Behind the Scenes at BMW of Manhattan

by Jonathan Spira
Behind the Scenes at BMW of Manhattan

Autobahn Alley, the area in Manhattan around 11th Avenue in the 50s and the home of numerous temples to which the faithful come to pay homage, is thriving. Unlike other cities, where more car dealerships were closing rather than opening, this replacement to Automobile Row, that stretch of Broadway in …

Volkswagen Reports Lower Sales in September

by Robert Waldner
Volkswagen Reports Lower Sales in September

Volkswagen released financial results for September 2014. The company’s total sales in September were down 18.6 % from September 2013 when 31,920 vehicles were sold. This September, only 25,996 vehicles were sold.
Sales for the majority of the company’s models decreased from September of the previous year. The CC saw the …

Porsche Cayenne Facelift to Debut in Paris Alongside New S E-Hybrid

by Daniel Kavangh
Porsche Cayenne Facelift to Debut in Paris Alongside New S E-Hybrid

Porsche announced a mid-life facelift for the Cayenne as well as an all-new hybrid-electric variant.
The new Cayenne S E-Hybrid will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show on October 2.  Porsche says it will be the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment.  The German automaker also …

BMW Introduces the 2015 2 Series Convertible

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Introduces the 2015 2 Series Convertible

MUNICH – The summer is about the leave in most parts of the northern hemisphere, but that didn’t stop BMW from introducing its newest convertible in the compact car segment.  A few weeks ahead of its official launch at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, BMW officially announced the BMW 2 …

BMW Reports Worldwide Sales Up in August

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW Reports Worldwide Sales Up in August

BMW Group announced global financial results for August 2014.  The company’s total worldwide sales increased by 4.5% year-over-year, up to 145,902 vehicles sold from 139,650 vehicles sold in August 2013, marking the highest ever August sales month to date.
Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles totaled 126,152 units sold in August, …

Electric Vehicle Sales Shorting Out

by Paul Riegler
Electric Vehicle Sales Shorting Out

At a time when automakers are bringing more electric vehicles onto the market, buyer enthusiasm for them seems to be running out of gas.
While car sales have been higher than at any time in the past decade (August topped out at 1.6 million vehicles), electric and hybrid vehicles only comprised …

Porsche Reports Increase in August Sales

by Karin Sun
Porsche Reports Increase in August Sales

Porsche Cars North America announced financial results for August 2014.  The company sold a total of 4,540 vehicles last month, a significant year-over-year increase of 36.5% from 3,327 vehicles sold in August 2013.
Sales of the company’s 911 and 918 models for the month of August totaled 1,030 units sold, up …

Volkswagen Reports Decrease in August Sales

by Karin Sun
Volkswagen Reports Decrease in August Sales

Volkswagen announced financial results for August 2014.  The company’s total sales in August dropped 12.8% year-over-year to 35,181 vehicles sold from 40,342 vehicles sold in August 2013.
Sales for most of the company’s major models also decreased year-over-year.  The Beetle saw the largest decline, with total Beetle sales dropping 41% to …

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record August Sales

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes-Benz Reports Record August Sales

Mercedes-Benz announced financial results for August 2014.  The company reported total sales of 27,078 vehicles last month, a year-over-year increase of 9.4% from 24,761 units sold.  The sales set a new record for the highest August sales volume in the company’s history.
Sales for the month were driven by strong performance …

Chrysler Reports Best August Sales Since 2002

by Karin Sun
Chrysler Reports Best August Sales Since 2002

The Chrysler Group announced financial results for August 2014.  The company’s total U.S. sales for the month increased 20% year-over-year to 198,379 units sold, up from 165,552 units sold in August 2013.  Last month marked the company’s 53rd consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains, and its best August sales since …

BMW Reports Sales Up in August

by Karin Sun
BMW Reports Sales Up in August

BMW Group announced financial results for August 2014.  The company’s total U.S. sales in August increased 5.5% to 32,220 vehicles sold from 30,546 vehicles sold in the same month last year.
BMW brand sales for the month increased 11% to a total of 27,214 units sold compared to 24,523 units in …

Diesel King of the Hill: Audi A6 TDI vs. BMW 535d vs. Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

by Jonathan Spira
Diesel King of the Hill: Audi A6 TDI vs. BMW 535d vs. Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

While diesels are available in every size and shape in Europe, where they account for an estimated 50% of cars on the road, they are still somewhat of a novelty in the United States. Therefore it is most unusual to have a market where three top competitors all offer an …