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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Ford gets the PowerShift dual clutch transmission right, but is it too late?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Like it or not, there is going to be more than one flavor of automatic transmission in some of America’s favorite cars....
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WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Infiniti Q30 name axed in N.A. in favor of QX30

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Infiniti plans to not use the Q30 name in North America after all, and just sell the QX30....
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GUEST BLOG

BLOG: Why auto suppliers need to confront their brain drain

7:32 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2015

Top talent isn't abandoning the auto industry, necessarily. It's just moving to the innovators in the car market, many of them makers of self-driving and electric cars....
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BMW M2, X4 M40i set for Detroit show debut

1:08 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2015

The BMW M2 coupe and X4 M40i crossover will make their world debuts at January's Detroit auto show....
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WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Chevrolet's 2016 Malibu hybrid priced from $29,520

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

With the base Chevrolet Malibu hybrid available for less than $30K, the new midsize sedan costs less than the Volt -- even though it uses a lot of modified Volt hardware....
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Why the new awd Toyota Prius isn't coming stateside just yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

Despite the increasing popularity of awd passenger cars in the U.S., Toyota is not convinced Americans want an awd Prius....
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Germany calls EU accusations over car refrigerant row 'groundless'

Dec. 11, 2015 13:58 CET

The German government said the European Commission's accusations against Berlin and Daimler in a row over a banned refrigerant were “groundless.” The EU is taking Germany to court for failing to stop the automaker using the R-134a refrigerant in Mercedes cars....
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Porsche Boxster and Cayman, with smaller turbo engines, to carry '718' name

12:48 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2015

Two popular Porsche sports cars, the six-cylinder Boxster and Cayman, will be getting downsized four-cylinder turbo engines. And, starting next year, they'll be marketed as the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman....
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Germany taken to court by EU over Daimler's use of banned refrigerant

Dec. 10, 2015 13:07 CET

The European Union will take Germany to court for permitting Daimler to use a refrigerant for car air-conditioning systems that is banned because of its global warming potential....
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New awd Toyota Prius not U.S.-bound, for now

6:33 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2015

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius went on sale in Japan today, complete with a new all-wheel-drive version arriving just in time for the onset of snowy driving....
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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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MISSED SHIFT

Once-promising dual-clutch transmissions lose favor in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Not so long ago, dual clutch transmissions - with their superior fuel economy and lightning-quick gear shifts - were widely viewed as the Next Big Thing. Not anymore. Automakers are cutting back on use of them....
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A bit nuts and Jukey: What people are saying about the Scion C-HR

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2015

With the new C-HR, Scion looks to get a piece of the nascent but burgeoning subcompact crossover market. Here's what some critics and journalists are saying about the C-HR, which debuted in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show....
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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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Honda may be prepping CR-V with 3-row seating for overseas markets

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2015

Honda has been spotted testing a CR-V mule that looked like it's flirting with a third row of seats for the next-generation model. But don't bet on that coming to the U.S....
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Porsche hikes hp rating on 911 Turbo for 2017

11:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Porsche is bringing the revamped 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S sports cars to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Both cars feature a host of powertrain improvements that shave more time off the 0-to-60-mph run....
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What people are saying about Mazda's revamped CX-9

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Mazda's redesigned CX-9 crossover is the model's first full overhaul since its introduction in 2007. Mazda has called the three-row crossover a “high-end model” and has hopes of selling 50,000 vehicles a year worldwide. There was no shortage of commentary on the CX-9 following its unveiling....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Chevrolet aims for tech 'punch' with redesigned Malibu

11:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

General Motors is laying a bet that technology will help the redesigned Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan break through in a core but crowded segment....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Fiat hints at Abarth version of 124 Spider

11:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

A sportier version of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider was a hot topic of conversation even before the car debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, and Fiat is not exactly hiding the fact that it is considering a more hardcore version of the reborn roadster....
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Bugatti says Chiron supercar will debut in Geneva

Nov. 30, 2015 14:26 CET

Bugatti confirmed the name Chiron for its replacement for the Veyron. The VW-owned brand says the Chiron will be the world's fastest supercar....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Volvo Concept 26 imagines the interior of fully autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015

Volvo's concept car at the Los Angeles auto show isn't a concept car at all, but rather an interface that imagines how car interiors will change after we welcome our autonomous overlords....
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It's back to basics for Lamborghini

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Lamborghini, after years of creating supercars that were almost exclusively all-wheel drive, is returning to rear-wheel-drive basics with the debut of the Huracan LP 580-2....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Volvo Concept 26 imagines the interior of fully autonomous cars

7:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Volvo's concept car at the L.A. Auto Show isn't a concept car at all, but rather an interface that imagines how car interiors will change after we welcome our autonomous overlords....
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GM, Army to test Chevrolet Colorado fuel cell

9:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has been selected by the U.S. Army to test a General Motors-designed hydrogen powered fuel cell powertrain. The grueling 12-month test will help GM engineers and army officials evaluate the fuel cell's performance under strenuous use....
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Fiat, Mazda clone a Miata to bring the Fiat 124 Spider back to life

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

FCA has taken a donor car with an excellent pedigree -- the MX-5 Mazda Miata -- and grafted onto it a Fiat 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and styling to make it look like a proper descendent of the original Pininfarina-designed Fiat 124....
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