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Citroen concept hints at 'fun' SUV inspired by Mehari

Citroen has built a concept that takes inspiration from the brand’s iconic Mehari beach buggy and hints at a production SUV version of the C4 Cactus. The Cactus M “illustrates the potential of the C4 Cactus as the basis for new models, ... Sept. 3, 2015 11:18 European CT

Mercedes completes S-class family with luxury convertible

Mercedes-Benz will complete its S-class family with the sixth and final derivative of its flagship sedan next year, when it launches its first top-of-the-line four seat convertible since 1971. The S-class cabriolet will be “the world’s ... Sept. 2, 2015 09:03 European CT

PSA's DS upscale brand to launch crossover-styled DS 4

RENNES, France -- DS Automobiles, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s new upscale brand, will launch a crossover-styled version of its DS 4 compact car, called the DS 4 Crossback. The DS4 Crossback will debut at the Frankfurt auto show Sept. 15, alongside ... Sept. 2, 2015 15:18 European CT

Mercedes S-class cabrio will bow in Frankfurt

Mercedes-Benz is adding a fourth convertible to its North American lineup: the S class. The German automaker will introduce the car this month at the Frankfurt auto show. Press days are Sept. 15 and 16. The S550 cabriolet, scheduled to arrive at ... 6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1

Kia releases Sportage pictures ahead of show debut

Kia today released pictures of its latest Sportage ahead of the SUV's debut at the upcoming Frankfurt auto show. The fourth-generation Sportage gets a sleeker look and an upscale interior to help it compete better in the tough compact SUV segment. ... Aug. 27, 2015 10:30 European CT

Renault touts Talisman wagon's upscale features

RENNES, France -- Renault is touting upscale features and a roomy interior for the wagon version of its new Talisman midsize sedan. The Talisman wagon is a key launch for Renault because 54 percent of sales in Europe's midsize segment are wagon ... Aug. 27, 2015 11:40 European CT

Jaguar touts F-Pace's driving dynamics

Jaguar said its new F-Pace will offer driving dynamics "unlike anything else in the segment" as the UK brand, which is known for its sports cars, takes aim at the Porsche Macan and BMW X4 with its first SUV-styled crossover. Jaguar today released ... Aug. 26, 2015 10:37 European CT | UPDATED: Aug 26 14:40 CET - Adds video

Hyundai concept will showcase brand's performance credentials

TOKYO – Hyundai Motor Co. is trying to burnish its performance credentials and will unveil an “ultimate concept car” at next month’s Frankfurt auto show that expands on the company’s sporty N subbrand and showcases ... Aug. 26, 2015 11:07 European CT

Suzuki will add Baleno hatchback to its European lineup

Suzuki plans to expand its European lineup with the Baleno subcompact hatchback that will be sold as a slightly larger alternative to its Swift, the company's current top-selling model in the region. The Baleno likely will be aimed at budget ... Aug. 25, 2015 06:01 European CT | UPDATED: Sept.1 2015 12:50 CET - adds new picture

Mazda turbo to do double duty

Mazda Motor Corp. knows its customers have a need for speed. And it knows that its Skyactiv lineup, devoid of any engine that surpasses 200 hp, is not always enough to satisfy that need. To fix that problem, Mazda has engineered a potent ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24

Audi teases Tesla Model X fighter, says launch planned for 2018

Audi today issued a teaser picture and some details of an all-electric SUV that it will launch to rival the upcoming Tesla Model X. The SUV will have a range of more than 500km (310 miles) and will go into production in 2018 as the brand's first ... Aug. 19, 2015 11:06 European CT

Mercedes teases 2017 AMG C63 coupe

Mercedes-Benz released a teaser video and image of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe. The video features a white C63 S Coupe ripping around the sharp curves of a test track, with only the roar of the 503-hp, V8 biturbo engine as the soundtrack. ... 11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18 | UPDATED: 8/19/15 1:00 pm ET - adds photo

Kia gives Sportage sleeker look, upscale interior

FRANKFURT -- Kia has given its Sportage a sleeker look and an upscale interior to help the model compete better in the tough compact SUV segment. The new Sportage will have Kia’s "most refined, highest-quality cabin to date," the automaker ... Aug. 18, 2015 06:01 European CT

Mercedes-Benz readies 4-seat S-class cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz lifted the veil partially on an all-new, open-top cabriolet based on the new S-class coupe that went on sale earlier this year. The new S-class cabriolet represents the sixth model in the S-class family after the sedan, long-wheel ... 11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18

Special edition M4 concept touts BMW tech

BMW is showcasing new technologies on a concept version of the first special edition M4 coupe, which it showed last week. The Concept M4 GTS, which will be sold in the United States, debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. A production ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17

Mercedes C-class coupe to take on BMW 4 series, Audi A5

With the redesigned 2017 C-class coupe, Mercedes-Benz is aiming squarely at picking up sales against the BMW 4 series and the Audi A5. The redesigned coupe, with C300 and C300 4MATIC models, will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go ... 6:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13

Jaguar F-Pace drops camouflage before Frankfurt debut

Jaguar has released photos of the F-Pace crossover undergoing extreme cold weather testing before its debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show. The F-Pace, shown at Jag’s testing site in Arjeplog, Sweden, goes on sale in the U.S. in early ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10

Mazda concept in Frankfurt may preview CX-3 or CX-5 variant

TOKYO -- Mazda's Koeru crossover concept at next month's Frankfurt auto show could preview a sporty Mazdaspeed version of the CX-3 or CX-5 crossover, or a freshening of the CX-5. It also may foreshadow the CX-9 replacement. An update of the large ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10

Mazda will preview new crossover with Frankfurt concept

TOKYO – Mazda Motor Corp. will unveil an SUV/crossover concept at next month's Frankfurt auto show that may preview a variant of an existing nameplate or an update of the aging CX-9 crossover. Dubbed the Koeru, the concept showcases the ... Aug. 7, 2015 10:15 European CT

Jaguar F-Pace undergoes final tests ahead of Frankfurt debut

Jaguar’s first crossover, the midsize F-Pace, is going through final tests ahead of a launch next year. Based on Jaguar’s all-new XE midsize sedan, the F-Pace also uses aluminum extensively to reduce weight. Test vehicles have been ... 12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4

Infiniti unwraps Audi A3 fighter

Never mind waiting for its scheduled debut in September at the Frankfurt auto show; 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 ... 12:01 pm U.S. ET | July 21

Opel aims Astra at 'user-chooser' company car drivers to boost profit

RUESSELSHEIM, Germany -- Opel will target its new Astra at so-called "user-chooser" company car drivers in its German home market in a bid to lift sales of the key model as it seeks to return to profitability. Opel will offer drivers whose firms ... July 21, 2015 06:01 European CT

Renault taps Daimler expertise to boost Talisman quality

PARIS -- Renault is aiming to match rivals' quality with its new Talisman midsize car with help from Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler. The French brand tapped into Daimler's expertise to improve quality on the Talisman, compared with the Laguna and ... July 6, 2015 16:34 European CT | UPDATED: July 7 09:00 CET - adds details

Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter

FRANKFURT -- Audi today released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to 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 ... June 29, 2015 14:23 European CT

Infiniti reveals 2016 Q30 compact hatch - in camouflage

Infiniti has beaten the auto industry’s spy photographers to the punch by distributing a photo of the upcoming Q30 compact hatch on the road in camouflage. Infiniti intends to officially unveil the English-made car in September at the ... 1:00 am U.S. ET | June 19

Opel says new Astra will be smaller but roomier than the current car

FRANKFURT -- Opel released details and pictures of its next-generation Astra compact car that will be key in helping the General Motors brand return to profitability in Europe. The latest Astra will be lighter and shorter than the current car but ... June 1, 2015 17:17 European CT

BMW says new 7 series can park itself

MIRAMAS, France -- The BMW says its new 7-series flagship sedan will be the world’s first series-production car that can be parked without anyone at the wheel. The feature will help make the automaker's flagship the most technologically ... April 18, 2015 00:15 European CT

Renault Megane will get sleeker design

RENNES, France -- The next Renault Megane will have a new platform and sportier styling as the automaker seeks to boost demand for one of its core models. Sales of Renault's compact are flagging because of competition from fresher rivals such as ... March 6, 2015 06:01 European CT

Raves prompt Volvo to reconsider coupe

Volvo ruled out a production run when it unveiled its Concept Coupe at the Frankfurt auto show last month, insisting that the car was intended to showcase a new design language. But a senior executive says Volvo will reconsider that plan following ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7

Nanuk Quattro got a boost from VW brass

Journalists trekked across the sprawling exhibition grounds of the Frankfurt auto show this month for a second look at Audi's Nanuk Quattro, which was hands-down the most talked-about car at the show.But the Nanuk didn't always get such respect. The ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23

VW aims Golf Plus successor at young families

Volkswagen says its Golf Plus successor will be bigger to appeal more to young families.VW showed its plans for the model with the Sportsvan, a near-production concept that debuted at the Frankfurt auto show last week.VW will phase out the Golf Plus ... Sept. 20, 2013 06:01 European CT

2 cars define Buick/Opel look

FRANKFURT -- Want to glimpse the future of Buick and Opel design? It's easy, says General Motors global design chief Ed Welburn: Take a picture of the Opel Monza concept, shown at the Frankfurt auto show last week, and set it beside the Buick ... Sept. 20, 2013 06:01 European CT

Growing Buick, Opel ties may yield more U.S. models

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Buick customers in the United States and China could see more European design and engineering in an expanded range of new models by 2020, as General Motors more closely integrates global product development between Buick and ... 5:35 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17

Winners, losers and a couple of puzzlers

HIT: Audi Nanuk Quattro conceptA stunner all around, but, oddly, the rear seems to define the Nanuk. It's broad -- quite broad visually -- with a stack of horizontal lines emphasizing that it is planted on the road and ready to roar. With a direct- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16

Jaguar looks for a luxury crossover niche

FRANKFURT -- Jaguar is looking for a way to enter the compact crossover segment without competing directly with its German luxury rivals, said Mike Wright, executive director of Jaguar Land Rover. The company is testing the waters with the C-X17 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16

2 cars define Buick/Opel look

FRANKFURT -- Want to glimpse the future of Buick and Opel design? It's easy, says General Motors global design chief Ed Welburn: Take a picture of the Opel Monza concept, shown here last week, and set it beside the Buick Riviera concept shown at the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16

Bentley says SUV creates new segment

FRANKFURT -- Bentley expects that a third of the 3,000 to 4,000 annual sales of the high-priced SUV coming in 2016 will be in the United States, says Kevin Rose, Bentley's global head of sales and marketing. The new $200,000 model -- priced higher ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16

Now, that's Speciale

Light weight and high power are the formula for the Ferrari 458 Speciale, which debuted last week at the Frankfurt auto show. The Speciale, a variant of the 458 Italia coupe, makes 597 hp in what Ferrari says is the most powerful naturally aspirated ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16

Jaguar looks for a luxury crossover niche

FRANKFURT -- Jaguar is looking for a way to enter the compact crossover segment without competing directly with its German luxury rivals, said Mike Wright, executive director of Jaguar Land Rover. The company is testing the waters with the C-X17 ... Sept. 16, 2013 06:01 European CT

You have to be an optimist

Quite a while ago, a bunch of editors from our company were contemplating what the lead headline would be if the world were to end the next day. Without a moment's hesitation, someone suggested that the headline in Automotive News would be "World to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16

Sleek and curvy: 'This is a Mercedes?'

FRANKFURT -- At Mercedes-Benz's cavernous exhibition hall at the Frankfurt auto show last week, Diana Reuter wasn't quite sure she was in the right place when she spotted a sleek, curvy crossover on display."This is a Mercedes?," said the 32-year- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14

Tesla challenges BMW on home turf as Germans go electric

FRANKFURT (Bloomberg) -- Tesla Motors Inc. is pushing beyond the friendly confines of its California home to take on the world’s biggest luxury-car brands in their home market.The electric car maker will have six stores in Germany after adding ... 10:05 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12

Tesla challenges BMW on home turf as Germans go electric

FRANKFURT (Bloomberg) -- Tesla Motors Inc. is pushing beyond the friendly confines of its California home to take on the world’s biggest luxury-car brands in their home market.The electric car maker will have six stores in Germany after adding ... Sept. 12, 2013 16:05 European CT

Citroen to build large SUV only for Asia

FRANKFURT – Citroen will begin production of a large crossover/SUV in China between the end of next year and early 2015. The model, derived from the Wild Rubis concept that debuted in April at the Shanghai auto show, will be sold in China and ... Sept. 12, 2013 09:55 European CT

BMW's new X5 SUV targets Mercedes to defend luxury crown

FRANKFURT -- After seeing its biggest SUV outsold by the Mercedes-Benz M class last year, BMW is fighting back with a model it calls "The Boss," a new version of its X5 stuffed with advanced technology.The $52,800 SUV can drive itself in traffic ... Sept. 12, 2013 06:01 European CT

Bugatti presents 2.28 million euro special-edition Veyron

FRANKFURT (Bloomberg) -- Bugatti presented a special edition of its Grand Sport Vitesse model priced at 2.28 million euros ($3 million) before taxes that will have a limited production of just three cars.The ultra-luxury carmaker named the new Jean ... Sept. 12, 2013 12:27 European CT

VW pushes to get natural gas into U.S. cars

FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen AG wants to join Honda Motor Co. in selling compressed natural gas-fueled cars in the United States, but first it wants the U.S. government to help get more CNG pumps at fueling stations.VW, the second-largest seller of CNG ... 5:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11

JCI targets mild, micro hybrids with compact lithium ion battery

A new compact, lightweight 48-volt lithium ion battery from U.S. supplier Johnson Controls Inc. debuting today at the Frankfurt auto show is small enough to fit under the hood of most vehicles and powerful enough to run an air conditioner.Johnson ... 3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11

BMW 'Boss' SUV targets Mercedes to defend luxury crown

FRANKFURT -- After seeing its biggest SUV outsold by the Mercedes-Benz M-Class last year, BMW AG is fighting back with a model it calls "The Boss," a new version of its X5 stuffed with advanced technology.The $52,800 SUV can drive itself in traffic ... 9:19 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11

Volkswagen mulls launching commercial vehicles in U.S.

FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen may launch commercial vehicles in the United States as part of steps to expand its core namesake brand in the world's No. 2 auto market.Commercial pickup trucks and vans such as VW's box-type Caddy model "certainly represent ... 5:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11

 
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