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Restructured Renesas seeks its footing on platforms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23
Renesas is no longer bleeding red ink, but it faces stiffer competition than ever. ...

Kia aims Niro 'hybrid utility vehicle' at U.S. consumers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23
Last week, Kia released the first design sketches of the Niro, which shares a name with a concept Kia unveiled in 2013 at the Frankfurt auto show. ...

Can Mazda team spin rotary vision into viable reality?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2
Mazda Motor Corp.'s racing-mad executives want a sports car to replace the iconic RX-7 and RX-8. And with the RX-Vision concept from the Tokyo Motor Show, chief designer ...

Tesla ends $100 flat fee service promise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2
Tesla once pledged door-to-door “Ranger” service for covered repairs for $100. The company is now charging some customers much more than that, triggering owne ...

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

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

Mitsubishi's electric eX concept hints at a third CUV

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28
Mitsubishi plans to slot a new compact crossover into its lineup between the Outlander and Outlander Sport, the Japanese automaker said. ...

Rotary engine returns in Mazda concept coupe

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27
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 gra ...

Community service is part of Mazda store's workday

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
A San Jose, Calif., Mazda dealership offers a flexible schedule so its employees can fit community service into the day. ...

Hardware glitches could come to haunt Tesla

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
Tesla Motors designed the Model S as the car of the future. Yet the automaker is still learning to deal with old-school hardware problems. ...

Autonomous DeLorean trained to skid with superhuman skill

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
Stanford's rebuilt DeLorean pushes the limits of grip to show how self-driving cars could mirror skilled humans. ...

Mapmaker seeks standard for the cloud

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
In this connected-car age, a BMW that skids on a patch of black ice could upload a message to a central database, prompting a warning for another BMW headed toward the sa ...

Stanford goes 'Back to the Future' with a self-driving DeLorean

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20
On the eve of what has become known as “Back to the Future Day,” Stanford University researchers unveiled a self-driving DeLorean that can burn rubber under r ...

Great perks by the Golden Gate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Jaguar-Land Rover-Volvo Marin, which does a brisk business supplying vehicles to the wealthy lovers of the great outdoors, also offers regular doses of California fun to ...

Tesla beams down 'autopilot' mode to Model S

5:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Tesla Motors, in its most ambitious step toward self-driving cars, is rolling out a long-awaited software package called Autopilot for its Model S sedan, rivaling feature ...

Austin may be fertile ground for Google test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
The rapid rollout of prototypes this summer for testing in Austin, Texas, suggests that the company may be zeroing in on a city for when that day arrives. ...

BMW car-sharing program quits San Francisco

5:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5
DriveNow, the car-sharing program owned by BMW that allows drivers to rent electric cars by the minute, is pulling out of San Francisco, the only U.S. city in which it op ...

Tesla prepped its crossover for tight parking spots, apocalypse

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
Tesla delivered the first few units of the Model X to a select group of investors and showed off features that include falcon-wing doors, a sky-view windshield and an eno ...

With QNX, BlackBerry finds more room in the car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
This year, QNX notched a huge victory by delivering the underlying software for the latest version of Ford Motor Co.'s Sync system. ...

Google's prototype car earned my trust, even when it stopped cold

11:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2
Google's latest self-driving car prototype left me with a warm, cuddly feeling of trust, even when it malfunctioned with me inside, slamming hard on the brakes and refusi ...

Tucson's quick start, Soul help Hyundai-Kia to breakout month

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Slowly but surely, Hyundai Motor Group is shifting resources toward trucks to catch up with rivals in the U.S. market. ...

Trucks lift American Honda; Civic sell down underway with redesign coming

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
With a fresh-looking version of its iconic Civic due in showrooms this fall, American Honda Motor Co. ...

All your Tesla Model X questions, finally answered

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30
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 s ...

Google sees 'top-tier OEMs' as partners on self-driving cars

5:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and president of its parent company Alphabet Inc., expects the technology giant to team up with “top-tier OEMs” when it ulti ...

Automakers gamble on wireless charging standard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Automakers are putting wireless chargers into their cars, but they're still waiting for a clear signal from Apple, which has yet to build the technology into its iPhone. ...

The challenge and promise of car-sharing, in 2 charts

9:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
If you're a forward-looking automaker, it's no longer enough to sell an EV and experiment with autonomous driving -- you need a car-sharing service, too. ...
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