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Let's hope for a litter of Hellcat kitties

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 19
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The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat -- packing a 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8.
Spend a few minutes with Chrysler Group’s new monster power plant -- the 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 -- and you will be left, as I was, with one overriding question: What else can you put it in? Not to say that it’s out of place in the 2015 SRT Challenger. It’s not. It absolutely belongs there and fits like a glove. But very few automakers t ...
     Continue reading "Let's hope for a litter of Hellcat kitties" » Jul 19, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET
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Will de Nysschen take Caddy into small cars?

Posted 1:01 pm U.S. ET, July 16
Johan de Nysschen is barely a week into his new job as president of Cadillac. It will take some time to learn what he will attempt to do there. But keep your eye on the small-vehicle end of the luxury spectrum. That will be de Nysschen’s most likely play for the American premium king. As the global leader of Infiniti for the past two years, de Nysschen made clear a ...
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Is the maligned Mitsubishi Mirage a good value?

Posted 12:40 pm U.S. ET, July 7
Editor's note: The Mirage’s EPA rating is 37 city/44 highway and 40 combined. Earlier versions of this blog transposed the numbers. The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the strangest cars I have ever driven -- and it’s one of the most polarizing new models of 2014. Consumer Reports, The New York Times and others have savaged the small inexpensive hatchback. Y ...
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Inside the Camaro's transformation for latest 'Transformers' film

Posted 4:09 pm U.S. ET, June 26
The reimagined Camaro in the latest Transformers film features a slew of design alterations unique to the movie. Chevy Camaro enthusiasts hitting theaters for Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend should have a field day identifying changes amid the over-the-top explosions as Bumblebee fights alongside Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots. The rebooted Bumbl ...
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Honda aims to take 3D leap forward with advanced crash-test simulation software

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 25
It takes roughly five years, on average, to develop and launch an all-new vehicle these days. A redesigned crossover or sedan can require less time from drawing board to showroom. Numerous automakers have tried to shorten product development cycles over the past 20 years but often with little success. Too many complex facets in r&d, product planning, and manufacturin ...
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Zetsche sees speedy uptake of F1 tech in Mercedes models

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 30
Dieter Zetsche foresees Mercedes models benefiting quicker than ever from the automaker’s participation in Formula One. F1’s switch to 1.6-liter V-6 turbocharged gasoline engines from 2.4-liter V-8 normally aspirated units has made the racecars more like high-end production cars. That means Mercedes is gaining invaluable experience under extreme conditions on ...
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Volvo hints at more polished XC90 for 2015

Posted 1:34 pm U.S. ET, May 27
It won’t go on sale in the United States until next March, but Volvo has begun to take the covers off the redesigned XC90 crossover. Volvo released images and a video of the interior of the 2015 XC90, and it is decidedly more upscale than the outgoing model. The crossover, previewed with the awkwardly named XC Coupe concept shown at the Detroit auto show in January, ...
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To TDI or not TDI?

Posted 10:26 am U.S. ET, May 14
LOS ANGELES -- For the better part of a decade, automotive journalists have been chastising the American public for not making the smart decision and embracing diesel power. Diesel seemingly has what every American wants: great low-end torque, refined tailpipe emissions and fantastic highway fuel economy on par with the best gasoline-electric hybrids. But shoppers can&rs ...
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VW may be ready to give its SUV a home

Posted 4:14 pm U.S. ET, May 8
WASHINGTON -- Volkswagen AG could be a few days away from naming a North American assembly site for a mid-sized crossover based on the CrossBlue concept from the 2013 Detroit auto show. Volkswagen’s supervisory board, the company’s top decision-making body, is slated to meet May 12, company sources tell Automotive News, and anticipation is building at Volkswag ...
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As Lincoln dealers yearn, Hyundai's flagship rolls

Posted 3:22 pm U.S. ET, May 5
Since the demise of the Town Car, Lincoln dealers have been pining for a big, flagship sedan with real presence, an automobile to evoke the great motorcars from Lincoln’s illustrious past: the Zephyr or the Continental. Lincoln hints that such a car is in the works, but there’s no word when it might arrive. To many dealers who stuck with Lincoln through thick ...
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Can I request a Jeep Gladiator in the plan?

Posted 2:06 pm U.S. ET, May 2
To borrow a line from The Blues Brothers movie a few decades ago, Chrysler Group is “getting the band back together” on Tuesday to reveal its next five-year business plan. So I wonder: Is it too late to put in a request? If it’s not, if there’s still time, then what I’d really like to hear next week is that CEO Sergio Marchionne and company ...
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Ode to Olds: Remembering brand a decade later

Posted 3:28 pm U.S. ET, April 29
April 29th is a bittersweet day for Florida Chevrolet dealer George Nahas. A decade ago, Nahas sat in the passenger seat of the last Oldsmobile ever built, a dark red Oldsmobile Alero, as it rolled off the assembly line in Lansing, Mich. When the wheels on that car stopped, a 100-year-old brand was dead. Nahas, then chairman of the Oldsmobile dealer council, moved on to ...
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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 com ...
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A rare misfire for Subaru with new Levorg wagon?

Posted 10:39 am U.S. ET, April 17
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 ...
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At Chrysler Group, 2 brands seek new frontiers

Posted 7:15 am U.S. ET, April 17
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 ...
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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 i ...
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Why the Mustang II should get its due

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 16
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 -- t ...
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Waiting for Alfa. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

Posted 10:46 am U.S. ET, April 15
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 ...
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VW SportWagen concept hints at awd in North America

Posted 11:39 am U.S. ET, April 14
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 ...
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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 m ...
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Land Rover's vision of an expanded Discovery family

Posted 7:15 pm U.S. ET, April 2
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 Concep ...
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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 ...
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For '15 Mustang, deja vu high above Manhattan

Posted 1:06 pm U.S. ET, March 25
If it suddenly feels like 1964 and 1965 all over again, you’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’. Again. As the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the Mustang in New York nears, Ford Motor Co. has rediscovered its old marketing playbook and using it to herald the occasion. The company said today it will place the redesigned 2015 Mustang on the 86th floor obser ...
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New twist: Using old folks to help Buick's image

Posted 3:21 pm U.S. ET, March 25
DETROIT -- Buick will introduce a commercial this week that will try to convince consumers once again that its vehicles aren’t made for the blue-haired set. But this time it will enlist the help of, well, a few blue hairs. Buick is tapping one of its biggest advertising platforms of the year, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, to air the spot, which featur ...
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GM's new head of powertrain 'loves' diesels

Posted 4:23 pm U.S. ET, March 20
“I love diesels.” There’s one clue to how General Motors’ new head of global powertrain, Steve Kiefer, might steer future engine development. Kiefer made the comment this week when GM introduced one of the biggest engine programs in its history. Later this spring GM will debut the first of a new family of small Ecotec engines, 11 in all, that will ...
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A Lexus van for high rollers? Dealer makes a case

Posted 7:11 am U.S. ET, March 12
TOKYO -- Speculation never ends about what new segment Lexus might tap into next: seven-passenger SUVs, entry-level compacts, a new top-end super sports car a la LFA. Now add one more to the rumor pile: a one-box van. That’s right, a Lexus van with sliding rear doors. That, at least, is the request from one of the biggest Toyota-Lexus dealers in Japan. He says dea ...
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Attention all hipsters: Audi wants to sell you a car

Posted 8:09 am U.S. ET, March 10
I get the feeling that Audi really, really wants me at their party. As we reported today, Audi of America wants all of its roughly 280 U.S. dealerships to throw parties on the night of April 3 to celebrate the A3, the entry-level sedan that arrives in U.S. dealerships this month after years of preparations, and which Audi sees as a way to win the hearts of a new generatio ...
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All hail the New York City taxicab

Posted 9:21 am U.S. ET, March 9
Over my brief tenure at Automotive News, I’ve had the privilege to test-drive a few dozen of the auto industry’s newest and finest cars. There have been the cars that reminded me of the young man I once was: a committed mass-transit commuter who occasionally needed wheels to pop into the city after-hours, or haul more than two arms’ worth of groceries to ...
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Mazda concept signals a more polished Mazda2 on horizon

Posted 4:09 pm U.S. ET, March 5
LOS ANGELES -- Less than a week after christening its new assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico, Mazda has lifted the veil on what will eventually be the second vehicle built at the factory.The subcompact Hazumi concept car Mazda showcased at the Geneva Motor Show is a near-spitting image of how the next-generation Mazda2 is expected to look on the road.After all, the Mazda6 ...
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Why U.S. won't see BMW's first fwd car for now

Posted 11:53 am U.S. ET, March 5
GENEVA -- Why is BMW's first front-wheel-drive car, the 2-series Active Tourer, not coming to the U.S. market right away?The crossover debuted at the Geneva auto show and goes on sale in Europe in October. It isn't likely to go on sale in the United States for at least 15 months.BMW says the vehicle was designed primarily for Europe and the United States isn't crazy about ...
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