BMW http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53559/more en Luxury-Car Sales Numbers Small But on Rise in Russia http://wardsauto.com/europe/luxury-car-sales-numbers-small-rise-russia <div class="node-body article-body">Sales have jumped in part because most luxury automakers and their dealers have refused to raise prices while also offering additional benefits and incentives for customers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/luxury-car-sales-numbers-small-rise-russia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/luxury-car-sales-numbers-small-rise-russia#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Europe Russia Maybach Rolls Royce Retail Sales Results Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:59:00 +0000 1317921 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Maybach dominates luxury segment.</strong></p> Magna Steyr Austria Plant Adds BMW, JLR Production http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/magna-steyr-austria-plant-adds-bmw-jlr-production <div class="node-body article-body">The contract assembler’s current portfolio at Graz includes the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Mini Countryman and Paceman and Peugeot RCZ. But of the four models, only G-Class production will continue after 2016.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/magna-steyr-austria-plant-adds-bmw-jlr-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/magna-steyr-austria-plant-adds-bmw-jlr-production#comments Premium Auto Makers Plants & Production Europe Austria Netherlands BMW Jaguar Land Rover Mercedes Mini Peugeot Capacity Utilization Employment Production Vehicle Assembly Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:48:00 +0000 1315861 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>G-Class in 36th year of production at Graz, Austria facility.</strong></p> Automakers Cut Prices in Response to Oz Tax Hike http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automakers-cut-prices-response-oz-tax-hike <div class="node-body article-body">“Passing on benefits resulting from the changes to the luxury-car-tax threshold is a natural step,” Toyota Sales and Marketing Executive Director Tony Cramb says.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automakers-cut-prices-response-oz-tax-hike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automakers-cut-prices-response-oz-tax-hike#comments Premium Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Australia Audi BMW Toyota Retail Sales & Marketing Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:30:00 +0000 1312581 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>2WD Kluger Grande SUV price cut less than other luxury Toyotas.</strong></p> Electric Axle Business Spinning Up for GKN http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/electric-axle-business-spinning-gkn <div class="node-body article-body">As automakers maximize the potential of vehicle platforms, a GKN executive says the electric rear axle is a simple way to convert a front-drive architecture to a fuel-saving hybrid that also enables AWD when necessary.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/electric-axle-business-spinning-gkn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/electric-axle-business-spinning-gkn#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan United Kingdom American Axle Audi BMW Magna Porsche ZF Component Fuel Economy Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Sales Results Transmissions Audi A3 e-tron BMW i8 disconnecting axle electric axle Ferrari LaFerrari Fiat 500X GKN GKN Driveline Jeep Cherokee Jeep Renegade Lamborghini Asterion Mike Manley Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 Porsche 918 Spyder Ray Kuczera Volvo XC90 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:15:00 +0000 1310711 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>BMW i8 plug-in hybrid&nbsp;integrates GKN electric drive&nbsp;on front axles.&nbsp;</strong></p> BMW North America Japan Import Sales Backslide 1.0% in First-Half 2015 http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/japan-import-sales-backslide-10-first-half-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">Mercedes-Benz was the best-selling import brand with sales of 32,680 units, up 19.1% from first-half 2014. Volkswagen was next with 29,666, down 16.5%, followed by BMW at 22,674, up 0.9%.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/japan-import-sales-backslide-10-first-half-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/japan-import-sales-backslide-10-first-half-2015#comments Premium Auto Makers Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Japan BMW Mercedes Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Sales Results Trade Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:45:00 +0000 1311181 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>VW offers high-end Lounge trim level in best-selling Golf.</strong></p> EU Exit No Benefit to U.K. Automakers, Studies Say http://wardsauto.com/politics/eu-exit-no-benefit-uk-automakers-studies-say <div class="field-byline"> Carmen Paun </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Open Europe think tank says U.K. car exports could face EU import tariffs of up to 10% following a potential Brexit, impacting EU-oriented volume manufacturers such as Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall. Premium automakers would be less affected.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/eu-exit-no-benefit-uk-automakers-studies-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/eu-exit-no-benefit-uk-automakers-studies-say#comments Public World Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Sales & Marketing Europe Europe - Regional United Kingdom World BMW Honda Jaguar Land Rover Nissan Opel/Vauxhall Toyota Sales & Marketing Globalization Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Tariffs Trade Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:09:00 +0000 1308741 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Automakers could lose tariff protection if U.K. quits EU.</strong></p> BMW i3 - Ward's 10 Best Interiors Awards Ceremony 2015 http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-wards-10-best-interiors-awards-ceremony-2015 <div class="node-body video-body">Highlights from the Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Ceremony held during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 13, 2015 in Detroit, MI. WardsAuto World Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter announces the winners and calls auto maker representatives to the stage to accept their honors.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-wards-10-best-interiors-awards-ceremony-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-interiors/bmw-i3-wards-10-best-interiors-awards-ceremony-2015#comments Public Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology Ward's 10 Best Interiors North America U.S. BMW Interior Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:57:00 +0000 1306531 at http://wardsauto.com BMW Plant Showcase for Carbon-Fiber Production http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production <div class="node-body article-body">The plant in Dingolfing, Germany, has upgraded paint and body shops and new “material trains” for moving components to the line as the sixth-generation 7-Series flagship sedan nears launch.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Suppliers Europe Europe - Regional Germany BMW Rolls Royce Aluminum Body Carbon Fiber Employment Manufacturing Technology Product Development Steel Vehicle Assembly BMW 7-Series body panels camera gates Carbon Core Deggendorf Dingolfing EDP material trains Moses Lake semi-anechoic structural components wind chamber Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:12:00 +0000 1300271 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Warehouse at Dingolfing complex converted to carbon-fiber production for all-new 7-Series.</strong></p> BMW Museum in Munich http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/bmw-museum-munich <div class="node-body gallery-body">The BMW Museum opened in Munich in 1973 in the shadow of Olympiapark, where the summer Olympics were hosted the prior summer. A stroll through the exhibition halls is to recount a series of significant achievements in automotive history.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/bmw-museum-munich" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/bmw-museum-munich#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Europe Vehicles & Technology Europe - Regional Germany BMW Exterior Gasoline Interior Product Development Sales Results Turbocharger Vehicle Interiors Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:15:00 +0000 1298891 at http://wardsauto.com Kia, Hyundai Surpass Japanese Brands in Initial Quality http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/kia-hyundai-surpass-japanese-brands-initial-quality <div class="node-body article-body">Porsche again leads the closely watched study, which finds voice-recognition systems still the area most perplexing to vehicle owners.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/kia-hyundai-surpass-japanese-brands-initial-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/kia-hyundai-surpass-japanese-brands-initial-quality#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. AB Volvo BMW Chrysler Ford General Motors Honda Hyundai Mazda Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Plants & Production Voice Activation Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000 1300021 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Kia&rsquo;s Kwangju plant building Soul best in Asia-Pacific.</strong></p>