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Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, Ala., when it learned last year that Mercedes had quietly awarded the champion football coach a letter of intent authorizing them to open a Mercedes dealership in ... Birmingham....
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GLE to usher in new M-B naming system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
When the Mercedes-Benz M-class crossover gets a face-lift in early 2015 it also will get a new name -- the GLE class -- as part of a new naming system for the brand....
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Perks program lifts struggling store's satisfaction scores, sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
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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Alfa dealers urged to offer luxury services

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group expects Alfa Romeo dealers to provide luxury services -- such as home pickup and delivery for repairs -- despite having only a handful of cars to sell for the next two years....
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Tata brand plans upscale SUVs with Jaguar Land Rover tech, report says

Aug. 26, 2014 11:41 CET
Tata Motors is developing two upscale SUVs for its Tata brand using technology from Jaguar Land Rover, a Delhi-based business newspaper reported....
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Deepening rivalries test German luxury car dominance

Aug. 25, 2014 08:57 CET
As German premium brands lose their exclusivity in a chase for volume, revived premium brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Maserati are challenging the luxury-car market dominance of BMW, Audi and Mercedes....
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Johan's gone but his Infiniti plan stands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Infiniti is reassuring U.S. dealers that its product expansion plans are on track, despite the defection of their chief architect, Johan de Nysschen, this summer....
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Buggy man Meyers celebrates 50 years of fun, fun, fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Fifty years after creating the iconic swinging '60s dune buggy that put the Beach Boys and the Monkees on wheels, Bruce Meyers is still at it....
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Dude, where's my Escalade?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Cadillac dealers nationwide are frustrated over the choppy rollout of the '15 Escalade, the first redesign of the luxury barge in eight years....
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Porsche's rapid growth brings risks

Aug. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
Porsche sales are booming as the carmaker looks set to hit a target of 200,000 annual global sales before a 2018 deadline, but some industry watchers worry that too much emphasis on volume jeopardizes the brand's exclusivity....
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Mercedes-Benz's autonomous driving features dominate the industry -- and will for years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Silicon Valley is making waves with news about self-driving cars. But the most-advanced vehicles that consumers can actually buy today came out of Mercedes-Benz in Germany....
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U.S. sales of luxury brands through July outpace overall market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Memories of the recession have all but disappeared in the rearview mirror for Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, BMW and most other luxury brands, with their sales rising considerably faster than the rest of the industry this year....
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Sub-$30,000 Lexus car? 'Can't do it'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
While other luxury brands are adding lower-priced vehicles to their lineups, a senior Lexus executive vowed that his brand won't, because a car priced below $30,000 would not be worthy of the Lexus logo....
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European luxury makers trim platforms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
European luxury brands are developing new architectures that will underpin replacements for today's models and allow faster development of new ones....
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Mercedes' rivals develop self-driving features, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The luxury competition has a number of advanced self-driving features, but they aren't as integrated as what's offered by Mercedes-Benz....
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Lexus jumps 19% for first monthly luxury win in almost a year

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Lexus hasn't chased other luxury brands down-market with a sub-$30,000 car like the Mercedes-Benz CLA, yet Toyota's premium brand topped Mercedes and BMW in July for its first monthly sales win since August 2013....
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Toyota luxury boss says sub-$30K car 'wouldn't be a Lexus'

3:10 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
A senior Lexus executive said that a car priced below $30,000 would not be worthy of the brand, in an indirect dig at German rivals who have been moving downmarket. "We could go down and build a car under $30,000, but it would be decontented, and you'd be cutting corners. It wouldn't be a Lexus," Mark Templin, Lexus International's executive vice president, told Automotive News....
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Audi, BMW and Mercedes pressure Ford, GM as UK market booms

July 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Germany's premium automakers are benefiting most from the UK car market boom. Audi, BMW and Mercedes are winning customers from mass-market brands such as Ford and Vauxhall....
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Audi, BMW and Mercedes pressure Ford, GM as UK market booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
Germany's premium automakers are benefiting most from the UK car market boom. Audi, BMW and Mercedes are winning customers from mass-market brands such as Ford and Vauxhall....
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With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels....
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Maserati to cap global sales at 75,000 vehicles a year

7:48 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobile's luxury Maserati unit will not sell more than 75,000 vehicles globally a year to retain the exclusivity of the Italian brand....
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Audi makes London showroom a technology showcase

July 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's central London dealership has chosen a revolutionary new way for the automaker to sell not just cars but the brand itself by allowing customers to configure their vehicles on four huge powerwall screens....
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Ford's Vignale Europe-bound, not Lincoln

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Ford Motor Co. has no plans to introduce Lincoln in Europe, but will offer its upscale Vignale trim level on Ford brand vehicles, Ford of Europe President Stephen Odell says....
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Mid-sized segment forecast to hit record low this year

July 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Sales in the once-strong volume mid-sized sector are forecast to fall to less than 500,000 in western Europe this year, down from more than 800,000 in 2011, as pressure from premium alternatives mounts....
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In entry-premium car race, Audi A3 gives Mercedes CLA a run for its money

7:11 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
Audi is closing in on Mercedes-Benz in the small but crucial market for premium cars priced that start below $30,000....
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