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Why the Mustang II should get its due
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16
One member of the Mustang family won't have a very high-profile role at this week's 50th anniversary celebrations: the 1974-78 Mustang II. ...


Detroit 3: High octane has pluses
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
Automakers could increase fuel economy as much as 5 percent if the United States used the same blend of high-octane gasoline that is sold in Europe, Detroit 3 powertrain ...


Mustang changed lives, inspired careers
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Just like countless other kids around the world who were captivated by the original Mustang and decided they wanted to be mechanics, designers, engineers, race car driver ...


Carroll Shelby helped Ford build performance cred
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11
Carroll Shelby roared through the world's automotive scene like a tornado, leaving marks as a racer, automaker, marketer and businessman. He is the only man to win Le Man ...


Whereabouts of the first Mustang remain a mystery
8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11
Because precise production records were not kept at the time and the early cars were not built in sequential order, no one knows the serial number of the first Mustang bu ...


Rivals tried, but none matched the Mustang's sales in the '60s
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11
The Mustang's runaway success after its April 1964 debut left most of Ford Motor Co.'s rivals scrambling to develop their own pony cars. ...


Smart recycling cuts F-150 cost
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Innovative recycling that sorts aluminum by type and returns it to suppliers will save Ford $124 per pickup, compared with using conventional recycling methods, when prod ...


Porsche confirms 4-cylinder engine for Cayman, Boxster
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31
The four-cylinder engines for the Porsche Cayman and Boxster will do more than improve each car's fuel economy: The lower weight that comes from reducing cylinder count b ...


An old Rover plant comes back -- and someday, maybe, the brand
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31
The transformation of the old Rover plant in the British Midlands, scene of so much labor strife, turmoil and heartbreak in the 1970s and '80s, is breathtaking. ...


An old Rover plant comes back — and someday, maybe, the brand
12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 28
The transformation of the old Rover plant in the British Midlands, scene of so much labor strife, turmoil and heartbreak in the 1970s and '80s, is breathtaking. ...


Ford spending $500 million to build new V-6 truck engine in Ohio
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28
Ford is investing $500 million to build a new compact, lightweight turbocharged V-6 engine for the redesigned F-150 pickup at a plant in Lima, Ohio. ...


GM: Quietness of new Ecotec engines for small vehicles will be 'best in class'
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24
To Steve Kiefer, General Motors' new vice president of global powertrain operations, quiet equals quality. ...


4-cylinder for Porsche Cayman, Boxster will improve mpg, handling
9:44 am U.S. ET | March 21 | UPDATED: 3/21/14 2:09 pm ET - new story, adds galleries
The four-cylinder engines for the Porsche Cayman and Boxster will do more than improve each car's fuel economy: the lower weight that comes from reducing cylinder count b ...


GM's new head of powertrain 'loves' diesels
4:23 pm U.S. ET | March 20
"I love diesels.” There's one clue to how General Motors' new head of global powertrain, Steve Kiefer, might steer future engine development. ...


GM preps more fuel-efficient engine family for small cars
March 19, 2014 15:19 CET
GM is creating a suite of 11 new small powerplants that the automaker says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models. ...


GM preps more fuel efficient engine family for small cars
9:19 am U.S. ET | March 19 | UPDATED: 3/19/14 12:56 pm ET - adds photo
General Motors is creating a family of more fuel efficient small engines that it says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models. ...


How I accidentally bought a Jeep, and liked it
2:24 pm U.S. ET | March 17
I accidentally bought a mint condition 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo a few weeks ago on the Internet. The Grand Cherokee didn't sell on eBay. But I made a low-ball offe ...


William Clay Ford's luxury-car legacy
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 | UPDATED: 3/16/14 8:07 pm ET - correction
The Mark II, created 60 years ago under the direction of William Clay Ford, who died March 9 at age 88, still influences Ford, which is struggling once again to revive Li ...


Muscular Macan can fit a family
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10
Porsche executives pitch the Macan, on its way to U.S. dealerships, as a compact crossover. But to most eyes it looks more like a muscular hatchback. ...


Jaguar plans compact sedan with new engine, aluminum unibody
March 4, 2014 16:14 CET
Jaguar's compact sedan will be called the XE and will be built on a new aluminum unibody architecture, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said. ...


Jaguar plans compact sedan with new engine, aluminum unibody
10:14 am U.S. ET | March 4 | UPDATED: 3/4/14 2:12 pm ET - adds detail on Solihull plant
Jaguar's compact sedan coming next year will be called the XE, will be powered by one of the company's new engines and will be built on a new aluminum unibody architectur ...


Brit savvy makes this Chinese car a winner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1
The most credible car yet to emerge from China wears an unlikely badge: MG. ...


Exec: Think plastics for lightweight, durable parts
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24 | UPDATED: 2/26/14 10:22 am ET - corrected
Lanxess AG, a German chemical company spun off from Bayer AG in 2004, is working on plastics that can replace metal in auto parts such as springs and brake pedals. ...


Rural Montana dealer makes house calls
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24
Despite the weather, American's service department, with 17 bays, including lanes for oil changes and detailing, is booked three weeks in advance. ...


The mad truck dash to 30 mpg on highway and pickup gold
4:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11
If you thought the pickup wars -- manufacturers' ongoing offensive to top each other with towing and payload increases and an ever-expanding array of luxury features -- c ...


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