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BMW makes X4 sportier, roomier for 2019

BMW's new-generation X4 crossover manages to deliver a spirited drive.

BMW makes X4 sportier, roomier for 2019

BMW's new-generation X4 crossover manages to deliver a spirited drive.

GM's new CFO embodies change

GM's pick for its next CFO is a 39-year-old native of India who has been in the thick of change at the automaker.

Porsche throws a 70th birthday bash

On June 8, the automaker marked its 70th birthday with celebrations around the United States, with Porsche Cars North America and its U.S. dealers hosting Sportscar Together Day events for owners and the public.

Just arrived: 2019 BMW X4

A look at the newly-arrived 2019 BMW X4

BMW X5 gains passenger, cargo space, off-road chops for 2019

BMW's top-selling crossover, the X5, is getting a major styling makeover for 2019, will be larger than its predecessor with extra passenger and cargo room, and offer an off-road package for the first time in a light truck...

Mercedes-Benz previews a Tesla fighter, the EQA

Mercedes-Benz released a video of its its Tesla Model 3 competitor that signals the EQA hatchback, like the concept, will feature blue LED stripes along the side and back, and an LED nose panel.

Mercedes throws down the gauntlet with subscription program

Mercedes joins the subscription craze with a bang -- undercutting the luxury competition on price.

Porsche christens first electric the Taycan

Porsche's first full-electric sports car won't hit the streets until next year but the Mission E concept now has a street-legal name: Taycan.

BMW X5 gains passenger, cargo space, off-road chops for 2019

BMW's top-selling crossover, the X5, is getting a major styling makeover for 2019, will be larger than its predecessor with extra passenger and cargo room, and offer an off-road package for the first time in a light truck...

Mercedes USA launches subscription service

Mercedes-Benz launched its vehicle subscription service on Tuesday, taking on Porsche, BMW and Cadillac with a lower monthly price.

MERCEDES-BENZ USA'S DIETMAR EXLER: Prepping for the A class

Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler is excited about the A-class sedan coming this year. The new entry-level model is said to bristle with technology, including a new multimedia system, and is targeted at millennial buyers.

Service techs to Porsche: Do you see what I see?

Porsche just went live with a smart glasses approach to linking shop technicians with the home office to peer into owners' cars.

VW/AUDI: More lift from crossovers

The Volkswagen brand's U.S. sales rose 4 percent in May, powered by new and redesigned crossovers.

TOYOTA: Weaker car demand dings results

Toyota Motor Sales' U.S. sales fell 1.3 percent in May from a year earlier on weaker car volume. Year-to-date sales inched 2.8 percent higher, compared with the same period a year ago.

M-B thinks small for U.S. models

Mercedes gives dealers their first glimpse of the "baby G class," coming as a 2020 model.

Mercedes-Benz skips the cost of EV charging network

Being a latecomer to the electric vehicle market has its advantage.
While upstart Tesla Inc.

Mercedes retailers get a preview of A-class sedan

Mercedes-Benz will put its premium A-class subcompact sedan into U.S. showrooms this year. But now that the automaker has begun giving U.S. retailers a look at the car, product plans and details are coming into sharper focus.

Mercedes website to offer Sixt retired rentals

German car-rental company Sixt is the first third-party seller integrated into MBonDemand, a Web-based platform for sales of used Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Fisker's comeback powered by new battery

Automotive design maven Henrik Fisker's new venture might be less about the automobile than the technology that will power it.

An electric NASCAR? Why not?

NASCAR, a powerful marketing platform, could help automakers sell mainstream America on the electric vehicle. But getting the NASCAR fan base to accept whirring electric motors in place of roaring engines will take time.

PSA plots lower-cost course for U.S. return

PSA Group is considering a tech-centric, digital shopper-focused approach to selling cars as it plots its comeback in the United States.

Tesla won't lease Model 3 in 2018

Tesla does not plan to offer a leasing option on its white-hot Model 3 this year, as it focuses "on cash sales," the company said.

Porsche's Cayenne hybrid gets more power, longer range

Porsche plans a faster, more powerful version of the Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV for 2019.

On the clock

Tesla’s troubles building the Model 3 didn’t stop Elon Musk from proclaiming that the Model Y would be built in a second plant in early 2020 – an audacious timeline by any measure.


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