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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 »

 

Supercar reality check: It's crossover time

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Reality is intruding into the realm of elite vehicles, both in terms of market trends and government regulation.... Read More »

 

Ferrari turns to turbos and hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Ferrari will continue to refine its lineup with new technologies to reduce its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2021.... Read More »

 

Redesigned Mazda2 aims to break from subcompact pack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Not long ago, the term "subcompact car" was all but synonymous with "Japanese import."... Read More »

 

Mercedes' 911-fighter is set to arrive here in 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The United States is expected to be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT, which goes on sale here in April. The low-slung coupe with swoopy curves and conventional doors is expected to cost about $120,000 and will compete with the Porsche 911.... Read More »

 

Toyota considers utility van entry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Toyota is considering a small utility-van concept vehicle that would compete with compact vans such as Ford's Transit Connect and Nissan's NV200. The Urban Utility, designed at the company's Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif., was shown last week.... Read More »

 

BMW 2-series droptop variants to get awd

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Two variants of BMW's new soft-top 2-series convertible will get all-wheel drive, an unusual offering for open-top luxury cars -- especially soft tops.... Read More »

 

Jaguar XE gets lots of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The new Jaguar XE compact sedan will be the highest volume aluminum-body car on the market when it arrives in the U.S. in 2016. Jaguar says 75 percent of the car's components are aluminum.... Read More »

 

BMW: Decision on new-look Mini EV still months away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
BMW won't decide for at least six months whether to build an electric version of the Mini that will move the classic British car further from its original design. The new car, known as the Superleggera, was shown this month in Britain.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
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.... Read More »

 

Divine concept reflects Citroen DS's design direction

Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Citroen's DS brand is hinting at its future styling with the Divine concept car that will debut at next month's Paris auto show.... Read More »

 

Ferrari to launch a 10-unit limited-edition model for the U.S.

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo’s last public act at the helm of the Italian supercar maker will be the unveiling of a limited-edition model destined for the U.S. market only.... Read More »

 

Audi set to add third TT variant

Sept. 12, 2014 13:21 CET
Audi has given the strongest hint so far that it intends to add an SUV/crossover derivative to its TT compact sports car lineup. An SUV variant would allow Audi to boost sales of the TT range in an increasingly popular vehicle segment.... Read More »

 

Kia prices Soul EV at $33,700, above Leaf

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
The Kia Soul EV, Hyundai Motor Group’s first all-electric vehicle, will cost $33,700 before shipping and government incentives when it arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Honda revives the HR-V to attract younger buyers

Sept. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Honda is reviving the HR-V name for its new subcompact SUV as it seeks to attract new and younger buyers to the brand. The HR-V is the European version of the Vezel.... Read More »

 

Athletic Mazda2 debuts as test on many levels

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Mazda unveiled a more athletic fourth-generation Mazda2 hatchback late Wednesday, deploying its latest Skyactiv drivetrain and chassis technologies into the subcompact segment. The upgrade is sorely needed to keep the pint-sized car relevant in an increasingly competitive field against such upstarts as the hot-selling Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta.... Read More »

 

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