Luxury

Cadillac prices XT5 below rivals, but aims high

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The new 2017 Cadillac XT5 will have a base sticker price of $39,990, including shipping, when it hits showrooms in April -- about $1,400 more than its predecessor, the SRX, but considerably less than key competitors in the luxury midsize crossover market. The price range will stretch far higher on the XT5 than on the SRX....
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BMW drops to 3rd place in global luxury sales race during January

6:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

BMW lost ground in the luxury-car sales race in January, dropping to third place as Mercedes-Benz moved closer to a goal of unseating its rival this year....
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BMW drops to third place in luxury sales race during January

Feb. 10, 2016 11:56 CET

BMW lost ground in the luxury-car sales race in January, dropping to third place as Mercedes moved closer to a goal of unseating its rival this year....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Infiniti CEO calls Q30 a 'game changer' for brand; eyes adding a plug-in hybrid

Feb. 9, 2016 06:01 CET

Infiniti is bullish about its future in Europe. With Q30 production underway in England and output of the QX30 due to join it later this year, 2016 will be a breakout year for Nissan's premium brand, Infiniti CEO Roland Krueger told Automotive News Europe....
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LUXURY LAGS

Premium brands face challenges as incentives rise and trucks rule the day

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Luxury sales are slowing down, particularly on the car side. Can the luxury automakers keep a lid on their incentives and inventories?...
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Luxury car sales surge in Russia despite crisis

Feb. 3, 2016 16:34 CET

More and more Porsche, Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars are appearing on Russian roads as wealthy buyers take advantage of a weak ruble that means luxury cars are considerably cheaper in Russia than in the U.S....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will Volvo's S90L land stateside?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Is an even more luxurious, longer variant of Volvo's S90 sedan in the cards for North America?...
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BMW to roll out restaurant-booking digital helper

6:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

BMW is pushing back against tech competitors with a digital helper that lets drivers locate a nearby restaurant with free tables, book seats and find the best route there....
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Genesis brand born with luxury heritage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Hyundai came to the Detroit auto show with what seemed to be a fully formed vision for its Genesis luxury brand, built around rear-wheel-drive platforms, Nurburgring-worthy tuning and styling by the best designers that the Hyundai empire could pluck from the likes of Audi, BMW, Bentley and Lamborghini....
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Volvo seeks luxury cred with product revival

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Volvo showed a new car -- and a reborn company -- at the Detroit auto show just days after setting a global sales record in 2015. Freed from Ford's hierarchy and with the blessing of its Chinese parent company, Volvo has evolved from a struggling brand to an agile company mapping its own future, executives say....
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FROM PRETENDERS TO CONTENDERS

Hyundai resists the allure of retail temples for Genesis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Instead of requiring its dealers to build costly Genesis showrooms, Hyundai is planning to use a mix of specialty showrooms, standalone stores and hybrid stores, depending on the market. The thinking is that by saving money on capital improvements, Hyundai and its dealers will be able to invest more heavily in technology and a convenient customer experience....
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Big-bucks trucks are part of the luxury market, says Autonation CEO

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Extremely pricey pickups should be counted as premium vehicles, says AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. And German luxury makers shouldn't try to get into that luxury segment, he adds....
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JAPAN'S LUXURY PLAN

Lexus, Acura and Infiniti search for halos in assault on Germans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

There's a new luxury plan from Japan, and its message is emotion and power. Even as customers flock to their crossovers, the Japanese luxury brands are combating their traditional weakness in passenger cars. Lexus, Acura and Infiniti rolled out new cars at the Detroit auto show to redefine their brands....
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Continental captures the concept's pizazz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

The production version of the Lincoln Continental is strikingly close to the concept that drew big crowds at auto shows in New York and China last year. Lincoln hasn't backed off from the styling that some criticized as too Bentley-esque, nor has it significantly watered down its new flagship sedan....
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Jeep Cherokee adds luxe trim

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Jeep will expand the Cherokee range this spring with an Overland trim level that includes a more luxurious interior and nearly all of the off-road capabilities of its top-end Trailhawk model....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Audi's Keogh says automakers can be disruptors

10:11 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

The president of Audi of America warned automakers to embrace the dramatic technological changes that are remaking the industry, and to beware of continuing business as usual amid the U.S. market's record vehicle sales....
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Lincoln strives to deliver on luxury promise with Continental

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

The front-to-back chrome console and thick carpeting are gone, but otherwise the production version of the Lincoln Continental is strikingly close to the concept that drew big crowds at auto shows in New York and China last year....
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BMW fights off Mercedes to keep luxury crown

Jan. 11, 2016 14:27 CET

BMW retained the title of world's top-selling premium brand last year while Mercedes overtook Audi to claim the No. 2 spot....
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With 2017 E class, Mercedes aims to renew a hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz faces a crucial test when its redesigned 2017 E class goes on sale this summer. Sedan sales are stagnating in a U.S. market increasingly dominated by trucks. To counter the trend, Mercedes has packed a bigger but lighter, more coupelike car with advanced technologies....
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Infiniti returns to sport coupe segment

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Infiniti's redesigned Q60 coupe now matches the Q50 sedan in styling and technology, and mark the end of the old-generation G-series models that once supplied a large portion of the brand's sales....
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Kia packs Forte with technology as it shifts to Mexico plant

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Kia's freshened, technology-packed 2017 Forte will inaugurate its soon-to-open assembly plant in Monterrey, Mexico, and join a growing list of inexpensive compact cars being produced at Mexican factories for the U.S. market....
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High expectations: What people think of Mercedes E class

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

In redesigning the E-class midsize sedan for 2017, Mercedes-Benz aims to advance it in every way, notably with autonomous features. Here's what some critics, analysts and others are saying about the E class....
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Kia's Telluride concept signals revived interest in SUV

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

A once-burned Kia signaled that it's thinking of getting back into the SUV business with the Telluride, a concept with an efficient, plug-in hybrid powertrain and a cushy cabin for rear passengers....
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Lexus ventures into higher luxury tier with LC 500 coupe

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Lexus is positioning the new LC 500 coupe as a niche nameplate with a bold message to the industry: After more than a quarter century of reaching, the brand has finally earned a place alongside the Germans in the upper echelons of the luxury market....
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Good sales numbers, but look a bit closer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

The U.S. auto industry's record 2015 sales total was capped off by a December that seems strong at first glance, but a closer look reveals growing concerns....
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