At Mazda, a team of 50 searches for rotary-engine breakthrough

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

For the last eight years, a team of 50 engineers has slaved away on Mazda's signature rotary engine, seeking a breakthrough for the unique design Mazda had championed for decades, almost alone in its enthusiasm....
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Porsche adds GTS variant to 2017 Macan lineup

5:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

Porsche's popular Macan crossover is joining the company's GTS line....
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Rotary engine returns in Mazda concept coupe

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Three years after pulling the plug on the rotary-powered RX-8 sports car, Mazda hints it hasn't given up on the peculiar engine design that gave the brand some of its grandest successes. The company's latest concept is a low-slung sports car called the RX-Vision powered by a next-generation rotary engine called the Skyactiv-R....
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BLOG: Ford, GM innovate to remove weight

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Despite cheap gasoline prices in the U.S., the march to remove weight from light vehicles continues....
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Honda readies volley of new drivetrain tech

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Honda is readying a new wave of powertrain technologies that aim to boost fuel economy and performance while burnishing the company's reputation for innovation....
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BLOG: On the road -- and track -- with Acura's reimagined NSX

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

After teasing the world since 2012, Acura finally told us the real details we'd been waiting for about the NSX: 573 horsepower, 476 pound-feet of torque, a 3,803-pound curb weight and 0-60 mph in just over three seconds....
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F Sport trim works wonders for Lexus' image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2015

Lexus' F-Sport option package is an exclamation point on the brand's dramatic image reboot in the last several years, with take rates as high as 70 percent on some models. This bodes well for the brand as it's locked into a battle for the U.S. luxury crown....
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Domino's modified Chevrolet Spark can pack in 80 pizzas

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2015

A Chevrolet Spark modified by Domino's Pizza soon will allow some franchises to deliver up to 80 pizzas at a time. Domino's publicly unveiled its DXP pizza delivery vehicle today at its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich....
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BLOG: Lexus brings knife to horsepower gunfight

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

Looking to avoid a bare-knuckle horsepower brawl with its storied rivals, Lexus is positioning the first-ever GS F as the friendly performance sedan....
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Daimler bows to pressure on new refrigerant

Oct. 20, 2015 15:19 CET

Daimler's Mercedes cars division will use the air conditioning refrigerant R1234yf, which it had previously refused to adopt, citing safety risks....
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Apple's auto ambitions sideswipe electric motorcycle startup

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Apple's aggressive recruitment of auto experts as it explores building a car has left a promising, if financially troubled, electric motorcycle startup in the dust. Mission Motors, whose sleek electric bikes drew comparisons to Tesla's cars, ceased operations in May....
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Italian firm seeks to get more companies involved in autonomous car research

Oct. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

ED Group, a small Italian engineering company, has created a styling model of a self-driving racecar that could allow a much larger mix of companies beyond large automakers, megasuppliers and tech giants to play a role in the creation of autonomous vehicles....
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BMW plans spring launch for M2

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

BMW's M series has a new face on the block -- the M2. The successor to the BMW 1-series M coupe will be available at U.S. dealerships in the spring....
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BLOG: Cleaning up the diesel engine, upstream

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has promising projects that reduce diesel emissions in the cylinder....
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Lexus prices high-performance GS F from $85,380

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

The speed-hunting, performance F version of Lexus' midsize GS sport sedan -- a first for the model -- will start at $85,380, including shipping. The 2016 GS F is the fourth model from Lexus' F performance division. The IS F sedan kicked things off in 2008, and it was followed by the LFA supercar in 2012 and the RC F coupe in 2015....
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VW retools diesel strategy, plans electric push

9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Volkswagen plans a shift in focus to more plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles as the company adopts diesel technology it previously eschewed for smaller models....
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Aston Martin seeks 'beauty and soul' in all-electric sports cars

6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Aston Martin, the 102 year-old maker of high-performance cars featured in the next James Bond film, is envisioning a future when its engines are fueled by electricity instead of gasoline....
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A mortifying end to Audi engineering guru's distinguished career?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2015

The scandal surrounding Volkswagen's fraudulent diesels threatens to end the career of one of Germany's auto engineering titans -- Audi product development boss Ulrich Hackenberg....
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Mitsubishi sends Evo off with Final Edition

11:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Mitsubishi plans to drop the high-performance Lancer Evo but will offer a final, special edition in the U.S. as part of a farewell. The Evolution has survived 10 generations, three of which were sold in the U.S. over a 12-year period....
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BLOG: GM flexes engineering prowess with 2016 Chevy Volt, Colorado diesel

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

GM is starting to flex its engineering muscles in just about every area of its business....
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Nissan's concept aims to engage 'share native' generation

1:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Nissan shares its vision for ultraconnected digital-era driving at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a concept minicar in which nearly every conceivable cabin surface is laminated with touch screen displays....
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VW plans special board meeting Wednesday to elect Poetsch chairman

5:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2015

VW's supervisory board plans a special meeting Wednesday to elect CFO Hans Dieter Poetsch to the role of chairman as the company's probe into emissions violations gains speed. Several VW engineers have confessed to using special software starting in 2008 to pass U.S. emissions tests and salvage a major engine program, German media reported....
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All your Tesla Model X questions, finally answered

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Tesla gave journalists a chance to drive the new Model X and fiddle with the crossover's avant-garde features, from the “falcon-wing” doors to the motorized second-row seats. The basic design has hardly changed since a prototype debuted in early 2012, but Tesla kept some surprises up its sleeve....
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Honda will show fuel cell, autonomous driving vehicles in Tokyo

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Honda will unveil two visions of the future at October’s Tokyo Motor Show: A near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan and a bell-shaped, omnidirectional, autonomous driving concept vehicle....
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BLOG: VW's travails aside, diesel fans remain loyal

11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

There is a lot of chatter about VW's emissions scam being the death knell for the diesel engine in the U.S. Why it won't happen....
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