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Categories: Euro Wheels

Mercedes Benz and its small-car dreams

Posted by: David Welch on November 13

American seems to be obsessed with small cars these days. Not American consumers, mind you, but policy makers and executives at the companies who must bend to their will....

Alfa Romeo coming to the U.S.?

Posted by: David Welch on October 28

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne will soon deliver his fix-it strategy for Chrysler. One big piece appears to be the return of Fiat’s upscale Alfa Romeo brand to the U.S....

How big can Mini get?

Posted by: David Welch on September 01

Every luxury brand eventually faces a quandary. Growth is good but how much is too much? If you sell too many, then the brand becomes ubiquitous and loses its...

Will Americans embrace Chrysler's Fiat cars?

Posted by: David Welch on June 10

Here’s a question to ponder as Fiat takes control of Chrysler. Will Americans buy cars engineered by Italians for Europeans? History says no. For years, General Motors brought over...

VW Golf Not Getting Bigger? And More Fuel Efficient? Hooray

Posted by: David Kiley on September 29

Next VW Golf won’t be bigger? Hallelujah! According to speculation is that VW’s popular hatchback will be the same size or smaller when the seventh generation 2010 design...

VW Diesels Ahead of Forecast

Posted by: David Kiley on September 10

Bloomberg: Volkswagen AG said demand for the diesel-powered Jetta may be stronger than forecast since the car's Aug. 18 U.S. debut, a step toward bucking this year's industrywide sales slump....

New Porsche U.S. CEO Must Hit the Ground Running

Posted by: Jim Henry on May 28

Detlev von Platen, the new president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Inc., has his work cut out for him, after 10 years in the friendly confines of Porsche...

Toyota's Plan to Conquer Europe

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on November 30

As Volkswagen revs to challenge Toyota in the US, Toyota continues its cruise-control growth in the European market. The Japanese giant sold 800,000 Toyota and Lexus cars in the...

VW's Plan to Reconquer America

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on November 28

Let's say you've never owned a Volkswagen before. Would you at least take a trip to a VW showroom and compare models with Toyota or Honda, if VW's were...

Peugeot is Europe's Green Champion

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on November 23

French automaker PSA Peugeot-Citroen builds the cleanest cars in Europe, according to an environmental group called Transport and Environment (T&E). Italy's Fiat is No. 2, followed by Renault, Toyota...

Indian automakers close in on Jag and Land Rover

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on November 08

Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Motors and Anand Mahindra, vice chairman of the Mahindra Group Anyone who didn't consider India's Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra serious bidders for...

Chrysler Crossfire Caught in Nardelli's Crossfire

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on November 05

Will anyone miss the Chrysler Crossfire? Chrysler has announced the 3-year-old German-American sportscar which starts at $30,000, is being cut, along with three other Chrysler models (Pacifica, Dodge Magnum...

Porsche Trumps VW's Union

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on October 24

It's dangerous betting against Porsche Chief Executive Wendelin Wiedeking. A master strategist, Wiedeking is on a 15-year winning streak. He's taken Porsche from near bankruptcy to the top of...

Will Mercedes Ditch the Maybach?

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on October 18

A report surfaced recently in the Cleveland Leader that disastrously weak sales have forced Mercedes to close down nearly half its Maybach showrooms in the US this year --...

Newly Divorced Mercedes Talking with Fiat

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on October 11

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne Alliances have become the auto industry's holy grail, following a slew of failed takeovers. Even Mercedes, fresh from its divorce with Chrysler, is on the...

Daimler's Renaissance

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on October 05

It’s back to the future for German automaker Mercedes-Benz. On Oct. 4, shareholders voted to strip the name “Chrysler” from the DaimlerChrysler corporate nameplate, following the sale of 80.1%...

Porsche on a Tear

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on October 03

Who would have bet that Porsche's cars would continue to fly out of showrooms despite soaring fuel prices. In September, Porsche sold 20 percent more cars in the US, its...

Europe's Flirt With SUVs

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on August 02

Europeans have long distained the chunky, gas-guzzling SUV, which together with light trucks make up over 50 percent of US auto sales. Nearly 60% of vehicle sales in Europe...


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