Mercedes adds plug-in hybrid to retooled GLE crossover line
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The Aston Martin Vulcan produces more than 800 hp and will start at 1.8 million pounds. The racetrack-only car will debut at the Geneva auto show.
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Ford gave its aluminum-production system a dry run at Jaguar starting in 2003 with the XJ sedan and then took what it learned back to Dearborn and deployed it in the lightweight 2015 F-150.
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Hoping to appeal to American tastes, Hyundai designers pushed to increase the revamped Tucson's wheelbase, add a more upright grille and front end, and pushed the crossover's A pillars back. (DAVE GUILFORD)
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McLaren spends 300 million pounds (415 million euros) a year on new model development. Its latest supercar is the 675LT, which debuted at the Geneva auto show last week.
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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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It costs $380 to replace the menacing taillight on the 2015 Dodge Durango SUV.
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Jeep's Renegade. (BLOOMBERG)
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
McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt says the supercar maker doesn’t need an SUV to generate the cash required to keep renewing its range.
Flewitt made the point when asked by reporters at the Geneva auto show last week whether McLaren needs to follow fellow British brands Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce into the growing niche for ultra-expensive SUVs.
CEO Andy Palmer said last week that Aston Martin would join the segment because its needs to be “less dependent on a narrow product portfolio.”
McLaren, like Italian rival Ferrari, will forgo ente ... Continue reading "Why McLaren can be profitable without an SUV" » Mar 10, 2015 11:45 am U.S. ET
GENEVA -- So how do you design a crossover with a name evoking the old West -- that cowboy, cactus, rugged desert terrain ethos?
With a strong sense of the uniqueness of U.S. driving and lifestyles, says Thomas Burkle, chief designer for Hyundai Motor Europe. Burkle’s team redid the look of Hyundai’s Tucson in “very intensive cooperation” with design teams in California and Korea, he says.
The result is a bolder design that fits the U.S., Burkle says: “For me, when I’m in America you can breathe. There’s space. There’s big roads. There’s fantastic natu ... Continue reading "America, land of big spaces, spurs Hyundai Tucson redesign" » Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET
Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo all have something in common today besides the fact that they were once owned or controlled by Ford Motor Co.
All three are starting to blossom again now that they have developed their own unique vehicle architectures, powertrains and technologies, and as Ford-based hardware ages out of production.
This is not to say that Ford was a bad corporate parent. In many ways, Ford was a good corporate steward to these automakers. There is no question that Jaguar Land Rover would not have survived -- and Mazda and Volvo probably wouldn’t have either -- were it not for Ford& ... Continue reading "Whatever happens with a takeover, automakers always learn something" » Mar 3, 2015 11:00 am U.S. ET
Automakers don’t overreact to international tensions and currency fluctuations. They’re playing the long game, making decisions that many times will be in place for decades.
That’s why the comments coming from auto execs on the verge of the Geneva auto show are so striking. They indicate that, behind the hoopla and posturing at the show, automakers are pondering how two mega-issues might reshape the industry.
Issue No. 1: Russia
The Wall Street Journal
last week quoted General Motors CFO Chuck Stevens recounting GM’s s ... Continue reading "Russia, weak euro form backdrop for Geneva show" » Mar 2, 2015 12:28 pm U.S. ET
Aston Martin is cleverly covering up its biggest weakness -- its money-losing, aging lineup -- by creating headline-grabbing limited-edition models.
The British automaker is counting on a recently announced hypercar and a concept car created specifically for the world’s best-known spy to maintain momentum at the brand until its next all-new model arrives in late 2016.
Both vehicles feature smartly reworked technology from current models. The racetrack-only carbon-fiber Vulcan produces more than 800 hp from the company’s V-12 engine and will start at 1.8 million pounds ($2.79 million). The Vulc ... Continue reading "Aston's clever distractions" » Feb 27, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET
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Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a new plug-in hybrid with the debut of the revamped GLE midsize crossover. ...
Texas Ranger Ram concept honors lawmen
Ram today will unveil a concept 2015 Ram 1500 pickup at the Dallas auto show to honor the ...
Chevy revives Malibu hybrid with 2016 redesign
Chevrolet will offer a hybrid version of the next-generation Malibu sedan that will exceed ...
Automakers in race to double range of affordable EVs
Automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than doubl ...
Mercedes GLC crossover sheds GLK box
The Mercedes-Benz GLK crossover becomes roomier and sheds its old-fashioned square shape f ...
Tesla Model X spotted on Calif. roads
Tesla has begun testing the Model X crossover on public roads, suggesting the automaker ha ...
Jaguar's revamped XF sedan slims down to boost fuel efficiency
Jaguar's redesigned XF sedan has taken a big leap in refinement, weight savings and fuel e ...
Land Rover adds Range Rover Sport HST for 2016
Land Rover is set to introduce the new Range Rover Sport HST limited edition at the New Yo ...
Mule seems to point to new life for Dodge minivan
Spy photographers have captured images of a next-generation Dodge minivan mule -- likely t ...
Chevrolet's Teen Driver safety feature to debut on redesigned Malibu
Chevrolet says Teen Driver is the first feature in the industry to offer what is essential ...
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Mitsubishi to show new design language with 2016 Outlander
Mitsubishi Motors North America will unveil the 2016 Outlander at the New York Internation ...
Scion plans revival with iM hatchback, iA compact sedan
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VW turns up design so crossovers will hit right note in U.S.
The next crop of Volkswagens coming to the United States will convey a more aggressive des ...
Mini boss 'still pushing' for Superleggera roadster
Mini's Superleggera sports car concept would be a "great addition to the Mini range," says ...
Porsche nears a decision on 7th model line
Porsche is close to announcing plans to expand its model lineup. ...