Honda, like Mercedes, to test self-driving cars at Calif. military base
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The Cadillac ATS with a turbo 4 cylinder engine: A surprise to drive for one skeptic. (BILL TRUETT)
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The redesigned Mazda Miata MX-5 is nearly as light as the original, yet with a power-to-weight ratio exceeding that of its predecessor.
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Jeep's Renegade. (BLOOMBERG)
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COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Andrew Pontius
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It costs $380 to replace the menacing taillight on the 2015 Dodge Durango SUV.
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A spy photo of the iA, Scion's first sedan.
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The most requested vehicle that Jeep won't build is a small pickup based on the Wrangler. Could that change?
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Mini will go missing from this year's New York auto show. (BLOOMBERG)
Mini has been a fixture at the New York auto show since the brand was relaunched in the United States in 2002.
But don’t look for the British marque this year. Mini USA, saying its money is better spent on experiential marketing, is skipping the 2015 New York auto show.
One possible reason: The brand has no products to unveil in the nation’s biggest media market.
“Mini is different so they are allowed to try different things and to reach out to customers and prospects with new programs,” a spokesman for parent company BMW of North America says. ... Continue reading "Mini pulls the pranks and N.Y. stand -- for now" » Mar 31, 2015 10:45 am U.S. ET
NEW YORK -- Ford Motor Co. seems to have its formula for creating auto show buzz down pat these days.
Let a major competitor talk about an upcoming important new vehicle for months, even years, then swoop in with a surprise just as that competitor is finally unveiling that vehicle.
Ford stole Acura’s thunder at the Detroit auto show in January, rolling out its own supercar, the GT, hours ahead of the long-awaited NSX.
It took some wind out of the Chevrolet Silverado’s sails two years ago with the Atlas concept for its aluminum-bodied F-150.Continue reading "How Ford is stealing the show again -- this time with Continental" » Mar 31, 2015 10:30 am U.S. ET
Every vehicle that rolls out this week at the New York auto show represents a high-stakes bet. Hundreds of millions of dollars, years of work.
But some vehicles have even more riding on them.
These are linchpin vehicles from several of the industry’s comebacks in progress, offerings from automakers who need to make a statement. They may be striving to revive a sagging brand, or to atone for what was -- let’s be diplomatic -- a less-than-stellar vehicle in today’s lineup.
That’s why these vehicles merit an especially close look:Continue reading "Can these cars fuel brand comebacks? " » Mar 31, 2015 10:15 am U.S. ET
At night, the thin band of bright red LEDs on the rear of the 2015 Dodge Durango stares back at the drivers behind like an evil-looking menace in a space helmet.
It’s one of the most unique lighting signatures on the road today.
Just don’t hit it.
There is a downside to rapidly advancing automotive technology: Break something, and you’ll pay an eye-popping amount to get it fixed.
We all know about showroom sticker shock. Average transaction prices for light vehicles in the United States hit Continue reading "The latest tech is great -- until you have to replace it" » Mar 24, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET
, Faurecia’s chief exhaust engineer, sat in the front seat of a BMW 328i sedan. With his finger on an iPad touchscreen and one foot on the accelerator pedal, he showed me how exhaust sounds will be generated in the future.
Pontius revved the Beemer’s
2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. With a touch of the iPad screen, the engine emitted the sensual moan of a V-6 Maserati.
With another touch, I heard the throaty roar of a BMW M3 V-8. Next, the V-8 muscle car growl of a 2014 Ford Mustang 5.0-liter V ... Continue reading "That vroom-vroom … is it real or digital?" » Mar 20, 2015 11:03 am U.S. ET
Tiny crossovers and SUVs could be immune to America’s long-standing love-hate relationship with small cars. We love ’em when gasoline is expensive and shun ’em when it’s cheap.
But gasoline is cheap right now, and the new crop of tiny SUVs and CUVs such as the Nissan Juke and Buick Encore is off to a fast start. U.S. consumers are gladly paying thousands of dollars more for rugged-looking small vehicles that offer the ability to haul gear and a slightly higher ride height and seating position.
And the cherry on top for automakers is the low investment required to create a small uti ... Continue reading "Small utility vehicles' big payoff" » Mar 17, 2015 11:30 am U.S. ET
As fans of lightweight roadsters know, it’s hard for manufacturers to continually lighten and shrink cars, especially with changing safety and efficiency regulations.
But Mazda’s still fighting the good fight -- and winning. The 2016 Miata MX-5 roadster will tip the scales at just 2,332 pounds.
Mazda said the new MX-5's curb weight would be close to the first generation’s flab, which turns out to be almost true. The original Miata for North America came in at about 2,210 pounds, just 122 pounds less than the new one. With 26 years of regulations in between, that’s a pretty good res ... Continue reading "2016 Mazda MX-5 curb weight: 2,332 pounds" » Mar 17, 2015 11:00 am U.S. ET
There’s one last item to address before we close the book on my recent column
about General Motors’ latest efforts to reposition Cadillac.
Thanks to central Florida Cadillac dealer Alan Starling, we tested my theory that a good way to obliterate Cadillac’s lingering dinosaur brand image is simply to let people drive the cars.
In a previous column, I mentioned that my brother’s mental image of what Cadillac is tod ... Continue reading "A test drive converts a Cadillac skeptic" » Mar 10, 2015 11:30 am U.S. ET
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Tesla’s Model X hits the streets
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Honda launches S660 minicar roadster, heir to Beat's looks
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