Product and design

HOW HONDA GOT ITS GROOVE BACK

With the new Honda Fit, engineering solutions once again take priority

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
If there is any question about whether smart engineering is on its way back at Honda Motor Co., one need look no further than the second-row "magic" seats of the 2015 Honda Fit.... Read More »

 

Ram beefs up Power Wagon

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The re-engineered 2014 Ram Power Wagon will get a new frame, bigger tires and a five-link coil suspension to improve on-road performance and off-road ability.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Happy 50th to an American icon

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The Ford Mustang is 50 years old. It deserves a celebration, and I am sure Ford is planning an appropriate party.... Read More »

 

Ford honors the past, launches new pony for a shifting market

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
The golden shine from the Mustang's spectacular launch in 1964 has long since faded. But with a series of anniversary celebrations planned this week from coast to coast, Ford aims to shower at least some of the original pony car's magic dust on the redesigned 2015 model, the first Mustang crafted for global markets.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

VW touches up Jetta with eye on safety, mpg

6:15 pm U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
To help the Jetta level the playing field in terms of crash safety and fuel economy with Japanese rivals like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3, VW has made substantial tweaks to the compact for model year 2015.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Honda, Nissan: A brand new battle

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
The auto industry is always full of head-to-head rivalries, and right now the battle between Honda and Nissan is one of the hottest.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Refreshed 2015 Chevy Cruze enhances connectivity, revises styling

8:24 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
Chevrolet is refreshing the compact Cruze, General Motors' top-selling car in the United States, and adding enhanced connectivity features for 2015. It will be introduced this week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

 

BMW breaks with traditional German luxury as models shrink

April 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Chris Bangle, BMW's former design chief, once likened the German carmaker's lineup to a bratwurst in three different lengths. Now, there's a lot more on offer, including convenience sizes.... Read More »

 

FATHER OF AN ICON

Lee Iacocca looks back at the 1964 sensation that was Ford Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan, or so the saying goes. Though many names are associated with the Ford Mustang's extraordinary half-century run, the irrepressible Lee Iacocca sits at the top of that list. If Iacocca made the Mustang, the Mustang also made Iacocca.... Read More »

 

BMW breaks with traditional German luxury as models shrink

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Chris Bangle, BMW's former design chief, once likened the German carmaker's lineup to a bratwurst in three different lengths. Now, there's a lot more on offer, including convenience sizes.... Read More »

 

How Ford's pony car survived a brush with death

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A 1987 issue of AutoWeek magazine featured a shocking cover story that revealed Ford's plans to build the 1989 Mustang on a Mazda front-wheel-drive platform. Howls of protest eventually prompted Ford to reverse course. The Mazda-designed Mustang, code-named ST-16, would become the Ford Probe and join the Mustang in Ford showrooms.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Chevy drops top on Corvette Z06 for 2015

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Chevrolet is dropping the top on the Corvette Z06 for 2015 and the convertible is being billed as the Stingray for owners who want it all.... Read More »

 

Carroll Shelby helped Ford build performance cred

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Carroll Shelby roared through the world's automotive scene like a tornado, leaving marks as a racer, automaker, marketer and businessman. He is the only man to win Le Mans as a driver, team owner and manufacturer. The name Shelby is synonymous with performance, and no one did more to burnish Ford's performance cred.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show

5:58 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Ten years ago, many Chinese could not afford a car, but today not only can they afford one, they are getting picky about which vehicle to buy -- and they're increasingly opting for compact SUVs.... Read More »

 

Ford debuts the Skyliner Transit concept vehicle

1:08 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Melvin Betancourt, design manager for Ford Motor, speaks before the 2015 Transit Skyliner concept van is unveiled at Galpin Auto Sports in California on Thursday. The Transit Skyliner features custom-designed throne seats that are movable and can be repositioned automatically, controlled by a smartphone or tablet, as well as a theater and bar. Photographer:... Read More »

 

Ford Mustang timeline

8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A look at the Mustang, from debut to the newest model... Read More »

 

Mustang's classic cues

8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Ford's Mustang has changed shapes many times in its 50-year gallop. For 2005, when the Mustang was rebuilt from the wheels up, nearly all of the car's signature styling cues from the 1960s and early '70s were updated. Through the years, every Mustang has had a long hood and a short decklid. The 2015 Mustang coming this fall further refines the car's DNA. Staff Reporter Richard Truett looks at the Mustang's iconic styling elements.... Read More »

 

ONE-TRICK PONIES

Rivals tried, but none matched the Mustang's sales in the '60s

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The Mustang's runaway success after its April 1964 debut left most of Ford Motor Co.'s rivals scrambling to develop their own pony cars. Three years later, the Mustang had plenty of competition but no other sporty compact came close to matching the Mustang's sales in the 1960s.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus NX compact crossover will have 3 powertrains

7:22 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Lexus plans to unveil the production version of its NX compact crossover at this month's Beijing motor show with three powertrains, including a turbo and hybrid for America.... Read More »

 

The pony car was all about personalization -- 'do your own thing'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Try to think about the Ford Mustang from a rational perspective, and its phenomenal early success just doesn't compute. The Mustang was a two-door, sporty car, the very definition of a niche product with limited appeal. It also was developed on a shoestring budget. But it roared out of the gates.... Read More »

 

Sperlich: Mustang 'was all about youth'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Among the Ford Mustang's fathers, Hal Sperlich is one of the most fascinating. Sperlich gets credit for being the product-planning genius behind the Ford Mustang and Chrysler's original minivan, the vehicles that made Lee Iacocca famous.... Read More »

 

Ford replaces Lincoln chief designer Wolff with luxury veteran

5:18 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Ford's Lincoln brand is moving forward under a $1 billion overhaul with a new design director at the helm after quietly replacing Max Wolff. Wolff, hired from GM four years ago, remains at Lincoln, in charge of exterior design of the brand's models, Ford said Thursday. David Woodhouse, who joined Ford in 1999 from GM to head Ford's former European luxury brands, is his successor.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan preps refreshed Versa sedan for 2015

6:06 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Nissan will show its refreshed 2015 Versa sedan during New York Auto Show press days next week. The mid-cycle changes come just two years into the car's model cycle, spurred by changes to competitors like the Honda Fit.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan Versa gets refresh amid cutthroat subcompact competition

4:47 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Nissan plans to show its refreshed 2015 Versa sedan during New York auto show press days next week. The mid-cycle changes come just two years into the car’s model cycle as the Honda Fit and other competitors look for more of the cutthroat subcompact segment.... Read More »

 

Kia confirms redesigned Sedona for New York show

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Kia today confirmed it will show a redesigned Sedona minivan next week at the New York auto show. The Sedona will ride on a new chassis and be powered by 3.3-liter direct injection V-6 engine, Kia says.... Read More »

 

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