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Tesla replaces base Model S with more powerful, longer range 70D

7:00 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Tesla unveiled a new version of the Model S called the 70D with more power, a longer range and an extra $5,000 on the price tag.... Read More »

Henrik Fisker, Aston Martin settle suit over Thunderbolt design

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Aston Martin has put the brakes on Henrik Fisker's return to the auto industry. Fisker, sued by Aston Martin late last month over plans to produce a $400,000 supercar called the Thunderbolt, has agreed to drop those plans to settle the suit.... Read More »

FCA sued after man learned Ram pickup had wrong axle

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

A South Carolina man has filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status against Fiat Chrysler after discovering that the Ram 1500 he bought last year didn't have the heavy-duty axle for which he had paid extra.... Read More »

Honda to drop Crosstour, move Accord hybrid output to Japan

4:00 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Honda will stop producing the Crosstour, a slow-selling derivative of the Accord, after the 2015 model year as part of a broader move aimed at boosting truck-production capacity.... Read More »

Ford outsells Hyundai in China with capacity expansion, new cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Ford outsold Hyundai in China for the first time, closing in on its goal to rank among the top three foreign automakers in the world's largest market.... Read More »

Dodge, Chrysler minivans won't be recalled after stall investigation

11:49 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

U.S. safety regulators have ended an investigation into stalling problems in older-model Fiat Chrysler minivans, saying the issues would not likely lead to crashes.... Read More »

Kia's top U.S. exec leaves posts in shake-up; Sprague promoted to COO

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

In a shake-up at Hyundai-Kia, Byung Mo Ahn, group vice chairman and CEO of Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, will leave those posts for an advisory role. Meanwhile, Michael Sprague, 49, was promoted to the newly created role of COO of Kia Motors America.... Read More »

Russian auto sales plunge 43% as economy contracts

8:46 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Russian car sales fell 43 percent last month, as the economy slides into recession. Sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles shrank to 139,850 units in March from 243,332 a year earlier, the Association of European Businesses in Russia said today in a statement.... Read More »

China gets the lion’s share of vehicle production capacity investments in 2014

7:00 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

China once again captured the bulk of global investments in new or expanded vehicle production capacity last year, winning more than half of the auto industry’s total outlays earmarked to add or expand output.... Read More »

Lexus goes bold with next RX crossover

9:15 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

In its latest expression of polarizing design, Lexus has drawn sharp creases along the sides of the 2016 RX crossover and given it an aggressive face. It's a risky move. The RX is Lexus' top-selling nameplate in the United States, and its customers aren't exactly used to an edgy look.... Read More »

Gilles promoted to FCA's global head of design

1:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Ralph Gilles, longtime chief designer for Fiat Chrysler in the United States, has been appointed head of design for the automaker’s global parent.... Read More »

Dura owner Lynn Tilton sues SEC after it charges her with fraud

12:04 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Escalating her battle with the federal regulators, flamboyant New York investor Lynn Tilton, who has a variety of automotive parts holdings, sued the US Securities and Exchange Commission to stop it from pursuing a case charging her with defrauding her investors.... Read More »

MARCH U.S. AUTO SALES

FCA, Toyota, Hyundai rise as industry ekes out another advance

8:30 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

U.S. auto sales rose for the 13th-straight month in March as the industry rode improving weather and strong truck sales to a slim advance despite declines by some major players.... Read More »

BMW wins March luxury sales title; Lexus takes 2nd

4:08 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

The BMW brand topped the U.S. luxury market in March, while Lexus fended off Mercedes-Benz for second place.... Read More »

Toyota wants a Scion purchase to feel more like buying an IPad

6:46 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Toyota wants buying a Scion car to feel more like ordering an iPad and less like the current four-hour ordeal.... Read More »

Mazda plans online orders to smooth Miata launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Before the redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata arrives on U.S. shores this summer, fans of the diminutive Japanese sports car will be able to preorder a car in any color they like -- as long as that color is red.... Read More »

Canadian sales edge higher

4:17 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Canadian auto sales rose in March from a year earlier, industry data showed today, even as several major manufacturers, including General Motors and Toyota, reported declines.... Read More »

FCA moves up 1.7% in March, extends streak to 5 full years

1:18 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler rode strong demand for Jeeps and a sales push for the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart sedans to pull out a 1.7 percent sales gain in March. The increase means the automaker extended its streak of monthly sales increases to five full years.... Read More »

NEAL E. BOUDETTE

BLOG: Why last fall's Camry revamp is paying off for Toyota

1:28 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Toyota gave the Camry a major revamp last fall and Senior Vice President Bob Carter says it is boosting sales and pulling in younger buyers.... Read More »

Mercedes concept hints at GLC crossover coupe

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche hinted at a new Mercedes crossover planned with the release of a sketch that signals a concept GLC coupe. The concept GLC coupe will be unveiled at the Shanghai show later this month.... Read More »

Ford's Hinrichs wants level playing field on labor costs

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Ford's Americas chief indicated today that the automaker will be looking to bring its labor costs in line with those of its smaller rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles when it opens talks this summer with the union representing its hourly workers.... Read More »

Hyundai turbocharges Tucson to boost U.S. crossover sales

4:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Hyundai, seeking to capitalize on a red-hot market for small crossovers, unveiled the turbocharged, family-friendly U.S. version of its redesigned 2016 Tucson. The restyled Tucson now bears the trapezoidal grille from the Genesis luxury car and Sonata sedan. Smaller and less expensive than the Santa Fe midsize crossover, the 2016 Tucson has a number of distinctive design touches, including asymmetrical wheel arches for a rugged look.... Read More »

GM pickup, SUV sales strong, but car sales fall

12:21 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Pickup truck and SUV sales shouldered the load again for General Motors in March, while car sales stalled. The carmaker posted a 2.4 percent sales dip in March vs. the year-ago March.... Read More »

LaSorda's IncWell names new CEO, partners

3:26 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Tom LaSorda has named longtime auto executive Simon Boag to replace him as CEO of IncWell LLC, an early-stage venture capital firm in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

BLOG: Cadillac's challenge is to be incomparable. Escalade is.

12:34 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Cadillac has something very special in its stable. But it's not the CT6.... Read More »

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