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Can Kia pick Prius' lock on hybrid market?

Many automakers have tried to lure customers away from the Toyota Prius hybrid, which outsells the Ford C-Max 7-to-1 in the U.S. and exhibited such dominance that archrival Honda pulled its Insight hybrid from the market to regroup. Kia Motors Corp. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13

Toyota's TRD Pro version of Tacoma built to take on roughest terrain

CHICAGO -- Toyota, fresh off launching the redesigned Tacoma late last year, is expanding the midsize truck’s lineup with a high-performance off-road version. Toyota unveiled the Tacoma TRD Pro today at the Chicago Auto Show. The TRD Pro, ... 2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11

Kia hybrid crossover aims for Prius-like mpg

With gas prices under $2 a gallon, fewer people are hunting for hybrids. But they are clamoring for crossovers, which may give Kia Motors Corp. a leg up in launching its first dedicated hybrid. Today at the Chicago Auto Show, the Korean automaker ... 10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11

Hyundai freshens Santa Fe family amid U.S. production boost

As it retools its U.S. factory to build more crossovers for truck-loving Americans, Hyundai Motor Co. is updating the midsize Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The freshened 2017 crossovers, shown today at the Chicago Auto Show, have new grilles, wheels ... 12:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11

Nissan's half-ton Titan will have different, shorter chassis than Titan XD

CHICAGO -- Nissan’s half-ton Titan will ride on a completely different chassis than the new Titan XD, the automaker told a Chicago auto show audience today. The half-ton version, shown only in photographs to the press at the show, will arrive ... 11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11 | UPDATED: 2/11/16 11:33 am ET - adds link

Ram updates off-road offerings with freshened Power Wagon

CHICAGO -- Ram is updating back-country, heavy-duty offerings for 2017 with a freshened Power Wagon trim and expanded off-road packages across its three-quarter-ton pickup lineup. The new off-road packages will be available across the Ram 2500 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11

Lower-priced Sprinter van targets plumbers, electricians

Mercedes-Benz Vans USA is introducing a lower-priced Sprinter commercial van model in a bid to win over more plumbers, electricians and other tradespeople. The Sprinter Worker was unveiled this afternoon at the Chicago Auto Show. Pricing begins at ... 8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11 | UPDATED: 2/11/16 3:15 pm ET - adds Sprinter Extreme

Kia adds plug-in hybrid to Optima lineup

Since the end of 2011, Kia Motors Corp. has sold the Optima Hybrid as its answer to the electrified versions of the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion. Now that the midsize sedan has entered its next generation, Kia is stepping up its green-car efforts ... 10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11

Nissan's Patrol platform yields a new Armada

CHICAGO -- Nissan has redesigned its full-size Armada SUV to capture a shift to more refined tastes in the once rough-and-tumble segment. The 2017 Armada -- unveiled here Wednesday for the Chicago Auto Show -- will no longer share its underpinnings ... 7:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10

Camaro 1LE performance version will offer V-6

DETROIT -- The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track-ready performance model that debuts this week at the Chicago Auto Show will for the first time be offered with a V-6 engine under the hood. The 1LE will be available with a 335-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, as ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10

Chevy freshens Trax as crossover competition multiplies

DETROIT -- The Chevrolet Trax will get a new face and freshened interior for the 2017 model year, an effort to stay ahead of a slew of newcomers in the burgeoning market for subcompact crossovers. The ’17 Trax, to be unveiled on Thursday at ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10

Chicago Auto Show preview

Chicago is the "city of broad shoulders," so what better place than the Chicago Auto Show to launch big and rugged vehicles? Expected this week at the show are an updated Ram heavy-duty pickup, a freshened Hyundai Santa Fe crossover, a special- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Chrysler readies Alloy Edition trims for 200, 300

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, looking to spark interest in two key Chrysler cars, plans special editions for the 200S and 300S that sport hints of Detroit’s industrial might. The 200S Alloy Edition and 300S Alloy Edition make their debuts at the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6

Kia's high-riding hybrid set for Chicago debut

Kia Motors Corp. plans a Chicago Auto Show debut for the crossover-styled Niro that will be Kia’s first dedicated hybrid model. Teaser images of the Niro released ahead of its unveiling in February suggest some design cues may be borrowed ... 2:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20

Beacons help brands target consumers on the show floor

DETROIT -- Visitors to this year's Detroit auto show will get to play a 2016 version of "Pac-Man" -- without the ghosts. That's how the show's organizers describe the way they're using beacons, wireless digital transmitters located around the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9

Kia's hybrid for rough terrain

Beneath its outdoorsy styling, which includes a rollback canvas roof and aluminum skid plates on the body of a Soul subcompact, Kia's Trail'ster concept sports an electric all-wheel-drive system and is powered by an electric motor combined with a 1. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

Toyota revises Avalon's ride and styling

CHICAGO -- An updated version of the Avalon, Toyota's biggest sedan, arrives this fall with revised styling and a recalibrated suspension system. At the auto show here, Toyota introduced the 2016 Avalon and special editions of the Camry and Corolla. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

Silverado's Custom package aims lower

CHICAGO -- Chevrolet has made big inroads into the lucrative market for pricey pickups since a redesigned Silverado came out 18 months ago. But the model unveiled at the auto show here is intended to fend off rivals -- Ram in particular -- at the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

Honda to offer ZF 9-speed in Pilot

CHICAGO -- American Honda Motor Co. will expand its use of a nine-speed automatic transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen AG, offering it in high-end models of the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot arriving this summer. The automaker previously introduced ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

Mazda thinks beyond small cars in Mexico

CHICAGO -- Mazda's production in its Salamanca, Mexico, plant could go well beyond the small cars it builds there. The entire lineup will be up for discussion when the time comes to add vehicles to Salamanca, says Jim O'Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

Book it!

The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, unveiled last week at the Chicago Auto Show, adds features aimed at improving what Ford says is already the most popular police vehicle in the country. Changes include a revamped grille that better cools the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

Honda suits up for new Ridgeline

CHICAGO -- Honda is ready to get back into the pickup segment, with a redesigned Ridgeline that Honda expects to outperform its first effort. "We sold 40,000 Ridgelines at one point, and we think we can certainly go up from there with a new one," ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

Chevy Equinox gets nip and tuck

CHICAGO -- The Chevrolet Equinox this fall will get its first cosmetic improvement in six years. The freshened 2016 crossover features a revised front fascia with a deeper, wider grille, outlined in chrome and retaining the twin-port look of the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's look

CHICAGO -- Ram has given its top-end Laramie Limited pickup more chrome and a distinct new grille. The refreshed Laramie Limited unveiled at the auto show here will be available on the light-duty Ram 1500 in the second quarter as a 2015 model and on ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

Ram not hot over scorching grille reviews

Hot design topic at the Chicago Auto Show: the grille on the Ram Laramie Limited. The front end on the refreshed top-end "black tie" pickup trim abandons Ram's familiar crosshair and head shield. Instead, the word "RAM" is spelled out in large ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

Chevy looks to expand focus-group spots

CHICAGO — It’s some of the edgiest advertising that Chevrolet has shown in a long time: a commercial featuring various focus groups — little kids, seniors, bearded men, “rich housewives” — who are asked to compare ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15

Kia showcases electric awd with Trail'ster concept

Most vehicles with all-wheel drive pay the price in fuel economy. Not the Kia Trail’ster concept that Kia Motors Corp. unveiled Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show. Beneath its outdoorsy styling, which includes a rollback canvas roof and ... 10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12

Chevy gives Equinox nip, tuck for 2016

CHICAGO -- Chevrolet will give the Equinox a facelift this fall for the 2016 model year, the first cosmetic upgrade to the popular crossover in six years. The refreshed Equinox features a revised front fascia with a deeper, wider grille, outlined ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12 | UPDATED: 2/12/15 11:55 am ET - adds manufacturing plans

Honda Pilot sheds 300 pounds, boxy styling in major overhaul for 2016

Honda Motor Co. is giving the Pilot a major makeover as part of a three-pronged bid this year to jump-start its lagging U.S. truck sales and cash in on one of the industry’s hottest segments. The Honda brand’s biggest SUV has shed its ... 10:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12 | UPDATED: 2/12/15 10:34 pm ET

Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's styling

Ram is restyling the top end of its pickup lineup with more chrome and a distinct new grille. Designers reworked the Laramie Limited trim’s tailgate, front fascia and crosshair grille that were left over from when Ram vehicles were part of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12

Chevy Silverado Custom priced for core buyers, offers more chrome

CHICAGO -- Chevrolet, fresh off recent gains at the pricey end of the pickup market, is refocusing its aim at the everyman buyer with a more affordable, chrome-laden truck. Chevy bills the 2015 Chevy Silverado Custom as a stylish pickup that ... 9:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12

Toyota Avalon gets light freshening, suspension tuning for 2016

CHICAGO -- Toyota Motor Corp. is giving its biggest car, the Avalon sedan, a light freshening for the 2016 model year. The biggest changes are to the car’s four-wheel independent suspension system, which will be available in two settings. ... 3:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12

Acura drops new V-6 in RDX, boosting fuel economy

CHICAGO -- Honda Motor Co.’s upscale Acura brand is introducing several new technologies on one of its best-selling nameplates, the RDX compact crossover. The biggest change is under the hood: When the RDX arrives this spring as a 2016 model, ... 11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12

Ford to unveil Police Interceptor Utility

It’s not a 600-hp supercar, but Ford Motor Co. is unveiling a vehicle Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show that most people would find even more intimidating if it suddenly appeared in their rearview mirror. The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor ... 10:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11

Chevy adds GearOn edition to Colorado lineup

Chevrolet is introducing a special edition Colorado pickup with an accessory system for mounting bikes, skis, kayaks and other outdoor toys. The GearOn model, to debut at this week’s Chicago Auto Show, includes bars, a divider and cargo tie- ... 11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10

Chevy teases facelift for Equinox

DETROIT -- The Chevrolet Equinox crossover -- sales of which continue to march higher nearly six years into its current generation -- is getting a face lift. Chevy is scheduled to unveil a refreshed Equinox on Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show. A ... 11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10

What's shakin' at the Chicago Auto Show

Toyota will unveil a special edition of its Corolla, which adds mechanical tweaks such as paddle shifters and a sport driving mode. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

A little taste of the Chicago Auto Show

Kia Motors Corp. will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive next week at the Chicago Auto Show. The automaker released a teaser image that shows only the front third of the concept. But it appears to be based on the boxy Kia Soul, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2

Pilot project: Honda SUV adds dash of style

Honda is adding a dash of style to the chunky Pilot. The three-row, eight-passenger SUV arrives this summer with more curves and fewer sharp creases. Honda is not giving specifics until the debut in Chicago but says the Pilot will "raise the stakes ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2

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