Posted 11:05 am U.S. ET, April 11
Posted 2:18 pm U.S. ET, April 16
Posted 5:07 pm U.S. ET, April 17
Posted 1:08 pm U.S. ET, April 18
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 19
Posted 1:55 pm U.S. ET, April 26
Posted 8:00 am U.S. ET, May 3
Posted 12:00 pm U.S. ET, May 7
Posted 12:15 pm U.S. ET, May 9
Posted 2:02 pm U.S. ET, May 14
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the supplier of the battery used in the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive.
Blogs on new products
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 15
Posted 12:35 pm U.S. ET, May 17
A popular off-roading magazine calls the Daimler-era call to add two extra doors to the venerable Wrangler "the best automotive industry decision of the last decade."
Posted 3:59 pm U.S. ET, May 17
It's easy to criticize the way Daimler AG ran and ultimately left Chrysler during the disastrous "marriage of equals" era. I know because I've done it on a regular basis.
But even the worst marriages can produce spectacular kids -- or in this case, products. And today, the 1 millionth copy of one of the best results of Chrysl ... Continue reading "2 million extra doors was the best call Daimler made during 'marriage of equals'" » May 17, 2013 12:35 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
SHANGHAI -- If you were an alien from another world and your spaceship landed in Shanghai, you would immediately conclude that Buick is a planetary titan among automotive brands.
Buick is the third-leading brand in China behind Volkswagen and Hyundai through March with 5.3 percent of the market, according to data from LMC Aut ... Continue reading "In the Land of Many Buicks, one in particular stood out" » May 17, 2013 3:59 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
The new Mercedes-Benz S class made its world premiere today in Hamburg, Germany, but Shanghai might have been more appropriate. Why? China accounted for 49 percent of all S-class sales from 2010-2012.
By comparison, 15 percent of total S-class sales were in Europe during the three-year period and the United States accounted f ... Continue reading "Is the S in the new Mercedes S class for Shanghai?" » May 15, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Consumers have a lot of gripes about the battery life in high-tech products.
Batteries seem to ... Continue reading "Can battery rental reduce consumer jitters with EVs? Smart thinks so" » May 14, 2013 2:02 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
SAN ANTONIO -- There was hand-wringing, even some flat out panic, when General Motors unwrapped its next-generation Chevrolet Silverado in December.
Many dealers, enthusiasts and writers questioned whether the pickup's design went far enough. There was also disappointment at the lack of a sexy technology to hit back at the Fo ... Continue reading "Silverado hand-wringers should relax -- for now" » May 9, 2013 12:15 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
I love puns, so when photos arrived of the big blue Pacific crashing against a floundering Ram heavy-duty pickup during a beach-photo-shoot-gone-wrong, my mind just raced."Guts. Gnarly. Ram.""Ram 2500 --fathoms?""Finally, the perf ...
Continue reading "Ram photo shoot goes horribly, horribly wrong" » May 7, 2013 12:00 pm U.S. ET Post Comment | Permalink
A new crop of turbocharged Volkswagen Jettas and Beetles will start to show up in U.S. dealerships this month.
These cars will look like the other 2013 Jettas and Beetles from the outside, but will get Continue reading "For VW, new turbo brings more power, fuel economy for key models" » May 3, 2013 8:00 am U.S. ET Post Comment | Permalink
DETROIT -- General Motors resisted the urge to jack up the price on the 2014 Corvette Stingray, despite major enhancements on the seventh-generation sports car.
The $51,995* sticker for the coupe, which is expected to hit showrooms by September, is just 1,400 bucks more than the current model, even with its more powerful engi ... Continue reading "Why the Stingray's $52K sticker should come with an asterisk" » Apr 26, 2013 1:55 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
If I were an executive at a Chinese domestic automaker, I would be very worried. Why? It is difficult to find a Chinese-brand car on the streets of Shanghai, the country's largest city with more than 23 million inhabitants.
I experienced this first hand visiting the city for the auto show. During a long bus ride from the Shan ... Continue reading "Looking for a Chinese car in Shanghai" » Apr 19, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Mark Reuss says the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickups will be so much better than the bland outgoing models, General Motors might come up with new names.
"We're targeting a new generation of buyer with a new truck," the GM North America president told reporters this week.Continue reading "Why GM might rename its new mid-sized pickups" » Apr 18, 2013 1:08 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Mercedes-Benz is poised to take aim at the growing compact crossover segment with the five-door GLA -- a vehicle company executives say will be packed with premium features but carry a competitive price tag.
Mercedes is unveiling a concept version of the GLA crossover at the Shanghai auto show. It's a wedge-shaped vehicle tha ... Continue reading "With GLA, Mercedes aims for younger shopper" » Apr 17, 2013 5:07 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
LOS ANGELES -- Those with keen eyesight will have noticed an aberration in the production numbers listed by the Automotive News Data Center.
The Honda Motor Co. plant in Greensburg, Ind., built just 91 units of the nearly new Acura ILX entry-luxury sedan in March. This came after a couple of previous slower months.Continue reading "The story behind low Acura ILX production numbers" » Apr 16, 2013 2:18 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Mercedes-Benz -- intent on creating nonstop buzz for the new CLA sedan -- is turning to a source of marketing new to the company.
It has hired young filmmaker and director Casey Neistat, 32, to make four short films for social media about the compact coupelike sedan that goes on sale in September. Mercedes-Benz is trying to a ... Continue reading "The great car commercial -- Mercedes style" » Apr 11, 2013 11:05 am U.S. ET Post Comment
DETROIT -- The five automakers that build full-sized light-duty pickups must hate tree-grown fruit because they sure go out of their way to avoid apples-to-apples comparisons.
The fuel economy ratings for General Motors' redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickups highlight the confusing claims that ...