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GM planning lower-priced version of 2016 Chevy Volt, report says

12:42 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Hoping to boost demand for its slow-selling Volt hybrid, Chevrolet is planning to sell two versions of the redesigned 2016 Volt, including a lower-priced model with a smaller battery pack and shorter driving range, supplier sources told Reuters on Tuesday. GM's Opel also is planning a smaller version of the next generation Volt, according to another report.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 engineer says some ideas were too much to execute

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
In Ford's five-year effort to strip weight from the 2015 F-150 pickup, some ideas were considered just too big of a stretch, chief engineer Pete Reyes said today. For example, engineers had considered using a front-frame crossmember -- which provides rigidity and lateral strength -- made of magnesium, an expensive metal that is lighter and stronger than either aluminum or steel.... Read More »

 

Ford unveils upscale S-Max concept with Vignale badge

April 9, 2014 13:19 CET
Ford has unveiled a concept previewing an upscale Vignale variant of its S-Max large minivan, the second vehicle to receive the trim line after the Mondeo sedan.... Read More »

 

GM to invest $449 million in plants for next-generation Volt, 2 future products

12:25 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $449 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and a battery assembly facility in suburban Detroit to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt and two future vehicles that weren't disclosed.... Read More »

 

Land Rover will preview 1st of new family

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Land Rover will show a concept vehicle next week at the New York auto show that is expected to preview a family of SUVs using the Discovery name.... Read More »

 

Kia plans unveiling in New York; will it be successor to Sedona?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Kia will reveal what is expected to be the successor to its Sedona minivan at the New York auto show next week.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi to drop Lancer Evolution

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Mitsubishi will pull the plug on its all-wheel-drive Lancer Evolution performance sedan at the end of the nameplate's current generation.... Read More »

 

Fiat to expand automatics in 500 lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
Fiat will offer an optional automatic transmission in the top performance versions of the 500 minicar in the United States for the 2015 model year.... Read More »

 

Hyundai says redesigned Sonata will shed curves, gain refinement

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Hyundai says the next generation of its mid-sized Sonata sedan will be more refined than the model it replaces and will lose some of its distinctive curvy lines.... Read More »

 

Toyota's major midcycle revamp aims to keep Camry on top

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
It has been the best-selling car in the United States for 12 years, but the Toyota Camry is losing ground in the industry's escalating mid-sized sedan wars. Now Toyota will break with tradition by extensively revamping the car just three years after it was redesigned.... Read More »

 

'Cardinal sin': Former GM engineers say quiet '06 redesign of faulty ignition switch was a major violation of protocol

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Stung by rising warranty costs, General Motors decided in the mid-1990s to pull design work for ignition and turn-signal switches from suppliers.... Read More »

 

Nissan vision for future dealerships puts offices, desks on the hit list

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
A new-car showroom without a reception desk? No cubicles or desks for salespeople, and no offices for managers?... Read More »

 

The boss breaks the rules on product secrets

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Sergio Marchionne sometimes bends the rules a little.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's hot Hellcat puts pressure on the Viper

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
It's been an open secret for nearly a year that Chrysler has been tinkering with a supercharged V-8 code-named Hellcat.... Read More »

 

Audi hopes TT gets by on its looks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2014
Sporty coupes sizzle, fizzleIt's always hard to give up on a classic. And that explains why Audi of America is bringing back the TT rather than pulling the plug on it.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Ram gains ground on Silverado

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2014
The side-view mirror of a Chevrolet Silverado contains this warning: "Objects may be closer than they appear."... Read More »

 

Ignition woes go beyond GM -- and keys

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2014
General Motors isn't the only automaker to have a problem with ignition switches that could shut off the engine at highway speeds.... Read More »

 

Numbers don't explain why airbags don't inflate

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2014
About 3,400 people die each year in frontal crashes with no airbag deployment in their vehicle, according to federal data analyzed by Automotive News.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Acura readies TLX sedan for New York auto show

1:01 pm U.S. ET | March 21, 2014
The 2015 TLX luxury sport sedan -- a key model charged with jump-starting Acura's lagging car sales -- will make its debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show next month.... Read More »

 

Chrysler 200 adds luxury touches, but rear-seat entry may be a tough sell

9:56 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
Chrysler Group executives believe their redesigned Chrysler 200 is good enough to replace its predecessor and the Dodge Avenger and still gain in the crowded mid-sized sedan segment.... Read More »

 

70% of Twingo's components -- but not styling -- come from Smart cars

March 18, 2014 06:01 CET
The new Smart ForTwo and ForFour will share up to 70 percent of their components with the redesigned Renault Twingo, but they will bear no resemblance to the new Twingo.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Nissan moves Qashqai upmarket

March 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan is so confident about the new Qashqai that its production capacity is three times that of the first-generation crossover.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Lexus boss: Time for a clean-sheet approach to cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
You might assume that Tokuo Fukuichi, who takes over as head of Lexus on April 1, will walk in the door with firm ideas about the brand's look.... Read More »

 

Truck veteran Diaz tinkered with Titan styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
Fred Diaz, Nissan's top sales exec in North America, figured he knew a thing or two about full-sized pickups when he joined the company last April.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Flashy rainbow of colors lights up Geneva

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
Automakers are turning to vivid, freely mixed interior and exterior color combinations to set apart their new small cars and crossovers. At the Geneva auto show this month, the colors were flashier than normal on new models from Nissan, Toyota, Renault, Opel, Peugeot and others.... Read More »

 

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