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Calif. dealers call Tesla referral deal illegal

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28
A new referral program from Tesla Motors that offers discounts to buyers referred by a Tesla owner is drawing complaints from dealers in the electric-car manufacturerR ...

Tesla Model S breaks Consumer Reports' test scale

UPDATED: 8/27/15 3:31 pm ET - Top-scoring models added
Tesla's high-performance Model S P85D scored a 103 on Consumer Reports' ratings scale meant to top out at 100, forcing the magazine to recalibrate its ratings. ...

Mazda turbo to do double duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24
Mazda has engineered a potent turbocharged version of its 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine to power the redesigned CX-9 crossover that goes on sale in early 2016, according to t ...

As Mitsu restocks lineup, future remains murky

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced in July that it plans to sell or shutter its assembly plant in Normal, Ill. ...

Mazda rounds out its Skyactiv lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24
When it unveils the redesigned CX-9 crossover this fall, Mazda will have built an entire lineup of products with Skyactiv technology and Kodo design. ...

Japan's smaller automakers bank on CUVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24
Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru, the three smaller Japanese automakers selling cars in the U.S., have a shared challenge of keeping up with larger rivals. ...

Meet Mazda's master of driving feel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24
Each MX-5 Miata now arriving in U.S. showrooms reflects the tastes of Dave Coleman, a 43-year-old engineer at Mazda's r&d center in Southern California who has become the ...

Concept could hint at Hyundai luxe coupe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
Hyundai Motor Co.' ...

Digital maps are a precious resource

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry - ...

Tesla strikes while the iron's hot

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13
At certain points in their lives, even obsessive billionaires like Elon Musk must come to terms with the fact that some things are beyond their control. ...

Hyundai shows luxury aims with 'Vision G' coupe

UPDATED: 8/12/15 9:18 am ET - adds photo gallery
Hyundai has built its luxury-car lineup around sedans such as the Genesis and Equus. On Tuesday, by unveiling a slinky coupe concept with self-opening doors, Hyundai sign ...

Hyundai hires Subaru veteran Evans to fill top U.S. marketing post

UPDATED: 8/10/15 1:26 pm ET - adds detail
Dean Evans, who managed the feel-good advertising at Subaru from 2011 to 2014 and pushed the automaker to concentrate more strongly on digital marketing, has been hired b ...

Hyundai, Kia spread their hybrid bets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
Toyota bet on hybrids like the Prius. Nissan bet on electric vehicles like the Leaf. And General Motors bet, initially at least, on plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Vol ...

Koreans to polish their luxury wares

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
There used to be no such thing as a Korean luxury car. Now, Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia will take their luxury lineups to the next level. Hyundai plans to redesign i ...

Hyundai gears up to plug holes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
For the last few years, Hyundai's ambitions for U.S. growth have been foiled by a scant lineup of crossovers and trucks. ...

Mapmaker's team of rival automakers may expand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
As they spent $3.1 billion to acquire Here, the auto industry's dominant map supplier, Audi, BMW and Daimler sent a message to rivals: Don't fear us. Join us. ...

Updates to core models will keep Kia busy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
Kia will have a crammed calendar over the next year as the company prepares to open a new small-car factory in Mexico. ...

Tesla sets Q2 sales record, but losses grow

UPDATED: 8/6/15 1:36 pm ET - updates share price, corrected
With the first deliveries of its Model X less than two months away, Tesla's net loss nearly tripled to $184 million in the second quarter, underscoring how crucial the ro ...

VW to roll out high-end safety tech across lineup

UPDATED: 8/3/15 8:25 pm ET - corrected
Volkswagen Group has long sold sensor-based crash prevention systems in high-end models from Audi, Porsche and Bentley. ...

HERE acquisition shows maps are the new oil

4:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3
High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry - ...

Mazda slips 7.1% as little minivan is phased out

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Mazda's U.S. sales fell 7.1 percent last month to 27,157 units, largely because of a phase-out of the six-seat Mazda5. ...

Mitsubishi plans to move forward with U.S. sales, but experts wonder

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2
Mitsubishi seems unlikely to leave the U.S. market despite closing its Illinois factory, but skeptics still wonder if the Japanese brand is the next Suzuki. ...

VW rolls out crash avoidance with '16 lineup

UPDATED: 8/3/15 8:19 pm ET -- correction
Volkswagen, catching up to its luxury siblings, will offer sensor-based safety features across nearly its entire U.S. lineup for model year 2016. ...

Tesla offers $1,000 referral incentive on Model S

4:09 pm U.S. ET | July 29
Tesla, testing the power of viral marketing to sell its EVs, will offer a word-of-mouth discount on the Model S through the end of October, with both referrer and buyer r ...

Making a car's sensors work like our senses

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
Autopilot systems like Cadillac's Super Cruise will rely on “sensor fusion,” in which supercomputers stitch data from many sensors into a 360-degree view. ...
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