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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

Auto executives more downbeat than desperate

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- At the last Frankfurt auto show in 2011, the big story was not the cars, but the euro zone crisis and specifically how the continent's car companies could survive. This year, the crisis is waning but caution remains.As sales ... Sept. 11, 2013 13:00 European CT

Porsche 918 hybrid beats Toyota Prius as supercars go green

FRANKFURT (Bloomberg) -- Porsche and BMW have both unveiled new sports cars that can not only beat Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius off the line but also at the fuel pump as efficiency becomes a key standard even for supercars.Porsche's $845,000 918 ... Sept. 11, 2013 06:01 European CT

Renault will launch upscale Initiale Paris line in China

FRANKFURT -- Renault will sell upscale vehicles under its new Initiale Paris badge in China as well as Europe to compete with French rival Citroen's DS line.Renault previewed the badge with the Initiale Paris crossover concept unveiled at the ... Sept. 11, 2013 11:19 European CT

European automakers see long road to recovery

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Europe's car market is bottoming out after five years of falling demand, but high unemployment and weak bank lending suggest its recovery will be long and slow, executives at the Frankfurt auto show said.Automakers have been ... Sept. 10, 2013 10:38 European CT

Volvo execs, owner Geely clash over brand direction

Safe, solid and understated in a Swedish way, or an aspiring luxury brand eager to pander to a Chinese taste for excess and 'bling': that's the debate causing ripples at the top of Volvo Car Corp., which has been under Chinese ownership since 2010.A ... 3:40 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10

Continental to partner with IBM on autonomous driving systems

FRANKFURT -- German automotive supplier Continental AG said it was teaming up with IBM, the world's biggest technology services company, on systems used for driverless cars.Continental CEO Elmar Degenhart said at the Frankfurt car show today that ... 10:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10

GM may sell Opel Adam minicar in U.S. as a Buick

FRANKFURT -- General Motors is considering bringing the Opel Adam minicar to the United States, likely wearing a Buick badge, Opel Chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann said today."We are looking at it," Neumann told reporters on the sidelines of the auto ... 11:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10

Ford's Odell: Europe has hit bottom

FRANKFURT -- A couple of weeks ago, Ford of Europe CEO Stephen Odell seemed to have a particularly dour view of the prospects for recovery in the European auto market.Odell recently said it will take five or six years for the market to recover -- ... Sept. 10, 2013 06:01 European CT

Chevrolet sees Korean drive upmarket as opportunity in Europe

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Korean automakers are increasingly focused on chasing better-off customers in Europe, creating an opportunity for General Motors to push its own value brand Chevrolet, said Thomas Sedran, president of Chevrolet Europe."When I ... Sept. 10, 2013 16:46 European CT

Chevy sees Korean drive upmarket as opportunity in Europe

FRANKFURT -- South Korean automakers are increasingly focused on chasing premium clients in Europe, creating an opportunity for General Motors to push its own value brand Chevy, Thomas Sedran, president of ChevroletEurope said on Tuesday."When I see ... 10:46 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10

Audi may build production version of Nanuk quattro concept

FRANKFURT -- Audi may build a production version of the Nanuk quattro concept unveiled at the auto show here if it finds enough interested wealthy potential buyers in markets such as the Middle East and Russia.Audi did not say how much a production ... Sept. 10, 2013 13:03 European CT

Mercedes S-class coupe concept set to replace CL coupe

Mercedes-Benz used the Frankfurt auto show today to unveil the S-class coupe concept that is expected to replace the CL coupe.The S-class coupe concept has the same rear-wheel-drive proportions as the latest S-class sedan and a diamond radiator ... Sept. 10, 2013 11:30 European CT

Ferrari's 458 Speciale to sell for 238,000 euros

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Ferrari's 458 Speciale will sell for 238,000 euros in its home market of Italy, and is aimed at customers who want a more extreme driving experience, the automaker's Chairman Luca di Montezemolo said today."We've taken a step ... Sept. 10, 2013 16:39 European CT

Volvo execs, owner Geely clash over brand direction

Safe, solid and understated in a Swedish way, or an aspiring luxury brand eager to pander to a Chinese taste for excess and 'bling': that's the debate causing ripples at the top of Volvo Cars., which has been under Chinese ownership since 2010.A ... Sept. 10, 2013 21:40 European CT

Hyundai cuts price on new i10 to win sales from VW Up

FRANKFURT -- The new Hyundai i10 is longer, wider and less expensive than the model it replaces, changes that the automaker hopes will help it win sales from the Volkswagen Up.The i10's starting price in Germany will drop to 9,975 euros from 10,390 ... Sept. 10, 2013 18:26 European CT

GM may sell Opel Adam minicar in U.S. as a Buick

FRANKFURT -- General Motors is considering selling the Opel Adam minicar in the United States, likely wearing a Buick badge, Opel Chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann said."We are looking at it," Neumann told reporters on the sidelines of the auto show here. ... Sept. 10, 2013 17:04 European CT

Mercedes S-class coupe concept set to replace CL coupe

Mercedes-Benz used the Frankfurt auto show today to unveil the S-class coupe concept that is expected to replace the CL coupe.The S-class coupe concept has the same rear-wheel-drive proportions as the latest S-class sedan and a diamond radiator ... 5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10

Hot rods go green

FRANKFURT (Bloomberg) -- Speedy new models from Porsche AG and BMW AG can beat Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius not just off the line but also at the fuel pump as efficiency becomes a key standard even for elite racers.Porsche's $845,000 918 Spyder hybrid, ... 12:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10

Lamborghini-Bentley SUV rivalry exposes VW's cutthroat brand strategy

FRANKFURT (Bloomberg) -- Lamborghini's development maestro, Maurizio Reggiani, resigned himself to weeks of sleeping on the shop floor after parent Volkswagen AG pulled the planned debut of his SUV in favor of one from corporate cousin Bentley.To ... 3:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9 | UPDATED: 9/9/13 4:22 pm ET

Ford's Odell: Europe has hit bottom

FRANKFURT -- A couple of weeks ago, Ford of Europe CEO Stephen Odell seemed to have a particularly dour view of the prospects for recovery in the European auto market.Odell recently said it will take five or six years for the market to recover -- ... 5:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9

Marchionne skips Frankfurt on 'unforeseen' business commitments

FRANKFURT -- Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will not attend the Frankfurt auto show this week, Europe's biggest auto event, because of "unforeseen business commitments," Fiat said.This marks the first time in recent years that Marchionne, ... 6:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 | UPDATED: 9/9/13 10:21 am ET - adds details

Hyundai plans 22 new models in Europe by 2017

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- South Korean carmaker Hyundai plans to roll out 22 new models in Europe over the next four years as it tries to rekindle its once double-digit growth rate."We're calling this 'Product Momentum 2017.' These products will help ... 3:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9 | UPDATED: 9/9/13 4:49 pm ET

Jaguar preps mid-sized sedan off versatile aluminum platform

FRANKFURT -- Jaguar will launch a mid-sized sedan based on a new aluminum architecture in the United States in 2016, giving the company what it hopes will be a much-needed volume model to compete with German rivals.The company unveiled plans for the ... 11:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 | UPDATED: 9/9/13 1:11 pm ET

Jaguar will launch mid-sized sedan off its new aluminum platform in 2015

FRANKFURT -- Jaguar will launch a mid-sized sedan based on a new aluminum architecture, giving the company what it hopes will be a much-needed volume model to compete with German rivals.The sedan's global rollout will begin in 2015 and it will be ... Sept. 9, 2013 17:30 European CT

Fast cars compete for attention with striking designs and key mainstream launches

At this year's Frankfurt auto show, fast but fuel-efficient supercars from German premium brands will compete for attention with striking design concepts from Jaguar and Lexus against a backdrop of key mainstream launches from European brands aiming ... Sept. 9, 2013 06:01 European CT | UPDATED: Sept 9 10:33 CET - adds latest VW, Audi debuts

German premium carmakers accelerate the charge into crossovers

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- German carmakers are expanding an industry charge into premium crossover vehicles, seeking to tap demand for models that combine the functionality and cachet of SUVs with the comfort and performance of luxury cars.BMW Group ... Sept. 9, 2013 12:10 European CT

Renault concept will preview Initiale Paris upscale line

Renault will unveil a concept car at the Frankfurt auto show that will preview both its forthcoming Initiale Paris upscale line and the successor to the Espace large minivan.The concept will highlight Renault's plan to move its larger cars upmarket ... Sept. 9, 2013 06:01 European CT

Infiniti Q30 previews the brand's first Europe-focused model

MILAN -- Infiniti's Q30 concept previews the brand's first model mainly targeted at the European market where demand for compact premium cars is strong. However, Infiniti will offer the Q30 outside of Europe, including the United States, which is ... Sept. 9, 2013 08:19 European CT

 
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