Bugatti says Chiron supercar will debut in Geneva

Nov. 30, 2015 14:26 CET

Bugatti confirmed the name Chiron for its replacement for the Veyron supercar and says it has already received 100 orders for the new model....
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BLOG: Jeep preps special Wrangler, Grand Cherokee editions for L.A. auto show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

There's no bad time or place to introduce a special-edition Jeep and FCA has two of them coming to the L.A. Auto Show....
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Volvo's Polestar unit expects big gains in sales, margins

Nov. 5, 2015 13:11 CET

Volvo's Polestar performance brand expects to double sales next year and quickly earn double-digit margins. It aims to do this by separating itself from rivals such as BMW M by emphasizing one of the Swedish brand's core values: safety....
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F Sport trim works wonders for Lexus' image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2015

Lexus' F-Sport option package is an exclamation point on the brand's dramatic image reboot in the last several years, with take rates as high as 70 percent on some models. This bodes well for the brand as it's locked into a battle for the U.S. luxury crown....
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BLOG: Lexus brings knife to horsepower gunfight

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

Looking to avoid a bare-knuckle horsepower brawl with its storied rivals, Lexus is positioning the first-ever GS F as the friendly performance sedan....
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BMW plans spring launch for M2

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

BMW's M series has a new face on the block -- the M2. The successor to the BMW 1-series M coupe will be available at U.S. dealerships in the spring....
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Lexus prices high-performance GS F from $85,380

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

The speed-hunting, performance F version of Lexus' midsize GS sport sedan -- a first for the model -- will start at $85,380, including shipping. The 2016 GS F is the fourth model from Lexus' F performance division. The IS F sedan kicked things off in 2008, and it was followed by the LFA supercar in 2012 and the RC F coupe in 2015....
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Aston Martin seeks 'beauty and soul' in all-electric sports cars

6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Aston Martin, the 102 year-old maker of high-performance cars featured in the next James Bond film, is envisioning a future when its engines are fueled by electricity instead of gasoline....
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Mitsubishi sends Evo off with Final Edition

11:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Mitsubishi plans to drop the high-performance Lancer Evo but will offer a final, special edition in the U.S. as part of a farewell. The Evolution has survived 10 generations, three of which were sold in the U.S. over a 12-year period....
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Lexus plots escape from 'RX/ES land'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Lexus is preparing for a three-part marketing campaign this fall that will seek to remind buyers there's more to the company than its milquetoast volume sellers....
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Tesla struggles in Germany with consumers unswayed by Model S cult

10:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Tesla has built a cult following in the U.S. for its high-powered electric sports cars. But in Europe's biggest car market, consumers are proving harder to convince....
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Hyundai waves big green flag for high-performance N line

2:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Hyundai, led by the M Series chief engineer hired from BMW, is moving forward with a high-performance line, possibly with new engines, crossovers and hybrid variants, to burnish its reputation amid flagging sales....
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Alfa Giulia tops BMW rival on speed, price

Sept. 15, 2015 15:51 CET

Alfa Romeo will price its Giulia Quadrifoglio slightly higher than its nearest rival as it seeks to challenge Germany's premium brands with Ferrari-inspired performance....
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Marchionne says FCA will continue to make V-8s despite tightening regs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Tougher fuel economy and emissions standards won't mean the death of Fiat Chrysler's V-8 engine lineup, CEO Sergio Marchionne says. But in an interview with Automotive News last month, Marchionne conceded that it is getting harder for FCA to stay in compliance with the federal corporate average fuel economy rules....
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BLOG: Will the next Nissan Z be a crossover?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

After scrapping production plans for the Nissan IDx coupes, there is now a very real possibility that the next Z car will be a crossover....
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PSA's DS brand creates performance unit to develop EV and plug-in hybrid technology

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's DS Automobiles upscale brand has created a motorsports unit to support its racing activities that could provide future technology for the production of electric and high-performance cars....
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Hyundai concept will showcase brand's performance credentials

Aug. 26, 2015 11:07 CET

Hyundai is trying to burnish its performance credentials and will unveil an “ultimate concept car” at next month's Frankfurt auto show that expands on the company's sporty N subbrand and showcases racing design....
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'Performance is good business'

Amid sales decline, Dodge boss sees a plan coming together

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2015

With Dodge's U.S. sales off 16 percent this year in a rising overall market, you could argue brand chief Tim Kuniskis should be worried. Yet standing in a parking lot with 10,000 fellow gearheads this month, Kuniskis looked around and saw a brand strategy that is coming together nicely....
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BLOG: Audi's 605-hp S8 Plus dials the power up to 11

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Audi is introducing an even more powerful version of the S8 sedan unimaginatively dubbed S8 Plus....
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Audi performance unit kills manual gearbox, naturally aspirated V-8

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Audi's quattro GmbH performance division is slaughtering a few sacred cows among sports car enthusiasts....
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High-performance Cadillacs roar into Japan

7:23 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

GM is introducing two high-performance V-Series Cadillac nameplates in Japan that outspoken presidential hopeful Donald Trump famously blasted as closed to Detroit automakers....
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Fiat plans Abarth variant of 124 Spider

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

The upcoming Fiat 124 Spider, based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, will spawn a high-performance model, Alfredo Altavilla, COO of Fiat Chrysler’s Europe, Africa and Middle East region, told England’s Auto Express in an interview....
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Volvo seeks power boost with Polestar tuning unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Volvo Cars has acquired Swedish race car maker Polestar's tuning division and will use the name for an expanded high-performance line to challenge Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M models....
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Tesla Model S option offers 'Ludicrous' 0-to-60 time of 2.8 seconds

3:04 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Tesla Motors, channeling a moment from the Mel Brooks comedy “Spaceballs,” announced a $10,000 option on its newest Model S variant that runs zero to 60 in a face-stretching 2.8 seconds -- a feature Tesla calls "Ludicrous Mode." That compares with 3.2 seconds for the "Insane Mode" setting on its previous high-end model....
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Volvo buys racecar maker's tuning arm to challenge BMW, Mercedes

July 14, 2015 10:58 CET

Volvo bought Swedish racecar maker Polestar's tuning division and will use the name for an expanded high-performance line to challenge Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M models....
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