BLOG: Diana T. Kurylko

Volvo's interception not likely to win the game

Posted 6:43 am U.S. ET, Jan. 29
blogs Diana T. Kurylko covers various U.S. import brands for Automotive News.
 
Volvo wants some of the attention the big boys with fat wallets will get during the Super Bowl. Unlike some of its German competitors, Volvo won’t be advertising. The brand hasn’t said why, but it probably can’t afford the cost -- an estimated $4.5 million for a 30-second spot. So what’s free? Social media. When any car commercial comes on, you tw ...
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BMW refreshes 6 series

Posted 3:38 pm U.S. ET, Dec. 12
BMW has freshened all three of its 6-series variants that will debut next month at the Detroit auto show and go on sale in the second quarter of 2015. The two-door coupe and convertible and the four-door Gran Coupe with coupelike styling are niche vehicles for BMW. But the head-turning designs have made them halos for the German brand. The engine lineup remains unchange ...
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Mercedes' $29,900 CLA -- now you see it, now you don't

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 11
It was bound to happen, although it came sooner than expected and with no changes in equipment. Mercedes-Benz has increased the price of the 15-month-old CLA front-wheel-drive compact sedan above $30,000 -- excluding destination. Mercedes surprised some of the competition when it launched the all-new car in September 2013 for $29,900. Audi responded by matching the price ...
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Making a splashy entrance in Paris

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 2
PARIS -- Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge. The Discovery Sport sprinted out of a grassy mountain, through several feet of water, to be greeted by seven giant boots -- or wellies as the British call them. The Discovery Sport was introduced by supermodel Rosi ...
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Making a splashy entrance in Paris

Posted 6:16 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 1
PARIS -- Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge. The Discovery Sport sprinted out of a grassy mountain, through several feet of water, to be greeted by seven giant boots -- or wellies as the Brits call them. The Discovery Sport was introduced by supermodel Rosie ...
     Continue reading "Making a splashy entrance in Paris" » Oct 1, 2014 6:16 pm U.S. ET
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Volvo teases XC90 that must raise the bar in luxury

Posted 3:09 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 13
Volvo again is pulling some of the wraps off the redesigned XC90 crossover before its formal reveal on Aug. 25 in Stockholm. The latest teaser is a photo of the front corner with an all-new T-shaped running light accompanied by an explanation of the new “scalable product architecture” that the XC90 will ride on. The headlights and grille evoke the Swedish bra ...
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Volvo hints at more polished XC90 for 2015

Posted 1:34 pm U.S. ET, May 27
It won’t go on sale in the United States until next March, but Volvo has begun to take the covers off the redesigned XC90 crossover. Volvo released images and a video of the interior of the 2015 XC90, and it is decidedly more upscale than the outgoing model. The crossover, previewed with the awkwardly named XC Coupe concept shown at the Detroit auto show in January, ...
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Land Rover's vision of an expanded Discovery family

Posted 7:15 pm U.S. ET, April 2
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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