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Mercedes will preview Maybach SUV aimed at China's billionaires

Mercedes looks ready enter the ultraluxury SUV segment and join rivals Bentley and Rolls-Royce in targeting wealthy buyers who are choosing high-riding crossovers instead of sedans.

VW CEO's sights set squarely on U.S.

Elevated to the top job at Volkswagen Group last week, Herbert Diess has a reputation for delivering on his restructuring targets — and high on his to-do list is ending the string of losses in the United States.

Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takeaways from the conclusion of a wild week in Wolfsburg.

Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takeaways from the conclusion of a wild week in Wolfsburg.

VW names its top U.S. engineer to head new division

VW Group has picked Matthias Erb to lead a newly created interdisciplinary division that spans development, design and sales topics.

Daimler to discuss China cooperation with Geely's Li

UPDATED: April 5 11:50 CET - adds comments, details

Daimler is willing to discuss possible cooperation in China with Geely Chairman Li Shufu, who took a 9.7 percent share in the German automaker in February, CEO Zetsche said.

Geely Chairman will skip Daimler annual meeting

Geely Chairman Li Shufu, who became Daimler's largest shareholder in February, will not attend the German automaker's annual meeting, said a source close to the Chinese billionaire.

VW, others offer diesel buybacks to prop up powertrain

UPDATED: March 29 16:37 CET -- new story

VW Group will allow its passenger car brands to buy back new diesels from customers if German cities ban them.

VW to float midsize pickup concept in New York

Volkswagen is considering a jump into the midsize pickup segment with an American-made truck, sources familiar with the matter told Automotive News.

Porsche's EV push won't include battery-powered 911

Porsche says full-electric and hybrid-electric cars will account for 25 percent of sales by 2025 but there will not be a battery-powered version of its iconic 911 sports car.

BMW, VW and Renault warn on new EU emissions-testing regime

BMW, VW and Renault warned that new EU emissions-testing procedures will impact production and profits.

Mercedes bucks trend with plug-in hybrid diesels

While rivals are shunning or dropping diesel hybrids because of high costs, Mercedes is pushing forward with the technology and will introduce C- and E-class plug-in diesels using the company's third-generation hybrid...

BMW will add i4 electric car as Tesla Model S rival

BMW will expand its i family of electrified cars with the i4 full-electric model. The i4 will be one of 12 battery-electric models BMW aims to have in showrooms by 2025.

VW, PSA plan to continue self-driving push

VW Group and PSA will not change their self-driving plans even after an Uber autonomous car hit and killed a woman crossing the street in Arizona.

VW will sell 'Volks-SUV' in Canada while T-Roc is for Europe only

Volkswagen Canada will sell a new compact SUV/crossover, internally called the "Volks-SUV" or People's SUV, a spokesman said Saturday. It is is slightly more compact than the Tiguan.

Mercedes, BMW believe less is more when it comes to design lines

Mercedes will reduce overly expressive design cues in future models as part of an evolution of its design philosophy. BMW is also looking to clean up its sheet metal.

BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea

It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for two of Germany's major premium brands, BMW and Mercedes, the hunt for gold in South Korea continues.

VW will sell 'Volks-SUV' in U.S., China but shuns Europe

VW will export a new compact SUV/crossover, internally called the "Volks-SUV," from Mexico to the U.S. The model, positioned below the Tiguan, is aimed at global markets except Europe.

VW may extend diesel rebates in Germany

VW Group could decide as early as this week whether to extend a diesel trade-in incentive program in Germany into the second quarter.

Mission E Cross Turismo likely to be 2nd Porsche EV

Porsche is bullish about the future of the full-electric Mission E Cross Turismo study that debuted at the Geneva auto show.

Porsche joins Daimler, Geely, Italdesign in race for flying cars

Porsche is joining Daimler, Volvo owner Geely and Italdesign as companies that see flying cars as a way to escape congested roads in the world's megacities.

Europeans wince at tariff moves

President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs drew eye-rolls and outrage at the Geneva auto show -- plus retorts that the move could derail planned U.S. investments.

Porsche aims to use Blockchain to secure customer data during digital transactions

Porsche aims to use a decentralized form of bookkeeping known as Blockchain to keep customers' financial data safe from hackers during online transactions.

Porsche Mission E Cross likely to be brand's second EV

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said there's a good prospect that the Mission E Cross Turismo will go into production soon.

Audi seeks social media buzz with e-tron Geneva tour

Audi is seeking to cause a stir by driving 250 of its electric e-tron SUVs through Geneva while the city hosts the annual auto show.

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