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The 2014 Cadillac CTS, shown at its debut in New York, is 5 inches longer, with a roomier rear seat, but sheds 250 pounds by swapping aluminum for steel.
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Camouflage cladding, including an egg-crate grille cover, hid most of the design elements of the Mercedes S class variant. (LISA COOKE)
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The BladeGlider: long and arrow-shaped, with three seats inside -- two in the rear and a single seat up front for a driver.
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TOKYO -- The buzz was back at the opening press day of the Tokyo Motor Show.
And the rekindled interest is welcome relief for the beleaguered biennial show.
It has slogged through two best-forgotten performances since 2009. That year's show was torpedoed by the global financial crisis, and the 2011 event was overshadowed by that year's killer earthquake-tsunami and lingering concerns about the catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
While hardly as buoyant as during the heady days of the 1980s and 1990s, the Tokyo show seems poised for a comeback this year. The European ... Continue reading "After 4 tough years, the buzz is back in Tokyo" » Nov 20, 2013 10:30 am U.S. ET
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Nissan Motor Co. says it is serious about building an electric car that looks nothing like any other vehicle on the world's roads -- or at least some piece of the car.
"This will be a production car," Andy Palmer, Nissan's global product planning chief, insisted as he pointed at the BladeGlider concept at an off-site reception prior to its display at this week's Tokyo Motor Show.
The BladeGlider is long and arrow-shaped, with three seats inside -- two in the rear and a single seat up front for a driver. It is clearly not intended for a couple out on a date. ...
Continue reading "Nissan challenges assumptions with BladeGlider" » Nov 18, 2013 9:21 pm U.S. ET
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LOS ANGELES -- A spy photographer captured the upcoming AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz S Class racing through suburban Los Angeles this week. But further discussions with a source reveals it could be something else entirely.
It would make the most sense for it to be an emissions testing mule for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG.
Mercedes calls the outgoing version "the most powerful mass-production sedan in the world."
The new version likely will have a 5.5-liter V-12 under the hood, generating more than 600hp.
Sources say the upcoming S6 ... Continue reading "SPIED! Next AMG S Class … or is it?" » Oct 22, 2013 3:43 pm U.S. ET
The BMW i3 was a big Web winner during the third quarter. The i3's debut at the Frankfurt auto show last month led to huge increases in coverage via online news stories, Twitter posts and blog mentions, according to a study.
The i3, BMW's first full-electric car, rose to No. 2 in online news coverage in the third quarter from No. 60 during the second quarter, according to UK-based researcher Kantar Media.
The i3 also ranked 8th in both Tweets and blog mentions during the third quarter compared with finishing in 101st place on Twitter during Q2 and placing 113th in blog coverage from April through June, accord ... Continue reading "BMW i3 makes massive media gains" » Oct 18, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET
CINCINNATI -- What's wrong with Buick Regal sales?
That's the question asked often of Buick executives over the past 18 months. Why 18 months? Because that's around the time the smaller, less expensive Verano compact sedan entered Buick's lineup.
When there's not enough space between two sedans in a showroom, the cheaper car will win every time. After plunging 39 percent last year, Regal sales have continued to slide, down 38 percent through September, to 12,767 units. The mid-sized sedan is now the lightest seller in Buick's lineup.
I got a chance to drive Buick's answer t ... Continue reading "Buick's new game plan for reviving Regal sales" » Oct 4, 2013 3:30 pm U.S. ET
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- The Chevrolet Corvette is the Harley-Davidson motorcycle of the sports car world. It appeals to a diminishing set of graying buyers -- the average age of a Corvette owner is somewhere in the mid-'50s.
Chevrolet knows this must change if America's sports car is going to have a long-term future. Buyers of similar-priced Porsches, by contrast, are about 10 years younger.
The new Corvette Stingray, the seventh generation, just started landing at dealerships this month. It might have a better chance of attracting slightly younger buyers than the last version because of its mean looks, stellar ... Continue reading "Why Chevy wants Corvette buyers to bond with their new toys" » Oct 3, 2013 3:24 pm U.S. ET
Chrysler Group has planned a hurricane for 2016, and like a parched Texas ranch, frankly, it could use the rain.
The Hurricane coming three years from now is actually a rework of the company's base 2.0-liter I-4 engine, or, more specifically, the 2.0-liter engine's cylinder head, code-named Hurricane.
The new head, according to Chrysler documents
, "is an engineering challenge w ... Continue reading "Chrysler's Hurricane engine coming in 2016" » Sep 19, 2013 3:12 pm U.S. ET
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan that rolls out next month will be priced from $6,000 to a whopping $16,000 above comparable 2013 models. Some Cadillac dealers are quietly grumbling that those lofty stickers will alienate loyal customers.
It's steep, no doubt. But after driving the next-gen CTS during a media launch here, here's my take on why it's not as outlandish as you might think.
The leap forward in performance and refinement makes any '14-to-'13 comparison almost impossible.
The next-gen CTS moves to the same lightweight platform on which the critically p ... Continue reading "A look inside the Cadillac CTS' big price increase" » Sep 18, 2013 1:15 pm U.S. ET
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Honda commits to second generation Ridgeline pickup
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Sprinter awd van likely in U.S. by 2015
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Chevrolet aims 2015 Corvette Z06 at Porsche 911, Nissan GT-R
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Ford Mustang repolished for 2015 with global ambitions
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Ford says a convertible 2015 Mustang is on the way, too
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Ford plans to launch new Ka in Europe in 2015
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Ford redesigns Camaro-chasing Mustang to woo global buyers
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Images of new Mustang circulate on Web
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Fiat, partner agree on Chinese Jeep plant location, sources say
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Ram boss says small ProMaster City van is coming in late 2014
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