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GM's future product challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
GM's product cadence has officially escaped the post-bankruptcy doldrums. Now the challenge is to keep it humming....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Let's hope for a litter of Hellcat kitties

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
Spend a few minutes with Chrysler's new monster power plant -- the 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 -- and you will be left, as I was, with one overriding question....
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Silverado, Sierra, Yukon Denali with V-8 to feature new 8-speed transmission

1:57 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
A new eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard on some 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine, GM said today....
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'15 Ford Mustang V-8 to pump out 435 hp

1:47 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
The 5.0-liter V-8 engine in the 2015 Ford Mustang will crank out 435 hp, up from 420 hp, and provide torque of 400 pounds-feet, up from 390 on the current model, the company said today....
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Mazda2 output begins in Japan

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
Mazda began manufacturing the next-generation Mazda2 subcompact in Japan today and unveiled the first pictures of the production model....
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VW sets sights on Apple-like model updates with speed task force

1:04 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
VW plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its cars....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Will de Nysschen take Caddy into small cars?

1:01 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Johan de Nysschen is barely a week into his new job as president of Cadillac. It will take some time to learn what he will attempt to do there....
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Tesla Model III to start at $35,000, compete with BMW 3 series

6:37 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Tesla Motors said Tuesday that its lower-priced successor to the Model S sedan and upcoming Model X crossover, expected to go on sale in 2017, will be named the Model III....
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Toyota ponders awd for next-gen Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
The next generation of the Toyota Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid, will offer a lithium ion battery and possibly an all-wheel-drive option....
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Escalade may add sporty model, engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Cadillac may bring out a sporty derivative of its new Escalade and also is considering V-6 turbodiesel and twin-turbo gasoline V-6-powered versions, said David Schiavone, the model line's brand manager....
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VW to build new crossover in U.S., add 2,000 jobs

8:15 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Volkswagen will assemble a new family-hauling crossover at its plant in Chattanooga and invest $900 million to expand the factory in a push to double U.S. sales of VW-brand vehicles by 2018....
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Acura plans second-half sales lift from TLX in U.S.

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Honda's Acura, struggling to boost sales in the United States amid competition from bigger luxury brands, should see faster growth from August with the arrival of a new sport sedan, the division’s U.S. chief said....
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Bill Ford predicts 'radical transformation' of auto industry

1:16 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford sees a bright -- albeit remodeled -- future for the automotive industry, according to an op-ed story he authored in The Wall Street Journal....
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Mercedes' $1 million S-class Pullman upstages Rolls-Royce

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The new extra-long Pullman version of the Mercedes-Benz S class will cost more than double the Rolls-Royce Phantom....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Is the maligned Mitsubishi Mirage a good value?

12:40 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the strangest cars I have ever driven -- and it's one of the most polarizing new models of 2014...
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Next-gen BRZ planned, says Subaru boss

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Subaru plans another generation of the BRZ, the sporty coupe jointly developed with Toyota Motor Corp....
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Jeep aims to boost future Wrangler's fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2014
Chrysler Group engineers are striving to improve the Wrangler's fuel economy with lightweight materials, more gears and perhaps a smaller engine....
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Supercharged Hellcat Challenger SRT rated at 707-hp

4:11 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
Chrysler Group’s new supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 Hellcat engine has been certified at 707 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque, topping the most powerful versions of the SRT Viper, the Chevy Corvette and the Ford Mustang. The engine is to debut in dealerships later this year in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT and will later be used in a supercharged Dodge Charger SRT....
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Chrysler to sell Mitsubishi-supplied small cars in Mexico

10:28 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors will supply Chrysler with a Thailand-built compact sedan for sale in Mexico starting in November. The car will be based on the Mitsubishi Attrage, the sedan version of the Mirage hatchback sold in the United States. Mitsubishi will supply Chrysler over a five-year period....
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Audi to offer Apple CarPlay in European models starting in 2016

4:56 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Audi said it will begin offering Apple's CarPlay in 2016 model year vehicles in Europe. Talks between Apple closed last week, and the deal was confirmed Monday....
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Fiat 500 Abarth with automatic transmission should broaden appeal, exec says

4:11 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The North American head of the Fiat brand said that adding an optional automatic transmission to its performance Fiat 500 Abarth would open up the sporty minicar to a much wider number of potential customers....
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VINCE BOND JR.

Inside the Camaro's transformation for latest 'Transformers' film

4:09 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The reimagined Camaro in the latest Transformers film features a slew of design alterations unique to the movie. Chevy Camaro enthusiasts hitting theaters for Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend should have a field day identifying changes amid the over-the-top explosions as Bumblebee fights alongside Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots....
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No diesel Cherokee without Grand Cherokee sales boost, Jeep brand chief says

2:07 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
Jeep brand head Mike Manley says sales of diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokees in the United States would have to nearly double before the brand would consider offering a domestic diesel-powered version of the smaller Jeep Cherokee....
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DAVID PHILLIPS

Honda aims to take 3D leap forward with advanced crash-test simulation software

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
It takes roughly 5 years, on average, to develop and launch an all-new vehicle today. Honda believes it's poised to take a major chunk of time out of the process....
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Ford's revamped 2015 Edge to roll out worldwide

6:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
The Ford Edge, first introduced in 2006 as an early entrant in the now-booming mid-sized crossover segment, is getting a major makeover and global push for 2015. The new vehicle, shown to journalists Tuesday, is longer, roomier, more powerful and more aerodynamic than its predecessor....
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