Engineering

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Even grease is too heavy for today's leaner vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

The extent that automakers are going to make vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient knows no bounds. Even greases are at risk of being replaced....
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Kia adds plug-in hybrid to Optima lineup

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Kia today unveiled the 2017 Optima Hybrid and Optima PHEV alongside the Niro, the company's first dedicated hybrid nameplate. The new models look similar to the Optima, yet they signal the scope of Kia's ambitions....
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Kia hybrid crossover aims for Prius-like mpg

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

With gas prices under $2 a gallon, fewer people are hunting for hybrids. But they are clamoring for crossovers, which may give Kia Motors a leg up in launching its first dedicated hybrid....
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Ram updates off-road offerings with freshened Power Wagon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Ram is updating back-country, heavy-duty offerings for 2017 with a freshened Power Wagon trim and expanded off-road packages across its three-quarter-ton pickup lineup....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: It's time to fully embrace the gasoline-electric powertrain

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Hybrid powertrains and battery packs have proven their durability, and now it is time to make them standard....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Sergio's plan to sell rebadged Dart, 200 replacements could work -- if he chooses wisely

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

FCA just may be able to replace the Dart and 200 with more salable vehicles. The key to success: The replacements must not be available here from any other manufacturer....
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Land Rover ends Defender production

Jan. 29, 2016 14:37 CET

The last Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line, 68 years after output of the iconic offroader first began....
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DeLorean to make comeback after Congress nixes red tape

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

The DeLorean Motor Co. of Humble, Texas, plans to start production of a souped-up version of the super-cool gull-wing icon from the three-decade-old Back to the Future franchise, and it's all thanks to an act of Congress....
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Ford, aiming for pickup fuel economy crown, preps diesel-powered F-150

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Ford appears to be gearing up to launch a diesel-powered version of the F-150, possibly as early as next year, and wrest the fuel efficiency crown from the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Diesel-powered F-150 test trucks have been spotted running around Ford's product development center in Dearborn, Mich....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will Volvo's S90L land stateside?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Is an even more luxurious, longer variant of Volvo's S90 sedan in the cards for North America?...
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Cadillac eyes Vsport over V-series V-8 for a top-end CT6

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Cadillac has no plans for a V-series high-performance model of the new CT6 large sedan. But under consideration is a high-performance variant that would stop short of a tire-shredding V series -- possibly a Vsport, a sporty trim that is Cadillac’s answer to Audi’s S and BMW’s M Sport packages....
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Mazda ventures into snowy territory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Mazda is launching a market offensive in U.S. cities such as Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago, sensing an opportunity to ride a trio of all-wheel-drive crossovers to greater success in the snow belt....
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Apple's Zadesky, head of electric car project, to leave company, report says

10:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Apple's Steve Zadesky, who has been overseeing the company's electric car project for the last two years, has said he is leaving the company, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter....
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Ghosts of Rodney Dangerfield: The Lexus LC 500 and what people think

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Lexus hopes to pump some high-powered adrenaline and glamour into its lineup with the LC 500. The sport coupe, with four seats, is expected to be priced at around $100,000. What journalists, analysts and others have to say about the LC 500, which was introduced at the Detroit auto show...
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WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Is Toyota turning the Mirai into a mobile network server?

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Toyota wants to alleviate the data bottleneck that happens while using a standard mobile network....
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Toyota Tacoma engineer wins Steel Institute award

11:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Mike Sweers, chief engineer for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup, said his team turned to steel to meet aggressive targets to improve body and frame rigidity and strength while reducing mass....
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Supplier Roechling extols engine encapsulation

6:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

German supplier Roechling Automotive is betting the next step in aerodynamic technology is something called engine encapsulation....
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Chuck Norris and giggles: What people think of Honda's '17 Ridgeline

2:29 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Honda's newest Ridgeline looks truer to a pickup while retaining platform ties to its Honda siblings, namely the Honda Odyssey minivan and Pilot crossover, and the Acura MDX crossover. Here's what some critics, analysts and others think about the redesigned truck....
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JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: Jeep waves green flag for Hellcat Grand Cherokee

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

A 707-hp Hellcat Jeep Grand Cherokee is coming before the end of 2017...
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The 5 most important models in Detroit

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Though the number of concept and future production vehicles making world debuts at the Detroit auto show are far fewer this year than in years past, there are some stars. In no particular order, here are the five most important vehicles at the show and how they grade....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Confessions of a NACTOY judge: 2016 edition

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

It is fun to test drive all of the candidates for North American Car and Truck of the Year, but when it gets down to the finalists, any vehicle could win because they are all worthy and there aren't many nits to pick....
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GMC shrinks Acadia, aims refined crossover 'at heart of midsize' market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

The 2017 GMC Acadia will be dramatically smaller than the big crossover that has been in service for nearly a decade. When it goes on sale this spring, the redesigned Acadia will be more than 7 inches shorter, narrower and 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, aligning its dimensions closer to those of a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Honda Pilot....
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What people are saying about the Chrysler Pacifica

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles aims to pump new life into a segment it created more than 30 years ago with a new minivan that will carry the Pacifica badge. Here's what analysts, journalists and others are saying about it:...
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With 2017 E class, Mercedes aims to renew a hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz faces a crucial test when its redesigned 2017 E class goes on sale this summer. Sedan sales are stagnating in a U.S. market increasingly dominated by trucks. To counter the trend, Mercedes has packed a bigger but lighter, more coupelike car with advanced technologies....
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Mercedes E class can retake segment lead from Lexus ES, says Zetsche

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche is counting on the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the midsize luxury sedan segment from the Lexus ES....
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