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Old and new GM parties like it's ....

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
A car as significant as a redesigned Chevrolet Corvette is cause for a party for General Motors.


Mercedes CLA: A play for the younger set

7:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
Mercedes-Benz is ready to go a little Scion, with a luxury twist. Mercedes-Benz' sleek and sculpted CLA sedan will go on sale in the United States in September as the first of three new front-wheel-drive vehicles from the luxury marque.


Retooled Chevy Corvette guns for new generation of enthusiasts

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
GM aims to capture a new generation of sports car lovers -- many raised on video games and extreme sports -- with a complete overhaul of the Chevrolet Corvette that promises additional power, a more refined and comfortable interior, and modern styling.


Women celebrated at Urban Wheel Awards

10:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
An impressive group of women were celebrated for their achievements in the auto industry at the 17th Annual Urban Wheel Awards show here Sunday night.

The new Vette: What people are saying

7:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
From industry analysts to automotive journalists, what people are saying about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray:

Schreyer will head Hyundai group design

Jan. 13, 2013 09:58 CET
Peter Schreyer will oversee Kia and Hyundai's designs as the automaker seeks to outdo rivals such as Volkswagen.

New Opel CEO Neumann set to take helm on March 1, report says

Jan. 13, 2013 13:15 CET
Opel's new CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann will take office on March 1, four months sooner than expected, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, confirming a magazine report.


Corvettes that might have been

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
It's a fair bet that every designer at General Motors wants to work on the iconic Chevrolet Corvette.


Musk: Tesla aims for profit in 2013

11:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
Tesla Motors aims to earn its first profit later this year and launch a cheaper electric vehicle within three to four years, CEO Elon Musk said.


Lincoln bids for younger crossover buyers with MKC

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
The Lincoln MKC Concept makes its world debut at the Detroit show Monday, the second vehicle in a new generation of Lincolns aimed at young upscale customers. The MKC Concept is Lincoln's vision for its entry in a small segment that's rapidly growing in importance: compact luxury crossovers.


Detroit's show … grandiose in so many ways

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
It's that time again -- the time when journalists covering the North American International Auto Show bring out cliched phrases such as “it's that time again” and “the cars are the stars.”

Analysts: U.S. auto sales outlook hinges on end to political strife

9:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
Nothing is more likely to stall auto sales this year in the United States than continued political wrangling. That was the conclusion of a panel of economists and forecasters at a Society of Automotive Analysts conference here Sunday evening before the Detroit auto show.


Milestones and a few potholes: A 60-year drive with America's sports car

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
The arrival of the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette today at the Detroit auto show falls just four days short of a key anniversary -- 60 years ago the original Corvette concept, EX-122 -- debuted at the 1953 GM Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.

GM hopes U.S. stock sale revives image as it seeks higher credit rating

8:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
The sale of the Treasury's stake in General Motors and a possible credit rating upgrade of the automaker in 2013 will help distance the company from the stigma of its 2009 bankruptcy restructuring.

U.S. Treasury's 'Corvette geeks' helped save car, GM engineer says

7:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
As GM worked through bankruptcy in 2009, the chief engineer for the Corvette was called on to discuss the future of the iconic sports car.


Acceleration, not speed, behind BMW diesel push

6:46 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
BMW has a message for the incorrigible speed freaks looking for a more politically correct set of wheels in this era of energy efficiency: switch to a diesel.


Toyota sheds vanilla styling with eye on Hyundai's rise

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
When Tokuo Fukuichi was brought back to Toyota Motor to become head of design, he was given a simple directive from President Akio Toyoda: make Toyota cars simple and cool. He took a risk and objected.

Jaguar to add 800 new UK jobs, source says

Jan. 13, 2013 15:31 CET
Jaguar Land Rover plans to create 800 new jobs at its Solihull factory in central England due to demand in China, Russia and the United States, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

Daimler to extend Zetsche's contract, report says

Jan. 13, 2013 14:31 CET
Daimler will extend CEO Dieter Zetsche's contract by five years, two years more than expected, a German magazine reported.

Schreyer to take charge of Hyundai group design

3:58 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2013
German designer Peter Schreyer, the creative brain behind the Audi TT, will oversee both Kia and Hyundai's designs as the automaker seeks to outdo rivals such as Volkswagen. Schreyer will assume the newly created role to lead design efforts at both Hyundai and Kia, Hyundai said Sunday.