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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 ... Continue reading "Ode to Olds: Remembering brand a decade later" » Apr 29, 2014 3:28 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
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 ...