Product and design

Mike Alexander, legendary custom-car builder, dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Mike Alexander, half of a Detroit-area brother duo who became famous for their custom cars, died July 18. He was 80.... Read More »

 

Fisker's Chinese owner plans 2nd model after Karma output resumes

5:51 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
The Chinese owner of Fisker Automotive hopes to launch a second model that would join the $100,000 Karma luxury plug-in hybrid in three years, according to the company’s chairman.... Read More »

 

Porsche Cayenne to offer new twin-turbo engine, plug-in hybrid for '15

1:15 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
The freshened '15 Porsche Cayenne will offer a new twin-turbo engine, a plug-in hybrid model, and prices that range from 3 to 11 percent higher, when it goes on sale Nov. 1 in the United States.... Read More »

 

Bentley may add a fifth model after SUV launch

9:51 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Bentley may add a fifth model to its lineup after it launches an SUV in 2016, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. The new model could be a two-seat sports car or a larger model slotted between the Continental GT coupe and Mulsanne sedan.... Read More »

 

Acura NSX prototype bursts into flames during testing

1:42 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
An Acura NSX prototype burst into flames today while testing in Germany, but Acura says the futuristic sports car is continuing "progress toward its highly anticipated launch."... Read More »

 

Opel plans 'electric' successor to Ampera plug-in hybrid

3:53 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Opel said it plans an "electric" successor to the Ampera. The plug-in hybrid was introduced across Europe in 2011 but will be discontinued.... Read More »

 

Opel plans 'electric' successor to Ampera plug-in hybrid

July 23, 2014 21:53 CET
Opel said it is working on an "electric" successor to the Ampera, a plug-in hybrid based on the Chevrolet Volt which hit European showrooms in 2011 but will be discontinued.... Read More »

 

New-look Yaris will start at $15,670

2:54 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Pricing on the 2015 Yaris, Toyota’s struggling subcompact car, will start at $15,670, including shipping. Toyota gave the 2015 Yaris a face-lift in hopes that a newer look will attract more buyers.... Read More »

 

Nissan pledges to keep it quirky after cutting Cube

6:35 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Nissan pledges to add an “iconic” design to keep its lineup quirky after cutting two of the brand's most polarizing nameplates, the Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet.... Read More »

 

New F-150's fuel economy will improve, but can it best Ram 1500?

2:50 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford's new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup coming this fall might not be able to beat Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 and claim best-in-class fuel economy.... Read More »

 

Lighter Ford F-150 to feature less standard hp, torque

12:34 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford's new aluminum-bodied F-150 will come with less standard horsepower and torque than today's pickups. In the lighter truck, drivers won't miss it, Ford executives said today.... Read More »

 

Can GM sustain a quicker product pace?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
General Motors' product cadence has officially escaped the post-bankruptcy doldrums. Now the challenge is to keep it humming.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

The 'better Golf'

July 21, 2014 08:09 CET
Volkswagen says the Golf Sportsvan combines the agility of the classic Golf hatchback with the roominess, easier access and higher seating position of a minivan, leading some commentators to dub it “the better Golf.”... Read More »

 

Why refresh Expedition? For Texans, Saudis

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The Ford Expedition, the last full-sized, truck-based, body-on-frame SUV in Ford's lineup, is getting a new look, a new engine and a load of new technology for the 2015 model year.... Read More »

 

Smart: New ForTwo gets EV, drop-top

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Daimler's Smart division will offer electric and convertible versions of the redesigned two-seater it unveiled here last week.... Read More »

 

More power to the redesigned Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Ford Motor Co. last week finally answered the two questions Mustang fans have wondered about all year: weight and power.... Read More »

 

Alfa 4C's power, intrigue wows 'em on press row

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Alfa Romeo's long-awaited return to North America with the lightweight 4C sports car finally happens this fall.... Read More »

 

Cadillac plays catch-up with German rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Cadillac is working to plug holes at both ends of its lineup as it tries to keep pace with the product onslaught from its German competitors.... Read More »

 

Buick due to add crossover, dose of fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Coming off a quiet 2014 -- with no new vehicle launches -- Buick will get busy next year by adding a mid-sized crossover, a potential volume model slotted between the tiny Encore and jumbo Enclave.... Read More »

 

Chevy to revamp key cars in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Once the Colorado and Canyon mid-sized pickups hit showrooms this fall, the brands will turn their focus to cars.... Read More »

 

THE RUSH TO ALUMINUM

Aluminum's per-vehicle use expected to rise 56% from 2012 to 2025

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The advent of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup has monopolized the aluminum vs. steel debate, and understandably so.... Read More »

 

Muscular Challenger bulks up its interior

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
The 707-hp SRT Hellcat will generate the most smoke at the drag strip, but it's the rest of the re-engineered Dodge Challenger lineup that likely will fire the interest of consumers.... Read More »

 

GM's future product challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
GM's product cadence has officially escaped the post-bankruptcy doldrums. Now the challenge is to keep it humming.... Read More »

 

E-Golf marks VW's flexible product path

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
Volkswagen's e-Golf has all the makings of a "compliance car" -- a vehicle whose sole purpose is to satisfy clean-air regulations in California and other states mandating the sale of zero-emission vehicles.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Let's hope for a litter of Hellcat kitties

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
Spend a few minutes with Chrysler's new monster power plant -- the 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 -- and you will be left, as I was, with one overriding question.... Read More »

 

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