Gabe Nelson

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Five crucial connected-car questions for 2015
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Many automakers plan to unveil their latest and greatest connected car technology in January at the International CES in Las Vegas and at the Detroit auto show. ...


Hyundai moves money to regain mojo
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Determined not to let hard-won market share gains slip away, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is redirecting marketing dollars and asking for a bigger budget from ...


Urban-living trend a chance to branch out and up
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Few dealers would get far offering a $2,500-a-month lease. Not on a car, anyway. ...


For Murphy, building up charity is the next move
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Mike Murphy's plan to embed his Volkswagen of Oakland dealership into a mixed-use development that includes housing may be one of his final acts in the car business. ...


Ford seeks infotainment middle ground
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14
In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. ...


Whose dashboard is it anyway?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 13
When car companies do business with Apple Inc. or Google Inc., they like to say they are dealing with a "partner" -- not a supplier. It's becoming clear that they won't a ...


Who says the Detroit 3 can't sell luxury?
3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12 | UPDATED: 12/16/14 9:45 pm ET - corrected
We hear an awful lot about the sorry state of Detroit's luxury brands, but if you look at it objectively, Detroit actually isn't bad at selling luxury vehicles. It's just ...


Ford dumps MyFord Touch name in revamp of infotainment system
11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11 | UPDATED: 12/11/14 11:52 am ET - adds link, video
Ford is dropping the name “MyFord Touch” in an overhaul of the touch-screen infotainment system that sent its quality ratings plummeting in recent years. ...


Hyundai falls 4% as small cars tumble
3:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2 | UPDATED: 12/2/14 7:08 pm ET - Corrected
Hyundai Motor America's November sales fell 4 percent on weak demand for small cars such as the Elantra and Accent. ...


Diesel Mazda6 still on the map
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1
Despite engineering delays, Mazda still plans to launch a diesel engine in its Mazda6 midsize sedan, the company's top North American executive says. ...


Laser scans zero in on more alignments
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1
Thanks to the steel towers straddling its service lanes, Fair Oaks Chantilly Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in suburban Washington, has a pretty good idea of whether customers n ...


Hyundai needs a design hierarchy, Schreyer says
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28
Hyundai Motor Group President Peter Schreyer gave Kia a fresh, familywide look after being hired from Volkswagen Group in 2006. Now he's doing the same for Hyundai, for w ...


Cars and concepts that glowed in the L.A. spotlight
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25
These four concepts and one production model are ready for their close-ups. ...


Fuel cell cars steal spotlight
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
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 futur ...


JLR speaks up for voice recognition with startup's tech
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Voice-recognition systems have fallen far short of their promise. Android Auto and CarPlay both use voice recognition, but CloudCar wants to go even further with JustDriv ...


Fisker flexes muscle with coachbuilt 725-hp Mustang
2:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20
Henrik Fisker, the Danish designer behind the Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8 and the ill-fated Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, apparently can design an American muscle car, too. ...


Mazda hopes CX-5, Mazda6 facelifts turn heads
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19
Midsize sedans were once the brown shoes of the US car market: a rational purchase, not an emotional one. ...


VW to bring Golf Alltrack to U.S. in 2016 to take on Subaru
3:22 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19
VW has decided to offer the Golf SportWagen with 4Motion all-wheel drive in the United States starting in 2016, both as a pure wagon and as a crossover-styled variant cal ...


Honda opens Calif. garage to get Android rolling
1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18
To help Google's new Android Auto system gain favor, Honda is doing something rare in the auto industry: subsidizing its rivals. ...


Mazda zoom zooms into tiny CUVs with CX-3
11:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18
With the CX-3, which stands 4 inches taller than a Mazda3 compact five-door from road to roof but 7 inches shorter from bumper to bumper, Mazda joins the growing list of ...


Ewanick's next bold bet: Hydrogen stations
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
If Honda, Hyundai and Toyota are the companies defining what fuel cell vehicles are, it's FirstElement and former GM executive Joel Ewanick that largely will define how a ...


Hydrogen cars are here. Is the world ready for them?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Auto companies have looked to hydrogen fuel cells as a groundbreaking technology: a nonpolluting power source that isn't constrained by battery capacity and doesn't requi ...


Flagships, cute utes headline L.A. show
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17 | UPDATED: 11/17/14 11:09 am - Corrected
Pint-size crossovers and extra-large luxury sedans will share the spotlight at the Los Angeles Auto Show, as Mercedes-Benz revives the Maybach name with a top-of-the-line ...


Automakers vow to protect data they collect
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Under pressure from U.S. regulators to prevent misuse of personal data from services such as General Motors' OnStar, automakers agreed last week to follow a set of rules ...


Dashboard data shifting the car insurance model and changing ownership math
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
As dashboard data make it easier to determine how people are driving, and how much, insurers are moving toward a usage-based insurance model that could upend the cost-ben ...


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