Genesis, for the first time, topped J.D. Power's annual study of new-vehicle appeal, nudging past Porsche, while Mitsubishi, Dodge, Jeep, GMC and Toyota posted the biggest improvements. Chevrolet and GMC tied for top-ranked nonluxury brand.
Stuttgart, home to Mercedes and Porsche, will bar diesel vehicles meeting the Euro 4 or older emissions standards starting next year and may be forced to ban Euro 5 vehicles by 2020 if measures to improve air quality fail, a state ministry said.
The challenges facing German carmakers just got stiffer with Friday's start of a much steeper import tariff on U.S. car exports to China. The tit-for-tat trade move will hurt BMW and Daimler the most.