Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 8
The upcoming Mercedes pickup, possibly called the X-Class, will use the Nissan Navara platform, as shown in this rendering. (AUTOWEEK)
Mercedes-Benz will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, Auto Express reports. The pickup, which will likely be badged the X class, is expected to go on sale in the late 2017.
Mercedes' first midsize pickup, which will be sold in Europe, South Africa, Latin America and Australia, will share most of its mechanicals with the Nissan Navara, although the powerplants ar ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 7
Bo Andersson, the first non-Russian to lead the country's largest automaker, AvtoVAZ, faced an almost constant battle while trying to reform the money-losing, partly state-owned company.
In a farewell email written on his last day, Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, said he was “proud” of what he and staff achieved at the troubled Russian company during his short tenure.
The Swede was the first non-Russian to lead the country's largest automaker but faced an almost constant battle to reform the partly state-owned company in his two years as head.
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 6
The Audi A3 Sportback g-tron's two CNG tanks provided me with a 300km range during a recent test before the car needed to tap a reserve tank filled with gasoline.
Rinaldo Rinolfi, who is one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someone I trust wholeheartedly when it comes to providing feedback on the future of vehicle propulsion. I recently asked the former Fiat engineer which powertrain he believes is the greenest, most affordable option available today. His rather surprising response was: compressed natural gas.
"CNG s ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 2
A Peugeot 308 fitted with a portable testing device revealed far higher on-road fuel use than achieved during laboratory tests.
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen gave journalists a glimpse of how real-world emissions testing works as part of its effort to restore consumer confidence that has been damaged by Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal.
Starting in June, PSA will publish real-world fuel economy/CO2 emissions figures alongside official laboratory test figures for 30 of its models.
The automaker says its on-road testing ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss
Posted 5:29 am U.S. ET, March 23
Seat's first SUV, the Ateca, should move the automaker into the black this year.
When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at Volkswagen Group's chronic underperformer Seat.
Earlier this month, VW's Spanish unit reported its first profit since 2008. On closer inspection, the 6 million euros after-tax profit Seat said it made in 2015, compared to a 66 million euro loss in 2014, isn't as impressive as it seems.
Firstly, the figure only includes Seat S ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 22
Jaguar Land Rover has already taken around 1,500 orders for the Evoque convertible ahead of a June launch.
Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. But it doesn't come from the sporty Jaguar brand. Instead it's a Land Rover SUV.
The British automaker believes its Range Rover Evoque convertible will attract BMW 4-series and Audi A5 customers.
With its high-riding body, the Evoque convertible might not look like an obvious rival to sportier-lo ...
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The time may be just right for PSA's return to the U.S.
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 21
Richard Truett covers technology and engineering for Automotive News
Time, in an automotive sense, tends to stop for most of us when an automaker leaves the market. That final impression usually lingers, even though time and technology roll on. So, if you've heard that PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is considering a return to North America, don't think that this is the same company producing the same quality of vehicles from 1991, the year PSA retreated from America. Indeed, ...
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Why Renault thinks 5 seats are enough for Koleos successor
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 9
The Koleos successor will not have a "flashy" design. The current model is shown.
Renault says that five seats are enough for the automaker's Koleos successor because the brand has enough seven-seat vehicles in its lineup.
Renault already has a seven-seat Espace large minivan while the new Scenic compact minivan will have a seven-seat version and the brand sells seven-seat Kango car-derived van.
"I don't think there are enough families with four kids" to justify adding anothe ...
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At AvtoVAZ, Andersson is a tough act to follow
Posted 4:28 am U.S. ET, March 8
Andersson, left, with Russian President Putin. Andersson said Putin backed his reforms at AvtoVAZ.
If Bo Andersson can't run problematic AvtoVAZ, Russia's largest automaker, then who can?
Andersson, a seasoned and tough former General Motors purchasing chief, looked the ideal candidate to turn around the maker of Lada cars when he became AvtoVAZ's first Western CEO at the end of 2013.
But AvtoVAZ's record loss last year and opposition within Russia to Andersson's job cuts and his cull of inef ...
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Mercedes serves up BMW party spoiler
Posted 4:48 am U.S. ET, March 7
For a limited period, BMW drivers visiting the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, shown, will be allowed to park directly outside the entrance free of charge.
Just when you think that German premium brands have called a truce to focus on warding off the threat from Silicon Valley, Mercedes-Benz has issued a spoiler for the 100th birthday celebrations of its arch-rival BMW.
Between March 8 and March 13 when BMW begins celebrations to mark the centenary of its foundation, Mercedes has cheekily offered all BMW employees free admission to the Mercedes-Benz ...
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Volvo sees the XC90’s close second-place finish to the Opel/Vauxhall Astra in the 2016 European Car of the Year contest as a victory.
“Being 15 points behind with a big SUV in a very high-price segment is quite extraordinary. I think our engineers should rightfully be very proud.” CEO Hakan Samuelsson told me at the Geneva auto show.
He knows that the judges deciding on the pre ...