Luxury

Miami auto show seeks to ride Latin identity into the big leagues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Organizers of the Miami International Auto Show hope to capitalize on the arrival of well-heeled Latino buyers to make the show a major annual event. As the U.S. moved to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba last week, Miami was looming even larger as a potential hotbed of the car business....
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GABE NELSON

Who says the Detroit 3 can't sell luxury?

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
We hear an awful lot about the sorry state of Detroit's luxury brands, but if you look at it objectively, Detroit actually isn't bad at selling luxury vehicles. It's just that the luxury vehicles are pickup trucks and SUVs....
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Mercedes needs China boost to regain global luxury sales lead, exec says

Dec. 10, 2014 15:29 CET
Mercedes needs to catch up with rivals BMW and Audi in China to meet its goal of becoming the global No. 1 in luxury car sales by 2020, Hubertus Troska, the carmaker's China chief, said....
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BMW brand tops Audi, Mercedes but lead narrows

Dec. 10, 2014 11:33 CET
BMW brand sales rose 6 percent last month, its highest-ever November sales. The result beat Audi and Mercedes, but the two rivals remain on course to narrow BMW's 2014 lead as the No.1 global luxury brand....
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Carmakers hit the gas as China slows down

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Chinese bureaucrats are jittery, maybe even a bit panicky, about the country's slumping economy. But global carmakers sound as optimistic as ever as they place big bets on the world's biggest auto market....
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Mercedes wins November U.S. luxury crown, trails BMW for annual title

9:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Mercedes-Benz, trailing BMW by a narrow 1,830-vehicle margin following record sales in November, has one month to overtake its German rival and retain its crown as the No. 1 luxury brand in the United States....
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BMW plans 3 series, X5 plug-in hybrid variants

Dec. 1, 2014 15:43 CET
BMW is joining rival premium carmakers in offering plug-in hybrid versions of its main models, including the 3-series sedan and X5 SUV, as automakers react to tighter emissions regulations....
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TLX delivering on sales and image, Acura says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
With two full months of sales data behind it, Acura says the new TLX midsize sedan is beginning to fulfill its promise of reviving the luxury brand, whose U.S. sales and image have sagged in recent years....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

Luxury cars go the way of free-trade coffee

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But now they may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience....
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BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico

Nov. 25, 2014 11:40 CET
Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Mercedes cars roll out of billion-dollar factories....
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Lexus' Bracken says 300,000 U.S. sales 'is within our grasp' this year

1:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Lexus is raising its U.S. sales target to 300,000 vehicles this year, General Manager Jeff Bracken said. “We started the year with a sales goal of 290,000 units,” Bracken told Automotive News. “Now 300,000 is within our grasp.”...
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Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

Mercedes gives Maybach interior the silent treatment

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
One of the highlights of the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 superluxury sedan is something you're not supposed to notice: noise, or more precisely, the lack of it....
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Cadillac will report its own financial results, de Nysschen says

5:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
GM's Cadillac luxury line, working to revive its image, will begin reporting financial results about 2017 and double global sales by the end of the decade, said Johan de Nysschen, the brand's chief....
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As China's luxury car wave slows, foreign automakers seek domestic foothold

Nov. 18, 2014 11:18 CET
Daimler will present its new ultraluxury Mercedes-Maybach subbrand at this week's Guangzhou auto show, even as analysts warn the end is approaching for China's 10-year high-end car sales boom....
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M-B bolsters service with concierge program

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has launched a product specialist program for dealerships and aims to train 1,600 employees through the program by the end of next year....
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Battle of the brands

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
How some tight brand races and model matchups are shaping up after 10 months...
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Lexus aims to woo wealthy eco-friendly buyers in Europe

Nov. 5, 2014 06:15 CET
Lexus Europe is positioning itself as a green, technology-driven alternative to Germany's premium automakers. Lexus Europe head, Alain Uyttenhoven, explained the strategy....
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BMW tops in luxury sales, despite Mercedes' best month of 2014

4:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The BMW brand had its strongest October sales performance ever to top Mercedes-Benz, which recorded its best month so far this year. While BMW and Mercedes-Benz duke it out for the top two spots, Lexus had its 13th consecutive month of sales gains....
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Daimler opens China r&d center to help Mercedes close gap with Audi, BMW

Nov. 3, 2014 14:55 CET
Daimler has opened an r&d center in Beijing tasked with further tuning its Mercedes brand to wealthy Chinese tastes and closing the sales gap with Audi and BMW....
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Audi profit margin slips as new plants in Mexico and Brazil offset sales gains

Nov. 3, 2014 11:30 CET
Audi's profitability slipped during the third quarter as spending on new factories and models outweighed gains from record sales. Audi is spending more than $1.3 billion on plants in Mexico and Brazil....
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BRUCE GAIN

China has room for PSA's upscale DS brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014
PSA's upscale DS brand is on track to be successful in China because of consumer demand for French luxury goods, but it is unlikely to be a serious rival to the popular German premium brands....
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Ford plans to overhaul Lincoln with $5 billion push, report says

5:13 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
New Ford CEO Mark Fields, with the renewed backing of Executive Chairman Bill Ford and the company's board, has committed the automaker to a multiyear, multibillion-dollar overhaul of Lincoln that includes a significant investment in a new premium vehicle platform that will underpin several future Lincoln vehicles, four sources told Reuters....
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Daimler third-quarter profit rises as Mercedes sales expand

Oct. 23, 2014 08:45 CET
Daimler reported a 21 percent increase in third-quarter profit. The Mercedes cars division's profit widened to 8.5 percent of revenue, the highest in more than two years, helped by fresh product....
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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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