Vehicle Design

M-B's Metris enters scene

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Ford Motor Co.'s segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

2-seat sports car concept may become Bentley's 5th model

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Bentley's EXP 10 Speed 6 two-seater concept unveiled here may join the British luxury brand's lineup before long. The EXP 10 shows how the brand's styling will evolve to become sportier and more emotionally appealing, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said.... Read More »

VW Sport Coupe concept previews CC successor

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Volkswagen's Sport Coupe Concept GTE, a four-door fastback plug-in hybrid concept that debuted in Geneva, is very close to the production version that will replace the CC and eventually could be built in the U.S., VW executives said.... Read More »

GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Wow, Geneva gives the industry a jolt

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2015

This year's Geneva auto show was a display case of wild contradictions -- an industry barreling headlong into a future of extreme performance capabilities, pressing environmental concerns, serious international tensions and heavyweight outsiders apparently angling for a way into the automotive business.... Read More »

Renault Megane will get sleeker design

March 6, 2015 06:01 CET

The next Renault Megane will have a new platform and sportier styling as the automaker seeks to boost demand for a core model whose sales are flagging because of competition from fresher rivals.... Read More »

Nissan Sway concept previews possible segment-busting small car

March 6, 2015 11:02 CET

Nissan executives say the Sway concept, unveiled at this week's Geneva auto show, hints at an entirely new subcompact for the brand rather than a straight replacement for the Micra.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: America, land of big spaces, spurs Hyundai Tucson redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

How do you design a crossover with a name evoking the old West -- that cowboy, cactus, rugged desert terrain ethos?... Read More »

Kia to roll out 1.0-liter turbo engine in Cee'd GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

This week at the Geneva auto show, Kia plans to unveil the Cee'd GT, the first Kia model to use Hyundai Motor Group's new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Kia says the engine puts out 118 hp and 127 pounds-feet of torque despite its scant displacement.... Read More »

Mr. K a force for the Z and Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Yutaka Katayama, Nissan's first U.S. president, who grabbed American consumer awareness by introducing the affordable Datsun Z sports car in the early 1970s, died last month at 105.... Read More »

CLS fighter from VW?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Volkswagen plans to unveil a coupe-style sedan concept this week at the Geneva auto show. VW insiders say the concept, shown in these sketches the company released last week, likely would become a production model positioned between the CC sedan and the Phaeton flagship.... Read More »

Lightning-fast McLaren

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

McLaren Automotive plans to unveil the 675LT, which zooms to 100 kph (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph, next week at the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

Brawny Bentley

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Spy photos of Bentley's first SUV, the Bentayga, reveal a front fascia inspired by the U.K. superluxury brand's Continental sedan, with a prominent grille flanked by circular headlights.... Read More »

Golden Age for ultraluxury brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015

Strong demand for ultraluxury brands -- driven by new models, improved U.S. and European economic conditions and a rising number of superwealthy -- has led forecasters to predict that overall global sales in the segment will grow by nearly 40 percent in the next five years. The bullish prediction is good news for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen Group and BMW Group.... Read More »

Mini designers dream up a racy Clubman for 'Gran Turismo 6' video game

3:59 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Mini has joined a growing list of automakers that have released high-performance concepts for “Gran Turismo 6” on the PlayStation 3 game system.... Read More »

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Nissan Sway concept may preview new Micra

Feb. 24, 2015 12:58 CET

Nissan will unveil the Sway concept car at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The Sway will preview the automaker's next Micra subcompact, reports said. The automaker said the concept shows “how a future generation of small Nissans could look,” but didn't say whether it previews the new Micra.... Read More »

Cadillac considers Vsport model for ATS

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The ATS could get an up-level Vsport model as Cadillac seeks ways to regain momentum for the compact sedan. Vsport, Cadillac's answer to Audi's S and BMW's M Sport packages, was introduced with the XTS sedan in mid-2013, followed by a version of the CTS sedan.... Read More »

Volvo: XC90 marks brand's rebirth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Volvo Cars is heralding its new XC90, the first vehicle it has developed since Ford Motor Co. sold it to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. in 2010, as the rebirth of the Swedish brand. The 2016 model has no components from Ford's parts bin.... Read More »

A debut befitting the Kia K900?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

To take the wraps off the Ford Police Interceptor Utility at the Chicago Auto Show, Ford called on Keegan, a 3-year-old protection dog, who sank his teeth into the task.... Read More »

Jeep Cherokee grille remains polarizing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The Jeep Cherokee's front fascia was -- to say the least -- controversial when the first images of it leaked out in February 2013. In fact, Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler's head of design, admitted that the design was "polarizing" on purpose. Turns out, Gilles was more accurate in his description than he knew.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce to build SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars sent white-gloved chauffeurs in Phantoms around New York City on Tuesday, Feb. 17, to deliver letters announcing plans to build an SUV, making good on hints dropped by CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes.... Read More »

Lotus plans U.S. return with Evora 400

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Lotus has moved its Evora 400, which will spearhead the brand's return to the U.S., further upmarket to better compete with the Porsche 911 and Audi R8. The Evora 400 will come with side airbags to allow the car to be sold in the U.S. starting at year end.... Read More »

Next-gen Chrysler minivan will be taller, wider with a rotary shifter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015

The next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan will get a rotary shifter and other interior features common in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The minivan also will be slightly taller and wider than the current version. The revelations come from spy photographers and supplier documents posted online.... Read More »

Q&A

Nissan's Diaz says 2016 Titan is no F-150 look-alike

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2015

Nissan's redesigned 2016 Titan pickup that debuted at the Detroit auto show drew plenty of comparisons to the Ford F-150. The shape of the grille and headlights, and the dip in the upper edge of the front doors recall styling of the F-150. But Nissan's senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations, Fred Diaz, says he never thought the truck had a close resemblance to Ford top seller.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Is an identity crisis the reason behind the Ram pickup's new styling?

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

It's been nearly two months since I got my first up-close looks at the Ram Rebel and Ram Laramie Limited. I'm not a fan of the styling of the two pickups' front fascias and tailgates, but I've developed a theory as to what motivated them.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Sportier Skoda Fabia keeps its functionality

Feb. 20, 2015 06:01 CET

The new Skoda Fabia highlights how the fast-growing Czech value brand is adding a touch of style to its cars. With its sharp edges and clear lines, the third-generation Fabia looks more dynamic and sportier than its predecessor while the car’s practical features have been enhanced.... Read More »

 
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