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Skoda plans China-only, low-cost SUV

Skoda will launch a low-cost, China-only small SUV as part of its plan to double sales in its biggest single market by 2020. The model will be priced so it can compete with rivals built by China's domestic brands.

GT sports car will be Audi's latest e-tron

Audi's e-tron GT, which will go into production in Germany in 2020, will be a low, sleek coupe-styled sedan with aggressive sports car detailing, based on a teaser photo of the model that Audi released last week.

Why Lotus CEO expects record-breaking results from 3 new models

Lotus has reason to be optimistic after Geely took a majority stake in the niche UK automaker last year.

Aston, Rolls spar over visions of tomorrow's superluxe sedan

Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce engaged in a public spat at the Geneva auto show over what the superluxury sedan of the future should look like.

Mitsubishi expands reach in compact SUV sector with Eclipse Cross

The arrival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact crossover gives the automaker three models that can compete for buyers in Europe's most popular SUV segment including the smaller ASX and the large Outlander.

Audi will start EV output in Germany in 2020

Audi will build a four-door electric sports car in Germany starting in 2020, CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed.

Toyota wants Supra to race into hearts

As trends toward autonomous driving, electrification and vehicle-sharing threaten to turn cars into more utilitarian people movers, Toyota wants to use more exciting products such as the Supra for competitive edge.

Luxury brands seek Geneva spotlight glow

BMW and other brands used the Geneva auto show to stake claims in upper-luxury segments dominated by VW Group's sprawling yet integrated empire of upscale brands.

Hits and misses

In Geneva, Aston Martin's big gamble pays off, Hyundai plays it safe and Subaru teases us again.

Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships

A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW and Audi launch new flagships and Mercedes replaces key models.

Aston Martin revives Lagonda as ultraluxury electric brand

Aston Martin will launch Lagonda as an electric-only brand with the aim of breaking the duopoly held by Bentley and Rolls-Royce in the ultraluxury sedan market.

Aston Martin takes over Opel stand in its biggest Geneva presence to date

When Opel said that it would skip the Geneva auto show this year, regular showgoers wondered which brand might claim the German automaker's prominent and large stand.

Ford of Europe vows to become consistent winner despite Brexit, other hits

Figuring out how to make Ford of Europe sustainably profitable has become a priority after last year's disappointing performance.

BMW will preview powerful 8-series sedan

BMW will preview a four-door high-performance M-badged version of its upcoming 8-series range in concept form at the Geneva auto show.

Ford of Europe's boss predicts improved profit in 2018

Ford of Europe boss Steve Armstrong explained why the division expects to be more profitable this year than last year despite the threat from Brexit.

Jaguar’s I-Pace, built by Magna, arrives in Canada this year

Jaguar touts design, a roomy interior and fast-charging as game-changing features in its I-Pace full-electric crossover, which is built by Magna and arrives in Canada in the second half of 2018.

Audi A6 will get electrified powertrains

All versions of Audi's new A6 large sedan will be fitted with fuel-saving mild-hybrid technology as part of a significant jump in technology advances compared to the old model.

Jaguar touts I-Pace's design, roomy interior

Jaguar touted design, a roomy interior and fast-charging as game-changing features in its I-Pace full-electric crossover.

Toyota will expand hybrid family with new Auris

Toyota will expand its hybrid family with the launch of the new Auris. The third generation of Toyota's compact hatchback will be sold with a new, sportier version of Toyota's hybrid system that uses a 2.

Lexus touts new compact SUV's agility

The new Lexus UX compact SUV has the agile handling of a hatchback, the premium brand has claimed ahead of the car's unveiling at the Geneva auto show next week.

VW will add T-Roc cabriolet to growing SUV lineup

VW will build its first convertible SUV starting in 2020, the automaker said.

Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe

Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla's Model S outsold the luxury flagships of Mercedes, BMW and Audi in Europe.

Why Aston Martin is mulling risky move into F1

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer envisions the automaker entering Formula One as an engine supplier by 2021.

Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year

Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives will cause sales in Europe's compact premium segment to fall for a second consecutive year, according to market forecasters.

Lexus readies BMW X1 rival

Lexus said it will not build its planned BMW X1 competitor in France. The production version of Lexus' compact premium SUV is expected to debut at the Geneva auto show.

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