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BMW 7 series to launch new platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
BMW will launch its next wave of rear-wheel-drive cars on a new platform called 35up. The platform will be used for the 3, 5, 6 and 7-series cars starting with the redesigned 7 series next year. The 5-series sedan and 5-series GT wagon will use the platform about 18 months later.... Read More »

 

Mini: Many variants to join the lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
BMW's Mini brand could have between eight and 10 variants in the future. Mini switched to the group's UKL front-wheel-drive architecture with the debut of the new Cooper hatchback this year. All of today's models and their variants will use the new architecture.... Read More »

 

For Smart, ForTwo is the 1

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The Smart ForTwo is being redesigned and it comes to the United States in August 2015. Smart decided not to sell the slightly larger four-seat ForFour in the United States. The ForFour goes on sale in Europe late this year, and executives say U.S. sales wouldn't be high enough to warrant the costs of homologation.... Read More »

 

Jaguar rolls out aluminum architecture

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Jaguar is moving to a new flexible aluminum architecture for future vehicles. The XE sedan debuting in October at the Paris auto show will be the first to use the architecture. It will be followed by a compact crossover. From there, Jaguar will expand its lineup.... Read More »

 

Mercedes bulks up in quest for crown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will introduce 11 new models by 2020 as part of its aggressive plan to be the world's best-selling luxury brand in six years. Not all of those vehicles will come to the United States. Unlikely to be sold here are the smallest subcompact car and cross-overs, as well as some station wagons.... Read More »

 

Scion's entry-level reload means big changes

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Toyota has decided to keep Scion as a starter brand with a product lineup tailored to young shoppers.... Read More »

 

Toyota delay could have domino effect

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Delays in the development of the Toyota New Global Architecture platform may mean several products in the Toyota pipeline could be delayed by as much as six months.... Read More »

 

Nissan tackles its larger models now

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
With most of its small and high-volume models redesigned, Nissan will begin rolling out freshened and re-engineered versions of its larger models and trucks.... Read More »

 

Lexus lineup aims for younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Lexus has taken an adventurous product direction, splitting its offerings into a traditional luxury channel for its older buyers and a new-product silo of performance-based vehicles to attract Gen X and Gen Y consumers.... Read More »

 

Fit, HR-V, Pilot lead way for Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Honda Division is in a long stretch before its four big-volume vehicles -- Civic, Accord, CR-V and Odyssey -- receive sheet metal redesigns.... Read More »

 

Big wave of Infiniti products ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Infiniti dealers and consumers will wait until 2016 at the earliest to see a number of critical new products that have been promised.... Read More »

 

Acura TLX: The storm before the calm

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Once the TLX sedan is introduced this fall -- replacing both the TL and TSX in the lineup -- Acura will be in a product-launch lull.... Read More »

 

A crush of crossovers from Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Already well positioned in the red-hot crossover segments, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and their luxury-brand offshoots are eager to hold their ground.... Read More »

 

Can GM sustain a quicker product pace?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
General Motors' product cadence has officially escaped the post-bankruptcy doldrums. Now the challenge is to keep it humming.... Read More »

 

Cadillac plays catch-up with German rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Cadillac is working to plug holes at both ends of its lineup as it tries to keep pace with the product onslaught from its German competitors.... Read More »

 

Buick due to add crossover, dose of fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Coming off a quiet 2014 -- with no new vehicle launches -- Buick will get busy next year by adding a mid-sized crossover, a potential volume model slotted between the tiny Encore and jumbo Enclave.... Read More »

 

Chevy to revamp key cars in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Once the Colorado and Canyon mid-sized pickups hit showrooms this fall, the brands will turn their focus to cars.... Read More »

 

Escalade may add sporty model, engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Cadillac may bring out a sporty derivative of its new Escalade and also is considering V-6 turbodiesel and twin-turbo gasoline V-6-powered versions, said David Schiavone, the model line's brand manager.... Read More »

 

Mercedes' $1 million S-class Pullman upstages Rolls-Royce

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The new extra-long Pullman version of the Mercedes-Benz S class will cost more than double the Rolls-Royce Phantom.... Read More »

 

Next-gen BRZ planned, says Subaru boss

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Subaru plans another generation of the BRZ, the sporty coupe jointly developed with Toyota Motor Corp.... Read More »

 

Jeep aims to boost future Wrangler's fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2014
Chrysler Group engineers are striving to improve the Wrangler's fuel economy with lightweight materials, more gears and perhaps a smaller engine.... Read More »

 

Share will hinge on makers' product pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. lost more U.S. market share than any other automakers so far this year. But that may soon change, according to this year's "Car Wars" report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.... Read More »

 

2015 Mustang packs on the pounds, tuner says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Ford has pledged to reduce the weight of its vehicles with each redesign, but a Mustang modifier in Florida says the redesigned 2015 pony car won't make that target.... Read More »

 

Can Lincoln grab a share of sizzling segment?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2014
Lincoln aims to reinvent itself as a brand attuned to the needs of 21st-century luxury customers -- And for those customers, smaller is often better.... Read More »

 

DeltaWing designers pitch wedge-shaped street car

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2014
DeltaWing Technologies, the Atlanta-area developer of the DeltaWing race car, wants to license its unusual wedge-shaped design to automakers as a template for a lightweight, efficient production car.... Read More »

 

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