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Range Rover plans limited run of Evoque cabrios

Oct. 9, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar Land Rover plans a limited run of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, which will debut at the Los Angeles auto show next month and go on sale next spring. ...

Jaguar's leaner XF takes aim at BMW 5 series

Oct. 9, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar has its sights on the BMW 5 series with its new lighter, smaller XF sedan, which it says is the new benchmark for driving dynamics in the large premium segment. ...

So long side mirrors, hello cameras

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8
Audi and Mercedes-Benz are among the automakers that believe they will be able persuade legislators in key global markets that side mirrors need to be replaced by cameras ...

Ford of Europe boss bullish about brand's rebound

Oct. 7, 2015 06:01 CET
New Ford of Europe boss Jim Farley is bullish about the brand's chances of making a profit again soon despite a huge slump in Russia, where the automaker has invested hea ...

Design differentiation tricky for luxury brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Premium brands have some of the narrowest design differentiation between their models, often to the point they're hard to tell apart on the road. Audi is a good case in p ...

Why VW needed to cheat on emissions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
The problem for VW was that cutting NOx is expensive. ...

Chinese automakers MG, Great Wall, Qoros will use SUVs to challenge in Europe

Sept. 23, 2015 06:01 CET
Chinese automakers hope to revive their European sales ambitions by targeting the region's booming SUV market. ...

Infiniti plans a pair of small crossovers in next 2 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
Infiniti will significantly strengthen its underperforming compact crossover lineup with two new models arriving within the next two years. ...

Why Infiniti will offer Q30 with different heights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18
Infiniti will offer its new Q30 compact with two different ride heights: the Premium and SE versions of the five-door hatchback are 20mm taller than the Sport model. But ...

Bentley Bentayga is fit for a queen

5:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16
Bentley has reserved the first Bentagya that will roll off its production line for Queen Elizabeth. ...

Nissan Gripz aims to lure sports car enthusiasts to crossovers

Sept. 16, 2015 06:01 CET
Nissan unveiled the Gripz sports-car-inspired, Juke-sized concept that it says represents a potential way to lure sports car enthusiasts toward crossovers. ...

Infiniti will sell tall Q30 to tempt SUV/crossover buyers

Sept. 14, 2015 11:54 CET
Infiniti will add a version of its Q30 hatchback with a raised height in a bid to attract some of the increasing numbers of buyers choosing cars with SUV styling. ...

Jaguar says F-Pace will set benchmark for ride and handling

Sept. 14, 2015 13:29 CET
Jaguar says the new F-Pace crossover is an "all-weather, all-surface Jaguar sports car" that will set a new benchmark for ride and handling compared with rivals. ...

Rolls targets women, younger buyers with Dawn convertible

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14
The Dawn convertible that Rolls-Royce will unveil this week at the Frankfurt auto show aims to attract younger buyers and more women to the brand. ...

Nissan teases concept crossover that could preview next Z car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14
A crossover concept Nissan will show this week at the Frankfurt auto show may preview a new direction for the automaker's fabled Z sports car. ...

Ford expects Edge to boost its European SUV market share

Sept. 11, 2015 06:01 CET
Ford expects its Edge to help boost its SUV market share in the region. The Edge adds a diesel engine for European customers. ...

Bentley Bentayga set to become priciest SUV

UPDATED: Sep. 9 15:48 CET - Adds video
The Bentley Bentayga will be the most expensive SUV on the market when it goes on sale early next year. The ultraluxury brand's first-ever SUV will start at $229,100 in t ...

Nissan teases crossover concept

Sept. 8, 2015 10:41 CET
Nissan has released a teaser picture showing a crossover concept that will be unveiled next week at the Frankfurt auto show. Reports say the concept will preview a new di ...

Rolls-Royce aims Dawn convertible at younger buyers

Sept. 8, 2015 14:14 CET
Rolls-Royce expects its Dawn convertible to attract more younger buyers and more women to the brand. ...

Nissan Juke will be first model based on new small-car platform

Sept. 7, 2015 14:03 CET
The next Nissan Juke will be the first car to be built on Renault-Nissan's CMF-B small-car modular architecture. The subcompact SUV also will continue to be built at Niss ...

Jaguar F-Pace teaser picture shows SUV's shape

UPDATED: Sep. 4 13:29 CET - Adds video
Jaguar's latest teaser picture of its F-Pace shows that the SUV/crossover has stayed faithful to the 2013 C-X17 concept. ...

Citroen concept hints at 'fun' SUV inspired by Mehari

Sept. 3, 2015 11:18 CET
Citroen has built a concept that takes inspiration from the brand's iconic Mehari beach buggy and hints at a production SUV version of the C4 Cactus. ...

New Fiat 500, Italy's rebound poised to boost minicars

Aug. 10, 2015 06:01 CET
Italy's economic rebound and the arrival of the refreshed Fiat 500 will help pull European minicar sales out of a slump that caused the segment to drop to a five-year low ...

Honda positions HR-V as compact SUV to justify higher price

UPDATED: Aug. 11 11:45 CET - corrected
Honda is positioning and pricing its new HR-V in Europe to compete in the compact SUV segment, even though it is built on the same subcompact platform as the Jazz hatchba ...

AvtoVAZ CEO Andersson foresees sales surge from key Lada debuts

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET
Former General Motors purchasing chief Bo Andersson faced a massive task when he was hired to turn around AvtoVAZ, Russia's automotive giant, two years ago. ...
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