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Citroen's clever C4 Cactus
Aug. 19, 2014 06:01 CET
Citroen has found clever ways to make its new C4 Cactus an unconventional and affordable alternative to hatchbacks that dominate Europe's compact segment. ...


Hybrids help supercars cut CO2
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Ultraluxury nameplates such as Ferrari, McLaren, Bentley and Porsche are opting for electric powertrains to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their supercars. ...


Toyota Aygo gets 'fun' makeover
Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota is aiming its new Aygo minicar at younger buyers who don't take themselves too seriously, particularly men, who make up just 40 percent of current buyers. ...


BMW invests 55 million euros to boost image in Korea
Aug. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW will open its third global brand experience center later this month in South Korea, which will allow customers to test their driving skills on features including a wi ...


BMW, others lead shake-up of once-closed Korea
Aug. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Korean automakers may threaten the global dominance of automakers such as Volkswagen and Toyota, but they are losing ground at home to foreign brands -- especially premiu ...


Hot models make Jeep, Lexus, Dacia first-half sales winners
Aug. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Europe's first-half sales results provided further evidence the region's six-year slump will end in 2014. Led by Jeep, Lexus and Dacia, 14 brands grew more than the marke ...


A VW-FCA deal would be risky, reasonable
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
If Volkswagen does buy Fiat Chrysler -- despite the companies' denials of a report that they are in talks -- it would be because the fixations of VW Chairman Ferdinand Pi ...


BMW open to sharing battery technology
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. ...


BMW open to sharing battery technology with rivals
July 15, 2014 09:52 CET
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the EV battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. ...


Infiniti compact sedan to come from Mexico
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
An Infiniti compact sedan will be the first vehicle produced at Daimler and Renault-Nissan's new plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. ...


Nissan to build Infiniti QX30 crossover in U.K.
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Nissan will build the Infiniti QX30 compact crossover for global markets at its factory in England, alongside the Infiniti Q30 compact hatchback. ...


Nissan will build Infiniti crossover in UK
July 9, 2014 08:20 CET
The Infiniti QX30 compact SUV will be built for global markets including the U.S. and China at Nissan's factory in England, alongside the Infiniti Q30 hatchback. ...


Audi plans aggressive series of plug-in hybrid launches
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7
In a countermove to BMW's electric-car offensive, Audi plans to launch at least four plug-in hybrid cars in the coming years. ...


Ferrari V-8s to get turbos; V-12s to get hybrid systems
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
Ferrari will use turbochargers on V-8s and hybrid systems on V-12s to cut fleet carbon dioxide emissions 20 percent by 2021 while also boosting performance, Ferrari Power ...


Audi plans plug-in hybrid offensive
June 27, 2014 10:46 CET | UPDATED: June 27 13:29 CET - adds U.S./China sales start
Audi plans to launch at least four plug-in hybrid cars as it bets on the technology to counter rival BMW's electric car offensive. The first of these, the A3 Sportback E- ...


Walter de Silva: Italy's loss, VW's gain
6:37 am U.S. ET | June 13
Walter de Silva had to leave Italy to become a legend in the vehicle design world. It's a common story in a country that fails to nurture its best and brightest. ...


Marchionne insists Fiat Chrysler needs 9 brands; market watchers disagree
June 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne wants his recently merged nine-brand automaker to more than double vehicle sales and operating profit, but analysts doubt there will b ...


F1 tech to influence high-end M-B products
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
Mercedes-Benz's fast start in the Formula One season has led Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche to see a closer link between F1 race car technology and production cars. ...


Fiat to get Mitsubishi pickup, sources say
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
Fiat will team up with Mitsubishi to add a long-promised large pickup to its lineups in Europe and Latin America. ...


Robertson: BMW's i subbrand will lift margins
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7
There's a nice pricing advantage to be had for early entrants in new segments, says Ian Robertson, BMW Group board member in charge of BMW brand sales and marketing and g ...


BMW sales boss bullish on 'born electric' range
June 6, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW aims to leverage improved margins with the i subbrand at a time when it believes the global premium sector price war is easing everywhere except in Europe. BMW brand ...


Zetsche's risky bet on an expanded compact lineup pays off for Mercedes
June 3, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche's decision to expand Mercedes's compact lineup into a five-model range is capturing new customers for the brand -- and at minimal risk of dilut ...


Renault exec Daniel aims to end the automaker's struggles in China
June 2, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault's long-term sales goals for China are bold. The automaker is aiming to sell 600,000 to 700,000 units, up from just 32,000 cars in the market last year. ...


Is Superleggera Vision roadster a new kind of Mini in the making?
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2
Instead of the iconic Mini design by Sir Alec Issigonis that debuted in 1959, some future models of the British small-car brand may look like the flashy Superleggera Visi ...


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