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Powertrain innovations rev ahead despite mpg, emissions review

Ford's new three-cylinder engine demonstrates engineers are nowhere near done innovating.

Subaru's Tribeca successor spied

New spy photos give the clearest look yet at Subaru's new three-row crossover, the replacement for the discontinued and unloved Tribeca.

Land Rover's Discovery is no poseur off-road

The new Land Rover Discovery is one of the most important launches for Jaguar Land Rover since the brands split from Ford in 2008.

Subaru's Tribeca successor spied

Subaru's second crack at a large three-row crossover will get its official debut next month as a concept at the New York International Auto Show.

JLR's next move: Buy Vauxhall from PSA

JLR's turnaround, from a money-losing business Ford dumped for $2.3 billion, at a huge loss, to India's Tata Motors, is one of the biggest success stories of the last decade.

Ford's new 3-banger can run on 2 cylinders

Ford is introducing a second 3-cylinder engine, a 1.5-liter, that features cylinder deactivation and can run on two-cylinders

Turin outpost will help GM's push into diesels

GM's Turin engineering center, born from the ashes of a failed alliance with Fiat, will remain a part of GM and continue to develop diesel engines for its global vehicles.

Subaru Crosstrek gets big changes, but most are beneath the surface

Subaru rebuilds the popular Crosstrek, adding a new stiffer platform and a direct-injected engine. But the looks stick close to the original.

Subaru pads 2nd-gen Crosstrek with more safety gear, off-road capability

UPDATED: 3/8/17 4:30 am - correction

The Crosstrek, Subaru's No. 3 seller in the U.S., will be replaced in August with a version that rides on a new, stiffer global platform.

For engineering, the good and the bad of GM's move to unload Opel

GM's sale of Opel/Vauxhall to PSA will have wide-ranging effects on the U.S. automaker as an engineering organization.

For engineering, the good and the bad of GM's move to unload Opel

The sale of GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands to PSA Group will have wide-ranging effects on General Motors as an engineering organization. And some will be positive.

Dealerships' service departments are leaving money on the table

Why are dealerships leaving money from potential service business on the table?

How Chevy coaxed Cruze diesel to 52 mpg

To earn the EPA's rare 50-plus highway fuel economy rating for the 2018 Cruze diesel sedan, Chevrolet engineers didn't just drop in a fuel-efficient engine and transmission and call it done.

Ingredients to 50-plus mpg

Key pieces of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze diesel's 52-mpg highway results.

Baker 'put Land Rover on the map'

Bill Baker, the legendary PR man who played a key role in Land Rover's successful return to the U.S. in 1986, died Thursday, Feb. 16, at his home near Laguna Niguel, Calif. He was 72.

Quick (oil) change artists lead service turnaround

Nurse Chevrolet Cadillac in suburban Toronto decided to model its oil change team after a NASCAR pit crew. That turned a lagging operation into a profit center.

5 MINUTES WITH Brett Wheatley, executive director of North America customer service division, Ford Motor Co.

On the changing business model for Motorcraft-branded parts, reducing parts complexity and filling dealers' orders quickly

5 MINUTES WITH Scott Doering, vice president of customer service, Volvo Cars of North America

On how technicians' jobs have changed, Volvo's plans to expand other lines of business and how it is changing its technician training strategy.

How Nurse's fast oil change service works

Reporter Richard Truett puts Nurse Chevrolet Cadillac's speedy oil change service to the test.

Bill Baker, who 'put Land Rover on the map,' dies at 72

Bill Baker, the legendary PR man who played a key role in Land Rover's successful return to the U.S. market in 1986, died Thursday. He was 72.

Building a business case for GM's fuel cells

Though General Motors has been beaten to the market with hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles -- Toyota, Honda and Hyundai are marketing them now in California -- GM has a shot at being a leader in another and more important...

Hyundai Elantra GT to offer 2 variants

Hyundai is planning a fresh assault on the hot hatchback market early this summer with two models of the redesigned fourth-generation Elantra GT hatchback.

Hyundai Elantra GT packs more tech, interior space for 2018

UPDATED: 2/9/17 2:26 pm ET

Hyundai is prepping to sell a freshened Elantra GT starting this summer to capitalize on a growing appetite for hatchbacks in the U.S. and inject some pizazz into its small-car lineup.

Chicago Auto Show: What's on tap

The Chicago Auto Show -- one of the largest in terms of attendance -- has in recent years become a showcase for freshened and special-edition vehicles. Such entries are expected to dominate the headlines again this year.

Thieves nab 2 trailer loads of JLR engines in minutes

Thieves in central England stole two trailer loads of new engines from the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull, England, last week.