Product and design

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lamborghini, Ferrari supercars join fuel sippers as show stars

Oct. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
Supercars such as a new 900hp Lamborghini and the Ferrari 458 Speciale A will line up alongside fuel-efficient plug-in hybrids such as the VW Passat GTE at the Paris auto show. The highly anticipated Mercedes-AMG GT and Jaguar XE will also be on public view for ther first time.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Will aluminum Ford F-150 be mpg king? Let's do the (fuzzy) math

11:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Ford looks poised to reclaim at least part of the pickup fuel economy crown from Chrysler's hard-charging Ram 1500 with the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150. Buried in a statement Monday on the redesigned F-150 was the first clue to how the truck will perform on the EPA's mileage tests.... Read More »

 

PAUL MCVEIGH

For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market brands start to introduce such cars in a bid to lower the average CO2 emissions of their new-car fleets ahead of tougher EU limits.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Renault Eolab's funny numbers

5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Tavares, Palmer, Gales ready to shine in new CEO roles

2:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
A year ago Carlos Tavares was unemployed, Andy Palmer was Nissan's planning chief and Jean-Marc Gales was leading supplier group CLEPA. All three are now CEOs ready to stand in the spotlight at the Paris auto show this week.... Read More »

 

Honda CR-V gets a sportier, more upscale look for 2015

7:41 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
The redesigned 2015 Honda CR-V goes on sale Wednesday with a more premium feel in a move to keep its mantle as the country's best-selling crossover.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Europe's struggling auto recovery overshadows Paris glamour

Sept. 30, 2014 11:30 CET
Self-driving vehicles and smartphone integration will be among the top features at Europe's biggest auto show this year as executives focus on something that's become increasingly hard to come by: buyers.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault Clio will be first production car with upscale trimline

Sept. 30, 2014 12:17 CET
Renault will launch its upscale Initiale Paris trim line on its Clio subcompact. Renault, Ford and PSA are upgrading their models in Europe by adding premium features in a bid to attract affluent customers who find luxury brands too expensive.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ferrari will unveil top-performing 458 Speciale

Sept. 30, 2014 10:10 CET
Ferrari will unveil the top-performing convertible version of the mid-engine 458 Speciale sports car range in Paris. The automaker will build just 499 examples of the 458 Speciale A, which has the company's most powerful naturally aspirated engine.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Marco Tencone

Sept. 30, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Marco Tencone, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati styling center coordinator, is this year's Eurostar winner for Design.... Read More »

 

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration points to brand's design direction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The large four-door fastback concept that Infiniti will unveil at the Paris auto show this week signals the styling for a stream of new products planned over the next four years.... Read More »

 

READY FOR TAKEOFF

2015 Mustang's interior design inspired by airplane cockpits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Interiors have never been one of the Ford Mustang’s selling points over the years. That’s about to change with the airplane-inspired cockpits in the 2015 models that will go on sale next month.... Read More »

 

Ford brings new F-150 to dealers, consumers for test drives

12:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ford is demonstrating the capabilities of its redesigned, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup to dealership sales personnel and consumers. Sales consultants in 26 cities have begun testing the new truck and its features in a program called the “Built Ford Tough Roundup.”... Read More »

 

A sleek, supple, sophisticated Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as the most ballyhooed car of the year.... Read More »

 

Transit PTV: Ford's fresh take on the paddy wagon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Don't expect much in the way of in-car entertainment in the newest version of Ford's 2015 Transit full-size van. That's because the purpose is incarceration.... Read More »

 

With new GLA, Mercedes will push GLK upmarket

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will follow the rollout of its GLA compact crossover by bumping up the next-generation GLK -- its first entry-level crossover -- to a larger size and a higher price.... Read More »

 

Mazda design chief insists no new RX without rotary engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ikuo Maeda, Mazda Motor Corp.'s global design chief, who designed the RX-8 sports car and whose father penned the RX-7, wants to resurrect the signature RX series.... Read More »

 

CR-V goes 'aggressive and bold'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Honda released an image of the updated CR-V that goes on sale Wednesday, Oct. 1.... Read More »

 

Gear hauler

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
At the State Fair of Texas in Dallas last week, Chevrolet introduced the 2015 Colorado Sport, a midsize pickup shown in this sketch with GearOn, a storage system that handles bicycles, kayaks and other equipment.... Read More »

 

GMC boss pushing for Denali version of new Canyon pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
None of the new GMC Canyon midsize pickups that began shipping to dealerships this month wears a Denali badge signifying the truck brand's high-end trim line.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

In Paris, excitement amid uncertainty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Europe has been happily seeing real signs of recovery, but the threat of interrupted energy supplies has to weigh heavily on minds there. Still, expect an upbeat mood in Paris this week.... Read More »

 

Mazda's old-school design secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Breaking with the modern-day reliance on computer-generated design, design chief Ikuo Maeda took Mazda old school. He has overhauled the design process to begin every project with sculpting and handed the clay modelers even more clout in steering a vehicle's style.... Read More »

 

A cool way to cool the Hellcat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
On other Challenger models, the left inner headlight has a clear plastic center section. But on the Hellcat version, what looks like a headlight is actually a combination turn signal/ parking lamp and air scoop that Chrysler calls an "air catcher."... Read More »

 

ANALYSIS

Is M-B design finally on right road?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz' chief designer since 2008, has taken flak for the uneven lineup that he largely inherited. Meanwhile, Audi and Volkswagen have been celebrated for clean, product-design-inspired styling language. But the view has started to change.... Read More »

 

Windshield could be the display screen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Inspired by video games and wearable devices such as Google Glass, car companies and their suppliers are pouring resources into head-up display (HUD) technology, despite daunting challenges that stand in the way of turning the whole windshield into a display screen.... Read More »

 

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