Ultraluxury

Daimler said to plan Maybach S class unveiling at Los Angeles show

5:02 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Daimler will revive the Maybach name with an exclusive version of its S-class limousine that will be unveiled at the Guangzhou and Los Angeles auto shows in November, a person familiar with the company's plans said.... Read More »

 

Daimler to unveil Maybach S class at Los Angeles show, report says

April 16, 2014 11:02 CET
Daimler will revive the Maybach name with an exclusive version of its S-class limousine that will be unveiled at the Guangzhou and Los Angeles auto shows in November, a person familiar with the company's plans said.... Read More »

 

Co-owner of Calif. luxury dealership pleads guilty in campaign finance case

3:34 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The co-owner of a California luxury-car dealership pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal political campaign donations in the name of a foreign national, according to court documents.... Read More »

 

Bentley plans 3,000 crossovers a year; Rolls weighs entering the segment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Bentley plans to build about 3,000 units annually of the still unnamed crossover that it will launch in 2016, and the United States will get about 30 percent of production, said Wolfgang Schreiber, CEO of Bentley Motors.... Read More »

 

Maybach name to return as a top-end S class

Jan. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes plans to use the Maybach brand name that it axed in 2012 for a top-end, long-wheelbase version of its new S-class sedan.... Read More »

 

Maybach name to return as a top-end S class

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Mercedes-Benz plans to use the Maybach brand name that it axed in 2012 for a top-end, long-wheelbase version of its new S-class sedan.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce edging closer to decision on adding SUV

Jan. 10, 2014 13:24 CET
Rolls-Royce says it is getting closer to deciding on whether to add an SUV to its model range. Rival Bentley plans to launch an SUV in 2016.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce global car sales rise 2% in 2013 on Wraith demand

Jan. 9, 2014 11:53 CET
Rolls-Royce said it sold 2 percent more cars in 2013 as the introduction of the Wraith coupe helped deliver new, and younger customers to the brand.... Read More »

 

Bentley sales rise 19% in 2013 as Americas demand offsets China decline

Jan. 8, 2014 14:48 CET
Bentley said sales of its ultraluxury cars rose 19 percent last year as demand from the Americas protected it from shrinking deliveries in China.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce aims Wraith at 40-somethings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
The new president of Roll-Royce Motor Cars North America says the new Wraith fastback and its sister sedan, the Ghost, are bringing much-needed entrepreneurial buyers in their early 40s to the brand.... Read More »

 

BIG SHOT BROKER

'Unassuming' ex-tennis pro hooks up NBA players with hot rides

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2013
When Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups recently began shopping for a tough-to-find Range Rover Autobiography SUV with red interior, the five-time NBA All-Star did what more than 100 other NBA players have done: He called Conor Delaney... Read More »

 

Lamborghini CEO expects super-luxury comeback in U.S., Japan

7:09 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
After years of profiting from China's appetite for high-priced toys, makers of super-luxury cars are shifting their focus back to more traditional markets such as the U.S. and Japan.... Read More »

 

HIGH-COST, LOW-PROFIT AND HEAD-TURNING

Top-dollar superstar cars let luxury makers show off technology, styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Executives and analysts say limited-run supercars are so expensive to develop and produce that they typically make little money or wind up in the red. But Ferrari, Porsche and others build them anyway, banking on a crush of publicity to bolster the company's aura and stoke sales of other models.... Read More »

 

Bentley says it will launch an SUV in 2016

July 23, 2013 09:50 CET
Bentley said it will go ahead with the development of the brand's first SUV. The model will go on sale in 2016 as "the most powerful SUV in the market," the company said.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce prepares for the Wraith by taking on staff

July 19, 2013 11:13 CET
Rolls-Royce will create 100 new jobs as it prepares launch the Wraith coupe. The Wraith is currently in pre-production and customer deliveries will begin in the last quarter.... Read More »

 

Bentley's first-half sales rise 9% on new models

July 10, 2013 12:20 CET
Bentley sales rose 9 percent through June as growth in Europe, the United States and the Middle East helped outweigh a fall in China deliveries.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Everyone should have a halo car

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2013
I read last week that General Motors has decided not to build a range-topping ultraluxury sedan for Cadillac. That's too bad. I think every brand should try to have some sort of halo car to lead its product lineup.... Read More »

 

What's hot, cold at halftime of 2013

3:54 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
Pickups and crossovers were big reasons that new-vehicle sales rose more than expected in the first half of 2013.... Read More »

 

GM dumps plan for a flashier Cadillac sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2013
General Motors has decided to deep-freeze a range-topping ultraluxury sedan it was developing for Cadillac, according to three people with knowledge of the company's plans. Executives concluded that the rear-wheel-drive car, which would have been priced well north of $100,000, didn't offer enough brand-building pizzazz, the sources said.... Read More »

 

Export scammers' gain is dealers' pain

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2013
High prices and heavy demand for luxury cars and SUVs in China, caused in part by 25 percent tariffs on imported new vehicles, mean scammers, who illegally exported thousands of luxury vehicles to China, can often sell the vehicles for at least double what they would get in the United States.... Read More »

 

Entrepreneur's venture fills high-end niche

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2013
Early this decade, Chuck Surack realized that Fort Wayne, Ind., where he had built a sound-technology company called Sweetwater Sound, lacked a place to buy many high-end car brands. So in 2011, he refurbished a former dealership site just west of Fort Wayne's downtown -- and reopened it as SweetCars.... Read More »

 

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