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Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:01 pm
The long-awaited Jeep Wrangler redesign planned for 2018 will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to dramatically improve the off-roader's fuel economy.
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Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:01 pm
Honda and other automakers that have recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags are trapped in a nasty dilemma.
Automotive News Breaking News
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:01 pm
As Nissan Motor Corp. pushes to boost U.S. market share and cut reliance on Japanese imports, it's clear which goal takes priority: selling more vehicles. Even if it takes more imports to do it.
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Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:01 pm
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin.
Automotive News Breaking News
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:01 pm
Addressing an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., this summer, General Motors' global powertrain boss Steve Kiefer asked a room packed with about 500 people how many owned a GM vehicle.
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Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:01 pm
General Motors is adding more lightweight aluminum to its vehicles. But unlike Ford Motor Co., GM is not spending hundreds of millions of dollars to retool its assembly plants for the metal.
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Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:01 pm
Toyota Motor Corp.'s top fuel cell engineer predicts the automaker will slash the cost of the next hydrogen-fueled powertrain to between one-third and one-fourth the cost of the current system.
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Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:01 pm
Automakers are beginning to nudge the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle out of the illusion factory that is Southern California and into the broader conversation about the future of clean transportation.
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Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:01 pm
Mercedes-Benz thinks there's a new, hot niche in the global auto industry: $100,000-plus cars.
Automotive News Breaking News
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:01 pm
Ford Motor Co. began shipping finished 2015 F-150 pickups to dealers last week as it announced the new aluminum-body truck will get up to 29 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing steel-body F-150.
TheCarConnection.com
Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:22 am
The mid-size pickup market had, until this year, been almost completely stagnant for the better part of a decade. Few new additions joined the ranks, and those on offer were largely stuck in the late 1990s or early 2000s in terms of technology, capability, and features. That has changed for the 2015 model year, and the latest upgrade...
TheCarConnection.com
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:00 am
The Audi A3 hasn't been a smash hit in the U.S. through the 2013 model year, mainly because until now it's only been available in hatchback form. Now we have a new family of A3s geared more toward American tastes. Does the new A3 lineup have the right stuff, and can it fend off the sexy Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class? This time around the A3 is going to...
TheCarConnection.com
Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:00 am
Since we first drove the 2015 Ford F-150 this summer, its fuel economy has been an open question. Now that question has been answered: Ford has posted the aluminum truck's EPA gas mileage ratings, and they're a big improvement over the last truck--but not as much a competition-killer in base versions. The most efficient F-150 is the one powered by...
TheCarConnection.com
Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:00 am
At the Los Angeles Auto Show this past week, the luxury and performance cars that seemed to steal some of the early attention at press previews proved to be a distraction from two real market trends that elbowed their way into the spotlight: Subcompact crossovers are becoming a major market segment; and new-generation hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles...
TheCarConnection.com
Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:00 am
If you walk into an Acura dealership and look for a TSX or TL sedan, you might be in for a shock. Both of those sedans have been killed off. In their place is the new Acura TLX, a mid-sizer that stacks up against favorites like the Audi A4 and Volvo S60. Is the TLX the car to kickstart Acura’s revival? The TLX may not be what you call...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:23 pm
As one of the founders of the boxy-car segment, the Scion xB holds onto its niche appeal even as the Honda Element and Nissan Cube, two other squared-off models, have left the market. The 2015 xB continues to carry the torch for the niche, even as it has been outshined (and far outsold) by the Kia Soul. The xB's fade from the limelight...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:43 pm
The 2016 MX-5 Miata has been completely reengineered and redesigned. But if Mazda has done it all right, it’s going to be a classic on arrival. For 25 years, the Miata has conjured up memories of what it used to be like to drive modest, genuine sports cars, all while converting a new crowd to the top-down joys of a simple...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:19 pm
The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class received a significant update in 2013 and remains the least expensive way to drive a crossover SUV with the three-pointed star on the grille. (There's a new compact GLA-Class for 2015, but it's more of a small hatchback than a crossover of any kind.) Carried over the past two model years, today's GLK has a crisp look...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:13 pm
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is the first spin-off from the compact Mercedes CLA-Class here in the U.S. On sale later this year, the GLA-Class gives the sedan a hatchback/wagon body and available all-wheel drive, for a light interpretation of the contemporary crossover vehicle. If you’ve ever been a fan of the upright, classy styling and...
TheCarConnection.com
Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:08 pm
Ford has at last released official EPA fuel economy ratings for its radically redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 pickups, which begin arriving at dealerships this month. The F-150 now has the highest fuel economy ratings—by a smidge—of any full-size gasoline-powered pickup on the U.S. market. When equipped with the new 2.7-liter turbocharged...
Yahoo Automotive
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:17 am

People pass row of Volkswagen e-Golf cars during company's annual news conference in BerlinFRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG is to invest 85.6 billion euros ($106 billion) in its automotive operations over the next five years to push foreign expansion, new models and technology to back its quest for global leadership. Volkswagen said the bulk of the cash will flow into developing more efficient vehicles and production methods, taking its capital expenditure to between 6 and 7 percent of revenue in the period from 2015 to 2019, which analysts said amounts to a slight hike in investment spending. ...


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Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:33 am

Logo of airbag is seen on passenger seat of Honda Motor Co's renewal hybrid sedan car "Legend", which installs airbag made by Takata Corp, during unveiling event in TokyoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators plan to introduce legislation on Thursday to encourage employees in the auto industry to report information on faulty parts to federal authorities, a spokeswoman for one of the lawmakers said. The bill, sponsored by Republican John Thune and Democrat Bill Nelson, "is intended to incentivize whistleblowers from the automotive sector to voluntarily provide information to the U.S. ...


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Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:19 pm

BMW badge is shown on the BMW X6M during the model's world debut at the Los Angeles Auto ShowBy Samuel Shen and Kazunori Takada GUANGZHOU China (Reuters) - BMW's China head expects profit margins to narrow as the German premium automaker steps up localization to maintain double-digit growth amid slowing demand and tougher competition in the world's biggest auto market. "Everything is normalizing in China - the market growth, the volume growth, the margin growth," said Karsten Engel, BMW's China chief executive. Engel was speaking in an interview with Reuters at the Guangzhou autoshow on Thursday. "In the coming years... ...


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Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:50 am

Toyota Motor's fuel cell vehicle "Mirai", meaning future, is displayed in Tokyo on November 18, 2014Toyota said Tuesday it would start selling the world's first mass market fuel-cell car in Japan next month and elsewhere in 2015, in what its top executive called an industry milestone. The four-door Mirai sedan, powered by hydrogen and emitting nothing but water vapour from its tailpipe, will launch with a price tag of 6.7 million yen ($57,500) in Japan, where Toyota expects to sell 400 units next year. "We are at a turning point in the automotive industry," Toyota chief executive Akio Toyoda said in a video message on the company's website. Toyota, the world's biggest automaker, hopes to sell more than 3,000 units of the car by the end of 2017 in the United States, and up to 100 annually in Europe.


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Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:55 pm

A Ford logo is seen on the grill of a 2015 F-150 truck outside the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - Ford Motor shares may be in for a rebound and could climb 30 percent in a year, said Barron's financial newspaper in its edition to be published Monday. The company is likely to benefit from the release of its new F-150 truck, which has already received high marks from industry experts, it said, noting the F-series trucks bring in the bulk of Ford's automotive profit. The stock has been marked down because the company's earnings are being hit by high warranty costs, poor results in Russia and South America and lost production during the F-150 transition, the report said. ...


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Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:24 am

Visitor walks past displays of Takata Corp at a showroom for vehicles in TokyoBy Trinna Leong SIBU Malaysia (Reuters) - The death of a heavily pregnant Malaysian woman in a car crash on Borneo island in July opens a new front in a widening U.S. investigation into defective air bags that has triggered one of the biggest safety recalls in automotive history. Law Suk Leh, 43, was driving her 11-year-old Honda City car in twilight on Sunday, July 27 when it collided with another vehicle making a turn across her lane at an intersection in a quiet industrial zone on the outskirts of Sibu, a town in the Malaysian-ruled northwest of Borneo. ...


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Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:17 am

The grille of an all-new Ford 2015 F-150 pickup truck is seen outside the Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Michigan,By Ben Klayman and Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - It is the automotive equivalent of Pavlov's bell: when gasoline is expensive, U.S. car owners try to downsize, but once pump prices ring down, they salivate over big pickup trucks and SUVs. With gas prices dipping below $3 a gallon last month for the first time since December 2010, size is back in vogue. “The migration to trucks will turn into a stampede if these gas prices go lower or stay low,” Mike Jackson, chief executive of AutoNation Inc , leading U.S. auto retailer, told Reuters. “Americans just love big. ...


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Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:38 am

A man holds an umbrella as he walks past a company logo of FAW-Volkswagen at an automobile exhibition in FuyangBy Andreas Cremer BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen's bid to increase its stake in a lucrative joint venture with Chinese partner FAW has stalled just as the German automaker is stepping up expansion in its biggest market, company sources said. The setback to VW's ambitions in China, where it sells nearly 40 percent of its vehicles, comes as Beijing seeks to promote national champions that can compete globally and appears to be putting overseas companies under increasing scrutiny. VW's efforts to raise its 40-percent holding in FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Ltd. ...


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Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:46 pm

Senator Richard Blumenthal holds up a picture of car crash victim US Marine Richard Scott Bailey in Washington on April 1, 2014 at a rally to ask why it took GM so long to recall the faulty ignition switch on certain carsGeneral Motors ordered new ignition switches months before it began recalling cars with the defective parts linked to at least 32 deaths. The largest US automaker placed an "urgent" order for a half-million new ignition switches on December 18 to replace defective switches, a day after a meeting of senior executives, The Wall Street Journal said Sunday, citing emails between GM and its supplier Delphi Automotive. GM, which is embroiled in lawsuits over the faulty ignition switches, only began its recall of some 2.6 million cars in February.


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Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:02 pm

A recalled Chevy Cobalt ignition switch is seen at Raymond Chevrolet in AntiochNEW YORK (Reuters) - General Motors Co ordered half a million replacement ignition switches almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that prompted a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing email exchanges between the automaker and its supplier Delphi Automotive Plc . The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on Dec. 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives, the newspaper said. ...