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Technology upgrades zoom into small cars

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

High-end technology is quickly making its way into compact cars that were long conceived as cheap, basic transportation....
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Hyundai's tech trickles down to Elantra

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Hyundai's sixth-generation Elantra will come crammed with safety and connectivity technology to fend off a newly redesigned Civic and Nissan Sentra. Like the larger Sonata, the new Elantra sheds some of its former curviness in lieu of clean lines, premium touches and Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille....
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Subaru previews Impreza sedan with L.A. concept

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The Impreza Sedan Concept illustrates Subaru's new design language with crisper lines and sportier styling....
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Honda aims to 'surprise' with '16 Civic coupe

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

The 2016 Honda Civic coupe is a near clone of the concept Honda showed at the New York Auto Show last spring and heads to dealerships in March. Like the re-engineered Civic sedan, the coupe is an effort by Honda to double down on one of its most popular models after the previous generation was criticized for being too frugal....
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Detroit shifts car output to Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Ford and Fiat Chrysler are essentially giving up on trying to build mass-market cars profitably in the United States, instead shifting most production of those nameplates to Mexico so they can dedicate U.S. plants to higher-margin pickups and SUVs....
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Workers at key Ford plant in Michigan vote to ratify UAW pact

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Workers at a Ford assembly plant in Michigan that lost 700 jobs this year but is now in line to build a new pickup and SUV voted overwhelmingly in favor of the UAW's tentative contract with the automaker. Early voting at several other UAW locals has been mixed, though, as union leaders try to rally support for the deal and avoid a repeat of the difficulties they have had ratifying contracts with GM and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles....
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Tougher EU emissions tests likely to hit sales of smaller diesels

Oct. 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Tougher pollution controls for diesel cars in Europe will hit sales of smaller models, analysts say....
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Reuther, LBJ and the small-car scheme

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

In a much-discussed new book, Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story, author David Maraniss writes of a little-known plan in the early 1960s for Detroit's Big 3 automakers to build small cars together. At least it was the plan of Walter Reuther, the United Auto Workers' legendary UAW president....
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Autoliv Q3 net income falls on softer China market, but growth strong

Oct. 23, 2015 14:54 CET

Autoliv said its third quarter net income fell 7 percent to $99 million, citing weaker results in the slowing Chinese auto market. But the company said overall business growth remained strong....
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Toyota at Tokyo show -- sporty, green, retro and sci-fi concepts

12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Toyota is going big at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, with an eclectic display parading everything from a snappy compact sports car and futuristic hydrogen vehicle to a whacked-out retro concept and pocket-sized humanoid robot....
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Ford Focus' horsepower and price double for the 2016 RS

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Starting at $36,605 including shipping, the Focus RS hatchback will bring Ford's top-selling global nameplate to a new level of profitability as well as performance when it arrives in North America next spring....
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Honda targets Europe's finest compacts with ambitious remake of Civic

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Honda, borrowing from the playbooks of Europe's top luxury compacts, has overhauled the Civic from top to bottom in a bid to re-establish its small-car chops. The redesigned Civic will offer a Christmas list of high-end features and engineering specs that are rare for its class....
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Honda's redesigned 2016 Civic breaks cover

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

New spy photos of the 2016 Honda Civic sedan show that the redesigned compact car won't repeat the mistakes of the past. Based on the latest images published by, an online forum for enthusiasts, it looks as if the new Civic has grown again....
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Tailfins, edge and dictionaries: What people are saying about Toyota's redesigned Prius

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

Toyota's Prius, a household name that has come to define hybrid cars for nearly two decades, was reborn in Las Vegas on Tuesday with the introduction of a redesigned and re-engineered model for 2016. A roundup of what analysts, journalists and others are saying about the car....
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How BMW increases volume without sacrificing margins

Sept. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW's growing lineup of compact cars is luring customers away from similar-sized volume models, especially in Europe. BMW sales boss Ian Robertson talked about the effect this has had on BMW in an interview with Automotive News Europe....
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Chevy to limit availability of 2016 Volt

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

Chevrolet plans a limited rollout of the redesigned 2016 Volt, earmarking the next-generation plug-in hybrid for California and other green-car friendly markets before a national launch in early spring. The 2017 Volt, with unspecified enhancements, will arrive early next spring and will be sold nationally....
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How Audi, BMW, Mercedes boost Europe share while protecting premium-ness

Sept. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi, BMW and Mercedes have succeeded in “democratizing” luxury in Europe while increasing their combined share of the European market to 17 percent from 10 percent two decades ago. They have also managed to boost volume without sacrificing their high profit margins or their premium status....
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Toyota, Honda suffer from weak car deliveries

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The declines in small and midsize car sales finally caught up to both Toyota and Honda in August. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. reported its August sales fell 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 224,381 vehicles, while American Honda Motor Co.'s sales dropped 6.9 percent to 155,491. Both companies suffered big declines in cars that negated increases in some light trucks....
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GM plans $5B vehicle family for emerging markets

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

GM plans to spend $5 billion over the next several years to develop a new range of technology-rich small cars, based on a common architecture, that will be built and sold under the Chevrolet name in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets....
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Honda readies more sporty, luxurious Civic

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

With the official debut of Honda's redesigned Civic just a few months away, the latest spy shots show the 10th-generation model will come with luxury features normally reserved for fancy German sedans, not practical Japanese family cars....
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BLOG: GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach the 2025 fleet average of 54.5 mpg target set by the U.S....
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BLOG: Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lower gasoline prices are starting to impact the product plans of leading automakers as consumers migrate back to larger vehicles....
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Mazda3 repackaged for 2016 with more features, new base price

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The Mazda3 sedan and hatchback are getting more standard features for 2016 and a new base price. Mazda has discontinued the old base model and made the Mazda3 i Sport the new standard model, with a starting price of $18,665, including an $820 destination charge....
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VW to launch low-cost car family for China, possibly elsewhere, in 2018

9:16 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

Volkswagen plans to launch a family of low cost budget cars in China and possibly elsewhere starting in 2018, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a newspaper interview published Sunday....
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GM readies wireless downloads of new features

12:11 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

GM is preparing to roll out vehicle technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the company's head of global product development says. Under the new electrical architecture, called "Global B," much of a vehicle's computer power will migrate to the mobile internet, or cloud....
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