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BMW designer's next assignment: Update Mini

Oliver Heilmer takes over as new styling chief at Mini, which has been without a design boss since Anders Warming quit nearly a year ago.

BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design

UPDATED: June 1 12:20 CET - adds BMW statement

BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BMW's Designworks subsidiary.

Skoda touts Karoq's 'van-like' roominess

Skoda unveiled its Karoq, touting the compact SUV's generous interior room and luggage capacity as key selling points.

VW says new Polo will be segment 'benchmark'

VW will begin production of its latest Polo hatchback next month, intensifying the fight for leadership in Europe's subcompact segment. VW brand chief Herbert Diess says the Polo will "set the benchmark" in its sector.

Mini maxes out with Countryman

The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes in the compact class, the first Mini to do so.

PSA-Opel joint cars, Renault Alpine coupe and first Porsche wagon seek Swiss spotlight

The first cars shared between PSA and GM's Opel unit will be among the debuts at this week's Geneva auto show. Other premiers include Renault's Alpine sports car, Range Rover's Velar SUV and Porsche's first station wagon.

Ferrari beast, Porsche wagon to star in Geneva

Next week’s Geneva auto show will highlight a mix of supercars, everyday models and cars you never expected, such as a Porsche station wagon and a Mercedes-Benz pickup.

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 years and to improve the hatchback's competitiveness in the compact segment, the automaker has added so many extras to the...

Dutch contract manufacturer to build some X1s for BMW

Beginning in August, Dutch contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar will build BMW's X1 crossover in Born, Netherlands. The VDL Nedcar plant also produces some Mini vehicles.

BMW details plan to build X1 at Dutch contract manufacturer

BMW will build its X1 SUV at a Dutch contract manufacturer that also produces some of the automaker's Mini models. X1 production will begin in August at the VDL Nedcar plant, BMW said.

VW posts record 2016 sales despite diesel-cheat crisis

VW Group's global sales, including its Audi and Porsche brands, jumped 3.8 percent last year to a record 10.3 million as higher demand in China and Europe offset declines in the U.S. and South America.

Infiniti to showcase "co-pilot' driving tech

Infiniti will introduce a QX50 crossover concept with self-driving technologies this week at the Detroit auto show, along with what it says is the world's first production-ready, fuel-saving variable compression ratio engine.

Infiniti will showcase 'co-pilot' autonomous driving tech

Infiniti will debut a QX50 crossover concept with self-driving technologies at the Detroit auto show. The brand says its autonomous tech will focus on ensuring that drivers retain ultimate control over their vehicles.

Audi will debut Q8 SUV flagship

Audi will debut a near-production concept for its Q8 SUV flagship at the Detroit auto show. The Q8 will compete with the upcoming BMW X7.

VW will unveil Uber-challenging electric minibus

Volkswagen will unveil a concept for a self-driving electric minibus at the Detroit auto show as the automaker prepares to challenge Uber with its new mobility services division.