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2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Nissan guns for Ford with small cargo van

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2013
Nissan, tipping its hat to Ford for opening the U.S. market to small cargo vans, plans to pit its own small van against Ford’s Transit Connect.... Read More »

 

2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Kia plans sporty, turbocharged Forte hatch

10:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2013
Kia will add a 201-hp turbocharged engine in a new high-line trim to the five-door variant of its redesigned Forte compact when the hatchback arrives stateside in the third quarter.... Read More »

 

2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Kia studies bigger crossover with Cross GT concept

10:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2013
Kia's Cross GT concept revealed today at the Chicago auto show signals the brand's interest in offering a premium crossover larger than the Sorento.... Read More »

 

2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Toyota, Nissan to take another shot at Detroit 3 pickup dominance

11:51 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2013
Japanese automakers are about to make another run at challenging Detroit's dominance in trucks. When it comes to pickups, loyalty runs deep. There is no model more important or more zealously defended by Detroit. The $8,000 to $10,000 in gross profit each truck hauls in for U.S. automakers accounts for the majority of their earnings -- 90 percent for Ford and two-thirds for GM.... Read More »

 

Chicago Auto Show preview

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2013
Toyota will make a big splash at the Chicago Auto Show this week with the introduction of its redesigned Tundra pickup. The full-sized truck will be positioned upscale, avoiding a direct face-off with the Detroit 3 pickups, say company sources.... Read More »

 

2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Toyota to show new Tundra in Chicago

3:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2013
Toyota plans to unveil an all-new Tundra full-sized pickup at the Chicago Auto Show next month. The redesigned, third-generation Tundra is expected to go on sale this spring and will become the third revamped big pickup planned by automakers for the 2014 model year.... Read More »

 

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Nissan takes on Ford in small-van market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2012
Nissan North America will square off against Ford Motor Co. for a piece of the small cargo van market this year when it begins production of its NV200 in Mexico. Ford now has a monopoly on the small segment with its Transit Connect. But Nissan believes the segment will grow in the United States as commercial customers discover the idea of a less expensive, more fuel-efficient cargo van.... Read More »

 

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Inspired by the many Minis, Kia considers 'a family of Souls'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2012
Kia may adopt Mini's product formula for the next-generation Soul crossover by offering several variations of the vehicle. "I think there is an opportunity to produce a family of Souls," says Tom Kearns, Kia Motors America's chief designer.... Read More »

 

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Chrysler: Lots mo' Mopar models coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2012
Chrysler Group will expand its line of Mopar-branded models to take advantage of what it sees as a growing demand for vehicle individualization. Chrysler is three years into a campaign to spin off customized trim packages under the Mopar name, which includes performance parts and cosmetic enhancements such as wheel treatments and body decals. Last week at the Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler revealed new Mopar accessory-heavy versions of the Chrysler 300, Jeep Compass, Fiat 500 and Dodge Dart.... Read More »

 

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Global pasture for high-hp Mustang?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2012
Ford Motor Co.'s new 650-hp Shelby GT500 Mustang convertible is the sort of expensive, roaring beast that American motor enthusiasts love. But Ford planners are now contemplating letting other markets around the world show some Mustang love. Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's executive director of global product programs, says the company believes the brawny GT500 has potential in China and Brazil, among other markets.... Read More »

 

Elantra GT sales start in summer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2012
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show is a five-door hatchback that replaces the Elantra Touring wagon. The car is powered by a 1.8-liter, 148-hp four-cylinder engine and is available with a six-speed automatic transmission.... Read More »

 

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GMC Acadia gets new sheet metal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2012
The GMC Acadia gets its first major changes since the vehicle debuted in 2007.... Read More »

 

RICK KRANZ

Hyundai, Kia flex their muscles in Chicago

2:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2012
The big story out of the Chicago Auto Show is Korea. As I look back at the last few days in the Windy City, the clear message is that both Hyundai and Kia are flexing their muscles. Each wants a bigger piece of the U.S. market.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Ford management makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2012
Ford execs Lewis Booth and Derrick Kuzak leave big legacy, ex-GOP presidential contender Huntsman on Ford board, Chicago show update.... Read More »

 

2012 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Nissan NV200 compact van debuts at Chicago auto show

3:59 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2012
The Nissan NV200 compact cargo van made its North American debut at the 2012 Chicago auto show. The smaller utility van will go on sale in early 2013, following the full-size NV cargo van that hits dealerships this spring.... Read More »

 

RICK KRANZ

At Kia, the toaster car takes on special meaning

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2012
Here's a new term for your automotive vocabulary. Have you ever seen a “toaster car?”... Read More »

 

2012 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Kia to use expanded U.S. capacity to build more Optimas

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2012
Kia will use most of its expanded capacity in the United States to boost Optima production by as many as 60,000 units this year.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Toyota demand heats up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2012
Demand for hot Camry, RAV4 and Tacoma has Toyota dealers asking for more, Chicago debuts from GMC and Hyundai, GM ad sets record.... Read More »

 

2012 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Kia Soul flexes 'bulldog' attitude with Track'ster concept

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2012
The Kia Soul is targeted at the young, hip and those who are perhaps a bit quirky. The automaker's Track'ster concept takes that a step further -- and sportier.... Read More »

 

2012 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Reskinned Acadia gets new transmission, airbag system

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2012
General Motors today revealed a reskinned GMC Acadia, aiming to extend the success of the popular crossover. By the time GM launches the 2013 Acadia late this year, it will have been five years since the model debuted as the first of three large crossovers based on GM's Lambda platform.... Read More »

 

RICK KRANZ

Acura says Seinfeld/Leno commercial did the job

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2012
Is Acura happy with the response to the Super Bowl commercial featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno vying for the upcoming NSX sports car? You betcha. Moments after the Super Bowl ended, Acura's Web site crashed.... Read More »

 

2012 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Volvo says retailers will soon get XC60 relief

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2012
Volvo’s U.S. retailers will receive 5,000 to 6,000 more XC60 mid-sized crossovers this year as a result of the company’s production boost in Europe.... Read More »

 

2012 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Hyundai targets incremental sales with Elantra coupe, GT

1:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2012
Hyundai is extending its Elantra line with a sporty coupe variant and a practical five-door hatch. The cars are being revealed on Wednesday at the Chicago auto show.... Read More »

 

2012 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Volvo’s next safety frontier -- animals

1:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2012
Having long ago made a name for itself in vehicle safety, Volvo is turning its attention to protecting animals. Or more correctly, protecting animals and drivers from each other.... Read More »

 

2012 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Acura ILX sedan debuts at Chicago auto show

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2012
Acura unveiled the production version of the 2013 ILX compact sedan today and said the vehicle will be an entry point into Honda's luxury brand. The five-passenger sedan will offer three engine choices, including Acura's first gasoline-electric hybrid.... Read More »

 

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