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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Why Nissan's overhauled Titan falls short of the mountaintop

9:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

The redesigned Titan will be a technically excellent truck, powerful, capable, durable. But on the roads of Texas and elsewhere, it will be invisible....
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Dodge aims to energize advertising

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

Dodge, recast as a performance brand, plans to use three high-powered halo vehicles and new advertising aimed at younger buyers to keep sales steady in 2015. In May, Dodge gave up to the Chrysler brand its previous role as FCA US's full-range brand. The shift means that Tim Kuniskis, Dodge's brand head, must find sales to replace the Avenger sedan and the Grand Caravan minivan....
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GM offers sneak peek of the next-gen Volt in Vegas

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

General Motors provided a sneak peek at the next-generation Chevrolet Volt -- which will be quicker, quieter and have a longer range than its predecessor -- Sunday night at International CES here....
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GM expects 15% mpg gain from new cylinder deactivation system

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

GM says a new infinitely variable cylinder deactivation system it has been developing with a Silicon Valley start-up can boost the fuel economy of gasoline engines by as much as 15 percent....
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Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V gets a fresh look and a big power boost

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V -- the third generation of the track-ready midsize sedan -- will shoot from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph....
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Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android, report says

7:51 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014

Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources told Reuters, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones....
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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET

Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more....
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Volvo plans 3-cylinder engines for 60-series cars

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014

Volvo is developing new three-cylinder engines that will appear in its 60-series cars, like the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and the XC60 crossover.
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Tax deal sets up Chrysler to churn out more 8-speeds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Chrysler Group plans to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmissions by investing $266 million in its massive Kokomo, Ind., transmission complex....
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Q&A

Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem....
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Chrysler Pentastar V-6s to get turbos and direct injection, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

Chrysler Group is improving its Pentastar family of V-6s, adding direct injection, turbocharging and other technology to enable smaller displacement engines to power its vehicles....
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Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Nov. 27, 2014 12:28 CET

Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars....
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Toyota says RAV4 improves in key overlap front crash test

3:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014

A year after Toyota's RAV4 crossover was denied an influential top safety rating, an updated design underwent new crash testing this week that engineers promise will deliver high honors and redeem the nameplate's reputation....
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Opel names new engineering chief

Nov. 21, 2014 10:25 CET

Opel named Charlie Klein as its new engineering chief, promoting the executive from his current post as the brand's chief engineer for light commercial vehicles....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014

A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Why turbocharger fans owe Saab a thank-you

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014

We are gathered here today to pay our respects to Saab. The deceased Swedish automaker's lasting legacy is not the unconventional place it put the ignition switch. It isn't the blackout feature that allowed the driver to turn off all the instrument lights except the speedometer, nor is it the clamshell hood or any other quirky Saab feature....
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Tuner guru sees hope for really young buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014

RJ de Vera's auto industry resume is as free-form and hard to read as a graffiti wall in urban L.A....
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BMW, Toyota move forward with midsize sports car program

6:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014

BMW and Toyota are moving closer to putting jointly developed sports cars on the road....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: How Chrysler's Hellcat engine almost died

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014

One of the year's hottest new engines almost never happened....
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Jaguar Land Rover opens $750 million engine plant

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014

Jaguar Land Rover moved another step closer today to gaining greater control of its destiny with the opening of its $750 million engine plant near Wolverhampton in the U.K....
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GM says new Chevy Volt will be quicker and quieter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014

The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker off the line, quieter and go farther in electric mode than its predecessor, General Motors engineers said today....
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EU says Honeywell, DuPont car refrigerant deal may be illegal

Oct. 22, 2014 10:51 CET

The EU says auto supplier Honeywell's joint venture with chemicals company DuPont to produce an air conditioning refrigerant for cars may be anti-competitive as the deal may have blocked rivals keen to participate in the chemical's development....
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Takata engineers struggled to maintain airbag quality, documents reveal

9:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014

Manufacturing problems with Takata airbags go beyond what the supplier has disclosed to federal safety regulators about why the devices are at risk of exploding with dangerous force, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters....
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Audi tests driverless car technology at 190 mph

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014

In its effort to bring autonomous-driving technology to the streets, Audi is testing unmanned vehicles at speeds as fast as 305 kilometers (190 miles) per hour. In these experiments, the car decides for itself the best way to take the corners in its race against human drivers....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Volvo's new engine: Turbocharger? Supercharger? What is this thing?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014

Volvo's experimental engine -- a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder -- cranks out an amazing 450 horsepower. But how? At 225 horsepower per liter, it would be one of the most power-dense engines ever produced, if Volvo decides to build it....
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