Vehicle Design

THE WHEEL DEAL

Reinventing the steering wheel

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2016

As we enter the autonomous-vehicle age, some wonder whether the steering wheel might suffer the same fate as the tiller, which disappeared from cars after guiding the first horseless carriages.... Read More »

Can Subarus look as hot as they sell?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2016

Subaru takes aim at better styling to keep the brand's sales streak going. A new design language will be introduced this year with the redesigned Impreza.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Buick's stealth launch

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2016

Since Buick confirmed plans in December to sell the China-built Envision in the U.S., GM has kept the handsome compact crossover in the automotive equivalent of a witness-protection program.... Read More »

Mercedes reshapes GLE for new platform

12:15 pm U.S. ET | June 7, 2016

When Mercedes-Benz introduces the redesigned GLE crossover, likely in 2018, the automaker also will be showcasing its new MHA vehicle architecture. New spy shots of the next-generation GLE prototype reveal a much different body design, with wider wheel arches and a lower, sleeker profile.... Read More »

Ford Fiesta footprint to expand

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2016

The Ford Fiesta will grow in size when it is redesigned for the 2018 model year, new spy photographs show. The Fiesta has been criticized for a cramped interior relative to its competitors, and the upcoming redesign aims to address that and other concerns.... Read More »

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid gets more power, efficiency

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

The re-engineered 2017 Accord Hybrid delivers what Honda calls class-leading fuel economy thanks to a tweaked two-motor hybrid system that improves power and efficiency.... Read More »

DAVID UNDERCOFFLER

BLOG: Meet Elon Musk, seasoned auto executive

6:58 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2016

The Model 3 is at least a year away. In the meantime -- and in the absence of additional core products -- Elon Musk will have to walk that fine line between sustaining investor enthusiasm and tempering expectations.... Read More »

Bentley close to compact decision

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

Bentley is working on a compact model line previewed by last year's EXP 10 Speed 6 concept.... Read More »

JUST ARRIVED

2016 Mazda CX-9

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

After years of talking about moving into a semipremium space, Mazda has finally done it with the 2016 CX-9 crossover. The three-row family hauler is the best example yet of Mazda's quest for a more discerning customer and higher profits.... Read More »

Bentley close to compact decision

May 30, 2016 06:01 CET

Bentley may decide soon on a compact model line previewed by EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. A production model would come as a two-door coupe and a roadster is possible, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said.... Read More »

Next-gen Dodge Charger could cut weight, offer twin-turbo I-4

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

The next generation Dodge Charger is expected to shed nearly 500 pounds from its base curb weight, and could come with a 300-hp, twin-turbo inline-four engine in development for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, according to sources.... Read More »

High-performance Nissan Sentra to get sporty looks, more power

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

Nissan's compact Sentra sedan looks ready to get the Nismo treatment. Recent spy photos show a Sentra with a sporty body kit, spoiler and a more aggressive front end.... Read More »

Single-cab, full-size Titan breaks cover

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

Nissan has made clear that it intends to modify the redesigned Titan pickup for several market niches over the coming year.... Read More »

Mazda ventures back into premium tier

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2016

For more than a decade, Mazda has talked about occupying a quasi-premium space in the U.S. The redesigned CX-9 is a step in that direction.... Read More »

Trail-ready with a nod to Swedish roots: What people think of Volvo's '40' concepts

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2016

After launching the redesigned XC90 and hatching plans to market the S90 flagship sedan and V90 wagon, Volvo's product overhaul will continue with a new generation of small cars and crossovers.... Read More »

JUST ARRIVED

2017 GMC Acadia

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

GMC is ceding people-hauling duties to its two Yukon SUVs as it shrinks the Acadia for the 2017 model year, the crossover's first redesign since its 2006 debut.... Read More »

Garage Italia's custom BMW puts on a light show

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Garage Italia Customs has transformed the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid into the i8 Futurism Edition to celebrate BMW Italia's 50th anniversary. The inspiration for the wrap used on the i8 came from the oil painting, “Street Light,” by artist Giacomo Balla.... Read More »

Buyers wanted smaller Acadia

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

GMC took cues from its customers by downsizing the redesigned Acadia for easier parking and better fuel efficiency.... Read More »

Hyundai design team hosts a Bentley reunion

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Last year, Hyundai poached Bentley's chief designer, Luc Donckerwolke, and it has now brought in Bentley's exterior designer, Korean Sangyup Lee.... Read More »

Next Audi A8 takes cues from Prologue concepts

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

A prototype of Audi's next-generation A8 flagship spotted by spy photographer in Europe shows how design elements from the brand's Prologue series of concept cars will be adopted for production vehicles.... Read More »

Concepts preview new Volvo compacts

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Volvo previewed its new compact-vehicle range by unveiling concepts for an XC40 crossover and a vehicle that hints at the next V40 hatchback.... Read More »

A KILLER FIRST IMPRESSION

China’s tastes shape Japan’s luxury cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2016

Japan's premium designs are getting bolder and flashier as Lexus, Infiniti and Acura try to gain the attention of German-leaning Chinese luxury buyers.... Read More »

Volvo lifts veil on 'disruptive' compact car, crossover line

10:25 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

Volvo will start rolling out a series of compact models next year to compete with the likes of Audi and BMW for younger, urban consumers. The new line, dubbed the 40 series, is set to include a crossover, sedan and hatchback as well as an all-electric model, the company said Wednesday while unveiling concepts of the models.... Read More »

Audi's next A8 reveals Prologue concept cues

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2016

Spy photographers have caught Audi putting its next-generation A8 flagship sedan through the paces on public roads in Europe ahead of its release next year. Free of heavy camouflage, the A8 testing mule appears to show how design elements drawn from the Prologue series of concept cars will appear in production form as the A8 kicks off the next era of Audi design.... Read More »

Nissan already back to GT-R drawing board

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Even as Nissan prepares to market a substantially freshened GT-R sports car, stylists are at work on a full redesign with altered proportions and drivetrain changes.... Read More »

 
Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10 2016

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Ford of Europe's 6. ...
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Peugeot offers a two-wheel solution for congested cities

Bruce Gain
9:46 am U.S. ET | June 1 2016

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Peugeot's new 3008 SUV will offer owners a solution to the problem of getting around congested inner cities: an electric bicycle or an electric scooter that can fold up and... ...
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Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by rising demand for Audi and Skoda ...
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
Western European car registrations increased 14 percent in May as demand rose last month in Germany, ...
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
Mercedes outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month t ...
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. ...
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French car sales jump 22% in May on extra selling days
French registrations rose 22 percent in May, benefiting from three extra selling days. ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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Ford picks VanDyke to be new Europe marketing chief
Ford has picked Matt VanDyke as its new marketing chief in Europe. VanDyke currently leads Lincoln's ...
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Nissan Europe names new product planning chief
Nissan Europe has named Ponz Pandikuthira, its current light commercial vehicle director, as the aut ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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