Product and design

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2017

Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S., and analysts predicted a Buick version of the Chevrolet Volt would be offered in the Middle Kingdom before the second-generation model even debuted this week.... Read More »

Honda plans $124 million wind tunnel test center in Ohio

4:22 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2017

Honda said it will invest $124 million to create an aeroacoustic wind tunnel test center at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2017

Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S., and analysts predicted a Buick version of the Chevrolet Volt would be offered in the Middle Kingdom before the second-generation model even debuted this week.... Read More »

2018 Lexus NX gets design, performance tweaks to keep pace with rivals

7:05 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2017

Lexus' face-lifted NX compact crossover sports a more aerodynamic look and boasts handling tweaks aimed at delivering sharper performance and a smoother ride.... Read More »

Opel Grandland X set to take on VW Tiguan

April 19, 2017 13:45 CET

Opel/Vauxhall unveiled the Grandland X, the automaker's latest model underpinned by a platform from its new parent, PSA Group.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The new whiz kids: High school engineering students are cool -- finally

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2017

With billions being invested in developing self-driving vehicles and stricter fuel economy and emissions targets still ahead, the need for computer programmers and engineers continues to increase. An annual robotics competition among elementary and high school students has succeeded not only in making science and technology cool, it has changed young lives and is providing a future pool of engineering recruits.... Read More »

Honda Accord gets fastback makeover

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2017

Honda's next-generation Accord sedan and its fastback profile are coming into focus thanks to new spy shots taken in Colorado.... Read More »

Will autonomous driving kill the sports car?

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2017

Virtually every brand in the auto industry is bragging about its autonomous driving capabilities But when it comes to "the future of transportation," Mazda and Porsche got the memo -- they just decided to go another way.... Read More »

Soft-roaders, mashups and beacons: Toyota's FT-4X and what people are saying

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2017

Toyota's FT-4X checks the boxes of features aimed at millennials and their outdoor-focused adventures. Here's what people are saying about the subcompact crossover concept:... Read More »

Genesis GV80 Concept: What people are saying

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2017

Genesis' GV80 Concept teases the first of two crossovers the luxury brand has promised by 2020. Once it reaches production, with a market launch sometime in 2018, the vehicle is expected to be a midsize crossover aimed at the Mercedes-Benz GLE series and the BMW X5. Here's what journalists and others are saying about the Genesis GV80 concept:... Read More »

Mercedes re-engineers S class, adds new engines for 2018

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2017

The Mercedes-Benz S-class sedan will get a six-cylinder engine with the introduction of the new S450 in the U.S. this fall. It's part of a new range of engines for the S class, which is being re-engineered and freshened for 2018.... Read More »

VW touts 'huge progress' in plan to roll out 4 affordable EVs

7:39 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2017

Volkswagen has made “huge progress” in reducing production costs of its all-electric vehicles, Christian Senger, head of the VW marque's electric-car project, told reporters in Shanghai.... Read More »

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Brassy in the Big Apple

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Nobody ever succeeded in New York by being modest. These concepts and production models show the variety and audacity of some of the New York show's best.... Read More »

Sleeker Buick Enclave adds Avenir subbrand

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

The Buick Enclave undergoes a dramatic transformation for 2018, including a lower profile.... Read More »

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Hits, misses from the show that never sleeps

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

A month ago, the word on the street was that "New York looks light this year." "Nothing's happening this year," the wise guys said. "Nobody's going." And of course, they were wrong.... Read More »

The new face of AMG

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Mercedes will give AMG's high-performance part of the lineup a new signature face inspired by its racing heritage.... Read More »

BLING FACTOR

Kia tests higher tier in home market

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Kia Motors Corp. is attempting a new premium line in its South Korean home market with the arrival of its slick Stinger GT.... Read More »

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

What to do about cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Behind the scenes at the New York auto show, industry executives were grappling with questions about cars. How low will their market share go, amid hot crossovers and SUVs? How to reignite the appeal of cars?... Read More »

Lynk & CO promises lifetime warranties, free connectivity as sedan concept debuts

6:47 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Lynk & CO lifted the wraps on a new sedan concept ahead of the Shanghai auto show, saying the upstart brand will offer lifetime warranties and free connectivity as a standard feature.... Read More »

Mercedes' redesigned G class stays boxy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

The venerable G class will be new inside and out after a coming redesign, Mercedes design chief Gorden Wagener confirms. But as for its iconic boxy shape...... Read More »

Ford extends Shelby Mustangs another model year

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Ford is keeping the Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs in its product lineup for the 2018 model year.... Read More »

Outback snags some love, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Most of the attention Subaru garnered at the New York auto show last week went to its Ascent concept and redesigned Crosstrek. But no less significant was a freshened 2018 Outback.... Read More »

Strong prospects for AMG GLCs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Mercedes expects demand for high-performance crossovers to power sales of its top-of-the-line AMG GLC models.... Read More »

CROSSING OVER

Can soft-tops stretch into crossovers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

In a market where consumers are tilting strongly toward pickups, SUVs and crossovers, Haartz Corp., a supplier of the fabrics for soft-top convertible roofs is looking for new business.... Read More »

Lincoln hopes Navigator can regain its glory

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

Lincoln expects the redesigned 2018 Navigator, which goes on sale this fall, to recapture the nameplate's now-faded prominence in a growing segment.... Read More »

 
China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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