Frankfurt Auto Show

A 'moment of dizziness' turns into a teachable moment?

BMW CEO Harald Krueger returned to work last week after spending several days recovering from his fatigue-related collapse on stage at the Frankfurt auto show."He's back at work and feeling 100 percent fit," a BMW spokesman said. Krueger, 49, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28

BMW CEO Krueger back at work

FRANKFURT -- BMW CEO Harald Krueger has returned to work after he spent most of last week recovering from his fatigue-related collapse on stage at the Frankfurt auto show. “He’s back at work and feeling 100 percent fit,” a BMW ... Sept. 22, 2015 11:51 European CT

Mercedes expects GLC, C-class coupe sales to jump

FRANKFURT -- With U.S. sales nearing another record, Mercedes-Benz executives expect significant volume increases for the redesigned C-class coupe and GLC crossover. Moreover, the U.S. will be the biggest market for the new S-class convertible. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Frankfurt auto show hits and misses

The sheer, jaw-dropping, knee-buckling, gargantuan size of the Frankfurt auto show has to be seen to be believed. This isn't an exhibition center; it's a small planet. We're not sure how L.A. reporter and car guy nonpareil David Undercoffler got ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Infiniti plans a pair of small crossovers in next 2 years

FRANKFURT -- Infiniti plans to strengthen its underperforming compact crossover lineup with two new models arriving within two years. The QX30, the smaller of the two, is set to launch next year and will be unveiled in November at the Los Angeles ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Buick may borrow Opel design trick

FRANKFURT -- Opel's redesigned Astra features a floating roofline that may pop up on future Buicks. The newest Astra is slightly smaller than its predecessor but boasts an increase in interior space. That's ideal for weight reduction and cargo ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

VW: Next Tiguan to get 'right content and the right price'

FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen of America is counting on a Mexican-built Tiguan that is bigger and more competitively priced to gain market share in the red-hot compact crossover segment. "We'll have the right content and the right price position," Joerg ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Lambo mulls hybrid version of crossover

FRANKFURT -- Lamborghini may have caught the electrification bug after all. The company is studying the plug-in hybrid drivetrain from its Asterion concept car, or maybe a turbo engine, as a second powerplant offering in the upcoming Urus crossover, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Toyota set to join subcompact crossover fray

FRANKFURT -- Toyota confirmed that it will jump into the subcompact crossover segment next year with a new model it's tentatively calling the C-HR. The C-HR concept shown last week here was an update of a C-HR concept revealed last year in Paris. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Mini bets on 'very emotional' Clubman

FRANKFURT -- Mini is banking that the new Clubman wagon will set itself apart from compact segment competitors because it's different -- and emotional, said the brand's global chief. "If you look at this compact premium segment, most cars are very ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Audi readies 2 EVs for U.S. starting in 2018

FRANKFURT -- A production version of Audi's e-tron quattro concept for a crossover electric vehicle shown here will go on sale in the U.S. in 2018, and another battery-electric vehicle will come after that, the automaker's top U.S. executive said. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Creative concepts

Automakers at Frankfurt this year displayed concept cars bursting with ideas about form, from the regal smoothness of the Mercedes-Benz IAA to the intricate but harmonious geometry in the Nissan Gripz. And several companies seem to be readying their ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Mazda aims to lift U.S. crossover volume

FRANKFURT -- Masahiro Moro, Mazda's top global sales and marketing executive, says the automaker has a simple plan to make more money in the U.S.: Sell more crossovers. Mazda's crossovers have brought in less-frugal customers than the brand has had ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20

Mercedes' decision on U.S. pickup due next year

FRANKFURT -- Mercedes-Benz is still mulling a pickup for the U.S., and has lengthened the timetable for a decision. Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, says a decision will come in eight to 10 months. It had been expected by the end of this year. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19

Mirror, mirror off the car? Focus turns to cameras

FRANKFURT -- Many of today's better-appointed vehicles have side mirrors that tuck away automatically. Major suppliers are working on making those mirrors disappear altogether. At the auto show this week here, European auto suppliers Continental AG ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19

Tesla struggles in Germany with consumers unswayed by Model S cult

FRANKFURT -- Tesla Motors Inc. has built a cult following in the U.S. for its high-powered electric sports cars. In Europe's biggest car market, consumers are proving harder to convince. Just 958 of Tesla's 81,800-euro ($92,000) Model S, its only ... 10:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18

Borgward seeks investors for revival after 54 years

BERLIN (Bloomberg) -- Borgward is seeking investors as well as buyers as it plots a revival that includes plans for at least five models. The German carmaker unveiled its first model for 54 years, the BX7 SUV, on Tuesday at the Frankfurt auto show. ... Sept. 17, 2015 15:56 European CT

Renault CEO Ghosn touts Megane's hi-tech features

FRANKFURT -- The new Renault Megane will stand out in Europe's tough compact segment because of its advanced technology, Carlos Ghosn, the automaker's CEO, said. “The Megane benefits from technology that Renault has developed for our higher ... Sept. 17, 2015 12:00 European CT

Toyota will challenge Nissan in Europe with new SUV

FRANKFURT -- Toyota's new SUV to challenge the Nissan Qashqai will give the brand a boost to help win back the title of Europe’s top-selling Asian brand from its Japanese rival. Toyota will launch a Qashqai rival in Europe in late 2016 or ... Sept. 17, 2015 06:01 European CT

Audi's EV push won't stop with e-tron quattro

FRANKFURT -- Audi of America will sell the production version of the e-tron quattro concept for a crossover electric vehicle introduced here when it arrives globally in 2018, and it won’t stop there. A second EV will join Audi’s lineup ... 3:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16

Hyundai waves big green flag for high-performance N line

FRANKFURT -- Hyundai Motor Co. plans to begin selling a high-performance line in 2017, possibly with new engines, crossovers and hybrid variants, to burnish its reputation amid flagging sales, led by the M Series chief engineer hired from BMW ... 2:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16

BMW to 'step up' digital features

FRANKFURT -- The next frontier for BMW AG is growing the digital end of its business, both in its vehicles and the retail environment. “The big catalyst of change is now the digital environment,” said Ian Robertson, BMW board member for ... 2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16

Toyota: Decision on sports car project with BMW due soon

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW will decide by year end on whether to develop a common sports car architecture, Toyota executives say. BMW and Toyota are collaborating on fuel cell technology, lightweight components, and on ... 2:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16

Nissan Gripz aims to lure sports car enthusiasts to crossovers

Nissan unveiled the Gripz sports-car-inspired, Juke-sized concept that it says represents a way to lure sports car enthusiasts toward crossovers. The Gripz is the same length as the Juke subcompact model at 4100mm. The concept "blends the ability ... Sept. 16, 2015 06:01 European CT

With a roar, Ferrari snubs SUV, EV stampede

FRANKFURT -- Ferrari plans to stick to making high-end sports cars, avoiding following the crowd with a sport utility vehicle or an electric model, as the traditional engine growl is part of what customers pay for. "We've been refining our concept ... 3:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15

Mercedes confirms Tesla fighter

FRANKFURT -- Mercedes-Benz will bring out an electric-powered Tesla fighter in the next few years. Thomas Weber, Daimler AG board member in charge of group research and Mercedes-Benz car development, confirmed in an interview here that Mercedes ... 3:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15

Rolls-Royce mulls electric car as new regulations dawn

FRANKFURT -- Rolls-Royce Motor Cars may develop an electric vehicle as tighter regulation on auto emissions pushes even the most elite auto manufacturers to look into battery- powered cars. "Suppose we find a battery technology that can offer ... 1:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15

Toyota refines compact crossover plans with C-HR

FRANKFURT -- Not wanting to miss out on one of the hottest trends in the industry, Toyota said it will jump into the compact crossover segment next year with a new model it’s tentatively calling the C-HR. The Japanese automaker ventured into ... 6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15

Google: No plans to become an automaker

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Google Inc. does not intend to become a vehicle manufacturer, the company's managing director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland said on Tuesday at the Frankfurt auto show. Google has named auto industry veteran John ... 4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15

Continental, Valeo developing mirror-eliminating camera technologies

FRANKFURT -- European auto suppliers Continental AG and Valeo SA are hoping to turn rear- and side-view mirrors into relics of the past. The German and French suppliers kicked off the Frankfurt auto show today by touting how their camera-based ... 3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 | UPDATED: 9/15/15 9:32 am ET - adds photo, background

Porsche unveils fast-charging Mission E, a potential Tesla rival

FRANKFURT -- Porsche unveiled its answer to Tesla -- the Mission E electric four-seat sports car. The Mission E gives a glimpse at the brand's first ever battery-powered model, which could arrive by the end of the decade. The concept has a 600-hp ... Sept. 15, 2015 10:07 European CT

Alfa Giulia tops BMW rival on speed, price

FRANKFURT -- Alfa Romeo will price its Giulia Quadrifoglio slightly higher than its nearest rival as it seeks to challenge Germany's premium brands with Ferrari-inspired performance. The Giulia Quadrifoglio will start at 72,000 euros in Germany, a ... Sept. 15, 2015 15:51 European CT

Jaguar, joining key segment, prices F-Pace crossover from $43,385

FRANKFURT -- The F-Pace, Jaguar’s first crossover, will be priced from $43,385 when it goes on sale in May as the luxury brand enters a key segment and aims to significantly boost U.S. sales. The initial entry-level model with a 3.0-liter V-6 ... 2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14 | UPDATED: 9/14/15 2:38 pm ET - adds production source

Porsche, Audi EVs zero in on Tesla

FRANKFURT -- The high-performance electric car market is shaping up to be a high-profile battleground featuring some of the world's most glamorous brands after Porsche and Audi unveiled models to challenge pioneer Tesla Motors. Consumers have ... 5:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14 | UPDATED: 9/1/15 7:16 pm ET - adds details on VW brand

Lamborghini's 2016 Huracan Spyder will start at $262,350

FRANKFURT -- Supercar fans got a first look at Lamborghini’s topless 2016 Huracan Spyder tonight ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt auto show. U.S. pricing will be $262,350, not including taxes and delivery, Lamborghini said. Officially dubbed the ... 2:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14

Alfa, Jaguar add sporty glamour to Frankfurt show

The debuts of the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Jaguar F-Pace and Bentley Bentayga will attract lots of attention at the Frankfurt auto show. European mass-market automakers such as Opel and Renault also will unveil key models – Renault with the Megane ... Sept. 14, 2015 06:01 European CT

Infiniti will sell tall Q30 to tempt SUV/crossover buyers

FRANKFURT -- Infiniti will add a version of its Q30 hatchback with a raised height in a bid to attract some of the increasing numbers of buyers choosing cars with SUV styling. The Q30 will have two variants called the SE and Premium that are 1495mm ... Sept. 14, 2015 11:54 European CT

Volkswagen unveils bigger, lighter Tiguan

FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen has made its new-generation Tiguan compact SUV longer, wider and lower than the current model and will add a long-wheelbase variant for the U.S. and Chinese markets. The second-generation Tiguan is VW’s first SUV based ... Sept. 14, 2015 06:01 European CT

Jaguar says F-Pace will set benchmark for ride and handling

FRANKFURT -- Jaguar says its F-Pace SUV will set a new benchmark for ride and handling compared to rivals. The F-Pace is Jaguar’s first SUV and is a bid by the UK brand that became famous for building sports cars to benefit from the global ... Sept. 14, 2015 13:29 European CT

Rolls targets women, younger buyers with Dawn convertible

LONDON -- The Dawn convertible that Rolls-Royce will unveil this week at the Frankfurt auto show aims to attract younger buyers and more women to the brand. "It is about connecting to younger aspiration," Giles Taylor, design director of Rolls-Royce ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14

Porsche adds turbocharging to make the 911 greener

FRANKFURT -- Porsche has added turbocharged engines to its 911 sports car range to help meet tough fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions rules. The new turbos will offer a 20-hp increase from the current engines while lowering emissions, Porsche ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14

Ford expects Edge to boost its European SUV market share

LONDON -- Ford of Europe expects its Edge large SUV to help boost its below-average SUV market share in the region. Ford will unveil the European spec version of the Edge at this month’s Frankfurt auto show, the automaker said in a statement. ... Sept. 11, 2015 06:01 European CT

China-backed Borgward plans to expand German workforce

FRANKFURT -- Borgward, an automaker that is being revived with Chinese backing, plans to double its workforce in Germany. Borgward will debut its first modern-day model, an SUV, at the Frankfurt auto show on Sept. 15. The SUV will go on sale in ... Sept. 10, 2015 06:01 European CT

Bentley Bentayga set to become priciest SUV

LONDON -- The Bentley Bentayga will be the most expensive SUV on the market when it goes on sale early next year. The ultraluxury brand's first-ever SUV will start at $229,100 in the U.S., which is likely to be its biggest market. UK prices will ... Sept. 9, 2015 13:17 European CT | UPDATED: Sep. 9 15:48 CET - Adds video

Renault says new pickup will be upscale

RENNES, France -- Renault says its first one-tonne pickup will be a high-end truck for business and leisure use. The pickup will share underpinnings with the Nissan NP300 Navara and Mercedes-Benz’s first pickup. Renault will preview the ... Sept. 9, 2015 10:28 European CT

Nissan teases crossover concept

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated when the Nissan BladeGlider concept was introduced. Nissan will show a crossover concept next week at the Frankfurt auto show that reports say will preview a new direction for the ... Sept. 8, 2015 10:41 European CT

Honda open-wheeled concept demonstrates 'floating' driver's seat

TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. will debut an open-wheeled sporty car that features a dangling roofless “floating” driver’s seat and “creative craftsmanship” at this month’s Frankfurt motor show. The vehicle is the ... 10:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8

Renault aims to push Megane upscale with new design

RENNES, France -- The new Renault Megane’s styling reflects the automaker’s ambitions to make the model more upscale in the very competitive compact market. Renault has given its fourth-generation Megane distinctive lighting signatures ... Sept. 8, 2015 11:03 European CT | UPDATED: Sep. 8 12:35 CET - adds video

Porsche adds turbocharging to make the 911 greener

FRANKFURT -- Porsche has added turbocharged engines to its iconic 911 sports car range to help meet increasingly tougher fuel economy and CO2 emissions rules. The new turbocharged engines will offer a 20-hp increase on the current engines while ... Sept. 8, 2015 06:01 European CT

Rolls-Royce aims Dawn convertible at younger buyers

LONDON -- Rolls-Royce expects its Dawn convertible to attract more younger buyers and more women to the brand. The company on Tuesday released pictures and details of the new model ahead of the car’s unveiling at next week’s Frankfurt ... Sept. 8, 2015 14:14 European CT

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