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Mitsubishi Lands New Outlander

Mitsubishi Lands New Outlander

You know a manufacturer is having trouble when it begins a news conference not with the unveiling of a new product but with a promise that it isn’t about to leave the market. But few were surprised by the approach taken when Mitsubishi’s U.S. chief executive opened...
Hyundai Expands Santa Fe Family

Hyundai Expands Santa Fe Family

In the car business, naming vehicles is an art all to itself. But now Hyundai is following a practice pioneered by Ford with its wide range of “F-Series” pickups, and more recently, Toyota with its Prius “family.  Now, the Korean carmaker will go the same route,...
Acura Aims to Redefine Itself with RLX Flagship

Acura Aims to Redefine Itself with RLX Flagship

It was the brand that proved Japanese automakers could compete in the luxury segment but in recent years Acura has been little more than an after-thought, lost behind mainstream high-line marques like Lexus and German giants Mercedes-Benz and BMW. But Acura is hoping...
First Drive: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport

First Drive: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport

It’s a jungle out there and you need a vehicle that can handle it. Pitted trails, obstacles to avoid, narrow spots to fit through. Yep, the parking lot can be a real test for any vehicle … Oh, you thought this was about the REAL jungle? As in vines, mud holes and...
Troubled Fisker Automotive Seeking Partner

Troubled Fisker Automotive Seeking Partner

Hoping to overcome a string of setbacks and get its product program back on track, battery-car start-up Fisker Automotive is quietly looking to line up a better financed partner. There are no plans to sell the company, stressed founder and Chairman Henrik Fisker, but...
First Look: 2014 Kia Forte

First Look: 2014 Kia Forte

With the introduction of the 2014 Forte, Kia reveals the continuing shift from generic styling to a distinctly European look that has helped it draw in a wave of new buyers in recent years. Longer, wider and lower than the previous Forte, the new sedan bears the...
Honda Unveils Updated 2013 Civic

Honda Unveils Updated 2013 Civic

After absorbing some stinging criticism of the 2012 remake of the Honda Civic, the Japanese maker has turned around with unprecedented speed to roll out an “emergency refresh” of the long-popular compact it hopes will win over critics. In particular, Honda hopes the...
Subaru Betting Big on New Forester

Subaru Betting Big on New Forester

With 2012 already another notch in its string of five consecutive annual sales records, Subaru is preparing for a big 2013 as it launches the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester. The latest model made its appearance durin the press previews for the Los Angeles Auto Show on...
Mazda Confirms Diesel Coming for 2014 Mazda6

Mazda Confirms Diesel Coming for 2014 Mazda6

Mazda will launch a diesel version of its new midsize Mazda6 sedan during the second half of 2013, the maker confirmed during an LA Auto Show news conference – and while the maker won’t release official figures until closer to launch, a well-placed source said the...
Ford Fusion Nabs Green Car of the Year Award

Ford Fusion Nabs Green Car of the Year Award

Despite the popular media’s fixation on battery power, automotive insiders are quick to caution that there is no “silver bullet” solution, no single technology that will likely meet all the needs for tomorrow’s clean and efficient automobiles. That message was...