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Is there room under the Blue Oval for Ranger, Bronco and Troller in U.S.?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Ever since Ford dropped the midsize Ranger pickup in late 2011, the company has been pestered regularly and repeatedly about replacing it. ...

Mercedes S-class cabrio will bow in Frankfurt

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Mercedes-Benz is adding a fourth convertible to its North American lineup: the S class. The German automaker will introduce the car this month at the Frankfurt auto show. ...

Toyota's venerable Land Cruiser sports modern, safety updates for 2016

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
The oldest nameplate in the Toyota lineup, the Land Cruiser, is receiving significant upgrades for the 2016 model year. ...

GM's Duramax V-8 engine to power U.S. Army's Humvee replacement

UPDATED: 8/31/15 10:28 am ET - corrected
GM's powertrain division will supply the engine for the successor to the Army's Humvee -- a deal that could see GM deliver as many as 55,000 diesel V-8 engines. ...

How to solve global emissions rift, without dealing in reality

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
A single, global standard for emissions would be ideal, and can't be overstated enough, because the auto industry is burning precious capital at what may turn out to be a ...

Global regulations drive up engineering costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
A tangled web of differing global regulations -- mostly covering emissions and safety -- forces automakers and suppliers to spend billions on redundant engineering. ...

Chevy's retooled '16 Camaro set for public debut at Detroit's Dream Cruise

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro gets its public debut Saturday at the Woodward Dream Cruise. ...

Novelis: Automakers test stronger aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
Novelis has developed a new grade of high-strength aluminum for use on doors, bumpers and other safety-critical areas, but steel industry officials say new blends of ultr ...

GM, Honda cut cost of fuel cell stack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
Since General Motors and Honda teamed to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles two years ago, the partners have slashed the size, weight and cost of the fuel cell s ...

It takes green to go green at dealership

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
It takes money to go green. At Thoroughbred Ford in Kansas City, Mo. around 500 incandescent lights above the lot are being replaced with expensive industry grade LED bul ...

Regulator's reminder: 54.5 mpg goal isn't final yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
The strict federal fuel economy targets that have triggered furious re-engineering, and some hand-wringing, across the auto industry should be regarded as just a rough dr ...

Chris Grundler and the EPA hot seat

11:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
You think your job is tough? Try walking in Chris Grundler's shoes at the EPA. ...

Local Motors details plans for street-legal 3-D car

4:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Local Motors, the Arizona start-up company that uses 3-D printing technology to make cars, said it plans to have a street-legal two-seat coupe ready for sale to consumers ...

The knock on higher octane

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Expect the debate over raising the octane levels at U.S. gasoline pumps -- perhaps making 93 octane the new regular -- to get a lot louder between now and 2017. ...

Multiphysics? Joining disciplines to design parts

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Complex technologies are forcing automotive engineers to work in areas outside their field of expertise. ...

EPA studies potential benefits of higher octane gasoline

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
The EPA is studying whether raising the octane level of gasoline could improve the efficiency of automobile engines, Christopher Grundler, director of the agency's office ...

54.5 mpg isn't a done deal, EPA official says

UPDATED: 8/5/15 8:32 am ET - corrected
A top EPA official today shot down the notion that the agency has already decided to implement the 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average proposed for 2025. ...

Jaguar F-Pace undergoes final tests ahead of Frankfurt debut

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Jaguar's first crossover, the midsize F-Pace, is going through final tests ahead of its sales launch next year. ...

The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal. ...

How GM makes a business case for its electrified vehicles

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
GM uses modular parts to dramatically reduce costs for batteries, motors and other components in its fleet of six electrified cars, its chief engineer for electrified veh ...

Sports cars: Launch 'em and leave 'em? No way

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Launch it and leave it is a death sentence for sporty cars. And no company has been more successful at failing with sporty cars than Toyota. ...

GM, Honda join forces for one fuel cell design

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Nearly two years have passed since General Motors and Honda announced their partnership to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. ...

Dodge Challenger needs more internet horsepower

7:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
We all know the Dodge Challenger can be ordered with an asphalt peeling 707-horsepower Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine. ...

New steels, execs say, save weight

5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Audi and BMW officials detailed a mixed-materials approach to lightweighting automobile bodies Monday at the seminars, saying they will use a combination of steel, alumin ...

Subaru's non-automotive engine a big hit at CAR's event

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3
It wasn’t a turbo. And it didn’t sport the company’s trademark “boxer” opposed engine. ...
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