Rick Kranz


Wild ride with Lutz was part of a great journey

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2012
Friday was my last day after more than 25 years with Automotive News. It has been a fantastic ride -- driving a wide range of outstanding cars and trucks, meeting incredibly dedicated people and having a laugh or two along the way.... Read More »



Chevy hopes to ignite color frenzy with Spark

3:43 pm U.S. ET | March 23, 2012
Will Chevy's new minicar spark a color war? Minicars and subcompacts just might be the next group targeted for a bit of fun.... Read More »



Across a big land, Mini motors on

3:07 pm U.S. ET | March 22, 2012
Ten years ago, plenty of naysayers predicted that the Mini brand would be a flash in the pan, lasting a few years and fading away.... Read More »



Race is on to uncover Chevy's newest nameplate headed to showrooms

4:24 pm U.S. ET | March 16, 2012
There's a lot of buzz surrounding Chevy's mysterious new model. I'm betting it's the vehicle former GM product czar Bob Lutz talked about a few years ago.... Read More »



Chevy's Malibu pricing gambit

4:31 pm U.S. ET | March 8, 2012
If Ricky Ricardo were a Chevy dealer, he might be telling his salespeople: “We have some ‘splainin' to do.” Shoppers lured to a Chevy showroom to see the redesigned 2013 Malibu might suffer sticker shock... Read More »



Maybe the wrong Fiat got here first

4:01 pm U.S. ET | March 7, 2012
American dealers have been struggling to sell that little Italian car, the Fiat 500. Last year a mere 19,769 Fiat 500s were sold, but this spring dealers finally receive the model that just might create a real buzz for the brand: the Fiat 500 Abarth.... Read More »



Look up! It's a car about to land in Gotham!

3:13 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2012
The real attention grabber for the New York auto show? It may just be a car that's also an airplane, and the manufacturer says it's been approved by the FAA and NHTSA. Essentially, it's a street-legal airplane.... Read More »



How the 2012 Camaro ZL1 got its growl

2:25 pm U.S. ET | March 1, 2012
The 2012 Camaro ZL1 is the most powerful production Camaro ever built and rivals the Chevrolet Corvette in overall performance. Under the Camaro's hood is a supercharged 580-hp V-8 that produces 556 pounds-feet of torque. It's a real head snapper.... Read More »



Why Hyundai should let U.S. take redesigned wagon for a spin

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 29, 2012
Hyundai's i30 wagon is sold around the globe. Here's it's called the Elantra Touring. This is a rare car in an industry that has gone crossover crazy. The solid, low-priced, very functional compact wagon has received a long list of accolades from journalists worldwide. So the next model should be even better, right?... Read More »



Kia's luxury K9 seems bound, eventually, for U.S.

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2012
Kia has taken the wraps off a sporty rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan that will go on sale this spring in Korea. The car will be the biggest, most luxurious car ever produced by the Korean automaker. The car is expected to be aimed at BMW and Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »


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