Vehicle Design

Chevy's Cruze diesel may get EPA 50 mpg highway rating

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

The upcoming Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan and hatchback could be the first nonhybrid cars sold in the U.S. since the late 1980s to get an EPA highway rating of 50 mpg or more, GM officials say.... Read More »

Next QX50 could be an Infiniti star

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Infiniti's redesigned 2018 QX50 compact crossover, unveiled here Monday as a concept, has the potential to become one of the brand's biggest-volume products, company officials say.... Read More »

Honda stocks '18 Odyssey with technology

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

In a hotly contested minivan segment in which an onboard vacuum cleaner no longer qualifies as cutting-edge, Honda's redesigned 2018 Odyssey takes family-friendly features into the digital era.... Read More »

Ford confirms Ranger, Bronco plans for North America

9:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Ford is attempting to cash in on two popular segments with a pair of historic nameplates as its Ranger midsize pickup and Bronco SUV return to North America later this decade.... Read More »

Volvo launches deliveries of self-driving tech to select customers

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Volvo Cars has begun delivering self-driving technology to select customers. At the Detroit auto show on Monday, the automaker officially launched its Drive Me research program, providing autonomous XC90 SUVs to 100 customers in Gothenburg, Sweden.... Read More »

Mercedes set to overtake BMW as largest premium brand

Jan. 9, 2017 09:58 CET

Mercedes is expected to pass rival BMW to reach its goal of becoming the largest global premium brand four years early - a feat achieved after the automaker stopped chasing market share and focused on refreshing its lineup.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz E-class coupe gets sleeker for 2018

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class coupe features sleeker styling than its predecessor, new taillights and an option for a four-cylinder diesel engine that can deliver up to 194 hp.... Read More »

Lexus recasts LS flagship with more power, sportier lines

8:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Lexus is reinterpreting the flagship vehicle that launched the brand 28 years ago, fitting the redesigned LS sedan with a new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine tuned to hurl the luxury boat from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds.... Read More »

Nissan feeds Rogue demand with smaller Sport

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

Nissan will offer a smaller version of the popular Rogue crossover -- dubbed the Rogue Sport -- in a bid to capture shoppers now considering compact sedans. The Sport is a Nissan Qashqai imported from Japan, and 12 inches shorter than the U.S.-market Rogue.... Read More »

Is it finally EVs' time? Predictions vary widely

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

EV predictions still vary widely. Financial analysts at Exane BNP Paribas bullishly forecast that EVs will have a 16 percent share of global vehicle sales by 2025 while IHS Markit believes that figure will be 3.4 percent.... Read More »

Ford adds diesel, new V-6 to enhance F-150 mpg for '18

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

Ford is adding its first-ever diesel variant and a new V-6 engine to the freshened F-150 pickup for 2018 to further boost the fuel efficiency of its top-selling and most profitable product line.... Read More »

Kia sees Stinger as turning point for the brand

6:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2017

Kia is flying even farther from its roots with the new Stinger, a midsize four-door hatchback that's aimed at adding more thrill to the brand's car offerings and challenging European luxury automakers for performance and refinement.... Read More »

VW juices famed Microbus for the autonomous era

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2017

VW's latest conceptual take on its historic Microbus uses a powerful battery pack and two electric motors to transform the once anemically powered hippie-mobile into an all-wheel-drive, high-capacity autonomous minivan.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: The German godfathers behind Kia's 'game changer'

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2017

It's the Korean car with the German godfathers.... Read More »

VW's 2018 Tiguan gets 11 more inches on wheelbase, third row option

8:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2017

Volkswagen plans to offer a new extended-wheelbase Tiguan for the 2018 model year, adding almost 11 inches in length from the current model and offering available third-row seating to the formerly compact crossover.... Read More »

DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Vehicle debuts go live on Facebook

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

Bentley, GMC and other brands will use Facebook Live to build buzz around their product unveilings in Detroit.... Read More »

GMC Terrain slims down, adds turbo power for 2018

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2017

The GMC Terrain, for its first redesign since arriving eight years ago, is dropping more than 400 pounds and getting a trio of smaller, turbocharged engines, including a diesel.... Read More »

Waymo cutting lidar costs by 90%, building up hardware suite

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2017

Waymo, the standalone company formerly known as the Google self-driving car project, said Sunday it is has dramatically lowered the cost of lidar by 90 percent, and is building a suite of hardware that can be integrated as a unit into an existing car.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Former Ford, Volvo designer Horbury explains inspiration for Lynk & CO's first model

Jan. 7, 2017 06:01 CET

Peter Horbury is a veteran car designer but he says his most recent undertaking – bringing Geely's Lynk & CO to life – was "incredibly challenging." Horbury has been Geely's head of design since 2011 after holding top jobs with Volvo and Ford's Premier Automotive Group.... Read More »

Mitsubishi to drop Lancer under crossover push

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2017

Mitsubishi Motors will continue to focus on the crossover market, while cutting out the Lancer compact sedan, a former mainstay in the brand's U.S. lineup, Mitsubishi executives said.... Read More »

BLOG: London's new taxi blends tradition and tech

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

The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st century upgrades that make it greener, roomier and more connected, but its design will stay firmly planted in the 1950s.... Read More »

Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer

Jan. 4, 2017 06:01 CET

Pininfarina's new design chief, Carlo Bonzanigo, will work on an array of automotive and industrial design projects that the Italian company has in the pipeline.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: VW Varok: A transforming shooting brake

10:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2017

The ute might have faded from U.S. roads long ago, but Australians are still fans of the laid-back body style even though the market is rapidly turning to American-style pickup trucks.
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No man's land and penalty boxes: What people think of '17 Jeep Compass

8:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2017

The next-generation, 2017 Jeep Compass replaces the existing Compass and the Jeep Patriot in the brand's U.S. lineup. Here's what people are saying about the redesigned Compass.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for January

Jan. 3, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at how automakers are responding to mounting pressure to electrify their powertrains to meet toughening emissions regulations.... Read More »

 
VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to ...
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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

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

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016
European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was dri ...
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Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016
New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country ...
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Turkish sales forecast to drop 10% this year after record 2016
Turkish automotive sales are expected to shrink slightly more than 10 percent this year as lira depreciation hits demand. Sales rose 1. ...
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UK sales forecast to fall 5% this year after record 2016
UK sales hit a record of 2.7 million in 2016 despite fears that the country's Brexit vote could hit ...
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German sales jump nearly 4% in Dec. as Toyota leads gains
Registrations in Germany increased by nearly 4 percent in December as Toyota brand led gains among v ...
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Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December
The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales ros ...
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Italy sales rise 13% in December
Italian new-car sales increased 13 percent in December, giving the market its second consecutive yea ...
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French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain
French car sales rose nearly 6 percent percent in December, closing a second consecutive year of str ...
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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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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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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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Fiat Chrysler names operating chiefs for China, Asia Pacific
Fiat Chrysler named Daphne Zheng as COO of China and Paul Alcala as the operating chief of Asia Paci ...
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Tesla's Autopilot head said to depart as Apple engineer hired
Sterling Anderson, Tesla's director of autopilot programs, has left the maker of electric cars, acco ...
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Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer
Pininfarina's new design chief, Carlo Bonzanigo, will work on an array of automotive and industrial ...
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Porsche race car engineer Hitzinger joins Apple, report says
Apple poached the technical director of Porsche's race car program earlier this year, Manager Magazin reported, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports. ...
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Renault names new EV chief as it prepares for electric-car surge
Renault is placing an experienced troubleshooter, Gilles Normand, in charge of its electric-vehicle ...
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Varroc Lighting appoints former Magneti Marelli executive as CEO
Varroc Lighting Systems has named Stephane Vedie as its CEO, effective immediately. He is the former ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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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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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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