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The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30
GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs. ...

GM tweaks Colorado, Canyon turbodiesel for cold weather

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Because diesel engines can get cranky in cold weather, General Motors engineers have redesigned several key components in the 2. ...

Lotus Evora to resume U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
A scaled-down Lotus is preparing to leave the pits after sitting out the 2015 model year. The boutique British sports car maker says it will launch a fully compliant Evor ...

Fiat 124 Spider spy shots hint roadster is more than rebadged Miata

1:28 pm U.S. ET | June 26
Spy photos of 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata-based Fiat 124 Spider show what appear to be subtle styling tweaks. ...

Lotus Evora returns to U.S. at year's end; U.S. HQ moving to Mich.

2:17 pm U.S. ET | June 24
Lotus said today that it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at the end of the year in the U.S. The company also announced plans to move its U.S. headquarters from ...

'Multiphysics': Engineering's new frontier

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 23
The creation process that was once fairly simple -- design blueprints to prototypes to testing to validation to production -- now is often extremely complex, involving en ...

FCA hikes Ram diesel torque rating for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram division is firing the opening salvo in the 2016 model pickup wars by boosting the torque rating of its high-output, 6.7-liter diesel engin ...

Continental says it's 'working heavily' on electrified turbo

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
Continental AG is working on an electrified turbocharger to compete with a similar unit made by France's Valeo that is scheduled to debut on an Audi next year. ...

Electronic gremlins may keep old cars off the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
Advanced electronics have transformed every aspect of today's automobile. They are cleaner, faster, safer, more efficient and more capable. ...

AAA finds 8 in 10 drivers report their mpg tops EPA ratings

9:51 am U.S. ET | June 17
Eight in 10 drivers report getting better fuel economy than the EPA ratings posted on their vehicles' window stickers, AAA says in a new study. ...

The dark side of electronics

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 16
As automobiles age and the quality of replacement parts for the electronics diminish, repairs become difficult, frustrating and expensive. ...

Need a prototype part? Send an email to the 3-D printer

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
3-D printing, which uses a type of plastic powder and technology similar to an inkjet printer, has made it possible for FCA engineers to get a prototype part made within ...

The steep road ahead for Alfa in the U.S.

8:17 am U.S. ET | June 8
There is no doubt that Alfa Romeo fans -- the Alfisti -- are passionate in the United States. ...

The steep road ahead for Alfa in U.S.

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 2
Even with a small but passionate following for the Italian brand, Fiat Chrysler's lofty sales goal for Alfa Romeo -- 150,000 vehicles a year in the NAFTA region by 2018 - ...

Chevy may revive Z/28 racer from pony car days of yore

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
General Motors' head of global product development hinted at plans for a Camaro race car that pays homage to the Trans Am Camaro Z/28s of the late 1960s. ...

Camaro gets a 4-cylinder, but GM's not sure it will be a hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
For the first time in three decades, Chevrolet's Camaro is getting a four-cylinder engine, and General Motors officials have no idea how it will sell. ...

With sports cars, hit reset (often) for success

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 26
Sporty cars won't live past one generation if car companies don't keep them fresh with new models and features. Constant investment or a slow, agonizing death. ...

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 seen in Detroit

UPDATED: 5/26/15 11:52 am ET - adds details
A 2016 preproduction Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 showed up Saturday at a Cars And Coffee event in suburban Detroit. ...

A new golden age for high performance

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19
Forget the 1960s. Now is the golden age of performance. ...

Ford design boss: GT supercar's interior is a head-turner, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
The Ford GT's dramatic exterior styling has grabbed attention but, as Ford global design chief Moray Callum points out, some cool stuff is happening inside the car, too. ...

Revamped Camaro gains power, agility to battle Mustang

1:00 pm U.S. ET | May 17
Chevrolet arranged for journalists to test drive V-6 models of the redesigned 2016 Camaro back to back with V-6 versions of the 2015 car around the same race track that w ...

Camaro vs. Mustang: Who has the edge?

5:00 pm U.S. ET | May 16
The Chevrolet Camaro-Ford Mustang rivalry and U.S. sales battle is about to heat up again. ...

IndyCars test Honda, Chevy engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16
The Chevrolets and Hondas that millions of Americans drive have at least one thing in common with the high-revving, single-seat open-wheeled cars that will be zipping aro ...

2016 Ford Mustang revives California Special package, classic design touches

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 12
Ford is reaching back into the Mustang's rich history to keep the reborn pony car fresh heading into the 2016 model year. ...

Scion to announce 3rd new vehicle this fall, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Scion is gearing up for a rebound with two new vehicles, the iA sedan and iM hatchback, both shown last month at the New York auto show. ...
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