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Crossover rollouts continue with Porsche, Ford concept at LA show

LOS ANGELES, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Consumers’ growing love
affair with “crossover” vehicles that combine the functionality
and cachet of sport utility vehicles with the comfort and
performance of a car shows no signs of abating with Germany’s
Porsche unveiling the compact luxury Macan.

Porsche is just the latest in the global automotive industry
to pile on more crossovers as it showed off its fifth model,
including its second crossover, at the Los Angeles Auto Show on
Tuesday night.

Nov 20, 2013

General Motors banking on the Colorado to be player in mid-sized trucks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is banking on American consumers’ desire for something different from cars and crossover utility vehicles to drive demand for its Chevrolet Colorado when the mid-sized pickup trucks re-enter the U.S. market next autumn.

As part of the No. 1 U.S. automaker’s so-called “three-truck strategy” that includes the full-size and heavy-duty Chevy Silverado pickups, the 2015 Colorado and its GMC sibling Canyon are meant to appeal to lifestyle buyers much like Subaru has done with its vehicles, offering space, utility and a refined interior.

Nov 19, 2013

Ford to reveal all-new 2015 Mustang on Dec. 5

LOS ANGELES, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co will
unveil its next-generation 2015 Mustang on Dec. 5, in the first
complete overhaul of the car since 2005, the U.S. automaker said
on Tuesday.

The new Mustang, which marks its 50th anniversary next
spring, gets a more modern design, a more nimble chassis and
more efficient engines and transmissions, all intended to
broaden the car’s appeal beyond its core American audience. The
2015 model is slated to go on sale next summer.

Nov 19, 2013

Car, tech firms must work together to provide Internet, ‘apps’ : Ford executive

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Automakers and technology companies need to cooperate more closely to ensure the rapid and smooth development of cars that are fully connected to the Internet, a top Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) executive said on Tuesday.

Ford global marketing chief Jim Farley told reporters at the Los Angeles Auto Show that the automotive and technology sectors are “at a tipping point” where they need to work together better than they have to speed the roll-out of the services in cars that allow consumers to drive safely and interact with their favorite apps or other technologies.

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      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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