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BMW expands M3 sedan lineup for 2020 with semi-automated driving features

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.

BMW camera keeps an eye on the driver

The redesigned 2019 X5 will use facial recognition technology to monitor whether drivers are distracted or asleep at the wheel.

Porsche pays homage to legendary racer

Porsche thrilled racing fans on Thursday when it introduced the Porsche 935 at the Rennsport Reunion motorsport event at Laguna Seca Raceway in California.

At BMW, a camera can now monitor X5 driver attention

With the 2019 X5, BMW offers a semi-autonomous driving system that allows for hands-free and pedal-free driving on limited-access highways and at speeds below 37 mph. And for the first time in any of its vehicles, BMW will use an in-cabin camera to address a critical challenge with semi-autonomous driving systems -- ensuring the driver is paying attention to the road.

Porsche pays homage to 935/78 Le Mans race car

UPDATED: 9/27/18 4:44 pm ET - adds details

Porsche is paying homage to the 935/78 Le Mans race car, nicknamed 'Moby Dick' for its elongated shape, oversized fairings and white base color, with a modern, 700-hp 935 at the "Rennsport Reunion" this week in California.

As Mercedes plans to ship GLC to U.S., India gains traction as exporter

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 more than $2 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.

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