Vehicle Design

Toyota's venerable Land Cruiser sports modern, safety updates for 2016

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The oldest nameplate in the Toyota lineup, the Land Cruiser, is receiving significant upgrades for the 2016 model year. It’s the first time since 2008 that major changes have been made to the low-volume, full-size, off-road vehicle.... Read More »

Classic Broncos reach ICON status

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Jonathan Ward, CEO of California-based ICON, sells refurbished and modernized classic 1960s-era Ford Broncos for between $175,000 and $230,000 -- and says he can't keep up with demand.... Read More »

Mazda CX-9 to borrow from Mazda6

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The next-generation Mazda CX-9 will adopt the elongated hood, sweptback stance and narrow headlights of the Mazda6 sedan, recent spy photos show.... Read More »

No S660 convertible for U.S., but Honda has some sporty ideas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Honda's tiny S660 roadster from Japan likely has no future in the U.S. market, according to John Mendel. But that doesn't mean Honda doesn't have some fun things planned.... Read More »

Post-Piech, VW's Phaeton gets delayed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Tinkering with the $100,000 Volkswagen Phaeton has ended careers at VW.... Read More »

Smart ForTwo redesigned to better fit U.S. buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Smart's all-new 2016 ForTwo may have a European flavor to it, but significant portions of the car were specifically designed for the U.S. market.... Read More »

Chevrolet's next-gen Equinox gets sportier front end and lower profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The redesigned Chevrolet Equinox expected for the 2017 model year will sport a streamlined face and a lower, sleeker profile.... Read More »

Acura's new boss wants sedans 'that people get excited about'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2015

Jon Ikeda is barely a few weeks into his new role as general manager of Acura, but the designer-turned-executive already knows what's atop his agenda at American Honda's luxury marque.... Read More »

New BMW 7 series focuses on comfort to beat S class

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW believes its latest 7 series offers levels of comfort that will help it close the gap with the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S class, especially in the key China market where wealthy executives prize comfort features above driving dynamics.... Read More »

DS will challenge established premium brands

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

DS may be the youngest brand on the market but its product chief, Vincent Devos, believes the upscale marque can rival the best the luxury segment has to offer within two decades, as he explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Kia releases Sportage pictures ahead of show debut

Aug. 27, 2015 10:30 CET

Kia released pictures of its latest Sportage ahead of the model's debut at the Frankfurt auto show. The fourth-generation Sportage gets a sleeker look and an upscale interior to help it boost its competitiveness in the tough compact SUV segment.... Read More »

Mercedes aims to expand crossover appeal with tech, right-hand drive GLC

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Mercedes expects that its latest compact SUV model, the GLC, will generate higher sales than the GLK it replaces because of softer design, additional comfort features and the availability of right-hand-drive in key markets.... Read More »

Honda to unwrap retooled 2016 Civic sedan on Sept. 16

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Honda says the 10th generation of the venerable Civic compact sedan will be introduced Sept. 16 in simultaneous events in both Detroit and Los Angeles.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Will another Fiat Chrysler star, or two, bow in Vegas?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

For the third time in six years, Fiat Chrysler dealers are gathering -- in private and without cellphones or cameras -- to get their first glimpses of the vehicles they soon will be asked to sell.... Read More »

Chevrolet's next-gen Equinox will be lower, sleeker

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Equinox will sport a streamlined face and lower, sleeker profile, based on recent spy photos. The shots and video, purportedly taken during hot-weather testing of the compact crossover, show a blacked-out, horizontally patterned grille with swept-back headlamps.... Read More »

Prius' dramatic redesign comes into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

New spy shots reveal a dramatic front and rear design of the redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius, set to debut in Las Vegas on Sept. 8.... Read More »

Infiniti stretches QX50 into 'new model'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Infiniti's re-engineered QX50 wheelbase creates a functional rear seat where consumers previously saw none.... Read More »

Aston Martin performs emission balancing act

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Aston Martin will bring an electric version of its four-door Rapide to market in two years. CEO Andy Palmer, speaking at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, said the electric Rapide would be followed by an electric version of the DBX crossover by the end of the decade.... Read More »

'17 Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe adds power, price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

The next-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe will cost around $10,000 more than the outgoing model. Although pricing hasn't been announced, the automaker says it will begin in the low $70,000s. Pricing for the outgoing 2015 model starts at $63,925, including shipping.... Read More »

M-B gives a peek at 4-seat S-class convertible

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mercedes-Benz last week pulled back the curtain on an open-top model based on the new S-class coupe. The S-class cabriolet is the sixth model in the S-class family. It will be introduced next month at the Frankfurt auto show and is scheduled to go on sale in the first half of 2016.... Read More »

Audi plans EV crossover to fight Tesla Model X

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

The e-tron quattro concept that Audi plans to unveil next month at the Frankfurt auto show will preview the brand's upcoming Tesla Model X-fighter. A teaser photo and some details of the electric four-seat crossover, likely to be called the Q6, were released last week. Production will start in 2018.... Read More »

Kia preps a coupelike Sportage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Kia has given its Sportage a sleeker look and a more upscale interior. The new crossover will have Kia's “most refined, highest-quality cabin to date,” and a “bold, progressive design,” Kia said. The fourth-generation Sportage will be unveiled next month at the Frankfurt auto show and will debut in 2016.... Read More »

Toyota's redesigned 2016 Prius hybrid exposed during photo shoot

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Toyota's redesigned Prius is still weeks away from its global debut, but new spy photos captured this week give the clearest look yet at the fourth-generation hybrid. Caught during a photo shoot in Malibu, Calif., the latest shots reveal the dramatic front and rear design of the 2016 Prius, set to debut in Las Vegas on Sept. 8.... Read More »

Sleeker 2017 Hyundai Elantra teased in sketch

11:06 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Hyundai is trying to stir up excitement for the 2017 Elantra with the release of a teaser sketch of the re-engineered vehicle. The sketch revels the Elantra has a longer nose and sleeker lines, borrowing cues from Hyundai's Genesis luxury sedan.... Read More »

Mercedes teases 2017 AMG C63 coupe

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

Mercedes-Benz released a teaser image and video of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe that features a white vehicle ripping around the sharp curves of a test track, with only the roar of the 503-hp, V8 biturbo engine as the soundtrack.... Read More »

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