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Roy Lunn, father of the Ford GT40, modern SUV, dies at 92

A mechanical and aeronautical engineer who led development of the first Jeep Cherokee and Ford's original GT40, Roy Lunn helped pioneer unitized bodies for SUVs to help meet fuel-economy...

Mercedes' Vision of a roadster?

Mercedes-Benz plans to show a new version of its Vision concept this weekend .

Reborn JLR and Volvo hitting their strides

New products, new strategies and bigger sales are keeping JLR and Volvo on the climb.

Jaguar lineup will keep growing

The F-Pace crossover is selling about the same number of units each month as all of the brand's cars combined. The winning streak should continue into 2018 when two new crossovers arrive

Land Rover product offensive rolls on

Land Rover retailers are waiting to see if the brand can pass its toughest test yet: replacing the iconic Defender.

It's time for J.D. Power to re-examine its definition of quality

Not long after I bought a new Chevrolet Cruze hatchback last year, J.D. Power sent me its initial quality survey and a crisp new dollar bill to guilt me into filling it out.

NAFTA partners agree on update

Trade representatives from Canada and Mexico agree with the Trump administration's assertion that the two-decade-old NAFTA pact should be renegotiated.

Magna's Walker takes issue with industry expectations for EVs, self-driving cars

Automakers are overstating the market potential of electric cars and the timeframe of when self-driving vehicles arrive, charged Don Walker, CEO of Canada's Magna International.

NAFTA partners agree on update

Trade representatives from Canada and Mexico agree with the Trump administration's assertion that the two-decade-old NAFTA pact should be renegotiated.

Magna's Walker takes issue with industry expectations for EVs, self-driving cars

Automakers are overstating the market potential of electric cars and the timeframe for when self-driving vehicles arrive, charged Don Walker, CEO of Magna International, the Canadian supplier.

Progress on road to autonomous vehicles

On a ride in an autonomous Ford Fusion at Mcity, I was impressed with how smoothly the car worked and how quickly it sensed and adjusted to its surroundings.

Magna Steyr visits familiar territory with Jaguar I-Pace

The most technically complex Jaguar ever made, the battery-powered I-Pace, will be built in Graz, Austria, by Magna Steyr.

Mixed materials are lightening loads, says Novelis exec

Few automakers have switched vehicle bodies to aluminum, but the lightweight metal is making inroads. Aluminum supplier Novelis' Ganesh Panneer says vehicles made from mixed materials are emerging.

EPA review seeks array of data

The EPA will expand its real-world testing of automotive powertrains as it begins to compile data for the new review of the agency's 2025 model year fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards.

Camry's engine tech will spread across Toyota

Toyota is overhauling its engines to boost fuel economy, cut emissions and increase performance. But Toyota does not plan to reduce engine size and strap on turbochargers across the board.

How disruptive will the engine's demise become?

There's a lot at stake, far more than just replacing a gasoline or diesel engine with an electric motor or a fuel cell powertrain, as governments around the world move to reduce emissions.

Why road ends abruptly for most startups

I have seen this movie about 500 times in my career and the ending is almost always the same: Startup fails before first vehicle reaches the market.

Eaton's EAVS technology puts new spin on the supercharger

The supercharger — long ago blown away by the technology of turbochargers — finally may be on the verge of finding its place in the rapidly changing world of powertrain technology.

Tenneco seeks sales bounce with new shocks

The first thing one notices when driving a vehicle with Tenneco's new, high-tech electronic shocks is not how the vehicle handles the bumps, but how the steering is affected.

3-D printing bonanza for tooling

The auto industry could save billions on product development by embracing 3-D printing to produce tooling - not parts.

AM General targets startups

With its two most recent products about to be out of production and its factory sold, AM General is out of the consumer vehicle and contract manufacturing business -- for now, at least.

Toyota r&d chief: Rivalry benefits self-driving cars

Kiyotaka Ise, Toyota Motor Corp.'s president of advanced r&d, spoke with Automotive News about Toyota's progress on self-driving vehicles and how they might be used in Japan.

Honeywell: Future in electric turbochargers

Craig Balis, Honeywell's chief technology officer for transportation system business, says electrification is coming to turbochargers in regular passenger cars.

High school engineering is cool — finally

More than 83,000 students participated this year in the FIRST Robotics Competition. And they had a blast.

JLR's Project 8: It's all about aerodynamics

The link between Jaguar's battery-powered I-Pace crossover and its V-8-powered, 200 mph Project 8 performance sedan is aerodynamics.

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