Engineering

RICHARD TRUETT

Can Dodge rebuild Pontiac excitement?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
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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George Gibson, chief engineer of the Dodge Dart, dies at 92

9:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
George Gibson Jr., a former chief engineer for Dodge, died Wednesday in Rochester, Minn. He was 92....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why tomorrow's sports cars will have mixed pedigree

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Mazda would share the MX-5 Miata with another company....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

McLaren will unveil P1 GTR hybrid supercar

Jan. 19, 2015 12:53 CET
McLaren will unveil a production-ready version of the P1 GTR hybrid supercar, its fastest and most powerful vehicle to date, at the Geneva auto show in March....
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RICHARD TRUETT

GM takes long view with Chevrolet Bolt EV

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Looking way the road, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has another mission entirely....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why Nissan's overhauled Titan falls short of the mountaintop

9:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The redesigned Titan will be a technically excellent truck, powerful, capable, durable. But on the roads of Texas and elsewhere, it will be invisible....
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Dodge aims to energize advertising

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Dodge, recast as a performance brand, plans to use three high-powered halo vehicles and new advertising aimed at younger buyers to keep sales steady in 2015. In May, Dodge gave up to the Chrysler brand its previous role as FCA US's full-range brand. The shift means that Tim Kuniskis, Dodge's brand head, must find sales to replace the Avenger sedan and the Grand Caravan minivan....
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GM offers sneak peek of the next-gen Volt in Vegas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
General Motors provided a sneak peek at the next-generation Chevrolet Volt -- which will be quicker, quieter and have a longer range than its predecessor -- Sunday night at International CES here....
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GM expects 15% mpg gain from new cylinder deactivation system

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
GM says a new infinitely variable cylinder deactivation system it has been developing with a Silicon Valley start-up can boost the fuel economy of gasoline engines by as much as 15 percent....
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Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V gets a fresh look and a big power boost

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V -- the third generation of the track-ready midsize sedan -- will shoot from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph....
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Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android, report says

7:51 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources told Reuters, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones....
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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more....
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Volvo plans 3-cylinder engines for 60-series cars

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Volvo is developing new three-cylinder engines that will appear in its 60-series cars, like the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and the XC60 crossover.
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Tax deal sets up Chrysler to churn out more 8-speeds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Chrysler Group plans to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmissions by investing $266 million in its massive Kokomo, Ind., transmission complex....
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Q&A

Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem....
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Chrysler Pentastar V-6s to get turbos and direct injection, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Chrysler Group is improving its Pentastar family of V-6s, adding direct injection, turbocharging and other technology to enable smaller displacement engines to power its vehicles....
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Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Nov. 27, 2014 12:28 CET
Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars....
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Toyota says RAV4 improves in key overlap front crash test

3:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
A year after Toyota's RAV4 crossover was denied an influential top safety rating, an updated design underwent new crash testing this week that engineers promise will deliver high honors and redeem the nameplate's reputation....
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Opel names new engineering chief

Nov. 21, 2014 10:25 CET
Opel named Charlie Klein as its new engineering chief, promoting the executive from his current post as the brand's chief engineer for light commercial vehicles....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why turbocharger fans owe Saab a thank-you

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
We are gathered here today to pay our respects to Saab. The deceased Swedish automaker's lasting legacy is not the unconventional place it put the ignition switch. It isn't the blackout feature that allowed the driver to turn off all the instrument lights except the speedometer, nor is it the clamshell hood or any other quirky Saab feature....
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Tuner guru sees hope for really young buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
RJ de Vera's auto industry resume is as free-form and hard to read as a graffiti wall in urban L.A....
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BMW, Toyota move forward with midsize sports car program

6:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
BMW and Toyota are moving closer to putting jointly developed sports cars on the road....
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RICHARD TRUETT

How Chrysler's Hellcat engine almost died

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
One of the year's hottest new engines almost never happened....
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Jaguar Land Rover opens $750 million engine plant

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover moved another step closer today to gaining greater control of its destiny with the opening of its $750 million engine plant near Wolverhampton in the U.K....
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