Luxury

BMW's next-gen 7 series goes long on tech

1:30 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

BMW's sixth-generation 7-series flagship sedan will use gee-whiz technology aimed at keeping buyers from defecting to rivals. Features include the largest head-up display in the industry, fully autonomous parking and the world's first use of gesture-recognition controls in a production car....
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Aston Martin will decide on new plant in third quarter

June 10, 2015 13:06 CET

Aston Martin will decide on the location of its new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover in the third quarter, CEO Andy Palmer said. Potential sites in the U.S. and the UK are under consideration, Palmer said....
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Nissan banks on racier Maxima to draw younger buyers

11:16 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

The redesigned Nissan Maxima, positioned to intercept younger premium-segment consumers, will re-emphasize the “4-door sports car” marketing tagline of years past....
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BMW's record May trims gap with Mercedes for U.S. luxury crown

3:31 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

BMW sold a May record 31,003 cars and SUVs in the U.S., narrowing Mercedes-Benz's luxury-vehicle lead as both brands benefit from expanding lineups....
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Golf family helps VW break U.S. losing streak

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The Volkswagen brand broke a three-month slump in U.S. sales with an 8.1 percent gain in May, while its luxury sibling Audi continued its hot streak to post its second-best U.S. sales month on record....
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Porsche's wealthy Chinese buyers choose less costly models

June 2, 2015 12:18 CET

Porsche’s wealthy Chinese customers are settling for less expensive models as a government crackdown on graft and conspicuous consumption slows luxury sales....
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Android Auto's simplicity is such a luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Usually with a car, the more you pay, the more you get. The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend that rule....
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Audi targets volume brands to keep China luxury lead

May 29, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi expects to offset softening demand for large luxury cars in China by winning sales from volume brands. Younger consumers are switching from midsize models to compact premium cars such as the A3 Sportback, according to company executives....
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JLR aiming high with SVO unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover hopes to match its German competition with a specially badged line of performance and luxury variants....
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Why PSA chief Tavares is betting big on DS' long-term success

May 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Making a success of the DS brand is a big task facing PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares. PSA revived the DS badge for near-premium models five years ago, hoping its association with iconic Citroen DS cars would give the line instant appeal....
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Audi edges ahead of BMW to lead luxury-car sales race

May 12, 2015 11:12 CET

Audi sold the most luxury cars globally in April, edging out BMW Group's namesake brand and fast-growing Mercedes. BMW kept its No. 1 ranking through the first four months....
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Well-heeled houseguests experience Lincoln luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Lincoln Motor Co., to woo demanding luxury consumers, is offering getaways in finely decorated dwellings that showcase the high-end materials of its Black Label auto trim....
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Lentz on Lexus: Few regrets

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Toyota's North American CEO Jim Lentz says it would have been wiser for Lexus to have invested in a three-row crossover instead of the sporty RC coupe. But Lexus' performance this year has left little reason for regrets....
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BMW expands event marketing after success in '14

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

BMW is expanding its event marketing because 25 percent of last year's participants who drove a vehicle later bought one, says BMW's chief marketer....
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Audi's race to catch up with BMW hurts profit margin

May 4, 2015 11:29 CET

Audi's race to catch up with German rival BMW is hurting its profit margin. Audi's operating margin slipped to 9.7 percent from 10.1 percent a year earlier, the carmaker said today, while reaffirming its 8 percent to 10 percent target range....
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M-B nabs the top spot from BMW in luxury race

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

With a strong April, Mercedes-Benz took over the top spot from BMW through four months in the tight U.S. luxury sales race....
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Benz overtakes BMW in U.S. luxury race

3:33 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Luxury auto sales are outpacing U.S. industry gains as BMW and Mercedes-Benz lure buyers from mainstream brands with lower-priced models. In April, Mercedes pulled ahead of BMW to take the luxury-brand lead....
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He's sold boxing champ Floyd Mayweather 39 cars … and counting

2:45 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Obi Okeke has sold 39 cars to welterweight champ Mayweather, including a $3.2 million Ferarri Enzo and three Bugatti Veyrons that are worth $6.2 million combined. In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Okeke has sold cars to the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jessica Simpson, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Tucker and more....
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Lexus reworks ES with bolder looks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

After surveying customers in China and the U.S., Lexus came up with a more aggressive look for the freshened ES sedan that goes into production in the U.S. this year....
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Audi sees compact cars driving sales in China

April 22, 2015 11:52 CET

Audi sees compact cars increasingly becoming the main driver of sales in China as the country's booming middle class looks for more affordable luxury....
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BLOG: Why Lincoln is ready to toss the alphabet soup

2:44 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Lincoln's announcement last month that the Continental will replace the MKS signaled the automaker might be rethinking its decision to drop actual names nearly a decade ago. Ford's Joe Hinrichs today acknowledged that the MK monikers can be hard for anyone who's not a Ford executive to keep straight....
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Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept lands in Shanghai

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Volkswagen, continuing a march upmarket, unveiled the C Coupe GTE concept this week at the Shanghai auto show. Meant to be positioned between the Passat and the Phaeton if it goes into production, the C Coupe GTE concept is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI gasoline engine connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with an electric motor integrated in the transmission housing providing extra power; electricity is stored in a 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery....
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BMW cutting production, prices in China as market slows

April 20, 2015 14:28 CET

BMW has reduced the prices of some of its vehicles in China and will cut local production in the country to ensure that dealers are not overstocked as luxury demand in the world's largest auto market slows....
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Alfa's pitch will be luxury, Italian style

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

As he prepares the campaign to reintroduce Alfa Romeo to the United States, Fiat Chrysler marketing chief Olivier Francois says he may exploit the notion that shoppers have become tired of lookalike German luxury cars....
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Mercedes-Maybach offers quiet luxury

April 17, 2015 06:15 CET

Mercedes has upgraded its flagship sedan by giving it a more spacious rear cabin and features such as voice amplification, extra lining to reduce wind noise and reclining rear seats to create the Mercedes-Maybach S class....
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