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2017 MAZDA CX-5 LONG-TERM UPDATE 4: INTERIOR DESIGN

The more time I spend with the CX-5, the more I think why get

2019 BMW I8 ROADSTER FIRST DRIVE: BACK TO THE FUTURE

I never bothered to figure out exactly what it was, but I recognized it

LAMBORGHINI WON’T BUILD A BABY URUS SUV

The Urus is expected to more than double sales for the Lamborghini brand, but nonetheless, the automaker has

FROM PAST TO PRESENT: THE CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1

1990-1995 Corvette (C4) ZR-1 The ZR-1 (now with a hyphen) returned in 1990 with

GM REMAINS COMMITTED TO CARS AND CADILLACFree Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers Ford started Detroit’s round of first-quarter earnings calls with the blunt news it is largely getting out of the car business, with only the Mustang and a Focus a few years from now. FCA was second to bat and CEO Sergio Marchionne talked about troubles launching the new Ram which is taking longer and costing more than forecast. Rounding out the calls was clean-up batter General Motors. Yes, GM has new full-size pickups launching this fall, but the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are doing so uneventfully, says CEO Mary Barra. Which is good, because trucks are a $65 billion business. Watch 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Hot Lap! – 2017 Best Driver’s Car Contender 4 PHOTOS Taking down truck plants for retooling is always costly; automakers want to build and sell every profitable truck they can. Downtime cost GM $700 million to $800 million in the first quarter, bringing down North American pretax earnings to $2.2 billion. GM will build about 70,000 fewer pickups this year. The number would have been double that if GM had not added some final assembly work to the Oshawa plant in Ontario. The launch is going well, Barrra told investors. And the rampup will include more crew cabs, representing 74 percent of production going forward. GM is planning to ramp up marketing of the new trucks, as well. Against the truck costs, GM is enjoying a boost from its crossover launches, many of which were replaced last year. They are driving growth, but are not as profitable as trucks and competition will only get stiffer as consumers trade in their cars for these car-based utilities. And when it comes to cars, Barra says GM is not packing up its bat and ball and going home, even as Ford and FCA are exiting most car segments in North America. Although several car segments are shrinking, they are still significant, Barra said. GM introduced efficient new architectures in 2015 and 2016 for midsize and compact vehicles which remain good platforms for future cars with minimal changes needed and thus minimal expenditure. “Because we’ve made the investments, we need to deploy little to no capital going forward, so we view it as an opportunity. What you’ll see us do is play very efficiently in a segment that, although it is declining, there is still an opportunity.” 4 PHOTOS The refreshed 2019 Chevrolet Malibu GM will continue to monitor how well models and segments perform and Barra has shown repeatedly that she will sell or stop underperformers, whether they be vehicles or operations or markets. There have been reports that the tiny Chevrolet Sonic and the full-size Impala will be discontinued. Most of the cost-cutting actions GM has taken in recent years has been to address car demand, cutting production when necessary and pulling out of car-heavy markets such as Russia, Western Europe, and Latin America. GM Korea was on the brink of bankruptcy when a last-minute deal was struck this week to reduce capacity and shave $500 million in annual costs to remain competitive. Barra also used a call with investors to discuss Cadillac, a brand that was not progressing fast enough in its revitalization, which led to President Johan de Nysschen being replaced last week by former GM Canada President Steve Carlisle. The new Cadillac chief will further accelerate the brand’s progress, Barra said. The all-new XT4 crossover unveiled at the New York auto show will provide a boost and lead a cadence of one new vehicle every six months, on average, to 2021. It is not a right turn for Cadillac under its new leadership, Barra said, it is an acceleration of plans already in motion to introduce strong products that redefine luxury for the U.S. and China markets. The brand is expected to double sales to 500,000 globally by 2020 and improve profitability by $1 billion. And, to make it clear, the work will continue to be done from Cadillac’s current headquarters. “We will still stay in New York.

Ford started Detroit’s round of first-quarter earnings calls with the blunt news it is largely getting

2019 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA MEETS ORIGINAL 1980 MODEL FOR FAMILY REUNION PHOTOS

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta may be the largest, most advanced Jetta yet, but 38 years ago things

SPIED! JEEP WRANGLER PICKUP CAUGHT TESTING IN OUR OWN BACKYARD

It’s been more than two years since we heard from Jeep’s Mike Manley that a Wrangler-based

TOYOTA INVESTING $170 MILLION TO BUILD NEXT-GEN COROLLA

  The 2019 Corolla hatchback has already moved to the Toyota New Global Architecture, and now it’s the

NEXT-GEN FORD EXPLORER TEASED IN BEIJING

Now that Ford has cut the better portion of its car lineup in North America, it will invest heavily

PININFARINA REVEALS ALL-ELECTRIC H300 SEDAN AND K350 SUV

Technically, Elon Musk didn’t start Tesla back in 2003. That was Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. Musk joined the company