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GM readying aluminum body trucks by late 2018, report says

DETROIT (Reuters) -- General Motors Co. is working towards a largely aluminum-bodied pickup truck by late 2018, under pressure from federal fuel efficiency standards, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with ... 9:10 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19 | UPDATED: 2/19/14 10:08 am ET - adds GM statement

High costs likely to keep Smart's 4-seater from U.S.

DETROIT -- U.S. dealers aren't likely to get the new Smart ForFour four-seat car that goes on sale in Europe this year.
Although executives said a decision hasn't been made, the car has not been ... Jan. 18, 2014 06:01 European CT

Toyota readies remix of Camry with 'waku-doki'

DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp. has a challenge: How to heed President Akio Toyoda's insistence on heart-racing design for the next Camry and Prius models without jeopardizing their mass-market appeal.
10:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17

On giant turntable, go-go boots still key to pitch as glass ceiling shatters

DETROIT -- Mary Barra isn't the only woman drawing crowds at the North American International Auto Show.
The General Motors CEO, the first female to head a global automaker, is a big pull, trailed by ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17

Chevy Corvette Z06, Ford F-150 top Autoweek's picks of the show

DETROIT -- The press conferences are over (our feet are killing us), our staff has stopped wrestling, and the ballots are counted. The 2014 Detroit auto show had dozens of never-before-seen cars and trucks gleaming under the Cobo Center ... 11:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16

Biden says U.S. bet on auto industry paid off

DETROIT -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said the U.S. government's wager on the nation's automotive industry has paid off.
"We bet on American ingenuity, we bet on you and we won," he said today ... 12:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16 | UPDATED: 1/16/14 5:02 pm ET - adds details, video

Smack down, gutsy and moonshots: What people are saying about Ford's new F-150

Everyone seems to agree that Ford Motor Co. has done nothing less than reinvent the modern pickup with the 2015 Ford F-150. But it remains to be seen what the redesigned truck, built primarily out of aluminum sheet metal, means for the ... 4:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15 | UPDATED: 1/16/14 7:58 am ET

Cadillac's big moment in song

DETROIT -- It's been a long time since Cadillac has been the subject of a love song.
Not since Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" or Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" has a ballad for a luxury car brand ... 2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15

Hyundai sits out small crossover utility boom as rivals gear up

DETROIT (Reuters) -- Hyundai Motor Co., already struggling with a host of business challenges, is developing another headache: a dearth of product to compete in a fledgling U.S. mini-crossover utility vehicle market even as rivals gear ... 10:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15

Acura mulls Honda Fit-based compact crossover

Acura is considering a compact crossover to complement the Honda brand's upcoming Fit-based utility vehicle.
The vehicle could parallel the Honda Vezel, which debuted at November's Tokyo Motor Show and ... 9:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15

Software -- the new battleground

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has cameras that can read road signs and sensors to judge distance to the car in front, but is not yet able to make full use of the hardware.
What may sound like a ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15

Acura's TLX to do double duty

DETROIT -- Acura today unveiled a prototype version of its 2015 TLX mid-sized sedan, a car that will replace the TL and TSX sedans in its lineup.
The TL was once Acura's top-selling model. But as ... 11:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14 | UPDATED: 1/14/14 4:41 pm ET

Lexus puts performance in RC F coupe

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated the 0-to-60 time of the outgoing IS F sedan. It is 4.6 seconds, not 4.8 seconds.
DETROIT -- This fall, Lexus will launch the first ... 10:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14 | UPDATED: 1/15/14 5:22 pm ET - corrected

Ford to drop F-150 Tremor from truck lineup

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. will discontinue its F-150 Tremor sport truck after just one model year.
Doug Scott, Ford truck marketing manager, said Ford would not renew the Tremor when the all-new ... 5:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 | UPDATED: 1/14/14 5:39 pm ET

Mulally: Auto industry needs privacy boundaries set by law

DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- The automotive industry needs legislation to protect drivers' privacy as more cars utilize data for location tracking and other services, Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally said.
1:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14

Tesla's global sales top 22,000 in 2013, stock rises 16%

DETROIT -- Tesla Motors Inc. today said it delivered about 22,300 of its Model S electric cars worldwide in 2013 -- news that sent its shares surging up by 16 percent.
The company also said "nearly ... 1:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 | UPDATED: 1/14/14 4:19 pm ET - adds stock close

Cadillac chief: ATS convertible, wagon on the table

DETROIT -- The ATS coupe that Cadillac unveiled here today is the first variant model to spin off from the award-winning compact sedan -- but it won't be the last, Cadillac global chief Bob Ferguson vows.
9:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14 | UPDATED: 1/14/14 3:40 pm ET

Electric cars pose different risks, not more, U.S. regulator says

DETROIT -- Electric cars including Tesla Motors Inc.'s Model S pose different risks than gasoline-powered models while being as safe overall, the top U.S. auto-safety regulator said Tuesday.
"We ... 2:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14

JCI preps lightweight lead-acid battery

DETROIT -- The drive to reduce vehicle weight now includes the old-fashioned lead-acid battery.
Supplier Johnson Controls Inc. is working on a lightweight battery that could be ready in about a year. ... 4:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14

Cadillac ATS coupe sets sights on rivals BMW, Mercedes

DETROIT -- Cadillac will try to build on the success of its ATS compact sedan with a two-door coupe as the luxury brand vies to keep pace with a proliferation of models and variants offered by German rivals.
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14

Michelin says new tire gets better with age

DETROIT -- Michelin said it has developed a tire with tread that changes as it wears to reduce stopping distances.
A tire's grip usually deteriorates as the tread wears down. But Michelin says its ... 9:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14

Ghosts, sleek, gawkiness and the Audi A7: What people think of new Chrysler 200

A roundup of what analysts, journalists and others are saying about the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200, which debuted today at the 2014 Detroit auto show:
"It may not push the segment in a new ... 11:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 | UPDATED: 1/15/14 3:56 pm ET

625 hp Vette Z06 hits 'supercar' performance

DETROIT -- Chevrolet is looking to polish its performance-car credentials with the introduction of the 2015 Corvette Z06, the most powerful production car in General Motors' history.
The Z06, which ... 10:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 | UPDATED: 1/13/14 12:22 pm ET

Kia calls GT4 a 'throwback' to era of untamed sports cars

DETROIT -- Kia Motors America revealed its GT4 Stinger concept sports car at the Detroit auto show, a car that the company says pays tribute to affordable sports cars of the past.
The concept is a two- ... 3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Nissan sedan concept teases racier Maxima

DETROIT -- Nissan Motor Corp. says its newly unveiled Sport Sedan Concept shows how the company would produce a racier large sedan for the masses.
The concept unveiled today at the Detroit auto show, ... 4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13 | UPDATED: 1/13/14 7:08 pm ET

Hyundai to keep 2015 Genesis sticker below $40K

DETROIT -- Hyundai will maintain its sub-$40,000 sticker price for its second-generation Genesis premium sedan when it goes on sale this spring, the company said today.
The 2015 Genesis, revealed at ... 4:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Toyota's FT-1 concept hints at future sports car

DETROIT -- Toyota took the wraps off a concept car today that stakes a claim to the legacy of the Supra and may signal the return of a sports car to the brand's vehicle portfolio.
Toyota says the FT-1 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 | UPDATED: 1/13/14 10:32 am ET

Honda pitches a new Fit in subcompact market

DETROIT -- Honda made its bones in the U.S. market in the 1970s with sensible small cars. The 2015 Fit, unveiled today at the Detroit auto show, is Honda's attempt to stake out its ground in that re-emerging segment of the market.
3:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Porsche 911 Targa harkens back to 1965 design

The Porsche 911 Targa is ditching the sliding glass roof panel of its last iteration for a design that reaches back to the original Targa of 1965.
The 2014 models, which debuted today at the Detroit ... 11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Corvette Stingray and Chevy Silverado win North American car, truck awards

DETROIT -- Chevrolet's Corvette Stingray and Silverado were named 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year today by a panel of automotive journalists.
The Corvette faced the Mazda3 and the ... 7:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 | UPDATED: 1/13/14 8:41 am ET - adds Barra comment, history

VW will add SUV to U.S. lineup in 2016 amid $7 billion investment plan

DETROIT -- Volkswagen confirmed that it will introduce a mid-sized SUV tailored for U.S. buyers in North America in 2016 as the automaker seeks to improve lackluster sales of its namesake VW brand in the United States.
Jan. 13, 2014 06:01 European CT

VW to bring CrossBlue-based SUV to U.S. in 2016

DETROIT -- Volkswagen AG has given the green light to a mid-sized SUV based on its year-old CrossBlue concept, and plans to start selling the SUV in the United States in 2016.
At a reception in Detroit ... Jan. 13, 2014 06:01 European CT

GM mulls small diesel for pickups

DETROIT -- General Motors is considering adding a small-displacement diesel engine to its Chevrolet and GMC 1500 pickups to boost fuel economy.
In the pickup fuel economy race, GM's trucks trail the ... 1:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

VW eyes bigger Tiguan to meet U.S. sales goals

DETROIT -- Volkswagen's new U.S. boss, Michael Horn, is wasting no time in pushing for fresh products to meet the German brand's U.S. growth goals.
First on his list? A new compact crossover larger ... 3:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Bentley adds higher performance with Continental GT V8 S

DETROIT -- Bentley introduced the Continental GT V8 S, a higher performance version of its luxury grand touring car making its debut in North America.
The new GT V8 S, available as a coupe or ... 3:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Ford plans staggered launch of new F-150 at 2 plants

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. will begin production of the 2015 F-150 in the fourth quarter at the Dearborn Assembly Plant. Production of the existing 2014 F-150 will continue through the year until the first quarter next year at Ford's ... 12:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

New F-150 engine plays key role in weight reduction

DETROIT -- The weight watchers who developed Ford Motor Co.'s new F-150 truck included the powertrain team.
The 2015 all-aluminum F-150 will be available later this year with a new, smaller V-6 engine, ... 11:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Ford's bet on aluminum F-150 reflects Mulally's imprint

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co.'s next F-150 pickup will mark one of the biggest gambles in the automaker's history: Converting the hugely popular truck to be made largely out of aluminum while trying to retain the brawniness of steel.
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 | UPDATED: 1/13/14 8:39 am ET -- F-150 unveiled

Porsche nixes entry-level roadster, small crossover

DETROIT -- Porsche won't build an entry-level roadster or a small crossover, but is ready to make the call on other new models, said Bernhard Maier, board member for global sales and marketing.
One ... Jan. 14, 2014 00:11 European CT

Why the Beetle Dune buggy may be more than eye candy

Volkswagen unveiled a concept car called the Beetle Dune at the Detroit auo show on Moday. The concept is a variant on its iconic car that evokes the Beetle-based dune buggies favored by tuners in the 1960s.
Jan. 13, 2014 18:25 European CT

Volvo previews XC90 with new concept

Volvo continued its quest for a reinvention by unveiling the XC coupe concept at the Detroit auto show on Monday.
The concept is the second of three design studies that will show the direction of the ... Jan. 13, 2014 23:36 European CT

Ford's Nair: Lighter F-150 boosts capability as well as fuel economy

DETROIT -- Ford's move to reduce weight in the F-150 full-sized pickup targets more than higher fuel economy, says Raj Nair, Ford Motor Co. group vice president of global product development. The lightweight body also increases the ... 12:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

VW to bring CrossBlue-based SUV to U.S. in 2016

DETROIT -- Volkswagen's U.S. executives and dealers are getting the vehicle they have been clamoring for.
Volkswagen AG has given the green light to a mid-sized SUV based on its year-old CrossBlue ... 7:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Audi's concept previews TT design, SUV plans

DETROIT -- Audi AG unveiled an SUV concept today at the Detroit auto show that demonstrated three big shifts at the German luxury car brand: an embrace of plug-in hybrids, a rush toward smaller SUVs, and updates to the trendy designs ... 2:56 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Audi's awd hybrid concept previews TT design, SUV plans

DETROIT -- Audi's allroad shooting brake concept unveiled at the Detroit auto show today demonstrates three big shifts at the German luxury car brand: an embrace of plug-in hybrids, a rush toward smaller SUVs, and updates to the trendy ... Jan. 12, 2014 20:56 European CT

GMC Canyon offers big-truck looks in smaller package

DETROIT -- The 2015 GMC Canyon is the bolder, more-chiseled ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/14 8:57 am ET - adds details on powertrains

Sexy performance meets 'green' ethic at show

DETROIT (Reuters) -- To look over the roster of racy new and future vehicles at the 2014 Detroit auto show, the initial impression is that U.S., European and Asian automakers want to turn back the clock to a time when performance and ... 1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Looking back: What's been hot and cold at the Detroit show

It has been true ever since Toyota and Nissan christened Detroit's first international auto show in 1989 by launching Lexus and Infiniti.
Cobo Center in early January is the buzz capital of the global ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11

The race to market the connected car

DETROIT -- When it came time to trade in her Ford Explorer in September, Svetlana Friedman had a condition: No more basic radio. She wanted a car that could connect to her smartphone, her iPad and her digital life.
12:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10

Mopar invades Motown

DETROIT -- Chrysler Group's service, parts and customer-care brand Mopar will have its largest exhibit ever at the 2014 edition of ... 12:44 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10

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