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BMW plans $600 million 'infrastructure' investment in S.C. plant

UPDATED: 6/26/17 1:28 pm ET - adds free trade remarks

BMW plans to invest another $600 million in its Spartanburg, S.C., assembly plant -- its largest single source of light-vehicle production worldwide -- between 2018 and 2021.

Next-gen BMW X3 to be lighter, offer M Performance trim

The redesigned 2018 BMW X3 will go on sale at U.S. dealerships in November underpinned by a new architecture and with a new M Performance model.

Can Kuhnt get BMW back on track?

BMW dealers say they need fresh product, more trucks, competitive lease rates and a return to the "Ultimate Driving Machine" days. They're looking at Bernhard Kuhnt for help.

Mercedes gives dealers more advertising leeway

Dealers can now focus their local promotions on any business line, not just new-car sales.

Smart dealers have a decision to make

Why didn't the microcar brand work out as expected in the U.S., and can it succeed with just EVs?

Mercedes brings its 'A' game: Entry-level sedan coming to U.S. in 2018

Mercedes has confirmed to dealers that it will introduce the A-class sedan in the U.S. in 2018. It will become the brand's new entry-level model slotting below the CLA.

BMW 6-series GT bows this fall

Don't call the new BMW 6-series Gran Turismo, which goes on sale in U.S. this fall, a successor to the 5-series GT.

In Oklahoma, two Smart dealers diverge

One will stick with selling the two-seaters, hoping for an uptick in electric-car sales. The other says it’s time to say goodbye.

Mercedes orders up more trucks for U.S.

Mercedes leaders say the increase could move the brand closer to a 50-50 sales mix of cars and light trucks for the year, and get inventory more in line with consumer demand.

BMW introduces 6 series GT

Just months after it dropped the 5 series Gran Turismo, BMW is introducing the larger 2018 6 series GT model this fall. The move will give the 6 series lineup a third body style once again.

Carl Sewell is driven to connect

Retail legend Carl Sewell's battle with cancer changed the course of his dealership group — but the emphasis on connecting with customers remains.

LUXURY: Mercedes slips yet pads lead over BMW

U.S. sales of luxury light vehicles grew 0.5 percent in May even as the top three players in the segment posted declines. Mercedes widened its lead over chief rival BMW.

911 version caps rise of Porsche's GTS subbrand

The 2018 911 GTS embodies Porsche's racing heritage — and shows that the GTS designation has built enthusiast credibility.

Mini seeks higher used-car sales

Mini executives want the brand's U.S. dealerships to pursue used-car sales with more vigor, so they're offering bonuses to dealerships that hit used-volume targets.

Smart prices 2017 electric 2-seat coupe from $24,550

As it goes to an all-electric strategy, Smart USA is dropping the price of its redesigned 2017 Smart Electric Drive coupe by $1,200 when it goes on sale this summer.

What's the succession plan at AutoNation?

A series of high-level executive departures at AutoNation -- highlighted by COO Bill Berman's abrupt departure last week -- has raised questions about the succession plan for CEO Mike Jackson, 68.

LAcarGuy's racing videos strike a chord

California dealer Mike Sullivan, the self-branded LAcarGuy, has headed to the track to promote his Porsche of South Bay store.

BMW's Kuhnt adds 2 execs to North American leadership

BMW's new North America chief has appointed two lieutenants to help him as he works to revive BMW's growth in the key U.S. market.

'OK, Google, tell Mercedes Me to start my car'

Owners of 2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz models can now ask Google's or Amazon's in-home digital assistants to help them handle car-related tasks.

Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing

UPDATED: 5/3/17 2:23 pm ET - adds details

Mini USA, amid a decline in demand, recalled veteran executive Tom Salkowsky from Germany to steer sales operations and named Patrick McKenna to lead marketing.

LUXURY: Mercedes expands lead as sales fall

Sales of luxury vehicles slid 1.6 percent in April to 159,793, driven by big declines at the top three brands, with Mercedes expanding its lead over rivals BMW and Lexus.

AMG chief predicts lineup of plug-ins

Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers forecasts plug-ins across the performance brand's lineup in the long term. Pure electrics also are inevitable.

BMW holds out hope for 7 series

BMW wanted to set a new sales record and regain leadership of the large luxury sedan segment after launching the redesigned 7 series in late 2015.

BMW dealers cry out for more 5 series

As the launch of the redesigned 2017 BMW 5 series ramps up, U.S. dealers have a common refrain: More cars!

Mini's 5th 'superhero' to be an EV

Mini's promised fifth volume nameplate will be an EV. It's coming in 2019 and could help the brand's sales levels rebound.

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