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BMW's Krueger must strengthen core products and improve in some niches
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Harald Krueger, the 49-year-old tapped last week to become BMW's next CEO, has some work ahead to maintain the German automaker's competitive edge. ...

BMW refreshes 6 series
3:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12
BMW has freshened all three of its 6-series variants that will debut next month at the Detroit auto show and go on sale in the second quarter of 2015. ...

Mercedes' $29,900 CLA -- now you see it, now you don't
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11
It was bound to happen, although it came sooner than expected and with no changes in equipment. ...

Mercedes-Benz's new GLE Coupe wants a piece of luxury crossover market
6:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9
Mercedes-Benz hopes to carve out a niche in the crowded luxury crossover market with the launch of the all-new GLE Coupe aimed at buyers looking for a nimbler, sportier c ...

Mini store wants customers singing its praises
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1
Surprising and treating customers to extras is part of a program Mini USA started in July to boost its image as a premium brand. ...

Maybach returns with lavish interior, lower price
8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19
After falling short of attempts to sell an ultraluxury sedan to compete with Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Mercedes-Benz is resurrecting the historic Maybach badge but setting ...

M-B tweaks model names
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
In the interest of "logic and transparency," Mercedes-Benz plans new names for almost every model other than the core A, C, E and S class. ...

M-B: U.S. to be main market for new sports car
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
The United States will be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT and is expected to account for 25 percent of the car's worldwide volume. ...

Mercedes-AMG GT targets Porsche 911
2:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12
Mercedes-Benz is using the tag line “Handcrafted by Racers: a sports car in its purest form,” for the new GT sports car, emphasizing the car’s developme ...

Mercedes introduces new names for its vehicles to avoid customer confusion
6:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11 | UPDATED: 11/11/14 6:09 pm ET -- adds details on Maybach
Mercedes-Benz, hoping to overcome consumer confusion as its product lineup expands, is overhauling the nomenclature used to identify its cars and light trucks. ...

Mini: Retro brand battles fresh sales slump
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
For most of the past 12 years, Mini has lived a charmed life in the United States. Not lately. Critics say BMW's small-car brand should use its sales slump to rethink it ...

Duncan aims to improve service, ads, dealer profits
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Faced with declining sales and a more mature brand that's launching revamped vehicles, new Mini leader David Duncan is making marketing, customer service and increased de ...

Upbeat outlook for Volvo in U.S., China, Europe
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Hakan Samuelsson, who took over as Volvo's CEO two years ago, has begun a turnaround at the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker. Through nine months, Volvo's global sales ros ...

M-B bolsters service with concierge program
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8
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. ...

Volvo CEO predicts positive 2015 in Europe, U.S.
Nov. 4, 2014 06:30 CET
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson has helped turn around the Swedish automaker, which is now growing at a faster rate than BMW, Audi and Mercedes in Europe and China. ...

Jag-Land Rover's 2017 sales goal? Half of M-B
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Jaguar Land Rover executives are confident that new products in new segments will drive their global sales sharply higher in three years. ...

Jaguar Land Rover's Eberhardt sees end to inventory crunch
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1
Jaguar Land Rover dealers struggling because of acute shortages of key products likely will see relief toward the end of the year and in early 2015. ...

Mercedes-Benz design chief: S-class coupe is 'a revolution'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Mercedes-Benz design boss Gorden Wagener draws his inspiration from traveling the world. ...

Wagener: Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe a design 'revolution'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21
Gorden Wagener has been transforming Mercedes-Benz design since he took the helm as chief designer in mid-2008. ...

2015 Mercedes S-class coupe wraps high-tech, high luxury in modern package
1:44 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe embodies the automaker’s new design philosophy of modern luxury, says Gorden Wagener, the brand’s design chief. ...

Dealership hires newbies, then comes the training
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Land Rover North Dade rarely hires salespeople who have worked in the auto industry. "When they have been in the industry, you can't teach them," said General Manager Lar ...

M-B system links vehicle, phone, dealer and company
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
A new offering called "Mercedes me" aims "to create a seamless integration between car and smartphone and the manufacturer and dealer so you have a portal with all the se ...

Volvo to pitch long-wheelbase S60 as 'executive car'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7
Volvo says the S60L, to be imported from China, will be positioned as “an executive car,” with more features and options, while the S60 will become the sporti ...

Bentley crossover is coming to U.S., along with store upgrades
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Bentley expects its U.S. dealers to comply with a new corporate identity standard that is being rolled out for dealerships globally by the time they receive a new, as-yet ...

BMW: U.S. will get more i cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
The U.S. will get a higher share of BMW i electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the coming months, says Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing. ...

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