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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 selling cars that are dependable but dull. Read More »
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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 ...

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Kia wants to sell 270,000 Sorento SUVs globally in 2015
4:05 am U.S. ET, Aug. 28, 2014
Kia unveiled its redesigned Sorento, saying it aims to sell 270,000 units of the SUV globally next year as the automaker seeks to maintain its momentum in the United Stat ...

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Subaru casts wider net with safer, greener WRX
1:42 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 27, 2014
Subaru hopes the redesigned WRX line will capture a wider customer base with better fuel economy and safety features after spinning off the nameplate from its Impreza sta ...

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Ford begins 'massive undertaking' to manufacture aluminum pickup
2:14 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 25, 2014
Ford has begun an eight-week closure of its F-150 pickup plant near Detroit to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the Unite ...

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Ram makes a power move in heated rivalry with Ford Super Duty
12:01 am U.S. ET, Aug. 25, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/25/14 4:30 pm ET - adds detail, link
The rivalry between Ford's venerable F series and Chrysler's hard-charging Ram truck brand is heating up again. Chrysler today announced that it will offer a 2015 diesel- ...

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How a Silicon Valley startup and its $529,000 electric supercar shadow Tesla
12:01 am U.S. ET, Aug. 24, 2014
After four years of secrecy, Renovo Motors unveiled a two-seater based on the Shelby Daytona, which it says can hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Renovo co-founders saw an oppor ...

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Some 2015 Ford F-150 buyers will have to wait until next year
3:32 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 22, 2014
Some retail and all fleet customers who order their 2015 F-150s early won't see their trucks until February. ...

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Infiniti seeks U.S. trademark for Formula One landmark
9:25 am U.S. ET, Aug. 22, 2014
Infiniti is seeking a trademark in the United States for “Eau Rouge,” the name of a storied Formula One racetrack bend in Belgium, for a potential luxury car ...

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 starts at $78,995
11:54 am U.S. ET, Aug. 22, 2014
Pricing on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will start at $78,995, including shipping, General Motors said today. The convertible model will start at $83,995, including sh ...

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Nissan stands pat on 2015 Frontier pricing, raises Xterra about $300
2:40 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 22, 2014
Nissan announced pricing on the 2015 models of its Frontier pickup and Xterra SUV today. Pricing on the Frontier is unchanged in the 2015 model year, starting at $18,850, ...

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Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020, report says
7:27 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals GM and Ford in replacing steel bo ...

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2015 Chevy Silverado to offer more pizzazz on high-volume models
9:00 am U.S. ET, Aug. 21, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/21/14 12:07 pm ET - adds details
Chevrolet will offer a bold new trim package on light-duty Silverado pickups for the 2015 model year, adding some pizzazz to its highest-volume models. ...

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Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says
6:11 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 20, 2014
Ford plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, Reuters reported, citing two sources with knowle ...

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2015 Corvette will get 29 mpg highway, GM says
8:00 am U.S. ET, Aug. 20, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/20/14 1:33 pm ET - adds details
An 8-speed automatic transmission debuting in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette boosts fuel economy by 3.5 percent over the six-speed it replaces and gives the General Motors l ...

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Cadillac's new flagship sedan to define innovation, excellence, Reuss vows
6:00 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 19, 2014
GM global product chief Mark Reuss said that a large luxury sedan being developed for Cadillac will "define its brand" and is a prerequisite to competing against rivals B ...

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Ford begins testing first right-hand-drive Mustang
3:45 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 18, 2014
Ford has begun testing the first prototype of the right-hand-drive Mustang pony car. Ford said its engineers recently finished building the handmade prototype, which will ...

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Saleen, bullish on EVs, reinvents Tesla Model S
4:19 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 17, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/17/14 5:02 pm ET - adds photo
Saleen Automotive pushed in a new direction with the unveiling of its first electric car, the 4Sixteen, based on the Tesla Model S. And the company's founder and CEO, Ste ...

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Startup Renovo unveils $529,000 EV supercar after years of secrecy
11:00 am U.S. ET, Aug. 15, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/15/14 11:30 am ET -- adds link, details
When they started their company four years ago, the founders of the Silicon Valley startup Renovo Motors saw a hole in the market for a pure electric supercar. Today they ...

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BMW hanging on to 30th anniversary M5
11:21 am U.S. ET, Aug. 15, 2014
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a limited-edition 30th Anniversary M5 to the portfolio, good luck. Just one model remains unsold in the United States as ...

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GM exec confirms plans for top-range Cadillac sedan, redesigned SRX
9:58 am U.S. ET, Aug. 15, 2014
A General Motors executive said next year will be a "fantastic year for Cadillac" as he confirmed plans for a new rear-wheel-drive sedan and a redesigned SRX crossover. ...

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Ford demonstrates Magna's seamless rear window on new F-150
4:04 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 13, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/14/14 9:49 am ET - adds photo
Ford today demonstrated its “seamless sliding rear window” feature developed by Canadian supplier Magna International for the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickups. ...

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Dodge drops 707-hp supercharged Hellcat engine into 2015 Charger SRT
10:45 am U.S. ET, Aug. 13, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/13/14 3:14 pm ET - adds photo gallery, video
Chrysler Group today unveiled its second car that will be powered by its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The four-door per ...

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Kia Sorento to get bigger footprint for 2016
2:47 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 11, 2014
The next-generation Kia Sorento crossover will be longer, lower and have more interior space than the outgoing version. Kia released the first images of the 2016 Sorento ...

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Lexus to unleash $375,000 LFA successor
2:04 am U.S. ET, Aug. 8, 2014
Lexus, which ended a two-year production run of the $375,000 LFA in 2012 after manufacturing 500 units, will build a successor to the 552-horsepower car. ...

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Next-gen Chevy Volt to debut at 2015 Detroit auto show
10:54 am U.S. ET, Aug. 7, 2014
General Motors will show the next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in at the Detroit auto show in January, Chevy's top marketer said today. Tim Mahoney, Chevy's global chie ...

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Ford touts supplier innovations on Mustang, F-150
1:15 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 7, 2014
Ford's purchasing chief is touting some of the innovations created with suppliers on the all-new Mustang sports car and F-150 pickup. ...

Automakers plan 25 global vehicle debuts at L.A. auto show, organizers say
3:48 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 7, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/7/14 4:49 pm ET
The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show will feature 25 global vehicle debuts from nine automakers, show organizers said today. Automakers are expected to introduce several zero-e ...

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GM plans to launch more diesel vehicles in U.S.
10:15 am U.S. ET, Aug. 5, 2014
General Motors will launch more cars and light trucks with diesel engines in the United States in the coming years. Steve Kiefer, GM's vice president of global powertrain ...

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Center of North American auto industry moves further southwest, IHS says
2:46 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 5, 2014
The geographic center point of the North American auto industry, which was located in central Illinois in 2000, has now crossed south into Arkansas from Missouri and movi ...

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Ford probes fire that destroyed pickup during testing
12:36 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 4, 2014
Ford is studying a fire that destroyed a pickup truck during recent testing in California. According to a spy photographer, the truck, heavily clad in black vinyl, is an ...

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Imagining the impossible -- a Bimmer pickup?
8:19 am U.S. ET, Aug. 4, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/7/14 12:41 pm US ET - adds photo gallery
Would any self-respecting BMW enthusiast be caught dead hauling cargo around town in an open-bed 3-Series? ...

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VW touts new MQB architecture on Golf hatchback
11:46 am U.S. ET, Aug. 4, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/4/14 12:21 pm ET - adds details, photo
Volkswagen, hoping to boost sales of the new Golf hatchback in the United States, today touted the vehicle's MQB architecture. ...

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Jaguar exec touts XE's fuel efficiency
5:42 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 4, 2014
The upcoming Jaguar XE small sedan is poised to become the most fuel efficient car Jaguar has ever built, based on fuel economy estimates for the European diesel model. ...

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Acura TLX aims to balance size, performance
12:01 am U.S. ET, Aug. 4, 2014
Acura has an ambitious mandate for its new TLX: Replace two outgoing sedans and claw back some prestige for the brand. The TLX replaces the mid-sized TL and compact TSX s ...

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Future car colors inspired by Midwest homes, landscape, BASF says
1:38 pm U.S. ET, July 31, 2014
Future cars and light trucks will sport more sparkling oranges and browns, soft blues and greens, and pearly whites and grays -- all inspired by the clear skies, lush law ...

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Redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-class sedan packed with new tech
10:38 am U.S. ET, July 30, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is vying for the luxury compact crown with the redesigned 2015 C-class sedan, equipped with new technology and features trickled down from the S-class flags ...

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Jaguar touts aluminum features on upcoming XE
12:35 pm U.S. ET, July 30, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is touting the aluminum features on its upcoming Jaguar XE sedan, promising it will be the most fuel efficient vehicle in brand history. ...

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Kia hints at next Sorento with design sketches
9:58 pm U.S. ET, July 29, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/5/14 8:43 am ET - adds details on interior
Kia Motors plans to unveil the redesigned, third-generation Sorento next month in Korea. ...

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Ford's new F-150 takes aim at Ram's highway mpg crown
3:51 pm U.S. ET, July 29, 2014 | UPDATED: 7/30/14 7:34 am ET - adds details
Ford hopes to regain fuel economy bragging rights in big pickups by offering a special “SFE” package on the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. The Super Fuel Economy ...

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Land Rover preps Discovery Sport with room for 7
10:33 pm U.S. ET, July 29, 2014
Land Rover confirmed plans Tuesday to offer a Discovery Sport model -- billed as a compact, family SUV -- that will be available with seating for seven passengers in a 5+ ...

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Toyota plans to name $69,000 fuel-cell vehicle Mirai, report says
9:59 am U.S. ET, July 29, 2014
Toyota is planning to name its $69,000 fuel-cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a person familiar with the decision told Bloomberg. ...

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2015 Cadillac ATS offers wireless charging dock
2:41 pm U.S. ET, July 28, 2014
General Motors will offer wireless charging for smartphones for the first time in the 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe when they are launched this fall. ...

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Porsche Cayenne to offer new twin-turbo engine, plug-in hybrid for '15
1:15 pm U.S. ET, July 25, 2014
The freshened '15 Porsche Cayenne will offer a new twin-turbo engine, a plug-in hybrid model, and prices that range from 3 to 11 percent higher, when it goes on sale Nov. ...

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Fisker's Chinese owner plans 2nd model after Karma output resumes
5:51 pm U.S. ET, July 25, 2014
The Chinese owner of Fisker Automotive hopes to launch a second model that would join the $100,000 Karma luxury plug-in hybrid in three years, according to the company ...

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Acura NSX prototype bursts into flames during testing
1:42 pm U.S. ET, July 24, 2014 | UPDATED: 7/24/14 1:59 pm ET - adds gallery
An Acura NSX prototype burst into flames today while testing in Germany, but Acura says the futuristic sports car is continuing "progress toward its highly anticipated la ...

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Bentley may add a fifth model after SUV launch
9:51 am U.S. ET, July 24, 2014
Bentley may add a fifth model to its lineup after it launches an SUV in 2016, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. The new model could be a two-seat sports car or a larger model ...

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New-look Yaris will start at $15,670
2:54 pm U.S. ET, July 23, 2014
Pricing on the 2015 Yaris, Toyota’s struggling subcompact car, will start at $15,670, including shipping. Toyota gave the 2015 Yaris a face-lift in hopes that a new ...

Opel plans 'electric' successor to Ampera plug-in hybrid
3:53 pm U.S. ET, July 23, 2014 | UPDATED: 7/24/14 4:17 am ET - adds EV details
Opel said it plans an "electric" successor to the Ampera. The plug-in hybrid was introduced across Europe in 2011 but will be discontinued. ...

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New F-150's fuel economy will improve, but can it best Ram 1500?
2:50 pm U.S. ET, July 22, 2014
Ford's new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup coming this fall might not be able to beat Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 and claim best-in-class fuel economy. ...

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Lighter Ford F-150 to feature less standard hp, torque
12:34 pm U.S. ET, July 22, 2014
Ford's new aluminum-bodied F-150 will come with less standard horsepower and torque than today's pickups. In the lighter truck, drivers won't miss it, Ford executives sai ...

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Muscular Challenger bulks up its interior
12:01 am U.S. ET, July 20, 2014
The 707-hp SRT Hellcat will generate the most smoke at the drag strip, but it's the rest of the re-engineered Dodge Challenger lineup that likely will fire the interest o ...

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GM's future product challenge
12:01 am U.S. ET, July 20, 2014
GM's product cadence has officially escaped the post-bankruptcy doldrums. Now the challenge is to keep it humming. ...


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