Vehicle Design

Mercedes' redesigned G class stays boxy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

The venerable G class will be new inside and out after a coming redesign, Mercedes design chief Gorden Wagener confirms. But as for its iconic boxy shape...... Read More »

Outback snags some love, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Most of the attention Subaru garnered at the New York auto show last week went to its Ascent concept and redesigned Crosstrek. But no less significant was a freshened 2018 Outback.... Read More »

Strong prospects for AMG GLCs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Mercedes expects demand for high-performance crossovers to power sales of its top-of-the-line AMG GLC models.... Read More »

CROSSING OVER

Can soft-tops stretch into crossovers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

In a market where consumers are tilting strongly toward pickups, SUVs and crossovers, Haartz Corp., a supplier of the fabrics for soft-top convertible roofs is looking for new business.... Read More »

Lincoln hopes Navigator can regain its glory

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Lincoln expects the redesigned 2018 Navigator, which goes on sale this fall, to recapture the nameplate's now-faded prominence in a growing segment.... Read More »

Jaguar offers 4-cylinder turbo in new entry-level F-Type sports car

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

The Jaguar F-Type will be one of the few sports cars available with a four-, six- or eight-cylinder engine.... Read More »

Genesis boss: Fuel cells where we're headed

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Genesis' brand boss believes the industry ultimately will shift to fuel cell powertrains. Not everyone agrees.... Read More »

Toyota FT-4X designed to be 'doable'

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

Toyota's rollout of the cheery but rugged FT-4X concept crossover is more of a trial balloon than an esoteric design project.... Read More »

What does Lucid Air have over Tesla Model S?

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

The Lucid Air drew scant attention at the New York auto show. But Lucid's chief technology officer says the four-door electric vehicle is markedly superior to the cars of his previous company: Tesla.... Read More »

VOLVO AT 90

Seafood, safety synonymous with Volvo's first 90 years

April 14, 2017 06:01 CET

While Volvo celebrates the 90th anniversary of the arrival of its first model this month, the company's story actually started in August 1924 because of the founders' shared love of crayfish, according to the company archives.... Read More »

SUVs, crossovers and green wheels share Big Apple spotlight

8:30 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2017

Another wave of new and redesigned SUVs and crossovers are sharing the spotlight at the New York auto show, boosted by low U.S. gasoline prices and increasing consumer demand, but automakers are also moving ahead with new electric, plug-in hybrid and other green vehicles.... Read More »

Jaguar slots 4-cylinder turbo motor in new entry-level F-Type

7:00 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2017

Jaguar is slotting a new 296-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged motor in the F-Type for 2018 that marks the first time since before World War II that the famed British brand has equipped a sports cars with a four-cylinder engine. The F-Type will be one of the few sports cars available with a four-, six- or eight-cylinder engine.... Read More »

Lincoln's 2018 Navigator lighter, faster and more spacious

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2017

Ford's Lincoln Navigator has been redesigned and re-engineered to be lighter, faster, more spacious and more luxurious to help the brand recapture lost ground in the profitable full-size luxury SUV market.... Read More »

Toyota's FT-4X concept is a rugged rolling toolbox

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2017

Toyota is hinting at plans to market an all-wheel-drive vehicle that's more rugged than the typical subcompact crossover but not as hardcore as the larger, body-on-frame FJ Cruiser that was dropped in 2014.... Read More »

Acura adds A Spec trim to freshened TLX

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

Acura is doubling down on its sedan-based reinvention with the release of the 2018 TLX. The freshening of Acura's midsize sedan is aimed at juicing consumer interest in the car and the brand amid declining sales for both.... Read More »

Genesis readies first crossover with fuel cell concept

3:30 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2017

Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand is affirming its belief in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as a pillar of its zero-emissions strategy with an early concept of the brand's first crossover.... Read More »

Ascent concept promises Subaru's return to 3-row crossover segment

10:30 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2017

Subaru, erasing memories of the ill-fated Tribeca, will again have a seat at the three-row crossover table when the Indiana-built Ascent goes on sale next year.... Read More »

Kia packs 2018 Rio with more tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2017

When the fourth-generation Kia Rio arrives at U.S. dealerships this year, customers will find sharper styling and more available tech features on the subcompact.... Read More »

Buick Enclave slims down, adds Avenir subbrand to pad profits

7:30 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2017

The Buick Enclave, after a first generation that lasted a decade, drops nearly 400 pounds for 2018 while gaining cargo space and improved fuel economy. The redesigned Enclave marks the debut of Avenir, a subbrand aimed at making Buick more of a luxury player while padding profits with upscale features such as an in-vehicle ionizer.... Read More »

FCA pumps up performance cred with Dodge Demon, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

7:30 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2017

Dodge created a specialized version of its 8-year-old Challenger coupe specifically for drag racing by cutting weight, increasing horsepower and making other changes to boost acceleration off the line. Jeep, meanwhile, unveiled a fire-breathing variant of the Grand Cherokee called the Trackhawk.... Read More »

Infiniti QX80 Monograph heralds new SUV styling

5:30 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2017

Infiniti is extending the expressive, confident styling of its recent QX50 concept and Q60 coupe to its full-size QX80 SUV. The QX80 is a key piece of Infiniti's sales, generating high transaction prices but also drawing a younger, high-end clientele than a typical full-size premium SUV normally attracts, the company says.... Read More »

Lexus spices up LS flagship with F Sport variant

7:00 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2017

Lexus, aiming like many automakers to pump some excitement into the lackluster car market, is giving the redesigned LS 500 flagship sedan some sporty bells and whistles just months after its introduction at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

GRAHAM KOZAK

BLOG: It's time to ignite a woodgrain wagon renaissance

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2017

Fake-wood paneling is as timeless as it is fade-free, but if we had to narrow down Peak Woodgrain to just one year, that year would have to be 1991.... Read More »

Chrome wings, true crossovers and heckin' wagons: What people think of Buick Regal TourX, Sportback

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2017

The sixth-generation Buick Regal will be available in the U.S. as a four-door hatchback and a wagon -- no traditional sedan. Here's what people are saying about the latest Regals.... Read More »

Audi outlines production plans for Q8, Q4 SUVs

April 11, 2017 12:04 CET

Audi outlined production plans for its upcoming Q8 and Q4 as the Volkswagen Group premium brand accelerates its push into the booming SUV/crossover market.... Read More »

 
China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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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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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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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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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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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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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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