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Mercedes mulls U.S. potential for its new pickup

Feb. 24, 2017 12:05 CET

Mercedes-Benz Vans division is looking closely at a growing demand in the United States for midsize pickups to see whether there is potential to launch its X class in the market, divisional head Volker Mornhinweg said.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Waymo alleges Uber got stolen tech

8:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2017

Waymo sues Uber, alleging stolen tech; Benz pickup for U.S.?; Audi board backs Stadler, Diess said to win support at VW; Car owners' biggest gripe: Tech glitches.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: 'Audacious' Ghosn tough act to follow

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2017

'Audacious' leader Ghosn tough act to follow at Nissan; Tavares' Opel ambition: Create 'European car champion'; Stabbing at GM plant; Mercedes creates special-edition roadsters.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Automakers take case to new EPA boss

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

Automakers take case to new EPA boss; Poll puts Takata reputation on 'critical' list; Smoother CUE?; New Range Rover model: Velar; Benz dealers get a break; 'One price' expansion.... Read More »

Daimler's Russia plant will help strengthen Mercedes as luxury leader

Feb. 21, 2017 16:17 CET

Daimler aims to strengthen its position as Russia's top-selling luxury brand by opening a factory to build Mercedes SUVs and the E-class sedan. Daimler's investment follows signs of a recovery in the Russian car market, with Ford the first major foreign automaker to see sales in Russia grow following three lean years.... Read More »

Sonic Q4 net income rises 21%; shares rise 9.3%

11:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

Sonic Automotive's fourth-quarter net income rose 21 percent to $37.6 million from the same quarter a year ago on the strength of service and parts and finance and insurance gains, executives said.... Read More »

Mercedes dealers get relief on renovations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

A pledge by Mercedes-Benz to give U.S. dealers a 10-year moratorium on making facility changes is unusual.... Read More »

Latest updates: 'Surprisingly smooth'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Mercedes-Benz dealers have just more than 16 months to make facility updates to comply with the automaker's Autohaus2 image program. After a contentious introduction of the original Autohaus standard launched in 2008, this update is going more smoothly.... Read More »

High-end G class first off-roader for Mercedes-Maybach

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Mercedes is adding an open-top G class to the Maybach family.... Read More »

Smart brand to focus on EVs in U.S., Canada

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Daimler AG will stop selling gasoline-powered Smart cars in the U.S. and Canada later this year and will convert the microcar brand to an electric vehicle-only endeavor.... Read More »

Daimler strikes EV agreement with workers at German plant

Feb. 14, 2017 14:23 CET

Daimler has struck an agreement with workers at Mercedes's biggest transmission factory in Germany, under which work on electric vehicles will be based at the plant.... Read More »

Zetsche's Daimler pay drops 21% in 2016

Feb. 14, 2017 14:10 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche's total pay including bonuses dropped 21 percent to $8 million last year.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: PSA says it's in talks to buy Opel

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2017

PSA says it's in talks to buy Opel; Next Mitsu Eclipse to be crossover; New Lexus hybrid; Smart going all-EV in U.S., Canada; Chrysler's starring role in Comedy Central series.... Read More »

Daimler invests in U.S. vehicle finance app

Feb. 14, 2017 11:42 CET

Daimler is investing a double-digit million-euro amount into AutoGravity, a smartphone-based U.S. vehicle leasing and financing app as part of a broader push by the carmaker to build a digital platform for financial services.... Read More »

Daimler to focus on electric Smart cars in U.S., Canada

Feb. 14, 2017 10:06 CET

Daimler will stop selling combustion engine Smart cars in the U.S. and Canada and focus the brand on electric vehicles in the two markets.... Read More »

Daimler to refocus Smart brand on EVs only in U.S., Canada

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2017

Daimler AG will stop selling gasoline-powered Smart cars in the U.S. and Canada later this year, converting the microcar brand to an electric vehicle-only endeavor.... Read More »

Daimler extends heir apparent's contract

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2017

Daimler has given a lengthy contract extension to Ola Kaellenius, the 47-year-old Swede who heads product development and is seen as the likely successor to CEO Dieter Zetsche.... Read More »

Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss

Feb. 10, 2017 15:00 CET

Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to CEO Dieter Zetsche, will leave the company "at his own request and for personal reasons." Zetsche will take over Bernhard's duties until a successor is named.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Blog ignites Musk-UAW spat

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

Musk, UAW trade jabs over worker's blog; Ford invests $1B in artificial intelligence startup; Bernhard leaves Daimler; Takata projects loss; VW offers windshield warmth without wires.... Read More »

Wolfgang Bernhard to leave Daimler, report says

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

Daimler trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a maverick manager once seen as a successor to CEO Dieter Zetsche, has made clear he does not want his contract extended, German magazine Der Spiegel said.... Read More »

E.ON, Clever to build EV charging network in Europe

Feb. 7, 2017 15:07 CET

German energy group E.ON has entered a strategic partnership with Denmark's Clever to build a network of ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe at a time when automakers are preparing to roll out a range of long-range EVs in the next few years.... Read More »

Mercedes-AMG E-class line gets a speedy wagon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

Mercedes-AMG's E-class lineup now includes a wagon. The 2018 E63 S wagon, set to debut in March at the Geneva auto show, is powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine that produces 603 hp and 627 pounds-feet of torque and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.... Read More »

'Predator face' for tomorrow's M-B vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

The next stage in the evolution of Mercedes-Benz styling will begin next year with a revamp of the A-class compact car that will feature a “predator face” grille and rounder contours than the current model, chief designer Gorden Wagener says.... Read More »

MAKE MEETINGS

More light trucks headed to Mercedes dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

Mercedes-Benz is working on getting more trucks to U.S. dealerships to alleviate inventory shortages, including more units of the hot GLC compact crossover. Dealers are seeking profit gains, and the company aims to work with dealers to continue streamlining dealer programs.... Read More »

SUPER BOWL ROUNDUP

Social themes, Alfa Romeo's comeback on the Super Bowl ad highlight reel

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2017

Automakers used the Super Bowl -- an overtime thriller with the New England Patriots defeating the Atlanta Falcons -- to deliver messages that were a step above the typical product pitches. There was a clear effort among brands to connect with consumers through themes that sound more inspirational than corporate. Meanwhile, FCA sent its loudest message yet that Alfa Romeo is back in the United States.... Read More »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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