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Caddy wants unique team, unique powertrains
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Dave Leone, Cadillac's chief engineer, says he wants to differentiate Cadillac powertrains in terms of power, refinement and sound. ...


2016 Chevy Volt gets a $1,115 price cut
12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3
Chevrolet is dropping the price of the redesigned Chevrolet Volt by $1,115. When it arrives this fall, the 2016 Volt will carry a sticker price of $33,995. ...


Cadillac engineer tells how ATS-V will compete
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2
Cadillac officials are taking a conservative view of the sales potential of the brand's latest model, the ATS-V high-performance sport sedan. ...


Crossovers propel Nissan Motor to April record
12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1 | UPDATED: 5/1/15 12:41 pm ET - adds details
Nissan Motor Corp. rode its freshened lineup of Nissan and Infiniti utilities and crossovers to total U.S. sales of 109,848 vehicles, an increase of 5.7 percent an April ...


The knock on higher octane
11:30 am U.S. ET | April 28
Higher octane fuel may be necessary to meet future fuel economy standards. Automakers want it but can’t publicly call for it. Refiners don’t want to make it. ...


With ATS-V, Cadillac aims to join the best in class from Germany
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26
With the high-performance ATS-V, Cadillac has elevated its game, bringing GM's luxury marque, perhaps legitimately for the first time, into direct competition with the be ...


Higher octane fuel could add mpg, SAE panel says
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25
In a world of higher octane gasoline -- in which 95 would replace 87 and become the new regular -- automakers could more easily and affordably meet stringent fuel economy ...


With 3-D printing, product development flies
11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21
3-D printers are dramatically cutting product development costs, allowing engineers and designers to get prototype parts in hours, not weeks. ...


Self-driving tech building blocks already in place
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Kathy Winter, Delphi's vice president of advanced engineering and software service, declined to predict when autonomous cars would be ready for the market. ...


Brembo thrives on growing performance market
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Brembo, the Italian brake manufacturer, is on a roll. The company's global 2014 revenue grew 15 percent to nearly $2.20 billion. But Brembo has plenty of challenges. ...


Self-driving building blocks already in place
11:00 am U.S. ET | April 14
It will largely be the work of software writers that determines the safety, performance and comfort of autonomous cars. ...


Left for dead, British industry booms again
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Ten years ago this month, MG Rover went bankrupt -- and appeared to symbolize the end of the once proud British auto industry. ...


Cramped quarters teach valuable lessons
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
When Hodges Subaru moves to a much larger building on Detroit's famed Woodward Avenue, it will take with it many lessons learned during the years confined in a small spac ...


Henrik Fisker, Aston Martin settle suit over Thunderbolt design
4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 8
Aston Martin has put the brakes on Henrik Fisker's return to the auto industry. ...


Look-alike cars? Whether by design or not, it's an old, familiar story
11:30 am U.S. ET | April 7
Designers have never had more flexibility and access to technology and materials to create and break new styling ground. So why do so many of today's latest cars and conc ...


Ford says aluminum repair smooth so far
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
It's early, but Ford says it's so far so good on repairing damaged 2015 F-150 pickups with aluminum bodies. ...


The new sticker shock: High costs to fix high-tech
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
We all know about showroom sticker shock. But here's another side of the affordability problem: the hefty repair costs for minor accidents. ...


Remembering the rise and fall of MG Rover
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4
Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here to pause for a moment and remember dear, old Rover. ...


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 ...


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