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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 Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Will de Nysschen take Caddy into small cars?" » Jul 16, 2014 1:01 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Is the maligned Mitsubishi Mirage a good value?" » Jul 7, 2014 12:40 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Inside the Camaro's transformation for latest 'Transformers' film " » Jun 26, 2014 4:09 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Honda aims to take 3D leap forward with advanced crash-test simulation software" » Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Zetsche sees speedy uptake of F1 tech in Mercedes models" » May 30, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
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, ... Continue reading "Volvo hints at more polished XC90 for 2015" » May 27, 2014 1:34 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "To TDI or not TDI?" » May 14, 2014 10:26 am U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "VW may be ready to give its SUV a home" » May 8, 2014 4:14 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "As Lincoln dealers yearn, Hyundai's flagship rolls" » May 5, 2014 3:22 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ... Continue reading "Can I request a Jeep Gladiator in the plan? " » May 2, 2014 2:06 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ...