Design

Mini designers dream up a racy Clubman for 'Gran Turismo 6' video game

3:59 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
Mini has joined a growing list of automakers that have released high-performance concepts for “Gran Turismo 6” on the PlayStation 3 game system.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Nissan Sway concept may preview new Micra

Feb. 24, 2015 12:58 CET
Nissan will unveil the Sway concept car at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The Sway will preview the automaker's next Micra subcompact, reports said. The automaker said the concept shows “how a future generation of small Nissans could look,” but didn't say whether it previews the new Micra.... Read More »

 

Cadillac considers Vsport model for ATS

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The ATS could get an up-level Vsport model as Cadillac seeks ways to regain momentum for the compact sedan. Vsport, Cadillac's answer to Audi's S and BMW's M Sport packages, was introduced with the XTS sedan in mid-2013, followed by a version of the CTS sedan.... Read More »

 

Volvo: XC90 marks brand's rebirth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Volvo Cars is heralding its new XC90, the first vehicle it has developed since Ford Motor Co. sold it to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. in 2010, as the rebirth of the Swedish brand. The 2016 model has no components from Ford's parts bin.... Read More »

 

A debut befitting the Kia K900?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
To take the wraps off the Ford Police Interceptor Utility at the Chicago Auto Show, Ford called on Keegan, a 3-year-old protection dog, who sank his teeth into the task.... Read More »

 

Jeep Cherokee grille remains polarizing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The Jeep Cherokee's front fascia was -- to say the least -- controversial when the first images of it leaked out in February 2013. In fact, Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler's head of design, admitted that the design was "polarizing" on purpose. Turns out, Gilles was more accurate in his description than he knew.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce to build SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars sent white-gloved chauffeurs in Phantoms around New York City on Tuesday, Feb. 17, to deliver letters announcing plans to build an SUV, making good on hints dropped by CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes.... Read More »

 

Lotus plans U.S. return with Evora 400

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Lotus has moved its Evora 400, which will spearhead the brand's return to the U.S., further upmarket to better compete with the Porsche 911 and Audi R8. The Evora 400 will come with side airbags to allow the car to be sold in the U.S. starting at year end.... Read More »

 

Next-gen Chrysler minivan will be taller, wider with a rotary shifter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015
The next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan will get a rotary shifter and other interior features common in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The minivan also will be slightly taller and wider than the current version. The revelations come from spy photographers and supplier documents posted online.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Nissan's Diaz says 2016 Titan is no F-150 look-alike

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2015
Nissan's redesigned 2016 Titan pickup that debuted at the Detroit auto show drew plenty of comparisons to the Ford F-150. The shape of the grille and headlights, and the dip in the upper edge of the front doors recall styling of the F-150. But Nissan's senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations, Fred Diaz, says he never thought the truck had a close resemblance to Ford top seller.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Is an identity crisis the reason behind the Ram pickup's new styling?

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
It's been nearly two months since I got my first up-close looks at the Ram Rebel and Ram Laramie Limited. I'm not a fan of the styling of the two pickups' front fascias and tailgates, but I've developed a theory as to what motivated them.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Sportier Skoda Fabia keeps its functionality

Feb. 20, 2015 06:01 CET
The new Skoda Fabia highlights how the fast-growing Czech value brand is adding a touch of style to its cars. With its sharp edges and clear lines, the third-generation Fabia looks more dynamic and sportier than its predecessor while the car’s practical features have been enhanced.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Station wagon concept previews new Kia Optima

Feb. 18, 2015 14:35 CET
Kia released images of the Sportspace concept, a midsize station wagon that will debut at the Geneva auto show. The concept is meant to preview the next-generation Optima. The current Optima has been on sale in various markets since 2010.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Audi will showcase possible flagship wagon

Feb. 17, 2015 06:01 CET
Audi released sketches of the Prologue Avant station wagon concept that will debut at the Geneva auto show. The concept could preview a rival to the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, reports said.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mazda2 gets bigger, lighter and bolder

Feb. 17, 2015 06:01 CET
Mazda expects its latest Mazda2 hatchback to make a bigger impact in Europe's highly competitive subcompact segment than the current model because of its more aggressive design, improved interior and a wide range of safety equipment.... Read More »

 

Ram not hot over scorching grille reviews

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Hot design topic at the Chicago Auto Show: the grille on the Ram Laramie Limited. The critics did not hold back.... Read More »

 

Book it!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, unveiled last week at the Chicago Auto Show, adds features aimed at improving what Ford says is already the most popular police vehicle in the country.... Read More »

 

Q&A

'Beast' may be next for Ram commercial vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Ram brand head Bob Hegbloom spoke to Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette in January about commercial vans and what they mean for dealers.... Read More »

 

Next-gen Wrangler will keep solid axles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will keep the floating solid axles considered key to the off-roader's ability to traverse nearly any terrain, Automotive News has learned.... Read More »

 

SWEEPSTAKES IN THE MAIL

Postal Service's next-gen van carries a $6 billion prize

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015
Faced with rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet and needing extra cargo space to satisfy the desires of online shoppers, the US Postal Service is asking automakers to bid on a commercial van that would replace the boxy Long Life Vehicle and become the backbone of the service's delivery fleet starting in 2018. It could be one of the largest fleet purchases ever.... Read More »

 

Chevy gives Equinox nip, tuck for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Chevrolet is giving the Equinox a facelift this fall for the 2016 model year, the first cosmetic upgrade to the popular crossover in six years. The refreshed Equinox features a revised front fascia with a deeper, wider grille, outlined in chrome and retaining the twin-port look of the current model.... Read More »

 

Honda Pilot sheds 300 pounds, boxy styling in major overhaul for 2016

10:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Honda is giving the Pilot a major makeover as part of a three-pronged bid to jump-start its lagging U.S. truck sales and cash in on one of the industry's hottest segments. The 2016 Pilot has shed some 300 pounds by adopting a new platform and wider use of high and ultrahigh strength body materials that also help reduce noise and vibration, improve handling and increase rigidity.... Read More »

 

Acura drops new V-6 in RDX, boosting fuel economy

11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Acura is introducing several new technologies on one of its best-selling nameplates, the RDX compact crossover. The biggest change is under the hood: When the RDX arrives this spring as a 2016 model, it will come with a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine that features a cylinder deactivation system to improve fuel economy.... Read More »

 

Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Ram is restyling the top end of its pickup lineup with more chrome and a distinct new grille. Designers reworked the Laramie Limited trim's tailgate, front fascia and crosshair grille that were left over from when Ram vehicles were part of Dodge.... Read More »

 

ANATOMY OF A CONCEPT

Buick's showstopper spans 2 hemispheres

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
How does a concept car go from drawing board to show stand? Most start with a couple-hundred-word design brief, explaining what executives are looking for, how it fits the brand, the size, the concept, the platform …The brief for the stunning Buick Avenir was considerably briefer, just nine words long: “Find a vision for the ultimate expression of Buick.”... Read More »

 

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