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Hyundai compact truck based on Santa Cruz concept set for approval

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 28
Positive public reaction on the auto show circuit has reportedly helped persuade Hyundai to build the Santa Cruz truck. ...

GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28
Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach th ...

Fiat working on Abarth variant of 124

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
Fiat plans a high-performance version of the upcoming Fiat 124, Alfredo Altavilla, COO of Fiat Chrysler's Europe, Africa and Middle East region, told England's Auto Expre ...

Kia readies hybrid subcompact crossover, Sportage redesign

UPDATED: 7/23/15 7:03 pm ET - adds details on hybrid
Kia Motors is gearing up for a run at the subcompact crossover market, one of the fastest-growing product segments in the U.S., with a hybrid variant. ...

Fiat plans Abarth variant of 124 Spider

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 21
The upcoming Fiat 124 Spider, based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, will spawn a high-performance model, Alfredo Altavilla, COO of Fiat Chrysler’s Europe, Africa and Middl ...

Chevy Silverado gets radical new face for 2016 model year

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
Chevrolet has given its freshened 2016 Silverado a new look, scrapping the dual stacked headlights that have been a fixture on Chevy's big truck since the 1980s. ...

Deal positions Magna to be a major transmission player

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
Magna International's $1.9 billion deal to buy German gearbox supplier Getrag gives the giant Canadian company the technology to supply transmissions for small cars to bi ...

All self-driving cars will need V2V capability

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
Two SUVs on a California street try to merge into the same lane at the same time and get too close. Happens all the time. Except these two vehicles were self-driving cars ...

Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 14
Lower gasoline prices are starting to impact the product plans of leading automakers as consumers migrate back to larger vehicles. ...

Chevy Silverado styling toughened up for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 13
Chevrolet is scrapping the long-running dual stacked headlights on the freshened 2016 Silverado and giving the hot-selling pickup a mean-machine look. The 2016 model also ...

Michael Weinert

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Highest customer satisfaction scores in southeast region for Buick-GMC stores, with 197.3 points out of 200. ...

So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7
The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups. ...

Toyota's next Prius hybrid takes on fastback styling

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 7
The next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid may be getting a lot closer in looks to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. ...

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 ...
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