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Eurofication of Buick lineup continues with … an imported Regal?

Posted 1:51 pm U.S. ET, July 31
The Buick Regal already is the most Euro-looking vehicle in Buick's lineup.
In a few years, it might literally be European.
All signs point to General Motors importing the Regal from Germany beginning in 2017, when the sporty sedan is due for its first redesign since the nameplate returned to the Buick lineup in early 2010, after a six-year hiatus.
Let me explain.
The Regal is assembled on the “flex” line at GM's Oshawa, Ontario, plant, along with the Chevy Camaro, Cadillac XTS and the aging, fleet-only Chevy Impala. The plant's future is shadowed in uncertainty.
Officials from U ...
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Let's hope for a litter of Hellcat kitties

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 19
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The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat -- packing a 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8.
Spend a few minutes with Chrysler Group’s new monster power plant -- the 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 -- and you will be left, as I was, with one overriding question:
What else can you put it in?
Not to say that it’s out of place in the 2015 SRT Challenger. It’s not. It absolutely belongs there and fits like a glove. But very few automakers that want to stay in business build engines for one single model, and I don’t think Chrysler will do so, either.
As I see it, there are four natural future uses for the Hellcat: one for each of th ...
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Will de Nysschen take Caddy into small cars?

Posted 1:01 pm U.S. ET, July 16
Johan de Nysschen is barely a week into his new job as president of Cadillac. It will take some time to learn what he will attempt to do there.
But keep your eye on the small-vehicle end of the luxury spectrum. That will be de Nysschen’s most likely play for the American premium king.
As the global leader of Infiniti for the past two years, de Nysschen made clear and compelling arguments about the direction of the world premium market. His assessment of luxury can’t be different for an aspiring Japanese manufacturer than for an iconic American brand.
Here& ...
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Is the maligned Mitsubishi Mirage a good value?

Posted 12:40 pm U.S. ET, July 7
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The Mirage easily beat its EPA window label numbers -- 37 city/44 highway and 40 combined.
Editor's note: The Mirage’s EPA rating is 37 city/44 highway and 40 combined. Earlier versions of this blog transposed the numbers.
The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the strangest cars I have ever driven -- and it’s one of the most polarizing new models of 2014.
Consumer Reports, The New York Times and othe ...
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Inside the Camaro's transformation for latest 'Transformers' film

Posted 4:09 pm U.S. ET, June 26
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The edgier, more aggressive Bumblebee that Michael Bay envisioned demanded extensive design modifications not seen on the road today.
The reimagined Camaro in the latest Transformers film features a slew of design alterations unique to the movie.
Chevy Camaro enthusiasts hitting theaters for Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend should have a field day identifying changes amid the over-the-top explosions as Bumblebee fights alongside Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots.
The rebooted Bumblebee came ...
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Honda aims to take 3D leap forward with advanced crash-test simulation software

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 25
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A closeup image of the Acura MDX after a virtual side-impact crash test captured by the new 3D software. (HONDA)
It takes roughly five years, on average, to develop and launch an all-new vehicle these days. A redesigned crossover or sedan can require less time from drawing board to showroom.
Numerous automakers have tried to shorten product development cycles over the past 20 years but often with little success.
Too many complex facets in r&d, product planning, and manufacturing often get in the way, IHS Automotive senior analyst Eric Fedewa says.
But Honda Motor Co. believes it’s poised to take a major chunk of time out of the process.
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Zetsche sees speedy uptake of F1 tech in Mercedes models

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 30
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Mercedes' racecars have won all six F1 events this year.
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 how to get superior performance from fewer cylinders, turbos and hybrids.
Zetsche says the know-how will help Mercedes downsize the engines in its most powerful models, such as those from tuning subsi ...
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Volvo hints at more polished XC90 for 2015

Posted 1:34 pm U.S. ET, May 27
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Volvo says the XC90's interior for 2015 is "the most luxurious ever designed for a Volvo."
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, will be formally unveiled in August. It goes on sale in Europe later this year.
The XC90 is the ...
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To TDI or not TDI?

Posted 10:26 am U.S. ET, May 14
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’t seem to get the image of those clattering, unreliable diesels from the 1970s out of their heads. The diesel price premium -- similar to the premium paid for a hybrid -- doesn’t help either, especially when diesel fuel is more e ...
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VW may be ready to give its SUV a home

Posted 4:14 pm U.S. ET, May 8
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 Volkswagen Group of America’s headquarters in suburban Washington and at VW’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, which is seen as a leading contender for the production order.
The decision may not come next week. VW’s board ...
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