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Max Cheung

iPhone 5 still tops, but Galaxy S4 helps Samsung gain share, analyst says

The iPhone 5 is the world's top-selling smartphone, according to Canaccord Genuity, but the Galaxy S4 has put pressure on Apple around the globe.<p>Apple's iPhone 5 can't be beaten -- for now.<p>In a research note to investors on Wednesday, analyst Canaccord Genuity reported that in June, the iPhone 5 …

iPhone 5

HTC: Forget raw specs, the One remains our flagship

If the Butterfly S has all the features of the HTC One and then some, is it a new flagship? Not at all, says HTC.<p>If it walks like a flagship, and quacks like a flagship...that doesn't make it so. At least that's the case at HTC, where the upcoming HTC Butterfly S (and expected successor to the …

Phones

China drawing up plans to end official game console sales ban, report claims

China's 13-year prohibition on game console sales may soon come to an end, according to a report from the <i>South China Morning Post</i>. The compromise would see the likes of Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft able to manufacture game consoles in Shanghai's new free trade zone -- part of a larger governmental …

Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925 Come to T-Mobile as Carrier Expands LTE Network

The iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones may be best sellers for T-Mobile, but that doesn’t mean the wireless carrier, which has been making bold …

Build It: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Configurator Goes Live

Before the highly anticipated 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 launches in a couple months, the four-door’s online configurator has gone live. Mercedes expects an average transaction price in the $35,000 range, but check every meaningful option and the price balloons to just under $50,000. So how can you …

Mercedes-Benz

2013 Honda Civic Si First Test

A (Re)freshing Start<p>Honda‘s early update to the ninth-generation Civic — performed just a year into its production — gives the car an opportunity to start anew. Along with the rest of the lineup , the enthusiast-favorite Si receives a number of improvements and standard features.<p>As in all 2013 …

Honda Civic

2014 Mazda3 sedan teaser surfaces, authenticity questioned

Thanks to our ever-industrious readers, we've received a number of tips today about the as-yet-unseen sedan variant of the 2014 Mazda3. All center on the image above, which is claimed to be a leaked first look at the new compact. It certainly looks convincing enough, with its short rear deck, …

U.S. Auto Sales Speed Up: Chrysler, Ford Race To Best June Since Crisis

The auto industry’s recovery continued to show signs of solidifying last month, as car makers reported high sales driven mostly by truck purchases.<p>Ford Motor reported the greatest jump in sales, as revenue increased 13%, in the best June in seven years. Chrysler Group sales increased 8%, and …

Mazda6: More Than Just a (Finally) Pretty Face

Mazdas have long been tight and nimble driving machines; now, in the new sedan, looks and performance are aligned<p>You may think you have a tough job, and you probably do, but if you make a living building and selling automobiles, chances are you're really busting your hump. This is a horrible …

Selling

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC

Diesel. Four-cylinder. Truck. Yup.<p>There's faint ticking noise in the distance and a barely audible <i>whoosh</i>. Must be coming from the car in the next lane, you think. It couldn't be much closer, and anyway, the engine is remarkably smooth—think a big six with lots of torque. Except that you're on a …

BMW 328i vs. BMW 328i

Old versus new, or the changing sport-sedan world in a nutshell.<p>Progress is often a compromise. In the case of the BMW 3-series, that compromise is between the "sport" and "sedan" sides of the car's personality: quick reflexes and driver feedback versus comfort, speed, and isolation. While it's no …

Extreme Sports

2013 Acura ILX Long-Term Update 4

As the miles pile up, the ILX continues to rev and run like the first day I hopped in it, with no loose trim, rattles, or other quality issues.<p>With its B1 service light going off and the Acura ILX’s oil level getting within an inch of its life, it was time to head back to Glendale Acura for the …

Acura

Doom-Doom? Why Mazda Needs a Savior

Its profits are up and its products are great. So what gives?<p>To the casual observer, Mazda appears to be on a hot streak. The new 6 is great and just beat the Honda Accord in our comparison testing. The CX-5’s 43,319 sales in 2012—the highest for a Mazda crossover in nearly a decade—helped propel …

Chevrolet Trax

2013 BMW 335i xDrive First Test

Fast Runner With Slightly Clumsy Footwork<p>After glancing at the 2013 BMW 335i xDrive’s test results, it’s difficult not to think of the M3. True, the two serve completely different purposes, but the 335i’s 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds matches that of the most recent six-speed, manual-equipped M3 we …

Weather

Ford Stays On A Roll In China In June

Ford Motor’s sales in China in June rose by 44% from a year earlier to 75,254 vehicles, marking its best June ever in the world’s biggest automobile market, the U.S. manufacturer said today.<p>For the first six months of the year, Ford China’s sales soared 47% to 407,721 vehicles, buoyed by new models …

Mazda3 sedan revealed by Top Gear Russia [w/poll]

Thanks to our comrades at <i>Top Gear Russia</i>, the trickling reveal of the Mazda3 sedan has begun. We saw the hatch in person in New York (and loved it), and we wanted to see if the trunked version could hold onto the same mojo. If you like the Mazda6, then you should like the Mazda3 because it takes …

GM China Partner SAIC's Shares Climb 3.4% On June Sales Gain

Shares in SAIC Motor, a key China joint venture partner of GM, rose by 3.4% at the Shanghai Stock Exchange today after the company reported an increase in sales in June.<p>SAIC said it sold 406,855 cars last month, a gain of 14.4% from a year earlier. For the first six months of the year, sales rose …

The Datsuns are coming

Nissan's new budget brand previewed in design renderings.<p>Those schooled in Japanese automotive history will remember the name Datsun as the predecessor of Nissan, but now the brand is returning in another capacity. Similar to what its corporate ally Renault has done with Dacia, Datsun will serve as …

New Delhi

China's Favorite Luxury Car Brands

It pays to be China’s favorite automotive brand, especially in the high end luxury segment.<p>As it is, China already dominates the world’s car sales, but is coming up on replacing the United States as the No. 1 market for luxury cars too.<p>Last week, General Motors said it aims to have a 10% market …

China, The World's Largest Auto Market, Says Passenger Car Sales Rose 12% In June

Passenger car sales in China, the world’s largest auto market, rose by 12.3% in June from a year earlier to 1.29 million vehicles, the government-published China Daily newspaper said on Saturday. The paper cited figures from the China Passenger Car Association released on Friday.<p>June’s increase was …

World's first solar-powered family car to drive across Australia

Students at Eindhoven University have created what they are calling the world's first solar-powered family car, a solar-powered vehicle that can fit …

The 2014 Mazda 6 with i-ELOOP Gets 40 mpg, Starts at $32,570

Don’t even try to explain this one to your buddies: “You see, i-ELOOP uses a freewheeling alternator that reduces parasitic drag…” Just stop right there; all you need to do is tell them your mid-size Mazda is rated for 40 mpg on the highway while their compact Toyota Corollas can only muster 34. …

Ford Fusion

2013 Audi S4 First Test

With a Quickness<p>You know how this goes. <i>Motor Trend</i> is testing an Audi, which means I’m going to hit on three things: It’s fast, the steering feels awful, and the MMI infotainment controller spins backwards. Why? Because Audi has a formula that works very, very well and applies it across the line, …

Muscle Cars

2013 Ford Fusion 1.6L EcoBoost Automatic

Movie-star looks, athletic chassis, pedestrian powertrain.<p>TESTED<p>It’s no secret that the latest Fusion is the most competitive mid-size sedan from Ford in a long time, and of the many variants on offer, the combination of the 1.6-liter EcoBoost (that’s “turbocharged and direct injected” in …

Efficient Cars: Emerging Clean Diesels May Give Electric Vehicles A Jolt

The beauty of efficient cars these days is that progress is being made on so many fronts. It’s a little like a horse race: first one technology surges, then another.<p>Just when it begins to look like the future of personal transportation may be the electric vehicle, The Economist warns us not to jump …