Luxury

YANG JIAN

Why Audi, BMW and Mercedes dominate China's luxury market

8:25 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
Brands such as Cadillac, Lexus and French newcomer DS are trying -- but failing -- to loosen the tight grip German automakers have on China's luxury car market....
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Renault sets pricing for Clio Initiale Paris

Oct. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault is targeting prosperous car buyers in urban areas with its Clio Initiale Paris, the first Renault to use the upscale Initiale Paris trimline, which will cost 3,350 euros more than standard versions of the subcompact hatchback....
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Audi sells fewer cars than Mercedes as competition intensifies

Oct. 9, 2014 13:04 CET
Audi sold fewer cars than rival Mercedes-Benz for the first time this year in the latest sign that the sales rivalry among Germany's top luxury automakers is intensifying....
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Big, bold luxury returns

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
The world might be shifting to smaller vehicles, but life is different for the rich. Luxury automakers are preparing for a new era of showy full-size sedans -- even as they simultaneously push into smaller, entry-level vehicles....
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Luxury makers move into new hot spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Luxury-segment executives at last week's Paris auto show made it clear that they intend to attack new corners of the business as high-end customers emerge with nontraditional expectations....
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Toyota keeps European sales target despite Russian market slump

Oct. 2, 2014 14:42 CET
Toyota expects its focus on high-end vehicles in Russia will help it ride out the worst effects of the market slump in the country. The automaker says it is sticking to its target of increasing European sales to a million vehicles next year....
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Mercedes tops BMW in monthly luxury sales

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz's record September in the United States was enough to top the BMW brand in the luxury sales race, but BMW held a small lead for the first nine months of the year....
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GM will position Cadillac CT6 as tech showcase

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The CT6 sedan due late next year is intended to be more than just a high-end Cadillac. General Motors is counting on the car to be a rolling showcase of the company’s engineering and technology prowess, and its determination once again to rise to the top of the automotive world....
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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration points to brand's design direction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The large four-door fastback concept that Infiniti will unveil at the Paris auto show this week signals the styling for a stream of new products planned over the next four years....
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VanDyke says Lincoln's N.Y. agency move is working

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
After Cadillac announced the move of its marketing headquarters to New York, Lincoln's brand chief said setting up a new agency in the city more than two years ago has helped begin to reshape the luxury marque's image....
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Cadillac flagship sedan to be named CT6

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Cadillac will name its new, lineup-topping sedan the CT6, marking the start of a top-to-bottom overhaul of the luxury brand's nomenclature. The rear-wheel-drive sedan that is slated for a launch in late 2015 was code-named LTS during its internal development....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Premium automakers push into profitable niche segments in H1

Sept. 17, 2014 06:30 CET
Premium automakers are progressively pushing volume rivals out of profit-rich niches such as coupes and convertibles. In the first half, 67 percent of all coupes sold in Europe were from premium brands, up from 55 percent in 2013....
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Easing off on acquisitions

AutoNation adds 4 stores, but won't buy much more this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
AutoNation Inc.'s deal to buy four Bellevue, Wash., luxury-brand dealerships is the company's biggest acquisition since late 2012....
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BMW veteran takes charge of Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
BMW veteran Roland Krueger has been named to head Nissan's leaderless Infiniti luxury unit....
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New Navigator rolls up to challenge Escalade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014
The new Navigator's role is to reclaim a piece of a segment Lincoln pioneered in the 1990s and then ceded to the Cadillac Escalade....
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Is this the new face of Lexus?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Lexus is counting on its new 2015 RC 350 sports coupe to take on BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in a segment dominated by the German luxury brands. And that may be the easy part of the car's mission....
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AutoNation sales rise 7 percent in August

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
AutoNation said today that its new-vehicle sales in the United States during August were the dealership group's best since 2002....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, Ala., when it learned last year that Mercedes had quietly awarded the champion football coach a letter of intent authorizing them to open a Mercedes dealership in ... Birmingham....
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GLE to usher in new M-B naming system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
When the Mercedes-Benz M-class crossover gets a face-lift in early 2015 it also will get a new name -- the GLE class -- as part of a new naming system for the brand....
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Perks program lifts struggling store's satisfaction scores, sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Land Rover San Diego is rewarding big spenders with a perks program that offers Padres baseball tickets, dry cleaning runs, preferential service times and other goodies....
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Alfa dealers urged to offer luxury services

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group expects Alfa Romeo dealers to provide luxury services -- such as home pickup and delivery for repairs -- despite having only a handful of cars to sell for the next two years....
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Tata brand plans upscale SUVs with Jaguar Land Rover tech, report says

Aug. 26, 2014 11:41 CET
Tata Motors is developing two upscale SUVs for its Tata brand using technology from Jaguar Land Rover, a Delhi-based business newspaper reported....
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Deepening rivalries test German luxury car dominance

Aug. 25, 2014 08:57 CET
As German premium brands lose their exclusivity in a chase for volume, revived premium brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Maserati are challenging the luxury-car market dominance of BMW, Audi and Mercedes....
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Johan's gone but his Infiniti plan stands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Infiniti is reassuring U.S. dealers that its product expansion plans are on track, despite the defection of their chief architect, Johan de Nysschen, this summer....
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Buggy man Meyers celebrates 50 years of fun, fun, fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Fifty years after creating the iconic swinging '60s dune buggy that put the Beach Boys and the Monkees on wheels, Bruce Meyers is still at it....
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