Smiles abound in Ingolstadt right about now, as that German city’s four-ringed pride and joy leads the blue and white roundel Audi is ahead of BMW in the global luxury segment sales race, and models…

Audi jumps ahead of BMW in worldwide luxury brand sales

Smiles abound in Ingolstadt right about now, as that German city's four-ringed pride and joy leads the blue and white roundel bunch from Bayerische, 80 km down the A9, in the global premium brand sales race. It's true. Audi is ahead of BMW on the worldwide sales charts, albeit by only 383 vehicles over the first two months of 2014.

Audi says that it's sold 242,400 units from January 1 through February 28, a 9.3-percent gain over the same period last year, whereas BMW is only up 8.9 percent with 242,017 units sold over the same period.

"Competition in the premium segment is more intense than ever," stated Audi CEO Rupert Stadler in a Bloomberg report. According to Bloomberg, Audi was 429 units behind BMW during the same two months last year, which when added to the 383-unit lead it has now represents an 812-unit gain over January and February last year.

BMW has been the leader of luxury vehicle sales for the past nine years, having taken over the reigns from Mercedes-Benz Read Full Story
With a month to go before its world debut at the Geneva auto show, Mercedes-Benz has revealed official photos and details of   the 2015 S-Class Coupe. The new car replaces the CL-Class Coupe in the…

New 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe revealed

With a month to go before its world debut at the Geneva auto show, Mercedes-Benz has revealed official photos and details of the 2015 S-Class Coupe. The new car replaces the CL-Class Coupe in the lineup, but the name change doesn't represent any real change in direction for the German automaker's flagship coupe: The CL itself replaced S-Class Coupe for the previous generation, so the new name is actually the old name.

Either way, the car is a two-door version of Mercedes-Benz' big S-Class Sedan. "The large coupe has always been the supreme pinnacle of our model range and that's why it's now called the 'S-Class' again," said Ola Källenius, manager of sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz.

Externally, the production version of the 2015 S-Class Coupe looks almost identical to the Concept S-Class Coupe that Mercedes showed at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. According to Mercedes-Benz, the lines are deliberately reduced to the basics in an effort to create a "sensual, timeless Read Full Story
While the marketing team at Mercedes-Benz is eagerly referring to the 2014 E-Class as a redesign, we’re a bit reluctant to go   along with them in that regard. See, while the mechanical changes…

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4Matic Road Test Review

While the marketing team at Mercedes-Benz is eagerly referring to the 2014 E-Class as a redesign, we're a bit reluctant to go along with them in that regard. See, while the mechanical changes are relatively minor and the reworked styling is largely a refresh rather than a major revision, we're more apt to label it an update. With that said, this is a considerably significant update however.

E-Class sedans and wagons get the styling refresh, while the coupes and convertibles remain unchanged. However, all models do get new interior design elements, and there are new engines across the board too. OK, so maybe the MBZ team is more on target than we initially gave them credit for. You decide.

However you slice it, the E-Class is one very important model line for Mercedes-Benz. Given that one quarter of all cars the company sells have an "E" on their trunk lids, and when you consider Mercedes offers some 13 model ranges, that's a huge statement. Essentially, the E-Class Mercedes-Benz Read Full Story
For Canadian motorists – and U.S. motorists north of the Sunbelt – winter means slogging your way through endless rain, snow, The next-generation McLaren P1 might not need windshield wipers…

McLaren developing wiperless windshield

For Canadian motorists - and U.S. motorists north of the Sunbelt - winter means slogging your way through endless rain, snow, slush, sleet, and road spray. It gives your wipers a non-stop workout, and often leaves you staring through a smeared, streaked windshield.

But if McLaren and other manufacturers have their way, those days may be coming to an end. No, automotive manufacturers aren't about to eliminate winter, but they are working on ways to eliminate the windshield wiper.

Mercedes-Benz has already taken one small step, eliminating the windshield spray jets on its SL sports car and integrating the windshield fluid delivery system directly in to the wiper instead. The German company calls the technology its Magic Vision Control System.

McLaren hopes to go a step further and borrow military technology to do away with the wiper altogether, using ultrasonic sound instead to create a type of ultrasonic force field that prevents anything from sticking to the Read Full Story