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How the next-gen Audi Q7 lost all that weight
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22
While many SUVs are adding pounds and inches, Audi is subtracting them in the next-generation Q7 that debuts in January at the Detroit auto show. ...


New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20
The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR. ...


Handicapping the finalists for North American Car, Truck of Year
11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16
Automakers love winning awards for best in show. Most would dispatch an executive to Nome, Alaska, in February to pick up some shiny hardware for the company’s trop ...


Nissan Titan goes big rig
11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16
Despite lackluster sales, Nissan is giving the Titan another shot. An all-new version of the full-size pickup is scheduled to be shown in Detroit in January at the North ...


Audi Q7 slims down for 2015
1:48 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12
Audi is shrinking the Q7 SUV. By reducing the size slightly and constructing the body with a mixture of high-strength steel and aluminum, the three-row SUV drops 716 poun ...


You can call it a crossover, but I know a hatchback when I see one
11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9
Small utility vehicles -- or maybe small vehicles with a lot of utility -- are starting to look like The Next Big Thing. And so automakers are tattooing what are basicall ...


Ford considers CVTs as way to improve fuel economy
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
Ford is considering giving the continuously variable transmission another spin. "We've had some experience with CVTs and it wasn't all good," said Raj Nair, Ford's global ...


Tweaked 2015 VW Touareg moves upscale
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg arriving in showrooms in January is taking a few steps upmarket with a revamped interior, tweaked exterior styling and additional safety featu ...


Alcoa signals key improvement in auto aluminum, lands new customer
4:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4 | UPDATED: 12/4/14 5:20 pm ET -- adds video, details
Aluminum giant Alcoa said today it has solved one of the biggest wrinkles automakers wrestle with when stamping aluminum body panels: formability. ...


Mercedes-Benz GLE uncovered
11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2
The Mercedes-Benz GLE crossover coupe, a tall wagon/sedan with swoopy coupelike styling, has been spotted largely uncovered during recent testing. ...


With all the buzz over quality, what does it even mean?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2
The meaning of “poor quality” has changed over the years. Twenty years ago, poor quality was probably a mechanical glitch that stopped a vehicle from operatin ...


Chevrolet hires ex-Ford social media manager to bolster strategy
1:20 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1
Chevrolet, which wants a broader, more consistent social media strategy, has hired former Ford social media manager Craig Daitch. ...


Saab parts sales thrive without showrooms
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1
Saab may have shipped its last car to North America three years ago, but the business of supplying parts for the estimated 450,000 Saabs on American roads goes on. ...


Ford’s payoff from aluminum bet still years away
11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25
Investors might be a little concerned at how Ford is spending its money. Ford dropped billions of dollars redesigning the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. ...


GM's savvy new face to suppliers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Addressing an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., this summer, General Motors' global powertrain boss Steve Kiefer asked a room packed with about 500 people how ...


As Ford spends big, GM joins aluminum with simple welds
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
General Motors is adding more lightweight aluminum to its vehicles. But unlike Ford Motor Co., GM is not spending hundreds of millions of dollars to retool its assembly p ...


How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week ...


Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag
3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21
In round one of aluminum vs. diesel, diesel wins. Ford's new F-150 failed to knock off the pickup fuel economy champ, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. ...


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 ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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