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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 ...


Nissan's Diaz says 2016 Titan is no F-150 look-alike
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21
Nissan's redesigned 2016 Titan pickup that debuted at the Detroit auto show drew plenty of comparisons to the Ford F-150. ...


Have no fear, Hyundai cracks the fuel-cell code
11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17
The hydrogen fuel cell debate is no longer a chicken-and-egg conundrum. The fuel cell vehicle has arrived first. It works. ...


Toyota revises Avalon's ride and styling
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
An updated version of the Avalon, Toyota's biggest sedan, arrives this fall with revised styling and a recalibrated suspension system. ...


Has diesel peaked in Europe?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe. Driving into Paris a few years ago in a Peugeot diesel ...


Has diesel had its day in Europe?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe. ...


Fewer pounds and better chemistry boost '16 Volt range
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Here's how GM made the 2016 Volt's powertrain lighter, along with some other notable engineering changes. ...


Acura drops new V-6 in RDX, boosting fuel economy
11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12
Acura is introducing several new technologies on one of its best-selling nameplates, the RDX compact crossover. ...


Toyota Avalon gets light freshening, suspension tuning for 2016
3:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12
Toyota is giving its biggest car, the Avalon sedan, a light freshening for the 2016 model year. The biggest changes are to the car's four-wheel independent suspension sys ...


More black eyes for the diesel engine
11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10
The diesel engine is in trouble in Europe. Diesel's reputation is being blackened because air quality in many European cities is poor, and that is causing health problems ...


At last, a Focus RS for the U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
U.S. fans of the Ford Focus RS from overseas soon will be able to get their hands on one. ...


What's shakin' at the Chicago auto show
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Utility will be a main theme of the Chicago Auto Show. ...


What's shakin' at the Chicago Auto Show
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8
Utility will be a main theme of the Chicago Auto Show this week. Among the global debuts: a freshened Acura RDX cross-over, a redesigned Honda Pilot crossover, a freshene ...


Ford, at long last, plans Focus RS for U.S.
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3 | UPDATED: 2/4/15 10:23 am US ET - adds gallery
U.S. fans of the Ford Focus RS -- a pocket rocket long sold overseas -- soon will be able to get their hands on one. ...


The spare tire goes missing
11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3
The spare tire has been squeezed out of many new vehicles, thanks to run-flat tires, inflator kits, efforts to reduce vehicle weight and a lack of storage space -- especi ...


Ford, powered by F series, reaps higher prices on 15% increase in sales
12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3 | UPDATED: 2/3/15 3:09 pm ET - details added
Ford's Dearborn, Mich., truck plant, which assembles the redesigned 2015 F-150 with an aluminum body, is running at full line speed, giving a boost to Ford pickup sales a ...


Full speed ahead for aluminum
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Aluminum company executives say the modest fuel economy gain posted by the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 has not dented automakers' enthusiasm for the metal. ...


Ford's new F-150 and Transit face tough scrutiny from pundits, competitors
1:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30
Ford now has two risky new high-profile vehicles on sale -- the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup and the new Euro-styled Transit cargo van -- so pundits and competitors natur ...


Can Dodge rebuild Pontiac excitement?
11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27
General Motors has no plans to revive Pontiac, Hummer and Saturn, CEO Mary Barra says. So where do longtime Pontiac and Hummer buyers go if they are in the market? ...


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