Luxury

Audi targets volume brands to keep China luxury lead

May 29, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi expects to offset softening demand for large luxury cars in China by winning sales from volume brands. Younger consumers are switching from midsize models to compact premium cars such as the A3 Sportback, according to company executives....
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JLR aiming high with SVO unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover hopes to match its German competition with a specially badged line of performance and luxury variants....
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Why PSA chief Tavares is betting big on DS' long-term success

May 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Making a success of the DS brand is a big task facing PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares. PSA revived the DS badge for near-premium models five years ago, hoping its association with iconic Citroen DS cars would give the line instant appeal....
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Audi edges ahead of BMW to lead luxury-car sales race

May 12, 2015 11:12 CET

Audi sold the most luxury cars globally in April, edging out BMW Group's namesake brand and fast-growing Mercedes. BMW kept its No. 1 ranking through the first four months....
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Lentz on Lexus: Few regrets

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Toyota's North American CEO Jim Lentz says it would have been wiser for Lexus to have invested in a three-row crossover instead of the sporty RC coupe. But Lexus' performance this year has left little reason for regrets....
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Well-heeled houseguests experience Lincoln luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Lincoln Motor Co., to woo demanding luxury consumers, is offering getaways in finely decorated dwellings that showcase the colors and high-end materials of its Black Label auto trim....
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BMW expands event marketing after success in '14

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

BMW is expanding its event marketing because 25 percent of last year's participants who drove a vehicle later bought one, says BMW's chief marketer....
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Audi's race to catch up with BMW hurts profit margin

May 4, 2015 11:29 CET

Audi's race to catch up with German rival BMW is hurting its profit margin. Audi's operating margin slipped to 9.7 percent from 10.1 percent a year earlier, the carmaker said today, while reaffirming its 8 percent to 10 percent target range....
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M-B nabs the top spot from BMW in luxury race

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

With a strong April, Mercedes-Benz took over the top spot from BMW through four months in the tight U.S. luxury sales race....
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Benz overtakes BMW in U.S. luxury race

3:33 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Luxury auto sales are outpacing U.S. industry gains as BMW and Mercedes-Benz lure buyers from mainstream brands with lower-priced models. In April, Mercedes pulled ahead of BMW to take the luxury-brand lead....
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He's sold boxing champ Floyd Mayweather 39 cars … and counting

2:45 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Obi Okeke has sold 39 cars to welterweight champ Mayweather, including a $3.2 million Ferarri Enzo and three Bugatti Veyrons that are worth $6.2 million combined. In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Okeke has sold cars to the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jessica Simpson, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Tucker and more....
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Lexus reworks ES with bolder looks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

After surveying customers in China and the U.S., Lexus came up with a more aggressive look for the freshened ES sedan that goes into production in the U.S. this year....
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Audi sees compact cars driving sales in China

April 22, 2015 11:52 CET

Audi sees compact cars increasingly becoming the main driver of sales in China as the country's booming middle class looks for more affordable luxury....
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BLOG: Why Lincoln is ready to toss the alphabet soup

2:44 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Lincoln's announcement last month that the Continental will replace the MKS signaled the automaker might be rethinking its decision to drop actual names nearly a decade ago. Ford's Joe Hinrichs today acknowledged that the MK monikers can be hard for anyone who's not a Ford executive to keep straight....
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Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept lands in Shanghai

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Volkswagen, continuing a march upmarket, unveiled the C Coupe GTE concept this week at the Shanghai auto show. Meant to be positioned between the Passat and the Phaeton if it goes into production, the C Coupe GTE concept is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI gasoline engine connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with an electric motor integrated in the transmission housing providing extra power; electricity is stored in a 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery....
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BMW cutting production, prices in China as market slows

April 20, 2015 14:28 CET

BMW has reduced the prices of some of its vehicles in China and will cut local production in the country to ensure that dealers are not overstocked as luxury demand in the world's largest auto market slows....
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Alfa's pitch will be luxury, Italian style

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

As he prepares the campaign to reintroduce Alfa Romeo to the United States, Fiat Chrysler marketing chief Olivier Francois says he may exploit the notion that shoppers have become tired of lookalike German luxury cars....
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Mercedes-Maybach offers quiet luxury

April 17, 2015 06:15 CET

Mercedes has upgraded its flagship sedan by giving it a more spacious rear cabin and features such as voice amplification, extra lining to reduce wind noise and reclining rear seats to create the Mercedes-Maybach S class....
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BMW sales rise 5% in March on minivan, 4-series demand

April 14, 2015 11:35 CET

BMW said sales of its core luxury brand rose 5.1 percent in March to a record 195,593 cars, thanks to strong demand for the 2-series Active Tourer minivan and 4-series coupe....
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Lexus, Subaru score highest consumer reviews on DealerRater

5:31 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Lexus and Subaru dealerships posted the highest average consumer ratings among luxury and mass-market brands on review site DealerRater over the past 12 months. The site examined star ratings earned by franchised dealerships of all brands in the 12 months ending March 31, 2015, to come up with the Consumer Rating Index....
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Cadillac CT6 underpinnings could support a big Buick

11:15 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Now that General Motors has christened its large, rear-wheel-drive platform, code-named Omega, with the debut of the Cadillac CT6 sedan, what other cars might go onto that same foundation?...
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Is Germany making too many luxury cars?

8:39 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Massive sales gains present some tricky terrain for a luxury brand. The appeal of a German-born luxury car, at least in part, is the air of exclusivity. So how do Germany's car bosses deal with that potential stigma?...
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Audi's car sales rise to monthly record as U.S. surge offsets weaker Europe, China

April 13, 2015 12:30 CET

Audi said its vehicle sales increased 4.4 percent in March to 177,950, the highest level for any month in the carmaker's history, as surging volume in the U.S. offset a slowing Europe and China and a decline in Russia....
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Jaguar preps 4 fresh entries for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2015

A new compact sedan and crossover, plus a redesigned XF midsize and a freshened XJ full-size sedan, will give Jaguar a good chance to boost its sales next year, the brand's U.S. CEO says....
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Why every luxury automaker wants to make a million-dollar car

10:15 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

The past few years have seen an explosion of royals and tycoons around the globe who buy entire fleets of supercars -- fueling a race among small and large automakers to build land rockets that costs more than a million dollars.....
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