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The Audi SQ5 SUV that Delphi used during a coast-to-coast autonomous vehicle demonstration was outfitted with many technologies and systems the company already has -- or soon will have -- in production. (DELPHI)
 

Self-driving building blocks already in place

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, April 14
No one had ever done it before.
And for such a massive undertaking, it didn’t really get a lot of media attention. On the surface, you could, I suppose, see it as some kind of flashy PR stunt. But what auto supplier Delphi Automotive just did -- completing a 3,400-mile drive from San Francisco to New York in a self-driving car -- is an amazing technological feat. And it shows just how rapidly engineers and software code slingers are working the bugs out of autonomous cars.
It will largely be the work of software writers that determines the safety, performance and comfort of autonomous cars. Engineers have already built and incorporated into today’s cars much of the mechanical hardware needed ...
     Continue reading "Self-driving building blocks already in place" » Apr 14, 2015 11:00 am U.S. ET
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Look-alike cars? Whether by design or not, it's an old, familiar story

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, April 7
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Bentley: The Lincoln Continental Concept, top, mimics the Bentley Flying Spur, bottom.
Ford found itself in an uncomfortable position yet again last week over design.
By now you’re aware of the kerfuffle over the new Lincoln Continental.
Ford is very familiar with this kind of controversy.
Let’s go back to 1960. Check out the grille on Ford’s final Edsel.
It looks like a twin of the one used on the 1959 Bonneville, doesn’t i ...
     Continue reading "Look-alike cars? Whether by design or not, it's an old, familiar story" » Apr 7, 2015 11:30 am U.S. ET
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Meet South Korea's newest automaker

Posted 11:10 am U.S. ET, April 3
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Cony's trucks are funky little retro-styled two-seaters with flared fenders, mini-running boards and pie-pan wheels.
SEOUL -- Cony Motor Co. doesn’t have a factory or a single customer. Its vehicles aren’t even street-legal yet.
But South Korea’s youngest would-be automaker -- at less than a year old -- just splurged on a front-and-center stand at the country’s premier auto show, right next to Bentley no less.
The audacious startup hopes its prime and pricey position at the Seoul Motor Show will spur interest from investors and potential partners, COO Choi Jong Youn says.
Its bold ambition: Sell mini-pickups, powered by pint-size diesel engines or electric mo ...
     Continue reading "Meet South Korea's newest automaker" » Apr 3, 2015 11:10 am U.S. ET
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Apple is a no-show at the New York show

Posted 10:19 am U.S. ET, April 2
NEW YORK -- Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto are finally here!
Well, almost here.
Kia unveiled its 2016 Optima sedan in New York and announced the car would offer both CarPlay and Android Auto, the heavily hyped and eagerly anticipated software systems designed to get your car and smartphone to operate seamlessly as one device.
But the real ...
     Continue reading "Apple is a no-show at the New York show" » Apr 2, 2015 10:19 am U.S. ET
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Cadillac's challenge is to be incomparable. Escalade is.

Posted 12:34 pm U.S. ET, April 1
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NEW YORK -- Having witnessed the dramatic unveiling of the new CT6 luxury sedan Tuesday night at a swanky soiree on the Brooklyn waterfront, I think it’s safe to say that Cadillac has something very special in its stable.
But it’s not the CT6.
For sure, the new range-topper from Cadillac looks like a capable vehicle. Brand chief Johan de Nysschen described it as being as large as a standard-wheelbase BMW 7-series, but as light as the Cadillac CTS, one class below. It comes with a suite of fuel-saving technology, including lightweight materials, cylinder deactivation, a stop-start engine and an ...
     Continue reading "Cadillac's challenge is to be incomparable. Escalade is." » Apr 1, 2015 12:34 pm U.S. ET
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Malibu? Not the biggest splash at Chevy this week

Posted 2:34 pm U.S. ET, April 1
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GM President Dan Ammann said today that focus groups loved Chevy's new spots. Before seeing the commercials, they used words like “tough” and “traditional” to describe Chevrolet, Ammann said. Afterward, they were more likely to use “changing,” “innovative” or “leading.”
NEW YORK -- Quick: What’s Chevrolet’s most important unveiling this week?
You’d be forgiven if you answered the redesigned 2016 Malibu that debuted here today, the car that General Motors execs believe finally will put the midsize sedan on the shopping lists of Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion buyers.
But you’d be wrong.
The major Chevy brand advertising campaign that rolls out s ...
     Continue reading "Malibu? Not the biggest splash at Chevy this week" » Apr 1, 2015 2:34 pm U.S. ET
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Traditional sedans fading away? Not in New York

Posted 12:10 pm U.S. ET, April 1
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Alan Batey, head of North American operations for GM, unveils the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The longer, lighter Malibu has been restyled to offer more interior space and improved fuel efficiency, more connectivity and more advanced safety features.
NEW YORK -- One of the more troubling sales trends for car buffs lately has been a shift away from sedans. Especially larger sedans.
But watch the runway at this year’s New York auto show.
There is a hot new sedan from Cadillac -- the CT6. A stylish new Kia Optima. An eighth-generation Nissan Maxima with an unprecedented collection of bells and whistles. A retooled Chevrolet Malibu. And just to smack down any thought that sedans are fading away, Ford Motor Co. is rolling out a new Lincoln Continental Concept.
Interpret what you will from its decline in U.S marke ...
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After two N.Y. unveilings, what's next for Scion?

Posted 9:50 am U.S. ET, April 1
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Scion unveiled two new cars Tuesday night and almost immediately shifted the focus to what’s coming next.
“And a third model is coming within the next two years,” Scion brand group vice president Doug Murtha said
The smart money is betting on a small crossover, which would give Scion an entry in a very hot segment. And at the Paris show back in September, Toyota showed a concept for just such a vehicle -- the C-HR -- with the same kind of bold, edgy styling that Scion is driving toward these days.
Standing next to the new iA sedan, amid a hail of cam ...
     Continue reading "After two N.Y. unveilings, what's next for Scion? " » Apr 1, 2015 9:50 am U.S. ET
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Mini pulls the pranks and N.Y. stand -- for now

Posted 10:45 am U.S. ET, March 31
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Mini will go missing from this year's New York auto show. (BLOOMBERG)
Mini has been a fixture at the New York auto show since the brand was relaunched in the United States in 2002.
But don’t look for the British marque this year. Mini USA, saying its money is better spent on experiential marketing, is skipping the 2015 New York auto show.
One possible reason: The brand has no products to unveil in the nation’s biggest media market.
“Mini is different so they are allowed to try different things and to reach out to customers and prospects with new programs,” a spokesman for parent company BMW of North America says. ...
     Continue reading "Mini pulls the pranks and N.Y. stand -- for now" » Mar 31, 2015 10:45 am U.S. ET
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How Ford is stealing the show again -- this time with Continental

Posted 10:30 am U.S. ET, March 31
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NEW YORK -- Ford Motor Co. seems to have its formula for creating auto show buzz down pat these days.
Let a major competitor talk about an upcoming important new vehicle for months, even years, then swoop in with a surprise just as that competitor is finally unveiling that vehicle.
Ford stole Acura’s thunder at the Detroit auto show in January, rolling out its own supercar, the GT, hours ahead of the long-awaited NSX.
It took some wind out of the Chevrolet Silverado’s sails two years ago with the Atlas concept for its aluminum-bodied F-150.
Continue reading "How Ford is stealing the show again -- this time with Continental" » Mar 31, 2015 10:30 am U.S. ET
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