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Recent authored articles

Porsche retailers brace for EV era

Porsche faces a future in which its signature engines are replaced by electric motors. The automaker's retailers are suiting up for the challenge.

A dealer's freebies pay for themselves

Jay Wolfe Toyota sought a more meaningful incentive than extended powertrain warranties, which customers rarely get to use.

Porsche sees opportunity to broaden subscriptions

Porsche's limited trial of a subscription service is delivering positive results and the automaker is now considering more.

Record turnout at Rennsport

Porsche's Rennsport Reunion was an opportunity to rub shoulders with Porsche racing legends, marvel at their winning machines and celebrate the company's 70th birthday.

Con Mercedes a bordo, India gana tracción como exportador

El fabricante de automóviles de lujo alemán se une a Ford Motor Co. para utilizar India como fuente de vehículos para EEUU, lo que subraya el rápido ascenso del subcontinente como centro de exportación de autos.

LUXURY: Mercedes pads lead over BMW -- by a few hundred

UPDATED: 10/3/18 9:59 am ET - adds Audi, totals

New-model delays dented sales at Mercedes-Benz in September and set up a razor-thin race for the luxury crown as 2018 enters its final quarter.

BMW camera keeps an eye on the driver

The redesigned 2019 X5 will use facial recognition technology to monitor whether drivers are distracted or asleep at the wheel.

Porsche pays homage to legendary racer

Porsche thrilled racing fans on Thursday when it introduced the Porsche 935 at the Rennsport Reunion motorsport event at Laguna Seca Raceway in California.

At BMW, a camera can now monitor X5 driver attention

With the 2019 X5, BMW offers a semi-autonomous driving system that allows for hands-free and pedal-free driving on limited-access highways and at speeds below 37 mph. And for the first time in any of its vehicles, BMW will use an in-cabin camera to address a critical challenge with semi-autonomous driving systems -- ensuring the driver is paying attention to the road.

Porsche pays homage to 935/78 Le Mans race car

UPDATED: 9/27/18 4:44 pm ET - adds details

Porsche is paying homage to the 935/78 Le Mans race car, nicknamed 'Moby Dick' for its elongated shape, oversized fairings and white base color, with a modern, 700-hp 935 at the "Rennsport Reunion" this week in California.

As Mercedes plans to ship GLC to U.S., India gains traction as exporter

While the U.S. industry is transfixed on the rise of China as a critical market and manufacturing base, another Asian country is stepping onto the stage: India.

Porsche embraces wagons and crossovers

Porsche continues to venture beyond its two-door sports car portfolio.

When a 'likable' salesman goes 'rogue'

The nation's highest-volume Porsche dealership is trying to extricate itself from a scandal involving a former employee who is accused of pocketing more than $2 million in customer deposits on nonexistent vehicles before he disappeared last month.

MBUX tech helps Mercedes turn A class into 'gateway' vehicle

The Mercedes-Benz A-class compact sedan, expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms early next year, is the brand's new "gateway" vehicle -- designed to draw the next generation of customers.

Porsche store sues ex-salesman for taking $2.5M in deposits for nonexistent cars

UPDATED: 9/17/18 2:06 pm ET - adds copy of suit

The largest Porsche dealership in the U.S. has sued a former employee for allegedly defrauding customers of more than $2.5 million in deposits on special-order 911 GT3 and GT2 RS models that did not exist.

2 new rental programs offer 'a taste for Porsche'

Porsche has rolled out two short-rental programs to get more consumers exposed to driving its cars.

Mercedes' GLE gains space. Can it gain ground?

The redesigned crossover boasts a bigger interior with a third-row option, a range of engines and a suite of semi-autonomous technologies.

BMW's Vision iNext concept serves as tech 'incubator'

The all-electric Vision iNext, a semi-autonomous crossover, is more of an "incubator" than an early glimpse of a production-ready car. But the vehicle reveals the technologies being developed by BMW.

Porsche pushes two more on-demand pilot programs

Porsche's ongoing experimentation with on-demand vehicle access has generated two more pilot programs. The goal: Find ways to get people into Porsches.

Mercedes pads roomier '20 GLE with range of engines, semi-autonomous tech

The redesigned, 2020 Mercedes GLE midsize luxury crossover features a longer wheelbase, roomier interior, a range of engines, a high-tech all-wheel drive system and suite of semi-autonomous technologies.

Mercedes pads roomier '20 GLE with range of engines, semi-autonomous tech

The redesigned, 2020 Mercedes GLE midsize luxury crossover features a longer wheelbase, roomier interior, a range of engines, a high-tech all-wheel drive system and suite of semi-autonomous technologies.

Mercedes' first full-electric vehicle is one of many aimed at challenging Tesla

Mercedes-Benz is firing the opening shots in what will surely be a bloody battle to dominate the next generation of powertrain technology.

BMW introduces Intelligent Personal Assistant communications system

BMW introduced Intelligent Personal Assistant, an artificial intelligence-powered system to help drivers communicate with their cars as they do with their smartphones.

U.S. luxury sales fell 3.6% in August; Lexus tops monthly volume

While August temperatures were sweltering, luxury vehicle sales were tepid. Mercedes-Benz's lead over BMW fell to 58 vehicles for the year to date.

Mercedes launches first EV volley with EQC

UPDATED: 9/5/18 2:07 pm ET -- updates driving range

Mercedes-Benz is firing the opening shots in what will surely be a bloody battle to dominate the next generation of powertrain technology.


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