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Fisker flexes muscle with coachbuilt 725-hp Mustang
2:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20
Henrik Fisker, the Danish designer behind the Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8 and the ill-fated Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, apparently can design an American muscle car, too. ...


VW to bring Golf Alltrack to U.S. in 2016 to take on Subaru
3:22 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19
VW has decided to offer the Golf SportWagen with 4Motion all-wheel drive in the United States starting in 2016, both as a pure wagon and as a crossover-styled variant cal ...


Mazda hopes CX-5, Mazda6 facelifts turn heads
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19
Midsize sedans were once the brown shoes of the US car market: a rational purchase, not an emotional one. ...


Honda opens Calif. garage to get Android rolling
1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18
To help Google's new Android Auto system gain favor, Honda is doing something rare in the auto industry: subsidizing its rivals. ...


Mazda zoom zooms into tiny CUVs with CX-3
11:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18
With the CX-3, which stands 4 inches taller than a Mazda3 compact five-door from road to roof but 7 inches shorter from bumper to bumper, Mazda joins the growing list of ...


Ewanick's next bold bet: Hydrogen stations
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
If Honda, Hyundai and Toyota are the companies defining what fuel cell vehicles are, it's FirstElement and former GM executive Joel Ewanick that largely will define how a ...


Hydrogen cars are here. Is the world ready for them?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Auto companies have looked to hydrogen fuel cells as a groundbreaking technology: a nonpolluting power source that isn't constrained by battery capacity and doesn't requi ...


Flagships, cute utes headline L.A. show
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17 | UPDATED: 11/17/14 11:09 am - Corrected
Pint-size crossovers and extra-large luxury sedans will share the spotlight at the Los Angeles Auto Show, as Mercedes-Benz revives the Maybach name with a top-of-the-line ...


Automakers vow to protect data they collect
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Under pressure from U.S. regulators to prevent misuse of personal data from services such as General Motors' OnStar, automakers agreed last week to follow a set of rules ...


Dashboard data shifting the car insurance model and changing ownership math
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
As dashboard data make it easier to determine how people are driving, and how much, insurers are moving toward a usage-based insurance model that could upend the cost-ben ...


HERE's looking at you -- in 3-D
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
John Ristevski's ride always gets attention on the street. People are bound to stop and stare at a bright blue station wagon with $80,000 worth of electronics mounted on ...


Hyundai's U.S. marketing boss Shannon steps down
10:20 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 | UPDATED: 11/14/14 2:56 pm ET - adds details
Hyundai Motor America marketing chief Steve Shannon, the General Motors veteran who joined Hyundai in 2011 to help the Korean brand continue its ascendance in the United ...


Automakers adopt protocols to handle, protect consumer data in connected car era
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 | UPDATED: 11/13/14 1:58 pm ET - adds details
Hoping to harness customer data to offer more services without eliciting an outcry over the misuse of personal information, major automakers today agreed to industry-wide ...


Tesla expects 50% jump in deliveries this year
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Tesla Motors Inc. said last week it expects to deliver 33,000 units of the Model S sedan in 2014, a 50 percent increase over 2013, due to the completion of assembly-line ...


Tesla sets delivery record but Q3 loss widens to $74.7 million
5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5 | UPDATED: 11/6/14 12:25 pm ET - adds details
Tesla's net loss widened to $74.7 million in the third quarter on higher r&d outlays and other expenses. Revenue during the period nearly doubled to $851.8 million as the ...


GM to roll out Android cars in 2016, supplier says
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4
General Motors is preparing to introduce Android-based infotainment systems -- the same Google platform used on more than 1 billion mobile devices, from smartphones and t ...


Honda’s redesigned CR-V outsells Accord, Civic
10:57 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Early sales results for the redesigned 2015 CR-V suggest Honda should have little cause for concern about pole position in the compact crossover segment. ...


Mazda teases CX-3 subcompact crossover before L.A. premiere
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Mazda will unveil a subcompact crossover called the CX-3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month, a rival for models such as the Nissan Juke, Buick Encore and Subaru XV C ...


Pairing phones to cars could be done with a tap
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2
Near-field communication, the wireless technology that allows users of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 to make payments by tapping the smartphone on a reader at a checkout counter, ...


Mazda to unveil CX-3 for small crossover market
8:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Mazda wants a piece of the market for miniaturized crossovers. ...


Scion's iM concept suggests Toyota's Auris is U.S.-bound
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Toyota Motor Corp., on a mission to rejuvenate its youth-oriented Scion brand, may replace its boxy xB subcompact with a version of Europe's Toyota Auris, new images sugg ...


Why Honda is venturing into Oculus' virtual world
11:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23
From the back seat of an Acura MDX, I peered out at a stone house on a cliff, fields of wind-swept grass and blue butterflies close enough to touch. All of it was a mirag ...


Three factors in Daimler's $780M sale of Tesla stock
8:39 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22
When Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler disclosed it had sold its 4 percent stake in Tesla Motors for a handsome $780 million, people naturally rushed for a simple explanation. ...


A terrible wreck, but not a total loss
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Most dealerships send totaled cars straight to the junkyard. White Bear Mitsubishi put one on display, and it has been reaping the rewards ever since. ...


Startups see opportunities flowing from data port
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Some startups, impatient with automakers' progress and promising to bring older vehicles into the data-driven age, are racing to market with hardware and apps that tap in ...


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