Product and design

Lexus revamps ES with bolder looks for U.S., China

12:57 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Lexus surveyed customers in China and the U.S. to come up with the more aggressive looks of the refreshed ES sedan that goes into production in the United States later this year.... Read More »

Alfa's pitch will be luxury, Italian style

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

As he prepares the campaign to reintroduce Alfa Romeo to the United States, Fiat Chrysler marketing chief Olivier Francois says he may exploit the notion that shoppers have become tired of lookalike German luxury cars.... Read More »

VW says it could cut battery costs with single design

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Volkswagen's r&d boss says using a single type of lithium ion battery cell for all VW, Porsche, Audi and other group electrified vehicles could lead to a two-third reduction in what the automaker currently spends on the technology.... Read More »

Mahindra will present bid for Pininfarina by April 29, report says

April 20, 2015 14:48 CET

India's Mahindra & Mahindra aims to present a formal offer for the car designer Pininfarina in time for the Italian company's shareholder meeting on April 29, a report said.... Read More »

Cadillac's conundrum: Dare to change Escalade?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

To say the redesigned Cadillac Escalade is a hit would be an understatement. Cadillac's product planners already are mulling the next iteration of the hulking SUV, says Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen. That's where it gets tricky.... Read More »

Nissan to get lift from M-B pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz's plan to sell pickups in world markets will help Nissan improve its Latin American market share, Nissan's regional chief says.... Read More »

Fiat exec touts 500X crossover as 'the game changer for us'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The 2016 Fiat 500X is a subcompact crossover that will give the brand an all-wheel drive offering for regions that have inclement weather. The subcompact crossover is expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships next month.... Read More »

Ex-rival revamps Mitsubishi design

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

In his 40 years at Nissan, designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto had a knack for reinventing the brand's image through design. Now he aims to replicate that formula at Japanese rival Mitsubishi, which poached him last year to invigorate the brand's stale looks and lackluster reputation.... Read More »

Reuss: CT6 underpinnings could support a big Buick

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

General Motors may base a Buick flagship sedan on the same large, rear-wheel-drive platform used for the new Cadillac CT6, says GM product chief Mark Reuss. But it won't happen right away.... Read More »

Freshened Fusion

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The Ford Fusion, due for a freshening next year as a 2017 model, gets a restyled rear end, as shown in this spy photo.... Read More »

Chevy to unveil EV in Shanghai

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

General Motors is debuting a concept electric sedan dubbed the Chevrolet FNR at the Shanghai auto show this week.... Read More »

At Lexus, the chief still defends that spindle grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

While some rivals and design experts deride Lexus' jagged-edged, trapezoidal grille, Toyota's design chief stands by the drastic makeover, saying it gives Lexus a unique edge over BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, particularly in competitive markets such as China, where buyers will pay more for a car that stands out from the crowd.... Read More »

Mercedes shrinks SUV with GLC coupe concept

4:34 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is looking at bringing out an all-new compact SUV coupe as early as 2016 as buyers continue to favor sporty models.... Read More »

Shanghai GM to spend $16 billion to boost China product portfolio, market share

6:19 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors and China's SAIC, plans to spend $16 billion over the next five years developing new vehicles and to lift its Chinese market share.... Read More »

Toyota plots Prius comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla.... Read More »

Ford's Taurus redesign debuts in China while big sedans slump in U.S.

12:35 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

Ford unveiled a redesigned Taurus here Saturday, saying the sedan will be aimed specifically at the Chinese market. There's still a growing appetite among Chinese buyers for large sedans, while in the United States demand has stagnated amid a consumer shift to roomier, utilitarian crossovers.... Read More »

Subaru aims to expand STI performance line

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

Subaru aims to further boost profits on booming U.S. sales by expanding its STI performance line.... Read More »

BMW says new 7 series can park itself

April 18, 2015 00:15 CET

BMW says the new 7-series flagship sedan will be the world's first series-production car that can be parked without anyone at the wheel. The remote control parking feature will help make the car the most technologically advanced model in its class, r&d boss Klaus Froehlich said.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Honda manager says effective auto design stretches well beyond the vehicle

4:01 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

The car is just one piece of the mobility pie that auto designers consider when pursuing new ideas, says Jason Wilbur, manager of Honda's Advanced Design Studio.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Mazda gets artsy in Milan

7:38 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Is Ikuo “Speedy” Maeda, the black-clad lead stylist at Mazda, making good on his ambition to launch a designer goods line tied to the Japanese carmaker?... Read More »

Cadillac CT6 underpinnings could support a big Buick

11:15 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Now that General Motors has christened its large, rear-wheel-drive platform, code-named Omega, with the debut of the Cadillac CT6 sedan, what other cars might go onto that same foundation?... Read More »

CEO Willisch says don't bet on a Bimmer pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Don't expect BMW to follow Mercedes-Benz into the pickup segment.... Read More »

VW Beetle, CC to live on after redesigns

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Despite low sales volumes, the Volkswagen Beetle and CC will see new life - and sheet metal - when they're redesigned within the next three years. But the niche Volkswagen Eos will be cancelled to streamline VW's lineup.... Read More »

Honda plans to ax Crosstour, focus on new HR-V crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Honda will stop producing the Crosstour, a slow-selling derivative of the Accord, after the 2015 model year as part of a broader move aimed at boosting truck-production capacity.... Read More »

Toyota on a roll ... back to No. 1?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

With one quarter in the record books, Toyota Division has slipped past Chevrolet into second place in the battle of brands in the U.S. market.... Read More »

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