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2015 Mercedes S-class coupe wraps high-tech, high luxury in modern package

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe embodies the automaker’s new design philosophy of modern luxury, says Gorden Wagener, the brand’s design chief.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

The joy of being a Jeep dealer in 2014

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Holy Toledo, what's it like to be a Jeep dealer in 2014? Andy Shaver, president of the Shaver Group, just smiles when I ask. A smile that says: "Awesome and then some."... Read More »

 

Ford hiring 850 workers to help build aluminum F-150 pickup

11:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Ford, on a hiring spree in advance of next year's labor contract negotiations, said it's adding 850 workers at its manufacturing site near Detroit to help make the new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup.... Read More »

 

Tesla's 'D' will be Model S with all-wheel drive, 2 motors

11:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Tesla Motors will offer an all-wheel-drive system in its all-electric Model S sedan, CEO Elon Musk says, giving a glimpse of the first-of-its-kind powertrain that will power Tesla's Model X crossover when it goes on sale next year.... Read More »

 

Tesla to end 'The D' suspense

12:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Tesla CEO Elon Musk today will unveil new technology that helps keep drivers from drifting off the road and what analysts predict will be an all-wheel-drive variant of its Model S.... Read More »

 

Fiat retools Jeep as 500X SUV to show Chrysler merger is street ready

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
With the new pint-sized Fiat 500X, CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to show his vision for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is ready for the street. The latest member of the 500 family, which follows the 500L wagon, is especially important to halt losses and sliding market share at Fiat's operations in Europe.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

GM's bold platform plan aims to reduce complexity, save billions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM's ambitious plan to move from 26 global platforms to just four by 2025 will be a defining element of CEO Mary Barra's legacy but could eventually save the company many billions of dollars in production and purchasing outlays. GM faces a challenge of enormous complexity that rivals, notably VW and Toyota, already have begun and are still sorting out.... Read More »

 

Tesla's Musk hints at a new model and 'something else'

6:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk sent out a cryptic tweet, saying it is "about time to unveil the D and something else," with an accompanying photo which mentioned a date, Oct. 9.... Read More »

 

Opel chief Neumann vows to make good on Barra's profit promise

11:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
A day after his boss assured investors of a return to profitability in Europe by 2016, Opel chief Karl-Thomas Neumann outlined the reasons he believes he can deliver.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Will aluminum Ford F-150 be mpg king? Let's do the (fuzzy) math

11:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Ford looks poised to reclaim at least part of the pickup fuel economy crown from Chrysler's hard-charging Ram 1500 with the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150. Buried in a statement Monday on the redesigned F-150 was the first clue to how the truck will perform on the EPA's mileage tests.... Read More »

 

Ford brings new F-150 to dealers, consumers for test drives

12:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ford is demonstrating the capabilities of its redesigned, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup to dealership sales personnel and consumers. Sales consultants in 26 cities have begun testing the new truck and its features in a program called the “Built Ford Tough Roundup.”... Read More »

 

With new GLA, Mercedes will push GLK upmarket

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will follow the rollout of its GLA compact crossover by bumping up the next-generation GLK -- its first entry-level crossover -- to a larger size and a higher price.... Read More »

 

GM midsize pickups carry heavy load

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
The Chevrolet Colorado can haul 7,000 pounds. But it also must carry the weight of General Motors' entire truck strategy. GM's three-truck approach is among the biggest wagers Detroit has seen in a long time. The entries make GM the only automaker to offer heavy-duty, light-duty and midsize pickups.... Read More »

 

Subaru adds EyeSight technology to Impreza, plans big rollout

11:53 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Subaru said it will add its new third-generation EyeSight pre-crash system to the Impreza small car this year as part of a drive to boost margins and burnish the brand's image as a safety leader.... Read More »

 

GM warns '15 Corvette owners that 'valet mode' may be illegal

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
An “industry exclusive” feature that General Motors touted to buyers of the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray could inadvertently get owners in trouble with the law in some states. A bulletin GM sent to dealers this week says they should tell customers not to use the “valet mode” of the car's performance data recorder until the software is updated.... Read More »

 

GM and Isuzu to jointly develop midsize pickup for global markets

7:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
GM and Isuzu Motors agreed to jointly develop a midsize pickup truck for sale in several markets around the world, but not for the United States and Canada.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration signals a fastback future

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Infiniti released an image of a large four-door fastback concept that signals the styling for a stream of new products planned over the next four years.... Read More »

 

Forward-looking powertrains set for next VW Phaeton

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The second generation of Volkswagen's Phaeton luxury sedan will offer turbocharged direct injection diesel and plug-in hybrid engines.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

2015 Mustang is a hit on LA streets

11:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
No sooner had we left our hotel and hit the streets in West Hollywood when we began to notice people noticing us. Granted, it was hard to miss our 2015 Ford Mustang painted in Competition Orange -- seemingly bright enough to be picked up by a satellite orbiting above.... Read More »

 

Cadillac to build unnamed 'top-end' car at Detroit-Hamtramck in late 2015

6:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors said today that it will build a new "top-end, high-technology" Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in the fourth quarter of next year. GM declined to name the car, saying only that it would be slotted above the CTS midsize sedan and XTS large sedan.... Read More »

 

Audi claims first California autonomous driving permit

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Volkswagen's Audi unit is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California, as new laws in the state governing the process went into effect on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

Ford seeks younger Mustang buyers with tech features

12:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as Ford's most technology-laden pony car yet. The fastback model will arrive first, followed by the convertible later in the fall. Ford hopes to appeal to a new generation of Mustang buyers -- and overseas markets -- by offering technologies never seen before in Ford's pony car.... Read More »

 

Cadillac's new chief vows no retreat on pricing strategy

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Cadillac has no plans to back off its sharply higher sticker prices or sweeten incentives to improve slumping U.S. sales, new brand chief Johan de Nysschen said. De Nysschen, who arrived at GM in August after stints at Infiniti and Audi, said in an interview today that Cadillac must be willing to forgo some traditional buyers as it works to attract the higher-end clientele it's now courting with a revitalized lineup.... Read More »

 

Tesla's task is to keep buzz with new models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Tesla, still operating in startup mode, is most worried about ensuring that the Model X and the rest of the new models on its agenda aren't a letdown from the Model S.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce considers a crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Rolls-Royce executives several years ago pooh-poohed the possibility of a crossover with an RR badge. But CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes in January said a crossover is being considered.... Read More »

 

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