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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 ... Continue reading "Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks" » Apr 17, 2014 10:17 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "A rare misfire for Subaru with new Levorg wagon?" » Apr 17, 2014 10:39 am U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "At Chrysler Group, 2 brands seek new frontiers" » Apr 17, 2014 7:15 am U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Brace yourself for 'velocity'" » Apr 16, 2014 1:06 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Why the Mustang II should get its due" » Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Waiting for Alfa. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting." » Apr 15, 2014 10:46 am U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "VW SportWagen concept hints at awd in North America" » Apr 14, 2014 11:39 am U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show" » Apr 11, 2014 5:58 am U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Land Rover's vision of an expanded Discovery family" » Apr 2, 2014 7:15 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Why Toyota will buck convention with '15 Camry update at N.Y. show" » Mar 26, 2014 10:53 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "For '15 Mustang, deja vu high above Manhattan" » Mar 25, 2014 1:06 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "New twist: Using old folks to help Buick's image" » Mar 25, 2014 3:21 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
“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 ... Continue reading "GM's new head of powertrain 'loves' diesels" » Mar 20, 2014 4:23 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ...