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Kia adds plug-in hybrid to Optima lineup

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Kia today unveiled the 2017 Optima Hybrid and Optima PHEV alongside the Niro, the company's first dedicated hybrid nameplate. The new models look similar to the Optima, yet they signal the scope of Kia's ambitions....
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Kia hybrid crossover aims for Prius-like mpg

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

With gas prices under $2 a gallon, fewer people are hunting for hybrids. But they are clamoring for crossovers, which may give Kia Motors a leg up in launching its first dedicated hybrid....
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Ferrari retools FF four-seat grand tourer as GTC4Lusso

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Ferrari is renaming its FF four-seat coupe as the GTC4Lusso and adding rear-wheel steering to boost the appeal of a model launched five years ago as a practical ultraluxury sports car aimed at wealthy families....
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BLOG: Is this what the 2017 Buick Encore will look like?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

The 2017 Buick Encore will debut at the New York Auto Show in April, but before that its European-market Opel Mokka X twin will premiere at the Geneva motor show....
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DeLorean to make comeback after Congress nixes red tape

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

The DeLorean Motor Co. of Humble, Texas, plans to start production of a souped-up version of the super-cool gull-wing icon from the three-decade-old Back to the Future franchise, and it's all thanks to an act of Congress....
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Butch Cassidy, wackadoo tech and Range Rover whispers: What people think of Kia's Telluride concept

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

It's nearly covered the car market from side to side and top to bottom, and now Kia appears to be making bold plans to raise its game on the crossover/SUV side. Here's what some critics and journalists are saying about the full-size Telluride concept, the brand's biggest crossover or SUV since the Borrego....
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Land Rover's 2017 Discovery sheds boxiness of LR4

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

The redesigned 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be less boxy and feature a rounder, more fluid design than its predecessor, the LR4, spy images of the luxury SUV show. Photos of a heavily camouflaged fifth-generation Discovery signal it will sport many design cues from the Discovery Vision Concept that Land Rover revealed in 2014....
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BMW's next Z roadster spied

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

It has been three years since BMW and Toyota signed a product development partnership that's expected to spawn sports cars for BMW and Toyota. Spy photos have finally emerged of the BMW car -- a replacement for the Z4 roadster that could be called the Z5. Toyota is expected to revive the Supra nameplate with its variant....
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Chuck Norris and giggles: What people think of Honda's '17 Ridgeline

2:29 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Honda's newest Ridgeline looks truer to a pickup while retaining platform ties to its Honda siblings, namely the Honda Odyssey minivan and Pilot crossover, and the Acura MDX crossover. Here's what some critics, analysts and others think about the redesigned truck....
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The 5 most important models in Detroit

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Though the number of concept and future production vehicles making world debuts at the Detroit auto show are far fewer this year than in years past, there are some stars. In no particular order, here are the five most important vehicles at the show and how they grade....
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GMC shrinks Acadia, aims refined crossover 'at heart of midsize' market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

The 2017 GMC Acadia will be dramatically smaller than the big crossover that has been in service for nearly a decade. When it goes on sale this spring, the redesigned Acadia will be more than 7 inches shorter, narrower and 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, aligning its dimensions closer to those of a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Honda Pilot....
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What people are saying about the Chrysler Pacifica

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles aims to pump new life into a segment it created more than 30 years ago with a new minivan that will carry the Pacifica badge. Here's what analysts, journalists and others are saying about it:...
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Mini tweaks Clubman, moves it up a class

Jan. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Mini hopes the latest Clubman's four-door body style instead of a three-and-a-half door configuration will help win customers....
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BLOG: VW Microbus returning with electric powertrain?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2015

The Volkswagen Microbus will return as an electric vehicle, debuting at the CES tech extravaganza before heading into production, according to a report....
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BLOG: Land Rover fans' eyes are on Gerry McGovern as the next Defender takes shape

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2015

Redesigning an iconic vehicle is a job that'll add plenty of gray hairs to a veteran designer's head. That is the task facing Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's design chief, who must come up with the next Defender....
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Mercedes SLK morphs into freshened SLC roadster for 2017

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC, a renamed and freshened SLK roadster, features a sportier front end marked by a “diamond” radiator grille and a tweaked interior, among other changes....
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BLOG: Land Rover fans' eyes on Gerry McGovern as the next Defender takes shape

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

Redesigning an iconic vehicle is a job that'll add plenty of gray hairs to a veteran designer's head -- if there is any hair left....
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BLOG: VW Microbus returning with electric powertrain?

10:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

The Volkswagen Microbus will return as an electric vehicle, debuting at the CES tech extravaganza before heading into production, according to a report....
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BLOG: Volvo hints at C90 coupe by 2020

10:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2015

Volvo isn't forgetting the car that previewed the S90 sedan: the Volvo Concept Coupe that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show....
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Chevy Cruze hatchback for U.S. takes shape

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

Recent spy photos add to the mounting evidence that Chevrolet is prepping a U.S. launch of a Cruze hatchback to take on the Ford Focus in the modest market for five-door compacts....
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Redesigned Mercedes E-class interior gets industry firsts

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan will feature interior design elements that the automaker calls industry firsts. It boasts a wide, high-resolution dual display and newly designed touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel that enable drivers to control vehicle functions without taking their hands off the wheel....
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A 'toughie' that's back on the map: What people think of Volvo S90

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

With sleek lines and a wide stance, the S90 will take over as Volvo’s flagship sedan for the low-selling S80. Its main competitors will be the BMW 5 series and Mercedes-Benz E class in what is an important, though shrinking, segment for automakers. Here is a look at what some journalists, analysts and others are saying about the S90....
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A serious shift upscale: What people think of Buick's redesigned LaCrosse

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

Buick's flagship sedan, the LaCrosse, has been retooled for 2017 with styling cues borrowed from the Avenir sedan concept introduced in January at the 2015 Detroit auto show. Here's what some critics and others are saying about it....
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BLOG: BMW i8 Spyder gets the green light, report says

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2015

Even though it's been three long years since the BMW i8 Spyder debuted in concept form at the the 2012 Beijing motor show, the automaker is finally getting ready to turn concept into reality....
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Honda's retooled Civic coupe: What people think

11:14 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2015

The Civic is one of Honda's best-selling models, and the coupe version is especially popular. The redesigned Civic coupe will hit dealer lots in March and here's what some journalists, analysts and others think about the model....
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