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Ford’s payoff from aluminum bet still years away
11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25
Investors might be a little concerned at how Ford is spending its money. Ford dropped billions of dollars redesigning the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. ...


GM's savvy new face to suppliers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Addressing an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., this summer, General Motors' global powertrain boss Steve Kiefer asked a room packed with about 500 people how ...


As Ford spends big, GM joins aluminum with simple welds
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
General Motors is adding more lightweight aluminum to its vehicles. But unlike Ford Motor Co., GM is not spending hundreds of millions of dollars to retool its assembly p ...


How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week ...


Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag
3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21
In round one of aluminum vs. diesel, diesel wins. Ford's new F-150 failed to knock off the pickup fuel economy champ, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. ...


Acura retools ILX with more power, 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20 | UPDATED: 11/20/14 1:17 pm ET
Acura is taking another shot at the small premium sedan segment by retooling the entry-level ILX. The Honda Civic-based compact has been re-engineered with a more powerfu ...


Jaguar beefs up powertrain options on F-Type
11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19
Jaguar is building on its successful return to the sports car market by expanding the powertrain options in the F-Type coupe and convertible. ...


Honda joins small-crossover fray with HR-V
3:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19
The Honda HR-V, based on the Fit subcompact, arrives early next year and will compete with small crossovers such as the Buick Encore, Fiat 500X and Mini Countryman. ...


Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax
11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18
A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler. ...


Why turbocharger fans owe Saab a thank-you
11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11
We are gathered here today to pay our respects to Saab. The deceased Swedish automaker's lasting legacy is not the unconventional place it put the ignition switch. ...


M-B Metris van targets fleet buyers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
The midsize Mercedes-Benz cargo and passenger van coming next year will be called the Metris in North America. ...


SEMA today, showrooms tomorrow
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Various vehicles loaded with high-performance gear at last week's Specialty Equipment Market Association show will be available soon in U.S. showrooms. ...


How Chrysler's Hellcat engine almost died
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4
One of the year's hottest new engines almost never happened. ...


Mercedes preps midsize cargo, passenger van for U.S.
7:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4
Mercedes-Benz is using the giant Specialty Equipment Market Association show this week to preview a midsize van scheduled to arrive in North America in about a year. ...


Acura to Jeep, SEMA showcases performance, off-road mojo
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4
Automakers are showing off customized high-performance vehicles this week in Las Vegas at the Special Equipment Market Association’s yearly show. ...


Mercedes-Benz adds 4wd, safety tech to Sprinter
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Mercedes-Benz, running true to form, is turning to safety and powertrain technology to keep the 2015 Sprinter van on fleet buyers' shopping lists as newly launched Ford a ...


Jeep, Ram carry Chrysler to another stellar month
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Jeep sales continue to defy gravity, with older models even posting strong gains, and helping drive Chrysler Group to another monthly volume increase. ...


Michigan body shop burns used oil to cut heating bill
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Dealer Ed Brown saw a heating system that uses used oil displayed at the 2002 National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans and had it installed a yea ...


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. ...


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