Vehicle Design

Hyundai's new philosophy: 'controlled aggression'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2016

Hyundai is pursuing a new engine persona in the United States. Hyundai calls it “controlled aggression” and says it represents the next phase in refining the brand’s driving experience.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz gives luxury coupe a spin ahead of California show

12:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz released a sneak preview of a new ultra-luxury Maybach coupe in a sign that Daimler is continuing its push upmarket to turn up the heat on BMW, which owns the Rolls-Royce brand.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Hyundai gives the i30 a fresh look

Aug. 10, 2016 15:27 CET

Hyundai has taken a fresh design direction with the new i30 compact car, one of the brand's key models in Europe. The latest-generation i30 will debut at the upcoming Paris auto show with sales starting early next year.... Read More »

Toyota expands European r&d

Aug. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

Toyota is expanding its development and engineering in Europe to help launch cars that are better suited to local tastes. The automaker plans to add a second styling center and expand the engineering capabilities of its r&d center in Belgium.... Read More »

Audi A7's fastback styling evolves

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2016

The Audi A7's fastback silhouette will remain intact when the second-generation sedan is retooled, though much of the detail work on the A6-based sedan will see evolutionary changes. It is expected to arrive stateside in 2019. Spy photos of a camouflaged next-generation A7 caught testing show how Audi design chief Marc Lichte is applying the styling ideas first seen on the Prologue series of concept cars.... Read More »

Mitsubishi XR XSUV spy photos

Mitsubishi's latest crossover uncovered

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2016

Mitsubishi’s newest crossover has been spotted undergoing tests in the California desert, signaling that the troubled automaker is moving ahead with plans to retool its crossover lineup in the U.S.... Read More »

Q&A

Lotus has a new vehicle architecture in the works

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has an SUV in the works, and new vehicle architecture.... Read More »

How Nissan drove the Redi-Go under $4,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

The Datsun Redi-Go is off to a strong start in India.... Read More »

Tesla's Model Y is coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter last week to reveal plans for the Model Y, a compact crossover that will be based on the upcoming Model 3 sedan.... Read More »

GENETIC ENGINEERS

The men and minds behind Genesis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Branding guru Manfred Fitzgerald and veteran designer Luc Donckerwolke are at Hyundai’s Genesis brand for a large challenge: launching an entirely new luxury marque from scratch.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Triple cheat at Audi?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Triple cheat at Audi?; Backlash against Cadillac's 'Project Pinnacle'; Chris Urmson quits Google car project; Ghosn carries a torch; Chevy Bolt tricky task for designers in S. Korea.... Read More »

Sources: M-B plans EV subbrand; sales to start by end of decade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Mercedes-Benz will create a subbrand for electric vehicles, starting with two electric SUVs and two sedans, sources told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Dramatic appearance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Spy shots of the next-generation Lexus LS suggest a toned-down version of the dramatic LF-FC concept unveiled at last year's Tokyo auto show.... Read More »

A sleek new Wrangler?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Spy photos of the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler point to a more aerodynamic shape.... Read More »

GM's Korea studio 'broke the mold' with Bolt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2016

GM's South Korean design studio was tasked in 2012 with designing the Bolt, the automaker’s most iconic technological showcase since the Volt hybrid, because of its expertise in bundling big content into small packages. The EV proved to be one of its biggest challenges yet. And in the end, the studio "broke the mold."... Read More »

Q&A | GERRY MCGOVERN

Land Rover design chief OK with imitators

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

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's design director, couldn't care less about other automakers copying the brand's design DNA. He's focusing on the next Defender and the launch of the new Discovery this fall.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ford makes Edge its European flagship

Aug. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European flagship, the Edge. The automaker says the European version of the large SUV will be more upscale than the model sold in the U.S.... Read More »

GM's midengine Corvette coming in 2019, report says

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2016

General Motors is moving forward with long-rumored plans for a midengine Chevrolet Corvette, marking the biggest engineering change in the venerable sports car since its debut in the 1950s, according to a report.... Read More »

CAR MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Renault-Nissan’s tiny-car experiment

6:06 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Can 10 little cars on the streets of San Francisco help a global automaker predict the future? Nissan is counting on it, says Rachel Nguyen, head of the small Renault-Nissan Alliance research unit Future Lab.... Read More »

Lexus readies LS makeover with LF-FC overtones

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2016

The next-generation Lexus LS has been caught testing by spy photographers and it appears the brand is going to great lengths to disguise the headlight and taillight design of its largest sedan. The production version is expected to resemble a toned-down version of the dramatic LF-FC concept Lexus introduced at last year's Tokyo auto show. The retooled LS is expected to debut early next year -- likely in January at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

Q&A: CHARLIE KLEIN

To reduce vehicle weight, GM improves its computing skills

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2016

General Motors' mixed-materials strategy includes advanced high-strength steel, sheet aluminum, cast aluminum and extrusions to build vehicle bodies.... Read More »

Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward

Aug. 1, 2016 15:40 CET

Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former design chief, Anders Warming, as its head of design. Warming was Mini's styling boss for the past six years. He gets a management board post at Borgward.... Read More »

CAR MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

FCA exec says shaving weight from Pacifica meant choosing right materials

4:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2016

Mike Downey's team at Fiat Chrysler shaved 250 pounds from the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country to create the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. But the challenge wasn't what to cut, but how to replace a part with something that works better.... Read More »

Deep red, silvery hues among BASF's top auto paint colors

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2016

Raingarden, Primordial Soup and Aerialist Wish are names of automotive paint colors developed by BASF, the automotive paint and chemicals company.... Read More »

Nissan adds single-cab Titan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2016

Nissan's 2017 lineup will include the brand's first-ever Titan single-cab.... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
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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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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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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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