Vehicle Design

Chicago: City of the Big Fenders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

Last week's Chicago Auto Show was a reminder that the U.S. love affair with oversized light trucks never really went away and is now stirring with renewed interest.... Read More »

Toyota expands TRD trim options to more vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

Toyota unveiled Toyota Racing Development packages for the Tundra full-size pickup and Sequoia large SUV, expanding the models that get TRD treatment as it seeks to better market the trim options.... Read More »

Nissan takes Midnight across the line

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

Nissan's edgy, urban Maxima "Midnight Edition" package last year proved so popular that it has expanded the black-trim accessory package across its line.... Read More »

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Hyundai Elantra GT to offer 2 variants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

Hyundai is planning a fresh assault on the hot hatchback market early this summer with two models of the redesigned fourth-generation Elantra GT hatchback.... Read More »

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

9 Chevys get the Redline treatment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

Nine Chevrolet vehicles will get the Redline treatment, featuring black wheels with red hash marks and blacked-out nameplates, Chevy logos and grilles.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'

Feb. 11, 2017 06:15 CET

Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. To stand out in the crowded sector the automaker has done something out of character -- it has given the C-HR a polarizing design.... Read More »

Toyota adds rugged, sport trims to 2018 RAV4, Tundra, Sequoia

10:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2017

Toyota, aiming for a bigger slice of a robust light-truck market, is targeting outdoor and performance enthusiasts with new trims for the Tundra full-size pickup, Sequoia large SUV, and RAV4 crossover.... Read More »

BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand

Feb. 8, 2017 15:25 CET

BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills the hole left by Karim Habib's departure last month and helps address some of the upheaval at the luxury carmaker's styling department.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: VW mulls steps against Piech

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2017

VW mulls steps against Piech; Expanded Renault-Nissan alliance closes in on GM; Food, hope in storm-hit New Orleans; Lincoln's blues groove; BMW taps Skoda exec; Putin hosts VW CEO.... Read More »

Ram adds color-themed special-edition pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2017

Ram is unveiling two color-based special editions at the Chicago Auto Show for its pickup lineup.... Read More »

FCA readies another hot-rod SUV with Dodge Durango SRT

2:49 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

For consumers torn between an SUV and a muscle car, FCA has a new 475-hp solution. The Dodge Durango SRT, billed as the world's most powerful three-row SUV, joins a hot-rod version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee sold under FCA's Street & Racing Technology line.... Read More »

Ford Expedition slims down with aluminum body for 2018

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

The 2018 Ford Expedition's sweeping overhaul includes a slimmed-down aluminum body, updated powertrain, more interior legroom and 40 new technology features. Ford is counting on the makeover to make the aged Expedition more competitive in a large SUV market that grew 15 percent to 621,277 vehicles in 2016.... Read More »

Cute-utes and swinging gates: What people are saying about the Ford EcoSport

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

Ford is arriving late to one of the hottest segments in the U.S. auto industry: subcompact crossovers. Ford will formally offer a subcompact crossover when the North American version of the EcoSport goes on sale in early 2018. Here's what people are saying about the EcoSport.... Read More »

Hyundai preps big styling changes for crossovers

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

Big styling changes are headed to Hyundai's crossovers, according to new spy photos. Photographers caught a prototype of Hyundai's next-gen Santa Fe undergoing cold-weather testing in Sweden. Hidden under the camouflage is a preview of what to expect when the midsize crossover debuts in 2018 as a 2019 model.... Read More »

Chicago Auto Show: What's on tap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

The Chicago Auto Show -- one of the largest in terms of attendance -- has in recent years become a showcase for freshened and special-edition vehicles. Such entries are expected to dominate the headlines again this year.... Read More »

CEO: Maserati, Dodge, Jeep will use Alfa platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

Fiat Chrysler will share Alfa Romeo's rear-wheel-/all-wheel-drive Giorgio platform with Maserati, Dodge and Jeep, CEO Sergio Marchionne said.... Read More »

Mercedes-AMG E-class line gets a speedy wagon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

Mercedes-AMG's E-class lineup now includes a wagon. The 2018 E63 S wagon, set to debut in March at the Geneva auto show, is powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine that produces 603 hp and 627 pounds-feet of torque and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.... Read More »

'Predator face' for tomorrow's M-B vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

The next stage in the evolution of Mercedes-Benz styling will begin next year with a revamp of the A-class compact car that will feature a “predator face” grille and rounder contours than the current model, chief designer Gorden Wagener says.... Read More »

Best look yet at midengine Chevy Corvette

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

Spy photos of the long-rumored and much-discussed midengine Chevrolet Corvette illustrate just how much of a departure the new sports car would be in terms of design and engineering.... Read More »

VW to unveil Arteon large sedan in Geneva

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

The Arteon, Volkswagen's new flagship sedan, will be positioned between the Passat-based CC and the luxury Phaeton in the lineup.... Read More »

INSIDE THE FUTURE

Driverless concepts spawn real-world interiors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2017

Cockpit designs for self-driving vehicles are rapidly moving from Disney Tomorrowland fantasy toward the real world of commercial production and driver practicality.... Read More »

Opel expects Crossland X to win more women buyers

Feb. 2, 2017 13:40 CET

Opel/Vauxhall's decision to use a crossover design for its new Crossland X will help the automaker win more women buyers, executives said, citing the high seating position and the OnStar 24-hour concierge service as some of the features favored by female customers.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: VW, Bosch agree to settle claims

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2017

VW, Bosch agree to settle claims for $1.6 billion; Tesla Model S, BMW i3 fall short in crash tests; Prius Prime, Volt win top honors; Chao confirmed; Electrifying changes in design.... Read More »

Gaping maws, laces and halos: What people are saying about the Audi Q8

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2017

The Q8 concept, unveiled at the Detroit auto show this month, is a near production-ready version of a new full-size luxury SUV Audi will launch in 2018. A look at what people are saying about the Q8.... Read More »

Evolution, animal kingdoms and doomed appliances: What people think of Nissan Vmotion 2.0

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2017

The Vmotion 2.0 concept is a more fearlessly stylish vision for Nissan's next round of sedans. Here's what people are saying about the Vmotion 2.0 concept.... Read More »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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