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Pickups are picking up premium price tags

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Last week, Ford introduced a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and will likely top $70,000 when loaded with options. So what do you get when you max out other half-ton pickups sold in the U.S. with the most expensive set of options? We found prices identified more with upper-end German performance sedans than vehicles that can haul a load of hay.... Read More »

Driverless driving induces a range of anxiety on road

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

When Delphi engineers undertook a nine-day, 3,400-mile journey from San Francisco to New York in a driverless research vehicle in March, they got some interesting reactions from other motorists.... Read More »

Energy prices, flood waters are no match for Group 1

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

From the outside, one might assume Houston's Group 1 would be hurting. But its adjusted net income jumped 20 percent to a second-quarter record of $47.9 million, as revenue climbed 8.6 percent to $2.73 billion.... Read More »

A car that dropped in from the future

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

In the 1940s, a designer-engineer named Norman Timbs already was experimenting with aluminum and other materials, and was doing it beautifully.... Read More »

Defender's last stand gets an extension

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

The end of the road for Land Rover's long-running Defender won't come this fall after all. Jaguar Land Rover has extended production for the classic, aluminum-bodied off-roader into next year, reports England's Birmingham Post.... Read More »

Marchionne: There are believers, but critics miss the point

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

Not all auto executives have dismissed Sergio Marchionne's case for industry consolidation as a desperate ploy to preserve Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Marchionne says critics are missing the point, “forgetting the fundamental premise of the pitch. The pitch was that there is a better way to run this business that benefits everybody.”... Read More »

Hachigo holding out for a Civic Type R

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

When Takahiro Hachigo returned to Japan in March after years overseas to be Honda's new CEO, he didn't rush out to buy a new car. “There is a model I want, which will, as I have told you, be launched this autumn,” Hachigo said. “I will wait ... I want to buy the Civic Type R.”... Read More »

Subaru stacks up aces across its lucky 7 years

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

It's true, we look for any excuse to marvel over Subaru's seven years of good luck, the sales surge that began in 2009 for the Japanese brand. Our pretext this time? Hey, it's the midway point in 2015, and Subaru is still soaring - up 15 percent in a market that increased just 4.4 percent.... Read More »

Rearview camera was one of Jordan's nifty tricks in '56

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chuck Jordan's 1956 Buick Centurion XP-301 concept is on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as part of “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas,” an exhibit running until Aug. 23. The show features visionary concept cars from the 1930s to today.... Read More »

The one man who could make Piech snap to attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

It seems fitting that Ferdinand Piech and legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro would retire in the same year. The two men are already linked in automotive history.... Read More »

SIGN OF THE TIMES

Even Accord can't keep up with the CR-V

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Honda's CR-V, the industry's best-selling crossover, is on track to outsell Honda's perennial volume leader -- the Accord.... Read More »

What other deals will Kanye foresee?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

In his 2005 hit "Gold Digger," rapper Kanye West told a story of a football star whose onerous child-support payments force him to “win the Super Bowl and drive off in a Hyundai.” That's more likely to happen now that the onetime bargain brand has inked a four-year deal to replace General Motors as automotive sponsor of the National Football League.... Read More »

UAW wages may be flat, but workers' pay is up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

In contract talks with the Detroit 3, the UAW will be looking to boost the pay of veteran Tier 1 workers, who haven't had a wage increase in a decade. But that doesn't mean their pay hasn't gone up.... Read More »

Google Maps will sound train whistle

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Google, responding to a call from the Federal Railroad Administration to help reduce the occurrence of train-vs.-car crashes, has agreed to work with the agency to pinpoint nearly every one of the nation's roughly 250,000 railroad grade crossings and integrate the data into the Google Maps smartphone app that many drivers routinely use for navigation, according to a New York Times report.... Read More »

By the numbers: $33,340

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The estimated average transaction price for new light vehicles in June was $33,340, according to Kelley Blue Book. That's up $821, or 2.5 percent, from a year earlier. Ford Motor Co. led the industry, KBB said, with a 4.6 percent rise. Nissan was close behind with a 4.5 percent increase.... Read More »

Car guy Lutz still has the vision for flying high

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

Bob Lutz, the former General Motors product development chief who turned 83 in February and is getting married this summer, is still involved with sports car startup VL Automotive - and is still flying jet airplanes.... Read More »

In CASE you missed it, here's the future of the car business in a word

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

Consulting firm AlixPartners has taken a shot at creating some shorthand to describe the coming investment crunch faced by automakers. In a report released last week, AlixPartners came up with CASE - short for “connected, autonomous, shared and electric” - to refer to the bundle of technologies and business models that car companies may need to embrace to remain at the forefront of the industry.... Read More »

'The Future' is now: Lexus will test hoverboard

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

It's been 30 years since the first Back to the Future movie was released, and Marty McFly only hopped on a hoverboard to evade his pursuers in the second installment released in 1989.... Read More »

Isn't it obvious? It'll be a Caddy crossover

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

General Motors announced last week that it will invest $245 million at its Orion Assembly plant in Michigan Lake Orion, Mich., assembly plant for production of an unnamed model. What might that model be? Speculation has centered on a small Cadillac crossover.... Read More »

Kirk, Lee and the one that got away

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

When billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian set his sights on acquiring Chrysler 20 years ago this summer, he effectively pushed the automaker into its tie-up with Daimler three years later.... Read More »

Mehari could be Citroen's comeback kid

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

Here's a way that Citroen might find its way to the U.S. market. The French carmaker is considering a revival of its iconic Mehari lightweight utility car to help give the brand a “fun” image, CEO Linda Jackson said.... Read More »

Consolidation is key? How to explain Nissan?

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

If synergies deriving from automotive partnerships are so great - as Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne posits - why is Nissan's return on capital so poor? That's the question asked by Deutsche Securities analyst Kurt Sanger.... Read More »

How the right car at the right time reset the industry

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

French car designer Patrick le Quement 6/21is associated with several landmark European vehicles. But he changed the auto industry in a way that went far beyond car styling.... 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 »

The compact crossover takes the king down a notch

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

In the second half of 2014, sales of compact crossovers were rapidly catching up with those of midsize sedans, long the category king in the U.S. But through the first five months of 2015, the crossovers have nudged ahead by about 3,500 units.... Read More »

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