Lamborghini's Egoista concept highlights edgy design
Posted 1:08 pm U.S. ET, April 18
GM sold 2,210 Chevrolet Colorados in the U.S. during the first quarter compared with 10,056 for the same three months last year. Pictured is the 2013 model. The new model is expected to be unveiled this fall.
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Savvier dealers might conclude that it's better to stick to the sticker on the 2014 Corvette Stingray than rake customers just because they can.
Posted 8:00 am U.S. ET, May 3
In addition to a new turbo engine, the Beetle Turbo and Beetle Turbo convertible both receive
new R-Line bumpers and trim, VW says.
Posted 12:00 pm U.S. ET, May 7
A 2014 Ram prototype pickup truck was lost at sea during a May 1 photo shoot near Moonstone Beach, just south of Trinidad, Calif. It was recovered the next day. (MATT HINTON)
Posted 12:15 pm U.S. ET, May 9
The exterior changes on the 2014 Silverado, which hits showrooms by early June, are striking when parked aside the outgoing model.
Posted 2:02 pm U.S. ET, May 14
Smart is allowing buyers and lessees to rent the battery -- and lower the purchase price or monthly leases -- in the ForTwo Electric Drive coupe that went on sale this week. Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the supplier of the battery used in the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive.
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A popular off-roading magazine calls the Daimler-era call to add two extra doors to the venerable Wrangler "the best automotive industry decision of the last decade."
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 15
The new Mercedes-Benz S class made its world premiere today in Hamburg, Germany, but Shanghai might have been more appropriate. Why? China accounted for 49 percent of all S-class sales from 2010-2012.
By comparison, 15 percent of total S-class sales were in Europe during the three-year period and the United States accounted for 21 percent of the total, according to figures from market researcher JATO Dynamics, which calculates that Mercedes sold more than 181,000 units of its flagship worldwide during the three-year span.
How important is China to the S-class' future? Consider this: In the past, the stretch S ... Continue reading "Is the S in the new Mercedes S class for Shanghai?" » May 15, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Consumers have a lot of gripes about the battery life in high-tech products.
Batteries seem to conk out way before the products do. And with age, the ability of batteries to hold a charge deteriorates. Another concern is the cost of replacing those batteries, which often seems higher than the value of the laptop or cell phone the batteries power.
Small wonder there's even more anx ... Continue reading "Can battery rental reduce consumer jitters with EVs? Smart thinks so" » May 14, 2013 2:02 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
SAN ANTONIO -- There was hand-wringing, even some flat out panic, when General Motors unwrapped its next-generation Chevrolet Silverado in December.
Many dealers, enthusiasts and writers questioned whether the pickup's design went far enough. There was also disappointment at the lack of a sexy technology to hit back at the Ford F-150's EcoBoost V-6 or the Ram 1500's new air suspension system.
Did GM whiff on its most critical vehicle launch since its 2009 bankruptcy?
Not even close.
That's my answer after driving the new Silverado at a me ... Continue reading "Silverado hand-wringers should relax -- for now" » May 9, 2013 12:15 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
I love puns, so when photos arrived of the big blue Pacific crashing against a floundering Ram heavy-duty pickup during a beach-photo-shoot-gone-wrong, my mind just raced."Guts. Gnarly. Ram.""Ram 2500 --fathoms?""Finally, the perfect automotive camouflage: 200 million gallons of salt water."
What happened was considerably less funny for the Chrysler Group marketing team that was trying to shoot the Ram Power Wagon last week on -- or more accurately off -- a beach near Trinidad, Calif.
... Continue reading "Ram photo shoot goes horribly, horribly wrong" » May 7, 2013 12:00 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
A new crop of turbocharged Volkswagen Jettas and Beetles will start to show up in U.S. dealerships this month.
These cars will look like the other 2013 Jettas and Beetles from the outside, but will get more horsepower and better fuel economy
than their turbo counterparts.
Why is Volkswagen willing to confuse buyers in the middle of a model year? Because the engine swap begins Volkswagen's bold plan to make turbochargers standard across most of its best-selling models.
... Continue reading "For VW, new turbo brings more power, fuel economy for key models" » May 3, 2013 8:00 am U.S. ET Post Comment
DETROIT -- General Motors resisted the urge to jack up the price on the 2014 Corvette Stingray, despite major enhancements on the seventh-generation sports car.
The $51,995* sticker for the coupe, which is expected to hit showrooms by September, is just 1,400 bucks more than the current model, even with its more powerful engine, better fuel economy and vastly improved interior.
Why the asterisk? Because buyers will be hard-pressed to find one at that price.
The gouging is expected to be rampant.
"I'd say $5,000 to $10,000 will be a typica ... Continue reading "Why the Stingray's $52K sticker should come with an asterisk" » Apr 26, 2013 1:55 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
If I were an executive at a Chinese domestic automaker, I would be very worried. Why? It is difficult to find a Chinese-brand car on the streets of Shanghai, the country's largest city with more than 23 million inhabitants.
I experienced this first hand visiting the city for the auto show. During a long bus ride from the Shanghai World Expo to the Pudong district, I didn't see one Chinese-brand passenger vehicle.
What did I see on Shanghai roads? I got a history lesson on Volkswagen's long presence in China experienced by seeing the various generations of its Santana sedan, which is the taxi of choice.
... Continue reading "Looking for a Chinese car in Shanghai" » Apr 19, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Mark Reuss says the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickups will be so much better than the bland outgoing models, General Motors might come up with new names.
"We're targeting a new generation of buyer with a new truck," the GM North America president told reporters this week.
That's good. Because GM's entire pickup strategy relies greatly on the success of those new mid-sized offerings.
Sticking with a mid-sized pickup is a big bet that diverges from rivals Ford and Chrysler, which have walked away from the segment. ...
Continue reading "Why GM might rename its new mid-sized pickups" » Apr 18, 2013 1:08 pm U.S. ET Post Comment | Permalink
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The Lamborghini Egoista concept shown earlier this month at the company's 50th anniversary celebration in Bologna, Italy, isn't planned for... ...
Subaru Forester tops Honda CR-V in small SUV review
The Subaru Forester small SUV beat the Honda CR-V and other rivals in testing by Consum ...
NEEDED: 'THICK SKIN'
GM designer knows crucial launches produce a love-hate response
Chevrolet designer Tom Peters describes the blocky, chiseled front end of the 2014 Silvera ...
Cadillac to offer new twin-turbo V-6 on XTS for 2014
Cadillac is adding a new 410-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 engine as an option on the XTS s ...
Revamped Mercedes S class strives to set new luxury mark
Mercedes-Benz is heralding the redesigned 2014 S class as a flagship that will set new ben ...
GM to rebadge Nissan's small commercial vans for Chevy
General Motors has turned to Nissan to put Chevrolet dealers into the small cargo van mark ...
Honda to convert Ohio seat plant for Acura NSX output
Honda said today it will invest $70 million to convert a former seat plant here to assembl ...
Infiniti to add new halo car, more crossovers
Nissan's premium Infiniti marque plans to add a new top-tier halo nameplate above its Q70 ...
Tesla Model S wins high praise from Consumer Reports
The all-electric Tesla Model S sports car received the highest score in Consumer Report ...
Jaguar positions F-Type roadster with historic 'baddest boy' bloodline
Jaguar is launching its first two-seat roadster since Steve McQueen tooled around Hollywoo ...
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Reuss wants a volume rwd Chevy
Atop Mark Reuss' wish list for Chevrolet's lineup is a modestly priced, rear-wheel-drive s ...
Lexus prices base 2014 IS at $36,845, up $885
Lexus has set the base price of the 2014 IS compact sport sedan at $36,845, including ship ...
Nissan pushes chargers to boost sales of Leaf EV
To attract a bigger audience to electric cars, Nissan officials say they must get more pub ...
New Vette's base price set at $51,995, up 3%
GM set the base price of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe at $51,995, including ...
Again, Tokyo show a no-go for Detroit 3
The Detroit 3 will sit out the Tokyo Motor Show, no-shows for the third straight time. ...