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As Sonata turns cautious, Camry flees good-but-frumpy image

NEW YORK -- Sales of mid-sized sedans may be off 8 percent so far this year, but redesigns from Toyota and Hyundai unveiled at the auto show here indicate the segment has plenty of fight left in it. Last week each automaker aimed to deliver a blow to its family-sedan competition, from different directions. With an ambitious, sporty restyling just three years into the current cycle, Toyota sought to change the Camry's image as a bland appliance. Hyundai, meanwhile, positioned its 2015 Sonata to cast a wider net by offering

Beijing Show News

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VW mid-sized coupe to challenge Mercedes CLA

The Volkswagen NMC -- New Mid-sized Coupe -- concept makes official the carmaker's plans for a style-led sedan to challenge the Mercedes-Benz CLA.
Unveiled at the Beijing auto show, the new four-door car closely previews a future Jetta-based model that will slot into the Volkswagen lineup beneath the existing Passat CC, most likely in 2016.
Volkswagen design boss Klaus Bischoff describes the NMC as an “avant-garde protagonist for a new compact sedan

Geneva Show News

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Flashy rainbow of colors lights up Geneva

GENEVA -- Automakers are turning to vivid, freely mixed interior and exterior color combinations to set apart their new small cars and crossovers. At the Geneva auto show this month, the colors were flashier than normal on new models from Nissan, Toyota, Renault, Opel, Peugeot and others. Buyers of Nissan's restyled 2015 Juke crossover can mix any exterior color with up to two interior colors of their choosing, company officials say.
Nissan hopes offering a greater level of personalization on

Chicago Show News

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Toyota: Fuel cell math is right

CHICAGO -- Toyota believes just a few hydrogen stations will go a long way toward meeting its needs for launching hydrogen fuel cell vehicles next year in the United States. A few dozen stations strategically concentrated in California will get fuel cell transportation up and running, says Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. senior vice president of automotive operations. "Toyota and the University of California collaborated on a model that maps out a specific distribution of refueling stations," Carter told a Chicago Auto Show

Detroit Show News

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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 the matter.
GM recently locked-in supply contracts with Alcoa Inc. and Novelis Inc. and both suppliers are now working to increase their aluminum sheet production to supply the next-generation GM pickup, according to the Journal.

L.A. Show News

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Daimler to unveil Maybach S class at Los Angeles show, report says

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Daimler will revive the Maybach name with an exclusive version of its Mercedes-Benz S-class limousine that will be showcased at both the Guangzhou and the Los Angeles auto shows in November, a person familiar with the company's plans said.
The Maybach brand, which was discontinued in 2012, was once coveted by oligarchs, rap stars and royals. The Maybach S class will be fitted with soft-touch leather and bespoke materials and cost more than double the 165,000 euro ($228,

Tokyo Show News

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Whose BladeGlider: A legal sword fight

Nissan says the idea for the BladeGlider, the wedge-shaped concept that drew crowds at the Tokyo Motor Show last week, came out of the clear blue sky. The car's inspirations, Nissan says, are "the soaring, silent, panoramic freedom of a glider and the triangular shape of a high-performance 'swept wing' aircraft." One of Nissan's former racing partners begs to differ. Delta Wing Project 56, a company backed by racing tycoon and pharmaceuticals entrepreneur Don Panoz, is suing the Japanese automaker, arguing that the BladeGlider

Frankfurt Show News

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Raves prompt Volvo to reconsider coupe

Volvo ruled out a production run when it unveiled its Concept Coupe at the Frankfurt auto show last month, insisting that the car was intended to showcase a new design language. But a senior executive says Volvo will reconsider that plan following better-than-expected feedback at the show. "We will evaluate the case for a coupe," the executive told Automotive News. He added that such a model would look similar to the concept unveiled in Frankfurt: "Why change it?" Like Volvo's upcoming S90, V90 and XC90, the coupe would

Shanghai Show News

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Audi and Cadillac target young Chinese buyers

SHANGHAI -- Not long ago, a black stretch version of the Audi A6 was the unofficial ride of choice for Chinese government bureaucrats.
Even today, rows of the cars are visible outside Shanghai's municipal training school, where the officials receive instruction and attend meetings.
Last year, China's government directed its officials to buy domestic limos rather than foreign sedans, such as those from Audi, Mercedes-Benz or BMW.

Paris Show News

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Redesigned Lexus IS will take cues from LF-CC concept

LOS ANGELES -- Lexus Division will show its redesigned 2013 IS sedan at the Detroit auto show in January.
The IS sedan shares a platform and 3.5-liter V-6 engine with the longer GS sedan, but it also has its own entry-level 2.5-liter V-6. When the GS was redesigned this year, much of its platform and powertrain were carried over. The main changes involved design and technical refinements, such as increasing body rigidity. Expect similar changes for the IS, and the addition of a more tightly

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