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2016 Sorento longer, lower, roomier
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Kia has released the first images of the 2016 Sorento, which will be longer, lower and have more interior space than the outgoing version ...

U.S. awards more than $55 million in vehicle technology grants
3:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14
The Department of Energy has awarded more than $55 million in grants to companies including Ford, Delphi Automotive Systems and others for advanced vehicle technology r&d ...

Is this the next-generation MX-5 Miata roadster?
1:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13
Ahead of its media reveal next month, an Instagram user in Japan may have snagged an early glimpse of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster. ...

Kia Sorento to get bigger footprint for 2016
2:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11
The next-generation Kia Sorento crossover will be longer, lower and have more interior space than the outgoing version. Kia released the first images of the 2016 Sorento ...

Acura sees TLX campaign as start of image makeover
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11 | UPDATED: 8/11/14 12:05 pm ET
Acura's new TLX sedan takes on the high-wire act of replacing both the TL and TSX in the brand's lineup. ...

Hyundai goes global with store design
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Hyundai is rolling out a global dealership design initiative aimed at creating a unified look at its stores worldwide before the end of the decade. ...

Hyundai hit with $17M fine
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Federal regulators last week slapped Hyundai with a $17. ...

Kia goals: Refine the ride, polish brand
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
With its lineup almost completely fleshed out, Kia will have a steadier pace of about two major launches per year, each one seeking to make steady progress in refining th ...

Hyundai to give crossovers an update and hybrids a spin
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Hyundai is already into the first year of a steady period in its new-product cadence that will see at least two significant launches in each of the next three years. ...

Korean automakers enter stable phase
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Once specialists in tiny, economy cars, Hyundai and Kia are now fielding a full range of vehicles, from subcompacts to large premium sedans, plus crossovers and some quir ...

Chinese supplier lays plans to revive Fisker and give itself a jolt
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
If Lu Guanqiu has his way, his Wanxiang Group will bring the Fisker Karma back to life and establish the Chinese supplier as a high-profile coach-builder in the United St ...

Acura task force's job: Define brand's identity
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4



New VW Credit chief wants to expand floorplan footprint
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The new CEO of Volkswagen and Audi's finance arm wants to get more of each brand's dealers on its books. ...

Acura TLX aims to balance size, performance
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Acura has an ambitious mandate for its new TLX: Replace two outgoing sedans and claw back some prestige for the brand. The TLX replaces the mid-sized TL and compact TSX s ...

Tesla digs, but isn't sold on Reno
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2
Tesla Motors hasn't decided on a site for its so-called gigafactory, but it's moving forward as though it has. ...

Execs who delay safety recalls would face life in prison under Senate bill
7:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1
Auto executives who delay safety recalls that result in deaths could face up to life in prison under a new bill backed by a United States senator who has been one of the ...

Toyota Motor advances 12% for best July in 7 years
4:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1
Sales at Toyota Motor Sales rose 12 percent in July from a year earlier to 215,802 vehicles, for the automaker's best July sales in seven years as core models posted big ...

Tesla's Q2 net loss widens to $62 million as r&d expenses soar
4:39 pm U.S. ET | July 31 | UPDATED: 7/31/14 7:36 pm ET - details added
Tesla's net loss widened to $61.9 million in the second quarter even though it assembled and delivered record numbers of Model S electric cars. Revenues surged nearly 90 ...

'Cash for clunkers opened up the floodgates'
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
The Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as cash for clunkers, was a lifeline at a desperate time for the U.S. auto industry. ...

Fisker's Chinese owner plans 2nd model after Karma output resumes
5:51 pm U.S. ET | July 25
The Chinese owner of Fisker Automotive hopes to launch a second model that would join the $100,000 Karma luxury plug-in hybrid in three years, according to the company ...

Volkswagen puts its faith in Tennessee
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
In conjunction with its announcement last week that it would invest $900 million to expand its Tennessee factory to accommodate a mid-sized cross-over tailored to the U.S ...

E-Golf marks VW's flexible product path
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19
Volkswagen's e-Golf has all the makings of a "compliance car" -- a vehicle whose sole purpose is to satisfy clean-air regulations in California and other states mandating ...

Slow growth masks big swings in ad budgets
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
The placid flow of automakers' advertising dollars toward digital platforms last year masked some rather powerful currents below the surface. ...

VW to build new crossover in U.S., add 2,000 jobs
8:15 am U.S. ET | July 14 | UPDATED: 7/14/14 11:23 am ET -- adds UAW reaction
Volkswagen will assemble a new family-hauling crossover at its plant in Chattanooga and invest $900 million to expand the factory in a push to double U.S. sales of VW-bra ...

Kia confirms interest in Mexico assembly plant
3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 7
Kia has confirmed that it's considering putting its next overseas assembly plant in Mexico. ...

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