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Business

Porsche Jumps to Top of CR Best-Car Ratings

Another year of surprising ups and downs

Interiors & Electronics

Premium Interiors for Mid-Range Prices (Less Than $50,000)

The little things can add up to provide comfort, convenience and functionality

Business

Ford Bronco Next Month—Here’s What We (Think We) Know So Far

Vehicle could be Ford’s most important upcoming launch

Diesel

U.S. Will Finally Get Diesel-Powered Mazda6

Nearly a decade in the making, the new oil burner may have passed its sell-by date  

Marketing

Scoring the 2020 Super Bowl Car Ads

Jeep, Hyundai, Audi and Porsche hit the mark; Hummer EV fizzles

Marketing

Bye-Bye Frankfurt Auto Show

German show leaves town after a 51-year run as attendance plunges.

Interiors

FCA’s 5th-Gen Infotainment Tech Hits the Mark

Highly rated Uconnect system gets better

Legal

Jeep Diesels Face Ban in Europe

Jeep faces a partial sales ban in Europe unless it fixes diesel-powered Grand Cherokee SUVs that evade emission regulations.

Hybrid

Early Access for Jeep PHEVs in Europe

Given the CO2 regulations that the European Union has brought into effect for this year and next (95 g/km), it isn’t entirely surprising that Jeep has announced that it has established websites in various European markets (today sites in Italy and Spain went live; Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria are to follow) for people to learn about—and preorder—the “First Edition” models of the Jeep Renegade 4xe and the Jeep Compass 4xe models, both of which are plug-in hybrids.

Who Won the 2020 NACTOY Awards?

The final ballots are actually tabulated and kept secret by Deloitte before being revealed on stage in Detroit. . . .

Batteries

Jeep Goes Green with Electrified Models

The Jeep brand is reducing its environmental footprint through electrification

Business

Merger to Put Most FCA Cars on PSA Platforms

PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles say two PSA platforms will carry two-thirds of all small cars made by the companies after they merge.

Materials & Lightweighting

Putting Material in Its Place

Shedding weight to make cars more efficient is complicated by the economic advantages of using as many of the same components as possible in multiple models, says Altair Engineering’s Richard Yen.

Toyota RAV4 Named Japan Car of the Year

The Toyota RAV4 crossover has been designated Japan Car of the Year for 2019.

Interiors & Electronics

On the Design of the Tesla Cybertruck

Franz von Holzhausen knows what he’s doing. Seriously.

Business

FCA Recalls SUVs for Engine Stalling

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is calling back 698,000 SUVs worldwide to again fix a fuel pump problem that could cause the engine to stall or refuse to start.

Domestics, Hyundai/Kia Dominate N. American Vehicle Finalists

U.S. nameplates account for five of the nine finalists vying for the 2020 North American Car, Truck and Utility vehicles of the year awards.

New ’Vette, Ram HD, Kia Telluride Win Motor Trend Awards

Motor Trend has named the Chevrolet Corvette, Ram Heavy Duty pickup and Kia Telluride SUV/crossover vehicle as its Car, Truck and SUV of the year, respectively.

Business

Merged FCA-PSA Would Maintain Current Brands

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group plan to maintain all current brands under their proposed merger, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares tells French television station BMF Business.

Labor

A Scary Look at the Auto Industry

A witch, a clown, a masked vigilante, and a doctor go into a studio. . . .

Production

FCA to Build Battery Assembly Plant in Italy

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV says it will open a €50 million ($56 million) plant next year at its Mirafiori complex in Turin, Italy, to make batteries from purchased cells.

FCA, AM General Partner on Gladiator Military Truck

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and defense contractor AM General LLC are developing a military version of the Jeep Gladiator midsize pickup truck.  

Interiors

Volkswagen Cross Sport: Coming to Chattanooga

Continuing its plan to “Drive Bigger,” Volkswagen of America is going to start producing the Atlas Cross Sport midsize SUV in Tennessee

Cax

Lightening Up Through Topology Optimization

Products can be lighter and better through the application of topology optimization. However, they might look somewhat different. . .