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Chrysler to drop Dodge minivan in wider revamp – Fox News

A LaFerrari, center, is displayed alongside Fiat and Chrysler vehicles at Chrysler Group LLC world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV unveiled its business strategy for the next five years to investors as it prepares for life as a newly merged company. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Chrysler Group wants to expand its sales with new vehicles — including a plug-in hybrid minivan and a…

Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2014

BMW Of Germany Expected To Continue Hot Profit Streak – Forbes

German premium car maker BMW’s profits go from strength to strength, and investors are only divided by the amount of exuberance they show about the company’s future. Leading the cheering is Arndt Ellinghorst, analyst with International Strategy and Investment (ISI) in London. After underestimating BMW’s first quarter performance, Ellinghorst expects profitability to continue to grow because of its new model programme and cost management. Earlier on Tuesday, BMW reported first…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Fiat Chrysler bets on Jeep, Alfa revamp to go global – Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler (FIA.MI) is betting on a breakneck expansion of its upmarket Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Maserati brands to transform itself into a global car making powerhouse within five years. The newly merged group outlined a long-awaited business plan on Tuesday, aiming to revive its historic car making names and persuade investors it can overcome high debt, an uncertain market backdrop and past missteps to close the…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

GM recalls 59628 Saturn Aura cars for transmission cable issue – Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co is recalling 59,628 Saturn Aura mid-sized cars in the United States and Canada because the automatic transmission shifters may fail, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators. GM said it was aware of 28 crashes and four injuries but no deaths relating to the issue over the last seven years. The No. 1 U.S. automaker is recalling certain 2007 and 2008 model Aura…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Era Of The Front-Wheel Drive Alfa Romeo Is Over – Jalopnik

S Over the past 30 years, Alfa Romeo has made some amazing cars. Beautiful cars. Competitive cars. But most of them missed the point of what the brand is really supposed to be about, and now they’re working to get back to that. This means, according to their portion of the Fiat Chrysler five-year plan presentation today, dumping front-wheel drive cars like the MiTo and Giulietta for good in favor…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid. – Los Angeles Times

Attention, eco-chic speed freaks: Set aside your Teslas; you have a new toy to covet. The 2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and the all-electric i3 are the first offerings from the automaker’s new i subbrand. Equal parts sex appeal and efficiency, the cars combine electrification with lightweight construction and eye-catching designs. We recently spent a day in the i8, a 357-horsepower, all-wheel-drive coupe with wing-like doors that open upward and…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Chrysler to Drop Dodge Minivan in Wider Revamp – ABC News

Chrysler Group wants to expand its sales with new vehicles — including a plug-in hybrid minivan and a new small Jeep SUV — and a more aggressive effort to differentiate its brands. Chrysler is dropping the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and Dodge Avenger sedan, which it says compete too closely with the Chrysler Town and Country minivan and Chrysler 200 sedan. From now on, the company said, Chrysler will be…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Honda recalls 31226 Amaze, Brio cars to check faulty brake – Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) today recalled 31,226 units of select variants of the Amaze compact sedan and Brio hatchback to inspect them for a possible defect in the brake system. The company will inspect the proportioning valve of non-ABS variants of both models manufactured between February 28, 2013, and January 16, 2014. The recall is for 15,623 Brio cars and 15,603 petrol Amaze cars, HCIL said in…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Fiat Said to Start Alfa Romeo Expansion With Own Funding – Bloomberg

Fiat SpA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne will cover the billions planned for new Alfa Romeos, Maseratis and Jeeps out of existing funds, without selling or spinning off any of the automaker’s brands, four people familiar with the matter said. Fiat, which will lay out its five-year strategy today following the purchase of the rest of Chrysler Group LLC, will retain full ownership of all its marques, said the people,…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

BMW rolls out new M4 safety car for DTM – Autoblog (blog)

A ninth BMW M4 for the DTM: the new BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car leads the field in 2014. Munich (DE), 2nd May 2014. BMW Motorsport will not only field eight BMW M4 DTMs in the 2014 DTM season, but is also represented by a new lead car, based on the production model of the BMW M4: the BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car will lead the 23 DTM…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Dierks Bentley to perform at Maine State Pier in Portland as part of … – Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — A newly announced show next month by country music star Dierks Bentley will highlight a summer concert series at Portland’s Maine State Pier. The Portland City Council on Monday night unanimously gave the Bangor-based Waterfront Concerts the green light to schedule other shows at the high-profile location during the upcoming summer season as well, a step that will allow the promoter to book acts quickly without having…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

This Is Why Nokia Is Betting on Smart Cars – TIME

No longer a cell phone manufacturer, Nokia is hitching its future on automobiles. The company announced today that it will invest $100 million in smart car technologies through its venture capital business, Nokia Growth Partners. Nokia already has a significant presence in cars thanks to its mapping services, which are used to power GPS systems in four out of five vehicles, according to Bloomberg. The new investment will help Nokia…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Better Fuel Efficiency Is Hurting the Most Efficient Cars of All – TIME

Toyota Motors / AFP / Getty Images Why aren’t sales higher for electric vehicles and hybrid plug-ins? A big reason has to do with the technology that EVs are supposed to replace, the internal combustion engine. Last year, Nissan Leaf sales more than doubled the total from 2012. Sales for the entire plug-in category, which includes pure battery-powered vehicles like the Leaf and gas-electric hybrids such as the Chevy Volt,…

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Muscle cars? Jeeps? Chrysler readies big plans – USA TODAY

Last SlideNext Slide A customized 2015 Dodge Challenger is one of the latest products from Chrysler Group(Photo: PR NEWSWIRE) DETROIT — Chrysler Group will refine its product strategy this week with a slew of new models from Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and Alfa Romeo in a marathon strategic briefing Tuesday in Auburn Hills. Among other news, expect: The sweeping rethinking of Fiat and Chrysler’s brands carries significant risks. Can the Chrysler…

Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014

Toyota’s move to Texas is about more than money – The Courier-Journal

Toyota’s U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif. Toyota announced last week that it will move its U.S. headquarters from California to Plano, Texas, also taking about 1,600 jobs from Erlanger, Ky. (Photo: AP ) Toyota’s consolidation of Los Angeles-area and Northern Kentucky offices to a new U.S. headquarters in Texas is likely about more than tax incentives. The company has been criticized for turning out dull-looking cars with appliance-like handling. Some…

Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014

Washington orchard yields bumper crop of classic cars – Fox News

Hagerty Hagerty Hagerty Hagerty Hagerty Out of the blue, a gravelly voice boomed: “I understand you buy old Camaros.”  As Dan Stafford said, it’s the kind of a phone call you dream about if you run a muscle car wrecking yard in the eastern Washington desert. The barn find might not be as big as the Lambrecht Chevrolet sale in Nebraska, but surely the cars would be better. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT…

Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014

BMW’s sustainable supercar – MarketWatch

By Dan Neil BMW of North America Frank Lloyd Wright called the practice of architecture “sublimated mathematics,” and I invite you to think of car design the same…

Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014

Toyota developing free piston engine linear generator for hybrid cars – Fox News

Toyota Central R&D Labs Toyota is hot on hydrogen fuel cells for its next-generation cars, but it’s not going cold on internal combustion just yet. The company’s R&D division has developed a Free Piston Engine Linear Generator that can convert gasoline and other fuels into electricity more efficiently than existing systems. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It’s a technology that could lead to lighter, more efficient, better-packaged powertrains for plug-in hybrid cars. Instead…

Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014

BMW’s sustainable supercar – MarketWatch

By Dan Neil BMW of North America Frank Lloyd Wright called the practice of architecture “sublimated mathematics,” and I invite you to think of car design the same…

Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2014

BMW owner gets the message – Chicago Tribune

For the past few weeks, Hailey Danisewicz has been in a war she calls Hailey v. the BMW. The battle began when Danisewicz, who is 23, got fed up with a black BMW sedan that, day after day, sat parked in a handicapped spot in the lot closest to her office. The BMW had no tag or placard indicating that its owner was disabled. Mary Schmich Bio | E-mail |…

Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2014