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Android Auto proves to be luxuriously simple

9:47 am U.S. ET | May 27
The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend the usual "the more you pay, the more you get" rule by giving cars from brands ...

Hyundai wins race to offer Android Auto

8:00 am U.S. ET | May 26
Hyundai has become the first car company to offer Google's new Android Auto interface by launching it in the 2015 Sonata. ...

Hyundai boss Zuchowski sees green light for small pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
A small, versatile Hyundai pickup based on the Santa Cruz concept seems to be headed toward production soon. ...

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
The flawed analyses of Google's accident record illustrated the bar that the self-driving car will need to cross to be accepted. It must not only be safer than human dri ...

Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
Fifteen years after coining the slogan "Zoom Zoom" to pitch its cars to customers who see driving as a pleasure and not a chore, Mazda Motor Corp. is hoping to refine its ...

Redesigned Mazda2 hatchback sits out U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24
Cheap gasoline and tight supplies from a new factory in Mexico have persuaded Mazda not to sell the redesigned Mazda2 in the U.S. ...

Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters'

3:00 am U.S. ET | May 21
Mazda is hoping to refine its fun-to-drive message by launching its biggest U.S. marketing campaign in two years under a new tagline: "Driving Matters." ...

Fight for Nokia map unit may set industry's course

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
The quest for control of the mapping company Nokia Here is shaping up as a fight between competing visions for the future of the automobile, as well as an old-school indu ...

Google, Delphi disclose crashes in self-driving cars

7:17 pm U.S. ET | May 11
Four experimental self-driving cars have had fender-benders on California roads since September, when the state first required companies such as Google to hold permits fo ...

'Nutty' demand has Tesla rethinking battery market

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Musk says Tesla's stationary batteries may need twice as many battery cells as its cars, signaling that Tesla may not be a car company forever. ...

Mitsubishi mulls EV crossover as Evo heir

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Mitsubishi is about to discontinue the Lancer Evolution, yet the Evo name may survive in the form of a speedy plug-in crossover. ...

Tesla starts small with CPO program

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9
Tesla is now selling CPO cars online in 11 US cities, marking the start of a used-car foray that could someday turn into a big money-maker. ...

Tesla losses triple ahead of Model X intro

UPDATED: 5/6/15 7:48 pm ET - adds details
Tesla's first-quarter net losses more than tripled to $154 million as the automaker awaited the launch of the Model X crossover. ...

Toyota picks 8 stores to sell Mirai hydrogen car

4:02 pm U.S. ET | May 6
Toyota, seeking a smooth debut this fall for its Mirai hydrogen car, said it will initially sell the car through just eight dealerships in California. ...

Recall bill cruises in Calif., but will it help?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2
California lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill to patch a loophole in federal auto safety law. Dealers see it as a compromise, but they are struggling to find allies. ...

Hyundai, Kia hold the line on volume

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1
Hyundai and Kia U.S. sales held flat in April as the Korean brands dipped into their pocketbooks to offer bigger incentives on cars. ...

Ally deal enables Mitsubishi to cut costs for capital, infrastructure

11:17 am U.S. ET | April 29
For years, Mitsubishi used an in-house finance arm to underwrite loans to dealers and customers as other small automakers relied on international banking giants to keep t ...

Can automakers unplug connected cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
In the era of over-the-air software updates, automakers will happily add new features. But what happens when they decide to take them away? ...

Ally to take over Mitsubishi's U.S. lending arm

1:26 pm U.S. ET | April 27
Mitsubishi, one of the smallest car companies with a captive finance arm in the United States, is selling its book of business to Ally Financial, the former lending divis ...

Auto industry should cheer Tesla Motors' battery play

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses this week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. ...

Where the heck is Apple CarPlay?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26
Validation testing has delayed the rollout of Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, showing the challenge of updating cars at smartphone speed. ...

Jaguar adds horsepower to the dashboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26
Jaguar Land Rover is not known for cutting-edge dashboard computers, but a lightning-quick navigation system in the redesigned XF sedan may change that. ...

Why the auto industry should root for Tesla's battery play

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 22
Tesla's plan to sell batteries for homes and businesses could create a new market for automakers' battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology. ...

BMW Group, inspired by Google Glass, tests experimental driving goggles

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 19
BMW Group, which thinks computerized headsets such as Google Glass could be the next big thing, has unveiled a prototype of goggles that turn the world into a digital dis ...

Kia's new bosses have a tough act to follow

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
The departure of Kia's top U.S. executive, Byung Mo Ahn, marks a pivotal moment for a brand that has enjoyed unprecedented growth and stability. ...
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