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JAY RAMEY

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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RICHARD TRUETT

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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RICHARD TRUETT

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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RICHARD TRUETT

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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Renault readies Porsche Boxster, Audi TT rival

May 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault may unveil its first modern Alpine sports car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race next month, a report said. The concept would preview a production car that would rival models such as the Audi TT and Porsche Boxster....
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Porsche takes it to the track in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Porsche is building in China a small, one-mile race track for close to 25 million euros ($28 million). The track will allow Porsche owners to experience hard acceleration or feel the g-forces tug during a hard corner....
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De Tomaso brand sale leaves Italian factory's future uncertain

May 7, 2015 15:24 CET

The sale of iconic Italian sports car brand De Tomaso to Hong Kong investment fund Ideal Team Ventures has created a headache for Turin's local authorities, who now own a dormant factory and are responsible for 800 jobless workers....
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Lotus sees profit after cost cuts, U.S. relaunch

May 1, 2015 06:15 CET

UK sports car maker Lotus will be profitable again by 2017 after years of losing money, CEO Jean-Marc Gales said. The company has moved to cut costs and improve its lineup and plans a relaunch in the U.S. market....
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Aston Martin mulls plant in Alabama to be near Mercedes, report says

April 28, 2015 10:42 CET

Aston Martin is considering a U.S. factory in Alabama to be near industrial partner Daimler, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told a UK car magazine....
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Lotus plans to build cars in China

April 17, 2015 16:24 CET

Lotus plans to build cars and engines in China in a joint venture, DRB-Hicom, the UK sports car maker's Malaysian parent company, said. The venture will involve an investment of $1.6 billion over 15 years....
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Honda sees return to roots in S660

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

The Honda S660 mini sports roadster that went on sale in Japan this month may never be sold in the U.S., but could presage Honda's sports cars of the future....
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2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

McLaren aims 570S at high-end Porsche 911, Audi R8

March 26, 2015 12:50 CET

McLaren has named the first of its entry-level supercars the 570S. The V-8 powered coupe will compete against high-end versions of the Porsche 911 and Audi R8....
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Jaguar Land Rover's performance unit could make stand-alone models

March 6, 2015 15:14 CET

Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations unit may create its own stand-alone models to rival Mercedes' AMG performance division, which builds the SLS and GT....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Fiat's Mazda-based roadster will be called the 124 Spider

March 4, 2015 14:24 CET

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that Fiat will call its new Mazda-based roadster the 124 Spider, reviving a name from the 1960s. The roadster will be based on the Miata MX-5....
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Porsche will buy 25% stake in carbon fiber maker

March 3, 2015 13:30 CET

Porsche plans to buy a 25 percent stake in German carbon fiber producer Capricorn Composite, widening access to the lightweight material it uses in its LMP1 and 918 Spyder sports cars....
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