Porsche trades a bit of heritage for efficiency

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

When Porsche's re-engineered 911 hits the U.S. next spring, it will bury another feature in the nameplate's graveyard of outdated technology.... Read More »


All your Tesla Model X questions, finally answered

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

Tesla gave journalists a chance to drive the new Model X and fiddle with the crossover's avant-garde features, from the “falcon-wing” doors to the motorized second-row seats. The basic design has hardly changed since a prototype debuted in early 2012, but Tesla kept some surprises up its sleeve.... Read More »

Tesla begins deliveries of Model X electric SUV to take on luxury rivals

Sept. 30, 2015 11:14 CET

Tesla began deliveries of its Model X electric SUV, a product the automaker hopes will help it compete with future battery-driven SUVs from Audi and Porsche.... Read More »

Mazda concept for Tokyo stokes talk of RX sports car's return

11:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Mazda, which retired the RX-8 sports car in 2012, will stoke speculation about a possible successor with a new sports concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. A teaser photo shows a black vehicle with a long hood, rear-slung cockpit, rounded fastback and muscular rear fenders.... Read More »

Honda will show fuel cell, autonomous driving vehicles in Tokyo

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Honda will unveil two visions of the future at October’s Tokyo Motor Show: A near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan and a bell-shaped, omnidirectional, autonomous driving concept vehicle.... Read More »

Design differentiation tricky for luxury brands

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

Premium brands have some of the narrowest design differentiation between their models, often to the point they're hard to tell apart on the road. Audi is a good case in point. But why?... Read More »

Nakamura driven to stay ahead of the pack

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

In an interview this month at the Frankfurt auto show, global design chief Shiro Nakamura emphasized Nissan's devotion to standout design - strikingly seen in the Gripz crossover concept shown thereeat the Frankfurt show this month.... Read More »

New A8 will launch Lichte's Audi design strategy

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

Audi's all-new A8 flagship sedan, due in 2017, will launch a new styling direction for the brand. Design chief Marc Lichte says it will be Audi's most significant design statement since Walter de Silva created the single frame grille in 2004.... Read More »

Ford F-series Super Duty: Steel frame, aluminum body for '17

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

Ford's aluminum-bodied F-series Super Duty pickup will be up to 350 pounds lighter than the current generation but offer increased towing and hauling capabilities.... Read More »


How Doyle Letson went from boats to cars ...

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

Doyle Letson's career took many twists and turns before he became chief interior designer for the Ford Mustang. He designed office furniture, heavy equipment and lots of powerboats, all the while moonlighting as a serious rock 'n' roll musician. Letson, 58, now Ford's director of global interiors, talked about his varied career with Staff Reporter Bradford Wernle.... Read More »

Longer Jeep Wrangler on the way

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

A pair of Wrangler powertrain mules caught testing this month show the extended chassis needed to convert the off-roader to an eight-speed automatic transmission from its five-speed gearbox.... Read More »

VW gives Passat a major face-lift

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

Volkswagen revealed several updates for the 2016 Passat, including a new hood, front fenders, grille, and front and rear bumpers. The only sheet metal parts unchanged from the 2015 model are the door panels, roof and body side stamping, VW says.... Read More »

An Apple EV? Lutz not biting

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

Apple Inc. had nothing to say about a Wall Street Journal report last week that it plans to have an electric vehicle ready to go by 2019. But Bob Lutz did: "I think this is going to be a gigantic money pit.”... Read More »

Designer of the Century isn't done yet

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

Giorgetto Giugiaro, who turned 77 last month, won't put down his pen even though he recently sold to Audi the last piece of his styling and engineering company that he still owned.... Read More »

Next LaCrosse borrows from Avenir concept

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

Buick's next-generation LaCrosse sedan will adopt the face of the buzzed-about Avenir concept when it goes on sale in the U.S. next year, a look that will spread across the brand's lineup over the next few years.... Read More »

'16 Chevrolet Silverado gets a new face -- and much more

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

Changes to the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, unveiled last week at the State Fair of Texas, include improved connectivity, a new, optional gearbox, updated grilles and the end of the truck's signature stacked headlights.... Read More »

Nissan pulls Altima freshening forward

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

Feeling the pressure of increased competition, Nissan has shortened the product cycle of its best-selling U.S. vehicle, the Altima midsize sedan.... Read More »


Will Wrangler-based pickup borrow from these concepts?

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

Jeep's decision to produce a Wrangler-based pickup comes after a decade of teasing the brand's loyal enthusiasts with concepts that never were approved for production.... Read More »

7 series easy outside, starts revolution inside

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

The exterior design of the new BMW 7 series may be evolutionary, but inside it's a brave new world.... Read More »

Designing Jeep for a new era of overseas conquests

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

The new compact Renegade is the first Jeep designed expressly for the international market. It's a balancing act for the design team at Jeep. They must preserve the four-by-four brand's rugged American DNA while offering designs that click with the diverse tastes of buyers from Bombay to Beijing to Berlin.... Read More »

Design titan le Quement weighs in

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

Retired Renault design chief Patrick le Quement, who turned 70 this year, has been back in the limelight of late. He offered a few cogent remarks on the current state of auto design in a recent interview.... Read More »


European vans rendering classic American models obsolete

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

A trio of Euro vans is rendering the classic, bulbous American van obsolete. Only GM continues to market a traditional, body-on-frame, truck-based, full-size van, the Chevy Express and the GMC Savana.... Read More »


How design heads see Hyundai's high-end future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2015

Hyundai has pulled back the curtain on its upscale aspirations with its unveiling of the Vision G Concept Coupe in August. Staff Reporter David Undercoffler sat down with Chris Chapman, who leads the Irvine, Calif., studio where it was designed, and Peter Schreyer, head of design for Hyundai and Kia, to talk about their latest project.... Read More »

Chevy Silverado face-lift adds LED lighting, 8-speed automatic, safety gear

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

The wraps come off the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado today at the State Fair of Texas and the changes include improved connectivity, a new, optional gearbox, updated grilles and the end of the truck's signature stacked headlights.... Read More »

Holy lawsuit, Batman! U.S. court affirms Batmobile's copyright

6:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

The Batmobile, the indispensable crime fighting vehicle driven by comic book hero Batman, has enough distinct character traits to qualify for copyright protection, a U.S. appeals court ruled.... Read More »

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