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BLOG: Infiniti Q30 name axed in N.A. in favor of QX30

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Infiniti plans to not use the Q30 name in North America after all, and just sell the QX30....
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The Book of Genesis: How Hyundai plans to do luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Genesis, Hyundai Motor's new luxury brand, is a work in progress. A full-day immersion into Genesis at Hyundai headquarters revealed what Hyundai wants Genesis to be, how the carmaker plans to make that happen and what it means for the Hyundai brand....
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Lexus is flexing its CPO muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Lexus, one of the pioneers in aggressively promoting certified used-vehicle sales, is raising its game. The brand re-badged its Lexus Certified program as L/Certified about two months ago. The program also got a new logo and supporting ad campaign....
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Nissan, Infiniti get a new shot at Manhattan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Nissan and Infiniti will return to New York's expensive auto row with new showcase dealerships....
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Lexus sees turbos as a must-have

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2016

Lexus dipped its toe into turbocharged waters for 2015. Just a year later, it's cannonballing into the deep end....
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Volvo aims new flagship at German luxury rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2015

Volvo’s U.S. marketing chief says the new S90, set to be unveiled next week, will bring new owners to the brand while competing head on with German luxury sedans....
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Hyundai hires former Lamborghini exec Fitzgerald to shape strategy for Genesis

6:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2015

Hyundai said it hired former Lamborghini executive Manfred Fitzgerald in the latest effort by the South Korean automaker to shed its image as a value-for-money brand....
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Audi to add compact Q2 in expansion of SUV line

6:58 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2015

Audi AG will add an SUV and revamp an existing SUV next year as the luxury-car unit of Volkswagen AG widens offerings in the auto industry's fastest-growing model segment....
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Mercedes won't 'go crazy' to win U.S. luxury race

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

Outgoing U.S. chief Steve Cannon says Mercedes will finish the year strong with record sales. But he won't go crazy with incentives to steal the luxury-brand sales crown from BMW or to fend off a hard-charging Lexus....
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Lincoln's 2017 Continental takes shape

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2015

The clearest pictures yet of the 2017 Lincoln Continental emerged this week as a spy photographer caught a test mule leaving Ford's product development center in Dearborn, Mich....
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Genesis G90: What people think

11:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

The flagship G90 sedan marks the first of six models that Hyundai's Genesis brand will release through 2020 as the automaker looks to achieve solid footing in the luxury market. Here's what some critics and others think about the large sedan that will make its North American debut at the Detroit auto show....
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New Genesis G90 flagship promises 'first class' experience

7:43 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2015

Genesis, South Korea's first premium auto brand, unveiled a flagship sedan it promises will compete in the “top of the luxury car market” with “world best” technologies....
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Redesigned Mercedes E-class interior gets industry firsts

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan will feature interior design elements that the automaker calls industry firsts. It boasts a wide, high-resolution dual display and newly designed touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel that enable drivers to control vehicle functions without taking their hands off the wheel....
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A 'toughie' that's back on the map: What people think of Volvo S90

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

With sleek lines and a wide stance, the S90 will take over as Volvo’s flagship sedan for the low-selling S80. Its main competitors will be the BMW 5 series and Mercedes-Benz E class in what is an important, though shrinking, segment for automakers. Here is a look at what some journalists, analysts and others are saying about the S90....
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BMW widens luxury lead over Mercedes, Lexus

11:43 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2015

BMW topped Mercedes-Benz in U.S. luxury sales during November and widened its lead over its German rival for the year. Lexus remained in a close third, with U.S. sales growing 7 percent to 29,340 vehicles in November. For the year, Lexus sales have surged 12 percent to 303,221 vehicles....
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Mercedes Nov. sales report delayed a day because of glitch

10:47 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Mercedes-Benz said today it will not report its November U.S. sales figures until Wednesday because of a “systems malfunction.”...
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Toyota Motor sales rise on trucks; Lexus sets record Nov.

1:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. posted a 3.4 percent gain in U.S. sales in November as consumers' demand for light trucks continued to buoy the automaker and the industry, the company said....
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Fiat dynasty heir makes industry comeback customizing cars

Nov. 30, 2015 12:08 CET

Lapo Elkann, a flamboyant member of Italy's Agnelli family, the dynasty that founded Fiat, is making a comeback in the auto industry after a 10-year break with a startup that offers customized cars....
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Cadillac to refocus incentives for dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Cadillac is drafting a new retail incentive program that could significantly boost factory payments to dealers who invest in facilities, new technology and other elements to improve the customer experience....
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Audi evolves into a favorite among women in China

Nov. 28, 2015 06:15 CET

Audi, once the favored choice of high-ranking government officials and privileged businessmen in China, is now growing in popularity among female consumers that now make up about a third of the automaker's buyers in the market, even higher in the more prosperous eastern regions....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Audi suspends 2 engineers following U.S. emissions stumble

Nov. 26, 2015 12:45 CET

Audi has suspended two engineers after its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines were found to have evaded emissions limits in the U.S., Rupert Stadler, Audi's CEO, was quoted as saying in a newspaper report....
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LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Lincoln's mission: 'Core segments first'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

In 2016, Lincoln will have a new face, its most powerful car ever, a revived Continental and a chance to top 100,000 U.S. sales for the first time since 2008. What it apparently won't have, at least anytime soon, is a rear-wheel-drive sports car....
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Penske sticks with luxury with N.J. buy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Penske Automotive Group has made another strategic acquisition, staying with premium luxury franchises, by buying New Jersey's Schneider Nelson Auto Group. The purchase covers stores selling Audi, Porsche, Jaguar and Land Rover....
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Phone shrines, electronic shifter and infotaining: What people think of the Cadillac XT5

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2015

Cadillac, notably lacking in the hot crossover market, is betting a lot on the XT5 as a replacement for the SRX, the brand's aging but still top-selling nameplate in the U.S. Here is a look at what some critics and others are saying about the crossover....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Pressure on XT5 to deliver amid Caddy's lineup quagmire

11:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Cadillac and its dealers are counting on the clean-slate redesign of the XT5 crossover to help the brand snap out of a sales funk before an influx of fresh product begins arriving in 2018....
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