Vehicle Design

Book it!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, unveiled last week at the Chicago Auto Show, adds features aimed at improving what Ford says is already the most popular police vehicle in the country.... Read More »

 

Q&A

'Beast' may be next for Ram commercial vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Ram brand head Bob Hegbloom spoke to Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette in January about commercial vans and what they mean for dealers.... Read More »

 

Next-gen Wrangler will keep solid axles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will keep the floating solid axles considered key to the off-roader's ability to traverse nearly any terrain, Automotive News has learned.... Read More »

 

SWEEPSTAKES IN THE MAIL

Postal Service's next-gen van carries a $6 billion prize

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015
Faced with rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet and needing extra cargo space to satisfy the desires of online shoppers, the US Postal Service is asking automakers to bid on a commercial van that would replace the boxy Long Life Vehicle and become the backbone of the service's delivery fleet starting in 2018. It could be one of the largest fleet purchases ever.... Read More »

 

Chevy gives Equinox nip, tuck for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Chevrolet is giving the Equinox a facelift this fall for the 2016 model year, the first cosmetic upgrade to the popular crossover in six years. The refreshed Equinox features a revised front fascia with a deeper, wider grille, outlined in chrome and retaining the twin-port look of the current model.... Read More »

 

Honda Pilot sheds 300 pounds, boxy styling in major overhaul for 2016

10:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Honda is giving the Pilot a major makeover as part of a three-pronged bid to jump-start its lagging U.S. truck sales and cash in on one of the industry's hottest segments. The 2016 Pilot has shed some 300 pounds by adopting a new platform and wider use of high and ultrahigh strength body materials that also help reduce noise and vibration, improve handling and increase rigidity.... Read More »

 

Acura drops new V-6 in RDX, boosting fuel economy

11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Acura is introducing several new technologies on one of its best-selling nameplates, the RDX compact crossover. The biggest change is under the hood: When the RDX arrives this spring as a 2016 model, it will come with a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine that features a cylinder deactivation system to improve fuel economy.... Read More »

 

Ram revamps top-end Laramie Limited's styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Ram is restyling the top end of its pickup lineup with more chrome and a distinct new grille. Designers reworked the Laramie Limited trim's tailgate, front fascia and crosshair grille that were left over from when Ram vehicles were part of Dodge.... Read More »

 

ANATOMY OF A CONCEPT

Buick's showstopper spans 2 hemispheres

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
How does a concept car go from drawing board to show stand? Most start with a couple-hundred-word design brief, explaining what executives are looking for, how it fits the brand, the size, the concept, the platform …The brief for the stunning Buick Avenir was considerably briefer, just nine words long: “Find a vision for the ultimate expression of Buick.”... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Lamborghini concept shows possible move to less extreme looks

Feb. 9, 2015 06:30 CET
Lamborghini design boss Filippo Perini and his team wanted a unique look for the Asterion concept, the Italian supercar maker's first plug-in hybrid. They wanted to move away from the angular and aggressive forms of recent cars by borrowing less extreme features from renowned Lamborghinis of the past such as the Miura.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi in talks with Nissan for small sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
After dropping Renault SA as a possible partner for small- and midsize sedans, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has entered talks with Nissan Motor Corp. as an alternative source for a badly needed midsize vehicle.... Read More »

 

Daimler's innovation unit looks to products of the future

Feb. 7, 2015 06:01 CET
Daimler's business innovation unit is figuring out how current customers' children will use the automaker's products. That can mean everything from 3-D printing for classic car parts to package-delivery drones and a driverless concept car that doubles as a luxury lounge.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Hyundai returns to the Tucson name for ix35 successor

Feb. 3, 2015 11:36 CET
Hyundai will revive the Tucson name for the successor to the ix35 compact SUV, the brand's best-selling model in Europe. The new-generation Tucson will debut at the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

 

How Ford kept the GT a secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
For 14 months, Ford Motor Co. managed to conceal a 600-hp secret in an unassuming basement storage room. The secrecy helped Ford make a big splash with its $200,000-plus GT supercar, and it kept competitors guessing.... Read More »

 

Pilot project: Honda SUV adds dash of style

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Honda is adding a dash of style to the chunky Pilot. The three-row, eight-passenger SUV arrives this summer with more curves and fewer sharp creases.... Read More »

 

A little taste of the Chicago Auto Show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Kia Motors Corp. will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive next week at the Chicago Auto Show. The automaker released a teaser image that shows only the front third of the concept. It appears to be based on the Kia Soul, America's No. 1 selling subcompact car in 2014.... Read More »

 

Lambo concept hints at move to less extreme looks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Lamborghini wanted the Asterion concept to look different from the angular and aggressive forms of recent Lamborghini models.... Read More »

 

Lexus reloads for a shot at luxury title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Lexus, quickly narrowing the U.S. sales gap with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, will have its busiest product year since the brand's inception, with as many as nine new or tweaked models, including a key redesign, three midcycle refreshes, new turbocharged options and a special edition in 2015.... Read More »

 

Toyota thinks TRD to win younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Since 2007, Toyota has been racing the nation's best-selling car, its Camry sedan, in the nation's most-watched motor sports series: NASCAR. Now, it hopes to finally leverage some of that track cred in the showroom as part of President Akio Toyoda's bid to zest up the brand's stodgy image and win over younger shoppers.... Read More »

 

Nissan vehicles to use common visible parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Nissan's modular platform saves money by using common components. But owners rarely notice; most of the shared parts are unseen under the hood.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi concept teases next ASX, bolder design

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
Mitsubishi will use the Geneva auto show to reveal a plug-in hybrid concept that previews the next ASX compact crossover and showcases the brand's bolder design language.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Can Dodge rebuild Pontiac excitement?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
General Motors has no plans to revive Pontiac, Hummer and Saturn, CEO Mary Barra says. So where do longtime Pontiac and Hummer buyers go if they are in the market?... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Nissan steps back from cutting-edge offerings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan and its luxury Infiniti sibling have mellowed in their message of cutting-edge future products as 2015 begins. Missing from talking points this month at the Detroit auto show was any discussion of recent racy concepts. The change in tone signals a desire to focus more intently, at least for now, on tried-and-true volume products.... Read More »

 

Renegade comes through, on-road and off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
When Jeep introduced the Compass -- and later, its platform mate, the Patriot -- with front-wheel drive and continuously variable transmissions, it was derided by the faithful as an affront to the brand's off-road heritage. The new Renegade SUV fixes those brand sins with a powertrain that is peppy but, Jeep says, still achieves in excess of 30 mpg on the highway. And the vehicle is rugged enough off-road to wear the brand's Trail Rated badge.... Read More »

 

STYLE & SUBSTANCE

Viewing the 2015 Detroit show through a designer's eyes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
To get a read on the visual appeal of this year's Detroit auto show, we sought a designer's perspective on the Ford GT, Chevy Bolt and Infiniti Q60.... Read More »

 

 
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