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Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30
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 ...


Charity is a priority, not a look-at-me
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
George Nahas, a Chevrolet dealer in central Florida, says his annual budget for philanthropy has consistently been greater than $100,000 per year. ...


Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15
11:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18 | UPDATED: 9/18/14 2:27 pm ET
It's rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy. ...


For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
A close look at the Firebird II video shows GM made a lot of the right calls on the issues facing self-driving cars -- issues that are still being resolved. ...


Tenneco cuts emissions with quick warm-up
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
In Jan. 1, 2017, EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards will kick in, affecting the 2018-25 model years. Tenneco Inc., a major supplier of exhaust systems and emission ...


How automakers, suppliers are preparing for tougher emissions rules
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14
The EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards take effect in 2017. To meet the standards in the early years, automakers will adopt well-known technology to increase engin ...


The connected car -- circa 1956
1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9
It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. ...


Major roadblocks still exist for driverless cars, panel says
8:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Improving sensor technology, solving legal issues and getting real-time mapping and traffic information into vehicles are three roadblocks that need to be removed before ...


Ram makes a power move in heated rivalry with Ford Super Duty
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25 | UPDATED: 8/25/14 4:30 pm ET - adds detail, link
The rivalry between Ford's venerable F series and Chrysler's hard-charging Ram truck brand is heating up again. ...


New Ram chief's big job: Deliver on vans
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Robert Hegbloom, the new head of the Ram brand, will get a crash course in the van market next year. ...


1st brand with 30 mpg pickup wins, Hegbloom says
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Engineers are not satisfied with the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel's 28 mpg EPA highway rating and are gunning for 30 -- and eventually higher. ...


Leaked stickers suggest a thirstier 2015 Ford Mustang as weight creeps up
1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21
Adding independent rear suspension, numerous electronic safety features and other items raised the weight and lowered the fuel economy of several models of the rebuilt 20 ...


Is Ford rolling the dice with changes to 2015 Mustang?
2:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21
The new Mustang is bigger, heavier, thirstier and more expensive than the outgoing '14 model. It's a recipe for killing a sports car. ...


2015 Corvette will get 29 mpg highway, GM says
8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20 | UPDATED: 8/20/14 1:33 pm ET - adds details
An 8-speed automatic transmission debuting in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette boosts fuel economy by 3. ...


Chrysler names Bigland to lead Alfa Romeo brand in N.A.
9:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18 | UPDATED: 8/18/14 12:17 p.m ET - corrected
Chrysler Group, rolling out sales of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car in the United States, has picked Reid Bigland to lead the Italian sports car brand's return to North Ame ...


GM: More U.S. vehicles to get diesels
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
General Motors will launch more cars and light trucks with diesel engines in the United States in the coming years. ...


Self-driving cars will still need human help
10:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7
Forget the hype. Self-driving vehicles are a long way off, and when they do arrive, what they actually do will probably be a lot less than our image of automated driving. ...


Toyota exec touts supply chain benefits of staff moves to Mich.
4:20 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Toyota’s plan to move supplier development and purchasing staffs to its technical center in Ann Arbor will improve suppliers relations, a top executive said today. ...


Jaguar Land Rover grapples with growing demand, tighter supplies
1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
After a year of record global sales of 425,000 vehicles in 2013 and a 14 percent increase in the first half of 2014, Jaguar Land Rover is facing a problem it has not seen ...


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