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Hyundai needs a design hierarchy, Schreyer says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
Hyundai Motor Group President Peter Schreyer gave Kia a fresh, familywide look after being hired from Volkswagen Group in 2006. Now he's doing the same for Hyundai, for which he took design responsibility in 2012. Schreyer, 61, wants to give Hyundai the equivalent of Kia's "tiger nose" grille so all of the brand's vehicles have a familiar face.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Nov. 27, 2014 12:28 CET
Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars.... Read More »

 

Infiniti designers imagine a 2029 concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Infiniti reached deep into science fiction for the Synaptiq design concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The theoretical concept for 2029, sketched and conceived for the show's Design Challenge, can fly. Infiniti designers imagined a vehicle triathlon that includes air, rally and circuit competitions.... Read More »

 

Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars

9:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years.... Read More »

 

UAW members rally in Toledo to keep Wrangler output; city urged to buy land

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
UAW members rallied before Toledo's city council Tuesday asking the city to approve the purchase of industrial land needed for the potential expansion of the assembly plant that makes the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler.... Read More »

 

STAR POWER

Cars and concepts that glowed in the L.A. spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
These four concepts and one production model are ready for their close-ups.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

5 cool flourishes on new Lexus RC

10:50 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Is it too much to say that the new Lexus RC is the best-looking Lexus ever? Even better than the LFA? I finally got behind the wheel an RC 350 F Sport last weekend, and I never got tired looking at the car, from any angle.... Read More »

 

Scion nixes convertible, turbocharged FR-S

10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Toyota says there will be no convertible version of the Scion FR-S sports car and -- in a blow to power-seeking enthusiasts everywhere -- no turbocharged engine.... Read More »

 

'18 Wrangler to get 8-speed automatic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The long-awaited Jeep Wrangler redesign planned for 2018 will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to dramatically improve the off-roader's fuel economy.... Read More »

 

Shelby GT350 Mustang taps into supercar tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
With the unveiling of the new Shelby GT350 Mustang at Shelby's Gardena, Calif., garage last week, Ford is harkening back to the Mustang's performance roots.... Read More »

 

Ford to keep base price stable on Explorer, but raises top trim level

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford has held the line on prices for the refreshed 2016 Explorer crossover, but a new top-of-the-line Platinum trim raises the ceiling on what a customer can spend for the hot-selling full-size crossover to well above $50,000.... Read More »

 

'15 Chrysler 300 gets electric steering, Wi-Fi

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 features a new front fascia, rotary shifter and Wi-Fi service. Chrysler's flagship sedan is the last of the automaker's three full-size cars to receive an upgrade, following refreshes to the Dodge Challenger and Charger earlier this year.... Read More »

 

Ford moves 2016 Explorer upscale

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The freshened 2016 Ford Explorer unveiled here last week will come with a new version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a new, loaded Platinum trim level that will be priced above the current top-of-the-line Explorer Sport.... Read More »

 

Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin.... Read More »

 

M-B exec: S class 'is now our flagship platform'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Mercedes-Benz thinks there's a new, hot niche in the global auto industry: $100,000-plus cars.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
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.... Read More »

 

Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model.... Read More »

 

Crossover boom moves downscale; Toyota plans to join stampede

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Prompted by lifestyle changes among Generation Y buyers, Honda, Fiat and Mazda joined the stampede to introduce smaller entries in the booming crossover market as the industry seeks younger buyers.... Read More »

 

NEAL E. BOUDETTE

Luxury brands go the way of free-trade coffee

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But a new crop of upscale cars may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience.... Read More »

 

NEAL BOUDETTE

Apple's CarPlay goes missing in L.A. and in the showroom

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Tech giants Apple and Google have generated a lot of hype over the past 12 months over their plans to tightly integrate their smartphones and app technology with in-car infotainment systems.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Fisker flexes muscle with coachbuilt 725-hp Mustang

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Henrik Fisker, the Danish designer behind the Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8 and the ill-fated Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, apparently can design an American muscle car, too.... Read More »

 

Acura retools ILX with more power, 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
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 powerful engine and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept pays homage to past, future

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
It's ironic that the most futuristic Vision Gran Turismo virtual racer to date also has the deepest historical ties to motorsports.... Read More »

 

Nissan Juke gets a little Jukier, adds features

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Nissan, surprised that one of its most polarizing cars has become one of its most successful, is turning up the Juke-iness of its Juke subcompact for 2015.... Read More »

 

500X will help Fiat in U.S. where it snows

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
When the 2016 Fiat 500X crossover shows up in North American dealerships next year, it will give the brand its first all-wheel-drive offering for areas that get wintry weather.... Read More »

 

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