Audi to introduce 17 new, revamped models this year
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A teaser image of the redesigned Subaru Legacy to be introduced at the Chicago Auto Show.
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Nissan began manufacturing the taxis in August at its plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico. (Hans Greimel)
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Jack Hollis, Toyota's vice president of marketing, introduced the TRD Pro Series line on the Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday. (TOYOTA)
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The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is EPA certified at 28 mpg on the highway, and now Chrysler owns the fuel economy crown by a whopping 4 mpg over its nearest competitor.
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Mazda's U.S. product planners have been involved in the development of the next Mazda2, based on the Hazumi concept, shown, meaning it should come with more features and technology. (REUTERS)
LOS ANGELES -- Less than a week after christening its new assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico, Mazda has lifted the veil on what will eventually be the second vehicle built at the factory.
The subcompact Hazumi concept car Mazda showcased at the Geneva Motor Show is a near-spitting image of how the next-generation Mazda2 is expected to look on the road.
After all, the Mazda6 and CX-5 designs are just lightly toned-down production iterations of the Takeri and Minagi concept cars that came before them.
It'll be the same story for the Mazda2, which starts rolling off the assem ... Continue reading "Mazda concept signals a more polished Mazda2 on horizon" » Mar 5, 2014 4:09 pm U.S. ET
GENEVA -- Why is BMW's first front-wheel-drive car, the 2-series Active Tourer, not coming to the U.S. market right away?
The crossover debuted at the Geneva auto show and goes on sale in Europe in October. It isn't likely to go on sale in the United States for at least 15 months.
BMW says the vehicle was designed primarily for Europe and the United States isn't crazy about five-door hatchbacks, despite the car's flexible seating.
"You have a lot of space and wide streets, and the X cars are much more useful," said Frank Niederlaender, BMW's vice president of product manage ... Continue reading "Why U.S. won't see BMW's first fwd car for now" » Mar 5, 2014 11:53 am U.S. ET
If you thought the pickup wars -- manufacturers' ongoing offensive to top each other with towing and payload increases and an ever-expanding array of luxury features -- couldn't get any more intense, you are dead wrong.
There's a three-way shootout over pickup fuel economy raging among the Detroit 3. And 30 mpg is the next milestone.
Ford fired the first shot four years ago with a pair of powerful V-6s, including a twin turbo engine, that made V-6 pickups cool.
In 2013, Chrysler bumped off Ford's class-leading 23 mpg highway rating with 25 mpg for the V-6 Ram 1500. GM rubbe ... Continue reading "The mad truck dash to 30 mpg on highway and pickup gold" » Feb 11, 2014 4:19 pm U.S. ET
CHICAGO -- A new groundswell is taking place for sporty trucks.
Of all the vehicles on display this week at the Chicago Auto Show, the pickup segment stands out. There are General Motors' redesigned mid-sized pickups, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, getting back into the game.
There is Toyota's new batch of off-road-capable TRD Pro Series trucks. There is the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor splattered in mud. There is Nissan's Frontier Desert Runner, fitted with a transparent acrylic hood to show what's beneath -- a proposed turbocharged Cummins four-cylinder diesel engine.
Every ... Continue reading "In Chicago, trucks get their mojo back" » Feb 7, 2014 1:53 pm U.S. ET
YOKOSUKA, Japan -- If you've ever been on a harrowing New York taxi ride, you know speed and maneuverability are key. To the drivers at least.
They push their people movers to the max on mad dashes to Kennedy airport and in impromptu Broadway drag races, darting around slower traffic.
So when I recently climbed behind the wheel of New York's next-generation "taxi of tomorrow," Nissan Motor Co.'s new NV200 minivan, there was a bit of a disconnect.
The NV200 was smooth as silk and easy to drive. The ride was soft, without being jouncy, and the handling was a breeze. The wheel ... Continue reading "Behind the wheel of Nissan's taxi of tomorrow" » Jan 31, 2014 11:26 am U.S. ET
Subaru's redesigned 2015 Legacy will join the growing group of family sedans with coupe styling and could give the brand a real competitor in the mid-sized sedan segment.
Subaru offered a glimpse of the new sedan today that will debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, Feb. 6. It was also previewed with the 2015 Legacy Concept introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
Although Subaru showed only a silhouette of the top of the car, the Legacy's roofline appears to have kept the sleek profile of the concept shown in L.A.
Subaru has tried to make the Legacy sexie ... Continue reading "Subaru unwraps 2015 Legacy, slowly" » Jan 30, 2014 2:53 pm U.S. ET
NEW ORLEANS -- Digital marketing tools, slick service apps and fresh F&I strategies were on the radar of many dealers who attended the NADA convention here this weekend.
But for Chevrolet dealer Heinke Trapp, it was a date with The Reaper.
The Reaper is what you get when you take a stock 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and upfit it with beefy fender flares, an audacious domed hood, 8 extra inches of clearance, giant performance shocks from Fox Racing, and a supercharger to command 550 horsepower from the 6.2-liter V-8.
The beastly aftermarket truck is the creation of Lingenfe ... Continue reading "Why one Chevy dealer doesn't fear the Reaper" » Jan 28, 2014 9:33 am U.S. ET
Alfa Romeo's new rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive architecture will be code-named Giorgio, people working on the project told me. It's one of the few details revealed so far about the struggling brand's fourth revival plan since 2004.
The full strategy for the carmaker is scheduled to be made public when parent Fiat-Chrysler releases its first-quarter results in May.
It's unclear why the name Giorgio was chosen because at first glance it has no special connection to Alfa's rich history.
An effective Alfa relaunch is a crucial element in Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's ... Continue reading "Alfa calls new architecture Giorgio" » Jan 27, 2014 7:57 am U.S. ET
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