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Ford Finally Will Offer F-150 Diesel Engines

The best in class bragging – if it sticks – will see an engine rated at 11,400 pounds of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity, with a BiC diesel of 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque. The diesel is available for both 4×2 and 4×4 F-150 pickups. Continue reading

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Acura, Honda at 2018 North American International Auto Show

The all-new 2019 Honda Insight will offer – what else – “premium style and high fuel efficiency in a five-passenger sedan that will be powered by latest generation of Honda’s two-motor full hybrid powertrain. The Insight comeback timing is inauspicious … Continue reading

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New 2019 Jeep Cherokee Crossover Debuts at NAIAS

What’s next – how about Jeep imports to US from China? Continue reading

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GAC Motor GM8 Minivan at 2018 NAIAS. Sold in US by 2019

GAC Motor is expected at NAIAS in 2018 with a extensive lineup, including he GM8, GA8, GS8, a new mass-production sedan GA4 and an all-new concept car. Continue reading

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Another Crossover! Hyundai KONA Debuts at LA Auto Show

Hyundai is unveiling the US-production version of its KONA crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It appears to be a thoroughly mainstream entry from a company that missed its current global forecast after years of rapid expansion. Hyundai claims … Continue reading

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GAC Motor to Export Trumpchi Vehicles to US in late 2019

One hopes they will be suited better to their purpose than their coincidental namesake, which might not survive the ocean voyage. GAC hopes it will be the first Chinese car brand to succeed in the U.S. market, despite years of promises from other firms. Continue reading

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Crossover Mania: 3-Row Lexus RX Debuts at Los Angeles

The Lexus RX – the original SUV built from a car platform – debuting in the U.S. at the Chicago Auto Show 20 years ago – will get three rows of seats. Continue reading

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Ford, Zotye Ink Chinese JV Agreement on Electric Vehicles

Pending regulatory approval – all but certain in the government directed economy – the new JV will design, build, market and distribute all-electric passenger vehicles for China, the world’s leading electric vehicle market. The establishment of the JV is a combined investment of 5 billion RMB (~ $756 million). Continue reading

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Mazda CX-5 Crossover Build Starts at Hofu Plant

The reasons for Mazda’s struggles are many – a bias toward old architectures, single or limited joint ventures, different operating philosophies and systems, no true mergers, lack of trust and inequality. However, the potential savings are just too large to ignore, especially for CEOs, but not necessarily for middle managers and workers. Continue reading

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Glub? Aston Martin Going into Submarine Business!

In the deal at sea appropriately announced at the Monaco, Aston Martin Consulting will work on a partnership that it claims will lead to an exclusive, strictly-limited edition submersible Project Neptune takes Triton’s three-person platform as a basis upon “to explore a new iteration of Aston Martin’s progressive design language.” Continue reading

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Mahindra, Ford to Study Links in India, Emerging Markets

A revised Transit Connect could be one program because of Mahindra’s prominent role in the previous one that occurred when perennial loss-making Ford Europe was cash-strapped. Highly likely are utility and battery electric vehicles. Continue reading

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Daimler Launches First All-Electric Truck – FUSO eCanter

FUSO eCanter has a limited range of 100 kilometers and a load capacity up to three and a half tons – depending on body and usage. The vehicle´s electric powertrain contains six high-voltage lithium ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each. Continue reading

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Toyota, 7-Eleven Japan to Study Fuel Cell Trucks

Fuel cell trucks, where the refrigeration/freezer unit, and the truck itself, are powered by fuel cells, will be introduced as refrigerator/freezer trucks for stores with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions. An energy management system, combining already-installed solar power generators will be introduced to enable greater energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction. Continue reading

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Equinox Diesel Rated at 39 MPG Hwy

Whether anything remains of the diminutive diesel market with the ongoing Volkswagen diesel scandal, and relatively inexpensive gasoline prices remains to be seen. However, this is among the world’s hottest segments. Continue reading

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Toyota and Mazda JV to Build Cars in U.S. Trumped?

The plant would have an annual production capacity of approximately 300,000 units. Pending approvals and authorization by government agencies, the companies will begin to examine detailed plans with the goal of starting operations in 2021. The plant will require a total investment of approximately $1.6 billion, and will create up to 4,000 jobs. Continue reading

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