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Recent articles
Did Lincoln Continental rip off Bentley? Design chiefs clash online
4:30 pm U.S. ET | March 31
A row between Bentley and Lincoln's design chiefs erupted late Monday after Ford showed the 2016 Lincoln Continental Concept ahead of the New York auto show. ...


GMC Terrain undergoes facelift for 2016
11:30 am U.S. ET | March 31
GMC, riding a hot streak in sales of utility vehicles, introduced a face-lifted version of the midsize Terrain today ahead of its debut at this week's New York auto show. ...


Why Jeep should have its own performance division
11:30 am U.S. ET | March 31
Is there an American brand that could set up a division for high-performance and factory-made, very limited-production custom vehicles and charge enough to make it profit ...


The buzz about the Benz pickup
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
Daimler's surprise announcement that it will launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup by 2020 contained no technical details, but offered one major clue: The midsize truck will be b ...


Base 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to start at $25,735
11:07 am U.S. ET | March 30
The new Mazda MX-5 Miata will start at $25,735. That's a price bump of $1,125 over the outgoing 2014 model. Prices include $820 shipping. ...


Chevy, supplier tweak Volt battery pack for more range
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
To boost the 2016 Chevrolet Volt's electric-only driving range to 50 miles from 38 on the outgoing first-generation car, engineers reduced the number of cells in the batt ...


LG Chem exec: Tesla's gigafactory to cut EV costs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a huge battery plant under construction in Nevada, could help suppliers of lithium ion batteries for autos finally turn a profit, says Prabha ...


The latest tech is great -- until you have to replace it
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24
There is a downside to rapidly advancing automotive technology: Break something, and you'll pay an eye-popping amount to get it fixed. ...


Designers use new tricks, and the wind tunnel
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
Automakers facing stiffer global fuel economy and emissions standards are increasing efforts to improve fuel efficiency. ...


Technology makes vehicles slipperier
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
Drag coefficient measures the resistance of an object as it moves through air or fluid. The lower the number, the slipperier the vehicle, and the less fuel it burns. ...


Mini clears Superleggera roadster for production, report says
11:30 am U.S. ET | March 17
It’s not quite as exciting as a Beatles reunion, but it looks like one of Britain’s greatest hits -- the affordable sports car -- could finally be returning. ...


Small utility vehicles' big payoff
11:30 am U.S. ET | March 17
Tiny crossovers and SUVs could be immune to America's long-standing love-hate relationship with small cars. We love 'em when gasoline is expensive and shun 'em when it's ...


A test drive converts a Cadillac skeptic
11:30 am U.S. ET | March 10
There’s one last item to address before we close the book on my recent column about GM's latest efforts to reposition Cadillac. ...


M-B's Metris enters scene
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Ford Motor Co.'s segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz. ...


Hellcat demand is unleashed on eBay
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
A quick check of eBay confirms how strong demand is for the SRT Hellcat versions of the Dodge Challenger and Charger. ...


Ram expands CNG options
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Ram will offer a less-expensive heavy-duty pickup powered by compressed natural gas. ...


Mercedes Metris cargo van to enter Ford Transit Connect's turf
11:54 am U.S. ET | March 5
Ford's segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz. ...


Novelis teams with German partner on aluminum advances
8:00 am U.S. ET | March 5
Aluminum giant Novelis and German supplier Henkel said today they signed an agreement to develop advanced bonding technologies for aluminum-intensive vehicles. ...


Ram will expand lineup of CNG-powered trucks
1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 4
Fiat Chrysler is expanding the availability of compressed natural gas on its heavy duty Ram pickup. ...


Whatever happens with a takeover, automakers always learn something
11:00 am U.S. ET | March 3
Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo all have something in common today besides the fact that they were once owned or controlled by Ford. ...


CLA’s minor dings put a big dent in Mercedes’ rating
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
It wasn't cranky engines, shiftless transmissions or funky infotainment systems that sunk Mercedes-Benz last week in the Consumer Reports Car Brand Report Cards. ...


FCA to fix coupling on Ram diesels
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
Fiat Chrysler is replacing a potentially faulty exhaust coupling in the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup that can send diesel fumes into the cabin through the air co ...


De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
It seems nothing gets people chattering these days like Cadillac, a brand in transition. So when reporter Richard Truett took to autonews. ...


Blazing-fast McLaren 675LT to debut in Geneva
9:20 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25
British sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotive plans to introduce the 675LT at next week’s Geneva auto show. The sleek coupe can top 120 mph in a faster amount ...


De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to rebuild Caddy's image
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24
An open letter to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen: Fixing Cadillac will be the biggest challenge of your career, a far larger task, even, than breathing new life into Aud ...


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