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Kia to boost Forte supply -- in 2016
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Kia is evaluating which nameplates it will assemble as part of "a range" of compact models to be built at the plant in Monterrey that Kia announced last week. ...


Kia says it will build 'range' of small cars at new plant in Mexico
2:59 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27 | UPDATED: 8/27/14 9:07 pm ET - new story, Kia statement
Kia plans to produce “a range” of small cars for markets including the United States at its $1 billion plant in Monterrey, Mexico, after production begins in ...


Kia to unveil plans for assembly plant in Mexico, sources say
6:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26
Kia will announce plans Wednesday to construct an assembly plant in Mexico, its first in the country, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. ...


Mitsubishi to tweak design for a unified look
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Mitsubishi will improve its U.S. lineup with some fresh design touches next year, but few all-new vehicles will be introduced stateside during the next three years. ...


Mazda making big changes fast
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Mazda continues to roll out product changes at a pace that's more associated with the world of apps than autos. ...


2016 Sorento longer, lower, roomier
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Kia has released the first images of the 2016 Sorento, which will be longer, lower and have more interior space than the outgoing version ...


U.S. awards more than $55 million in vehicle technology grants
3:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14
The Department of Energy has awarded more than $55 million in grants to companies including Ford, Delphi Automotive Systems and others for advanced vehicle technology r&d ...


Is this the next-generation MX-5 Miata roadster?
1:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13
Ahead of its media reveal next month, an Instagram user in Japan may have snagged an early glimpse of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster. ...


Kia Sorento to get bigger footprint for 2016
2:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11
The next-generation Kia Sorento crossover will be longer, lower and have more interior space than the outgoing version. Kia released the first images of the 2016 Sorento ...


Acura sees TLX campaign as start of image makeover
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11 | UPDATED: 8/11/14 12:05 pm ET
Acura's new TLX sedan takes on the high-wire act of replacing both the TL and TSX in the brand's lineup. ...


Hyundai goes global with store design
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Hyundai is rolling out a global dealership design initiative aimed at creating a unified look at its stores worldwide before the end of the decade. ...


Hyundai hit with $17M fine
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Federal regulators last week slapped Hyundai with a $17. ...


Kia goals: Refine the ride, polish brand
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
With its lineup almost completely fleshed out, Kia will have a steadier pace of about two major launches per year, each one seeking to make steady progress in refining th ...


Hyundai to give crossovers an update and hybrids a spin
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Hyundai is already into the first year of a steady period in its new-product cadence that will see at least two significant launches in each of the next three years. ...


Korean automakers enter stable phase
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Once specialists in tiny, economy cars, Hyundai and Kia are now fielding a full range of vehicles, from subcompacts to large premium sedans, plus crossovers and some quir ...


Chinese supplier lays plans to revive Fisker and give itself a jolt
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
If Lu Guanqiu has his way, his Wanxiang Group will bring the Fisker Karma back to life and establish the Chinese supplier as a high-profile coach-builder in the United St ...


Acura task force's job: Define brand's identity
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4

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New VW Credit chief wants to expand floorplan footprint
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The new CEO of Volkswagen and Audi's finance arm wants to get more of each brand's dealers on its books. ...


Acura TLX aims to balance size, performance
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Acura has an ambitious mandate for its new TLX: Replace two outgoing sedans and claw back some prestige for the brand. The TLX replaces the mid-sized TL and compact TSX s ...


Tesla digs, but isn't sold on Reno
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2
Tesla Motors hasn't decided on a site for its so-called gigafactory, but it's moving forward as though it has. ...


Execs who delay safety recalls would face life in prison under Senate bill
7:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1
Auto executives who delay safety recalls that result in deaths could face up to life in prison under a new bill backed by a United States senator who has been one of the ...


Toyota Motor advances 12% for best July in 7 years
4:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1
Sales at Toyota Motor Sales rose 12 percent in July from a year earlier to 215,802 vehicles, for the automaker's best July sales in seven years as core models posted big ...


Tesla's Q2 net loss widens to $62 million as r&d expenses soar
4:39 pm U.S. ET | July 31 | UPDATED: 7/31/14 7:36 pm ET - details added
Tesla's net loss widened to $61.9 million in the second quarter even though it assembled and delivered record numbers of Model S electric cars. Revenues surged nearly 90 ...


'Cash for clunkers opened up the floodgates'
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
The Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as cash for clunkers, was a lifeline at a desperate time for the U.S. auto industry. ...


Fisker's Chinese owner plans 2nd model after Karma output resumes
5:51 pm U.S. ET | July 25
The Chinese owner of Fisker Automotive hopes to launch a second model that would join the $100,000 Karma luxury plug-in hybrid in three years, according to the company ...


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