Vehicle Design

BMW designer's next assignment: Update Mini

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

Oliver Heilmer takes over as new styling chief at Mini, which has been without a design boss since Anders Warming quit nearly a year ago.... Read More »

Audi's next A8 will get 48-volt mild hybrid

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

Audi will become the latest automaker to use a 48-volt mild hybrid system to improve fuel economy and lower emissions.... Read More »

Audi A7 up in smoke

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

Audi engineers last week were pulling a dead weight trailer in the Austrian Alps with a prototype of the redesigned A7 sedan when a fire started under the hood.... Read More »

Why Honda put a lid on Civic Si's power

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2017

When the latest flavors of Honda's prolific Civic nameplate — the Si coupe and sedan — went on sale, two numbers stood out: 205 and 24,775.... Read More »

VW to keep old Tiguans with new ones

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2017

VW will rip a page out of Nissan’s playbook when it launches a redesigned, larger Tiguan this summer by keeping the current compact crossover around as a value play under a slightly modified name.... Read More »

BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design

June 1, 2017 10:04 CET

BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BMW's Designworks subsidiary.... Read More »

Jaguar testing high-powered BMW M3 fighter

11:31 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2017

Spy photographers in England captured what appears to be a high-performance version of the compact XE sedan undergoing testing. But it's unclear which engine could be powering the car.... Read More »

New gearbox, grille for Yukon Denali

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2017

The GMC Yukon Denali is getting a 10-speed Hydra-Matic transmission developed in conjunction with Ford and a new, multidimensional grille for the 2018 model year.... Read More »

HIGH-TECH ODYSSEY

When the minivan gets too quiet

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2017

If a central challenge of autonomous vehicles is easing the tedium of driving, it's the same challenge facing the developers of the modern minivan.... Read More »

MAEDA'S NEED FOR SPEED

Racing scenes inspire Mazda's top designer

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

When Mazda global design chief Ikuo Maeda was a boy, he saw the 1971 Steve McQueen racing epic Le Mans. The led to a passion for racing that feeds his creative side.... Read More »

Out in front: Notable pace cars at Indy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Much like the standard sedan on the road and race car on the big oval, pace cars, too, have evolved over the years. Here's a look at some of the more notable Indy 500 pace cars over the years.... Read More »

FCA's Ralph Gilles: Unleashing the 'inner racer'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

There's no disputing it -- Ralph Gilles is one of the coolest guys in the auto industry. But when does Fiat Chrysler Auto-mobiles' global head of design achieve peak cool?... Read More »

Making fast cars look timeless

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

As exterior design manager for the Corvette Stingray and the sixth-generation Camaro, Kirk Bennion has styled some of General Motors' most iconic cars.... Read More »

DESIGNATED DRIVER

From Milford to Nurburgring, Ken Morris pushes cars to their limits

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Since 1998, Ken Morris has circled the famed Nordschleife course more than 1,800 times.... Read More »

Wrangler-esque hauler spotted

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Jeep's first pickup in a generation was spotted in Michigan by spy photographers.... Read More »

Jeep Wrangler-based pickup spotted roaming on public roads in Michigan

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2017

Spy photographers have captured the first public images of Fiat Chrysler's upcoming midsize pickup based on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.... Read More »

Welburn tells how he really feels about GM's design work

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

In an interview with Car and Driver, retired General Motors design boss Ed Welburn reflected on what worked and what didn't.... Read More »

For 2018 Odyssey, a shift in shifters

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

Loyal Honda Odyssey customers upgrading to the 2018 model will discover something missing from the center stack: the gearshift knob.... Read More »

THE ART AND THE CAR DEAL

Malcolm Bricklin's next bright idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

Malcolm Bricklin is pulling the trigger again with a scheme to build a three-wheel EV and turn high-end car dealers into high-end art dealers. At 78, the serial entrepreneur is showing no signs of slowing down.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Time for another look at the midsize 5-door hatchback

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2017

With the market filling up with SUVs and crossovers of every size, but mostly the same basic shape, the time is right for the midsize five-door hatchback that looks like a sporty car, not an awkwardly styled wagon/crossover mashup like the failed Honda Crosstour.... Read More »

Chevy tweaks Silverado interior for 2019

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2017

General Motors plans only minor changes to the interior of the Chevrolet Silverado as part of the redesign coming next year, according to pictures of a test vehicle being driven on Detroit-area roads recently.... Read More »

Cars get 'Game of Thrones' treatment

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

Fans of HBO's megahit "Game of Thrones" now can see what their favorite characters might drive -- if cars existed in the show's universe, that is.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Why the road ends abruptly for most startups

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2017

New auto companies face long, tough odds, regardless of consumer enthusiasm for their products.... Read More »

Shark noses, bobtails and windswept: What people think of Mercedes Concept A Sedan

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2017

Crossovers and SUVs might be selling in droves from China to the U.S., but Mercedes-Benz is still experimenting with cars, as seen with the Concept A Sedan. Here's what some journalists are saying about the baby sedan:... Read More »

Corvette Carbon 65: The first collectible of 2018

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2017

The first collectible car of the 2018 model year is the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65, a limited-production model that celebrates the sports car's 65th anniversary. Most U.S. and Canadian Chevrolet dealers will never see the car.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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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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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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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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