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PARIS AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Sports cars to shine in City of Light

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The spotlight will be on sports cars at the Paris auto show, with debuts of models such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Audi TT roadster. Two former Ford-owned brands, Jaguar and Volvo, also have important launches -- Jaguar's XE compact sedan and Volvo's long-awaited redesign of the XC90 crossover.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

French automakers focus on fuel economy as rivals push zoom factor

Sept. 22, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers will focus on ultra fuel-efficient concepts at the Paris auto show while their rivals showcase sporty cars such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar XE and Mazda MX-5.... Read More »

 

Toyota's thrill-seeking side

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The re-engineered 2015 Camry, which will arrive in U.S. showrooms this week, is a testament to the company's quest under President Akio Toyoda to shed a reputation for selling cars that are dependable but dull. Toyota invested dearly in a sweeping update of the Camry's sheet metal, with only the roof unchanged.... Read More »

 

Audi at work on a 3rd TT variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Audi r&d chief Ulrich Hackenberg says a third variant of the TT compact sports car is in the works.... Read More »

 

Forward-looking powertrains set for next VW Phaeton

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The second generation of Volkswagen's Phaeton luxury sedan will offer turbocharged direct injection diesel and plug-in hybrid engines.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Mini will show new 5-door hatchback at Paris show

Sept. 19, 2014 14:52 CET
Mini will unveil its first five-door hatchback in Paris as the BMW subsidiary seeks to attract new customers and those looking for something bigger than the current three-door Mini.... Read More »

 

A 3D-printed car is close to reality -- if Local Motors has its way

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Imagine a car, as functional and drivable as any other, coming off a three-dimensional printer and assembled in a matter of days.... Read More »

 

Cadillac to build unnamed 'top-end' car at Detroit-Hamtramck in late 2015

6:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors said today that it will build a new "top-end, high-technology" Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in the fourth quarter of next year. GM declined to name the car, saying only that it would be slotted above the CTS midsize sedan and XTS large sedan.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Why Cadillac's forthcoming 'LTS' could get another name

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
We've known about Cadillac's plans for a big, rear-wheel drive, range-topping sedan for more than two years now. For most of that time, we've been referring to it by its internal codename, LTS. But when the wraps come off the car sometime in the first half of next year, I bet it won't sport an LTS badge.... Read More »

 

BRAD WERNLE

2015 Mustang is a hit on LA streets

11:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
No sooner had we left our hotel and hit the streets in West Hollywood when we began to notice people noticing us. Granted, it was hard to miss our 2015 Ford Mustang painted in Competition Orange -- seemingly bright enough to be picked up by a satellite orbiting above.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15

11:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
It's rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy. But that's what happened last week when Toyota introduced the 2015 Tundra pickup and revealed that the big truck would be available only with V-8 engines.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

SsangYong set to join expanding subcompact SUV segment

Sept. 18, 2014 11:46 CET
SsangYong will preview two subcompact SUV concepts in Paris next month, ahead of the launch of a production model, the X100, next year. SsangYong is the latest automaker to join the fast-growing small SUV segment.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept previews new crossover

Sept. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota will unveil the C-HR concept at the Paris auto show. The concept previews a potential new entry in Europe's booming crossover segment.... Read More »

 

Audi claims first California autonomous driving permit

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Volkswagen's Audi unit is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California, as new laws in the state governing the process went into effect on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

Ford seeks younger Mustang buyers with tech features

12:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as Ford's most technology-laden pony car yet. The fastback model will arrive first, followed by the convertible later in the fall. Ford hopes to appeal to a new generation of Mustang buyers -- and overseas markets -- by offering technologies never seen before in Ford's pony car.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Honda reveals longer, sleeker, sportier Jazz

Sept. 17, 2014 12:44 CET
Honda has released pictures of its near-production next-generation Jazz subcompact, which show a bigger, sportier-looking model than the current car. The Jazz is Honda's No. 3-selling model in Europe after the Civic and CR-V.... Read More »

 

Toyota FT-1 gets the souped-up 'Gran Turismo' treatment for video game

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Toyota has joined the “Gran Turismo” parade of video game racers with a beefier version of its FT-1 concept. “The design brief of this car was very simple: Take the FT-1 concept car and turn it into the most kickass, badass, super racecar you can imagine,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota's Calty Design Research, during the car's video unveiling.... Read More »

 

Cadillac's new chief vows no retreat on pricing strategy

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Cadillac has no plans to back off its sharply higher sticker prices or sweeten incentives to improve slumping U.S. sales, new brand chief Johan de Nysschen said. De Nysschen, who arrived at GM in August after stints at Infiniti and Audi, said in an interview today that Cadillac must be willing to forgo some traditional buyers as it works to attract the higher-end clientele it's now courting with a revitalized lineup.... Read More »

 

Ford will debut new S-Max at Paris show

Sept. 15, 2014 17:28 CET
Ford will debut the new S-Max at the Paris auto show on Oct. 2 ahead of the minivan's sales launch in Europe next summer.... Read More »

 

Tesla's task is to keep buzz with new models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Tesla, still operating in startup mode, is most worried about ensuring that the Model X and the rest of the new models on its agenda aren't a letdown from the Model S.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce considers a crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Rolls-Royce executives several years ago pooh-poohed the possibility of a crossover with an RR badge. But CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes in January said a crossover is being considered.... Read More »

 

Daimler pact powers Aston Martin's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Aston Martin's future is tied to an agreement it signed with Daimler AG last year to share parts, engines and perhaps even technology for new vehicles.... Read More »

 

Lambo waits for the OK to join superlux crossover parade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Lamborghini is awaiting approval of an all-new SUV/crossover by its parent Volkswagen AG.... Read More »

 

Growing Maserati to add 1st SUV in 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Maserati, after selling more vehicles in the first half of 2014 than in all of 2013, is on track to reach its goal of 30,000 global sales this year.... Read More »

 

Crossover key to lifting Bentley sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Bentley is expanding its lineup with a crossover and possibly another vehicle: a two-seat sports car or a four-door with coupelike styling.... Read More »

 

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