Product and design

Ram chief says consumers aren't clamoring for aluminum pickup

5:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Bob Hegbloom, chief of the Ram brand, isn't buying the buzz that the lightweight aluminum body of the upcoming 2015 F-150 pickup will give Ford a significant advantage.... Read More »

 

Hyundai plans to take on Toyota's Prius with new hybrid model

9:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
South Korea's Hyundai Motor said it is developing its first dedicated gas-electric car that would go up against Toyota's best-selling Prius. The move will help it diversify its eco-friendly vehicle line-up and hedge its bets in next-generation green technology to meet stricter emission regulations in key markets.... Read More »

 

Freshened 2016 Ford Explorer to debut in L.A.

4:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Ford will reveal the 2016 Ford Explorer at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19. The latest version of the Explorer will go on sale next year in North America, Ford said in a statement today.... Read More »

 

Mazda readies CX-3 for Europe's hot small SUV segment

Oct. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda will join Europe's hot subcompact SUV segment early next year with the CX-3, a company spokesman said. Mazda will sell more than 25,000 CX-3s in Europe next year, analysts at IHS Automotive predict.... Read More »

 

GM says new Chevy Volt will be quicker and quieter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker off the line, quieter and go farther in electric mode than its predecessor, General Motors engineers said today.... Read More »

 

Honda says quarterly North American operating profit drops 14%

10:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Falling sales and hefty incentives undercut North American profit at Honda in the latest quarter, as the automaker trimmed its full-year sales and profit outlooks.... Read More »

 

2014 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Mazda to unveil CX-3 for small crossover market

8:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Mazda wants a piece of the market for miniaturized crossovers. Next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Japanese automaker plans to unveil its rival for models such as the Nissan Juke, Buick Encore and Subaru XV Crosstrek: a high-riding subcompact called the CX-3.... Read More »

 

How BMW created a boxier 2-series droptop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Karim Habib, BMW Group's head of design, says the 2-series convertible that debuted this month at the Paris auto show evokes legendary BMWs of the past.... Read More »

 

Acura teases next ILX

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Acura has released this teaser photo of the freshened ILX compact sedan that will debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.... Read More »

 

Infotainment glitches haunt automakers in Consumer Reports' reliability survey

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Infotainment hiccups nagged the industry in the Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, while problems with the Q50 caused Infiniti's ranking to plummet.... Read More »

 

Lincoln's McConaughey ads get another parody, this time from SNL

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
If the success of an ad campaign -- and the brand it touts -- was measured by the number of parodies it generated, Lincoln's moody ads featuring Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey would already be in the advertising Hall of Fame.... Read More »

 

Scion's iM concept suggests Toyota's Auris is U.S.-bound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp., on a mission to rejuvenate its youth-oriented Scion brand, may replace its boxy xB subcompact with a version of Europe's Toyota Auris, new images suggest.... Read More »

 

FOREIGN FLAIR

Chinese carmakers import design talent to compete globally

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Not long ago, the styling of China's domestic brands was a laughingstock. Not anymore. Chinese automakers are hiring experienced foreign designers to mentor their fledgling programs.... Read More »

 

Cadillac convertible is back on the table, execs tell dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Cadillac is considering a convertible that would be built on the platform that underpins the CTS and ATS sedans, General Motors executives recently told dealers.... Read More »

 

Fastback Maxima?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Spy photos of the redesigned 2016 Maxima sedan suggest Nissan is going with the kind of fastback styling that mimics the four-door coupe body styles of several German cars.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz design chief: S-class coupe is 'a revolution'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Mercedes-Benz design boss Gorden Wagener draws his inspiration from traveling the world.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce names BMW exec interior design chief

Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
Daniel Starke is the new Rolls-Royce interior design head, a role he previously held at BMW's i electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle subbrand.... Read More »

 

Lotus names Carr as new design chief

Oct. 23, 2014 12:09 CET
Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car maker. Coco, one of a number of star hirings made by former CEO Dany Bahar, will be replaced by the carmaker's current design manager, Russell Carr.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

Q&A

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 »

 

Q&A

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 »

 

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