Vehicle Design

Giugiaro steps aside; Audi takes over

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original Volkswagen Golf and first Fiat Panda, last week resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A., the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

Audi adds diesel to its best-selling A4

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Audi will offer a diesel engine in its best-selling sedan, the A4, for the first time when the redesigned car arrives in U.S. showrooms next year.... Read More »

XT5 flaunts side crease, wider grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Cadillac's new XT5, the replacement for the SRX midsize crossover, keeps the SRX shape but features a pronounced side crease that cuts above the door handles for a slightly higher beltline, show recent spy photographs.... Read More »

Scion packs automatic braking into iA

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2015

Scion's new iA sedan packs impressive collision avoidance tech for a little sedan that starts under $17,000. Thanks to Mazda.... Read More »

Jeep will keep Cherokee's 'spot on' shape, styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2015

The popular Jeep Cherokee departed from the brand's traditional boxy styling, and Jeep strategists plan to keep the polarizing look when the midsize SUV is freshened in mid-2016.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why Ford stumbled with the EcoSport

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Ford stumbled with the EcoSport and was forced to make a quick redesign to address poor sales. So what went wrong?... Read More »

Legendary car designer Giugiaro quits company that bears his name

12:42 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

Car design legend Giugiaro quits company he founded

July 2, 2015 18:42 CET

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter

June 29, 2015 14:23 CET

Audi released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to the automaker's goal of passing BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand. The new A4 is slightly larger than the current model, which is Audi's global best-seller, but is lighter and has a more spacious interior.... Read More »

Leaf to get a big boost in driving range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a person familiar with the project said.... Read More »

Alfa's high-power reboot

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

To revive Alfa Romeo, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, plans a performance-first approach. German premium competitors launch mainstream versions of their core models first and add high-performance variants later - RS at Audi, M at BMW and AMG at Mercedes-Benz. Alfa will do the opposite.... Read More »

Next-gen Prius may be ill-timed, but not ill-fated

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

While the timing isn't ideal, dealers, analysts and Toyota itself are all bullish on the prospects for the next-gen Prius. They credit the strength of the Prius brand, its promising looks and what's shaping up as a solid backup plan.... Read More »

Lotus Evora to resume U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A scaled-down Lotus is preparing to leave the pits after sitting out the 2015 model year. The boutique British sports car maker says it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at year end.... Read More »

Isn't it obvious? It'll be a Caddy crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

General Motors announced last week that it will invest $245 million at its Orion Assembly plant in Michigan Lake Orion, Mich., assembly plant for production of an unnamed model. What might that model be? Speculation has centered on a small Cadillac crossover.... Read More »

GLE Coupe's goal: Style, not off-road use

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is targeting the GLE Coupe at style conscious buyers, not off-roaders. The Coupe won't be available with the Mercedes off-road package. It will be sold only as a high-performance model in the U.S.... Read More »

2016 Chevy Cruze: What people are saying

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

It's shaping up to be a big year for Chevrolet's car lineup with redesigns planned for the Volt, Spark, Malibu, Camaro and now Cruze. A look at what journalists and analysts are saying about the revamped Cruze compact for 2016.... Read More »

LE QUEMENT'S LANDMARKS

Sparks flew when French designer and Bob Lutz met - and when they collaborated

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2015

When it came to matters of taste and vehicle styling Patrick le Quement never could hold his tongue. The French designer, who received a lifetime achievement award this month at the EyesOn Design charity car show here, always carried a full set of strongly held beliefs. And it didn't matter who he was addressing.... Read More »

Chevy makes next Cruze longer, lower, lighter

7:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will be lighter, larger and packed with connected-car technology and safety features, a bid by Chevy to solidify its status as a top small-car contender.... Read More »

Chevy preps 2016 Camaro convertible with fully automatic top

8:30 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a convertible version of the redesigned 2016 Camaro with a fully automatic top that can open or close at speeds up to 30 mph. GM bills the Camaro's drop top as "the most sophisticated top in the segment," with latches that automatically release and secure the top.... Read More »

Mercedes takes aim at BMW with GLE Coupe

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is expanding its crossover family with a new niche vehicle to lure the nontraditional SUV buyer: the GLE Coupe, aimed at the BMW X6.... Read More »

Hyundai taps ex-Bentley design chief

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Former Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke will succeed Peter Schreyer as head of design for the Hyundai and Kia brands, sources say.... Read More »

How the right car at the right time reset the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

French car designer Patrick le Quement 6/21is associated with several landmark European vehicles. But he changed the auto industry in a way that went far beyond car styling.... Read More »

Dodge plans to produce '17 minivan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The death of the current-generation Dodge Grand Caravan may have been greatly exaggerated. According to company documents, Fiat Chrysler plans to continue production of the current Dodge people hauler at least into the 2017 model year.... Read More »

4C Spider aims to reignite passion

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider aims to reignite passions for Alfa's racing heritage and Italian design while putting the brand back on the radar of wealthy households and collectors ahead of a coming product blitz.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC to get coupe version

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will offer a coupe version of its up-sized second-generation compact crossover, with plug-in hybrid and performance variants coming, as well. The 2016 GLC unveiled this week goes on sale in mid-November. It replaces the GLK.... Read More »

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