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Mini program enables top dealership service techs to work with race crews

Mini says its program of embedding dealership service techs with race crews is promoting teamwork and building morale.

Mazda-Toyota's Ala. greenfield charts new path

Toyota and Mazda will spend $1.6 billion to build an assembly plant in Huntsville. Things have changed since their last greenfield ventures.

Volvo dealers in California revolt against subscriptions

As Volvo prepares a new and improved version of its Care by Volvo subscroption service, California hears the grumbling of dealer protests.

LUXURY: Mercedes maintains lead over BMW, Lexus

Despite an anemic 0.6 percent increase in November U.S. sales, Mercedes-Benz remained No. 1 among luxury brands last month.

NISSAN: A broad slump, even for SUVs

Nissan North America had a chilly November, with U.S. sales tumbling across the board, even in the typically resilient light-truck segment.

Trade war flak hits BMW's Spartanburg plant

BMW is considering building more crossovers in China as exports from its Spartanburg, S.C., plant are hit by a 40 percent tariff.

Porsche boosts hp on retooled 911

The redesigned 2020 911 retains Porsche's venerable styling DNA but receives upgrades in horsepower, a new interior layout inspired by 1970s models, and 21st century driving conveniences.

Porsche sees gold in classic cars

Porsche is looking to expand its Porsche Classic operations to build its lucrative vehicle service business through its U.S. dealerships.

BMW rounds out redesigned 3 series lineup with M340i, M340i xDrive

The 2020 BMW M340i and M340i xDrive sedans offer an array of sensors and technologies to lighten the load of driving, including a semi-automated driving system that allows for hands-free and pedal-free driving.

Aluminum supplier responds to growing demand

As Novelis looks deeper into aluminum opportunities in automotive, it expands its research footprint.

Will Mini stores move in with BMW?

The change would end Mini's insistence on a separate high-profile identity.

BMW adds convertible to 8 series lineup in Canada

The soft-top, four-seat 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Convertible will launch in Canada in March and start at $131,500.

BMW adds convertible to 8-series lineup

The soft-top, four-seat 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Convertible will launch in March and start at $122,395, including shipping.

LUXURY: Mercedes dips but stays ahead of BMW

UPDATED: 11/2/2018 11:30 am ET - corrected

Despite a 5 percent U.S. sales decline, Mercedes-Benz remained No. 1 among luxury brands last month, extending its lead over BMW on the year.

VW's charge: Electrify America

Automakers haven't been eager to spend the billions to build EV charging infrastructure. Now, Volkswagen is working to make it happen -- not because it wants to, but as a punishment.

X7 will take on large crossover leaders

The launch of BMW's largest crossover to date next year will plug an SUV-sized hole in its product portfolio. Its new X7 will take on the large luxury crossover segment leaders next year.

Cox to shed staff as it restructures

Cox Automotive plans to cut more jobs as the company restructures its priorities in a shifting industry landscape.

BMW X7 looks to muscle its way into 7-seat luxury SUV segment

BMW is filling out its product lineup with the launch of its largest crossover to date. The new X7, available at dealerships in March addresses a shortcoming in BMW's crossover lineup — a true seven-seater option.

BMW X7 to start at $74,895

BMW is filling out its product lineup with the launch of its largest crossover to date. The new X7, available at U.S. dealerships in March starting at $74,895, addresses a shortcoming in BMW's crossover lineup — a true seven-seater option.

Porsche retailers brace for EV era

Porsche faces a future in which its signature engines are replaced by electric motors. The automaker's retailers are suiting up for the challenge.

A dealer's freebies pay for themselves

Jay Wolfe Toyota sought a more meaningful incentive than extended powertrain warranties, which customers rarely get to use.

Porsche sees opportunity to broaden subscriptions

Porsche's limited trial of a subscription service is delivering positive results and the automaker is now considering more.

Record turnout at Rennsport

Porsche's Rennsport Reunion was an opportunity to rub shoulders with Porsche racing legends, marvel at their winning machines and celebrate the company's 70th birthday.

Con Mercedes a bordo, India gana tracción como exportador

El fabricante de automóviles de lujo alemán se une a Ford Motor Co. para utilizar India como fuente de vehículos para EEUU, lo que subraya el rápido ascenso del subcontinente como centro de exportación de autos.

LUXURY: Mercedes pads lead over BMW -- by a few hundred

UPDATED: 10/3/18 9:59 am ET - adds Audi, totals

New-model delays dented sales at Mercedes-Benz in September and set up a razor-thin race for the luxury crown as 2018 enters its final quarter.

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