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Acura retools ILX with more power, 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20 | UPDATED: 11/20/14 1:17 pm ET
Acura is taking another shot at the small premium sedan segment by retooling the entry-level ILX. The Honda Civic-based compact has been re-engineered with a more powerfu ...


Honda joins small-crossover fray with HR-V
3:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19
The Honda HR-V, based on the Fit subcompact, arrives early next year and will compete with small crossovers such as the Buick Encore, Fiat 500X and Mini Countryman. ...


Jaguar beefs up powertrain options on F-Type
11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19
Jaguar is building on its successful return to the sports car market by expanding the powertrain options in the F-Type coupe and convertible. ...


Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax
11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18
A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler. ...


Why turbocharger fans owe Saab a thank-you
11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11
We are gathered here today to pay our respects to Saab. The deceased Swedish automaker's lasting legacy is not the unconventional place it put the ignition switch. ...


M-B Metris van targets fleet buyers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
The midsize Mercedes-Benz cargo and passenger van coming next year will be called the Metris in North America. ...


SEMA today, showrooms tomorrow
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Various vehicles loaded with high-performance gear at last week's Specialty Equipment Market Association show will be available soon in U.S. showrooms. ...


How Chrysler's Hellcat engine almost died
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4
One of the year's hottest new engines almost never happened. ...


Mercedes preps midsize cargo, passenger van for U.S.
7:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4
Mercedes-Benz is using the giant Specialty Equipment Market Association show this week to preview a midsize van scheduled to arrive in North America in about a year. ...


Acura to Jeep, SEMA showcases performance, off-road mojo
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4
Automakers are showing off customized high-performance vehicles this week in Las Vegas at the Special Equipment Market Association’s yearly show. ...


Mercedes-Benz adds 4wd, safety tech to Sprinter
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Mercedes-Benz, running true to form, is turning to safety and powertrain technology to keep the 2015 Sprinter van on fleet buyers' shopping lists as newly launched Ford a ...


Jeep, Ram carry Chrysler to another stellar month
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Jeep sales continue to defy gravity, with older models even posting strong gains, and helping drive Chrysler Group to another monthly volume increase. ...


Michigan body shop burns used oil to cut heating bill
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Dealer Ed Brown saw a heating system that uses used oil displayed at the 2002 National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans and had it installed a yea ...


Jaguar Land Rover opens $750 million engine plant
4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30
Jaguar Land Rover moved another step closer today to gaining greater control of its destiny with the opening of its $750 million engine plant near Wolverhampton in the U. ...


Why the stick shift's days may be numbered
9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28
Two cars I have test driven recently finally convinced me the good old-fashioned manual transmission will soon be dead. ...


Nissan's 2016 Maxima drives back to roots
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21
Nissan's redesigned Maxima sedan may be getting back to its “4DSC” roots. Recent spy photos show an early prototype of the 2016 Maxima. ...


Sizing up the field for 2015 Car, Truck of Year honors
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21
A look at select and notable candidates for 2015 Car and Truck of the Year honors from the twisting roads of western Michigan. ...


Rolls-Royce renews the Ghost
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Rolls-Royce has made extensive styling and technical changes to the Ghost Series II for its midcycle freshening. ...


Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. ...


Volvo's new engine: Turbocharger? Supercharger? What is this thing?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Volvo's experimental engine -- a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder -- cranks out an amazing 450 horsepower. ...


Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II adds new tech, keeps old-school feel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Despite the addition of up-to-date electronic, entertainment, safety and luxury accoutrements, the refreshed 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is still -- and this is no a ...


Volvo 'triple boost' engine cranks up the power
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Volvo Car Group is testing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses three turbochargers to crank out at least 450 hp. ...


CT6? Cadillac missed chance to sell 'em on a sexy name
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Car names derived from letters and numbers have been with us since at least the 1950s. So why the big fuss after Cadillac said it will name its big new sedan the CT6? Wel ...


Porsche adds 4 GTS variants to 911 lineup for 2015
6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7
Porsche, feeling the heat from such cars as the redesigned Chevrolet Corvette, is giving the venerable 911 a tune-up for 2015. ...


Volvo tests triple-turbo 4-cylinder that cranks out 450 hp
10:46 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7
Volvo Cars is testing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses three turbochargers and cranks out at least 450 hp. ...


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