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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 ...


GM: Vette Z06 to get high power, high mpg
11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
The supercharged 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that goes on sale early next year will produce 650 hp, the highest ever for a General Motors production car. But the engine i ...


New systems amaze, but what about the joy of driving?
11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Recent visits to Visteon Corp. and Valeo North America threw me into a bit of a funk. They are working to create a cloud-based, always-connected information pod. Taking a ...


How GM missed the truck fuel economy race, and how it will return
11:17 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
The pickup truck fuel economy race is between Chrysler’s Ram 1500 and the upcoming aluminum-bodied F-150 coming late this year. But the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC ...


GM plans to launch more diesel vehicles in U.S.
10:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
General Motors will launch more cars and light trucks with diesel engines in the United States in the coming years. ...


Despite its speed, the Camaro still has road manners
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
It's reasonable to assume that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, which has the power and ambition to run with Porsche 911s and Nissan GT-Rs, would be a bear to drive. Excep ...


Visteon climate module adds cabin space
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Visteon Corp. engineers have developed a heating and air conditioning unit that would create significantly more cabin space. ...


Valeo wins light competition for Escalade
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
The lights on the Cadillac Escalade, engineered and produced by French supplier Valeo, were designed from the start to separate the SUV's styling from the competition. Th ...


JLR still tops when it comes to aluminum
1:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Nobody in the world auto industry makes more aluminum-bodied vehicles than Jaguar Land Rover. Its latest, the Jaguar F-Type sports car, is a global hit, as are the Range ...


Jaguar exec touts XE's fuel efficiency
5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The upcoming Jaguar XE small sedan is poised to become the most fuel efficient car Jaguar has ever built, based on fuel economy estimates for the European diesel model. ...


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