Vehicle Design

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Beyond GM and Ford on gearboxes, a dream list of joint ventures

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

If GM and Ford can work together to save time, money and engineering resources on transmissions, then other automakers could do the same thing on a number of important fronts.... Read More »

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2017 Jaguar F-Pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Jaguar is launching sales of the F-Pace compact this month, jumping into the sizzling luxury crossover segment. The F-Pace will be the new face of Jaguar and likely will pave the way for a full range of crossovers for the British brand.... Read More »

Freshening gives Lexus IS sedan a bolder look

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Lexus unveiled a freshened IS compact sedan last week at the Beijing auto show with an aggressive, heavily creased front fascia that echoes those of the RC coupe and upcoming LC 500 sports car.... Read More »

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2017 Porsche 911

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

The re-engineered Porsche 911 gets modest styling changes inside and out, and comes with a standard turbocharged engine for the first time as Porsche says goodbye to the naturally aspirated engines for which the 911 is known.... Read More »

Mazda combats sales damage with redesigned CX-9 flagship

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Mazda executives expect the redesigned CX-9 crossover to reverse the automaker's U.S. market share slump and pull the brand back from the incentives it once vowed to avoid.... Read More »

Next Infiniti QX70, QX50 may borrow features from concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Infiniti previewed a new styling direction for its SUV/crossover lineup with the QX Sport Inspiration concept unveiled last week at the Beijing auto show.... Read More »

How Jaguar spells U.S. future: F-Pace

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

Jaguar's new F-Pace compact crossover will be the key vehicle to boosting the brand's lackluster U.S. sales, Jaguar's top U.S. executive says. The F-Pace, which goes on sale next month, will capitalize on a hot segment and is expected to bring new, younger buyers to the brand.... Read More »

Subaru updates 2017 Forester for quieter cabin

9:24 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2016

Subaru is revamping the Forester crossover for 2017 with subtle exterior changes, such as a new grille, headlights and front bumper cover, and additional cabin refinement designed to reduce the road noise that was a common complaint on previous versions.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Mitsu misconduct goes back 25 yrs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2016

25 years of Mitsu misconduct; Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber, Lyft in self-driving push; Earnings up at FCA, down at Hyundai; VW outsells Toyota; Honda Clarity's aerodynamic design.... Read More »

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

The redesigned 2016 Cruze that hit showrooms this month is long on interior refinement, with more soft-touch materials and an unusually quiet cabin for the segment.... Read More »

VW concept could preview next Touareg

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

A luxury SUV concept VW unveiled at the Beijing auto show could preview the redesigned Touareg due in 2017. The T-Prime Concept GTE, hinting at the future styling of VW's crossovers and SUVs, features a plug-in hybrid powertrain paired with 4Motion all-wheel drive.... Read More »

Dodge Journey will keep riding old platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

The Dodge Journey, which was due to be redesigned on a new platform this fall, will instead soldier on with few changes for at least two more model years, according to a company source.... Read More »

Spy shots point to bigger, bolder Honda CR-V on the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

Spy photos of Honda's next-generation CR-V indicate that the compact crossover will get bold new styling and likely will be larger than the current model.... Read More »

What's behind the Clarity's quirky looks?

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

The upcoming Honda Clarity fuel cell sedan is not the prettiest car Honda ever designed. But engineers and designers say its looks were dictated by their mission to make the Clarity the ultimate green car.... Read More »

Infiniti pulls wraps on QX Sport Inspiration crossover concept

7:57 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2016

Infiniti pulled the wraps on the new QX Sport Inspiration crossover concept, previewing the new styling direction for the premium brand's critical utility lineup.... Read More »

Honda CR-V poised for major makeover

12:32 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2016

Big changes are in store for Honda's next-generation CR-V, the top-selling crossover in the U.S. last year, new spy photos reveal. A prototype caught testing indicates that the compact crossover will be bigger than the current version and will get bold new styling.... Read More »

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Renault gives new Koleos an upscale look

April 21, 2016 13:52 CET

Renault has given its latest Koleos SUV a more premium look compared with the current car. The automaker says the new Koleos delivers a blend of “robust SUV design cues together with the refinement and features” associated with large sedans.... Read More »

Apple sets up lab in Germany to help develop iCar, paper says

April 20, 2016 10:19 CET

Apple has established a team of "young, progressive" automotive experts in Berlin to work on its electric iCar and may build the vehicle with Magna Steyr in Austria, a German paper said.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: In race to 54.5 mpg, powertrains gain complexity — at a cost

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2016

As we get closer to the government's fleetwide 54.5-mpg fuel economy standard in 2025, engines and transmissions will become a whole lot more complex. You can take that to mean new cars are going to get a whole lot more expensive, too.... Read More »

Jaguar unlikely to offer XE wagon, design boss says

April 18, 2016 16:26 CET

Jaguar is unlikely to offer a station wagon version of its new XE sedan because of falling demand for the body style in Europe.... Read More »

OK, who's up next for top GM design job?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2016

Mike Simcoe, who takes over for Ed Welburn as General Motors' head of global design July 1, has about seven years before he reaches GM's typical retirement age of 65. Sure, that's a long time, but for such a seminal job, it's never too early to start speculating about a successor.... Read More »

Toyota design is having a 'moment' with Setsuna

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2016

The latest example of Akio Toyoda's focus on emotional styling - he's trying to rid Toyota of its reputation for boring design - is a two-seat roadster made entirely from wood.... Read More »

Simcoe made his mark with Whitacre

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2016

In his 2013 book, “American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA,”, former General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre made a telling reference to Mike Simcoe, who this month was named GM's head of global design.... Read More »

Daihatsu introduces new global platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2016

Minicar-maker Daihatsu has unveiled a new platform called DNGA. Like the namesake TNGA platform at parent Toyota, the Daihatsu New Global Architecture aims to improve fuel efficiency, drivability, cost and design. It serves as a springboard for how the two companies will deepen collaboration.... Read More »

Tesla Model S face-lift kills grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2016

Aware that a grille on an electric vehicle is about as useful as air conditioning in the Arctic, Tesla Motors has scrapped the blacked-out nose cone on the Model S and given the car a smooth, grille-free look.... Read More »

 
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 pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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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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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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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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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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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
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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