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Calif. grants 29 permits to test self-driving Lexus, Mercedes, Audi cars

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
California issued its first 29 permits this week to three companies to test self-driving cars on public roads, state officials said today....
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Lotus may cut workforce 27% in restructuring

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Group Lotus, the maker of exotic British sports cars, may reduce its workforce by 27 percent to cut costs. As many as 325 of the 1,215 people employed at the company could lose their jobs as the manufacturer restructures, Lotus said Thursday....
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Mercedes opts for cloud-computing setup to protect data from hackers

Sept. 18, 2014 13:22 CET
Mercedes is using a cloud-computing setup to protect data generated by vehicles as the industry moves toward driverless cars. Automakers are looking for ways to stop hackers from gaining information or even hijacking vehicles by remote control....
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2014 Eurostar winner Dieter Zetsche

Sept. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is this year's Eurostar winner for Group CEO....
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Mercedes boosts CLA capacity, U.S. allocation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has increased production capacity for its year-old CLA entry-level sedan, aiming to alleviate tight supplies that have limited sales. The U.S. will get additional CLAs, but Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes' parent Daimler AG, said he couldn't give specific numbers....
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Mercedes' 911-fighter is set to arrive here in 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The United States is expected to be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT, which goes on sale here in April. The low-slung coupe with swoopy curves and conventional doors is expected to cost about $120,000 and will compete with the Porsche 911....
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Mercedes reorganizes manufacturing operations to reduce costs

Sept. 10, 2014 11:44 CET
Mercedes is reorganizing its manufacturing operations away from a production network controlled by individual factories to a leaner system centered around vehicle architectures and model lines....
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Daimler ready to discuss further cooperation with Aston Martin

Sept. 10, 2014 12:03 CET
Daimler is "fundamentally open" to talks on deeper cooperation with Aston Martin's new boss, Andy Palmer, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said....
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Mercedes AMG-GT targets Porsche 911

Sept. 9, 2014 14:33 CET
Mercedes unveiled the AMG-GT, a new top-of-the-line sports car targeted at buyers of the Porsche 911. The car is powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 engine with an output of up to 510 hp. It will arrive at dealerships early next year....
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Racing-inspired $120,000 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT zooms into U.S. in April

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT two-door, the second vehicle developed by the brand's in-house performance arm, goes on sale in the United States next April....
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Nissan taps BMW's Krueger to head Infiniti

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Nissan has poached BMW veteran Roland Krueger to head its leaderless Infiniti luxury unit, lending a touch of German flair to a brand struggling to break out of the second tier. Krueger, 48, steps into a brand twice stung by recent defections, first by brand President Johan de Nysschen's departure in July, then by the exit of its chairman, Andy Palmer, last week....
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Mercedes targets Porsche fans with $129,000 GT sports car

Sept. 9, 2014 17:54 CET
Mercedes is targeting potential Porsche buyers with its new GT sports car that costs about half the price of its predecessor....
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Is this the new face of Lexus?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Lexus is counting on its new 2015 RC 350 sports coupe to take on BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in a segment dominated by the German luxury brands. And that may be the easy part of the car's mission....
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Mercedes to boost Alabama plant capacity to 300,000 units

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Mercedes-Benz plans to increase production capacity at its Alabama plant to 300,000 vehicles by the end of 2015, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said Friday....
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Mercedes' August sales rise 10% on demand for compacts

Sept. 5, 2014 11:42 CET
Mercedes says it is on course for a record sales year after brand sales increased by 10 percent in August, bringing eight-month volume to 1.03 million. The brand's expanding compact car range is helping to boost volume....
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Mercedes has high hopes for S-class coupe

Sept. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes expects a new name, fresh design and innovative technology will help double sales of the S-class coupe compared with the model it replaces, the CL....
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Cadillac, amid U.S. sales slump, mulls more features to hold luxury prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Cadillac, hoping to maintain pricing amid a sales slump even as the U.S. luxury market has expanded, may add features such as heated seats to lower-level versions of the CTS sedan to entice U.S. buyers. Cadillac officials are also weighing "significant changes" to the brand's marketing in the first quarter....
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Departing Nissan exec Palmer wanted Ghosn to buy Aston Martin stake, report says

Sept. 4, 2014 17:20 CET
Former Nissan senior executive Andy Palmer tried to persuade Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to invest in Aston Martin before Palmer jumped ship to lead the UK sports-car maker, sources said....
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BMW, Audi, Mercedes help boost U.S. car sales with incentives

Sept. 4, 2014 11:44 CET
BMW, Audi and Mercedes all offered generous discounts to U.S. auto buyers in August that helped drive sales to the best month in eight years. Spending by vehicle averaged $4,912 at BMW last month, followed by $4,189 for Mercedes and $3,236 for Audi....
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Daimler buys smartphone apps but seeks to avoid Uber controversy

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Daimler said it had bought Mytaxi and RideScout, two smartphone applications that will help the maker of Mercedes-Benz limousines provide services to people who do not own cars....
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China targeting auto industry, other foreign companies unfairly, U.S. group says

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
China is targeting foreign companies -- including automakers and suppliers -- with opaque laws and rules, according to a group representing U.S. businesses there, contributing to a deteriorating environment for investment in the nation....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for September

Sept. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at what struggling European automakers are doing to gain a foothold in the key Indian market....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, Ala., when it learned last year that Mercedes had quietly awarded the champion football coach a letter of intent authorizing them to open a Mercedes dealership in ... Birmingham....
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The ultimate G-Wagen coming to U.S. as 2016 model

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will add an ultraexclusive version of its venerable G-class lineup -- a V-12 powered G65 AMG, according to company sources....
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GLE to usher in new M-B naming system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
When the Mercedes-Benz M-class crossover gets a face-lift in early 2015 it also will get a new name -- the GLE class -- as part of a new naming system for the brand....
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