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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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Audi to show EV crossover concept at Frankfurt show

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

Audi will preview a sporty, electric-powered crossover as a concept vehicle at the Frankfurt auto show in September....
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Nissan banks on racier Maxima to draw younger buyers

11:16 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

The redesigned Nissan Maxima, positioned to intercept younger premium-segment consumers, will re-emphasize the “4-door sports car” marketing tagline of years past....
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2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be larger, lighter

3:45 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

GM released the first teaser image of the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Cruze compact car and said it will be larger and lighter than the current version. It goes on sale in the U.S. in early 2016....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: VW says the Golf will be first car to offer gesture controls

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

The updated Volkswagen Golf, due in 2016, will add gesture controls to its "Star Trek"-style touch screens. VW presented the new in-car technology in the Golf R Touch concept at CES Asia in Shanghai....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The steep road ahead for Alfa in U.S.

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Even with a small but passionate following for the Italian brand, Fiat Chrysler's lofty sales goal for Alfa Romeo -- 150,000 vehicles a year in the NAFTA region by 2018 -- seems overly ambitious...
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: VW preps gesture controls for Golf

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

The updated Volkswagen Golf, due in 2016, will add gesture controls to its "Star Trek"-style touch screens. VW presented the new in-car technology in the Golf R Touch concept last week at CES Asia in Shanghai....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Saab turbo engines to power Chinese Jeep Wrangler clone

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

The Beijing Auto BJ40, a 4x4 clone of the Jeep Wrangler, will soon receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that its parent company, BAIC, received from GM's fire sale of Saab parts bin items in 2009, along with the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 platforms....
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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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What people are saying about 2016 Chevy Camaro

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

Chevrolet, on the heels of the redesigned Ford Mustang, is bringing out a reskinned and re-engineered Camaro sports car for 2016, raising the ante in Detroit's pony car battle. Here's a look at what some journalists and analysts have to say about the latest Camaro....
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Hyundai gives 2016 Elantra compact a Value Edition variant

11:15 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Hyundai, preparing for a 2017 redesign of the Elantra compact car, is adding a 2016 variant with a Value Edition trim while keeping the vehicle’s starting price at $18,075, including shipping....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Revamped Camaro gains power, agility to battle Mustang

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

Chevrolet arranged for journalists to test drive V-6 models of the redesigned 2016 Camaro back to back with V-6 versions of the 2015 car around the same race track that will be used for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix race this month....
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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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Scion FR-S gets light refresh for 2016

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Toyota is giving the rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S a light refresh for the 2016 model year. The interior gets most of the attention, with silver trim accents and a new standard 7-inch touch screen. The FR-S also will feature voice-recognition technology, Toyota says....
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At Lexus, the chief still defends that spindle grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

While some rivals and design experts deride Lexus' jagged-edged, trapezoidal grille, Toyota's design chief stands by the drastic makeover, saying it gives Lexus a unique edge over BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, particularly in competitive markets such as China, where buyers will pay more for a car that stands out from the crowd....
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Ford's Taurus redesign debuts in China while big sedans slump in U.S.

12:35 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

Ford unveiled a redesigned Taurus here Saturday, saying the sedan will be aimed specifically at the Chinese market. There's still a growing appetite among Chinese buyers for large sedans, while in the United States demand has stagnated amid a consumer shift to roomier, utilitarian crossovers....
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Toyota plots Prius comeback

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

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla....
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Lexus to reveal refreshed ES sedan in Shanghai

1:04 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Toyota will introduce a new Lexus model in China for the second year in a row, showing a refreshed ES sedan in Shanghai this month. The ES is the top-selling Lexus sedan in the United States....
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Chrysler 300 spot touts the American road to triumph

2:44 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

The Chrysler brand is introducing a new commercial for the refreshed 300 sedan that focuses on the American path to success and is narrated by actor Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones.”...
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What critics are saying about Honda Civic Coupe concept

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2015

If there was a surprise or two at the 2015 New York auto show, Honda's Civic Coupe concept would be a top candidate. The lime green car heralds a radical styling departure for a staple in Honda's U.S. lineup....
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What people are saying about '16 Chevy Malibu

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu represents a radical makeover for one of General Motors' most important models. A look at what critics and others are saying about the midsize sedan after its debut at the New York auto show....
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Hyundai turbocharges Tucson to boost U.S. crossover sales

4:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Hyundai, seeking to capitalize on a red-hot market for small crossovers, unveiled the turbocharged, family-friendly U.S. version of its redesigned 2016 Tucson. The restyled Tucson now bears the trapezoidal grille from the Genesis luxury car and Sonata sedan. Smaller and less expensive than the Santa Fe midsize crossover, the 2016 Tucson has a number of distinctive design touches, including asymmetrical wheel arches for a rugged look....
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Honda readies 'epic' Civic with American pedigree

2:15 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Just three years after giving its Civic compact a major overhaul, Honda is doing it again. The company's latest compact is based on a new global platform with a distinctly American pedigree. The car's sporty turn is aimed at luring coveted Generation Y buyers now in their 20s and 30s....
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Kia fine-tunes Optima with slight design changes, new tech

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

The 2016 Optima looks fairly similar from the outside, aside from athletic-looking creases on the hood and more angular headlight assemblies. In crafting the fourth-generation Optima, so critical to Kia's position in the U.S., the company embraced an old adage: Don't fix what isn't broken.The more substantial changes to the Optima are under the skin....
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Porsche anticipates rush of demand for Boxster Spyder

12:55 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Porsche executives expect the rush for the new Boxster Spyder unveiled today to be similar to what they’ve seen for other recently introduced special versions of existing nameplates. The Boxster Spyder goes on sale in the U.S. in October but can be ordered at dealerships now....
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