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Chrysler's Betts: Recall volume is like boy who cried wolf

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
A year ago, Chrysler raised eyebrows when it spurned a government recall request for older-model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys. What if that letter had arrived a year later? It'd get done, says Chrysler quality chief Doug Betts.... Read More »

 

Headed for the test track?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
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Want to relive the 1990s? Just hit the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
You'd think the number of really old vehicles on the road would come down given all that "pent-up demand" that has been released in the past couple of years. Not so, according to Experian.... Read More »

 

Audi, BMW play laser tag on high-beams

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
In the latest round of technological one-upmanship involving German luxury brands, Audi and BMW each claim to be the first to market with high-beam laser headlights.... Read More »

 

Super Dutys will be aluminum, spy and trusty magnet say

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Last week, a spy photographer working for KGP Photography said he has proof that the 2015 Ford Super Duty trucks will be aluminum -- thanks to a simple magnet.... Read More »

 

Deuce Coupe gets stamp of approval

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
The granddaddy of classic American hot rods, the 1932 Ford roadster, the "Deuce Coupe," has been honored with a pair of limited-edition stamps.... Read More »

 

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Dodge touted 'old lady,' then kicked her to curb

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
When muscle car enthusiasts refer to Dodge -- now celebrating its 100th anniversary -- as one of the great brands of the '60s and '70s, I have a different kind of "60s and 70s" in mind.... Read More »

 

How GM critic Perot tried to recruit Hoglund

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Bill Hoglund, who died June 8 at 79, was one of the first General Motors senior executives to speak frankly about a "culture problem" at GM. Had GM critic Ross Perot gained control of the company, Hoglund might have become his CEO.... Read More »

 

Flying-car ambition soars, but the r&d is fledgling

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
What's next in this George Jetson fantasy? Flying cars, right? And, as it turns out, Toyota is working on just that, says Hiroyoshi Yoshiki, a managing officer for r&d.... Read More »

 

18 million sales in 2018? Now that's some epic growth!

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
The auto industry is in quite the growth spurt if Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy is right.... Read More »

 

Mirage hit with a barrage from 'Times' caustic car critic

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
If the Mitsubishi Mirage were a Broadway show, it would have to close -- immediately -- after the trashing it got from a New York Times reviewer. The headline clues you in: "It's cheap, but is it overpriced?"... Read More »

 

Is Superleggera Vision roadster a new kind of Mini in the making?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Instead of the iconic Mini design by Sir Alec Issigonis that debuted in 1959, some future models of the British small-car brand may look like the flashy Superleggera Vision roadster concept unveiled here last month.... Read More »

 

Fisker's new owner: 'I'll burn as much cash as it takes'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
The Chinese auto parts magnate who bought Fisker Automotive at a bankruptcy auction in February has nursed a desire to build cars since the 1980s. Now, Lu Guanqiu, the billionaire chairman and founder of Wanxiang Group, China's largest supplier, is getting his chance.... Read More »

 

Weekend at Welburn's: Catching up on Corvettes

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
The new Corvette has been launched and is selling well, but Ed Welburn can't quite let it go. Every Saturday morning, General Motors' global design boss calls Chevrolet dealers around the country and talks Corvette.... Read More »

 

Brabham's rear engine threw Indy 500 for a loop

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
When Jack Brabham died May 19 at age 88, most stories cited the Australian driver's three Formula One world championships. But for American race fans (of a certain vintage), he is best remembered for helping change the course of history at the 1961 Indianapolis 500.... Read More »

 

What would Akerson say now about GM safety?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
It's true that during the three full years when Dan Akerson was at the helm at General Motors, the automaker averaged just 1.02 million recalled vehicles globally per year. But GM concedes that many of the recalls now piling up should have been done years ago.... Read More »

 

Surging compact crossovers hot on sedans' heels

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Compact nonluxury crossovers are on fire. The category grew from 12.9 percent of the U.S. market in the first three months of last year to 15.9 percent this year, according to the latest Polk registration data.... Read More »

 

Dr. Z's diagnosis: Product will drive Chrysler success

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says he formed an emotional bond with Chrysler while running the company from 2000 to 2005, when it was owned by Daimler. And so he says he watches what happens at Chrysler with special interest.... Read More »

 

Marchionne's staying -- but who's on deck?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
CEO Sergio Marchionne, 61, revealed last week that he would see his latest five-year plan through to its conclusion, dispelling any notion that he might leave before 2018. But the marathon presentation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' plan also served as an audition of sorts for an eventual successor.... Read More »

 

Sergio: The reward is down the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
Sergio Marchionne's new five-year plan for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won't start rewarding shareholders until 2017 at the earliest. Some wonder if there will ever be a payout.... Read More »

 

Chrysler Group's new 600+ hp supercharged V-8 engine breaks cover

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
After months of declining to confirm its existence, Chrysler Group executives last week proudly displayed a new supercharged Hemi V-8 that they will install in some high-end Dodges.... Read More »

 

Land Wind may get blowback from Land Rover

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Following in a long line of unforgettable vehicles that includes the Geely Beauty Leopard and the Dongfeng Crazy Soldier (a Hummer knockoff) comes the new Land Wind E32 from Jiangling Motors Corp.... Read More »

 

Texas pols, be careful what you wish for

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Elected officials in Texas are exchanging high-fives over Toyota’s decision to relocate its U.S. headquarters to Plano. It’s no doubt a great boon to the state, but will it really prove so good for the politicians’ careers?... Read More »

 

Kia decides sponsorship of Clippers no longer slam-dunk

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Kia Motors America — as well as Mercedes-Benz dealers and CarMax — dropped its sponsorship of the Los Angeles Clippers following racist remarks allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling.... Read More »

 

Sprinter commercial van's cargo claims just didn't hold water

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Cargo capacity for Ram's new Fiat Ducato-based ProMaster commercial van was significantly smaller than advertised when the interior was measured using U.S. cargo standards instead of European.... Read More »

 

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