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Mercedes-Maybach goes green with Vision 6 Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz is giving its ultraluxe Mercedes-Maybach lineup some green cred with the Vision 6 Cabriolet powered by an electric motor with output of 750 hp and a range of more than 200 miles.

BMW remaps the roadster with Concept Z4

BMW is returning to the roadster market and previews the styling with the Concept Z4 -- the automaker's vision of a modern, small and sporty car.

Could Smart get any smaller?

Daimler's microcar brand will lose more than two-thirds of its U.S. dealerships after its lineup goes all-electric this year.

BMW's 'future-proof' EV strategy

BMW is planning combustion, hybrid and electric versions of its core nameplates. The strategy will allow the automaker to flex production depending on what is selling better.

AMG to launch new 53 line

A new AMG designation will launch with the redesigned CLS. AMG 53s will be paired with a high-performance version of M-B's new inline six.

Mini vehicles grow and add electric drive

For now, the brand is sticking with the core Mini silhouette rather than exploring other body styles such as a roadster or sedan.

Smart hopes buyers ready to embrace EVs

The struggling small-car brand is shifting exclusively to battery power in the U.S. and Canada this year.

Mercedes fixated on youth and power

Mercedes' lineup is expanding with new entry-level vehicles and more entries to its AMG line.

German luxury giants go for EVs, autonomy

Mercedes and BMW are pursuing similar strategies as they remake themselves for the future. Autonomous driving, electric vehicles, connectivity and car-sharing rule.

BMW crams more into its lineup

The luxury brand intends to fill holes in its car and crossover lineups, plus plenty of electrified models coming.

BMW i8 will drop the top

The long-teased i8 roadster is official. Expect the production version to be unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show.

Mercedes says bye-bye to B-class Electric Drive

Mercedes is discontinuing production of the B-class Electric Drive during the third quarter.

BMW's Willisch to retire Aug. 1 as Americas chief

After 21 years with BMW, including six in the U.S., Ludwig Willisch will retire as the company's Americas chief as of Aug. 1. The retirement of Willisch, 61, had been expected.

John Secondo

Improved sales, reduced staff turnover at multiple Hendrick Automotive Group stores

BMW's best argument for free trade: Spartanburg

BMW's X3 unveiling in Spartanburg, S.C., was a statement to the Trump administration about the merits of free trade.

BMW X3: It better be top seller — or else

BMW CEO Harald Krueger has high expectations for the redesigned BMW X3 that goes on sale in November. It's segment leadership or else for the U.S. leadership team.

BMW adds M to X3

BMW's 2018 X3 that goes on sale at U.S. dealerships in November will include the first M Performance model in the nameplate's lineup.

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.

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