Design

Honda's revived Passport will slot between CR-V and Pilot

The Honda Passport, being revived as a two-row crossover slotted between the CR-V and Pilot, will compete next year with the Ford Edge, Chevrolet's new Blazer, Hyundai's Santa Fe and Nissan's Murano.


Hyundai and Kia see a crossover-led comeback

By the end of next year, both brands will be fielding full crossover lineups — from subcompacts to full-size family movers — and executives see them leading to upswings in volume.

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Teardowns without the mess

Caresoft engineers use high-tech 3D scans to virtually strip apart cars — down to individual battery cells, wires and screws — and sells that data to curious automakers and suppliers for up to half a million dollars. The company's software can also provide information about the materials used and cost of each vehicle component.

Hyundai and Kia see a crossover-led comeback

By the end of next year, both brands will be fielding full crossover lineups — from subcompacts to full-size family movers — and executives see them leading to upswings in volume.

NHTSA's proposed rule change should help tame headlights

After years of pleading from global automakers, NHTSA announced this month that it is considering a dramatic change to the long-standing rules that govern auto headlights. The change would allow automakers to install and enable adaptive driving beam headlights on new cars sold in the U.S.

Lynk & CO 'gears' up for U.S.

Instead of selling cars at first, the Lynk & CO joint venture between Volvo and Chinese automotive giant Geely first wants to crack the U.S. market by selling other merchandise.

In with the new (but keep the old)

Automakers are usually all about what's new -- new product, new technology, new brand image. But they're also pragmatic businesses willing to milk profits out of vehicles overdue for a refresh.

Keep your secret plans to yourself

Rolls-Royce debuted its new Privacy Suite at the Chengdu auto show in China recently. It's a partition meant to soundproof its passenger area from the driver's compartment.

BMW's 2019 3 series: What people are saying

One of the major debuts at the 2018 Paris auto show was the redesigned 2019 BMW 3 series. The seventh-generation luxury compact sport sedan is longer, wider and taller than the current model. Inside, there are tech features such as smartphone entry and an in-car assistant that learns drivers' routines. The 330i will use an updated version of the company's 2-liter turbocharged four, which makes 255 hp, a 7-hp increase, and 295 pound-feet of torque.

UPDATED: 10/8/18 7:20 am ET - updates employee count
Big names put Vietnamese startup on the fast track

Longtime GM executive Jim DeLuca is bringing a keen sense of American-Vietnamese history to VinFast, the well-funded and ambitious Vietamese automaker that made its global debut at the Paris auto show last week.

Les coups et les misÚrables

The Gallic rooster rounded up enough debuts to manage a strut of sorts, with a little help from the Germans. Our Nick Gibbs inspected the newcomers to separate the exquisite from the execrable.


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