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Ram packs Rebel with supercharged, 575-hp V-8, off-road chops

Fiat Chrysler's Ram brand introduced a high-powered, off-road concept version of the Ram Rebel, dubbed the Rebel TRX, Thursday at the State Fair of Texas. The concept pickup features a 575-hp, 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine, making it the most powerful pickup FCA has ever built.

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Audi Q5 gains size, power

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Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart

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First Shift: BMW, Honda, Mercedes Paris debuts

BMW, Honda, Mercedes Paris debuts; NADA: Dealership turnover getting worse; Volkswagen CEO's hope; Report: All Takata bidders calling for bankruptcy; Brilliant design features.

Toyota drops new diesel for C-HR crossover

Toyota has decided not to sell a new diesel engine it is developing in its C-HR crossover because demand for the powertrain technology is falling.

Nissan debuts 'revolutionary' new Micra

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U.S. auto sales expected to fall in Sept. for second straight month

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GM packs more pickup into diesel V8

The heavy-duty versions of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups will be available early next year with a new version of the 6.6-liter Duramax V8 turbodiesel that is the most powerful

PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investments

PSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. The new mobility services division will rely on

Honda, at last, previews Civic Type R bound for U.S.

Years of pining for Honda's Civic Type R in the U.S. are finally coming to an end as the automaker signals what the car will look like.

Flex-N-Gate billionaire Khan rises from dishwasher to Takata suitor

The emergence of Shahid Khan, the NFL team owner who made his fortune selling car bumpers, in the race to rescue embattled Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. pits the billionaire against more

Audi Q5 gains size, power

Audi aims to retain its leadership position in luxury crossovers with a second-generation Q5 that adds size, technology and power to the outgoing model.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor's V6 will generate 450 horsepower

The twin turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine in the second generation of Ford's over-the-top off-road performance truck, the F-150 Raptor, generates 450 horsepower and 510 pounds-feet of torque, Ford said

FTC charges Sage Auto Group with deceptive, unfair sales and financing

The Federal Trade Commission today charged Sage Auto Group with using deceptive and unfair sales and financing tactics, including so-called “yo-yo” financing.

Infiniti crossover concept signals a QX50 play

Infiniti showed a zealous new commitment to one of its oldest and most underperforming models, spotlighting a concept that will be the template for the next QX50 crossover. The luxury maker’s

Lexus hints at expanded crossover family with small UX Concept

Lexus used the Paris auto show on Thursday to unveil its next move in crossovers: a small one. The UX Concept serves as “Lexus' vision for a compact SUV of the future,” Toyota's luxury

Ferrari sells out open-top Aperta before public debut

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Daimler confirms EQ subbrand for electric cars

Mercedes will launch 10 new electric vehicles by 2025 under a new sub-brand called EQ. The automaker aims to become the global leader in EV technology, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said.

Ford picks former 3M exec to lead mobility unit

Former 3M executive Rajendra Rao today was named CEO of Ford's mobility services subsidiary as the company looks to expand its business beyond auto manufacturing.

Skoda CEO says U.S. launch not a priority

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BMW to expand crossover lineup with sporty X2

BMW, aiming to capitalize on the hot market for crossovers, is hinting at plans to expand its crossover lineup, once again, with a model based on the X2 concept.

Ram packs Rebel with supercharged, 575-hp V-8

Fiat Chrysler's Ram brand introduced a high-powered, off-road concept version of the Ram Rebel, dubbed the Rebel TRX, Thursday at the State Fair of Texas. The concept pickup features a 575-hp, 6.2-

Final bidders say Takata should file for bankruptcy protection, report says

All five bidders seeking to bail out Japan's beleaguered Takata have presented restructuring plans that require the airbag maker to file for bankruptcy protection, people with knowledge of the

Automakers see high-stakes mobility as an opportunity

The stakes are high for automakers in the future of mass transportation. Andreas Mai, who recently served as the director of smart connected vehicles at Cisco Systems, estimated the size of the

Kia's posh Telluride has 'good chance' to move forward, Schreyer says

Peter Schreyer, Kia and Hyundai's chief design officer, is optimistic the Telluride will be approved for production following a positive reception for a concept shown at the Detroit auto show. The

AutoNews Now: Paris pizzazz ... and Texas truck stars

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MG's Chinese owners fail to revive UK brand

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Elon Musk outlines Mars colonization plan

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AutoNews Now: EVs all the buzz at Paris show

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VW's plant in Tenn. becomes epicenter of challenge to 'micro-unions'

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VW weighs more models to 'strike back' in U.S.

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VW targets a Beetle for the electric-car era

VW is laying out a bold plan to bring EVs to the masses with dozens of new models and unprecedented driving ranges, challenging other carmakers to keep pace a year after an emissions scandal rocked

First Shift: Takata wire-fraud charges?

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Vinnie Johnson's Piston Group closes on $175 million deal for Takata subsidiary

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Takata in talks with U.S. to resolve criminal allegations, report says

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Tesla must make viable case to sell directly in Michigan, governor says

Tesla Motors has yet to make a case for selling cars directly to Michigan consumers, according to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. In 2014, Snyder signed a bill explicitly banning the direct sale of

Honda reports another Takata airbag rupture in fatal Malaysia crash

Honda said today that the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured during a fatal crash in Malaysia, in the fourth death this year in the Southeast Asian country linked to airbags from supplier Takata

U.S. dealerships' employee retention slides, study finds

U.S. car dealerships suffer from rampant employee turnover, an industry study released today found. In fact, the three-year employee retention rate at dealerships reached a new low last year,

Daimler plans hypercar, expanded AMG lineup

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Land Rover replaces LR4 with lighter, roomier Discovery

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Uber to move freight, target trucking for the long haul

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Automakers' EV plans will challenge early pioneers

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VW hopeful for emissions deal with U.S. by year end, Mueller says

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VW sets EV launch for 2020

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Focus hatchbacks recalled for latch software fix

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VW suspends ties with some Indian suppliers after expose of child deaths in mica mines

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U.S. official says inadequate EU emissions testing was widely known

Europe's car-emissions tests have been seen as inadequate for decades, a top U.S. regulator told EU lawmakers. Much stronger enforcement will be needed to stop cheating by automakers such as

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