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Jaguar Land Rover opens $750 million engine plant
4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30
Jaguar Land Rover moved another step closer today to gaining greater control of its destiny with the opening of its $750 million engine plant near Wolverhampton in the U. ...


Why the stick shift's days may be numbered
9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28
Two cars I have test driven recently finally convinced me the good old-fashioned manual transmission will soon be dead. ...


Nissan's 2016 Maxima drives back to roots
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21
Nissan's redesigned Maxima sedan may be getting back to its “4DSC” roots. Recent spy photos show an early prototype of the 2016 Maxima. ...


Sizing up the field for 2015 Car, Truck of Year honors
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21
A look at select and notable candidates for 2015 Car and Truck of the Year honors from the twisting roads of western Michigan. ...


Rolls-Royce renews the Ghost
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Rolls-Royce has made extensive styling and technical changes to the Ghost Series II for its midcycle freshening. ...


Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. ...


Volvo's new engine: Turbocharger? Supercharger? What is this thing?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Volvo's experimental engine -- a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder -- cranks out an amazing 450 horsepower. ...


Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II adds new tech, keeps old-school feel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Despite the addition of up-to-date electronic, entertainment, safety and luxury accoutrements, the refreshed 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is still -- and this is no a ...


Volvo 'triple boost' engine cranks up the power
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Volvo Car Group is testing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses three turbochargers to crank out at least 450 hp. ...


CT6? Cadillac missed chance to sell 'em on a sexy name
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Car names derived from letters and numbers have been with us since at least the 1950s. So why the big fuss after Cadillac said it will name its big new sedan the CT6? Wel ...


Porsche adds 4 GTS variants to 911 lineup for 2015
6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7
Porsche, feeling the heat from such cars as the redesigned Chevrolet Corvette, is giving the venerable 911 a tune-up for 2015. ...


Volvo tests triple-turbo 4-cylinder that cranks out 450 hp
10:46 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7
Volvo Cars is testing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses three turbochargers and cranks out at least 450 hp. ...


What's in a name? Cadillac CT6 creates fervor
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7
What's the big deal with the endless wave of alphanumeric car and light truck names? If a vehicle has the performance, style, quality, value and safety consumers are look ...


Honda bakes building blocks for autonomous driving into updated CR-V
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7
The top-of-the-line touring model of the updated 2015 Honda CR-V has a new suite of electronic technologies called Honda Sensing that the company is rolling out across it ...


Ram to produce more diesel-powered pickups
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Chrysler says it will produce more light-duty, diesel-powered Ram pickups to meet strong demand. ...


Chrysler Group gains on Jeep, Ram volume
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Chrysler Group sold 169,890 vehicles in September, a 19 percent increase from September 2013, with every brand but Dodge contributing to the company's gains. ...


Nissan Division volume jumps 22%
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Good fuel economy and fresh products helped drive Nissan Division to a 22 percent September sales gain, says sales chief Fred Diaz. Nissan is scaling back fleet sales and ...


Will aluminum Ford F-150 be mpg king? Let's do the (fuzzy) math
11:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 | UPDATED: 9/30/14 4:54 pm ET - adds details
Ford looks poised to reclaim at least part of the pickup fuel economy crown from Chrysler's hard-charging Ram 1500 with the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150. ...


Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 | UPDATED: 9/30/14 12:29 pm ET - adds details
Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost output of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines. ...


No '15 Evora as Lotus works on 'smart' airbags
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Lotus, which is laying off about one quarter of its global staff, will skip the 2015 model year of its only street-legal car sold in the United States, the Evora two-seat ...


A cool way to cool the Hellcat
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
On other Challenger models, the left inner headlight has a clear plastic center section. ...


Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. ...


Bob Boniface and the art and science of designing Cadillacs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Bob Boniface remembers every detail of his father's 1966 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, the points and the turn signal repeaters above the headlights, everything. ...


Automakers battle in annual Texas truck showdown
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25
General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota are rolling into this weekend's Texas State Fair in Dallas with guns blazing -- at each other. ...


Lotus halts U.S. sales for 2015 model year
3:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23
Boutique British sports car maker Lotus may be due for a pit stop in the U.S. The only Lotus model sold in the U.S., the Evora, is being dropped for the 2015 model year b ...


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