Ford Motor Co. is bringing its premium Lincoln cars to China, decades behind Volkswagen AG’s Audi and BMW, testing whether the second-biggest U.S. automaker can emulate the recent turnaround of its namesake brand.
Maserati will probably increase production and add the Alfieri sports car to its lineup after advance sales at the upscale Italian brand have almost tripled over 2013’s deliveries, people familiar with the matter said.
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles, has increased production of the i3 electric city car 43 percent to meet demand that has exceeded the carmaker’s initial expectations.
Tesla Motors Inc., which raised $2.3 billion in a convertible note sale last month, plans to find more funds for the new finance unit it’s created to lease electric Model S sedans to business customers.
Chris Bangle, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG’s former design chief, once likened the German carmaker’s lineup to a bratwurst in three different lengths. Now, there’s a lot more on offer, including convenience sizes.
One imagines that the people behind WhatsApp, the messaging service bought by Facebook Inc. for $19 billion, are doing some new-car shopping. A payday like that promises major automotive upgrades. Throw out the Saturn and bring on the flashy Ferraris.