Automakers

Can BMW's tech-loaded, plush 7 series take on Mercedes S class?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan illustrates that even the brand that touts itself as a driver's car has succumbed to the gadget and semi-autonomous driving trend. In fact, BMW has outdone the Mercedes-Benz S-class sedan with gizmos....
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Porsche dealers looking to leverage posh new Atlanta experience center

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Porsche dealerships are hosting events at and sending customers to the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. That's exactly the kind of dealer buy-in Porsche's U.S. chief Detlev von Platen was seeking when he proposed the $100 million project....
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Suzuki will defend its independence after 4-year dispute with VW ends

Aug. 31, 2015 11:14 CET

Suzuki plans to defend its hard-won independence after arbitrators upheld the Japanese automaker's request to terminate a 2009 agreement with Volkswagen. VW will sell its 19.9 percent Suzuki stake, valued at about $3.8 billion....
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JASON STEIN

BLOG: Marchionne waits at the gate, but who is there to answer?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Merger or no merger, General Motors, once unassailable in corporate America, is vulnerable. The really bad news for GM: A dragon stands again at the gates. And he's wearing a black sweater....
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Renault, Nissan halt $756 million India investment, report says

Aug. 31, 2015 11:43 CET

Renault and alliance partner Nissan have halted plans to invest 50 billion rupees ($756 million) in India because they say they are owed 46 billion rupees by the Tamil Nadu state government for investment promotion subsidies and tax refunds, a report said....
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Mazda rolls out store redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A suburban Seattle store is the first store to adopt Mazda's first new dealership design in 12 years, a black-and-white motif called Retail Evolution. Mazda expects to finish six stores by the end of 2015 and break ground on five more, with roughly 75 projects to follow in 2016....
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Mazda CX-9 to borrow from Mazda6

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The next-generation Mazda CX-9 will adopt the elongated hood, sweptback stance and narrow headlights of the Mazda6 sedan, recent spy photos show....
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Updated Smart ForTwo convertible is due next summer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The convertible version of the redesigned Smart ForTwo will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. early next summer....
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PHOTO ESSAY

Getting the luxury treatment at Porsche's Experience Center

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Porsche employees moved into the company's new $100 million U.S. headquarters in Atlanta in January. The integrated Porsche Experience Center, a test track and other attractions, were unveiled in early May. Now U.S. dealers are using the facility to entertain clients....
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Chinese automaker BAIC Motor in talks to buy Daimler shares

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Chinese automaker BAIC Motor is in talks with Daimler AG about taking a stake in the German luxury carmaker, two sources with knowledge of the matter have told Reuters....
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China faces an added threat down the road: Capacity glut

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The news coming out of China right now is bad, and chances are, it’s going to get worse....
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JASON STEIN

Marchionne waits at the gate, but who is there to answer?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The really bad news for GM: A dragon stands again at the gates. And he's wearing a black sweater....
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Doesn't a Miata price frenzy come standard?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

There's general agreement among the automotive cognoscenti that the redesigned, lightweight 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best model in the iconic roadster's 26-year history. But that isn't translating into a price-ballooning frenzy....
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Automakers' high tech collects dust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

According to J.D. Power's first Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report, at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners never have used 16 of the 33 technology features measured....
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Classic Broncos reach ICON status

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Jonathan Ward, CEO of California-based ICON, sells refurbished and modernized classic 1960s-era Ford Broncos for between $175,000 and $230,000 - and says he can't keep up with demand....
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Enzo Ferrari's Hollywood horsepower

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

There's something irresistible about the life of Enzo Ferrari that continues to fascinate filmmakers....
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Post-Piech, VW's Phaeton gets delayed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Tinkering with the $100,000 Volkswagen Phaeton has ended careers at VW....
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Fuel economy, Jeep are FCA's drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

FCA's future product plan centers on offering eight-speed rear-wheel-drive and nine-speed front-wheel-drive automatic gearboxes, as well as expanding the Jeep brand....
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Smart ForTwo redesigned to better fit U.S. buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Smart's all-new 2016 ForTwo may have a European flavor to it, but significant portions of the car were specifically designed for the U.S. market....
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Denso goes green with center to grow algae-based biofuel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso, better known for its fuel injectors, air-conditioners and electronics, will open a large testing center in Japan to develop biofuel from algae....
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EDITORIAL

FCA's pursuit, GM's protest are built into DNAs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Neither Marchionne's aggressiveness nor GM's reticence should be surprising....
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Dodge to roll out 'Cuda droptop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Dodge will directly benefit from Fiat Chrysler's massive effort to revive Alfa Romeo. The American brand will use an Alfa rear-wheel-drive platform for the next-generation Charger and Challenger....
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Minivan variant starts Chrysler expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The Chrysler brand will add a compact sedan and two crossovers, along with hybrid versions of its largest vehicles. The expansion will help the brand fulfill its mission to go head to head with Ford and Chevrolet....
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Racketeering case against M-B store fails

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A Texas Mercedes-Benz store that stopped selling factory parts to a repair shop whose owner testified against it in a lawsuit has beaten an allegation of civil racketeering by the shop and its owner....
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Kia's sleeker Sportage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Kia has released pictures of its fourth-generation Sportage before the compact crossover's debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show....
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