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Land Rover's vision of an expanded Discovery family

Posted 7:15 pm U.S. ET, April 2
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Land Rover says the headlights on the Discovery Vision Concept SUV emit the closest thing to daylight than any other form of artificial light. (LAND ROVER)
NEW YORK -- Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the LR4 in the United States and the Discovery elsewhere, and making a family of it. The luxury SUV specialist said at the Geneva auto show in March that an expanded Discovery range would debut in 2015. The second part of the story is unfolding in New York this week with the introduction of the Discovery Vision Concep ...
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Why U.S. won't see BMW's first fwd car for now

Posted 11:53 am U.S. ET, March 5
GENEVA -- Why is BMW's first front-wheel-drive car, the 2-series Active Tourer, not coming to the U.S. market right away?The crossover debuted at the Geneva auto show and goes on sale in Europe in October. It isn't likely to go on sale in the United States for at least 15 months.BMW says the vehicle was designed primarily for Europe and the United States isn't crazy about ...
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Jaguar, aided by 3 villains, ready to challenge

Posted 4:37 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 12
Americans like puppies, Bob Dylan and even angel wings, as shown by the response to this year's Super Bowl commercials.But they also like villains -- so much that Jaguar has decided to post a two-minute director's cut of the 60-second "Rendezvous" commercial it aired during the Super Bowl.The commercial for the new F-Type coupe stars three British actors portraying bad boy ...
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Subaru unwraps 2015 Legacy, slowly

Posted 2:53 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 30
Subaru's redesigned 2015 Legacy will join the growing group of family sedans with coupe styling and could give the brand a real competitor in the mid-sized sedan segment.Subaru offered a glimpse of the new sedan today that will debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, Feb. 6. It was also previewed with the 2015 Legacy Concept introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in N ...
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At BMW, a careful eye on the EV market

Posted 12:35 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 14
DETROIT -- BMW of North America has 100,000 hand-raisers for the new i3 compact electric car, CEO Ludwig Willisch says.Of course, not all of the prospects will turn into orders or sales, but BMW figures it will take "a few years" to satisfy demand for the i3, Willisch said.Deliveries of the i3 will begin in late April and the United States will be the biggest market for th ...
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The Chicken War: Mercedes, Jaguar battle to rule the roost

Posted 3:53 pm U.S. ET, Dec. 18
Luxury brands and chickens?It started with Mercedes-Benz posting a YouTube commercial touting its Magic Body Control System on the redesigned S-class.There’s a close-up of a chicken’s head with “Upside Down,” by Diana Ross playing. White-gloved hands turn the chicken, and then multiple chickens, this way and that way, but their heads always stay up. ...
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Behind Mercedes' bold demo on road to autonomous driving

Posted 3:31 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 12
FRANKFURT -- There's been a lot of lofty talk lately among automakers vowing to market autonomous cars -- some by 2020.Mercedes-Benz threw down another gauntlet this week at the Frankfurt auto show when it demonstrated a car that has already been "self-piloted."The S500 "Intelligent Drive" research car drove autonomously along a 62-mile route in August from Mannheim to Pfo ...
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For ailing Volvo, Frankfurt concept won't ease doubts

Posted 2:50 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 6
The Volvo brand -- starving for new product -- is tanking in the United States and under siege from German rivals in Europe.Company officials are now trying to stir up interest and confidence in the troubled brand -- it swung to a loss in the first half on weaker global sales and price cuts -- with the Concept Coupe debuting at the Frankfurt auto show.The Swedish brand cal ...
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For ailing Volvo, Frankfurt concept won't ease doubts

Posted 2:50 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 6
The Volvo brand -- starving for new product -- is tanking in the United States and under siege from German rivals in Europe.Company officials are now trying to stir up interest and confidence in the troubled brand -- it swung to a loss in the first half on weaker global sales and price cuts -- with the Concept Coupe debuting at the Frankfurt auto show.The Swedish brand cal ...
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New S class made for back-seat drivers

Posted 11:29 am U.S. ET, July 17
Relaxed by a hot-stone massage, I opted for a targeted shoulder massage for neck tension that never seems to disappear.A fragrant aroma called Freeside Mood, with hints of citrus, wafted through the ionized air. I wondered about the scents of the other choices: Nightlife Mood, Sports Mood and Downtown Mood. Ambient mood lighting was set at mandarin, but I was about to chan ...
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BMW X5 footprint grows, first rwd variant planned

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 11
BMW is putting more space between its flagship crossover and the rest of its expanding crossover lineup.The redesigned X5 crossover, coming in the fourth quarter, is slightly longer than the current model, gets a new front end and will be available with several new safety and communications features.And for the first time, BMW will offer an optional rear-wheel-drive varian ...
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With Mercedes, there's nothing bigger than S-class launch

Posted 10:46 am U.S. ET, May 16
HAMBURG, Germany -- If you're going to unveil a flagship that will sell for nearly $100,000 in the United States, go big -- really big.That's what Mercedes-Benz did for the debut of the 2014 S class here on Wednesday. The launch was staged in a customer delivery center used for the Airbus A380 -- a plane its creators modestly call the "queen of the skies."No surprise Merce ...
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The great car commercial -- Mercedes style

Posted 11:05 am U.S. ET, April 11
Mercedes-Benz -- intent on creating nonstop buzz for the new CLA sedan -- is turning to a source of marketing new to the company.It has hired young filmmaker and director Casey Neistat, 32, to make four short films for social media about the compact coupelike sedan that goes on sale in September. Mercedes-Benz is trying to appeal to buyers in their 30s and 40s; it has pric ...
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