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It's time to fully embrace the gasoline-electric powertrain

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Feb. 9
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Honda's 2000 Insight hybrid.
I’m rolling down the road in suburban Detroit in the back seat of a 2014 Toyota Prius that has already seen 97,000 miles pass under its wheels. A thought bubble appears above my head: Isn’t it time for all gasoline-powered vehicles to be hybridized? Judging by the way this Prius sounds, feels and performs, you’d never know it has been driven a distance t ...
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Is this what the 2017 Buick Encore will look like?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Feb. 9
The 2017 Buick Encore will debut at the New York Auto Show in April, but before that its European-market Opel Mokka X twin will premiere at the Geneva motor show. The Encore has been on sale since 2012 and has proven to be a hit for GM's luxury brand that isn't Cadillac -- Chevrolet even rolled out its own version for 2015. But product cycles are product cycles, and Buick ...
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Ford faces tough decision on B-Max

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Feb. 9
When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes, it makes me think that the B-Max’s days are numbered, which means changes loom at the under-utilized plant in Romania where the small minivan is built. B-Max sales were down 15 percent to 45,717 units in Europe last year. Even more troublin ...
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Sergio's plan to sell rebadged Dart, 200 replacements could work -- if he chooses wisely

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Feb. 2
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's plan to replace the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 with vehicles built under contract by other automakers faces long odds. Can you name a captive import (a car built by one automaker, but sold by another) or rebadged car that has been successful? There are very few. The closest that comes to mind is the 1970-78 Mercury Capri. Ford Motor ...
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Wait a minute. What? Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?

Posted 6:17 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 27
So here’s a question for you to ponder: What’s a Jeep Wagoneer? In the middle of a lengthy yet remarkably detail free conference call on Wednesday about Fiat Chrysler’s plans to “realign” its North American production plan, CEO Sergio Marchionne dropped this little nugget: “I think it’s important for us to have found a home for t ...
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Caddy CT6's lightweight body = big car, small engine

Posted 12:30 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 26
RAMONA, Calif. -- Of the three engine choices available on the Cadillac CT6 sedan, it was the smallest that seemed to generate the most buzz during a media drive here last week. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo kicks out 265 hp, shy of the 272 hp that the same displacement engine produces in the compact Cadillac ATS. But the relative featherweight construction of the CT ...
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Will Volvo's S90L land stateside?

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 26
Volvo's revival of the S90 nameplate, dormant since the late 1990s, brings back the brand's aspirations for a luxury flagship to take on the Germans. Developed on the company's Scalable Product Architecture shared with the XC90 crossover, the S90 will battle the likes of the BMW 5 series, Mercedes-Benz E class and Lexus GS when it lands in stores later in the ye ...
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GM shifts r&d role to meet new realities

Posted 12:30 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 26
For most of its existence, General Motors r&d has focused on investigating technologies that might be deployed in automobiles decades down the road. In the 1950s, for instance, GM was already thinking about how to engineer autonomous vehicles. In the mid-1960s, GM engineers built the world’s first fuel-cell powered automobile, the Electrovan. About a decade ago ...
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Eight things to know about the new Hyundai Ioniq hybrid

Posted 1:02 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 22
SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor Co. is pitching its new Ioniq hybrid vehicle as the anti-hybrid hybrid: a green car with gusto and good looks. And the compact hatchback delivered on that promise during a test drive this week on the northern outskirts of Seoul. On largely deserted roads just outside the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone dividing South Korea from its communist n ...
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ZF executive 'remarkably comfortable' in one-on-one chat with Obama

Posted 3:21 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 21
The most commonly asked question I’ve received in the past 24 hours is: “Were you nervous?” But I can honestly tell you that my 10-minute one-on-one conversation with The President of the United States, while being the pinnacle of my communications career, was remarkably comfortable. Wednesday afternoon I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explai ...
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ZF executive 'remarkably comfortable' in one-on-one chat with Obama

Posted 3:21 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 21
The most commonly asked question I’ve received in the past 24 hours is: “Were you nervous?” But I can honestly tell you that my 10-minute one-on-one conversation with The President of the United States, while being the pinnacle of my communications career, was remarkably comfortable. Wednesday afternoon I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explai ...
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Papa Uno hits the block

Posted 2:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 20
A Fiat 500L made famous by a high-profile user -- I know, it’s a big club, but I want to leave you guessing -- is going on the auction block for charity this month in Philadelphia. A black Fiat 500L used in September in Philadelphia by Pope Francis during his first visit to the United States will be auctioned off Jan. 29 during the black-tie gala prior to the start ...
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The danger of being a pioneer

Posted 11:45 am U.S. ET, Jan. 19
There’s been an almost nonstop din of pronouncements from automakers on apps, connectivity, electrification, autonomous driving, car-sharing and mobility. Since the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas two weeks ago and now the Detroit auto show, automakers haven’t had much to say about how they plan to continue improving quality and fuel economy, reducing e ...
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Dragging my feet and getting shamed into fixing a Jeep

Posted 3:26 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 15
At the Detroit auto show this week, I ran into a friend who works at Fiat Chrysler. After we exchanged pleasantries, he asked me very seriously if I’ve taken my vintage Jeep Grand Cherokee to the dealer for an inspection and possible trailer hitch installation. As a matter of fact, no I haven’t. And it’s not Fiat Chrysler’s fault. FCA has been a ...
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Seeing double in Detroit

Posted 3:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 14
DETROIT -- The 2016 edition of the Detroit auto show is packed with the usual introductions, concepts and good gossip. This year, more than in previous years, though, we can’t help but notice some of the sedans, coupes, crossovers and trucks are all starting to run together: Bentleys and Continentals, Impalas and LaCrosses. Some are new and some have been around a ...
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Is Toyota turning the Mirai into a mobile network server?

Posted 12:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 14
DETROIT -- Toyota Motor Corp. displayed its latest in-car connectivity at the Detroit auto show this week. Partnering with American-based flat-panel antenna developer Kymeta, Toyota aims to alleviate the data bottleneck that happens while using a standard mobile network, which is what connected cars currently use. In anticipation that bandwidth demand will only get worse ...
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Lexus trumps Toyota for valued floor space at Detroit show

Posted 12:11 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 14
DETROIT -- Kudos to the hardworking crew that set up the Toyota display at this year’s Detroit auto show. Normally, workers would spend days prepping a stand in advance of the event. But this year, they had to tear down a booth and create a new one virtually overnight Monday. That is because the Lexus luxury sibling brand commandeered the expansive Toyota brand spa ...
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Jeep waves green flag for Hellcat Grand Cherokee

Posted 2:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
DETROIT -- A 707-hp Hellcat Jeep Grand Cherokee is coming before the end of 2017. We'll just let that sink in for a few seconds. Jeep brand head Mike Manley confirmed the information to writer/driver Brian Makse this week at the Detroit auto show; in turn, he broadcasted the news through his YouTube channel. Fiat Chrysler's Hellcat franchise, anchored by ...
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With a whiff, Ally aims to stand out

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
What’s your car scent? A blend of cappuccino, hairspray, lipstick and yoga mat? Or is it a mix of bonfire, axle grease, flannel and beard? Or maybe it’s a combination of baby wipes, stain remover, crayon and a little bit of regret. Ally Financial will tell you. Ally is featuring a “New Car Smell” exhibit Jan. 11-24 at the North American Interna ...
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Confessions of a NACTOY judge: 2016 edition

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
DETROIT -- By now you know the winners of the North American Car and Truck of the Year are the redesigned Honda Civic and Volvo XC90. I am a member of the jury that selects the NACTOY award winners each year. The end of the process is usually one we jurors dread. Though it is fun to test drive all of the candidates, when it gets down to the finalists, any vehicle could wi ...
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Why it was no surprise that Ford had no surprises

Posted 11:17 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
A year ago, the Ford GT was the surprise star of the Detroit auto show. Ford Motor Co. has a much lower-key presence in this year’s show. Even the GT itself is oddly hard to find. Instead of putting it front and center, where it would be certain to attract a nonstop gaggle of onlookers, Ford hid the GT on the second level of its new stand, along with the rest of its ...
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Why the Buick Avista is a long shot for production

Posted 3:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
DETROIT -- For the second straight Detroit auto show, Buick pulled a surprise -- this year, it's the Avista 2+2 coupe concept -- that has put it on many people’s most buzzworthy lists. But with this latest tease -- last year’s was the svelte Avenir sedan concept -- the questions are growing louder about whether Buick is serious about adding any ...
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RIP David Bowie: Thin White Duke once sang of Detroit's iconic car brands

Posted 3:43 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
My heart broke when I read the news on Twitter at 5 a.m. today: David Bowie is dead at age 69 after 18 months of fighting cancer. The Thin White Duke is gone. Ziggy Stardust has returned to his home planet. Obituary writers and fans will strain their thesauruses to find enough superlatives for Bowie and his work and style. Genius. Trendsetting. Elegant. Ethereal. Cool. S ...
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For 2016, some growth, but watch out

Posted 7:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
It’s wonderful to be starting an expected seventh straight year of U.S. auto sales growth. The record 17.5 million light vehicles sold in 2015 were a remarkable 7.1 million more than in 2009 and the six consecutive years of gain is a string unmatched since the 1920s. But here’s the rub. The longer the string, the bigger the gains, the more likely the unknowns ...
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Ghosn on why Renault-Nissan really needs 2 CEOs

Posted 10:23 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
DETROIT -- Globetrotting Carlos Ghosn, the time-zone traveling dual CEO of France’s Renault SA and Japan’s Nissan Motor Co., is no stranger to the misery of jet lag -- splitting his time between Europe and Asia -- and everywhere in between. But what time trip really sets his head spinning? “The worst jet lag is Tokyo-New York or Tokyo-Detroit,” Gh ...
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A 56K-era taste of Lincoln's new luxury sedan

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 8
Do not adjust your monitor; do not check your Internet connection. This is our first look at the Detroit auto show-bound, production-spec 2017 Lincoln Continental, rendered in dialup-era pixilated glory. Sorry about that. This picture, which recently appeared on Ford Inside News, is in the trademark low-angle, front-three-quarter style that Lincoln (and Ford) use on thei ...
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Is CHAdeMO headed for CHAde-NO?

Posted 11:03 am U.S. ET, Jan. 8
DETROIT -- When I opened the charging door on the passenger side of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid crossover, I found a charging port and a large empty space covered with a flat slab of plastic. The charging port is the same SAE-standard version I have on my Chevrolet Volt. The empty space? That’s where a large CHAdeMO port should have been. CHAdeMO i ...
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Volvo's S90 will (just about) handle the driving on highway trips

Posted 1:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 7
When the 2017 Volvo S90 goes on sale late this year, you'll barely have to even drive it. The automaker has just announced that its semi-autonomous Pilot Assist software will be standard on the flagship sedan in the U.S. -- roughly the same system that debuted in the XC90 SUV. The big difference is that, unlike in the XC90, Pilot Assist will be available at speeds up to 8 ...
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Today's safe cars: Too much nanny-tech?

Posted 2:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 7
Automakers like to say that they are transforming cars into rolling computers or rolling smartphones. In doing so, they should take care not to turn their products into rolling smoke detectors. Let me explain. Recently I was awakened in the wee hours by a beeping smoke alarm. Not a fire, just a dying battery. After stumbling around the house for a while, I found it and s ...
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Ford gets the PowerShift dual clutch transmission right, but is it too late?

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 5
Before a recent trip to Las Vegas, I reserved a rental subcompact car online from Avis. Bottom feeders like me never know what car they’ll get until they are handed the keys at the counter. The keys I got fit neatly into the ignition of a 2015 Ford Fiesta. It’s been a few years since I’ve driven anything with Ford’s PowerShift dual clutch transmis ...
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