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Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

Posted 10:17 pm U.S. ET, April 17
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The latest GMC Sierra features a giant console for hanging files and laptop storage. Adding a fast, reliable Internet connection would only enhance the truck as a mobile office.
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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The mad truck dash to 30 mpg on highway and pickup gold

Posted 4:19 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 11
If you thought the pickup wars -- manufacturers' ongoing offensive to top each other with towing and payload increases and an ever-expanding array of luxury features -- couldn't get any more intense, you are dead wrong.There's a three-way shootout over pickup fuel economy raging among the Detroit 3. And 30 mpg is the next milestone.Ford fired the first shot four years ago ...
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In Chicago, trucks get their mojo back

Posted 1:53 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 7
CHICAGO -- A new groundswell is taking place for sporty trucks.Of all the vehicles on display this week at the Chicago Auto Show, the pickup segment stands out. There are General Motors' redesigned mid-sized pickups, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, getting back into the game.There is Toyota's new batch of off-road-capable TRD Pro Series trucks. There is the Ford F-150 S ...
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Behind the wheel of Nissan's taxi of tomorrow

Posted 11:26 am U.S. ET, Jan. 31
YOKOSUKA, Japan -- If you've ever been on a harrowing New York taxi ride, you know speed and maneuverability are key. To the drivers at least.They push their people movers to the max on mad dashes to Kennedy airport and in impromptu Broadway drag races, darting around slower traffic.So when I recently climbed behind the wheel of New York's next-generation "taxi of tomorrow ...
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Subaru unwraps 2015 Legacy, slowly

Posted 2:53 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 30
Subaru's redesigned 2015 Legacy will join the growing group of family sedans with coupe styling and could give the brand a real competitor in the mid-sized sedan segment.Subaru offered a glimpse of the new sedan today that will debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, Feb. 6. It was also previewed with the 2015 Legacy Concept introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in N ...
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Why one Chevy dealer doesn't fear the Reaper

Posted 9:33 am U.S. ET, Jan. 28
NEW ORLEANS -- Digital marketing tools, slick service apps and fresh F&I strategies were on the radar of many dealers who attended the NADA convention here this weekend.But for Chevrolet dealer Heinke Trapp, it was a date with The Reaper.The Reaper is what you get when you take a stock 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and upfit it with beefy fender flares, an audacious domed ...
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Alfa calls new architecture Giorgio

Posted 7:57 am U.S. ET, Jan. 27
Alfa Romeo's new rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive architecture will be code-named Giorgio, people working on the project told me. It's one of the few details revealed so far about the struggling brand's fourth revival plan since 2004.The full strategy for the carmaker is scheduled to be made public when parent Fiat-Chrysler releases its first-quarter results in May.It's unc ...
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A weighty matter: Chevy Colorado vs. Ford F-150

Posted 10:39 am U.S. ET, Jan. 18
DETROIT -- In the race to get the weight out of pickups, General Motors -- not Ford -- may actually be the biggest loser.Ford rolled out the long awaited 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 this week, and claimed the curb weight will be 550 to 700 pounds less than the 2014 version forged with steel sheet metal. Hats off to Ford. That's huge.Because the F-150 is the nation's top-sel ...
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At Subaru, a high-performance STI in 2 flavors

Posted 2:03 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 14
DETROIT -- Subaru's latest sporty sedan, the 305-hp WRX STI, made its debut twice at the North American International Auto Show today.The Japanese automaker showed two versions of the high-performance car, a special limited production blue model with gold wheels and blue accents on the seats and the regular production model.The blue Launch Edition model, will be available ...
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All the wrong things pay off for Tesla

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
DETROIT -- Among the unspoken rules that automakers typically follow at an auto show:Don't put an executive onstage holding note cards.Don't tell the world you plan to be reckless.Don't hand the microphone to journalists who want to ask about vehicles catching fire and a new recall.Do show a new car.Tesla Motors broke all of those rules Tuesday with perhaps the least rehea ...
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Redesigned Chrysler 200 is likely foundation for Journey replacement

Posted 7:37 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
DETROIT -- Chrysler Group's introduction Monday of an all-wheel-drive variant for its redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan makes me think about another future vehicle: the replacement for the Dodge Journey.It's not hard to see, really. Take the redesigned 200's front half, extend the rear to include a third row of seats and a hatchback and build it all on top of the 200's di ...
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2014 Detroit auto show: Why Porsche fans like the 'real' 911 Targa

Posted 1:22 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
With the 2014 model unveiled today at the Detroit auto show, Porsche aficionados are applauding the return of what some describe as the "real" 911 Targa.The difference with this model versus the sports car brand's recent iterations of the semi-convertible variant? It's all about the Targa roof bar, which debuted on the original 911 Targa show car in 1965. Porsche ditched t ...
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GM's caravan for 'the big nasty'

Posted 11:56 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
As if it's not hard enough to make sure an auto show press conference goes off without a hitch, General Motors decided to add freeway traffic to the equation as it unveiled the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 today.Shortly before it was scheduled to pull the wraps off the Z06, GM loaded a camouflaged Z06 on a trailer behind a Chevrolet Silverado at its suburban Detroit tech center. ...
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