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Cadillac's challenge is to be incomparable. Escalade is.

Posted 12:34 pm U.S. ET, April 1
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 eight-speed transmission. A shopper comparing the field of large luxury sedans would have to give t ...
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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 ...
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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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Why Jeep should have its own performance division

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, March 31
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The most requested vehicle that Jeep won't build is a small pickup based on the Wrangler. Could that change?
Jaguar Land Rover last summer set up a division called Special Vehicle Operations. Its mission: Create high-performance production models, vehicle personalization products and low-volume, high-value limited-edition vehicles for both brands.
The first product will be a special version of the F-Type sports car, the Project 7. It will sell for about $165,000 -- a $66,000 premium over the standard F-Type R. Only 50 Project 7s will be available next year in the United States, Jaguar spokesman Stuart Schorr says.
This has me wondering: Is there an American brand that could set up a division for high-performance ...
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2016 Chevy Camaro slims down

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, March 31
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The 2016 Chevy Camaro will weigh in at 200 pounds lighter than the fifth-generation model, which will put curb weight for the SS versions at about 3,700 pounds and LS and LT models at about 3,500 pounds.
The Camaro team was challenged to improve handling, acceleration and fuel economy for the redesigned 2016 car. That’s a tall order, unless you consider the easiest solution (at least theoretically): reducing mass.
“We kept the cornering confidence and control that make the Gen 5 Camaro 1LE so fun to drive, and added a greater sense of agility,” said Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the ...
     Continue reading "2016 Chevy Camaro slims down" » Mar 31, 2015 11:00 am U.S. ET
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Can these cars fuel brand comebacks?

Posted 10:15 am U.S. ET, March 31
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A spy photo of the iA, Scion's first sedan.
Every vehicle that rolls out this week at the New York auto show represents a high-stakes bet. Hundreds of millions of dollars, years of work.
But some vehicles have even more riding on them.
These are linchpin vehicles from several of the industry’s comebacks in progress, offerings from automakers who need to make a statement. They may be striving to revive a sagging brand, or to atone for what was -- let’s be diplomatic -- a less-than-stellar vehicle in today’s lineup.
That’s why these vehicles merit an especially close look:
Continue reading "Can these cars fuel brand comebacks? " » Mar 31, 2015 10:15 am U.S. ET
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The latest tech is great -- until you have to replace it

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 24
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It costs $380 to replace the menacing taillight on the 2015 Dodge Durango SUV.
At night, the thin band of bright red LEDs on the rear of the 2015 Dodge Durango stares back at the drivers behind like an evil-looking menace in a space helmet.
It’s one of the most unique lighting signatures on the road today.
Just don’t hit it.
There is a downside to rapidly advancing automotive technology: Break something, and you’ll pay an eye-popping amount to get it fixed.
We all know about showroom sticker shock. Average transaction prices for light vehicles in the United States hit Continue reading "The latest tech is great -- until you have to replace it" » Mar 24, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET
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