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Leaked stickers suggest a thirstier 2015 Ford Mustang as weight creeps up
1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21
Adding independent rear suspension, numerous electronic safety features and other items raised the weight and lowered the fuel economy of several models of the rebuilt 20 ...


Is Ford rolling the dice with changes to 2015 Mustang?
2:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21
The new Mustang is bigger, heavier, thirstier and more expensive than the outgoing '14 model. It's a recipe for killing a sports car. ...


2015 Corvette will get 29 mpg highway, GM says
8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20 | UPDATED: 8/20/14 1:33 pm ET - adds details
An 8-speed automatic transmission debuting in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette boosts fuel economy by 3. ...


Chrysler names Bigland to lead Alfa Romeo brand in N.A.
9:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18 | UPDATED: 8/18/14 12:17 p.m ET - corrected
Chrysler Group, rolling out sales of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car in the United States, has picked Reid Bigland to lead the Italian sports car brand's return to North Ame ...


GM: More U.S. vehicles to get diesels
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
General Motors will launch more cars and light trucks with diesel engines in the United States in the coming years. ...


Self-driving cars will still need human help
10:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7
Forget the hype. Self-driving vehicles are a long way off, and when they do arrive, what they actually do will probably be a lot less than our image of automated driving. ...


Toyota exec touts supply chain benefits of staff moves to Mich.
4:20 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Toyota’s plan to move supplier development and purchasing staffs to its technical center in Ann Arbor will improve suppliers relations, a top executive said today. ...


Jaguar Land Rover grapples with growing demand, tighter supplies
1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
After a year of record global sales of 425,000 vehicles in 2013 and a 14 percent increase in the first half of 2014, Jaguar Land Rover is facing a problem it has not seen ...


GM: Vette Z06 to get high power, high mpg
11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
The supercharged 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that goes on sale early next year will produce 650 hp, the highest ever for a General Motors production car. But the engine i ...


New systems amaze, but what about the joy of driving?
11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Recent visits to Visteon Corp. and Valeo North America threw me into a bit of a funk. They are working to create a cloud-based, always-connected information pod. Taking a ...


How GM missed the truck fuel economy race, and how it will return
11:17 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
The pickup truck fuel economy race is between Chrysler’s Ram 1500 and the upcoming aluminum-bodied F-150 coming late this year. But the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC ...


GM plans to launch more diesel vehicles in U.S.
10:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
General Motors will launch more cars and light trucks with diesel engines in the United States in the coming years. ...


Despite its speed, the Camaro still has road manners
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
It's reasonable to assume that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, which has the power and ambition to run with Porsche 911s and Nissan GT-Rs, would be a bear to drive. Excep ...


Visteon climate module adds cabin space
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Visteon Corp. engineers have developed a heating and air conditioning unit that would create significantly more cabin space. ...


Valeo wins light competition for Escalade
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
The lights on the Cadillac Escalade, engineered and produced by French supplier Valeo, were designed from the start to separate the SUV's styling from the competition. Th ...


JLR still tops when it comes to aluminum
1:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Nobody in the world auto industry makes more aluminum-bodied vehicles than Jaguar Land Rover. Its latest, the Jaguar F-Type sports car, is a global hit, as are the Range ...


Jaguar exec touts XE's fuel efficiency
5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The upcoming Jaguar XE small sedan is poised to become the most fuel efficient car Jaguar has ever built, based on fuel economy estimates for the European diesel model. ...


VW touts new MQB architecture on Golf hatchback
11:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4 | UPDATED: 8/4/14 12:21 pm ET - adds details, photo
Volkswagen, hoping to boost sales of the new Golf hatchback in the United States, today touted the vehicle's MQB architecture. ...


Ford F-150 targets mpg title with super fuel economy option
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 coming from Ford Motor Co. this fall will try to recapture fuel economy bragging rights from Chrysler's Ram 1500 by offering a "super f ...


Ford counts on free brake pads to boost service visits
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Ford Motor Co. dealers today are launching a program that offers lifetime replacement of brake pads for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles. ...


2015 F-150 repair parts will be sold to all body shops
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Ford Motor Co. says it will sell body repair parts for the 2015 F-150 to all body shops, even ones that have not been certified to fix the aluminum-bodied pickup. ...


Hemi Hellcat engine aims to make potential buyers 'giddy'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Dodge made history when it announced last month that the Challenger SRT's supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine cranks out 707 hp. It is the highest horsepower engine ev ...


Electric turbocharger eliminates lag, Valeo says
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
French supplier Valeo has developed an electric turbocharger that it says eliminates "turbo lag." The new turbocharger is powered by an electric motor instead of exhaust ...


Ford's new F-150 takes aim at Ram's highway mpg crown
3:51 pm U.S. ET | July 29 | UPDATED: 7/30/14 7:34 am ET - adds details
Ford hopes to regain fuel economy bragging rights in big pickups by offering a special “SFE” package on the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. ...


Ford hikes revamped F-150 pickup prices as much as $3,615
11:36 am U.S. ET | July 28 | UPDATED: 7/28/14 9:55 pm ET - corrected
Ford is raising prices on the new 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup by $360 to $3,615, or 1 percent to 8 percent, and has trimmed the number of models to five from 11. ...


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