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Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

Posted 10:17 pm U.S. ET, April 17
NEW YORK -- At an exhibit on the auto show floor here, I sat inside a Cadillac XTS sedan equipped with General Motors' new 4G LTE wireless connection.
But I couldn't help but think: GM should have put the 4G demo unit in a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup. Because it’s in those trucks that the technology could very well give GM the biggest advantage over the competition.
The 4G LTE service that GM plans to begin rolling out across most of it models this fall won't be a game changer in my view, at least not right away.
Yes, there are some applications that require a fast, embedded connection, and surely there will be more to come. For example, GM plans to o ...
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A rare misfire for Subaru with new Levorg wagon?

Posted 10:39 am U.S. ET, April 17
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The Levorg, which gets its mouthful of a name from an amalgam of Legacy, Revolution and Touring, attempts to fill a gap created by the discontinuation of the Legacy wagon.
TOKYO -- Subaru, one of the hottest brands in the United States, may have chalked up a rare misfire with its newest nameplate -- a small wagon dubbed the Levorg.
And I’m not just talking about the car’s tortured nomenclature.
The direct-injection turbocharged sports tourer goes on sale in Japan in May.
But advance orders of the Levorg have missed the company’s goal -- a rarity in Japan, where carmakers love to ballyhoo advance-order tallies that habitually beat softball targets. Advance orders reached 11,000 units from January through March, short of ...
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At Chrysler Group, 2 brands seek new frontiers

Posted 7:15 am U.S. ET, April 17
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Jeep: Poised to take a big but complicated step and build SUVs in China. (BLOOMBERG)
NEW YORK -- From the moment that Fiat’s Sergio Marchionne pulled off the audacious deal to gain control of a deeply damaged Chrysler Group in 2009, the new ownership has confounded expectations.
The company’s very survival has surprised many observers, of course. So has its continuing streak of sales increases, now at 48 months of year-over-year gains. And the Ram brand, headed by Reid Bigland, turned heads in March when its pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado to become, at least momentarily, the nation’s No. 2-selling pickup.
In interviews at the New York auto show, it was clear that ...
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Brace yourself for 'velocity'

Posted 1:06 pm U.S. ET, April 16
NEW YORK -- There’s a new buzzword trending through the car business right now: velocity.
It has been popping up in conversations and presentations for a while, and is on the lips of visitors here at the New York auto show. And it might be a good thing.
In its new use, velocity simply means the speed with which auto dealers can process a customer from tire-kicker into a satisfied new owner.
And it is not just a rising interest in speed for speed’s sake. Every car dealer probably already gets it: The faster an auto dealer can initiate, transact and consumma ...
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Why the Mustang II should get its due

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 16
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The smaller and more fuel-efficient Mustang II rolled into Ford showrooms just weeks before several Middle Eastern countries declared an oil embargo.
One member of the Mustang family won’t have a very high-profile role at this week’s 50th anniversary celebrations: the 1974-78 Mustang II.
But if you reconsider the case of the Mustang II, you may find it is time to give the car the respect it is due.
Had the Mustang II not been a massive sales success -- more than a million were sold in five model years -- the Mustang story may have ended in the fall of 1978.
As with the original Mustang, Ford’s timing with the Mustang II was impeccable. The landscape in fall 1973 on the eve of the Mustang II’ ...
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Waiting for Alfa. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

Posted 10:46 am U.S. ET, April 15
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The Alfa Romeo 4C already is well-known in Europe, but its appearance at the New York auto show will mark the first time since 1992 that Alfa has shown a vehicle at a major U.S. show.
If you show up decades late for your own surprise party, are guests still expected to cheer your arrival?
Maybe not for most. But it might be a different story if your name is Alfa Romeo.
This week, the Alfa Romeo 4C will appear at the New York auto show, marking the sporty two-seater’s North American debut.
There won’t be a formal news conference -- the 4C is already well-known in Europe -- but its appearance on the show floor will mark the first time since 1992 that Alfa Romeo has shown a vehicle at a major U.S. auto show.
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VW SportWagen concept hints at awd in North America

Posted 11:39 am U.S. ET, April 14
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VW says the new SportWagen's body shell is lighter than the current Jetta SportWagen and offers an enhanced crash structure. (VW)
WASHINGTON -- A certain type of person went gaga when Volkswagen AG released details on the Golf SportWagen that it will show at the New York auto show this week.
A station wagon? Oh, yes. With a diesel engine? Bingo. And a manual transmission? You bet your hatch. For those enthusiasts who take pride in going against the grain of the U.S. car market, it doesn’t get much better than that.
While the quirky wagon has been described as a concept, it is virtually identical to the Golf-based wagon that VW unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and is on sale in Europe. But there’s a reason that VW ...
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Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show

Posted 5:58 am U.S. ET, April 11
SHANGHAI -- Ten years ago, many Chinese families could not afford a car. Today, not only can they afford one, but they're getting picky about which vehicle to buy.
SUVs, with their high seating position and wide view of the road, have won the hearts of Chinese consumers. Within the segment, compact models are the big sellers because they are less expensive and easier to maneuver on China's congested urban streets.
China's three top-selling SUVs -- the Great Wall Haval H6, Volkswagen Tiguan and Honda CR-V -- are compacts. In fact, nine of the 10 top-selling SUVs in China last year were compacts.
Continue reading "Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show" » Apr 11, 2014 5:58 am U.S. ET
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Land Rover's vision of an expanded Discovery family

Posted 7:15 pm U.S. ET, April 2
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Land Rover says the headlights on the Discovery Vision Concept SUV emit the closest thing to daylight than any other form of artificial light. (LAND ROVER)
NEW YORK -- Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the LR4 in the United States and the Discovery elsewhere, and making a family of it.
The luxury SUV specialist said at the Geneva auto show in March that an expanded Discovery range would debut in 2015.
The second part of the story is unfolding in New York this week with the introduction of the Discovery Vision Concept SUV. The use of only the Discovery name on the concept suggests what some company executives have hinted: the LR4 name will be dropped in the United States.
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Why Toyota will buck convention with '15 Camry update at N.Y. show

Posted 10:53 pm U.S. ET, March 26
It’s been rumored for months and now it’s official. Toyota is updating the Camry for 2015 and will use the media glare of the New York Auto Show next month to showcase its latest mid-sized sedan.
The company said Wednesday the refreshed Camry planned for New York “will challenge conventional expectations of a mid-cycle model change,” and left it at that.
It’s unusual for an automaker to use a prime slot during press previews at a major auto show to only pitch a refreshened model.
But the Camry -- last redesigned for the 2012 model year -- ...
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