July 24, 2014—Volkswagen is saying adios to the Eos. The German automaker says it will stop producing the two-door, hard-top convertible after the upcoming model year.
July 23, 2014—Ford Motor says the 2015 F-150 will be at least 700 pounds lighter than that of the previous model year because of the use of military-grade aluminum alloy in the body and the cargo box, as well as the use of high-strength steel.
July 17, 2014—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says the vehicle’s 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 engine is the most powerful V8 ever built for a Dodge.
July 16, 2014—Mercedes-Benz says the new S65 AMG Coupe will arrive at U.S. dealerships in October 2014 but, to no one’s surprise, the German sports car will have a price that’s out of reach for most consumers.
July 11, 2014—The Nissan cube appears to have melted, as the boxy compact car wasn’t among the 20 passenger vehicles when Nissan Motor unveiled its 2015 U.S. lineup.
July 10, 2014—Hyundai Motor’s redesigned Sonata initially will be sold without Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto phone-control software installed, a spokesperson says, but Hyundai plans to permit buyers to have the programs added at the dealership once the software is available for installation.
July 8, 2014—Goodyear Tire & Rubber introduced a towing service that hauls stranded motorists and their vehicles to the nearest participating Goodyear Tire & Service Network location.
July 7, 2014—The base model of the TLX has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s mated with an eight-speed dual-clutch (automated manual) transmission, while an optional 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission starts at $35,220.
June 27, 2014—Fiat Chrysler unveiled the 2015 Ram ProMaster City, which is a slimmed-down version of the automaker’s commercial van that’s based on Europe’s Fiat Dobló.
June 26, 2014—Toyota hasn’t determined U.S. pricing for its FCV sedan, but the automaker says the model that will go on sale in Japan in April 2015 will cost about $69,000.
June 25, 2014—Ford Motor unveiled the second generation of its Edge crossover SUV, which is the automaker’s first vehicle that has an EcoBoost engine as a standard feature as well as an available adaptive steering system.
June 25, 2014—Allstate introduced a smartphone tool that monitors the driving habits of teenagers, but we couldn’t help but wonder whether the information that’s gleaned will be used to raise automobile-insurance rates for parents or for the teen when he/she gets his/her own policy.
June 23, 2014—Three additions to Audi’s 2015 lineup will be in U.S. showrooms in summer 2014: the S3 sedan, the A3 cabriolet and the A3 TDI sedan.
June 20, 2014—A seven-speed, dual-clutch (automated manual) transmission will make its debut in the 2015 Sonata Eco, which will have a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
June 18, 2014—Honda Motor pulled the plug on its Acura ILX Hybrid after 2 years of sluggish demand, according to Autoblog, which noted that only 2,660 ILX Hybrid models were sold since the vehicle’s launch in May 2012.
June 17, 2014—In an email that provided certain details for Model X reservation holders, Tesla Motors confirmed that the vehicle would include standard all-wheel drive and what it calls falcon-wing doors, which are passenger doors that have hinges on top and open up instead of out.
June 13, 2014—For the second time in 10 months, Ford Motor reduced the fuel-economy ratings for its 2013 and 2014 C-Max Hybrid vehicles, plus four other hybrid and plug-in models from 2013 and 2014 and certain Fiesta models.
June 5, 2014—Ford Motor issued fresh details about the 2015 MKC, which is Lincoln’s new crossover SUV that the automaker says will arrive in U.S. showrooms in June 2014.
May 30, 2014—A national subprime automotive loan company agreed to pay at least $5.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it harassed consumers and collected money that consumers didn’t owe.
May 28, 2014—General Motors will test vehicles that won’t move unless you buckle your seat belt, but it’s unclear whether such models will arrive in showrooms anytime soon.