Luxury

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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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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AUDI

On a roll

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

While launching important new products such as the A3 and Q3, Audi has done a remarkable job of maintaining steady sales of older nameplates such as the A4, A6 and Q5....
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Miami auto show seeks to ride Latin identity into the big leagues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Organizers of the Miami International Auto Show hope to capitalize on the arrival of well-heeled Latino buyers to make the show a major annual event. As the U.S. moved to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba last week, Miami was looming even larger as a potential hotbed of the car business....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Who says the Detroit 3 can't sell luxury?

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014

We hear an awful lot about the sorry state of Detroit's luxury brands, but if you look at it objectively, Detroit actually isn't bad at selling luxury vehicles. It's just that the luxury vehicles are pickup trucks and SUVs....
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BMW brand tops Audi, Mercedes but lead narrows

Dec. 10, 2014 11:33 CET

BMW brand sales rose 6 percent last month, its highest-ever November sales. The result beat Audi and Mercedes, but the two rivals remain on course to narrow BMW's 2014 lead as the No.1 global luxury brand....
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Mercedes needs China boost to regain global luxury sales lead, exec says

Dec. 10, 2014 15:29 CET

Mercedes needs to catch up with rivals BMW and Audi in China to meet its goal of becoming the global No. 1 in luxury car sales by 2020, Hubertus Troska, the carmaker's China chief, said....
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Carmakers hit the gas as China slows down

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

Chinese bureaucrats are jittery, maybe even a bit panicky, about the country's slumping economy. But global carmakers sound as optimistic as ever as they place big bets on the world's biggest auto market....
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Mercedes wins November U.S. luxury crown, trails BMW for annual title

9:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Mercedes-Benz, trailing BMW by a narrow 1,830-vehicle margin following record sales in November, has one month to overtake its German rival and retain its crown as the No. 1 luxury brand in the United States....
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BMW plans 3 series, X5 plug-in hybrid variants

Dec. 1, 2014 15:43 CET

BMW is joining rival premium carmakers in offering plug-in hybrid versions of its main models, including the 3-series sedan and X5 SUV, as automakers react to tighter emissions regulations....
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TLX delivering on sales and image, Acura says

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

With two full months of sales data behind it, Acura says the new TLX midsize sedan is beginning to fulfill its promise of reviving the luxury brand, whose U.S. sales and image have sagged in recent years....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

Luxury cars go the way of free-trade coffee

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

Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But now they may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience....
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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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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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Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

BLOG: 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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Cadillac will report its own financial results, de Nysschen says

5:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014

GM's Cadillac luxury line, working to revive its image, will begin reporting financial results about 2017 and double global sales by the end of the decade, said Johan de Nysschen, the brand's chief....
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As China's luxury car wave slows, foreign automakers seek domestic foothold

Nov. 18, 2014 11:18 CET

Daimler will present its new ultraluxury Mercedes-Maybach subbrand at this week's Guangzhou auto show, even as analysts warn the end is approaching for China's 10-year high-end car sales boom....
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M-B bolsters service with concierge program

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014

Mercedes-Benz has launched a product specialist program for dealerships and aims to train 1,600 employees through the program by the end of next year....
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