Sports car


After 40 years, BMW's 3 series rules a tougher league

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

After 40 years, BMW's 3 series still rules the sporty-compact segment. But tougher competition and changing market tastes pose challenges....
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How Toyota used Nascar to sway loyal American car buyers

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

For years Toyota has been marketing itself to the Nascar audience as an increasingly American company -- and Nascar fans are growing more receptive. Two out of three now say they’d consider buying a Toyota, roughly on par with the sport’s domestic sponsors like Ford and GM....
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Maserati sales boom stalls as output cuts expose Fiat Chrysler's luxury limits

Nov. 5, 2015 15:52 CET

Maserati is deepening production cuts as a boom prompted by the Ghibli sedan fades. The brand's slowing sales volume raises questions about parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' ambitions to expand in the luxury-car segment....
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Rotary engine returns in Mazda concept coupe

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Three years after pulling the plug on the rotary-powered RX-8 sports car, Mazda hints it hasn't given up on the peculiar engine design that gave the brand some of its grandest successes. The company's latest concept is a low-slung sports car called the RX-Vision powered by a next-generation rotary engine called the Skyactiv-R....
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Aston Martin wins Chinese investment for Rapide electric sports car

Oct. 21, 2015 15:50 CET

Aston Martin has signed a deal worth 50 million pounds ($77.2 million) with a Chinese investor to build an electric version of its Rapide four-door sedan....
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Mazda concept for Tokyo stokes talk of RX sports car's return

11:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Mazda, which retired the RX-8 sports car in 2012, will stoke speculation about a possible successor with a new sports concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. A teaser photo shows a black vehicle with a long hood, rear-slung cockpit, rounded fastback and muscular rear fenders....
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Toyota: Decision on sports car project with BMW due soon

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Toyota and BMW will decide by year end on whether to develop a common sports car architecture. BMW and Toyota have for some years been collaborating on fuel cell technology, lightweight components, and on possibly jointly developing the underpinnings of a sports car....
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Porsche CEO Mueller bids to run sports car brands in revamped VW

Sept. 16, 2015 09:02 CET

Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller is bidding to lead sports car operations at Porsche's parent Volkswagen as the group aims to decentralize operations through a new structure to boost foreign sales and profits....
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Porsche unveils fast-charging Mission E, a potential Tesla rival

Sept. 15, 2015 10:07 CET

Porsche unveiled its answer to Tesla -- the Mission E electric four-seat sports car. The concept provides a glimpse at the brand's first battery-powered model, which could arrive by the end of the decade....
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Nissan teases crossover concept

Sept. 8, 2015 10:41 CET

Nissan has released a teaser picture showing a crossover concept that will be unveiled next week at the Frankfurt auto show. Reports say the concept will preview a new direction for the automaker's Z sports car subbrand....
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Porsche adds turbocharging to make the 911 greener

Sept. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche has added turbocharged engines to its iconic 911 sports car range to help meet increasingly tougher fuel economy and CO2 emissions rules....
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BLOG: Will the next Nissan Z be a crossover?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

After scrapping production plans for the Nissan IDx coupes, there is now a very real possibility that the next Z car will be a crossover....
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Sports cars: Launch 'em and leave 'em? No way

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Launch it and leave it is a death sentence for sporty cars. And no company has been more successful at failing with sporty cars than Toyota....
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Lotus won't bring Elise back to U.S. before '20

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Lotus will reintroduce the two-seat Elise sports car in the U.S. after the company brings out the next generation of the car in 2020, the company's CEO said....
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Maserati sales will resume in India

July 15, 2015 16:16 CET

Fiat Chrysler will resume sales of its Maserati sports cars in India, nearly three years after troubles with its former partner forced it to leave the market. Growth in luxury car sales in India has outpaced sales of other passenger vehicles over the last few years....
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BMW, Toyota move ahead on sports car with agreement on platform

June 29, 2015 14:58 CET

BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013....
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Fiat 124 Spider spy shots hint roadster is more than rebadged Miata

1:28 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Spy photos of 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata-based Fiat 124 Spider show what appear to be subtle styling tweaks....
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McLaren boosts profit threefold on China sales

June 26, 2015 11:51 CET

McLaren said its 2014 pretax profit rose threefold, helped by rising sales in China. McLaren sold 1,649 cars in 2014, but expects to increase annual production to 4,000 by 2017 as it adds new entry-level models to its lineup....
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UK niche carmaker Bristol to use BMW power for new model

June 10, 2015 06:01 CET

UK niche automaker Bristol Cars said its first new car since it was bought out of bankruptcy in 2011 will be a grand tourer that uses a BMW hybrid engine. The model will launch in the autumn, Bristol said....
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BLOG: The steep road ahead for Alfa in the U.S.

8:17 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

There is no doubt that Alfa Romeo fans -- the Alfisti -- are passionate in the United States. But there is enough doubt that there are enough of them to bring the brand back to life and meet the automaker's ambitious sales targets after a 20-year absence in the market....
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Porsche extends contract of production boss

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche has extended the contract of its production and logistics boss, Oliver Blume, by five years. Blume is a former head of global production planning at VW who started his career at Audi....
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BLOG: With sports cars, hit reset (often) for success

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Sporty cars won't live past one generation if car companies don't keep them fresh with new models and features. Constant investment or a slow, agonizing death....
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Supercar makers neglect women at their peril

May 19, 2015 15:49 CET

Supercar makers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin are seen by some industry observers as failing to communicate properly with female customers. But they may need to learn quickly or risk losing out on sales, particularly in emerging markets....
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Next-gen Camaro loses 200 pounds, gains turbo-4 base engine

4:15 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Chevrolet is giving the sixth-generation Camaro a leaner design and a broader engine lineup as it tries to challenge the revitalized Ford Mustang for pony car sales supremacy. The 2016 Camaro coupe retains the overall shape of the late 1960s-era cars, but loses some of the hard edges of today's model. Its slightly reduced size and broader use of aluminum make it more than 200 pounds lighter than the current car, which GM vows will result in more nimble, responsive handling....
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Camaro vs. Mustang: Who has the edge?

5:00 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

The Chevrolet Camaro-Ford Mustang rivalry and U.S. sales battle is about to heat up again. A redesigned Camaro, rebuilt from the wheels up and now riding on the same underpinnings as the Cadillac ATS sport sedan, will face the red-hot Mustang, which was redesigned last year and is getting more enhancements for 2016....
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