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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Infiniti concept has racetrack vibe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge concept symbolizes the brand's future....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Highly paid polisher

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Ford North America boss Joe Hinrichs was caught shining up the front of the redesigned Ford F-150....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Cool concepts from Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
A sampling of concept cars from the Detroit auto show....
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All Genesis drivers will get their wings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
The redesigned Hyundai Genesis will wear the winged badge that's on every Genesis sold in South Korea....
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Hyundai seeks steady growth, launch cadence

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Hyundai's newly appointed U.S. chief wants to steer the company on a new course of modest, sustainable growth for the foreseeable future. Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, says he wants Hyundai to reclaim the peak of 5 percent market share that it hit in 2011, but more gradually this time -- with steady sales growth of 3 to 4 percent a year....
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Honda pitches a new Fit, with cargo room

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Honda made its bones in the United States in the 1970s with sensible small cars. The 2015 Fit, unveiled at the Detroit auto show, is Honda's attempt to lay claim to that re-emerging segment. The Fit stays relatively close in size to the previous version by pushing the wheels to the corners, gaining 1.2 inches of wheelbase and 0.3 inch of width but losing 1.6 inches of overall length....
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Redone Chrysler 200 has big job in tough segment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
The redesigned Chrysler 200 mid-sized sedan will reach dealerships this year with high expectations and a big job: beating the 216,322 sales that Chrysler Group had in the segment in 2013. Chrysler spent more than $1 billion to put the 2015 Chrysler 200 into showrooms by the end of June. And the company is replacing the previous 200 and the Dodge Avenger nameplates with the single redesigned sedan....
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Jeep will put next Wrangler on a diet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
To save fuel, the next-generation Jeep Wrangler -- up for internal approval this quarter -- must be lighter and have more powertrain options, Chrysler executives said. Facing ever-tightening fleet fuel economy standards, Jeep has no choice but to alter the off-roader, brand head Mike Manley said last week at the Detroit auto show....
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New 200 wins praise, but doubters persist

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
A roundup of what analysts, journalists and others said about the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200, which debuted last week at the show....
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World Cup will kick off '15 Sonata

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Hyundai is planning a marketing blitz surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup to launch its redesigned Sonata mid-sized sedan. The World Cup will serve as the 2015 Sonata's marketing launch platform when the tournament begins in mid-June....
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Mercedes-Benz expects GLA to be hot, scarce

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Mercedes-Benz expects the GLA crossover to be an even bigger seller than its CLA sibling when it goes on sale this fall. That means dealers probably can count on shortages of that vehicle, too, said Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA....
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Acura's 2015 TLX mid-sized sedan will do double duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Acura unveiled a prototype of its 2015 TLX mid-sized sedan, a car that will replace both the TL and TSX sedans in its lineup this summer. Acura's front-wheel-drive sedans have struggled to find their way against rear-wheel-drive cars from Lexus, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The TLX is intended to correct that....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

CEO Horn going 'on offense' to bolster VW's U.S. lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2014
Michael Horn's offensive has begun. And for VW's chief of U.S. operations, it is not just about winning over the U.S. market, where Volkswagen wants to be a major player on a par with Toyota or Honda. Horn, who had been head of Volkswagen AG's global aftersales operations, also is going on offense in Volkswagen's hometown of Wolfsburg, where he is pushing his German bosses to launch products designed specifically for the American market....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

High costs likely to keep Smart's 4-seater from U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2014
U.S. dealers aren't likely to get the new Smart ForFour four-seat car that goes on sale in Europe this year. Although executives said a decision hasn't been made, the car has not been homologated for the United States, Smart boss Annette Winkler said here at the auto show....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

One reporter's take on what worked, and what didn't, at the Detroit show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2014
West Coast Editor Mark Rechtin, who walked the floor of the Detroit auto show gathering first impressions of new cars and concepts, is convinced that this was a show of missed opportunities....
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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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High costs likely to keep Smart's 4-seater from U.S.

Jan. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
U.S. dealers aren't likely to get the new Smart ForFour four-seat car that goes on sale in Europe this year....
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AutoNews Now: Auto show hits, misses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
From a Honda that fits to a too-cozy Chrysler - Mark Rechtin's take on NAIAS; more-emotional Camry?; groovy tire idea....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why Detroit’s auto show should be longer -- not shorter

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
Over the past several years, the Detroit auto show has evolved into a neatly compact event that celebrates new cars for about 36 hours, give or take. That’s very efficient. But it's a missed opportunity. The Detroit show ought to be longer -- not shorter....
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Toyota readies remix of Camry with 'waku-doki'

10:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
Toyota has a challenge: How to heed President Akio Toyoda's insistence on heart-racing design for the next Camry and Prius models without jeopardizing their mass-market appeal. Getting it wrong risks knocking Camry from its perch as the best-selling car in the United States -- a title held for 12 consecutive years....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

On giant turntable, go-go boots still key to pitch as glass ceiling shatters

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
The juxtaposition in Detroit's Cobo Center this week -- the appearance of Mary Barra, the first women CEO of a major automaker, along with scores of female product models in form-fitting outfits -- highlights the strange business of selling cars and light trucks in the United States. Market research shows women influence most buying decisions, while men make up the bulk of spectators at the pivotal exhibitions where new vehicles are unveiled and scrutinzed....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Chevy Corvette Z06, Ford F-150 top Autoweek's picks of the show

11:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
The 2014 Detroit auto show had dozens of never-before-seen cars and trucks gleaming under the Cobo Center lights. Here are the four we, the Autoweek staff, think stood out the most....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Winterkorn humbled by U.S. struggles?

4:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
VW CEO Martin Winterkorn sounded uncharacteristically humble when he said that “America is the world's toughest auto market.” Tougher than Europe? For VW brand, the answer is yes....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Biden says U.S. bet on auto industry paid off

12:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden said the federal government's wager on the nation's automotive industry has paid off. "We bet on American ingenuity, we bet on you and we won," he said today during a speech at the Detroit auto show....
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JESSE SNYDER

Why economic developers love auto events

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
Wherever auto executives gather, so do people trying to land the next new plant location or retain the car jobs they’ve already won. The economic development folks hit Detroit in droves this week....
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