New 2019 Mercedes B-Class teased ahead of Paris show

The new Mercedes B-Class will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show this week, previewed by a short teaser film posted online

Mercedes is pushing ahead with a new version of its B-Class, despite declining MPV sales. It’ll be revealed at the Paris Motor Show this week, and a short teaser video has hinted at how the car will look. The new B-Class is expected to go on sale early next year.

Taking much of its design inspiration from the all-new A-Class, the larger B-Class will get a Continue reading “New 2019 Mercedes B-Class teased ahead of Paris show”

New 2019 BMW 3 Series leaked online ahead of Paris debut

The new BMW 3 Series has appeared on the brand’s configurator, just days before it was due to be revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show

Pictures of the all-new 2019 BMW 3 Series have leaked online, less than 24 hours before the car was due to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show. The images have been grabbed from BMW’s online configurator, and show the car in all its glory – and from countless different angles.

The shots clearly show the new Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class rival will take Continue reading “New 2019 BMW 3 Series leaked online ahead of Paris debut”

Reagor Dykes collapse burns customers, creditors

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With three kids and a fourth on the way, Leonela Franco’s family needed to size up from its 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. After a relative recommended a Reagor Dykes dealership, Franco in late July traded in the Chevy for a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder.

But when the 13-store dealership group declared bankruptcy just days later, the deal hit the skids. As of late Continue reading “Reagor Dykes collapse burns customers, creditors”

Built by free trade. Standing by Trump

BMW’s Spartanburg plant, inset right, made Greenville, S.C., a destination. The plant, which opened in 1994, paved the way for bustling downtown businesses, such as this cafe, inset left. Photo credit: ERIC KULISCH

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Nearly 100 electrified models slated to arrive through 2022

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The plug-ins are coming. Will anyone buy them?

Tesla’s electric vehicles, plus the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt make up a tiny fraction of U.S. light-vehicle sales. But they’ll have plenty of competition in the next two years, with more than 60 electric and plug-in hybrid models slated to reach dealerships through 2020.

Ford Motor Co. is Continue reading “Nearly 100 electrified models slated to arrive through 2022”

BMW camera keeps an eye on the driver

BMW’s camera, mounted in the instrument cluster, keeps tabs on the driver’s eyes.

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BMW will use facial recognition technology to help take the drudgery out of stop-and-go traffic.

The semi-autonomous driving system, which debuts this year in the redesigned X5 crossover, allows for hands-free and pedal-free driving on limited-access highways and at speeds Continue reading “BMW camera keeps an eye on the driver”

Automotive News Europe names Eurostars winners for 2018

October 1, 2018 06:01 CET

Eighteen top executives have been named as Eurostars by Automotive News Europe.

The 21st annual Eurostars award recognizes executives who have stood out from their rivals by exceeding expectations.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi CEO Carlos Ghosn turned his alliance into the world’s largest automaker, passing Volkswagen Group in global sales.

Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier led the Czech automaker to a 2017 profit margin that even exceeded Audi, its sister brand Continue reading “Automotive News Europe names Eurostars winners for 2018”

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for October

October 1, 2018 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition explores why nearly every major automaker in Europe is involved in car-sharing to some degree, despite the uncertain economics of the sector.

Making money on car-sharing, however, isn’t the goal right now for automakers, experts said. Instead, they are using the services to learn about customer habits and best practices as they prepare to fight for a share of Continue reading “Check out the ANE monthly magazine for October”

BMW, Toyota, VW prepare for robotaxi future

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Nearly every major automaker in Europe is involved in car-sharing to some degree, from pilot programs with just a few dozen cars to large-scale services in major cities.

There are signs this year that the sector, which is also referred to as short-term rentals, is starting to mature, with several operations closing and the two biggest players, Daimler’s Car2Go and BMW’s DriveNow, announcing a merger in an effort to build scale and fend off competition Continue reading “BMW, Toyota, VW prepare for robotaxi future”