With sales and profits rising, tensions between the UAW and domestic automakers also are rising as the union pushes to regain some of the power it lost during the industry’s financial crisis that began even before the Great Recession of 2008-2009....More
Subaru's redesigned AWD turbocharged WRX sedan, always popular among rally-car enthusiasts, arrives for interior evaluation with stylish carbon-fiber trim, gray and red stitching, a flat-bottom steering wheel and an updated central display that includes a boost gauge. Test vehicle sticker price, including $795 destination charges, is $29,639.
JLR CEO Ralf Speth says the Castle Bromwich investment marks a turnaround for the company’s West Midlands manufacturing operations which were earmarked for consolidation during the height of the global economic downturn....More
Plans for the 300,000-unit-capacity facility call for growing market penetration in Mexico, exporting vehicles to markets in Central America and supporting Kia and Hyundai operations in the U.S. through exports....More
Acura's new TLX sedan represents a cross between two vehicles no longer available: the smaller TSX and more stately TL. The interior carries on Honda/Acura's excellent reputation for fit-and-finish, as well as a deep-rooted reluctance to take stylistic chances. Our TLX 2.4L Tech carries a sticker price of $35,920, including $895 in destination charges.
EV dealer Doug Snower, who plans to buy 200 Chinese-made BYD e6 electric vehicles to lease to drivers for ridesharing service Uber, says his business model in part is based on the $4,000-a-vehicle rebates the state no longer offers....More
Despite its prolonged sales slump, industry analyst Jessada Thongpak says Thailand will remain ASEAN’s largest automotive hub because its technology and capability to meet global standards is years ahead of second-ranked Indonesia’s....More
The redesigned Mazda6 won a Ward's 10 Best Interiors trophy two years ago, and this mid-cycle refresh delivers a new display screen and multimedia interface, as well as more premium materials. Our Grand Touring test vehicle stickered for $33,395.
Assembled in South Korea, Chevrolet Trax enters the compact CUV segment loaded with features popular among young buyers. Test vehicle equipped with front-wheel drive and 1.4L turbo-4 is priced at $23,815, including $875 destination charges.
Years of deep cost-cutting, consolidating platforms, expanding production outside Japan and sharp focus on product planning have lifted the companies out of the depths of the recession triggered in 2008, industry analyst Chris Richter says....More
Electric cars simply are more convenient than gasoline cars and will only become more so. My electric car is always full. This is because I plug it in every night. I almost never have to take it to the garage, because upgrades/fixes are downloaded overnight....More