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Mercedes-Benz to import GLC into the U.S. from India

While the U.S. industry is transfixed on the rise of China as a critical market and manufacturing base, another Asian country is stepping onto the stage: India.

Porsche embraces wagons and crossovers

Porsche continues to venture beyond its two-door sports car portfolio.

When a 'likable' salesman goes 'rogue'

The nation's highest-volume Porsche dealership is trying to extricate itself from a scandal involving a former employee who is accused of pocketing over $2.5 million in customer deposits on nonexistent vehicles before he disappeared last month.

MBUX tech helps Mercedes turn A class into 'gateway' vehicle

The Mercedes-Benz A-class compact sedan, expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms early next year, is the brand's new "gateway" vehicle -- designed to draw the next generation of customers.

Porsche store sues ex-salesman for taking $2.5M in deposits for nonexistent cars

UPDATED: 9/17/18 2:06 pm ET - adds copy of suit

The largest Porsche dealership in the U.S. has sued a former employee for allegedly defrauding customers of more than $2.5 million in deposits on special-order 911 GT3 and GT2 RS models that did not exist.

2 new rental programs offer 'a taste for Porsche'

Porsche has rolled out two short-rental programs to get more consumers exposed to driving its cars.

Mercedes' GLE gains space. Can it gain ground?

The redesigned crossover boasts a bigger interior with a third-row option, a range of engines and a suite of semi-autonomous technologies.

BMW's Vision iNext concept serves as tech 'incubator'

The all-electric Vision iNext, a semi-autonomous crossover, is more of an "incubator" than an early glimpse of a production-ready car. But the vehicle reveals the technologies being developed by BMW.

Porsche pushes two more on-demand pilot programs

Porsche's ongoing experimentation with on-demand vehicle access has generated two more pilot programs. The goal: Find ways to get people into Porsches.

Mercedes pads roomier '20 GLE with range of engines, semi-autonomous tech

The redesigned, 2020 Mercedes GLE midsize luxury crossover features a longer wheelbase, roomier interior, a range of engines, a high-tech all-wheel drive system and suite of semi-autonomous technologies.

Mercedes pads roomier '20 GLE with range of engines, semi-autonomous tech

The redesigned, 2020 Mercedes GLE midsize luxury crossover features a longer wheelbase, roomier interior, a range of engines, a high-tech all-wheel drive system and suite of semi-autonomous technologies.

Mercedes' first full-electric vehicle is one of many aimed at challenging Tesla

Mercedes-Benz is firing the opening shots in what will surely be a bloody battle to dominate the next generation of powertrain technology.

BMW introduces Intelligent Personal Assistant communications system

BMW introduced Intelligent Personal Assistant, an artificial intelligence-powered system to help drivers communicate with their cars as they do with their smartphones.

U.S. luxury sales fell 3.6% in August; Lexus tops monthly volume

While August temperatures were sweltering, luxury vehicle sales were tepid. Mercedes-Benz's lead over BMW fell to 58 vehicles for the year to date.

Mercedes launches first EV volley with EQC

UPDATED: 9/5/18 2:07 pm ET -- updates driving range

Mercedes-Benz is firing the opening shots in what will surely be a bloody battle to dominate the next generation of powertrain technology.

Mercedes launches first EV volley with EQC

UPDATED: 09/05/18 2:18 pm ET -- Updates driving range

Mercedes-Benz is firing the opening shots in what will surely be a bloody battle to dominate the next generation of powertrain technology.

Porsche, Mercedes sell experience now, car later

Porsche's headquarters is pivotal to a soft-sell strategy that it relies on to offset the hard-sell tactics associated with dealerships.

BMW's new EV is about to take flight

In a round-the-world sprint spanning Sept. 9-14, BMW will fly the autonomous iNEXT electric crossover in a Boeing 777 Freighter to press events in Munich, New York, San Francisco and Beijing, before returning to Frankfurt.

Mercedes, Porsche ramp up soft-sell brand builders

People don't like being sold to. The auto industry is catching on. Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are gearing up soft-sell approaches to offset the hard-sell tactics associated with dealerships.

Mercedes plays awkward role in 'Handmaid's Tale'

Sometimes, you want your brand to be associated with fictional bad guys. But serving as the tools of an oppressive regime is a pretty dark place.

More consumers say they don't need a car

A survey by Cox Automotive shows costs of car ownership are fueling a growing interest in on-demand and shared transportation services.

A hint at Mercedes' electric future

With its sweeping lines, Mercedes-Benz's EQ Silver Arrow all-electric concept offers an early, if idealistic, look at some design elements and technologies that might end up in the automaker's wave of planned electric vehicles.

Porsche revives design, engineering icon to mark 70th birthday

"Project Gold" is a one-of-a-kind rebuild of the 993-generation 911 Turbo. The 993 is the internal designation for the version of the Porsche 911 model made between 1994 and early 1998. Its discontinuation two decades ago marked the end of air-cooled Porsches.

BMW returns to roadster market with Z4

Cars may be going out of style with today's new-vehicle shoppers, yet BMW and some other automakers are convinced roadsters can still deliver some brand sizzle -- even at lower volumes. But even BMW is hedging its bet with the newest Z4, which shares a platform with Toyota's forthcoming Supra.

McLaren prepares to go electric, but don't expect an SUV

McLaren is preparing for electrification — but stands by a flat no to SUVs.


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