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How BMW slimmed down its redesigned 2016 7 series

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight. They included switching to lighter-weight tires, adopting a new vehicle acoustics material that weighs less, changing suppliers where necessary to find lighter solutions, and even redesigning parts that BMW had already previously redesigned to cut weight....
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Honda readies more sporty, luxurious Civic

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

With the official debut of Honda's redesigned Civic just a few months away, the latest spy shots show the 10th-generation model will come with luxury features normally reserved for fancy German sedans, not practical Japanese family cars....
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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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Audi aims to raise China sales with revamped A4

July 27, 2015 13:43 CET

Audi hopes that a redesigned A4 sedan will help shore up its fortunes in China where the premium brand is grappling with a second consecutive month of falling sales in its No. 1 market....
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Kia readies hybrid subcompact crossover, Sportage redesign

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

Kia Motors is gearing up for a run at the subcompact crossover market, one of the fastest-growing product segments in the U.S., with a hybrid variant. Spy photographers recently caught a fleet of the vehicles during some hot-weather testing. Also caught testing was the next-generation Kia Sportage compact crossover....
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BMW will unveil redesigned, upgraded models in China as sales slow

July 17, 2015 12:56 CET

BMW will unveil a new 7-series sedan, an upgraded version of the 3 series and cheaper versions of the X5 and X6 SUVs in China this year. The company is aiming to shore up weak sales and raise its competitiveness against German rival Mercedes in the market....
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GMC updates Sierra pickup's face for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

GMC is refreshing the Sierra pickup for the 2016 model year with a redesigned front end in a bid to keep the sales momentum going for one of GM's most profitable vehicles....
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Lexus ES gets a fresh look for 2016

12:15 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lexus has updated the ES line of sedans for the 2016 model year with a number of stylistic changes as well as new safety systems....
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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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Chevy Silverado styling toughened up for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chevrolet is scrapping the long-running dual stacked headlights on the freshened 2016 Silverado and giving the hot-selling pickup a mean-machine look. The 2016 model also adds a more muscular hood and a new front fascia. The changes are designed to keep the truck competitive against Ford's revamped F-150 and Fiat Chrysler's Ram 1500....
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Mercedes readies advanced safety tech for next E class

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new suite of advanced safety and autonomous driving features on the redesigned E-class sedan next spring. Calling the new features “real life safety,” Mercedes-Benz executives say the intelligent and safety systems bring its vehicles closer to accident-free and autonomous driving....
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Toyota's next Prius hybrid takes on fastback styling

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid may be getting a lot closer in looks to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. A five-door hatchback wearing heavy disguise spotted during testing in California could offer the best look yet at the next Prius....
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Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter

June 29, 2015 14:23 CET

Audi released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to the automaker's goal of passing BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand. The new A4 is slightly larger than the current model, which is Audi's global best-seller, but is lighter and has a more spacious interior....
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Chevy makes next Cruze longer, lower, lighter

7:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will be lighter, larger and packed with connected-car technology and safety features, a bid by Chevy to solidify its status as a top small-car contender....
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Chevy preps 2016 Camaro convertible with fully automatic top

8:30 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a convertible version of the redesigned 2016 Camaro with a fully automatic top that can open or close at speeds up to 30 mph. GM bills the Camaro's drop top as "the most sophisticated top in the segment," with latches that automatically release and secure the top....
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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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Tech-laden 7 series must prove it's a driver's BMW

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

For all its new whiz-bang gadgetry, the 7 series will still have to prove its worth as a driver's car, not a technological showcase....
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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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