Product and design

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Suzuki gives the Vitara SUV a sleeker look to broaden its appeal

Aug. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Suzuki is giving is new Vitara a more mainstream look to broaden the subcompact SUV's appeal. The five-door Vitara will go on sale in Europe early next year.... Read More »

 

Kia targets 270,000 sales of the new Sorento next year

Aug. 28, 2014 10:05 CET
Kia unveiled its redesigned Sorento, saying it aims to sell 270,000 units of the SUV globally next year as the automaker seeks to maintain its momentum in the U.S., Europe and other key markets.... Read More »

 

Mercedes to ditch M-class in favor of GLE as part of renaming strategy

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is ditching the M-class nameplate as part of a comprehensive renaming strategy. When the vehicle receives a face-lift in early 2015 for the 2016 model year, it will be called the GLE class.... Read More »

 

Subaru casts wider net with safer, greener WRX

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Subaru hopes the redesigned WRX line will capture a wider customer base with better fuel economy and safety features after spinning off the nameplate from its Impreza stablemate.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

See the wild Lexus NX spot too retro for outside Japan

10:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new “Shampoo” TV spot seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd the luxury brand craves. But the brilliant, visually enticing commercial for the new NX compact crossover won't air stateside.... Read More »

 

Consumer Reports judges Ram 1500 EcoDiesel tops among half-ton pickups

11:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Consumer Reports says the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel outscored competitors from Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Nissan to claim the magazine's top spot among full-size light-duty pickups.... Read More »

 

Volvo unveils new XC90 flagship SUV

Aug. 26, 2014 14:51 CET
Volvo unveiled the new XC90, a key part of the automaker's plan to nearly double annual vehicle sales to 800,000 vehicles by 2020.... Read More »

 

VW will launch new Golf in 2017, report says

Aug. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Volkswagen plans to launch the eighth generation of its best-selling Golf hatchback in 2017, five years after launching the current model, a German magazine reported.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi to tweak design for a unified look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Mitsubishi will improve its U.S. lineup with some fresh design touches next year, but few all-new vehicles will be introduced stateside during the next three years.... Read More »

 

Ford begins 'massive undertaking' to manufacture aluminum pickup

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford has begun an eight-week closure of its F-150 pickup plant near Detroit to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the United States.... Read More »

 

Ram makes a power move in heated rivalry with Ford Super Duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
The rivalry between Ford's venerable F series and Chrysler's hard-charging Ram truck brand is heating up again. Chrysler today announced that it will offer a 2015 diesel-powered Ram Heavy Duty pickup with 865 pounds-feet of torque.... Read More »

 

Subaru moves to 1 platform, new generation of engine technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Subaru is riding on the success of its strategy to redesign all of its vehicles primarily for the United States and equip them with competitive features.... Read More »

 

Cadillac's big sedan plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A large, range-topping sedan Cadillac that will launch in 2015 is a prerequisite to competing against BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus, said General Motors global product chief Mark Reuss.... Read More »

 

Mazda making big changes fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Mazda continues to roll out product changes at a pace that's more associated with the world of apps than autos.... Read More »

 

FACE 2 FACE

Acura's design chief: 'Through cars, I've met everybody'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
In the auto design world, there are the suave, black-turtleneck types and there are guys like Dave Marek, a chatty hot-rodder who'd rather skip a fancy dinner than get dressed up for it.... Read More »

 

Infiniti readies dedicated design centers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Infiniti will open three design studios around the world in the coming weeks, all of them intended to separate its luxury-vehicle designers from the Nissan stylists next door.... Read More »

 

Is a CLA-fighter also in the cards?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
General Motors is mulling a smaller car to slot below the compact Cadillac ATS sedan, GM global product chief Mark Reuss confirmed last week.... Read More »

 

Hybrids, crossovers key vehicles from Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
While Subaru and Mazda are investing heavily in higher-tech vehicles riding on new or updated platforms over the next several years, Mitsubishi will offer mostly cosmetic changes, with little new product destined for the U.S.... Read More »

 

Buggy man Meyers celebrates 50 years of fun, fun, fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Fifty years after creating the iconic swinging '60s dune buggy that put the Beach Boys and the Monkees on wheels, Bruce Meyers is still at it.... Read More »

 

Ford preps right-hand-drive version of 2015 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
That's a 2015 Ford Mustang with the steering wheel on the right.... Read More »

 

Ford plans hybrid series to rival Prius, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford plans to introduce a Toyota Prius-fighter -- a gasoline-electric hybrid car debuting in late 2018 that will be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of a gasoline model.... Read More »

 

A loud roar of approval for the '15 Challenger SRT Hellcat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
With its 707 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful production car ever to roll out of Detroit.... Read More »

 

With 30 mpg in sight, 2015 Vette won't bow to pressure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
It's rare that an automaker revises a fuel economy rating down, but that's what General Motors did with the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette.... Read More »

 

How a Silicon Valley startup and its $529,000 electric supercar shadow Tesla

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2014
After four years of secrecy, Renovo Motors unveiled a two-seater based on the Shelby Daytona, which it says can hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Renovo co-founders saw an opportunity to do for supercars what Tesla aims to do for mass-market cars.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz to bridge gap with midlevel AMGs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2014
Daimler AG plans a line of vehicles with modified engines and sport-tuned suspensions to bridge the gap between standard Mercedes-Benz models and high-performance AMG derivatives.... Read More »

 

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