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Mercedes-Benz freshens up E-class family for 2014

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2013
Mercedes-Benz has lifted the veil on a facelifted version of the E-class, revealing revised styling, updated engines and a higher level of standard equipment, safety features and hi-tech options.


Maserati trumpets new Quattroporte to carve out bigger U.S. niche

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2013
Fiat is trumpeting a new Maserati -- one that rockets from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 5 seconds and is decidedly "Imported from Italy" -- to expand U.S. sales. With the Quattroport, Maserati must pry buyers away from German and British luxury rivals -- a tough challenge given that many U.S.

Renault to join fast-growing niche with Captur

Jan. 12, 2013 06:01 CET
Renault soon will join the fast-growing subcompact crossover segment with the Captur, which will debut at the Geneva auto show in March. Small crossover sales in Europe are forecast to more than double to 400,000 by 2015.


Guangzhou Auto readies first turn in Detroit

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2013
The Detroit auto show has proven since the mid-2000s more a revolving door for China's indigenous automakers with ambitions to sell cars in the United States.

The smoker and the librarian

11:09 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2013
I first met Jack Teahen in 1994 when I joined Automotive News as the assistant librarian.


Luxury, performance drive buzz at Detroit show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2013
This year's Detroit auto show has a decidedly "green" theme. Green as in the color of money, that is. An aura of luxury pervades many of the show's new models as automakers from Europe, Asia and the Motor City itself strive to bring more affluent consumers into showrooms.

In battle for the car, Sirius faces fight from Pandora

9:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2013
Sirius XM Radio's grip on American drivers is under an increasing threat as the availability of Internet connections in more cars is helping Pandora Media counter some of its rival's big selling points.

Nissan taps Mexico plant to build Note subcompact for Americas

1:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2013
Nissan, the largest automaker in Mexico, will start domestic production of the Note subcompact and export the cars throughout the Americas. The five-door model will be the third built at Nissan's plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Nissan said Saturday.