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Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV
Dec. 18, 2014 17:03 CET
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every day driving. ...


Alfa Romeo readies high-performance engines
Dec. 17, 2014 08:55 CET
Alfa Romeo plans to introduce new high-performance engines, including a range-topping V-6, in a bid to reconnect the brand to its sporty heritage. ...


Lexus readies hybrid-only BMW X5, Mercedes M class rival
Dec. 16, 2014 06:15 CET
Lexus is counting on the NX hybrid to help it stand out against Europe's top-selling premium large crossovers. ...


Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st diesel plug-in hybrid
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
The Audi Q7 will be the first Volkswagen Group model offered with a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain. ...


Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km
Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as par ...


UK dealer puts BMW's Future Retail program to the test
Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's Future Retail program, which launched last year in Europe and China, offers customers a high-tech but unrushed explanation of BMW products. ...


Why loyalty leads to fewer dealership visits
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11
A customer visited a dealership an average of six times in the UK before completing a purchase in 1994. That number dropped to 1.2 visits in 2012 and it's still falling, ...


BMW's manufacturing arm also produces future leaders
6:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9
BMW's manufacturing arm not only builds great cars -- it also produces the company's future leaders, as the appointment of Harald Krueger to succeed CEO Norbert Reithofer ...


BMW's manufacturing arm also produces future leaders
6:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9
BMW's manufacturing arm not only builds great cars -- it also produces the company's future leaders, as the appointment of Harald Krueger to succeed CEO Norbert Reithofer ...


Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st plug-in diesel
Dec. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's Q7 will be the first model from VW Group to offer a plug-in hybrid diesel powertrain, an Audi source told Automotive News Europe. ...


Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28
Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology. ...


BMW may need to boost i8 output to cut waiting time
Nov. 20, 2014 18:26 CET
BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW ...


Alfa Romeo midsize sedan will be unveiled next June
Nov. 20, 2014 10:04 CET | UPDATED: Nov. 21 15:00 CET - adds details on new models
Alfa Romeo's new midsized sedan will be unveiled next June, according to sources. The sedan will be positioned in the market between the BMW 3 series and 5 series, source ...


Zetsche sees significant AMG-MV Agusta synergies
Nov. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche sees big cross-marketing opportunities for the Mercedes-AMG performance unit and motorcycle maker MV Agusta because customers of both brands ha ...


Mini 5-door may become best-seller
Nov. 13, 2014 06:01 CET
The Mini five-door variant targets customers who need more space. Available for the first time with the option of a head-up display and adaptive cruise control, Mini says ...


Zetsche: Daimler has no ambition to run Aston Martin
Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says his company has no plans to increase its stake in Aston Martin or involve itself in operational matters at the UK sports car maker. ...


Lexus aims to woo wealthy eco-friendly buyers in Europe
Nov. 5, 2014 06:15 CET
Lexus Europe is positioning itself as a green, technology-driven alternative to Germany's premium automakers. Lexus Europe head, Alain Uyttenhoven, explained the strategy ...


Is Ferrari worth 12 billion euros?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31
Ferrari is worth as much as 12 billion euros on the open market based on Chairman Sergio Marchionne's most optimistic blue-sky estimate. The true value will be a hot topi ...


Ferrari will go public but remain private
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30
Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group. ...


Maserati beats Ferrari in Q3 profit on Montezemolo exit
Oct. 29, 2014 18:22 CET
Maserati's quarterly profit topped Ferrari's for the first time since it became part of Fiat Group more than 25 years ago. ...


Ferrari will go public but remain private
3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29
Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group. ...


Renault design boss aims to 'seduce' buyers with French flair
Oct. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker wants the brand's cars to "seduce" customers with their French styling. The styling chief explained his strategy in an intervie ...


Reithofer's vision made U.S. plant into a global giant
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11
BMW CEO Nortbert Reithofer has transformed the automaker's U.S. factory into one of the world's largest SUV production hubs. ...


China may pass U.S. as Porsche's largest market
Oct. 9, 2014 10:13 CET
Strong demand for the Cayenne SUV may help China overtake the United States as Porsche's largest single market as soon as this year. Sales in China last month rose to 4,3 ...


BMW hires Ferrari's chief engineer
Oct. 8, 2014 10:21 CET | UPDATED: Oct. 8 13:00 CET - adds BMW comment
BMW has hired Ferrari's former technical director, Roberto Fedeli, for an as-yet unspecified role. Fedeli joined Ferrari in 1988 and has been responsible for the engineer ...


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