Performance

With ATS-V, Cadillac aims to join the best in class from Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

With the high-performance ATS-V, Cadillac has elevated its game, bringing GM's luxury marque, perhaps legitimately for the first time, into direct competition with the best from Germany....
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DANIEL SANDBERG, CEO, BREMBO NORTH AMERICA

Brembo thrives on growing performance market

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Brembo, the Italian brake manufacturer, is on a roll. The company's global 2014 revenue grew 15 percent to nearly $2.20 billion. But Brembo has plenty of challenges. The company wants to hire more engineers, and automakers are demanding lighter weight parts....
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Why every luxury automaker wants to make a million-dollar car

10:15 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

The past few years have seen an explosion of royals and tycoons around the globe who buy entire fleets of supercars -- fueling a race among small and large automakers to build land rockets that costs more than a million dollars.....
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Subaru embarks on STI push with NY performance concept

12:30 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Subaru took the wraps off its STI Performance Concept in a preview of the brand's expanding focus on tuner parts and performance editions. The concept, based loosely on the body of the Subaru BRZ sporty coupe, encapsulates both Subaru Tecnica International's parts and motorsports activities....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Why Jeep should have its own performance division

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Is there an American brand that could set up a division for high-performance and factory-made, very limited-production custom vehicles and charge enough to make it profitable?...
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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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Q&A

Nissan charts own course to raise racing profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Darren Cox, global director of motorsports for Nissan and head of sales and marketing for the Nismo performance brand, is tasked with raising Nissan's profile in world racing. That includes making NASCAR-centric Americans more aware of Nissan as a bona fide source of performance technology....
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Behind Ford's big performance push

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Increased speed and performance is the new mantra at Ford Motor Co. as the company scrambles to differentiate itself from rivals. That's the thinking behind Ford Performance, a division formed at the end of last year combining Ford's Special Vehicle Team in North America, Team RS in Europe and global Ford Racing....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Why does Ford race? Because it can

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

He's not yet taking orders from Jay Leno for the Ford GT and GT350R, but the head of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, still has a full plate....
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Cadillac considers Vsport model for ATS

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The ATS could get an up-level Vsport model as Cadillac seeks ways to regain momentum for the compact sedan. Vsport, Cadillac's answer to Audi's S and BMW's M Sport packages, was introduced with the XTS sedan in mid-2013, followed by a version of the CTS sedan....
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Ford, at long last, plans Focus RS for U.S.

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

U.S. fans of the Ford Focus RS -- a pocket rocket long sold overseas -- soon will be able to get their hands on one. The all-wheel-drive hatchback, the first RS model to be sold in North America, will arrive next year, possibly as a 2017 model....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Can Dodge rebuild Pontiac excitement?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015

General Motors has no plans to revive Pontiac, Hummer and Saturn, CEO Mary Barra says. So where do longtime Pontiac and Hummer buyers go if they are in the market?...
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

McLaren will unveil P1 GTR hybrid supercar

Jan. 19, 2015 12:53 CET

McLaren will unveil a production-ready version of the P1 GTR hybrid supercar, its fastest and most powerful vehicle to date, at the Geneva auto show in March....
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Dodge aims to energize advertising

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

Dodge, recast as a performance brand, plans to use three high-powered halo vehicles and new advertising aimed at younger buyers to keep sales steady in 2015. In May, Dodge gave up to the Chrysler brand its previous role as FCA US's full-range brand. The shift means that Tim Kuniskis, Dodge's brand head, must find sales to replace the Avenger sedan and the Grand Caravan minivan....
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Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V gets a fresh look and a big power boost

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V -- the third generation of the track-ready midsize sedan -- will shoot from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph....
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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET

Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more....
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Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Nov. 27, 2014 12:28 CET

Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars....
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Tuner guru sees hope for really young buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014

RJ de Vera's auto industry resume is as free-form and hard to read as a graffiti wall in urban L.A....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: How Chrysler's Hellcat engine almost died

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014

One of the year's hottest new engines almost never happened....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ferrari will unveil top-performing 458 Speciale

Sept. 30, 2014 10:10 CET

Ferrari will unveil the top-performing convertible version of the mid-engine 458 Speciale sports car range in Paris. The automaker will build just 499 examples of the 458 Speciale A, which has the company's most powerful naturally aspirated engine....
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No '15 Evora as Lotus works on 'smart' airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

Lotus, which is laying off about one quarter of its global staff, will skip the 2015 model year of its only street-legal car sold in the United States, the Evora two-seater....
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AutoNation partners with Hennessey on performance upgrades

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014

AutoNation, in a move to cater to the tuner crowd, began providing customers with performance upgrades at its 27 Chevrolet dealerships this month through a new partnership with aftermarket tuning house Hennessey Performance....
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Mercedes-Benz to bridge gap with midlevel AMGs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2014

Daimler AG plans a line of vehicles with modified engines and sport-tuned suspensions to bridge the gap between standard Mercedes-Benz models and high-performance AMG derivatives....
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Hell on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Dodge unveiled its 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat last week in time for the annual Detroit-area Woodward Dream Cruise....
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BMW hanging on to 30th anniversary M5

11:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014

For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a limited-edition 30th Anniversary M5 to the portfolio, good luck. Just one model remains unsold in the United States as of today, and BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch says the automaker is in no hurry to let go of it....
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