Vehicle Design

Bold Korean startup makes a statement with Seoul stand

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

South Korea's youngest would-be automaker Cony Motor Co. -- at less than a year old -- just splurged on a front-and-center stand at the country's premier auto show, right next to Bentley no less.... Read More »

Did Plymouth spawn the spindle?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Lexus has carved out an identity for itself with the "spindle grille," but it appears the defunct Plymouth division of Chrysler had the idea in 1961.... Read More »

Still dancing the Continental

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Soon both Lincoln and Bentley will have Continentals for sale, a fact that may lead to some legalistic conversations in the near future involving the two brands.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Time to prune, time to sow

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Automakers constantly search for new product niches, but it's a daunting process. Many product ideas never see the light of day.... Read More »

SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Automakers roll out SUVs in battle for fast-growing segment

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2015

The Shanghai auto show -- which opens April 20 -- will be the perfect place to gauge the intensity of the SUV war between the global giants and Chinese automakers. Honda, Mercedes, Citroen and BMW have announced global premieres of SUVs or crossovers at the show, and other automakers are sure to follow.... Read More »

Shanghai will serve up fresh selection of SUVs, crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2015

Automakers will feed China's seemingly insatiable appetite for SUVs and crossovers with a fresh batch of concepts and production models for the Shanghai auto show.... Read More »

Lexus to reveal refreshed ES sedan in Shanghai

1:04 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Toyota will introduce a new Lexus model in China for the second year in a row, showing a refreshed ES sedan in Shanghai this month. The ES is the top-selling Lexus sedan in the United States.... Read More »

BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: Citroen C4 Cactus's love-it-or-hate-it styling is a winner

3:49 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

The C4 Cactus's victory in the World Car Design of the Year contest vindicates Citroen's decision to launch the unconventionally styled crossover.... Read More »

GM considers big investments in Michigan tech center

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

General Motors is considering a multiyear expansion project at its Warren Tech Center in Michigan that would include new buildings, renovations and more jobs.... Read More »

Chrysler 300 spot touts the American road to triumph

2:44 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

The Chrysler brand is introducing a new commercial for the refreshed 300 sedan that focuses on the American path to success and is narrated by actor Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones.”... Read More »

Henrik Fisker, Aston Martin settle suit over Thunderbolt design

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Aston Martin has put the brakes on Henrik Fisker's return to the auto industry. Fisker, sued by Aston Martin late last month over plans to produce a $400,000 supercar called the Thunderbolt, has agreed to drop those plans to settle the suit.... Read More »

Cadillac CT6: What the critics think

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

The 2016 CT6 is Cadillac's answer to the large, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedans from Germany that have dominated the small and fading segment for years. Some American entries have failed to compete in the segment, but Cadillac promises it has done its homework with the CT6. Here's what some critics and others are saying about the sedan that debuted last week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Look-alike cars? Whether by design or not, it's an old, familiar story

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

Designers have never had more flexibility and access to technology and materials to create and break new styling ground. So why do so many of today's latest cars and concepts look familiar?... Read More »

'Rad' reviews for the Continental Concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Early appraisals of Lincoln's Continental Concept? Pleasingly positive. The new sedan debuted at the New York auto show last week and previews a production model coming next year. Here's a sampling of car mag consideration.... Read More »

U.S. pickup for Mercedes? Decision by Dec. 31, CEO Cannon says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Mercedes-Benz USA will decide by year end whether to sell a pickup being developed for other markets. "We said to Stuttgart, 'We are open, and let us assess the market,'" says Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.... Read More »

FAST TIMES

New York reveals a new era of fastbacks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

At the New York auto show, the look was everywhere. Traditional four-door sedans have embraced the modernized look of fastbacks of decades past: Low rooflines. Long, slanting rear windows. Shortened trunk lids. Truncated backsides.... Read More »

Midsize Ram pickup? Too costly, brand boss says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Ram brand boss Bob Hegbloom says he can't make numbers work to fit a midsize pickup into the brand's lineup. The key sticking point? The price of higher fuel economy.... Read More »

Mitsubishi reopens wallet for '16 Outlander

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, with its black-and-chrome “Dynamic Shield” grille and other refinerments, sends a message that Mitsubishi is investing again.... Read More »

Caddy: Not yet ready for S-class fighter

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Cadillac executives made clear that the CT6 large sedan unveiled last week at the auto show here isn't a big-boy, ultraluxury entry meant to compete head-on with the powerhouse Mercedes-Benz S class. That led to a natural question on the sidelines of Cadillac's bustling show stand: Is that range-topping car coming? And if so, when?... Read More »

Chevy needs a clutch hit to make Malibu a player

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Chevy's 2016 Malibu represents an all-out bid to elevate its status in the fiercely competitive midsize sedan segment, one in which every automaker must bring its A game. "If you do it right," says GM product chief Mark Reuss, "there's an opportunity to change the brand."... Read More »

New York's bright stars ... and lesser lights

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Under the bright lights of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the vehicles at the New York auto show are a lot like the performers on Broadway, making grand entrances and gunning for attention — some more successfully than others.... Read More »

Continental divide: Bentley sees a 'copy'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

After getting a look at the Lincoln Continental Concept last week, a seriously aggravated Luc Donckerwolke, Bentley's design chief, turned to social media. On the Facebook page of Lincoln head designer David Woodhouse, Donckerwolke wrote: "Do you want us to send the product tooling?"... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Fashion still trumps function

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Even with all the computer programs to evaluate theoretical airflow, there's a lot we still don't know or even look at as fashion holds the trump card over function and cost with the top marketing suits.... Read More »

What critics are saying about Honda Civic Coupe concept

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2015

If there was a surprise or two at the 2015 New York auto show, Honda's Civic Coupe concept would be a top candidate. The lime green car heralds a radical styling departure for a staple in Honda's U.S. lineup.... Read More »

What people are saying about '16 Chevy Malibu

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu represents a radical makeover for one of General Motors' most important models. A look at what critics and others are saying about the midsize sedan after its debut at the New York auto show.... Read More »

 
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