Product and design

Buyers wanted smaller Acadia

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

GMC took cues from its customers by downsizing the redesigned Acadia for easier parking and better fuel efficiency.... Read More »

M-B: New variants to lift sales of C-class coupe

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Mercedes-Benz expects the mix of coupes in the C-class family to potentially increase to 20 percent with the introduction of the redesigned 2017 model. The new coupe lineup includes all-wheel drive in the base model for the first time and a new midrange AMG model.... Read More »

Hyundai design team hosts a Bentley reunion

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Last year, Hyundai poached Bentley's chief designer, Luc Donckerwolke, and it has now brought in Bentley's exterior designer, Korean Sangyup Lee.... Read More »

The pace car? What else but a Chevrolet

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

It has been a long time since anything other than a Chevrolet or General Motors vehicle was the official pace car of the Indy 500 - 1996 to be exact.... Read More »

Next Audi A8 takes cues from Prologue concepts

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

A prototype of Audi's next-generation A8 flagship spotted by spy photographer in Europe shows how design elements from the brand's Prologue series of concept cars will be adopted for production vehicles.... Read More »

Concepts preview new Volvo compacts

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Volvo previewed its new compact-vehicle range by unveiling concepts for an XC40 crossover and a vehicle that hints at the next V40 hatchback.... Read More »

Can traffic deaths be eliminated?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2016

Getting to zero traffic fatalities may be unattainable, safety advocates concede. But they say it is possible to virtually eliminate the 30,000-plus annual highway deaths in the U.S.... Read More »

A KILLER FIRST IMPRESSION

China’s tastes shape Japan’s luxury cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2016

Japan's premium designs are getting bolder and flashier as Lexus, Infiniti and Acura try to gain the attention of German-leaning Chinese luxury buyers.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead, Coupe grab a piece of factory on way out

10:00 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2016

Rolls-Royce is ceasing production of the Phantom Drophead Coupe and Phantom Coupe and the last 50 cars -- already spoken for -- will take mementos with them: pieces of the assembly line where the cars were built.... Read More »

GM's Cruise Automation tests autonomous Bolt EVs

3:45 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2016

General Motors and Cruise Automation have begun testing autonomous prototypes of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle. Photos show a white Bolt driving in front of a camouflaged one down the street from Cruise Automation, the San Francisco autonomous vehicle startup that GM bought in March.... Read More »

Tesla plans $2 billion stock sale to accelerate Model 3 program

4:30 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

Tesla Motors plans to sell about $2 billion in stock to help finance the accelerated launch of the new Model 3 electric sedan.... Read More »

Volvo lifts veil on 'disruptive' compact car, crossover line

10:25 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

Volvo will start rolling out a series of compact models next year to compete with the likes of Audi and BMW for younger, urban consumers. The new line, dubbed the 40 series, is set to include a crossover, sedan and hatchback as well as an all-electric model, the company said Wednesday while unveiling concepts of the models.... Read More »

Google positions updated Android as a standard for cars

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

In a play to persuade automakers to run cars on its Android operating system, Google is introducing an updated version of Android that it promises will work easily with key in-car features such as climate control, AM/FM radio and digital instrument clusters.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Chrysler Turbine car shows the future is always changing

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2016

At some point in the future, when it becomes about as expensive to build a car with a conventional gasoline or diesel engine as it is an electric car, the EV is going to win.... Read More »

Audi's next A8 reveals Prologue concept cues

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2016

Spy photographers have caught Audi putting its next-generation A8 flagship sedan through the paces on public roads in Europe ahead of its release next year. Free of heavy camouflage, the A8 testing mule appears to show how design elements drawn from the Prologue series of concept cars will appear in production form as the A8 kicks off the next era of Audi design.... Read More »

Cadillac’s midsize sport sedan embraces CT6 face for 2017

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2016

The Cadillac CTS nameplate will soldier on for another year but feature a new grille for 2017 and other styling cues borrowed from Cadillac’s new flagship, spy photos of the midsize luxury sedan reveal.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: A look inside BMW's new quad-turbocharged diesel engine

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2016

The latest broadside fired by BMW in the German horsepower wars -- or rather the German torque wars -- is a diesel 3.0-liter inline-six with four turbochargers.... Read More »

DAVID UNDERCOFFLER

BLOG: Why most new hybrids are cars, not crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2016

These are times of feast for crossovers and famine for cars. Meanwhile, automakers such as Hyundai and Honda are introducing new lines of green vehicles to meet global regulations -- and all of them are cars. Why not mix what consumers want with what automakers need to sell and make these vehicles crossovers?... Read More »

Alfa Giulia to debut with a more powerful engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Alfa Romeo's new Giulia midsize sedan will begin arriving in U.S. dealerships in September or October, says the CEO of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles-owned brand.... Read More »

Planting a new crop of plug-ins

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Over the next several years, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota plan to fortify their vehicle lineups with plug-in hybrids, citing them as a crucial steppingstone for consumers, the industry and the effort to meet global fuel efficiency and emissions regulations.... Read More »

Nissan already back to GT-R drawing board

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Even as Nissan prepares to market a substantially freshened GT-R sports car, stylists are at work on a full redesign with altered proportions and drivetrain changes.... Read More »

China's GAC to return to Detroit auto show ahead of U.S. sales launch

3:16 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Guangzhou Automobile Group plans to return to the Detroit auto show in 2017 after a one-year hiatus. The state-owned Chinese automaker, which hopes to launch U.S. sales in the next few years, plans to exhibit on the main show floor.... Read More »

Rebranded L.A auto show stresses mobility over metal

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

A rebranded Los Angeles Auto Show will look beyond the traditional sheet-metal introductions by automakers and incorporate disparate elements of the mobility movement, including car designers, tech startups, government officials, dealers and venture-capital investors.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: A 'precipitous' drop for Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

'Precipitous' drop in Nissan supplier relations, GM gains ground; Hyundai hires another ex-Bentley designer; Audi production exec joins Tesla; General Motors seals Cruise Automation deal..... Read More »

Mercedes not letting up on product offensive

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler says Mercedes will continue its product offensive in 2017, with a comparable number of vehicle launches as it has scheduled for this year.... Read More »

 
Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
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