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Mazda to unveil CX-3 for small crossover market
8:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Mazda wants a piece of the market for miniaturized crossovers. ...


Scion's iM concept suggests Toyota's Auris is U.S.-bound
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Toyota Motor Corp., on a mission to rejuvenate its youth-oriented Scion brand, may replace its boxy xB subcompact with a version of Europe's Toyota Auris, new images sugg ...


Why Honda is venturing into Oculus' virtual world
11:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23
From the back seat of an Acura MDX, I peered out at a stone house on a cliff, fields of wind-swept grass and blue butterflies close enough to touch. All of it was a mirag ...


Three factors in Daimler's $780M sale of Tesla stock
8:39 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22
When Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler disclosed it had sold its 4 percent stake in Tesla Motors for a handsome $780 million, people naturally rushed for a simple explanation. ...


A terrible wreck, but not a total loss
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Most dealerships send totaled cars straight to the junkyard. White Bear Mitsubishi put one on display, and it has been reaping the rewards ever since. ...


Startups see opportunities flowing from data port
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Some startups, impatient with automakers' progress and promising to bring older vehicles into the data-driven age, are racing to market with hardware and apps that tap in ...


Where will autonomous cars prepare for urban challenges?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19
The advent of autonomous cars is forcing automakers to rethink the traditional proving ground and strike a balance between existing test tracks and the realities of today ...


For Tesla, best offense is strong D
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
Tesla is applying the tech industry's approach to its cars, setting aside the auto industry's fixed cadence of redesigns and mid-cycle refreshes and adopting the technolo ...


Tesla's 'D' will be Model S with all-wheel drive, 2 motors
11:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9 | UPDATED: 10/10/14 12:10 am ET - adds Musk quotes
Tesla Motors will offer an all-wheel-drive system in its all-electric Model S sedan, CEO Elon Musk says, giving a glimpse of the first-of-its-kind powertrain that will po ...


Mercedes-Benz rewarded with EPA credits for adopting start-stop
8:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8
Mercedes-Benz will get extra credit on U.S. fuel economy standards for putting start-stop systems in its luxury cars -- but not as much as the automaker had hoped. ...


Voice controls, electronic assistants can overwhelm drivers, AAA research finds
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7 | UPDATED: 10/7/14 6:29 am ET - corrected
Systems such as Apple's Siri electronic assistant, which automakers started installing in vehicles in 2013, may be as mentally taxing as the buttons and knobs they replac ...


Tesla spokesman Sproule leaves to be CMO at Aston Martin
11:05 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7 | UPDATED: 10/7/14 12:01 pm ET - adds announcement
Aston Martin, the British sports car brand, said today it hired Simon Sproule, the vice president of communications at Tesla Motors, to serve as chief marketing officer u ...


Tesla's trump card? Used cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Tesla is developing a program to sell the Model S secondhand in a bid to lower the cost of entry for the $71,070 sedan and unlock the earnings potential of Tesla's factor ...


Musk's mysterious 'D' is probably an awd Model S
2:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2
With his 1 million-plus Twitter followers and his celebrity status, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a tendency to act like a one-man marketing department. ...


Accord, TLX push Honda ahead of 2013 pace
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Honda is finally back in the black -- barely. Helped by strong demand for the Honda Accord and Acura TLX sedans, American Honda Motor Co. posted a 12 percent sales increa ...


Windshield could be the display screen
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Inspired by video games and wearable devices such as Google Glass, car companies and their suppliers are pouring resources into head-up display (HUD) technology, despite ...


Hyundai pays the price for prestige
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27
Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo got what he wanted: a spacious corporate home in Korea's most prestigious neighborhood. Now he is paying the price. ...


Hyundai's hubris -- $10B land deal backfires
4:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22 | UPDATED: 9/23/14 2:01 pm ET - adds clarification
Chung Mong-Koo sought to imbue Hyundai with Gangnam style. ...


Toyota's thrill-seeking side
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
The re-engineered 2015 Camry, which will arrive in U.S. showrooms this week, is a testament to the company's quest under President Akio Toyoda to shed a reputation for se ...


Porsche SE cash gives Inrix fuel to grow
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Inrix Inc., the traffic information provider that drew a $55 million investment this month from Volkswagen AG holding company Porsche Automobil Holding SE, is officially ...


BMW puts i8 at center of tech-based campaign
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20
BMW is learning that what distinguishes the ultimate driving machine can be a matter of taste. ...


Tesla sends traffic help via software upgrade
3:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19 | UPDATED: 9/20/14 9:44 pm ET - adds Musk background
Tesla Motors, which equipped its Model S sedan with a cellular connection to download wireless software updates over time, today revealed a sixth update that gives the Mo ...


Sensor cuts self-driving car costs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 | UPDATED: 9/20/14 9:52 pm ET
You can't buy one yet, but the autonomous vehicle just got a little cheaper. ...


Tesla's task is to keep buzz with new models
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Tesla, still operating in startup mode, is most worried about ensuring that the Model X and the rest of the new models on its agenda aren't a letdown from the Model S. ...


Kia prices Soul EV at $33,700, above Leaf
3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11
The Kia Soul EV, Hyundai Motor Group’s first all-electric vehicle, will cost $33,700 before shipping and government incentives when it arrives in U.S. dealerships t ...


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