Product Planning

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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GM plans $5B vehicle family for emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

GM plans to spend $5 billion over the next several years to develop a new range of technology-rich small cars, based on a common architecture, that will be built and sold under the Chevrolet name in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach the 2025 fleet average of 54.5 mpg target set by the U.S....
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ROOM FOR FOUR

Chevrolet clears space for a new crossover

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

General Motors plans to add a new Chevy crossover that will be slotted above the compact Equinox and below the full-size Traverse, according to three people familiar with the plan....
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Cadillac cooks up more alphabet soup

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

The new entries aim to position Cadillac for more head-to-head competition against German luxury brands....
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Buick awaits compact crossover, droptop

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

General Motors will keep Buick's product portfolio fed with imports and vehicles developed for GM's overseas markets....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lower gasoline prices are starting to impact the product plans of leading automakers as consumers migrate back to larger vehicles....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups....
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Alfa's new sport sedan to get Ferrari V-6 power, report says

10:07 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

The new Alfa Romeo sport sedan, which is set to be introduced next week in Italy, is expected to feature a Ferrari-derived V-6 engine under the hood, according to a report....
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Mercedes-Benz mulls return of R class for some markets

10:07 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Mercedes-Benz, acknowledging the resurgence in luxury SUVs and crossovers following a brief lull, may bring the R class back to some international markets, according to a report....
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Mercedes GLC crossover moves up in size, features from GLK

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Mercedes-Benz has renamed the up-sized second generation of its compact crossover and will offer coupe, performance and plug-in hybrid variants. The 2016 GLC, which goes on sale in mid-November, replaces the GLK....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Lifting the curtain on the Jeep Grand Wagoneer

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

When it returns for the first time since 1991, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be a unibody vehicle, and not a body-on-frame, truck-based SUV like the Chevrolet Suburban or Cadillac Escalade....
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2016 BMW X1 adds space for cargo, comfort

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

BMW will move the second-generation X1 compact crossover to the company's new transverse engine architecture, giving the X1 more interior and cargo room than the current model....
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Is Ssangyong coming to America ... with a Jeep Wrangler rival?

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Korean automaker Ssangyong is planning a Jeep Wrangler rival as a launch vehicle for the U.S., Autocar reports. The report of a small SUV that will be high on style follows the debut of the Tivoli compact crossover in Europe, which is launching this year. Company sources told Autocar that there is enough spare capacity on the Tivoli production line for another derivative....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: A new golden age for high performance

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Forget the 1960s. Now is the golden age of performance....
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JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: The science, psychology and secrecy behind the Ford GT

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Ford did a ton of work understanding the psychology of the driver during development of the GT and found that driving performance follows a bell curve that relates to distractions....
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U.S. Boxster, Cayman to get 4-cylinders in '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

After more than 20 years, Porsche will bring a four-cylinder engine back to the U.S. in 2016. The U.S. will start getting four-cylinder Boxsters and Caymans in the middle of next year....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: The secrets behind all that camouflage

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

The Detroit 3 all operate test tracks in southeast Michigan. But there is only so much real-world testing they can carry out without actually being in real-world traffic. To travel among the masses, automotive engineers for decades have employed visual deception -- camouflage -- to disguise what it is they are working on or testing from the prying and ever-present eyes of the media, rivals and auto enthusiasts....
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JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: Is the Ford Shelby GT350 the most extreme track Mustang ever?

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

Nearly every part of the Ford Shelby GT350's suspension is purpose-built for the sports car. It has the most powerful brakes ever fitted to a Ford, the lightest wheels and probably the most aggressive tires anywhere south of a V-8 supercar....
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Dodge brings back street-legal Viper ACR racer for 2016

1:00 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2015

Ordering opened Monday for the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, a track version of the two-seat sports coupe that comes equipped with a much stiffer chassis and a giant carbon-fiber rear wing and other aerodynamic features to improve downforce....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating....
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Caddy wants unique team, unique powertrains

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dave Leone, Cadillac's chief engineer, says he wants to differentiate Cadillac powertrains in terms of power, refinement and sound....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The knock on higher octane

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Higher octane fuel may be necessary to meet future fuel economy standards. Automakers want it but can’t publicly call for it. Refiners don’t want to make it. Adding more ethanol brings a slew of new problems....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: With 3-D printing, product development flies

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

3-D printers are dramatically cutting product development costs, allowing engineers and designers to get prototype parts in hours, not weeks....
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