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BMW accused of spying on Paris electric car-share company

The group that runs Paris car-sharing scheme Autolib’ said Tuesday it had filed a criminal complaint accusing German carmaker BMW of using spies to gather information on its electric cars. The Bollore group said it had filed the industrial espionage complaint after two employees of a firm employed by BMW…

Electric and hybrid cars dominate at Frankfurt auto show

Electric cars by German builders are just some of the nearly 70 world premieres at the 65th edition of the IAA auto show opening later this week. German premium maker BMW has an entire hall to itself where pride of place will be given to the new i3, its first-ever…

Mercedes, BMW vie for US luxury car crown

In a first, two German manufacturers — Mercedes-Benz and BMW — are dueling for the honor of being the top luxury brand sold in the United States. With the champion of the past 11 years, Toyota’s Lexus, hobbled by the fallout from Japan’s March 11 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown disaster, the two…

BMW launches new electric/hybrid brand

FRANKFURT – The German luxury carmaker BMW unveiled on Monday its long-awaited new brand, BMW i, with two new models to be equipped with electric and hybrid drive systems from 2013. The group is also creating a venture capital unit to offer mobility services such as car sharing and navigation…

Faster, GM! Build, Build!

Shorter Wall Street Journal: since seven of the top ten autos sold in the US are sedans, and five of those ten are Japanese-made, US automakers should make trucks and BMW-style luxury cars. And disband unions. In fact, if we look at the top 20 cars sold through June, the…

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