Product and design

Renault sets pricing for Clio Initiale Paris

Oct. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault is targeting prosperous car buyers in urban areas with its Clio Initiale Paris, the first Renault to use the upscale Initiale Paris trimline, which will cost 3,350 euros more than standard versions of the subcompact hatchback.... Read More »

 

Tesla's 'D' will be Model S with all-wheel drive, 2 motors

11:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Tesla Motors will offer an all-wheel-drive system in its all-electric Model S sedan, CEO Elon Musk says, giving a glimpse of the first-of-its-kind powertrain that will power Tesla's Model X crossover when it goes on sale next year.... Read More »

 

Tesla to end 'The D' suspense

12:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Tesla CEO Elon Musk today will unveil new technology that helps keep drivers from drifting off the road and what analysts predict will be an all-wheel-drive variant of its Model S.... Read More »

 

2014 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Porsche adds 4 GTS variants to 911 lineup for 2015

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Porsche, feeling the heat from such cars as the redesigned Chevrolet Corvette, is giving the venerable 911 a tune-up for 2015.... Read More »

 

Q&A

F-150 chief engineer: Redesign 'sets us up for the next 15 years'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
With the redesigned F-150 pickup, Ford is out to prove conventional wisdom that only bigger and heavier can deliver more power and capability. Automotive News sat down with Pete Reyes, chief engineer of the 2015 pickup, the first mass market truck with a body made of lightweight aluminum alloys, or what Ford likes to call “military grade.”... Read More »

 

Bentley crossover is coming to U.S., along with store upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Bentley expects its U.S. dealers to comply with a new corporate identity standard that is being rolled out for dealerships globally by the time they receive a new, as-yet-unnamed crossover.... Read More »

 

Hybrid Chrysler minivan will hit market in '15, a year early

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan late next year.... Read More »

 

Infiniti plans family of smaller, more powerful engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
PARIS — Infiniti is developing a family of aluminum engines that will begin hitting the market within two years, promising more horsepower for its higher end cars.... Read More »

 

Porsche rejects entry-level roadster -- again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
After thinking about it long and hard, Porsche has abandoned the idea of building an entry-level roadster.... Read More »

 

Paris show hits and misses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
There were more hits than misses at the Paris auto show, a sign that even with a sluggish European market, automakers are willing to take chances with new designs.... Read More »

 

Horbury crafts Geely design team, language

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Peter Horbury has faced three mind-bending design challenges in his career: Injecting style into Volvo starting in the early '90s, rejuvenating Ford's moribund North American styling in the mid-2000s, and his current assignment — creating a design team and a design language for China's Geely.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Small engines could power a big GM change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Not long ago, the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in U.S. showrooms. Times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

 

Crossover appeal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
For the Toyota C-HR compact crossover concept, “we wanted a very strong lower mass to give a crossover feeling, but also wanted it to have agility and a dynamic aspect,” said Lance Scott, head of the Toyota studio in Nice, France, that created the concept.... Read More »

 

Betting on Russia, despite turmoil

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
It sounds risky, but many auto executives say that the best response to Western sanctions against Russia is to continue investing there.... Read More »

 

Bugatti is shielded from VW cost reductions as it works on Veyron successor

Oct. 5, 2014 10:31 CET
Volkswagen keeps lavishing money on supercar maker Bugatti even as the company plans painful cuts in its core auto business. Bugatti is working on a successor to the Veyron that may deliver even more power than the current model.... Read More »

 

Luxury makers move into new hot spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Luxury-segment executives at last week's Paris auto show made it clear that they intend to attack new corners of the business as high-end customers emerge with nontraditional expectations.... Read More »

 

Monza to set tone for next Buick Regal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2014
The next-generation Opel Insignia -- which will be rebadged as the next Buick Regal sedan for the U.S. -- will be more premium and take styling cues from the lithe Monza concept car that Opel revealed in 2013.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota hoping for Prius-like success with European launch of fuel cell car

Oct. 3, 2014 15:11 CET
Toyota plans a controlled rollout of its fuel cell car in Europe next summer as the automaker aims to replicate the first-mover success of its Prius hybrid and stir interest in the new technology.... Read More »

 

Fiat retools Jeep as 500X SUV to show Chrysler merger is street ready

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
With the new pint-sized Fiat 500X, CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to show his vision for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is ready for the street. The latest member of the 500 family, which follows the 500L wagon, is especially important to halt losses and sliding market share at Fiat's operations in Europe.... Read More »

 

Bentley joins ultra-luxury fast lane with Mulsanne Speed

10:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Bentley is moving into the fast lane of ultra-luxury cars with a new version of its flagship saloon, aiming to grab a bigger slice of a market expected to double in size by 2018. The 95-year-old brand is launching the Mulsanne Speed under the strapline "the world's fastest ultra-luxury driving experience."... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

GM's bold platform plan aims to reduce complexity, save billions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM's ambitious plan to move from 26 global platforms to just four by 2025 will be a defining element of CEO Mary Barra's legacy but could eventually save the company many billions of dollars in production and purchasing outlays. GM faces a challenge of enormous complexity that rivals, notably VW and Toyota, already have begun and are still sorting out.... Read More »

 

Tokyo Motor Show picks fantasy theme for 2015 event

9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Next year’s Tokyo Motor Show goes futuristic with a “Technology & Fantasy” concept organizers hope generates buzz. The tagline “Your heart will race” underscores the aim to get pulses pumping at what was once Asia’s premier auto exhibition.... Read More »

 

Jeep ponders switch to aluminum for next Wrangler body, Marchionne says

11:21 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler may be built off a unibody platform, feature smaller and turbocharged engines, and switch to an aluminum body, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. Such significant changes to the hot-selling SUV would likely mean leaving its longtime, historic production site in Toledo, Ohio, Marchionne added.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lamborghini unveils 910-hp plug-in hybrid Asterion

Oct. 2, 2014 09:45 CET
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the 910-hp Asterion LPI 910-4 plug-in hybrid supercar concept unveiled at the Paris auto show is a "ground-breaking, crucial step" for the VW-owned company.... Read More »

 

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