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DETROIT -- Two cars I have test driven recently finally convinced me the good old-fashioned manual transmission will soon be dead.
General Motors let auto writers test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette with its new eight-speed automatic transmission. And among our rotating fleet of test cars here at work, a 2014 Jaguar F-Type has been a well-liked visitor. The F-Type also ... Continue reading "Why the stick shift's days may be numbered " » Oct 28, 2014 9:00 am U.S. ET Post Comment
The first new Alfa Romeo to be sold in this country in 20 years will be auctioned next week for charity.
That’s thanks to Rick and Rita Case, owners of Rick Case Automotive Group in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Rick Case says his Alfa Romeo dealership in Davie, Fla., is the first store to receive one of the highly anticipated 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Italian supercars. It will ... Continue reading "Rick Case to sell first N.A. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C for charity's sake" » Oct 24, 2014 4:09 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
HELL, Mich. -- Many of the jurors who select the North American Car and Truck of the Year convened in this small town northwest of Ann Arbor last week to test drive the class of 2015.
There are 22 vehicles in contention.
The twisty, undulating roads to Hell, from Hell and around Hell are paved with good indentions. You can really wring out a chassis on the variety of sur ... Continue reading "Sizing up the field for 2015 Car, Truck of Year honors" » Oct 21, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Perhaps you saw the news last week about an experimental engine under development at Volvo. It’s a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder that cranks out an amazing 450 horsepower.
At 225 horsepower per liter, it would be one of the most power-dense engines ever produced, if Volvo decides to build it.
How Volvo engineers boosted the output of the engine is ingeni ... Continue reading "Volvo's new engine: Turbocharger? Supercharger? What is this thing?" » Oct 14, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
MGB. 500. 280SL. G8. XK120. 2002Tii. TR6. 318is. 2CV. 300TD. XLR. GT6.
Car names derived from letters, numbers, and letters and numbers have been with us since at least the 1950s.
The blowback from Cadillac’s recent announcement that it will name its big new sedan CT6 has been hurricane force on GM’s luxury brand boss Johan de Nysschen. Why the big fuss?
On ... Continue reading "What's in a name? Cadillac CT6 creates fervor" » Oct 7, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described Wolfgang Schneider's title with Ford of Europe.
PARIS -- Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights.
Then the two countries decided to allow each other’s cars on their streets. Eventually, says Schneider, Ford of Europe’ ... Continue reading "Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream" » Oct 3, 2014 1:06 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
With his 1 million-plus Twitter followers and his celebrity status, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a tendency to act like a one-man marketing department.
He set the Internet abuzz Wednesday night with a tweet declaring that it was "about time to unveil the D," accompanied by an image of a car behind a garage door and a date: Oct. 9, 2014.
Speculation instantly began abou ... Continue reading "Musk's mysterious 'D' is probably an awd Model S" » Oct 2, 2014 2:53 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
PARIS -- Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change.
Stadler's not looking for a break from meeting standards like the U.S. 54.5 mpg CAFÉ goal, or the European Union's target of 95 gr ... Continue reading "Will the customer buy what governments demand?" » Oct 2, 2014 7:30 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson’s belief in e-commerce got a huge boost because of the XC90.
Volvo sold out 1,927 special edition XC90s in 47 hours in the company’s first Internet-only sales campaign last month. Most of the cars were reserved within one hour of the sales start; at peak demand seven cars were sold every minute.
Samuelsson said today at the Paris au ... Continue reading "XC90 boosts Volvo CEO's belief in e-commerce" » Oct 2, 2014 6:41 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the two Corsa models unveiled Wednesday.
PARIS -- It wasn't long ago when the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in U.S. showrooms.
But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.
Op ... Continue reading "What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common" » Oct 1, 2014 1:33 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
PARIS -- It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the U.S., but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing well?
At the Renault-Nissan dinner tonight, CEO Carlos Ghosn challenged the scrum that engulfed him to name America's No. 1 Leaf-loving town, the place where 1,000 of the electric vehicles were sold i ... Continue reading "The Nissan Leaf's top-selling town?" » Oct 1, 2014 10:31 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
PARIS -- How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late?
He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally.
"We are obviously a target for headhunters, but we are simultaneously recruiting the best and the brightest," he said.
Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen recently went to C ... Continue reading "Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent" » Oct 1, 2014 5:53 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
PARIS -- Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge.
The Discovery Sport sprinted out of a grassy mountain, through several feet of water, to be greeted by seven giant boots -- or wellies as the Brits call them. The Discovery Sport was introduced by supermodel Rosie ... Continue reading "Making a splashy entrance in Paris" » Oct 1, 2014 6:16 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
PARIS -- Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday lifted the mask on its next-generation C-Max at a special event at the Opera National de Paris, the setting for the fictional The Phantom of the Opera.
The irony may have been lost on the Ford execs on hand, who also showed off the next-generation European S-Max and Grande C-Max before their scheduled press conference Thursday at the P ...