Ram updates off-road offerings with freshened Power Wagon
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President Obama met with Johnson during his tour of the Detroit auto show on Wednesday. (Reuters)
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The Ioniq's handsome, understated good looks are enhanced by a coupelike silhouette, a squared-off front fascia and a planted, low and wide stance.
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Jon Lauckner, GM's chief technical officer, outlined Chevrolet's connectivity initiatives in June 2015 in Detroit.
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The Volvo S90 made its auto show debut in Detroit this month. (BLOOMBERG)
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The Cadillac CT6 at the Shanghai auto show in April 2015. (BLOOMBERG)
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A 1983 Jeep Wagoneer, one of many built before Chrysler acquired Jeep in 1987.
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B-Max sales were down 15% in Europe last year. Even more troubling is that the entire small minivan segment fell 11%.
When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes, it makes me think that the B-Max’s days are numbered, which means changes loom at the under-utilized plant in Romania where the small minivan is built.
B-Max sales were down 15 percent to 45,717 units in Europe last year. Even more troubling is that the entire small minivan segment fell 11 percent to 305,506, according to data from JATO Dynamics. Renault, which started the minivan segment in Europe, killed its slow-selling Modus when it saw no future for subcompact-sized people movers.
... Continue reading "Ford faces tough decision on B-Max" » Feb 9, 2016 12:01 am U.S. ET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's plan to replace the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 with vehicles built under contract by other automakers faces long odds.
Can you name a captive import (a car built by one automaker, but sold by another) or rebadged car that has been successful? There are very few. The closest that comes to mind is the 1970-78 Mercury Capri. Ford Motor Co. sold more than 500,000 of the Europe-built sport coupes in the United States. The Mercury Capri was a rebadged version of the Ford Capri. More recently, the Pontiac Vibe, a twin of the Toyota Corolla Matrix, sold well in its 2002-10 run.
Continue reading "Sergio's plan to sell rebadged Dart, 200 replacements could work -- if he chooses wisely" » Feb 2, 2016 11:00 am U.S. ET
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So here’s a question for you to ponder: What’s a Jeep Wagoneer?
In the middle of a lengthy yet remarkably detail free conference call on Wednesday about Fiat Chrysler’s plans to “realign” its North American production plan, CEO Sergio Marchionne dropped this little nugget:
“I think it’s important for us to have found a home for the Grand Wagoneer family -- both the Grand Wagoneer and the Wagoneer -- in whatever shape they come, and that we find that space without creating additional production capacity.”
An admi ... Continue reading "Wait a minute. What? Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?" » Jan 27, 2016 6:17 pm U.S. ET
RAMONA, Calif. -- Of the three engine choices available on the Cadillac CT6 sedan, it was the smallest that seemed to generate the most buzz during a media drive here last week.
The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo kicks out 265 hp, shy of the 272 hp that the same displacement engine produces in the compact Cadillac ATS. But the relative featherweight construction of the CT6 left it with plenty of pull for passing trucks on steep uphills and on undulating mountain roads northeast of San Diego.
The big, aluminum-intensive sedan is also propelled by a 3.6-liter V-6 and the range topper, a 3.0-liter, twin-turb ... Continue reading "Caddy CT6's lightweight body = big car, small engine" » Jan 26, 2016 12:30 pm U.S. ET
Volvo's revival of the S90 nameplate, dormant since the late 1990s, brings back the brand's aspirations for a luxury flagship to take on the Germans.
Developed on the company's Scalable Product Architecture shared with the XC90 crossover, the S90 will battle the likes of the BMW 5 series, Mercedes-Benz E class and Lexus GS when it lands in stores later in the year.
But is an even more luxurious model in the cards for North America?
A long-wheelbase version of the S90 has been spotted testing in China, raising the prospect that this version could be shared wi ... Continue reading "Will Volvo's S90L land stateside?" » Jan 26, 2016 11:30 am U.S. ET
For most of its existence, General Motors r&d has focused on investigating technologies that might be deployed in automobiles decades down the road.
In the 1950s, for instance, GM was already thinking about how to engineer autonomous vehicles
. In the mid-1960s, GM engineers built the world’s first fuel-cell powered automobile, the Electrovan
About a decade ago, GM’s researchers performed pioneering work on hom ... Continue reading "GM shifts r&d role to meet new realities" » Jan 26, 2016 12:30 pm U.S. ET
SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor Co. is pitching its new Ioniq hybrid vehicle as the anti-hybrid hybrid: a green car with gusto and good looks.
And the compact hatchback delivered on that promise during a test drive this week on the northern outskirts of Seoul.
On largely deserted roads just outside the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone dividing South Korea from its communist neighbor to the north, the Ioniq performed well.
The car was at its best in sport mode on winding highways and narrow country lanes, where tank traps and army platoons on patrol provided a disquieting b ... Continue reading "Eight things to know about the new Hyundai Ioniq hybrid" » Jan 22, 2016 1:02 pm U.S. ET
The most commonly asked question I’ve received in the past 24 hours is: “Were you nervous?”
But I can honestly tell you that my 10-minute one-on-one conversation with The President of the United States, while being the pinnacle of my communications career, was remarkably comfortable.
Wednesday afternoon I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explain to President Barack Obama how the company I work for, ZF, will impact the lives of millions. And he listened. I explained how autonomous technology, such as advancements in new camera technology, will change the way we live and drive.
... Continue reading "ZF executive 'remarkably comfortable' in one-on-one chat with Obama" » Jan 21, 2016 3:21 pm U.S. ET
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Nissan's Patrol platform yields a new Armada
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Cadillac prices XT5 below rivals, but aims high
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Camaro 1LE performance version will offer V-6
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Ford EcoSport inches closer to U.S. shores
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Ferrari retools FF four-seat grand tourer as GTC4Lusso
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EPA greenhouse gas rule would ban conversion of light vehicles to racecars
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Chicago Auto Show preview
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GM: Others could use Chevy Volt's powertrain
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Porsche: Diesel Macan in limbo for now
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Kia plans 1st sport sedan, sources say
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EV to use new VW platform
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Nissan bolsters Sentra as gateway to the brand
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Nissan plans big strides in connectivity
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