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Recent articles
The latest tech is great -- until you have to replace it
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24
There is a downside to rapidly advancing automotive technology: Break something, and you'll pay an eye-popping amount to get it fixed. ...


Designers use new tricks, and the wind tunnel
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
Automakers facing stiffer global fuel economy and emissions standards are increasing efforts to improve fuel efficiency. ...


Technology makes vehicles slipperier
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
Drag coefficient measures the resistance of an object as it moves through air or fluid. The lower the number, the slipperier the vehicle, and the less fuel it burns. ...


Mini clears Superleggera roadster for production, report says
11:30 am U.S. ET | March 17
It’s not quite as exciting as a Beatles reunion, but it looks like one of Britain’s greatest hits -- the affordable sports car -- could finally be returning. ...


Small utility vehicles' big payoff
11:30 am U.S. ET | March 17
Tiny crossovers and SUVs could be immune to America's long-standing love-hate relationship with small cars. We love 'em when gasoline is expensive and shun 'em when it's ...


A test drive converts a Cadillac skeptic
11:30 am U.S. ET | March 10
There’s one last item to address before we close the book on my recent column about GM's latest efforts to reposition Cadillac. ...


M-B's Metris enters scene
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Ford Motor Co.'s segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz. ...


Hellcat demand is unleashed on eBay
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
A quick check of eBay confirms how strong demand is for the SRT Hellcat versions of the Dodge Challenger and Charger. ...


Ram expands CNG options
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Ram will offer a less-expensive heavy-duty pickup powered by compressed natural gas. ...


Mercedes Metris cargo van to enter Ford Transit Connect's turf
11:54 am U.S. ET | March 5
Ford's segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz. ...


Novelis teams with German partner on aluminum advances
8:00 am U.S. ET | March 5
Aluminum giant Novelis and German supplier Henkel said today they signed an agreement to develop advanced bonding technologies for aluminum-intensive vehicles. ...


Ram will expand lineup of CNG-powered trucks
1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 4
Fiat Chrysler is expanding the availability of compressed natural gas on its heavy duty Ram pickup. ...


Whatever happens with a takeover, automakers always learn something
11:00 am U.S. ET | March 3
Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo all have something in common today besides the fact that they were once owned or controlled by Ford. ...


CLA’s minor dings put a big dent in Mercedes’ rating
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
It wasn't cranky engines, shiftless transmissions or funky infotainment systems that sunk Mercedes-Benz last week in the Consumer Reports Car Brand Report Cards. ...


FCA to fix coupling on Ram diesels
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
Fiat Chrysler is replacing a potentially faulty exhaust coupling in the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup that can send diesel fumes into the cabin through the air co ...


De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
It seems nothing gets people chattering these days like Cadillac, a brand in transition. So when reporter Richard Truett took to autonews. ...


Blazing-fast McLaren 675LT to debut in Geneva
9:20 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25
British sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotive plans to introduce the 675LT at next week’s Geneva auto show. The sleek coupe can top 120 mph in a faster amount ...


De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to rebuild Caddy's image
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24
An open letter to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen: Fixing Cadillac will be the biggest challenge of your career, a far larger task, even, than breathing new life into Aud ...


Nissan's Diaz says 2016 Titan is no F-150 look-alike
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21
Nissan's redesigned 2016 Titan pickup that debuted at the Detroit auto show drew plenty of comparisons to the Ford F-150. ...


Have no fear, Hyundai cracks the fuel-cell code
11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17
The hydrogen fuel cell debate is no longer a chicken-and-egg conundrum. The fuel cell vehicle has arrived first. It works. ...


Toyota revises Avalon's ride and styling
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
An updated version of the Avalon, Toyota's biggest sedan, arrives this fall with revised styling and a recalibrated suspension system. ...


Has diesel peaked in Europe?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe. Driving into Paris a few years ago in a Peugeot diesel ...


Has diesel had its day in Europe?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe. ...


Fewer pounds and better chemistry boost '16 Volt range
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Here's how GM made the 2016 Volt's powertrain lighter, along with some other notable engineering changes. ...


Acura drops new V-6 in RDX, boosting fuel economy
11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12
Acura is introducing several new technologies on one of its best-selling nameplates, the RDX compact crossover. ...


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