Product and design

Army marches forward with self-driving trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

The U.S. Army is developing driverless trucks and could end up operating the largest fleet of autonomous vehicles. A key test comes this summer when the Army conducts road tests in Michigan.... Read More »

TWO BY TWO

Volume sellers they are not, but two-door cars keep coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

A wave of coupes is appearing in showrooms and at auto shows this year, even though the segment is declining in popularity.... Read More »

Chrysler readies Alloy Edition trims for 200, 300

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, looking to spark interest in two key Chrysler cars, plans special editions for the 200S and 300S that sport hints of Detroit’s industrial might.... Read More »

Volvo bets on wagons with V90 despite SUV boom

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Volvo will show its commitment to station wagons, whose sales are being hit by the global boom in SUVs, when it unveils its new V90 later this month.... Read More »

Mahindra mulls Pininfarina-designed premium car

Feb. 5, 2016 14:41 CET

Mahindra has begun talks with Pininfarina, the Italian design house it agreed to buy in December, to build a premium car for the Indian market.... Read More »

Bentley preps fastback Bentayga

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Bentley is hatching plans to introduce a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the brand’s first SUV. Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said advance design and engineering work on a performance-enhanced, fastback Bentayga variant are under way, though the program still needs formal approval.... Read More »

Toyota to scrap Scion brand, keep the cars

9:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Toyota is pulling the plug on Scion, the funky upstart brand it launched in 2002 to appeal to the finicky younger buyers it was struggling to connect with on its own.... Read More »

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Skoda set to take on Hyundai and Kia in large SUV segment

Feb. 2, 2016 10:12 CET

Skoda signaled it will expand its SUV offerings with a new model that will rival vehicles such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento. VW Group's Czech brand released sketches of the VisionS large SUV concept that will debut at the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Sergio's plan to sell rebadged Dart, 200 replacements could work -- if he chooses wisely

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

FCA just may be able to replace the Dart and 200 with more salable vehicles. The key to success: The replacements must not be available here from any other manufacturer.... Read More »

Microbus-styled mini-MPV to use new electric platform

11:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

The purely electric and distantly Microbus-related Volkswagen BUDD-e will see production in the near future, Britain's Car magazine reports.... Read More »

Toyota's U2 van concept to pop up in Toronto

10:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Toyota's U2 Urban Utility small delivery van concept will make its global auto show debut in Toronto next week. The U2 -- pronounced “U-squared” -- features retracting roof panels and a “configurable utility rail system,” according to a news release.... Read More »

1st generation will be the last for Cadillac ELR

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

The flashy - and pricey - Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid coupe won't stick around for a second generation, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen confirms.... Read More »

WHAT COMES AFTER M?

BMW's top tuner relishes his new role at Hyundai

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Hyundai, which began building its own engines only in 1991, has laid out a full-fledged product plan for its new Genesis luxury brand, with help from a cadre of executives poached from Bentley, BMW and Lamborghini. Albert Biermann may be the most important of those hires.... Read More »

Au revoir: Paris just doesn't do it for Ford this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Ford will skip this autumn's Paris auto show, claiming the timing doesn't fit with its launch schedule.... Read More »

Ford tests diesel-powered F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Ford may launch a diesel version of the F-150 pickup as early as next year. Diesel-powered test trucks have been spotted near the company's product development center in Dearborn, Mich.... Read More »

New Discovery

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

The redesigned 2017 Land Rover Discovery will feature a rounder, more fluid design than its predecessor, the LR4, spy images of the luxury SUV show.... Read More »

V-series variant unlikely for Caddy's top-end CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Cadillac has no plans for a V-series high-performance model of its new CT6 large sedan, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

So what's a Jeep Wagoneer? Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne referred to a Wagoneer last week during a conference call about FCA's plans to "realign" its North American production plan. But a lack of details leaves us to wonder.... Read More »

Land Rover ends Defender production

Jan. 29, 2016 14:37 CET

The last Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line, 68 years after output of the iconic offroader first began.... Read More »

DeLorean to make comeback after Congress nixes red tape

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

The DeLorean Motor Co. of Humble, Texas, plans to start production of a souped-up version of the super-cool gull-wing icon from the three-decade-old Back to the Future franchise, and it's all thanks to an act of Congress.... Read More »

Butch Cassidy, wackadoo tech and Range Rover whispers: What people think of Kia's Telluride concept

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

It's nearly covered the car market from side to side and top to bottom, and now Kia appears to be making bold plans to raise its game on the crossover/SUV side. Here's what some critics and journalists are saying about the full-size Telluride concept, the brand's biggest crossover or SUV since the Borrego.... Read More »

Ford, aiming for pickup fuel economy crown, preps diesel-powered F-150

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Ford appears to be gearing up to launch a diesel-powered version of the F-150, possibly as early as next year, and wrest the fuel efficiency crown from the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Diesel-powered F-150 test trucks have been spotted running around Ford's product development center in Dearborn, Mich.... Read More »

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Opel shows off GT sports car but says a production version is not planned

Jan. 28, 2016 12:23 CET

Opel/Vauxhall said its GT Concept that will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show is unlikely to go into production. Opel released images of the concept for a small sports coupe.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Wait a minute. What? Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?

6:17 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Here's a question for you to ponder: What's a Jeep Wagoneer?... Read More »

Land Rover's 2017 Discovery sheds boxiness of LR4

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

The redesigned 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be less boxy and feature a rounder, more fluid design than its predecessor, the LR4, spy images of the luxury SUV show. Photos of a heavily camouflaged fifth-generation Discovery signal it will sport many design cues from the Discovery Vision Concept that Land Rover revealed in 2014.... Read More »

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