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Geely's Horbury takes his auto design cues from a nation's style
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28
As a design leader at companies such as Ford and Volvo, Peter Horbury has always been the outsider with great insight, the foreigner able to identify style motifs native ...


Geely set to debut its first 'Horbury'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Geely's GC9, the Chinese brand's flagship sedan set to debut at the Guangzhou auto show next month, is being touted as the first Geely developed under the design auspices ...


Hyundai scrambles for more crossover turf
2:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16
Hyundai's no longer growing by leaps and bounds in the United States, in part because it's only a bit player in the crossover boom. ...


The joy of being a Jeep dealer in 2014
3:35 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Holy Toledo, what's it like to be a Jeep dealer in 2014? Andy Shaver, president of the Shaver Group, just smiles when I ask. A smile that says: "Awesome and then some." ...


Porsche rejects entry-level roadster -- again
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
After thinking about it long and hard, Porsche has abandoned the idea of building an entry-level roadster. ...


Horbury crafts Geely design team, language
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Peter Horbury has faced three mind-bending design challenges in his career: Injecting style into Volvo starting in the early '90s, rejuvenating Ford's moribund North Amer ...


From boosting Renault to designing boats
4:02 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3
One reason why Renault shocked the auto world in 1998 by acquiring Nissan was the emergence of a delightful Renault design language in the 1990s. Credit for that look goe ...


From boosting Renault to designing boats
6:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2

You could argue that the reason Renault was able to shock the auto world in 1998 by acquiring Nissan was the emergence of a delightful Renault design language ...



Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent
5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not ...


The Nissan Leaf's top-selling town?
10:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the United States, but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing w ...


Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent
5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not ...


On watch
7:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1

The Paris auto show ‎opens on Thursday -- the first press day, that is. On Wednesday, the guys with the red ties were on hand to make sure there were ...



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