of strong demand for the 3 series. CEO Norbert Reithofer forecasts a new all-time high for vehicle sales in 2014....
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Mercedes touts GLA's sporty looks

March 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes expects a 70 percent conquest rate for the GLA, the brand's smallest and cheapest SUV....
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Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

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