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Racing-inspired $120,000 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT zooms into U.S. in April

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT two-door, the second vehicle developed by the brand's in-house performance arm, goes on sale in the United States next April.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

The connected car -- circa 1956

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car's speed and direction.... Read More »

 

Dodge Challenger Hellcat dealer ordering begins -- with a catch

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Dodge will open dealer ordering for its new 707-hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat today, but the brand is changing its normal allocation methods to make sure the high-powered coupe gets into the hands of waiting enthusiasts.... Read More »

 

Aluminum Jaguar XE marks return to compact luxury segment

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Jaguar is re-entering the cutthroat compact luxury segment with the XE -- complete with new engines, new technology and a new modular aluminum-based architecture.... Read More »

 

Porsche goes for faster and fuel-efficient

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Porsche is exploring other segments, including an entry-level roadster, a small sedan and a sports car that would slot above the 911.... Read More »

 

Audi mines its Q's to fuel its already rapid growth pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Audi sees crossovers and SUVs as its biggest growth opportunity in the U.S. and around the world.... Read More »

 

After Golf, Volkswagen will start crossover countdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Volkswagen will roll out the rest of the hatchback family, then enter a two year lull before taking the next big step toward a daunting goal of selling 800,000 vehicles in the United States by 2018.... Read More »

 

VW's luxury brands set product pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
To understand why Volkswagen Group is one of the world's most profitable car companies, one need only look at the product cadence for Audi and Porsche.... Read More »

 

Mazda splurges on MX-5 Miata debut and celebration

7:47 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2014
Mazda is a tiny carmaker on a shoestring budget. So nothing attests more to the import of the MX-5 Miata's debut than the company's big splurge on a laser-lit, smoke-machined three-continent, simultaneously live-streamed global reveal.... Read More »

 

Next MX-5 Miata will help Mazda define itself

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Mazda, which has staked its future on making its cars lighter, more efficient and more fun to drive than their competition, on Wednesday revealed the purest execution of that strategy: a redesigned MX-5 Miata built with Mazda's full suite of Skyactiv technology.... Read More »

 

2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon rated at 21 mpg, GM says

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
General Motors' new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups will have a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg, better than its midsize rivals but barely edging some bigger trucks.... Read More »

 

Toyota raises prices on 2015 Sienna minivans

11:44 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Toyota bumped up the manufacturer's suggested retail prices for its redesigned 2015 Sienna minivan. The retail pricing spans from a base of $28,600 for a Sienna L grade to $46,150 for a Sienna Limited Premium all-wheel drive, Toyota said in a statement Tuesday.... Read More »

 

GM says early orders surge for Colorado pickup

6:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Chevrolet dealers requested nearly 30,000 Colorado pickups in the month since General Motors began taking orders for the mid-sized truck -- about five times more than the company had forecast.... Read More »

 

Land Rover sets base Discovery Sport price at $38,920

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
The seven-seat Discovery Sport, the first vehicle in a new family of Land Rovers aimed at buyers in the middle of the luxury market, will go on sale in early 2015 with a base price of $38,920, including shipping.... Read More »

 

Ford abandons practice of removing items to boost heavy-duty pickup payload ratings

9:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Ford said it will abandon its practice of stripping removable items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings and will join competitors in using base curb weights. The automaker also said today that it will state the maximum towing rating for the 2015 F-450 using the industry's SAE J2807 towing standard.... Read More »

 

Small commercial van to join Ram

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
In the next three years, Ram will add a small commercial van and improve the fuel economy and capabilities of its other vehicles.... Read More »

 

Fiat lineup to add crossover, roadster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Next year, U.S. Fiat dealers will add the 500X crossover and a low-volume convertible to their showrooms.... Read More »

 

Alfa Romeo is bound for U.S. but details are scant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's ambitious new plan for struggling Alfa Romeo calls for the sporty brand to expand its lineup and switch from front- to rear- and all-wheel drive.... Read More »

 

Jeep likely to give next-gen Wrangler an aluminum body

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
A redesign of the Wrangler remains the biggest job on Jeep's to-do list in the next three years.... Read More »

 

Dodge to re-engineer Dart, redesign Journey

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Dodge has become more narrowly defined as a performance brand, its lineup will be largely static until the second half of 2016.... Read More »

 

Chrysler brand to double lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Chrysler's ambitious expansion, which includes two plug-in hybrids, will help transform the brand into Chrysler Group's full-line Ford and Chevrolet fighter over the next five years.... Read More »

 

Chrysler shifts to Fiat platforms, adds mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's five U.S. brands -- Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat -- will benefit from new, more efficient engines that are under development.... Read More »

 

BRAD WERNLE

Mustang and Coors -- scarcity made fans want them more

4:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Because Ford didn't make the Mustang with right-hand drive, the truly dedicated around the world could localize their cars only by using expensive right-hand-drive conversion kits. Scarcity only made fans want the Mustang more.... Read More »

 

Buick lifts cover on Envision crossover in China

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
General Motors has taken the wraps off a new midsize Buick crossover in China amid growing evidence that the vehicle is destined for showrooms in the United States.... Read More »

 

Lexus NX may challenge RX for brand sales leader outside U.S.

6:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
The new Lexus NX compact crossover, already racking thousands of orders in Japan, may unseat big sibling RX as the luxury brand's top global nameplate. At least outside the United States.... Read More »

 

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