Product and design

Nissan's 2016 Maxima drives back to roots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Nissan's redesigned Maxima sedan may be getting back to its “4DSC” roots. Recent spy photos show an early prototype of the 2016 Maxima. The 2016 Maxima's fastback styling mimics the four-door coupe body styles found on several German cars.... Read More »

 

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Wagener: Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe a design 'revolution'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Gorden Wagener has been transforming Mercedes-Benz design since he took the helm as chief designer in mid-2008. His latest creation is the S-class coupe, which embodies what Wagener calls “sensual purity” and “modern luxury.”... Read More »

 

Acura plans refreshed ILX for 2016

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Acura plans to introduce a "substantially new" 2016 ILX entry premium sedan at the L.A. Auto Show next month.... Read More »

 

Kia to build production version of GT concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Kia's GT concept, a four-door luxury coupe that turned heads at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show, will be produced for sale in the U.S. The new Kia halo car is expected to appear in 2017, according to a person familiar with the company's plans.... Read More »

 

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Geely set to debut its first 'Horbury'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Geely's GC9, the Chinese brand's flagship sedan set to debut at the Guangzhou auto show next month, is being touted as the first Geely developed under the design auspices of Peter Horbury.... Read More »

 

SRT versions of Jeep Grand Cherokee to stay -- for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
When Chrysler Group said in May that the SRT designation would be for Dodge vehicles only, it was silent on the fate of the SRT versions of the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Now, clues are surfacing about the automaker's plans for the vehicles.... Read More »

 

Hollywood comes calling for car designers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Detroit's automakers face tough competition from an unlikely but glamorous source when it comes to hiring hot young car designers: Hollywood.... Read More »

 

Concept to signal new era for Audi design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Audi will introduce a new design direction with a concept car debuting next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept will be the first Audi vehicle styled under Marc Lichte, who took over as Audi's design chief in February after leading exterior design at Volkswagen.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce renews the Ghost

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Rolls-Royce has made extensive styling and technical changes to the Ghost Series II for its midcycle freshening. The 2015 model shown at a press event here has newly styled adaptive headlights, pushed farther outboard and ringed with white LED daytime running lights; a new hood with a stylized center section Rolls calls a "wake channel"; and redesigned front fenders, bumper and grille that give the car a wider appearance.... Read More »

 

For 15 years, Nakamura has redrawn Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
Fifteen years after taking over Nissan's global design leadership, Shiro Nakamura has come full circle. Nissan will launch its third-generation Murano crossover late this year. In 2002, the Murano was the first Nissan nameplate that fully showcased Nakamura's creative touch. It also tops off a long list of edgy designs for Nakamura, who has begun to slip the word "retirement" into his conversations, as though testing the water. He turned 64 on Oct. 17.... Read More »

 

2015 Mercedes S-class coupe wraps high-tech, high luxury in modern package

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe embodies the automaker’s new design philosophy of modern luxury, says Gorden Wagener, the brand’s design chief.... Read More »

 

Honda says it's committed to hybrids in Europe

Oct. 15, 2014 11:10 CET
Honda says it remains committed to hybrids in Europe and will import a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its next Jazz subcompact in 2016, despite reducing its hybrid lineup in the region due to slow sales.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

The joy of being a Jeep dealer in 2014

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Holy Toledo, what's it like to be a Jeep dealer in 2014? Andy Shaver, president of the Shaver Group, just smiles when I ask. A smile that says: "Awesome and then some."... Read More »

 

2014 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Audi concept to usher in new styling era

2:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Audi will introduce a new design direction with a concept car debuting next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept will be the first Audi vehicle styled under Marc Lichte, who took over as head of Audi design in February after leading exterior design at Volkswagen.... Read More »

 

Nissan repolishes Murano for grown-ups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Nissan designers in southern California have reshaped the Murano for 2015 with curvier and more sensual body lines to stand out from the crowd as it did when originally introduced 12 years ago. The interior is more elegant, with fewer control buttons, roomier seating, heated ergonomic rear seats and a panoramic moonroof.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. Easter eggs are fun, unobtrusive art elements that feature landmarks or historical images related to the vehicle.... Read More »

 

Q&A

BMW chief designer Karim Habib on creating a boxier 2-series convertible

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Karim Habib, BMW Group's head of design, is the one responsible for creating the 2-series convertible the automaker introduced recently at the Paris auto show. The 44-year-old Lebanese-Canadian held various posts in interior and exterior design at BMW before getting his current title.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II adds new tech, keeps old-school feel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Despite the addition of up-to-date electronic, entertainment, safety and luxury accoutrements, the refreshed 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is still -- and this is no accident -- strictly an old-school and old-world luxury car.... Read More »

 

Citroen mulls production of SUV-styled C1

Oct. 14, 2014 10:36 CET
Citroen will launch a production version of the C1 Urban Ride concept if public response is favorable, the brand's CEO Linda Jackson said. The SUV-styled concept is based on the brand's C1 minicar.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Renault design boss aims to 'seduce' buyers with French flair

Oct. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker wants the brand's cars to "seduce" customers with their French styling. The styling chief explained his strategy in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Ford goes Hollywood at virtual reality studio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Studio 2000X, Ford's virtual reality design house where Disney-style technology meets the car industry, is used to build advanced renderings of vehicle designs to show top management, often before final design approval. The renderings are often shown on 20-foot screens.... Read More »

 

Porsche plans diesel-powered Macan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Porsche plans to introduce a diesel-powered version of its Macan crossover in the U.S. in a little more than a year. "We are now busy with the development and the engineering," said Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America Inc. "I can confirm that V-6 diesel offering with about 245 hp."... Read More »

 

Ford hiring 850 workers to help build aluminum F-150 pickup

11:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Ford, on a hiring spree in advance of next year's labor contract negotiations, said it's adding 850 workers at its manufacturing site near Detroit to help make the new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup.... Read More »

 

Maserati's holiday fantasy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Neiman Marcus is making a pitch to well-heeled holiday shoppers by including a 2015 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 among the fantasy gifts in the high-end retailer's 2014 Christmas catalog. The price tag: $95,000.... Read More »

 

Chevy to get another EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Chevrolet will broaden its green-vehicle offerings by adding an electric model to a lineup that includes the Volt plug-in hybrid and the Spark EV minicar.... Read More »

 

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