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Rolls-Royce considers a crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Rolls-Royce executives several years ago pooh-poohed the possibility of a crossover with an RR badge. But CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes in January said a crossover is being considered....
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Daimler pact powers Aston Martin's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Aston Martin's future is tied to an agreement it signed with Daimler AG last year to share parts, engines and perhaps even technology for new vehicles....
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Lambo waits for the OK to join superlux crossover parade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Lamborghini is awaiting approval of an all-new SUV/crossover by its parent Volkswagen AG....
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Growing Maserati to add 1st SUV in 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Maserati, after selling more vehicles in the first half of 2014 than in all of 2013, is on track to reach its goal of 30,000 global sales this year....
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Crossover key to lifting Bentley sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Bentley is expanding its lineup with a crossover and possibly another vehicle: a two-seat sports car or a four-door with coupelike styling....
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Supercar reality check: It's crossover time

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Reality is intruding into the realm of elite vehicles, both in terms of market trends and government regulation....
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Ferrari turns to turbos and hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Ferrari will continue to refine its lineup with new technologies to reduce its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2021....
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Mercedes' 911-fighter is set to arrive here in 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The United States is expected to be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT, which goes on sale here in April. The low-slung coupe with swoopy curves and conventional doors is expected to cost about $120,000 and will compete with the Porsche 911....
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BMW 2-series droptop variants to get awd

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Two variants of BMW's new soft-top 2-series convertible will get all-wheel drive, an unusual offering for open-top luxury cars -- especially soft tops....
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Jaguar XE gets lots of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The new Jaguar XE compact sedan will be the highest volume aluminum-body car on the market when it arrives in the U.S. in 2016. Jaguar says 75 percent of the car's components are aluminum....
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BMW: Decision on new-look Mini EV still months away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
BMW won't decide for at least six months whether to build an electric version of the Mini that will move the classic British car further from its original design. The new car, known as the Superleggera, was shown this month in Britain....
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Ferrari to launch a 10-unit limited-edition model for the U.S.

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo’s last public act at the helm of the Italian supercar maker will be the unveiling of a limited-edition model destined for the U.S. market only....
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Audi set to add third TT variant

Sept. 12, 2014 13:21 CET
Audi has given the strongest hint so far that it intends to add an SUV/crossover derivative to its TT compact sports car lineup. An SUV variant would allow Audi to boost sales of the TT range in an increasingly popular vehicle segment....
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Kia prices Soul EV at $33,700, above Leaf

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
The Kia Soul EV, Hyundai Motor Group’s first all-electric vehicle, will cost $33,700 before shipping and government incentives when it arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall....
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Athletic Mazda2 debuts as test on many levels

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Mazda unveiled a more athletic fourth-generation Mazda2 hatchback late Wednesday, deploying its latest Skyactiv drivetrain and chassis technologies into the subcompact segment. The upgrade is sorely needed to keep the pint-sized car relevant in an increasingly competitive field against such upstarts as the hot-selling Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta....
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Toyota shows utility-van concept for craft-oriented businesses

7:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Toyota is gauging potential interest in a niche model designed for urban, craft-oriented businesses with a small utility-van concept vehicle....
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Tackling the next parallel-parking challenge -- unparking

1:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Ford has found the automated parking feature offered on several of its nameplates works pretty much as it’s supposed to. The vehicles steer themselves into parallel-parking spots, relieving owners of one of the most challenging and nerve-wracking driving maneuvers....
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BMW's larger 2-series droptop hits U.S. in early 2015

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
BMW's 2015 2-series convertible goes on sale early next year after debuting in October at the Paris auto show. The soft-top two-door will be launched in the U.S. as the 228i, 228i xDrive with all-wheel drive and M235i. The M235i xDrive is due next year....
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Racing-inspired $120,000 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT zooms into U.S. in April

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT two-door, the second vehicle developed by the brand's in-house performance arm, goes on sale in the United States next April....
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RICHARD TRUETT

The connected car -- circa 1956

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car's speed and direction....
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Dodge Challenger Hellcat dealer ordering begins -- with a catch

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Dodge will open dealer ordering for its new 707-hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat today, but the brand is changing its normal allocation methods to make sure the high-powered coupe gets into the hands of waiting enthusiasts....
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Aluminum Jaguar XE marks return to compact luxury segment

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Jaguar is re-entering the cutthroat compact luxury segment with the XE -- complete with new engines, new technology and a new modular aluminum-based architecture....
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Porsche goes for faster and fuel-efficient

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Porsche is exploring other segments, including an entry-level roadster, a small sedan and a sports car that would slot above the 911....
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Audi mines its Q's to fuel its already rapid growth pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Audi sees crossovers and SUVs as its biggest growth opportunity in the U.S. and around the world....
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After Golf, Volkswagen will start crossover countdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Volkswagen will roll out the rest of the hatchback family, then enter a two year lull before taking the next big step toward a daunting goal of selling 800,000 vehicles in the United States by 2018....
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