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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.

The new whiz kids: High school engineering students are cool -- finally

With billions being invested in developing self-driving vehicles and stricter fuel economy and emissions targets still ahead, the need for computer programmers and engineers continues to increase.

Service customers, equipment makers agree: Do the job right, fast

A look at Hunter Engineering's latest repair equipment designed to save shops time while maintaining quality and boosting service revenue.

Jaguar offers 4-cylinder turbo in new entry-level F-Type sports car

The Jaguar F-Type will be one of the few sports cars available with a four-, six- or eight-cylinder engine.

5 MINUTES WITH Gary Palanjian, vice president of parts and service, Subaru of America

Talking about service with Gary Palanjian, vice president of parts and service at Subaru of America

5 MINUTES WITH Mark Chaffin, vice president of fixed operations, Mitsubishi Motors North America

Talking about service with Mark Chaffin, vice president of fixed operations at Mitsubishi Motors North America

Jaguar slots 4-cylinder turbo motor in new entry-level F-Type

Jaguar is slotting a new 296-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged motor in the F-Type for 2018 that marks the first time since before World War II that the famed British brand has equipped a sports cars with a four-cylinder engine.

4 big challenges facing engineers

Engineering challenges for self driving vehicles was the subject that dominated SAE International's World Congress Experience conference in Detroit.

Honda's fwd 10-speed breaks new ground

When the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan arrives this spring, two models will be available with the industry's first 10-speed automatic transmission in a front-wheel-drive vehicle.

Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British Leyland, once the General Motors of the UK, offers a case history.

Will quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British Leyland, once the General Motors of Britain, offers a case history.

Honda's 10-speed, fwd gearbox breaks new ground on packaging front

Honda's first 10-speed automatic transmission is compact, light and is expected to give the redesigned and re-engineered Odyssey minivan best in class fuel economy.

A review of emissions rules won't stop r&d

The government might ease back on vehicle emission regulations, but that won't stop the spending necessary to be competitive, says Ben Patel, Tenneco's new chief technical officer.

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