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New global architecture for Subaru

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

As new products roll out, Subaru will switch to a new global architecture that debuts on next year's 2017 Impreza hatchback and sedan. The architecture will underpin all future redesigns and a new full-size crossover....
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As Mitsu restocks lineup, future remains murky

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced in July that it plans to sell or shutter its assembly plant in Normal, Ill. The announcement called into question whether Mitsubishi, which has focused on fleshing out a thin lineup and imbuing its vehicles with a consistent style, is committed to the U.S. for the long haul....
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Mazda rounds out its Skyactiv lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

When it unveils the redesigned CX-9 crossover this fall, Mazda will have built an entire lineup of products with Skyactiv technology and Kodo design....
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Japan's smaller automakers bank on CUVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru, the three smaller Japanese automakers selling cars in the U.S., have a shared challenge of keeping up with larger rivals. Though the brands' fortunes have diverged - Mitsubishi is struggling, and Subaru is booming - they share a focus on growing their crossover offerings over the next two years....
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Aston aims to launch 800-hp, all-electric Rapide in 2 years

7:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

Aston Martin is betting that even James Bond won't mind an 800-hp electric car. The longtime builder of British sports cars will bring an all-electric version of its four-door Rapide to market in two years, CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to Automotive News....
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Has the Taurus comeback story come to an end?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The Taurus, a once-revolutionary nameplate that Ford already killed off once, until Alan Mulally arrived and gave it new life, again has an uncertain future, at least on this side of the globe....
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Updated Tacoma gets timing right

3:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Toyota's all-new 2016 Tacoma couldn't be hitting the market at a better time, as consumers have rediscovered their appetite for compact trucks. So where are these buyers coming from?...
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Ford enjoying product-blitz payoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

After two of its biggest new-vehicle launch years in history, Ford Motor Co. will slow things down a bit while it enjoys the payoff....
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More aluminum and more power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The Ford brand will get a new, aluminum-bodied Super Duty and several high-performance cars in the coming year. Most of its lineup has been recently updated, and another significant round of redesigns is expected just before the end of the decade....
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Lincoln splitting with split-wing grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Lincoln is shifting away from two polarizing features: alphanumeric names and the split-wing grille. By the time the Continental arrives in mid-2016, the MKT will be the only vehicle that's more than about two years old....
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Hyundai shows luxury aims with 'Vision G' coupe

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Hyundai has built its luxury-car lineup around sedans such as the Genesis and Equus. On Tuesday, by unveiling a slinky coupe concept with self-opening doors, Hyundai signaled that a coupe may be next on its agenda....
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Koreans to polish their luxury wares

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

There used to be no such thing as a Korean luxury car. Now, Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia will take their luxury lineups to the next level. Hyundai plans to redesign its top-of-the-line Equus for the 2017 model year. At the same time, Kia will re-engineer its Cadenza....
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Hyundai gears up to plug holes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

For the last few years, Hyundai's ambitions for U.S. growth have been foiled by a scant lineup of crossovers and trucks. Hyundai will remedy that with a future product plan that includes a small CUV to vie with the Honda HR-V and perhaps a versatile pickup truck based on the Santa Cruz concept from the January's Detroit auto show....
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Updates to core models will keep Kia busy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Kia will have a crammed calendar over the next year as the company prepares to open a new small-car factory in Mexico. It will be updating three of its mainstay models: the Rio subcompact, the Forte compact and the Sportage compact crossover....
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Honda's $16,000 coupe sells out in Japan after first production run

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Honda has sold out all 8,600 of its new roadsters slated for production this year and is fully booked through June. The only problem: four in five buyers of the $16,000 sports car are over 40....
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BLOG: Back when Detroit had to learn efficiency from Japan

9:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

People here at the Management Briefing Seminars are talking about the urgency to embrace new information technologies to run better factories, reduce wasteful practices and empower workers to make processes work better. I'd like to point out how easy these ideas and tools are to come by today....
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Range Rover Evoque lookalike goes on sale in China

Aug. 5, 2015 11:22 CET

An SUV that resembles the Range Rover Evoque will go on sale in China this week at nearly a third of the price. About 5,500 people have put down deposits for the Landwind X7, which starts at $21,700....
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Smart sticks with single nameplate

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

The Smart microcar will continue to be a niche product in the U.S. with annual sales of about 10,000. Management has chosen to sell only one car here - the miniscule ForTwo and not the four-seat ForFour....
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Jaguar filling the compact, crossover void

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

Jaguar is revamping its product range with a compact sedan and crossover....
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Land Rover will add convertible, bring Defender back

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

Jaguar Land Rover is investing $5.3 billion in new products this year, including a new Range Rover Evoque convertible....
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M-B will grow, from compacts to Maybach

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

Mercedes-Benz continues to add rapidly to its model range with coupelike crossovers and the high-end Mercedes-Maybach subbrand. And it is even considering a pickup for the U.S....
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7 series continues BMW's high-tech push

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

BMW will apply its carbon fiber know-how to its main lineup, starting with the redesigned 7-series sedan, and play catch-up with autonomous-drive technology....
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Mini drops models in its move upmarket

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

Mini is revamping its model range, trimming three models and using a BMW Group architecture and engines. As the new cars become bigger and more luxurious, Mini will move the range upmarket....
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After XC90, Volvo continues its product barrage

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

Volvo is revamping its product range with an all-new scalable platform, design and new four-cylinder family of engines. And it will start building cars in the United States in a new South Carolina factory in late 2018....
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Luxury brands draw tech battle lines

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

European luxury brands are leaving few segments untouched, but the new battleground is high-technology and semiautonomous features....
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