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Lamborghini concept shows possible move to less extreme looks

Feb. 9, 2015 06:30 CET
Lamborghini design boss Filippo Perini and his team wanted a unique look for the Asterion concept, the Italian supercar maker's first plug-in hybrid. They wanted to move away from the angular and aggressive forms of recent cars by borrowing less extreme features from renowned Lamborghinis of the past such as the Miura....
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Mitsubishi in talks with Nissan for small sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
After dropping Renault SA as a possible partner for small- and midsize sedans, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has entered talks with Nissan Motor Corp. as an alternative source for a badly needed midsize vehicle....
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Daimler's innovation unit looks to products of the future

Feb. 7, 2015 06:01 CET
Daimler's business innovation unit is figuring out how current customers' children will use the automaker's products. That can mean everything from 3-D printing for classic car parts to package-delivery drones and a driverless concept car that doubles as a luxury lounge....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Hyundai returns to the Tucson name for ix35 successor

Feb. 3, 2015 11:36 CET
Hyundai will revive the Tucson name for the successor to the ix35 compact SUV, the brand's best-selling model in Europe. The new-generation Tucson will debut at the Geneva auto show....
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How Ford kept the GT a secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
For 14 months, Ford Motor Co. managed to conceal a 600-hp secret in an unassuming basement storage room. The secrecy helped Ford make a big splash with its $200,000-plus GT supercar, and it kept competitors guessing....
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Pilot project: Honda SUV adds dash of style

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Honda is adding a dash of style to the chunky Pilot. The three-row, eight-passenger SUV arrives this summer with more curves and fewer sharp creases....
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A little taste of the Chicago Auto Show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Kia Motors Corp. will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive next week at the Chicago Auto Show. The automaker released a teaser image that shows only the front third of the concept. It appears to be based on the Kia Soul, America's No. 1 selling subcompact car in 2014....
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Lambo concept hints at move to less extreme looks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Lamborghini wanted the Asterion concept to look different from the angular and aggressive forms of recent Lamborghini models....
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Lexus reloads for a shot at luxury title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Lexus, quickly narrowing the U.S. sales gap with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, will have its busiest product year since the brand's inception, with as many as nine new or tweaked models, including a key redesign, three midcycle refreshes, new turbocharged options and a special edition in 2015....
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Toyota thinks TRD to win younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Since 2007, Toyota has been racing the nation's best-selling car, its Camry sedan, in the nation's most-watched motor sports series: NASCAR. Now, it hopes to finally leverage some of that track cred in the showroom as part of President Akio Toyoda's bid to zest up the brand's stodgy image and win over younger shoppers....
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Nissan vehicles to use common visible parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Nissan's modular platform saves money by using common components. But owners rarely notice; most of the shared parts are unseen under the hood....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi concept teases next ASX, bolder design

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
Mitsubishi will use the Geneva auto show to reveal a plug-in hybrid concept that previews the next ASX compact crossover and showcases the brand's bolder design language....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Can Dodge rebuild Pontiac excitement?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
General Motors has no plans to revive Pontiac, Hummer and Saturn, CEO Mary Barra says. So where do longtime Pontiac and Hummer buyers go if they are in the market?...
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Nissan steps back from cutting-edge offerings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan and its luxury Infiniti sibling have mellowed in their message of cutting-edge future products as 2015 begins. Missing from talking points this month at the Detroit auto show was any discussion of recent racy concepts. The change in tone signals a desire to focus more intently, at least for now, on tried-and-true volume products....
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Renegade comes through, on-road and off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
When Jeep introduced the Compass -- and later, its platform mate, the Patriot -- with front-wheel drive and continuously variable transmissions, it was derided by the faithful as an affront to the brand's off-road heritage. The new Renegade SUV fixes those brand sins with a powertrain that is peppy but, Jeep says, still achieves in excess of 30 mpg on the highway. And the vehicle is rugged enough off-road to wear the brand's Trail Rated badge....
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STYLE & SUBSTANCE

Viewing the 2015 Detroit show through a designer's eyes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
To get a read on the visual appeal of this year's Detroit auto show, we sought a designer's perspective on the Ford GT, Chevy Bolt and Infiniti Q60....
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Beyond SUVs, VW weighs van, Golf pocket rocket for U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
VW development chief Hans-Jakob Neusser said VW is close to deciding whether to produce the Golf R400 concept shown at the Beijing auto show in April. The pocket rocket is capable of 395 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds....
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Opel's next-gen Adam could also be a Buick

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Buick's top U.S. executive wants to bolster the brand's U.S. lineup with a rebadged Opel Adam, a sporty three-door minicar that competes with the Fiat 500 and BMW's Mini brand in Europe. But the prospect is likely several years off....
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Land Rover has high conquest goals for new Discovery Sport

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
With a more mainstream design, optional seven-seat configuration and improved technology, the new Discovery Sport compact SUV is expected to draw mostly new buyers to Land Rover, executives say....
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Stadler: Audi to build range-topping Q8 SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Audi will launch a flagship SUV called the Q8 before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. The SUV will be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East....
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NO COWBOYS

With Titan, Nissan aims for 'white space' below biggest pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan has a new strategy for scratching out a piece of Detroit's full-size pickup market: It will stop chasing cowboys. And it will instead think about Roman gladiators, Spartacus, NFL football players, and maybe even flesh-eating zombies....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why tomorrow's sports cars will have mixed pedigree

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Mazda would share the MX-5 Miata with another company....
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Ford revises EcoSport to counter slow sales

Jan. 20, 2015 12:02 CET
Ford will offer its EcoSport SUV in Europe without the spare wheel on the outside of the rear tailgate after the model's sales got off to a slow start. The EcoSport has failed to make a big impact in the region's booming subcompact SUV/crossover segment against sleeker-looking rivals....
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McLaren names new design chief

Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET
UK supercar maker McLaren promoted Robert Melville to the post of chief designer, reporting to the company’s design director, Frank Stephenson....
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PARTY CRASHER

While supercar world awaited Acura NSX, nobody saw Ford GT coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
A showdown between Ford's GT and the Acura NSX supercars quickly became the talk of the Detroit auto show, after Ford's surprise entry managed to upstage the much-anticipated Acura....
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