Chevrolet explores autonomous driving with FNR concept
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Alan Batey, head of North American operations for GM, unveils the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The longer, lighter Malibu has been restyled to offer more interior space and improved fuel efficiency, more connectivity and more advanced safety features.
Posted 2:34 pm U.S. ET, April 1
GM President Dan Ammann said today that focus groups loved Chevy's new spots. Before seeing the commercials, they used words like “tough” and “traditional” to describe Chevrolet, Ammann said. Afterward, they were more likely to use “changing,” “innovative” or “leading.”
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Cony's trucks are funky little retro-styled two-seaters with flared fenders, mini-running boards and pie-pan wheels.
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Bentley: The Lincoln Continental Concept, top, mimics the Bentley Flying Spur, bottom.
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Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, April 14
The Audi SQ5 SUV that Delphi used during a coast-to-coast autonomous vehicle demonstration was outfitted with many technologies and systems the company already has -- or soon will have -- in production. (DELPHI)
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Attire at this year's Shanghai auto show displays is much more conservative than in recent years. (HANS GREIMEL)
Posted 5:22 am U.S. ET, April 20
The Shanghai auto show’s new home is bigger than the fairgrounds used for the Frankfurt show, but it is less brutal on the body.
The recently opened National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai calls itself with world’s largest exhibition complex with 400,000 square meters of covered space.
The Messe Frankfurt, home to the biennial Frankfurt show, has 355,678 square meters of hall space, according to its website.
In 2013, exhibitors at the Frankfurt show occupied more than 230,000 of those square meters. I couldn’t get an accurate account of ... Continue reading "Super-sized Shanghai more survivable than Frankfurt" » Apr 20, 2015 5:22 am U.S. ET
No one had ever done it before.
And for such a massive undertaking, it didn’t really get a lot of media attention. On the surface, you could, I suppose, see it as some kind of flashy PR stunt. But what auto supplier Delphi Automotive just did -- completing a 3,400-mile drive from San Francisco to New York in a self-driving car -- is an amazing technological feat. And it shows just how rapidly engineers and software code slingers are working the bugs out of autonomous cars.
It will largely be the work of software writers that determines the safety, performance and comfort of autonomous cars. Engineer ... Continue reading "Self-driving building blocks already in place" » Apr 14, 2015 11:00 am U.S. ET
Ford found itself in an uncomfortable position yet again last week over design.
By now you’re aware of the kerfuffle
over the new Lincoln Continental.
Ford is very familiar with this kind of controversy.
Let’s go back to 1960. Check out the grille on Ford’s final Edsel.
It looks like a twin of the one used on the 1959 Bonneville, doesn’t i ... Continue reading "Look-alike cars? Whether by design or not, it's an old, familiar story" » Apr 7, 2015 11:30 am U.S. ET
SEOUL -- Cony Motor Co. doesn’t have a factory or a single customer. Its vehicles aren’t even street-legal yet.
But South Korea’s youngest would-be automaker -- at less than a year old -- just splurged on a front-and-center stand at the country’s premier auto show, right next to Bentley no less.
The audacious startup hopes its prime and pricey position at the Seoul Motor Show will spur interest from investors and potential partners, COO Choi Jong Youn says.
Its bold ambition: Sell mini-pickups, powered by pint-size diesel engines or electric mo ... Continue reading "Meet South Korea's newest automaker" » Apr 3, 2015 11:10 am U.S. ET
NEW YORK -- Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto are finally here!
Well, almost here.
Kia unveiled its 2016 Optima
sedan in New York and announced the car would offer both CarPlay and Android Auto, the heavily hyped and eagerly anticipated software systems designed to get your car and smartphone to operate seamlessly as one device.
But the real ... Continue reading "Apple is a no-show at the New York show" » Apr 2, 2015 10:19 am U.S. ET
NEW YORK -- Having witnessed the dramatic unveiling of the new CT6 luxury sedan Tuesday night at a swanky soiree on the Brooklyn waterfront, I think it’s safe to say that Cadillac has something very special in its stable.
But it’s not the CT6.
For sure, the new range-topper from Cadillac looks like a capable vehicle. Brand chief Johan de Nysschen described it as being as large as a standard-wheelbase BMW 7-series, but as light as the Cadillac CTS, one class below. It comes with a suite of fuel-saving technology, including lightweight materials, cylinder deactivation, a stop-start engine and an ... Continue reading "Cadillac's challenge is to be incomparable. Escalade is." » Apr 1, 2015 12:34 pm U.S. ET
NEW YORK -- Quick: What’s Chevrolet’s most important unveiling this week?
You’d be forgiven if you answered the redesigned 2016 Malibu that debuted here today, the car that General Motors execs believe finally will put the midsize sedan on the shopping lists of Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion buyers.
But you’d be wrong.
The major Chevy brand advertising campaign
that rolls out s ... Continue reading "Malibu? Not the biggest splash at Chevy this week" » Apr 1, 2015 2:34 pm U.S. ET
NEW YORK -- One of the more troubling sales trends for car buffs lately has been a shift away from sedans. Especially larger sedans.
But watch the runway at this year’s New York auto show.
There is a hot new sedan from Cadillac -- the CT6. A stylish new Kia Optima. An eighth-generation Nissan Maxima with an unprecedented collection of bells and whistles. A retooled Chevrolet Malibu. And just to smack down any thought that sedans are fading away, Ford Motor Co. is rolling out a new Lincoln Continental Concept.
Interpret what you will from its decline in U.S marke ... Continue reading "Traditional sedans fading away? Not in New York" » Apr 1, 2015 12:10 pm U.S. ET
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Lexus revamps ES with bolder looks for U.S., China
Lexus surveyed customers in China and the U.S. ...
Ex-rival revamps Mitsubishi design
In his 40 years at Nissan, designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto had a knack for reinventing the bra ...
VW says it could cut battery costs with single design
Volkswagen's r&d boss says using a single type of lithium ion battery cell for all VW, Por ...
Fiat exec touts 500X crossover as 'the game changer for us'
The 2016 Fiat 500X is a subcompact crossover that will give the brand an all-wheel drive o ...
Reuss: CT6 underpinnings could support a big Buick
General Motors may base a Buick flagship sedan on the same large, rear-wheel-drive platfor ...
The Ford Fusion, due for a freshening next year as a 2017 model, gets a restyled rear end, ...
Chevy to unveil EV in Shanghai
General Motors is debuting a concept electric sedan dubbed the Chevrolet FNR at the Shangh ...
VW to build awd vehicles in Puebla
Volkswagen will outfit its Puebla, Mexico, plant to build all-wheel-drive vehicles, accord ...
Geely takes aim at BMW, Mercedes with plans for sport sedan
Geely will display a concept sport sedan at the Shanghai auto show starting this week, dev ...
Cadillac's conundrum: Dare to change Escalade?
To say the redesigned Cadillac Escalade is a hit would be an understatement. ...
BMW Group, inspired by Google Glass, tests experimental driving goggles
BMW Group, which thinks computerized headsets such as Google Glass could be the next big t ...
China's Guangzhou Auto seeks U.S. dealers ahead of 2017 SUV launch
Guangzhou Auto is searching for dealership partners in the United States and is researchin ...
Cadillac CT6 to offer plug-in hybrid electric technology
Cadillac will add an available plug-in hybrid electric propulsion system to its upcoming r ...
Mercedes shrinks SUV with GLC coupe concept
Mercedes-Benz is looking at bringing out an all-new compact SUV coupe as early as 2016 as ...