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Ford Ranger pickup rated at 23 mpg combined, best among gasoline-powered rivals

The Ford Ranger is returning next month as the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered pickup on the U.S. market. The two-wheel-drive model will achieve 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined, according to EPA estimates, slightly above its closest rival.


It is still all about the product

Auto designers today face a difficult task: designing products that are truly distinctive in the growing lineup of SUV's and pickups on the market.

Mazda goes for emotional appeal

Mazda doesn't see the slowing sedan market as an excuse to become complacent about its cars. In fact, it sees this as the perfect time to raise the bar with an artistic approach to design that enhances some of their emotional allure.

As cars slide, Toyota leans in

In a market that's tilted 70-30 toward light trucks, why does Toyota bother to invest in cars? Because in that smaller market, Toyota is a giant. And it has even more elbow room now that the Detroit 3 have decided to vacate several car segments.

Byton bullish about 2019 electric SUV production

In many ways, the story of Byton sounds like so many fledgling automotive companies backed by Chinese investors. The company has outlined grand plans to reinvent traditional business models. It has pinned its fortunes on an electric powertrain.

Toyota explores new branding for alt-fuel vehicles

Toyota, which introduced the world to gasoline-electric hybrids some 15 years ago, is exploring some new branding language for its alternative powertrains to better convey the nuances of the technologies and the vehicles' evolving driving dynamics.

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