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Performance, not size, will determine 2.7-liter I-4's success in Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra

If consumers embrace General Motors' four-cylinder engine in the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, GM will have Ford to thank.

Jeep Wrangler gets big boost in fuel economy

A new 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, more gears in the transmission, close attention to aerodynamics and greater use of lightweight materials helped give the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL a nice bump in fuel economy.

LEAR'S RAY SCOTT: Seating and electronics converging

As Lear's new CEO, Ray Scott is focused on fusing the company's traditional seating business with its growing portfolio of electronics technologies.

CON: At Ford, scrapping sedans is too easy, and a mistake

UPDATED: 4/27/18 9:47 am ET - correction

The hard work is not killing cars. It's finding new and creative ways to make them appealing.

For Bosch diesel claim, technical details to come

Has Bosch really cracked the code and figured out how to take harmful diesel emissions off the table by simply tweaking the turbocharger and by closely controlling the temperature of the air entering the engine?

Cadillac polishes all-new, 3-row SUV

Cadillac's next all-new vehicle -- the XT6 -- is taking shape and taking to the road for testing.

New Ford 3-cylinder engine can run on just 2 cylinders

David Filipe, vice president of Ford's powertrain engineering, confirmed that Ford's new 1.5-liter three-cylinder with cylinder deactivation will be offered in the U.S.

The octane game: Auto industry lobbies for 95 as new regular

UPDATED: 4/18/18 11:06 am ET - adds details

The auto industry is finally getting traction on its quest to make 95 RON octane gasoline -- basically the same grade as Europe's regular and the lowest grade of premium here -- the new regular in the United States.

New 1.5-liter Ford engine can run on just 2 cylinders

For the first time in more than a century, Ford will offer a vehicle in the U.S. with an engine that can run on two cylinders.

Nissan's repair ninjas help dealership techs solve tough problems

As part of a new program called "Fixed Right First Time," Nissan has created what it calls its Last Line Defense Team.

Elevate the education of service techs to an undergraduate degree

Six Nissan North America executives behind the automaker's "Fix It Right the First Time" initiative invited me to join their freewheeling after-dinner chat.

5 Minutes With ... Jim Blenkarn, senior manager, systems quality improvement, Nissan North America

How automakers respond to technical issues can seem a mystery. Some problems can be addressed with a technical service bulletin and redesigned parts, while others warrant a recall.

New CAFE targets won't slow pace on engine r&d

The Trump administration may be intent on lowering fuel economy standards for 2022-2025 model year vehicles, but automakers said last week that it won't slow the pace of their research and development to make internal...

Chevy to launch all-new 2020 Silverado HD in fall 2019

With profits from pickups more important than ever as sales of cars fade, Chevrolet is making sure one of its biggest cash cows won't ever get old.

Chevy to launch all-new 2020 Silverado HD in fall 2019

With profits from pickups more important than ever as sales of cars fade, Chevrolet is making sure one of its biggest cash cows won’t ever get old.

Why the I-Pace could radically alter Jaguar perceptions

The battery powered I-Pace coming this fall could finally be the vehicle that changes everything in the U.S. market for Jaguar.

Next Defender likely to stick to boxy roots

During the opening of Jaguar Land Rover's new U.S. headquarters in Mahwah, N.J., the company peeled the curtain back just a little on the iconic off-road vehicle.

Ike Herman

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  • Title: Chief Operating Officer

FORD: F series fuels 3.5% rise

Thanks mostly to the best March sales in 18 years for the F series, Ford's monthly sales increased 3.5 percent over a year ago.

New York auto show hits and misses

Engineering reporter and car critic nonpareil Richard Truett made his jaunt through the Javits Center and, yes, did a bit of fault-finding. But our man liked a lot of what he saw -- even some of the cars. Remember cars?

Mitsubishi sees more growth, zeros in on service and parts

In this Q&A, Mitsubishi's vice president of fixed operations discusses the alliance with Nissan and lessons learned from the i-MiEV electric vehicle.

Jaguar packs 550 hp into F-Pace SVR crossover

Jaguar hopes to retain its customers defecting from sports cars and sport sedans with the F-Pace SVR.

Honda's 2019 Insight expected to be rated at 55 mpg city

The third iteration of Honda's ultraefficient Insight coming this summer as a 2019 model is poised to be among the fuel economy leaders with an estimated 55 mpg in city driving.

BMW pulls out of Detroit auto show

BMW is joining German rival Mercedes-Benz and pulling out of the North American International Auto Show.

JLR: Dealers revved up by new products

Fresh off record Land Rover sales in 2017 and another solid year of growth for Jaguar, 2018 brings more new products, including low-production, high-performance vehicles.

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