True to its history of rise, fall and rise again, Brazil’s auto industry has no intention of fading away, despite a stagnant economy that remains unaffected by the postponement of the government’s IPI tax increase on vehicles....More
VWA won't change course to goose sales as the year winds down, CEO Jonathan Browning says, adding the automaker is confident the VW brand's 2013 volume will top 400,000 for the second year in a row....More
The lineup is anchored by the architecture of the new A3 sedan, which will be joined next year by an A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel, high-performance S3 sedan and, in early 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline-electric hybrid....More
Even Porsche’s most zealous fans could not have predicted the runaway success of the Cayenne, which arrived in 2002. The automaker expects the smaller, less-expensive Macan to be even more popular....More
A record six diesels are in this year’s competition. WardsAuto editors are driving 45 vehicles with all-new or redesigned engines or propulsion systems. Among the nominees, 20 are turbocharged and three are supercharged....More
This year’s flood of new diesels (from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz) illustrates the need for automakers to take unconventional steps to comply with pending fuel-economy mandates in the U.S. while meeting continued heavy demand for diesels in Europe.
There’s some concern consumer confidence remains shaky following the government shutdown that tempered showroom traffic in the first half of October, and that could have negative effect on auto sales through the end of 2013, the automaker says....More
WardsAuto/AutomotiveCompass data shows this year about a third of the top-volume platforms will cross four or more size segments. By 2019, that percentage will go to half, and those will span up to seven market segments....More
When it takes two months to build a Mulsanne – to fabricate and paint the body, to bathe the cabin in finery, to have one guy (Bob Bishop) assemble the 6.75L twin-turbo V-8 – it becomes evident why this car is insanely expensive....More
With so much drooling on about craftsmanship and comfort, it’s easy to forget the Mulsanne is, in the end, a mode of transportation, built to splash through mud puddles, not a work of art to be adored in a museum.
Leading the project is Nissan, which along with Renault, BMW and Volkswagen plans 74 rapid chargers along major trunk routes and providing EV-friendly links to five seaports and five international airports....More
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