Product Planning

Fiat Chrysler to invest $7 billion to grow Alfa Romeo

11:18 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to invest 5 billion euros ($7 billion) on Alfa Romeo, adding eight nameplates by 2018 with a goal of more than quintupling the brand's global sales....
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Jeep to expand global lineup, production

9:26 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Jeep plans to expand its lineup and broaden its global reach as it becomes the worldwide foundation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Chrysler Group’s most valuable brand will push to 1.9 million annual sales by the end of 2018 under the ambitious five-year global business plan revealed to analysts and journalists today in suburban Detroit....
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BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Mulally dangles the possibility of Escort compact's return to U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Ford's revived Escort compact sedan, developed especially for Chinese consumers, could be sold in the United States, CEO Alan Mulally said....
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Infiniti names new product strategy head

March 27, 2014 11:32 CET
Infiniti has named industry veteran Francois Bancon as its product strategy head. Currently Bancon leads advanced product planning at parent Nissan....
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Honda shifts strategy as Insight hybrid fades

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Honda said its decision to scrap the Insight, the first hybrid marketed in the United States, is part of a revised strategy to expand its U.S. lineup of fuel-saving cars and light trucks....
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Ford polishes Mustang convertible to rival Europe's best

Feb. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford has completely redesigned the softtop on its new Mustang as the automaker prepares to take on Audi, Mercedes and BMW convertibles in global markets including Europe....
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Ford polishes Mustang convertible to rival Europe's best

6:48 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
The top on the 2015 Ford Mustang convertible will open in 7 to 10 seconds, roughly twice as fast as the 2014 Mustang....
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THE VOLKSWAGEN VOTE

VW to build SUV in Tennessee, Corker reasserts

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2014
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Saturday doubled down on his claim that Volkswagen AG will build a new mid-sized SUV at its assembly plant in Tennessee now that the UAW has been turned away....
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Toyota revamps U.S. marketing operations to become more 'flexible'

8:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2014
Toyota Division is overhauling its marketing operations in the United States and will require 80 employees to reapply for newly created positions or take a voluntary separation from the automaker. As part of the changes, employee roles and responsibilities are being redefined to be more "integrated, flexible and efficient," Toyota, whose operations have 6,100 employees in the United States, said in a statement late Thursday....
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Jeep Cherokee falls short in Consumer Reports testing

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
Consumer Reports is declining to recommend the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, describing the SUV after testing as an "uneven package" and deeming it "half-baked."...
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2014 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

Mercedes' 'supreme' S-class coupe undergoes 'radical' makeover

4:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
The redesigned Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe, with its sensuous lines and sporty proportions, is going for the jugular of its pricey rivals....
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2015 Cadillac Escalade drops bare-bones model, starts $8,000 higher at $72,690

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
The redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade will start at $72,690, including shipping, a jump of nearly $8,000 from a base 2014 model....
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RICHARD TRUETT

A weighty matter: Chevy Colorado vs. Ford F-150

10:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2014
In the race to get the weight out of pickups, GM -- not Ford -- may actually be the biggest loser. Ford rolled out the long awaited 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 this week, and claimed the curb weight will be 550 to 700 pounds less than the 2014 version forged with steel sheet metal. Hats off to Ford. That's huge....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept hints at new Supra

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
It's not the next Toyota Supra. Or is it? While paying tribute to the history of Toyota sports cars, the Toyota FT-1 concept unveiled at the Detroit auto show wasn't specifically designed to be the next Supra....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Redesigned Chrysler 200 is likely foundation for Journey replacement

7:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Chrysler Group's introduction Monday of an all-wheel-drive variant for its redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan makes me think about another future vehicle: the replacement for the Dodge Journey....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

GMC Canyon offers big-truck looks in smaller package

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2014
The 2015 GMC Canyon is the bolder, more-chiseled half of GM's dual bid to revive consumer interest in smaller pickups. While the Chevrolet Colorado is sporty and sleek, the Canyon, its corporate sibling, looks a bit like a little brother to the GMC Sierra full-sized pickup. And that's by design....
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Canadian dealer buries a Jeep, hires an ambassador and puts on the Ritz

At Bay King Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Hamilton, Ontario, dealer Jamie Richter has put luxury-hotel touches in his new showroom. They include concierges who see to the needs of service customers. Mon., December 15
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