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Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings

Posted 10:10 am U.S. ET, July 23
blogs Dave Guilford is news editor for Automotive News.
 
Maybe the federal government should adopt Consumer Reports as a model for fuel economy testing. Or just outsource the task to the magazine. The EPA seems to be feeling the heat over its miles-per-gallon ratings, which adorn new-car window stickers. As just about anyone who has checked their fuel economy can attest, EPA numbers are at best rough indicators of actual perfo ...
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Despite Ford's apology, recent mpg downgrades are troubling

Posted 3:32 pm U.S. ET, June 18
When Ford Motor Co. lowered window-sticker mpg ratings for six vehicles last week, it was refreshingly forthright. As Raj Nair, group vice president for global product development, put it: “This was our mistake, plain and simple, and we apologize to our customers for it.” That was candid and appropriate. But, frankly, there’s a troubling undercurrent in ...
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At Chrysler Group, 2 brands seek new frontiers

Posted 7:15 am U.S. ET, April 17
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 ...
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Autos' enthusiasm for emerging markets hits brakes

Posted 2:11 pm U.S. ET, April 15
NEW YORK -- It’s been common for years to hear that emerging markets will power global growth in auto sales. Global automakers have jostled to position themselves for that growth, particularly in the much-touted BRIC markets -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. But that growth formula has been looking a little less solid lately. Tension with Russia over the annexati ...
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Ford Mustang rolls into Geneva with glow

Posted 8:47 pm U.S. ET, March 3
GENEVA -- If you couldn't tell by the two 1965 Mustang convertibles and the display of diecast Mustang models outside Ford's press reception on the eve of the Geneva auto show press days …Or the Mustang keychains Ford's guests received …And if the bold yellow 2015 Mustang GT prototype sitting in the middle of the party didn't clue you in…Ford executive ...
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For BMW, a Tesla makes a 'nice snowplow'

Posted 1:09 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 24
NEW ORLEANS -- Quick now: If your automaker were launching a stylish, premium electric vehicle -- or a plug-in hybrid -- chock-full of new tech, who would your main competition be?Might it be the only EV maker of note to survive that segment's shakeout? You know, the company that attracts headlines about twice a week.Tesla, in other words?Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of Nor ...
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GM blazes a new trail with a product expert as CEO

Posted 11:08 am U.S. ET, Dec. 10
Mary Barra’s appointment as CEO of General Motors is getting national attention because she will be the first female leader of a major U.S. car company.Rightfully so. It’s a boost for women in the industry and a significant -- if overdue -- milestone. It may even help GM shed a bit of its “Detroit dinosaur” image.But another aspect of the move is eq ...
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Tesla firetraps? Numbers don't back it up

Posted 12:47 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 8
News of a third Tesla Model S battery fire Wednesday has ignited a wave of safety concern, Internet debate and investor alarm. Tesla's stock price opened today at $135.89, down from a high of $194.50 on Sept. 30.I'll leave the battery chemistry and vehicle structure questions to experts and the stock price to Wall Street. But let me offer a little back-of-the-envelope math ...
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Autonomous driving technology takes center stage

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 6
Automakers love to display their technological prowess at the big auto shows, searching for that cutting-edge feature that will dazzle consumers.A few years ago it was electric drive. No respectable auto show stand could be without a car with a plug stuck into its side.But now that seems so, you know, 2010.Instead, autonomous driving technology will be to the Frankfurt aut ...
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Autonomous driving technology takes center stage

Posted 2:33 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 30
Automakers love to display their technological prowess at the big auto shows, searching for that cutting-edge feature that will dazzle consumers.A few years ago it was electric drive. No respectable auto show stand could be without a car with a plug stuck into its side.But now that seems so, you know, 2010.Instead, autonomous driving technology will be to the Frankfurt aut ...
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Telematics: Cool! Information: Not so much

Posted 3:18 pm U.S. ET, July 29
This morning I drove down westbound Interstate 94 in Detroit in a 2014 GMC Sierra, a generally very impressive pickup and experienced the state of the art of driver information systems.It was a little unsettling.As I entered the freeway, a computerized voice burst out of the dash urging caution because of road construction on I-94. Because I drive the stretch daily, I knew ...
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