Product and design

WHAT COMES AFTER M?

BMW's top tuner relishes his new role at Hyundai

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

Hyundai, which began building its own engines only in 1991, has laid out a full-fledged product plan for its new Genesis luxury brand, with help from a cadre of executives poached from Bentley, BMW and Lamborghini. Albert Biermann may be the most important of those hires.... Read More »

Au revoir: Paris just doesn't do it for Ford this year

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

Ford will skip this autumn's Paris auto show, claiming the timing doesn't fit with its launch schedule.... Read More »

Ford tests diesel-powered F-150

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

Ford may launch a diesel version of the F-150 pickup as early as next year. Diesel-powered test trucks have been spotted near the company's product development center in Dearborn, Mich.... Read More »

New Discovery

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

The redesigned 2017 Land Rover Discovery will feature a rounder, more fluid design than its predecessor, the LR4, spy images of the luxury SUV show.... Read More »

V-series variant unlikely for Caddy's top-end CT6

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

Cadillac has no plans for a V-series high-performance model of its new CT6 large sedan, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?

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

So what's a Jeep Wagoneer? Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne referred to a Wagoneer last week during a conference call about FCA's plans to "realign" its North American production plan. But a lack of details leaves us to wonder.... Read More »

Land Rover ends Defender production

Jan. 29, 2016 14:37 CET

The last Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line, 68 years after output of the iconic offroader first began.... Read More »

DeLorean to make comeback after Congress nixes red tape

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

The DeLorean Motor Co. of Humble, Texas, plans to start production of a souped-up version of the super-cool gull-wing icon from the three-decade-old Back to the Future franchise, and it's all thanks to an act of Congress.... Read More »

Butch Cassidy, wackadoo tech and Range Rover whispers: What people think of Kia's Telluride concept

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

It's nearly covered the car market from side to side and top to bottom, and now Kia appears to be making bold plans to raise its game on the crossover/SUV side. Here's what some critics and journalists are saying about the full-size Telluride concept, the brand's biggest crossover or SUV since the Borrego.... Read More »

Ford, aiming for pickup fuel economy crown, preps diesel-powered F-150

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Ford appears to be gearing up to launch a diesel-powered version of the F-150, possibly as early as next year, and wrest the fuel efficiency crown from the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Diesel-powered F-150 test trucks have been spotted running around Ford's product development center in Dearborn, Mich.... Read More »

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Opel shows off GT sports car but says a production version is not planned

Jan. 28, 2016 12:23 CET

Opel/Vauxhall said its GT Concept that will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show is unlikely to go into production. Opel released images of the concept for a small sports coupe.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Wait a minute. What? Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?

6:17 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Here's a question for you to ponder: What's a Jeep Wagoneer?... Read More »

Land Rover's 2017 Discovery sheds boxiness of LR4

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

The redesigned 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be less boxy and feature a rounder, more fluid design than its predecessor, the LR4, spy images of the luxury SUV show. Photos of a heavily camouflaged fifth-generation Discovery signal it will sport many design cues from the Discovery Vision Concept that Land Rover revealed in 2014.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Caddy CT6's lightweight body = big car, small engine

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Of the three engine choices available on the Cadillac CT6 sedan, it was the smallest that seemed to generate the most buzz during a recent media drive.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will Volvo's S90L land stateside?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Is an even more luxurious, longer variant of Volvo's S90 sedan in the cards for North America?... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM shifts r&d role to meet new realities

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

GM researchers, working in four locations around the globe, are focused more on developing products and technologies that can be put into production in years, not decades.... Read More »

Cadillac eyes Vsport over V-series V-8 for a top-end CT6

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Cadillac has no plans for a V-series high-performance model of the new CT6 large sedan. But under consideration is a high-performance variant that would stop short of a tire-shredding V series -- possibly a Vsport, a sporty trim that is Cadillac’s answer to Audi’s S and BMW’s M Sport packages.... Read More »

Viper-like 2-seater could make a comeback, Marchionne hints

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

The Dodge Viper is set to end production in 2017, but Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the nameplate could stage a comeback in different form.... Read More »

Don't expect smaller Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse

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

The big question was left hanging after GMC showed a shrunken 2017 Acadia this month at the Detroit auto show: What does the redesign mean for the Acadia's crossover cousins, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse? Global product chief Mark Reuss offered a hint when asked what to expect on the next-generation Enclave and Traverse.... Read More »

Detroit auto show sets best attendance record since 2003 peak

9:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

The Detroit auto show this year drew 815,575 in total ticketed attendance, event organizers said late Sunday. That topped last year’s 803,451, and continues the attendance upswing after a dip during the recession that saw the total number of visitors drop to 650,517 in 2009.... Read More »

THE CANDOR MAN

Marchionne bumps head with designers

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

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Chrysler designers will probably think twice the next time they consider borrowing an idea from a rival carmaker.... Read More »

Looks are that important

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

A significant chunk of shoppers avoid certain vehicles because they dislike the exterior design of the car, J.D. Power's 2016 Auto Avoider Study found.... Read More »

Pacifica minivan impresses

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

Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' global head of design, was desperate to inject some style into the new Chrysler minivan, the renamed Pacifica that debuted at the Detroit auto show this month. Did he pull it off? Professional opinion-givers who saw the Pacifica up close were in the affirmative.... Read More »

Fabric top for BMW's Z4 replacement?

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

A pair of future BMWs - a replacement for the Z4 roadster and a new 5 series - have come within range of spy photographers this month, neither with much camouflage.... Read More »

Mercedes plans U.S. sales of E-class variants in 2017

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

Mercedes-Benz will begin introducing variants of its redesigned E-class sedan in the U.S. in 2017. They include plug-in hybrid, diesel and AMG versions.... Read More »

 
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