Revamped Camaro gains power, agility to battle Mustang
Posted 1:00 pm U.S. ET, May 17
Journalists were allowed to drive engineering prototypes of the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Sunday on the Detroit Grand Prix race course on Detroit's Belle Isle Park.
DETROIT -- In an unusual move, Chevrolet on Sunday allowed auto writers to test drive one pre-production version of the redesigned 2016 Camaro before the final calibrations are made.
With the revamped 2015 Ford Mustang handily outselling the outgoing 2015 Camaro, Chevrolet is trying to build buzz around the new car, which, like the Mustang, will be offered with a choice of four-, six- and eight-c ...
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Volvo finally gets its American factory
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 16
| Lindsay Chappell is the Mid-South bureau chief in the U.S. for Automotive News.|
Volvo has wanted an American car factory for decades. But complications and setbacks have gotten in the way -- including an entire decade spent as a brand owned by Ford Motor Co.
More than half a century before telling the world this week that it will build a $500 million vehicle assembly plant in Ridgeville, S.C., Volvo opened a small-volume final-assembly plant in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It opera ...
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Why Ford's Blue Oval is missing from the 2016 Explorer
Posted 3:51 pm U.S. ET, May 15
Instead of blue plastic, the Blue Oval is made of brushed aluminum to match accents used elsewhere in the cabin. (Nick Bunkley)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The F-150 isn’t the only Ford Motor Co. icon that’s been changed to aluminum this year.
Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, which goes on sale in a few months, and you’ll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval.
For the most expensive Explorer series ever, with a starting price of more than $53,000, the company&rsq ...
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Piech casts shadow over Porsche's annual meeting
Posted 9:43 am U.S. ET, May 13
| Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe Germany correspondent.|
Ferdinand Piech did it again. The 78-year old patriarch upstaged his younger cousin Wolfgang Porsche and former protege Martin Winterkorn by missing the annual meeting of the family holding company that holds a majority stake in Volkswagen Group.
Wolfgang Porsche had to field questions that almost solely dealt with his missing relative at the Porsche SE shareholders meeting on Wednesday after Pie ...
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Is the F&I product space overcrowded? Views differ
Posted 11:45 am U.S. ET, May 13
| Jamie LaReau covers the automotive retail beat for Automotive News.|
How hot is the competition getting in the F&I product space?
So hot that “the future of finance is in consulting,” said Damien Bullard, co-founder of IDDS Group.
That’s a bold statement given that part of IDDS’ business comes from selling finance and insurance products from other providers. The New York company also consults and trains in dealerships’ F&I, v ...
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Is the Ford Shelby GT350 the most extreme track Mustang ever?
Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, May 12
Nearly every part of the Ford Shelby GT350’s suspension is purpose-built for the sports car: It has the most powerful brakes ever fitted to a Ford, the lightest wheels and probably the most aggressive tires anywhere south of a V-8 supercar.
Ford invited journalists to Allen Park, Mich., near Detroit recently for a deeper dive into its latest high-performance pony car, and we came away even ...
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The secrets behind all that camouflage
Posted 11:45 am U.S. ET, May 12
Is this the next-generation Buick Verano undergoing testing along Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit? (RICHARD TRUETT)
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:
This is a story about what you see and what you can’t see; what you’d like to see and what they don’t want you to see. And mostly, it’s a story about the lengths people go to make sure you can’t see what they don’t want you to see.
The Detroit 3 all operate test tracks in southeast Michigan. All have high-speed ovals, pavement that is purposely unev ...
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The evolution of the Hellcat logo
Posted 2:53 pm U.S. ET, May 11
VINCE BOND JR.:
The Hellcat was never meant to be a tame kitty.
Judging by the early sketches of the logo that now adorns the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats, the attitude was there from the start.
While most of the logos show aggressive, roaring Hellcats that are befitting of the beastly 707-hp engine, one took on a more playful theme.
The sketch in the upper right-hand corner shows a Hellcat with a ...
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Why Dodge should make the next Dart look like a baby Charger
Posted 4:12 pm U.S. ET, May 8
Top: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Bottom: 2015 Dodge Dart.
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:
The Dodge Dart set an all-time sales record in April, and so far this year, the compact sedan is moving off dealer lots 52 percent faster than it was the year before.
So, if you’re Dodge, do you need to fix a car that’s doing those things three years after its launch?
Why, yes. Yes, you do.
According to Dodge’s five-year product plan that it presented in May 2014, the Dart wil ...
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Autoweek's Mark Vaughn remembers his colleague Denise McCluggage.
Word came late Wednesday that our friend, colleague, mentor and favorite staff racecar driver Denise McCluggage had passed away. She was 88.
The news was something of a shock because we, and maybe you, too, always believed she would be with us forever. Indeed, she had been on staff at Autoweek and its predecessor Competition ...