Future Product

After Model X, Tesla will make a mass-market shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

After introducing the Model X crossover this fall, Tesla will turn to the next chapter in its product plan: the smaller, more affordable Model 3, due in late 2017.... Read More »

Sports cars and crossover kick off Aston's plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Aston Martin has a bold CEO in Andy Palmer and an equally ambitious product plan that starts with revamped sports cars, adds a crossover and ends with a redesigned sedan to rival the Rolls-Royce Ghost. The plan will rely heavily on Daimler AG, which owns 5 percent of Aston, for engines and electronics.... Read More »

Crossover, Dawn are on the horizon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Rolls-Royce will join ultraluxury competitor Bentley and launch a crossover. in 2018. The crossover will use a new aluminum spaceframe that also will underpin Rolls-Royce cars as they are replaced.... Read More »

Lamborghini forecast calls for Huracan roadster in Frankfurt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Lamborghini's first SUV will arrive in 2018. The Huracan Roadster will debut this week at the Frankfurt show.... Read More »

Bentayga to lead Bentley's future product parade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

The Bentayga crossover goes on sale next year and will be the first of several new models for the British ultraluxury brand. Bentley is also strongly considering a two-door sports car.... Read More »

Ferrari has a new Dino in the works

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

With the 488 Spider that debuts this week at the Frankfurt auto show, Ferrari completes the overhaul of its eight-cylinder model range. Meanwhile, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne says a smaller model, called Dino internally, is in the works.... Read More »

Luxury brands hit the gas on new vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

With U.S. auto sales booming, the ultraluxury brands are stepping up development of new products. At the top of the list for each is a crossover or SUV - unthinkable several years ago but now a must.... Read More »

For Maserati, Levante SUV is on the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2015

Maserati's profits and volumes will recover after the brand launches its first SUV next year, says Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne. The large SUV, called Levante, is expected to debut in January at the Detroit auto show. U.S. sales will begin next summer.... Read More »

Porsche offers new powertrains, body styles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Porsche continues to focus on more fuel efficiency balanced by increased power. Expect smaller engines and more turbocharging, plug-in hybrids, and new body styles, such as a Cayenne coupe and a Panamera wagon.... Read More »

Audi product blitz will usher in new styling, tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Audi will continue its crossover and technology offensive for the foreseeable future while rolling out a new design language to its entire lineup by the end of the decade.... Read More »

Platform shift drives product plans at VW brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

The next wave of products from Germany's Volkswagen AG will bring new styling, technology and powertrain choices to the group's top three U.S. brands, and usher in a host of variants made possible by a shift to a new family of flexible global platforms.... Read More »

Crossovers, derivatives fill VW pipeline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Volkswagen may be late to the crossover party, but it intends to make a grand entrance in 2017.... Read More »

Grand Wagoneer will boost Jeep lineup; Wrangler decision will direct pickup

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

Jeep is working on a Wrangler-based pickup, but it's not a done deal. In 2019, the three-row Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV is due. Both the Wrangler and Compass are being redesigned, while the Grand Cherokee's redesign has been delayed a year. Goodbye, Patriot.... Read More »

Fuel economy, Jeep are FCA's drivers

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

FCA's future product plan centers on offering eight-speed rear-wheel-drive and nine-speed front-wheel-drive automatic gearboxes, as well as expanding the Jeep brand.... Read More »

Dodge to roll out 'Cuda droptop

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

Dodge will directly benefit from Fiat Chrysler's massive effort to revive Alfa Romeo. The American brand will use an Alfa rear-wheel-drive platform for the next-generation Charger and Challenger.... Read More »

Minivan variant starts Chrysler expansion

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

The Chrysler brand will add a compact sedan and two crossovers, along with hybrid versions of its largest vehicles. The expansion will help the brand fulfill its mission to go head to head with Ford and Chevrolet.... Read More »

Fiat convertible will fill lineup

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

Fiat will have four vehicles in its U.S. lineup: a minicar, four-door hatchback, crossover and convertible.... Read More »

Big Alfa investment begins launching models

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

No brand in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles portfolio is getting more attention - or investment - in the next four years than Alfa Romeo. In late June, the brand previewed the first product from its “skunk works” engineering project, the Giulia, which will arrive in the U.S. in late 2016. New vehicles are planned in six-month intervals after that debut until the brand's eight-vehicle lineup is filled by 2019.... Read More »

Ram mulls Ford Transit fighter

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

Ram is studying whether to add a heavy-duty commercial van to its lineup. The brand may bring a version of the Iveco Daily to North America to fill out the upper end of its commercial van lineup. The Daily features optional all-wheel drive.... Read More »

Foot-operated rear doors coming on upgraded Town & Country

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

The redesigned Chrysler Town & Country minivan, arriving next year, will feature foot-operated rear doors, USB ports in each of its three rows and improved fuel economy.... Read More »

New global architecture for Subaru

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

As new products roll out, Subaru will switch to a new global architecture that debuts on next year's 2017 Impreza hatchback and sedan. The architecture will underpin all future redesigns and a new full-size crossover.... Read More »

As Mitsu restocks lineup, future remains murky

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

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced in July that it plans to sell or shutter its assembly plant in Normal, Ill. The announcement called into question whether Mitsubishi, which has focused on fleshing out a thin lineup and imbuing its vehicles with a consistent style, is committed to the U.S. for the long haul.... Read More »

Mazda rounds out its Skyactiv lineup

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

When it unveils the redesigned CX-9 crossover this fall, Mazda will have built an entire lineup of products with Skyactiv technology and Kodo design.... Read More »

Japan's smaller automakers bank on CUVs

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

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru, the three smaller Japanese automakers selling cars in the U.S., have a shared challenge of keeping up with larger rivals. Though the brands' fortunes have diverged - Mitsubishi is struggling, and Subaru is booming - they share a focus on growing their crossover offerings over the next two years.... Read More »

Has the Taurus comeback story come to an end?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The Taurus, a once-revolutionary nameplate that Ford already killed off once, until Alan Mulally arrived and gave it new life, again has an uncertain future, at least on this side of the globe.... Read More »

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