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How GM can gain from carbon fiber in trucks

We've known for a long time that General Motors was going to respond in a big way to Ford's lightweight aluminum F-150. Here it comes.

Why an electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles

A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. A battery pack takes up storage room, reducing utility in a vehicle where it is crucial to haul lots of gear.

An electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles

A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. A battery pack takes up storage room, reducing utility in a vehicle where it is crucial to haul lots of gear.

A look inside the Infiniti VC-Turbo engine

The variable compression engine debuting next year in the Infiniti QX50 is a really a big deal -- a major reworking of the basic operating principles of the piston-driven internal combustion engine.

Infiniti plays with power

Nissan engineers have succeeded in commercializing variable compression engine technology for the new Infiniti QX50.

Infiniti rolls out industry-first variable compression engine

The next-generation Infiniti QX50 crossover will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine introducing a technology never seen before in a regular production vehicle: variable compression.

Infiniti rolls out industry-first variable compression engine

When the next-generation Infiniti QX50 crossover arrives next year as a 2019 model, it will be powered by a 2.

Range Rover Velar gets a new handle on luxury

The electronic door handles on the just-launched Range Rover Velar are more expensive and complex than regular mechanical door handles.

Next-gen BMW X5 caught testing near BMW S.C. plant

The next iteration of BMW's X5 midsize crossover is taking shape and appears to be on schedule for launch in the second half of 2018, possibly as a 2019 model.

Service tech shortage? Not in 2030

It's 2030, and most new-car dealerships are reducing — and in some cases eliminating — on-site service for anything other than regular wear items.

How the F series stays in front

Despite the F-series' seemingly unassailable grip on sales leadership, Ford has never let up on innovating.

Return of the inline-six: Why the classic engine layout is making a comeback

The straight-six engine appears poised to return as V-8s and the V-6s spawned from them fade away.

Turf battle: Dealer's lawsuit says his territory is too big

Land Rover Orlando claims the area it is responsible for is so large, it can't meet sales targets.

Some reasons to think twice about closing your body shop

Spending millions of dollars to modernize a body shop is not a cost many dealers want to take on these days. Bill Brown Ford had no choice.

GM: New collision certification program will increase body shop standards

Often the vehicle brand pays the price for improper repairs after collisions. GM wants to avoid this with a collision certification program for dealerships and independent shops.

Land Rover design chief dangles more clues on next Defender

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's chief design officer, said the design work for the new Defender is complete.

Land Rover design chief dangles more clues on next Defender

The next Defender is the most important vehicle in Land Rover's 70-year history.

Want to be the next Tesla? Good luck.

Tesla has energized a wave of entrepreneurs who are trying to launch car-making ventures of their own. The odds aren't in their favor.

With fuel cells, first to make a profit tops being first to market

Sometimes being first in the auto industry with new technology isn't best. Being first and making a profit is far better. But that is very hard to do. A good example: fuel cell vehicles.

Retiring Ford powertrain boss: Electric motors are coming

Bob Fascetti, who marshaled Ford's development of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke and the influential EcoBoost engines, is retiring.

The six-figure pickup

A new era is dawning for luxury-class pickups as Detroit goes searching for a price ceiling.

Chevrolet marks 100 years of making pickups with special Silverado, Colorado

UPDATED: 9/28/17 10:59 am ET - adds live photos

Chevrolet this fall is launching two special edition pickups that commemorate 100 years of building pickups.

Ford pushes into the $100,000 range with new F-450 Limited

UPDATED: 9/28/17 2:11 pm ET - adds Nissan

Ford is adding the F-450 Limited top-line pickup to its lineup this fall. The starting price, including shipping, is $87,100.

Why new pickup producers can't ignore Texas

Some advice for any automaker thinking about the U.S. pickup market: Don't ignore Texas.

Chevy bow tie logo goes retro

To celebrate 100 years since the debut of Chevy's first pickup, the 1918 490 Light Delivery, Chevrolet updated the badge from the 1918 truck and will affix it to two special edition 2018 pickups

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