Luxury

Maserati's profits will recover with Levante SUV, Marchionne says

July 31, 2015 11:44 CET

Maserati's profits will recover when the brand launches its first SUV next year, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Maserati's second-quarter earnings fell by 30 percent and global vehicle sales were down 13 percent....
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Audi cuts global car sales outlook on China

July 30, 2015 11:57 CET

Audi lowered its global sales forecast for this year because of slumping demand in China, its biggest market. The automaker expects global deliveries to increase between 3 percent and 4 percent from a record 1.74 million sales in 2014....
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Jeep hacking sends warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes

4:55 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

When friendly hackers landed a Jeep Cherokee in a ditch last week, it sent a warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes as the luxury automakers compete increasingly on technology rather than just horsepower....
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Audi aims to raise China sales with revamped A4

July 27, 2015 13:43 CET

Audi hopes that a redesigned A4 sedan will help shore up its fortunes in China where the premium brand is grappling with a second consecutive month of falling sales in its No. 1 market....
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Pickups are picking up premium price tags

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

Last week, Ford introduced a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and will likely top $70,000 when loaded with options. So what do you get when you max out other half-ton pickups sold in the U.S. with the most expensive set of options? We found prices identified more with upper-end German performance sedans than vehicles that can haul a load of hay....
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SCREEN SAVERS

Automakers try integrated tablets to retain backseat business

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

It might seem strange that BMW's redesigned 7-series sedan, priced at $81,300 plus shipping, would have to compete with a $499 iPad from Apple. But that's exactly what's happening, as automakers realize that their cars are being compared not only with other cars but also with devices brought into the back seat....
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Ferrari stock faces soaring Testarossa prices for investor favor

6:19 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Ferrari's upcoming stock listing may struggle for investor attention with competitors in its own ranks. Buying one of the Italian supercars, like a Testarossa, has generated gains that are hard to beat....
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High-performance Cadillacs roar into Japan

7:23 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

GM is introducing two high-performance V-Series Cadillac nameplates in Japan that outspoken presidential hopeful Donald Trump famously blasted as closed to Detroit automakers....
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Infiniti unwraps Audi A3 fighter

12:01 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Infiniti has pulled the wraps off the production version of its new Q30 compact hatch. The Q30 is intended especially for Europe, where Infiniti hopes it and its upcoming crossover sibling, the QX30, will ignite sales next year. It will go on sale in the U.S. next spring....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Cadillac's product onslaught: Hurry up and wait

12:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

A glance at Cadillac's product-planning timeline shows that dealers and consumers will be waiting quite a while for much of the fresh sheet metal planned by the brand....
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Audi reviews China 2015 sales target

July 16, 2015 10:57 CET

Audi is reviewing its 2015 target of selling 600,000 cars in China, the latest sign that a downturn in demand for passenger cars in the world's biggest car market is more severe than automakers expected....
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Maserati sales will resume in India

July 15, 2015 16:16 CET

Fiat Chrysler will resume sales of its Maserati sports cars in India, nearly three years after troubles with its former partner forced it to leave the market. Growth in luxury car sales in India has outpaced sales of other passenger vehicles over the last few years....
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German premium brands hit by China stock market turmoil, slowing economy

July 13, 2015 15:15 CET

Prices for German luxury cars in China are tumbling as the country's stock market sell-off and worries about broader economic growth chill demand for auto brands that once commanded price premiums from affluent Chinese consumers....
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Tesla hires ex-Burberry exec to lead N.A. sales

6:43 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Tesla has hired former Burberry senior vice president Ganesh Srivats, adding a sales executive to help the electric-car maker extend its reputation for automotive luxury to an increasingly global audience....
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Marchionne bets Maserati can replace Ferrari as a prestige profit driver

7:46 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2015

Fiat is spinning off Ferrari later this year, losing its top luxury brand. CEO Sergio Marchionne badly needs Maserati to fill the vacuum....
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Mercedes readies advanced safety tech for next E class

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new suite of advanced safety and autonomous driving features on the redesigned E-class sedan next spring. Calling the new features “real life safety,” Mercedes-Benz executives say the intelligent and safety systems bring its vehicles closer to accident-free and autonomous driving....
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Mercedes will pass VW in Japan this year on surging luxury car sales

July 6, 2015 11:30 CET

Mercedes will likely pass Volkswagen this year to become the top-selling import brand in Japan for the first time in 16 years, underscoring the nation's surprising boom in demand for luxury cars....
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BMW slips past Mercedes with record June for U.S. luxury lead

3:21 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

BMW took the lead over Mercedes-Benz in U.S. luxury-auto sales at the halfway point this year with its best-ever June....
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Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter

June 29, 2015 14:23 CET

Audi released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to the automaker's goal of passing BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand. The new A4 is slightly larger than the current model, which is Audi's global best-seller, but is lighter and has a more spacious interior....
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Alfa's high-power reboot

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

To revive Alfa Romeo, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, plans a performance-first approach. German premium competitors launch mainstream versions of their core models first and add high-performance variants later - RS at Audi, M at BMW and AMG at Mercedes-Benz. Alfa will do the opposite....
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Analysts doubt Sergio's lofty Alfa goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Analysts are skeptical that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne can achieve his ambitious sales goals for Alfa Romeo. "Despite our love of Alfa's past, we're unconvinced by its future," said Max Warburton, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd. in Singapore....
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Infiniti reveals 2016 Q30 compact hatch - in camouflage

1:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Infiniti intends to officially unveil the English-made Q30 hatch in September at the Frankfurt motor show. It goes on sale in Europe late this year and is expected in U.S. showrooms some time in 2016....
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Alfa's new sport sedan to get Ferrari V-6 power, report says

10:07 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

The new Alfa Romeo sport sedan, which is set to be introduced next week in Italy, is expected to feature a Ferrari-derived V-6 engine under the hood, according to a report....
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Mercedes-Benz mulls return of R class for some markets

10:07 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Mercedes-Benz, acknowledging the resurgence in luxury SUVs and crossovers following a brief lull, may bring the R class back to some international markets, according to a report....
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Mercedes GLC crossover moves up in size, features from GLK

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Mercedes-Benz has renamed the up-sized second generation of its compact crossover and will offer coupe, performance and plug-in hybrid variants. The 2016 GLC, which goes on sale in mid-November, replaces the GLK....
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