Luxury

YANG JIAN

BLOG: Why Land Rover leads among China's second-tier luxury brands

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

Land Rover has remained China's fourth-largest luxury brand behind Audi, BMW and Mercedes for two years in a row. The fact it has started to build SUVs in China seems likely to strengthen its position as the leader among China's second-tier luxury automakers....
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Audi sees lower profitability as it invests to boost sales

March 10, 2015 12:31 CET

Audi is targeting another year of record car sales in 2015, but said profitability could slip further amid spending on technology, foreign expansion and plans to increase its model range to 60 vehicles by 2020....
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Audi outsells Mercedes again in February

March 9, 2015 12:01 CET

Audi said global vehicle sales rose 4.2 percent in February as the carmaker benefited from its revamped model lineup and strong sales of the A3 compact model line. The automaker outsold premium rival Mercedes for a second straight month....
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Luxury brands jostle for position

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

We pay very close attention to the three-way sales race involving Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus, but so far this year, there's been a lot of action in the second-tier luxury realm -- namely, Audi, Cadillac, Acura and Infiniti....
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Lexus jumps back into U.S. luxury race; BMW tops Mercedes

3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

With a new entry in the hot-selling compact crossover segment, Toyota's Lexus brand has gotten itself back in the hunt for the U.S. luxury auto-sales crown....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to rebuild Caddy's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015

An open letter to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen: Fixing Cadillac will be the biggest challenge of your career, a far larger task, even, than breathing new life into Audi. My brother is a perfect example why....
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Daimler extends contract of China boss Troska

Feb. 13, 2015 16:00 CET

Daimler's supervisory board has extended the contract of Hubertus Troska, head of the automaker's China unit, by five years. The 54-year-old executive has helped reduce Mercedes' sales gap with BMW and Audi in the world's largest auto market....
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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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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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Daimler launches new Mercedes cost-cutting drive to help reach profit goal

Feb. 5, 2015 14:39 CET

Daimler will launch a new efficiency program at its Mercedes cars unit to dampen the acceleration in its growing cost base as the company seeks to achieve record vehicle sales, revenue and profits for 2015....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

DS CEO wants upscale brand to have Audi-like impact

Feb. 5, 2015 06:15 CET

Yves Bonnefont, the CEO of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's upscale DS brand, hopes the unit's sales will eventually represent 10 percent to 15 percent of its parent's annual volumes – up from 4 percent last year. At that level DS' sales contribution at PSA would match Audi's at VW Group....
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Mercedes takes early luxury lead, resurgent Lexus jumps to No. 2

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

Mercedes-Benz opened 2015 with a record January to take an early lead in the US luxury race, but a surging Lexus is nipping at its heels. 2014's luxury champ, BMW, finds itself in third place after the first month....
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Lexus reloads for a shot at luxury title

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

Lexus, quickly narrowing the U.S. sales gap with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, will have its busiest product year since the brand's inception, with as many as nine new or tweaked models, including a key redesign, three midcycle refreshes, new turbocharged options and a special edition in 2015....
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Audi could hit 2 million sales goal ahead of 2020

Jan. 30, 2015 15:43 CET

Audi could reach its goal of 2 million sales a year before its 2020 target, helped by models such as the A4, the flagship Q7 SUV and the R8 sports car, CEO Rupert Stadler said....
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Perks program lifts struggling store's satisfaction scores, sales

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

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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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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Signature sound

Autos, audio amplify each other

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

Jaguar Land Rover's partnership with Meridian is part of an intensifying competition among luxury carmakers to use high-end audio brands to enhance their vehicles' appeal. In December, Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln became the latest entrant, announcing a 10-year partnership with Revel, a premium speaker brand owned by Harman International Industries....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Luxury brands seek an edge with tech

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

The horsepower race is dead, giving way to advanced hybrid technology and smaller displacement engines. Digital technology has become central to selling vehicles, not only on smartphones and tablets but in innovative showroom settings. These are some of the ways that luxury brands are embracing the megatrends discussed at the Automotive News World Congress....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mercedes increases emphasis on China in bid to pass BMW, Audi

Jan. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Mercedes could become the first luxury carmaker to launch new models in China before rolling them out in Europe and the U.S. after it strengthened its local r&d operations in a bid to narrow the gap with Audi and BMW in the market....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Why the growth in U.S. luxury sales gets tricky

7:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015

Luxury automakers can expect their niche to expand. But reaching customers will get harder as Millenials increasingly enter the market....
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Mercedes GLE coupe takes on BMW X6 for SUV buyers seeking curves

8:46 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015

Mercedes-Benz, which pioneered the luxury offroader with the boxy G-class 36 years ago, is now adding curves to its SUV lineup with the new GLE coupe....
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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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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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AutoNation posts 12% sales gain in December

11:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015

AutoNation said its new-vehicle sales jumped 12 percent in December compared with a year earlier, reaching 33,069 vehicles....
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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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