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'Car guy' passion is universal

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

I have always been impressed at how the auto industry is full of people with passion. I don't mean folks who like their jobs. I mean individuals who adore cars, who absolutely love what they do. And the car biz is full of people who think beyond the task at hand.... Read More »

4C Spider aims to reignite passion

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider aims to reignite passions for Alfa's racing heritage and Italian design while putting the brand back on the radar of wealthy households and collectors ahead of a coming product blitz.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC to get coupe version

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will offer a coupe version of its up-sized second-generation compact crossover, with plug-in hybrid and performance variants coming, as well. The 2016 GLC unveiled this week goes on sale in mid-November. It replaces the GLK.... Read More »

Infiniti reveals 2016 Q30 compact hatch - in camouflage

1:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Infiniti intends to officially unveil the English-made Q30 hatch in September at the Frankfurt motor show. It goes on sale in Europe late this year and is expected in U.S. showrooms some time in 2016.... Read More »

Alfa's new sport sedan to get Ferrari V-6 power, report says

10:07 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

The new Alfa Romeo sport sedan, which is set to be introduced next week in Italy, is expected to feature a Ferrari-derived V-6 engine under the hood, according to a report.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz mulls return of R class for some markets

10:07 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Mercedes-Benz, acknowledging the resurgence in luxury SUVs and crossovers following a brief lull, may bring the R class back to some international markets, according to a report.... Read More »

Hyundai to hire Donckerwolke to succeed Schreyer, report says

June 17, 2015 11:31 CET

Hyundai Motor will hire Volkswagen Group veteran Luc Donckerwolke to succeed Peter Schreyer as head of design for the Hyundai and Kia brands, a report said.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC crossover moves up in size, features from GLK

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Mercedes-Benz has renamed the up-sized second generation of its compact crossover and will offer coupe, performance and plug-in hybrid variants. The 2016 GLC, which goes on sale in mid-November, replaces the GLK.... Read More »

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal shifts strategy in response to Ford's use of aluminum

7:08 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

When Ford confirmed last year it would build its most popular pickup using aluminum, the automaker's steel supplier was caught flat-footed. Now ArcelorMittal, the top worldwide supplier of steel for autos, has built a two-pronged response to try to head off defections by other customers.... Read More »

Nissan Sentra to be 'almost all new' after midcycle freshening

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Nissan plans significant enhancements to the 2016 Sentra beyond the typical mid-cycle freshen.... Read More »

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Smart has no plans for an SUV, CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Daimler's Smart subsidiary will not expand its lineup with an SUV/crossover in the near future, said the brand's CEO, Annette Winkler.... Read More »

London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers.... Read More »

Traditional look for Honda's new Ridgeline

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Honda's second-generation Ridgeline pickup was spotted during testing last week.... Read More »

With '16 Mitsubishi Outlander, flair is free

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Bang for the buck is key for the 2016 Outlander, so Mitsubishi made glitzy styling standard on every trim level, not just the most expensive ones.... Read More »

Hyundai offers peek at small crossover that could come to U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Hyundai says its global rival for the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V, known as the Creta, will go on sale first in India in the second half of 2015.... Read More »

Tech-laden 7 series must prove it's a driver's BMW

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

For all its new whiz-bang gadgetry, the 7 series will still have to prove its worth as a driver's car, not a technological showcase.... Read More »

Is Genesis-based SUV in Hyundai's future?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Hyundai is considering developing larger SUVs based on its Genesis luxury sedan, sources familiar with the company's product development plans told Reuters.... Read More »

Bentley rolls out freshened Continental

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Bentley is giving its Continental GT coupe and convertible a final revamp before they switch to a new platform by 2017.... Read More »

The setup that saved de Gaulle may be history

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Reuters reported last week that Citroen will cease using its signature hydropneumatic suspension technology after the C5 sedan is discontinued as part of cost-cutting measures by CEO Carlos Tavares.... Read More »

Report: BMW mulls U.S.-built crossover EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

BMW plans to rival Tesla's upcoming Model X with a battery-powered crossover built at its plant in Spartanburg, S.C, a German business magazine said.... Read More »

Bentley designer who bashed Lincoln leaves

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Bentley's design chief, Luc Donckerwolke, a 49-year-old veteran of Volkswagen Group who headed design for three brands, including Lamborghini and Seat, has left the carmaker, VW said, without citing reasons.... Read More »

Mini's Vision yet to come into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Mini is still examining whether it can make a business case for its Superleggera Vision roadster, according to Peter Schwarzenbauer, head of the Mini, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorcycle brands. “The interest was tremendous when we showed this concept car," he told the annual Automotive News Europe Congress.... Read More »

Toyota's new plan: Design parts, then cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. has launched a program in which it invites suppliers to develop parts three or four years ahead of production -- before the automaker has even begun to design the vehicle. By having suppliers develop parts independently of a vehicle's design, Toyota can give them an extra 12 months to engineer the parts, said Bob Young, Toyota's North American purchasing chief.... Read More »

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider starts at $65,495

6:39 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Pricing for the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will start at $65,495, with U.S. sales of the hand-built convertible expected to begin in August, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today.... Read More »

Ford returns to Le Mans race in 2016 with GT supercar

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Ford will return to endurance racing next year as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its historic top-three sweep in the 1966 24 Hour of Le Mans.... Read More »

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