Luxury

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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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.... Read More »

 

A Lexus van for high rollers? Dealer makes a case

7:11 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2014
Speculation never ends about what new segment Lexus might tap into next: seven-passenger SUVs, entry-level compacts, a new top-end super sports car a la LFA.... Read More »

 

Audi passes BMW in global sales to take lead in luxury-car race

March 11, 2014 11:49 CET
Audi delivered more cars than BMW brand through the first two months of 2014 to claim the title of the world's best-selling premium brand.... Read More »

 

Audi passes BMW in global sales to take lead in luxury race

7:49 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
Audi AG delivered more cars than BMW AG's namesake brand through the first two months of 2014 to claim the title of the world's best-selling luxury-auto automaker.... Read More »

 

Audi says cost of foreign growth, new models to burden EBIT margin

March 11, 2014 11:41 CET
Audi is bracing for another drop in operating profit this year as the cost of foreign expansion, new models and technologies keep burdening results.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Attention all hipsters: Audi wants to sell you a car

8:09 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
I get the feeling that Audi really, really wants me at their party.... Read More »

 

Citroen adds DS5 sedan for China

March 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Citroen has added a sedan to its DS line, the DS5 LS. The model has been designed for the Chinese market and will initially only be sold there.... Read More »

 

PSA boss Tavares wants DS to become stand-alone brand

March 4, 2014 14:09 CET
Incoming PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares wants the company's Citroen DS range to become a stand-alone brand as the automaker seeks to promote its upscale product offerings.... Read More »

 

Mercedes pads luxury lead as new models help set February record

3:49 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz, the top-selling luxury-auto brand in the United States last year, extended its 2014 lead with record February sales on the strength of new models.... Read More »

 

2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Hyundai looks to Genesis to challenge BMW, Mercedes in Europe

Feb. 26, 2014 10:37 CET
Hyundai will target eastern and southern Europe with the new Genesis sedan as the automaker seeks to boost its brand image by making a foray into the premium market.... Read More »

 

Daimler extends CFO Uebber's contract through 2019

Feb. 19, 2014 10:39 CET
Daimler has extended CFO Bodo Uebber's contract by five years as it seeks to become the world's top luxury-car producer in sales and profitability.... Read More »

 

Mercedes aims to show GLA SUV offers robust driving, latest technology

Feb. 12, 2014 12:05 CET
Mercedes is confident the GLA SUV will add to the success of its current compact lineup and help it regain the No. 1 spot in premium-car sales that it lost to BMW in 2005.... Read More »

 

Mercedes sales growth tops BMW on compact car surge

Feb. 11, 2014 10:49 CET
Mercedes brand sales grew faster in January than at BMW and Audi as the carmaker's growing compact lineup helped it further close the gap in deliveries with its rivals.... Read More »

 

Mercedes sales growth tops BMW on compact car surge

4:49 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
Mercedes brand sales grew faster in January than at BMW and Audi as the carmaker's growing compact lineup helped it further close the gap in deliveries to its rivals.... Read More »

 

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