Product and design

Finalists named for North American Car and Truck of the Year

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis and the Volkswagen Golf were named finalists today for North American Car of the Year, while the Lincoln MKC, Ford F-150 and the Chevy Colorado were named truck/utility finalists.... Read More »

 

VW to unveil concept crossover in Detroit for U.S., report says

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Volkswagen plans to show an SUV concept at the Detroit auto show next month as the automaker seeks a larger presence in lucrative crossover segments to boost sales in the US market, company sources say.... Read More »

 

Toyota aims to defend small-pickup turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Toyota isn't ready to cede any ground in small pickups. The automaker, which commands nearly two-thirds of the segment in the United States, will unveil a redesigned Tacoma pickup in January at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

Lexus ponders drop-top options

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
As the only convertible in its lineup approaches the end of its life cycle, Lexus is looking ahead to another critical step in the balancing act it's undertaking: trying to appeal to younger buyers while keeping its core customers.... Read More »

 

Why BMW loves California

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
BMW North America is headquartered in New Jersey, which means shorter flights to Munich for CEO Ludwig Willisch. But Willisch spends much time thinking about the West Coast.... Read More »

 

Audi plans EV crossover to challenge Tesla in '17

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Audi will challenge Tesla in 2017 with an electric-powered crossover, CEO Rupert Stadler told Bloomberg. The new model will be Audi's first mainstream all-electric vehicle, and marks a change of course by the company.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe uncovered

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Here is one of the clearest photos yet of the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, a tall wagon/sedan with swoopy coupelike styling. The vehicle, to be built in Daimler AG's Alabama plant, will be sold alongside the current M-class SUV.... Read More »

 

Ford considers CVTs as way to improve fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Ford is considering giving the continuously variable transmission another spin. "We've had some experience with CVTs and it wasn't all good," said Raj Nair, Ford's global product development chief, during a media event here. "They are getting better. And we are taking another look."... Read More »

 

Tweaked 2015 VW Touareg moves upscale

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg arriving in showrooms in January is taking a few steps upmarket with a revamped interior, tweaked exterior styling and additional safety features.... Read More »

 

Africa's Mobius hopes to kick start domestic output

Dec. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Led by British entrepreneur Joel Jackson, Mobius Motors aims to overcome the perception that Africa cannot produce a quality vehicle on its own. Mobius has launched an 8,552 euro car to meet the needs of rural Africans.... Read More »

 

Will Chevrolet's tiny Trax spark a sibling rivalry?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2014
Given that GMC's entire product lineup is shared with Chevrolet, it begs the question: Will GMC get a version of the new Chevy Trax small crossover?... Read More »

 

College for Creative Studies names transportation design chair

3:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Former Ford and Honda designer Paul Snyder will become the Transportation Design Department chair at Detroit's College for Creative Studies, starting in January, the college said today.... Read More »

 

Aston Martin's next Bond car hints at future design

Dec. 5, 2014 11:49 CET
Aston Martin says that James Bond's next car also previews the brand's new look. The DB10 two-door coupe, built exclusively for the next installment in the Bond film franchise, “Spectre,” overhauls a design language first used in 2001.... Read More »

 

Aston Martin reveals DB10 for next Bond film

11:09 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
James Bond will get back behind the wheel of an Aston Martin in Spectre, the next film in the 007 series. But, the secret agent will get in something considerably newer than the DB5 from Skyfall.... Read More »

 

Toyota sees small pickups as growth market

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Toyota is betting that small pickup trucks are going to become big sellers. The automaker plans to unveil its redesigned Tacoma truck at the Detroit auto show in January, and is expecting rising sales in 2015 and beyond, even though overall growth in the small-truck segment has been slow.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz GLE uncovered

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
The Mercedes-Benz GLE crossover coupe, a tall wagon/sedan with swoopy coupelike styling, has been spotted largely uncovered during recent testing.... Read More »

 

Diesel Mazda6 still on the map

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Despite engineering delays, Mazda still plans to launch a diesel engine in its Mazda6 midsize sedan, the company's top North American executive says.... Read More »

 

Lincoln MKC: Designers 'should get a high-five'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Lincoln's new MKC crossover is off to a strong sales start. Reviewers pick nits, but they are minor. Here are highlights from some early reviews.... Read More »

 

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Lexus RC: Nifty lighting, walk-in seats -- and more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Design is always subjective, but if the new RC coupe is a sign of future cars from Lexus, brand boss Tokuo Fukuichi is working magic in my book. Here are some cool flourishes that enhance the RC experience.... Read More »

 

Craft workshop's new mission: Build Mirai

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Toyota's secretive workshop in Japan that built the last $375,000 Lexus LFA in December 2012 has a new assignment: Hand build the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan.... Read More »

 

BMW rolls out showpieces

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
BMW will present two of its BMW Art Cars -- a BMW 320 that Roy Lichtenstein used as a canvas in 1977, and a 1989 BMW M3 with artwork by Michael Jagamara Nelson -- at the 2014 Art Basel in Miami Beach, Fla.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Hyundai needs a design hierarchy, Schreyer says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
Hyundai Motor Group President Peter Schreyer gave Kia a fresh, familywide look after being hired from Volkswagen Group in 2006. Now he's doing the same for Hyundai, for which he took design responsibility in 2012. Schreyer, 61, wants to give Hyundai the equivalent of Kia's "tiger nose" grille so all of the brand's vehicles have a familiar face.... Read More »

 

Infiniti designers imagine a 2029 concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Infiniti reached deep into science fiction for the Synaptiq design concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The theoretical concept for 2029, sketched and conceived for the show's Design Challenge, can fly. Infiniti designers imagined a vehicle triathlon that includes air, rally and circuit competitions.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Nov. 27, 2014 12:28 CET
Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars.... Read More »

 

Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars

9:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years.... Read More »

 

 
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