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NEW YORK AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

High stakes in the Big Apple

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

Automakers have a lot riding on many of the global debuts at this year's New York auto show. Some surprises also are in store, most notably a sports car variant from Porsche (the Boxster Spyder, perhaps?).... Read More »

Buick Enclave upgrade gets Tuscan treatment

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Buick, fresh off record U.S. sales of the Enclave in 2014, is looking to expand on those results with a new edition of its flagship crossover.... Read More »

Cadillac CT6 to pack 34-speaker Bose sound system

3:20 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Cadillac's new flagship sedan will come with a new sound system that will leave nothing uncovered inside the cabin.... Read More »

Scion iA sedan uncovered

12:30 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

The Scion iA, scheduled for a New York Auto Show debut next week, has been caught and spy photos show the subcompact with a fast, sloping hood and a wide, trapezoid-shaped front grille.... Read More »

Aston Martin claims Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt is unauthorized copy

8:59 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Aston Martin said Henrik Fisker’s “Thunderbolt” prototype for a $400,000 GT coupe is an unauthorized copy of its iconic sports cars featured in James Bond movies for 50 years.... Read More »

Toyota adding hybrid to 2016 RAV4 lineup

12:45 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota is adding a hybrid model at a time of low gas prices and slumping sales of alternative-powertrain vehicles. An all-new RAV4 hybrid will be introduced next week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. The overhaul, part of a switch to new modularized product platforms, has been years in the making and is designed to fuel the company's expansion.... Read More »

2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

McLaren aims 570S at high-end Porsche 911, Audi R8

March 26, 2015 12:50 CET

McLaren has named the first of its entry-level supercars the 570S. The V-8 powered coupe will compete against high-end versions of the Porsche 911 and Audi R8.... Read More »

Mercedes adds plug-in hybrid to retooled GLE crossover line

7:00 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a new plug-in hybrid with the debut of the revamped GLE midsize crossover. The 2016 crossover family will be the first product line to feature Mercedes' new nomenclature. The GLE replaces the M class, Mercedes' top-selling light truck in the U.S.... Read More »

Texas Ranger Ram concept honors lawmen

10:30 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Ram today will unveil a concept 2015 Ram 1500 pickup at the Dallas auto show to honor the Texas Rangers -- the historic law-enforcement agency that once brought order to the Lone Star state's rough-and-tumble frontier.... Read More »

Chevy revives Malibu hybrid with 2016 redesign

9:00 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a hybrid version of the next-generation Malibu sedan that will exceed 45 mpg in combined highway and city driving, marking GM's first full-hybrid passenger car after finding little success in recent years with light electrification.... Read More »

Jaguar's revamped XF sedan slims down to boost fuel efficiency

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Jaguar's redesigned XF sedan has taken a big leap in refinement, weight savings and fuel efficiency. The brand unveiled the second generation of its best-seller with a spectacular high-wire stunt drive across the Thames river in London on Tuesday.... Read More »

Tesla Model X spotted on Calif. roads

4:00 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Tesla has begun testing the Model X crossover on public roads, suggesting the automaker has reached the final testing phase before the electric vehicle's launch this summer. Photographs of the Model X, taken near Tesla's California headquarters, show the basic design has changed little since the first prototype was unveiled in 2012.... Read More »

Land Rover adds Range Rover Sport HST for 2016

12:15 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Land Rover is set to introduce the new Range Rover Sport HST limited edition at the New York Auto Show next week. The new, 380-hp model will slot in between the 340-hp base model and the 550-hp supercharged version.... Read More »

Chevrolet's Teen Driver safety feature to debut on redesigned Malibu

11:15 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Chevrolet says Teen Driver is the first feature in the industry to offer what is essentially a report card that allows parents to view on a display how their teens drive. Teen Driver automatically mutes the radio until the front seat belts are fastened. Parents can set the radio's maximum volume to a lower level and select a maximum speed between 40 and 75 mph, which activates a visual warning and audible chime if exceeded.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC crossover sheds GLK box

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz GLK crossover becomes roomier and sheds its old-fashioned square shape for a more modern design when it becomes the GLC this fall. It will have a longer wheelbase and wider track, giving it more interior room and making it more competitive with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.... Read More »

WHAT A DRAG

Designers use new tricks, and the wind tunnel

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Automakers facing stiffer global fuel economy and emissions standards are increasing efforts to improve fuel efficiency. After powertrain improvements and weight reductions, slippery aerodynamics is the hottest area of research to boost efficiency.... Read More »

Technology makes vehicles slipperier

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Drag coefficient measures the resistance of an object as it moves through air or fluid. The lower the number, the slipperier the vehicle, and the less fuel it burns. The drag coefficient for new vehicles has been dropping fast as designers and aerodynamicists use powerful new computer simulation software.... Read More »

Scion plans revival with iM hatchback, iA compact sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. is set to unveil two new nameplates for its struggling Scion brand next month at the New York auto show -- a five-door iM hatchback and a sporty compact sedan designated the iA.... Read More »

Ready for Moab's red rocks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

The surf-themed Jeep Chief, an homage to the mid-'70s Cherokee Chief, will participate in the Easter Jeep Safari gathering of off-road enthusiasts in Moab, Utah, this month.... Read More »

Subaru's 7-seater poses big design question

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

A Grand Outback? Or a larger crossover that is more distinct than Subaru's popular midsize vehicle? That's the decision Subaru is grappling with as it develops an all-new crossover bigger than the strong-selling Outback for sale in about two years.... Read More »

Optima's prime

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Kia Motors flashed these renderings of the fourth-generation Optima midsize sedan that it will unveil next week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi to show new design language with 2016 Outlander

11:19 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors North America will unveil the 2016 Outlander at the New York International Auto Show next week as a part of its freshened design lineup.... Read More »

PUT ON A BOLD FACE

VW turns up design so crossovers will hit right note in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

The next crop of Volkswagens coming to the United States will convey a more aggressive design message. The strategy stems from a rethinking that is forcing VW to venture beyond the conservative styling that has worked so well in Europe and China.... Read More »

Mini boss 'still pushing' for Superleggera roadster

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Mini's Superleggera sports car concept would be a "great addition to the Mini range," says BMW's board member in charge of the brand, Peter Schwarzenbauer. But he disputed a report that the roadster has been approved for production.... Read More »

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