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DETROIT DEBUTS

Significant concepts in 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Several of the auto show's production-car debuts were notable for what was invisible: safety, connected-car and powertrain technologies. But concept cars are still largely about the exterior and interior designs. Here's a sampling of some of the more significant concepts at this year's Detroit auto show.... Read More »

FROM PRETENDERS TO CONTENDERS

Hyundai resists the allure of retail temples for Genesis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Instead of requiring its dealers to build costly Genesis showrooms, Hyundai is planning to use a mix of specialty showrooms, standalone stores and hybrid stores, depending on the market. The thinking is that by saving money on capital improvements, Hyundai and its dealers will be able to invest more heavily in technology and a convenient customer experience.... Read More »

Ford skips flash, and media attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Without another supercar such as last year's GT or an aluminum pickup truck up its sleeve, Ford spent much of the Detroit auto show talking about mobility - a topic it sees as critical to its future but one that doesn't easily capture the attention of auto show media.... Read More »

JAPAN'S LUXURY PLAN

Lexus, Acura and Infiniti search for halos in assault on Germans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

There's a new luxury plan from Japan, and its message is emotion and power. Even as customers flock to their crossovers, the Japanese luxury brands are combating their traditional weakness in passenger cars. Lexus, Acura and Infiniti rolled out new cars at the Detroit auto show to redefine their brands.... Read More »

Acadia's stance: Less is more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

General Motors chopped more than 7 inches of wheelbase and 700 pounds in an effort to right-size the GMC Acadia for the midsize-crossover segment, one of the industry's largest and hottest.... Read More »

GM delays rollout of Super Cruise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

General Motors' Super Cruise autonomous driving technology will debut on the Cadillac CT6 sedan sometime in 2017, at least several months later than the fall 2016 on-sale date the company announced in September 2014. The system allows hands-free highway driving even while in traffic.... Read More »

Nissan aims to eclipse Honda sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Nissan trails the smaller Honda in sales at home in Japan and in the U.S. But this year, Nissan hopes to finally pass Honda in America, says Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz.... Read More »

Continental captures the concept's pizazz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

The production version of the Lincoln Continental is strikingly close to the concept that drew big crowds at auto shows in New York and China last year. Lincoln hasn't backed off from the styling that some criticized as too Bentley-esque, nor has it significantly watered down its new flagship sedan.... Read More »

Toyota ramps up its truck production, with caution

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Toyota plans to boost output of light trucks in 2016 to tap the hot market for SUVs and crossovers, but it will do so cautiously with an eye to the flattening market, Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz said.... Read More »

Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee on the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Jeep will put a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine in a Jeep Grand Cherokee “before the end of 2017,” said Jeep brand head Mike Manley.... Read More »

GM weighs new diesel for Cruze hatchback

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

General Motors is considering offering a diesel version of the five-door Chevrolet Cruze hatchback introduced last week at the Detroit auto show. "It's under consideration," said Dan Nicholson, GM's global powertrain chief.... Read More »

China pushes down Rolls sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Rolls-Royce global sales fell last year because of a 54 percent decline in China -- despite a 6 percent increase in North America. Worldwide, Roll-Royce sales declined to 3,785 cars from a record 4,063 in 2014.... Read More »

Jeep Cherokee adds luxe trim

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Jeep will expand the Cherokee range this spring with an Overland trim level that includes a more luxurious interior and nearly all of the off-road capabilities of its top-end Trailhawk model.... Read More »

Zetsche: '17 E class will pass ES

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche said he is “very confident” the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class will reclaim the No. 1 spot in the U.S. midsize luxury sedan segment from the Lexus ES. Mercedes believes much of the car's appeal will lie in its vast array of technologies.... Read More »

Buick Envision intro is low-key, high-stakes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2016

The China-built Envision compact crossover had a low-key arrival to Detroit. But in terms of a vehicle that can pull double duty as both sales driver and image booster, the Envision is Buick's biggest entry since the Encore subcompact hit showrooms three years ago -- probably bigger.... Read More »

Hyundai: Expect Ioniq hybrid in Q3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2016

Hyundai will launch hybrid and all-electric versions of its Ioniq five-door hatchback in the third quarter, said Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America.... Read More »

Explore the Detriot auto show -- virtually

9:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2016

Some are describing the 2016 North American International Auto Show -- "a mind-blowing, high-def video-palooza" -- a Times Square under a roof. Take a virtual tour of the show and check out hundreds of the latest concepts, cars and light trucks.... Read More »

Nissan could join off-road battle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2016

Just days after it began selling the redesigned 2016 Titan XD, Nissan suggested it may enter the small niche of performance off-road pickups with the Titan Warrior Concept. The concept, with massive wheels, a raised suspension, heavy-duty springs and an enhanced engine, would pit Nissan against the performance-tuned Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram Power Wagon and Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.... Read More »

VIDEO: The buzz and best of show in Detroit

2:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Paul Snyder, a former Ford and Honda designer and head of transportation design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, visits the auto show and offers a veteran designer's take on minivans, small cars and the best in show.... Read More »

Dim tunnels, desire and god: What people are saying about Acura's Precision concept

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

With a striking red paint job and sleek, chiseled flanks, Acura's Precision concept signals that the days of the brand's controversial beak grille are coming to an end. And it previews future styling cues coming to Acura sedans. Here's what reporters, critics and others are saying about the concept.... Read More »

WES RAYNAL

BLOG: Seeing double in Detroit

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

The 2016 edition of the Detroit auto show is packed with the usual introductions, concepts and good gossip. This year, more than in previous years, though, we can't help but notice some of the cars and trucks are all starting to run together.... Read More »

Ghosts of Rodney Dangerfield: The Lexus LC 500 and what people think

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Lexus hopes to pump some high-powered adrenaline and glamour into its lineup with the LC 500. The sport coupe, with four seats, is expected to be priced at around $100,000. What journalists, analysts and others have to say about the LC 500, which was introduced at the Detroit auto show... Read More »

Japan automakers hitch pickups to U.S. growth as gas prices slide

6:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Japanese automakers are taking on the Detroit 3 and scrambling to expand their share of pickup truck sales in the United States, as record low gasoline prices curb demand for their once best-selling small and medium-sized sedans.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Lexus trumps Toyota for valued floor space at Detroit show

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Normally, workers would spend days prepping a stand in advance of Detroit auto show. But this year, Toyota's team had to tear down a booth and create a new one virtually overnight. That is because the Lexus luxury sibling brand commandeered the expansive Toyota brand space on Monday as the unveiling stage for its sexy LC 500 coupe.... Read More »

WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Is Toyota turning the Mirai into a mobile network server?

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Toyota wants to alleviate the data bottleneck that happens while using a standard mobile network.... Read More »

 
Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 2016

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Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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