Product and design

VW considers small crossovers for U.S.

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

Volkswagen is pondering a growth plan for North America that includes expansion of its portfolio to lower segments, particularly small crossovers.... Read More »

Pininfarina hits reset under Mahindra

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

The last decade has been unkind to the Pininfarina; previous excellence pays only so many bills. Thus, under new ownership and with fundamental changes to mobility looming in the coming decade, the Italian powerhouse is reshaping itself for the future.... Read More »

Big auto shows forced to share the spotlight

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

Nissan's effort to grab headlines with a solo launch event in Miami shows how automakers increasingly are weighing alternatives to the major international auto shows.... Read More »

Volvo revival reaches 'end of the beginning'

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

Volvo Car USA has turned a corner with two of its four 90 series vehicles on sale and two others due early next year, says its CEO.... Read More »

Intel exec: In-vehicle content delivery to be $5 billion industry

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

In-vehicle content delivery figures to be a major emerging business opportunity.... Read More »

Detroit 3 will skep a step in autonomy

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

Detroit 3 technology chiefs say their companies plan to skip a major step on the path to autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

The real secret to striking design

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

Even the most beautifully sketched exterior remains just an idea on a piece of paper if, in the end, it can't be pressed into actual metal.... Read More »

Sometimes it all hinges on hinges

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

One might think the hardest part about executing the curvaceously creased Infiniti Q60 sports coupe would be delicately stamping the scalloped sheet metal.... Read More »

September Equinox

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

The 2018 Equinox, unveiled aptly on Sept. 22, will be the first compact crossover offered in North America with a turbocharged diesel engine, according to General Motors.... Read More »

Next-gen Jeep Compass surfaces in Brazil

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

Spy photographers in Brazil caught the next-generation Jeep Compass in the middle of a photo shoot completely undisguised earlier this month.... Read More »

Bigger 7-seater for Subaru

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

Subaru is trying again with a new seven-seat crossover that will replace the ill-fate Tribeca in 2018.... Read More »

Ford Focus EV gets faster charges, 100-mile range

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

Ford will give the slow-selling Focus Electric more range and quicker charging times in an upgrade due at year end, the company said.... Read More »

Aston: DB11 Volante due in '18

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

Aston Martin will launch the convertible Volante version of the new DB11 coupe in spring 2018, the company announced on Twitter.... Read More »

Paris auto show: It's electric

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

Germany's automakers will use the Paris auto show to highlight their latest battery technologies as they seek to recapture ground from Tesla.... Read More »

At GM: 'An engineer in a designer's body'

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

At a time when technology is transforming the automobile, newly promoted GM gearhead Mike Simcoe may be the industry's prototypical design chief.... Read More »

Autonomous policy will strengthen regulators

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

For the first time, the auto industry has a clear path ahead of it for the development and deployment of self-driving cars. But federal regulators will be right with them, just one lane over.... Read More »

Lincoln's lines fall into place

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2016

Since taking over as Lincoln's design director nearly three years ago, David Woodhouse has launched a design language signified by a unique grille look and classic proportions.... Read More »

Infiniti still believes in feats of clay

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2016

In a world of digital design, old-school clay models may seem an anachronism that will someday fade away. But Infiniti's top designer says the iconic modeling medium is here to stay.... Read More »

Nissan returns to Japan's most exclusive address

1:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2016

Nissan's flagship showroom has returned to Japan's most exclusive, priciest address -- Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, flush with department stores and geisha clubs. A sleek new two-story showroom sits at the shopping district's main neon-soaked intersection.... Read More »

Chevy will equip next Equinox with diesel engine in global push

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2016

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will be shorter and lighter than the model it replaces and will be the first compact crossover offered in the U.S. with a diesel engine, General Motors said late Thursday.... Read More »

Smart to offer EVs and traditional engines across the lineup

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2016

Smart will become the only major auto brand to offer its entire model lineup with both combustion engines and pure battery-electric drive, Mercedes-Benz said today.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2016

Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities.... Read More »

Mazda, Bentley, Lambo join list of brands skipping Paris show

Sept. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

Mazda, Bentley and Lamborghini have joined Ford, Rolls-Royce and Volvo on the list of automakers that will skip the Paris auto show, which starts next week. The Japanese, British and Italian automakers will instead focus on smaller events that are less costly.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Why GM should remember the fate of the EV1

11:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2016

Had GM nurtured the seeds it planted with the EV1 and continued to improve its technology, the company probably would have not been embarrassed two years later by the Toyota Prius.... Read More »

Subaru spied testing its new three-row utility vehicle ahead of 2018 or 2019 launch

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2016

Subaru is gearing up for another run at the large utility-vehicle market with a new three-row vehicle. It could debut in 2018 as a 2019 model and would replace the failed Tribeca, which ended production in 2012.... Read More »

 
PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investments


4:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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PSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. ...
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Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. It will make future cars a lot safer and a lot smarter, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says, ...
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MG's Chinese owners fail to revive UK brand

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2016

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MG's decision to end production in the UK shows just how tough it has been for Chinese owners SAIC t ...
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Bye-bye Bentley, hello Dyson?

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27 2016

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The list of exhibitors for this week's Paris auto show is the latest indication that the industry is changing fast. ...
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Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

Nick Gibbs
7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2016

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General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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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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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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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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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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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
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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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
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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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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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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