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Ford demonstrates self-driving Fusion at Mcity

Ford aims to have Level 4 autonomous cars ready for commercial use by 2021.

Jaguar's compact E-Pace crossover coming in '18

UPDATED: 6/22/17 11:54 am ET - corrected

The E-Pace compact crossover will become Jaguar's second utility vehicle next year, after the F-Pace. A third crossover, the battery-powered I-Pace, will join Jaguar's lineup after the E-Pace, but also next year.

Don Fordiani, group manager, customer experience and fixed operations, Lexus Division

A discussion with Don Fordiani, group manager, customer experience and fixed operations for Lexus Division.

Peter Donnellan, senior vice president of after sales, Audi of America

A discussion with Peter Donnellan, senior vice president of after sales for Audi of America.

Why customer stray, and what your dealership's service department can do about it

The future holds great potential for your shop to boost the number of repair tickets you write. Here' some hard data that can help you.

Jaguar ramps up, fine-tunes I-Pace to outduel Tesla

The launch of the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace will be interesting. Automakers usually avoid introducing a new vehicle on a new architecture powered by a new drivetrain.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8, most 'extreme' Jag ever, coming next year

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8, a supersedan coming next year and powered by a 600-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, is billed as the "most powerful, agile and extreme" vehicle the brand has ever sold.

Jaguar tests apparent BMW M3 fighter

Jaguar has been caught testing a possible rival to the BMW M3. But what is the powerplant?

Funeral for a friend: Wave goodbye to the light-duty diesel

With tightening global emissions standards increasing the cost to scrub tailpipe emissions of nitrogen oxide, or NOx, it may be one generation and done for many of the newest diesel vehicles.

Jaguar testing high-powered BMW M3 fighter

Spy photographers in England captured what appears to be a high-performance version of the compact XE sedan undergoing testing. But it's unclear which engine could be powering the car.

Will Facebook be the next big thing in online used-car ads?

Facebook has the potential to be a major force in used-car sales with a new feature called Marketplace, which eases concerns about dealing with strangers.

Kicking tires on Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace ads only appear for vehicles within a 100 miles radius and any deals are likely to be done in person.

JLR engineers use the America's Cup race to gather performance intel

Jaguar Land Rover's engineers using big data at the dawn of the self-driving era are getting their feet wet on a racetrack in the ocean.

TI's Bill Kozyra: 'What does the car give back?'

Whipping a high-revving sports car or a torquey low-revving Detroit muscle car around a track at high speeds is a form of therapy for Bill Kozyra, CEO of TI Automotive, a Tier 1 supplier of fuel system parts.

Malcolm Bricklin's next bright idea

Malcolm Bricklin is pulling the trigger again with a scheme to build a three-wheel EV and turn high-end car dealers into high-end art dealers. At 78, the serial entrepreneur is showing no signs of slowing down.

Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills

Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has been made softer and more luxurious than its predecessor, it remains true to the SUV brand's go-anywhere philosophy and has...

Time for another look at the midsize 5-door hatchback

With the market filling up with SUVs and crossovers of every size, but mostly the same basic shape, the time is right for the midsize five-door hatchback that looks like a sporty car, not an awkwardly styled wagon/crossover...

Lentz: Aluminum panels could be in Toyota's future

Toyota could be the next automaker to add lightweight aluminum body panels in a bid to improve fuel economy.

Toyota opens $154 million r&d center expansion in Mich.

UPDATED: 5/4/17 3:54 pm ET - adds details

Toyota opened its expanded North American r&d center in Michigan, completing a $154 million project started in 2014. The r&d center expansion is part of a reorganization of Toyota's North American corporate footprint.

In bleak car market, small and sporty still has some sizzle

U.S. sales of true sports cars are accelerating this spring, leaving cars in other segments in the rearview mirror.

Why the road ends abruptly for most startups

New auto companies face long, tough odds, regardless of consumer enthusiasm for their products.

Corvette Carbon 65: The first collectible of 2018

The first collectible car of the 2018 model year is the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65, a limited-production model that celebrates the sports car's 65th anniversary. Most U.S.

Corvette Carbon 65: The first collectible of 2018

The first collectible car of the 2018 model year is the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65, a limited-production model that celebrates the sports car's 65th anniversary. Most U.S.

XF Sportbrake to join Jaguar's U.S. lineup

Jaguar will add the XF Sportbrake, a four-door wagon with a large, sloping glass roof, to its U.S. lineup this year.

Jaguar expands XF lineup with Sportbrake wagon

Jaguar said the XF Sportbrake, a four-door wagon with a large, sloping glass roof, will join its U.S. lineup this year. It will be the first Jaguar wagon to be offered in the U.S. since the short-lived X-Type.

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