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Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%

12:35 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 21, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/21/14 1:16 pm ET - adds more figures
Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model. Read More »
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Crossover boom moves downscale; Toyota plans to join stampede
12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 21, 2014
Prompted by lifestyle changes among Generation Y buyers, Honda, Fiat and Mazda joined the stampede to introduce smaller entries in the booming crossover market as the ind ...

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Nissan Juke gets a little Jukier, adds features
1:30 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 20, 2014
Nissan, surprised that one of its most polarizing cars has become one of its most successful, is turning up the Juke-iness of its Juke subcompact for 2015. ...

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500X will help Fiat in U.S. where it snows
12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 20, 2014
When the 2016 Fiat 500X crossover shows up in North American dealerships next year, it will give the brand its first all-wheel-drive offering for areas that get wintry we ...

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Acura retools ILX with more power, 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox
12:45 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 20, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/20/14 1:17 pm ET
Acura is taking another shot at the small premium sedan segment by retooling the entry-level ILX. The Honda Civic-based compact has been re-engineered with a more powerfu ...

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GM approves Opel SUV and engine investments in Germany, Poland
10:22 am U.S. ET, Nov. 20, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra said today Opel will add a flagship SUV to its lineup. The model will launch by the end of the decade. GM will also invest more than $627 million in the ...

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Cadillac chief envisions $250,000 flagship car -- in 2029
10:45 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19, 2014
Cadillac's new boss believes General Motors' luxury brand could eventually sell ultra-luxury cars that retail for a quarter-million dollars by 2029. Cadillac may also get ...

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Scion looks to end product drought with iM hatchback
6:30 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19, 2014
Scion formally unveiled the long-awaited five-door iM Concept hatchback, marking the struggling brand's first new design in three years. The hatchback will arrive in deal ...

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Lexus LF-C2 concept zeros in on younger buyers
4:50 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19, 2014
Lexus took another step toward overcoming its midlife crisis with the unveiling Wednesday of the LF-C2 convertible concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's a “pow ...

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Honda joins small-crossover fray with HR-V
3:45 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19, 2014
The Honda HR-V, based on the Fit subcompact, arrives early next year and will compete with small crossovers such as the Buick Encore, Fiat 500X and Mini Countryman. ...

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VW to bring Golf Alltrack to U.S. in 2016 to take on Subaru
3:22 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19, 2014
VW has decided to offer the Golf SportWagen with 4Motion all-wheel drive in the United States starting in 2016, both as a pure wagon and as a crossover-styled variant cal ...

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Mazda hopes CX-5, Mazda6 facelifts turn heads
2:00 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 19, 2014
Midsize sedans were once the brown shoes of the US car market: a rational purchase, not an emotional one. Cars such as the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata changed that; no ...

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Chrysler 300 refreshed with rotary shifter, updated front fascia
12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 19, 2014
Designers used a light touch to refresh the 2015 Chrysler 300, with a new front fascia and the addition of a rotary shifter as the biggest differences for what will be th ...

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Ford freshens Explorer with higher trim package for '16
12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 19, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/19/14 4:22 pm ET - adds link
Aiming to lure more upscale customers to its Explorer crossover, Ford today at the Los Angeles Auto Show unveiled a freshened 2016 Explorer with more available content. ...

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Jaguar beefs up powertrain options on F-Type
11:00 am U.S. ET, Nov. 19, 2014
Jaguar is building on its successful return to the sports car market by expanding the powertrain options in the F-Type coupe and convertible. The 2016 models arriving nex ...

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Volvo Cars plots U.S. resurgence with model overhaul
10:00 am U.S. ET, Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group said today a sweeping overhaul of its model range over the next five years would propel its long-suffering sales volumes in the United State ...

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Maybach returns with lavish interior, lower price
8:30 am U.S. ET, Nov. 19, 2014
After falling short of attempts to sell an ultraluxury sedan to compete with Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Mercedes-Benz is resurrecting the historic Maybach badge but setting ...

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Mazda zoom zooms into tiny CUVs with CX-3
11:00 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18, 2014
With the CX-3, which stands 4 inches taller than a Mazda3 compact five-door from road to roof but 7 inches shorter from bumper to bumper, Mazda joins the growing list of ...

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Cadillac rolls out V series versions of ATS sedan, coupe
10:30 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/19/14 9:37 am ET
Cadillac is seeking some much-needed momentum for its entry-level ATS nameplate with the launch next spring of V series track-ready versions of the sedan and coupe. ...

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Audi Prologue concept marks new styling direction
11:30 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/19/14 7:02 am ET
Audi unveiled a prototype of a coupe that signals the future styling direction of the luxury brand under new design chief Marc Lichte. The show car signals exterior and i ...

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Ford preps larger, 3-row Edge for China
6:13 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18, 2014
Ford will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for the Chinese market, Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president of global marketing, sales and servic ...

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Shelby GT350 Mustang guns for Europe's performance cars
9:00 am U.S. ET, Nov. 17, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/17/14 9:23 pm ET - adds details, video
With the newest Shelby GT350 Mustang, unveiled Monday in the garage of the late Carroll Shelby in Gardena, Calif., Ford aims to lure a new breed of customers who want the ...

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Mitsubishi promises new products
12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 17, 2014
Mitsubishi, amid a remarkable sales rebound in the United States, is targeting its first profit in North America since the global financial crisis. Now CEO Osamu Masuko p ...

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Toyota launches Mirai fuel cell vehicle, plans hydrogen stations in Northeast
10:12 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 16, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/17/14 6:50 am ET - adds Toyoda video, link
Toyota offered more details about its long-awaited Mirai fuel cell vehicle and said it plans to build a dozen hydrogen refueling stations in the Northeast United States. ...

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Scion readies iM Concept for L.A. Auto Show
7:15 am U.S. ET, Nov. 13, 2014
Scion, aiming to regain momentum in the U.S., will use the Los Angeles Auto Show to showcase the iM Concept, a hatchback designed with young, adventurous drivers in mind. ...

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Mercedes-AMG GT targets Porsche 911
2:06 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 12, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is using the tag line “Handcrafted by Racers: a sports car in its purest form,” for the new GT sports car, emphasizing the car’s developme ...

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Porsche goes bling with two-tone Panamera Exclusive Series
12:19 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 11, 2014
Porsche is introducing the Panamera Exclusive Series, which features more luxury than the company has ever offered before. The limited-edition series is based on the alre ...

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Infiniti readies Q30 targeting young buyers
10:30 am U.S. ET, Nov. 11, 2014
Infiniti is road-testing its next global model, the compact Q30 hatchback, which will hit showrooms in 2016. The new five-door will use the architecture of Mercedes-Benz' ...

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BMW, Toyota move forward with midsize sports car program
6:19 am U.S. ET, Nov. 6, 2014
BMW and Toyota are moving closer to putting jointly developed sports cars on the road. ...

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GM to roll out Android cars in 2016, supplier says
12:45 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 4, 2014
General Motors is preparing to introduce Android-based infotainment systems -- the same Google platform used on more than 1 billion mobile devices, from smartphones and t ...

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Toyota's mean, green fuel-cell car dons racing stripes
8:52 am U.S. ET, Nov. 1, 2014
Toyota's new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle broke cover at a Japan rally race with speed demon Akio Toyoda behind the wheel to prove that the green car is also a mean one. ...

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Hyundai plans to take on Toyota's Prius with new hybrid model
9:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 30, 2014
South Korea's Hyundai Motor said it is developing its first dedicated gas-electric car that would go up against Toyota's best-selling Prius. ...

Freshened 2016 Ford Explorer to debut in L.A.
4:32 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 29, 2014
Ford will reveal the 2016 Ford Explorer at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19. The latest version of the Explorer will go on sale next year in North America, Ford s ...

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GM says new Chevy Volt will be quicker and quieter
12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28, 2014 | UPDATED: 10/28/14 1:29 pm ET - adds Nitz, Barra remarks
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker off the line, quieter and go farther in electric mode than its predecessor, General Motors engineers sai ...

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Mazda to unveil CX-3 for small crossover market
8:30 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 27, 2014
Mazda wants a piece of the market for miniaturized crossovers. Next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Japanese automaker plans to unveil its rival for models such a ...

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Nissan's 2016 Maxima drives back to roots
12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 21, 2014
Nissan's redesigned Maxima sedan may be getting back to its “4DSC” roots. Recent spy photos show an early prototype of the 2016 Maxima. The 2016 Maxima's fast ...

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2015 Mercedes S-class coupe wraps high-tech, high luxury in modern package
1:44 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 17, 2014
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe embodies the automaker’s new design philosophy of modern luxury, says Gorden Wagener, the brand’s design chief. ...

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Fiat retools Jeep as 500X SUV to show Chrysler merger is street ready
2:15 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 3, 2014
With the new pint-sized Fiat 500X, CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to show his vision for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is ready for the street. ...

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Tesla's Musk hints at a new model and 'something else'
6:37 am U.S. ET, Oct. 2, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk sent out a cryptic tweet, saying it is "about time to unveil the D and something else," with an accompanying photo which mentioned a date, Oct. ...

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Opel chief Neumann vows to make good on Barra's profit promise
11:23 am U.S. ET, Oct. 2, 2014
A day after his boss assured investors of a return to profitability in Europe by 2016, Opel chief Karl-Thomas Neumann outlined the reasons he believes he can deliver. ...

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Lamborghini, Ferrari supercars join fuel sippers as show stars
12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 1, 2014
Supercars such as a new 900hp Lamborghini and the Ferrari 458 Speciale A will line up alongside fuel-efficient plug-in hybrids such as the VW Passat GTE at the Paris auto ...

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GM will position Cadillac CT6 as tech showcase
3:55 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 1, 2014
The CT6 sedan due late next year is intended to be more than just a high-end Cadillac. General Motors is counting on the car to be a rolling showcase of the company’ ...

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Chevy Trax will start at $20,995 in U.S. debut
11:51 am U.S. ET, Oct. 1, 2014
The 2015 Trax, Chevrolet's seventh small vehicle launched in the past four years, will start at a retail price of $20,995 including shipping, General Motors said in a sta ...

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Honda CR-V gets a sportier, more upscale look for 2015
7:41 am U.S. ET, Sept. 30, 2014
The redesigned 2015 Honda CR-V goes on sale Wednesday with a more premium feel in a move to keep its mantle as the country's best-selling crossover. ...

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Ford brings new F-150 to dealers, consumers for test drives
12:30 am U.S. ET, Sept. 29, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/29/14 8:39 am ET -- Correction
Ford is demonstrating the capabilities of its redesigned, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup to dealership sales personnel and consumers. Sales consultants in 26 cities ha ...

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GM midsize pickups carry heavy load
12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 28, 2014
The Chevrolet Colorado can haul 7,000 pounds. But it also must carry the weight of General Motors' entire truck strategy. GM's three-truck approach is among the biggest w ...

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GM warns '15 Corvette owners that 'valet mode' may be illegal
4:24 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 26, 2014
An “industry exclusive” feature that General Motors touted to buyers of the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray could inadvertently get owners in trouble with the ...

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Subaru adds EyeSight technology to Impreza, plans big rollout
11:53 am U.S. ET, Sept. 26, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/29/14 7:01 am ET -- correction
Subaru said it will add its new third-generation EyeSight pre-crash system to the Impreza small car this year as part of a drive to boost margins and burnish the brand's ...

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GM and Isuzu to jointly develop midsize pickup for global markets
7:11 am U.S. ET, Sept. 26, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/26/14 12:49 pm ET - adds details
GM and Isuzu Motors agreed to jointly develop a midsize pickup truck for sale in several markets around the world, but not for the United States and Canada. ...

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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration signals a fastback future
1:44 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 23, 2014
Infiniti released an image of a large four-door fastback concept that signals the styling for a stream of new products planned over the next four years. ...

GM creates product cybersecurity post
5:34 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 23, 2014
General Motors hired its first product cybersecurity chief in a move designed to address the growing challenge of providing safe, secure and reliable technology in vehicl ...

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Toyota's thrill-seeking side
12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 22, 2014
The re-engineered 2015 Camry, which will arrive in U.S. showrooms this week, is a testament to the company's quest under President Akio Toyoda to shed a reputation for se ...

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Sports cars to shine in City of Light
12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 22, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/22/14 1:18 pm ET
The spotlight will be on sports cars at the Paris auto show, with debuts of models such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Audi TT roadster. ...

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Cadillac to build unnamed 'top-end' car at Detroit-Hamtramck in late 2015
6:34 am U.S. ET, Sept. 19, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/19/14 9:06 am ET - adds link
General Motors said today that it will build a new "top-end, high-technology" Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in the fourth quarter of next year ...

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Audi claims first California autonomous driving permit
11:35 am U.S. ET, Sept. 17, 2014
Volkswagen's Audi unit is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California, as new laws in the state governing the process went into effect on Tu ...

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Ford seeks younger Mustang buyers with tech features
12:44 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 17, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/18/14 10:08 am ET - adds correction
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as Ford's most technology-laden pony car yet. The fastback model will arrive first, followed by the convertible la ...

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Cadillac's new chief vows no retreat on pricing strategy
4:30 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 15, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/15/14 5:49 pm ET - adds details
Cadillac has no plans to back off its sharply higher sticker prices or sweeten incentives to improve slumping U.S. sales, new brand chief Johan de Nysschen said. ...

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Ferrari to launch a 10-unit limited-edition model for the U.S.
3:36 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 12, 2014
Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo’s last public act at the helm of the Italian supercar maker will be the unveiling of a limited-edition model destined f ...

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Athletic Mazda2 debuts as test on many levels
9:00 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 10, 2014
Mazda unveiled a more athletic fourth-generation Mazda2 hatchback late Wednesday, deploying its latest Skyactiv drivetrain and chassis technologies into the subcompact se ...

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Toyota shows utility-van concept for craft-oriented businesses
7:02 am U.S. ET, Sept. 10, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/10/14 9:17 am ET - adds photo gallery
Toyota is gauging potential interest in a niche model designed for urban, craft-oriented businesses with a small utility-van concept vehicle. ...

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Tackling the next parallel-parking challenge -- unparking
1:13 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 10, 2014
Ford has found the automated parking feature offered on several of its nameplates works pretty much as it’s supposed to. The vehicles steer themselves into parallel ...

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Racing-inspired $120,000 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT zooms into U.S. in April
2:30 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 9, 2014
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT two-door, the second vehicle developed by the brand's in-house performance arm, goes on sale in the United States next April. ...

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Dodge Challenger Hellcat dealer ordering begins -- with a catch
8:00 am U.S. ET, Sept. 9, 2014
Dodge will open dealer ordering for its new 707-hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat today, but the brand is changing its normal allocation methods to make sure the high- ...

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Decision to build BMW's new electric Mini months away
1:25 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 9, 2014
An electric version of the Mini that will move the classic British car further away from its original design will have to wait at least six months for a possible green li ...

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Mazda splurges on MX-5 Miata debut and celebration
7:47 am U.S. ET, Sept. 6, 2014
Mazda is a tiny carmaker on a shoestring budget. So nothing attests more to the import of the MX-5 Miata's debut than the company's big splurge on a laser-lit, smoke-mach ...

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Mercedes has high hopes for S-class coupe
12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 5, 2014
Mercedes expects a new name, fresh design and innovative technology will help double sales of the S-class coupe compared with the model it replaces, the CL. ...

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Can sporty RC be the new face of Lexus?
11:00 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 4, 2014
Lexus is counting on its new 2015 RC 350 sports coupe to take on BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in a segment dominated by the German luxury brands. And that may be the easy ...

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Next MX-5 Miata will help Mazda define itself
12:47 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 3, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/3/14 9:20 pm ET
Mazda, which has staked its future on making its cars lighter, more efficient and more fun to drive than their competition, on Wednesday revealed the purest execution of ...

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2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon rated at 21 mpg, GM says
2:32 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 3, 2014
General Motors' new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups will have a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg, better than its midsize rivals but barely edging som ...

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Toyota raises prices on 2015 Sienna minivans
11:44 am U.S. ET, Sept. 3, 2014
Toyota bumped up the manufacturer's suggested retail prices for its redesigned 2015 Sienna minivan. The retail pricing spans from a base of $28,600 for a Sienna L grade t ...

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GM says early orders surge for Colorado pickup
6:25 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 2, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/3/14 10:33 am ET - adds details
Chevrolet dealers requested nearly 30,000 Colorado pickups in the month since General Motors began taking orders for the mid-sized truck -- about five times more than the ...

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Land Rover sets base Discovery Sport price at $38,920
7:00 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 2, 2014
The seven-seat Discovery Sport, the first vehicle in a new family of Land Rovers aimed at buyers in the middle of the luxury market, will go on sale in early 2015 with a ...

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Ford abandons practice of removing items to boost heavy-duty pickup payload ratings
9:35 am U.S. ET, Sept. 2, 2014
Ford said it will abandon its practice of stripping removable items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings and will join competitors in using base cur ...

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Buick lifts cover on Envision crossover in China
3:37 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 29, 2014
General Motors has taken the wraps off a new midsize Buick crossover in China amid growing evidence that the vehicle is destined for showrooms in the United States. ...

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Lexus NX may challenge RX for brand sales leader outside U.S.
6:51 am U.S. ET, Aug. 29, 2014
The new Lexus NX compact crossover, already racking thousands of orders in Japan, may unseat big sibling RX as the luxury brand's top global nameplate. At least outside t ...