Product and design

Mercedes mulls U.S. potential for its new pickup

Feb. 24, 2017 12:05 CET

Mercedes-Benz Vans division is looking closely at a growing demand in the United States for midsize pickups to see whether there is potential to launch its X class in the market, divisional head Volker Mornhinweg said.... Read More »

Jeep Compass priced from $22,090

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2017

The redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass will start at more than $22,000. The compact crossover is expected to be the second most-fuel efficient Jeep after the Renegade.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Kia counts on loyal buyers for new Picanto

Feb. 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Kia hopes customer loyalty, along with new connectivity and safety features, will help lift sales of the Picanto in the price-sensitive minicar segment.... Read More »

EPA rates VW's 2017 e-Golf at 126 mpg-e and boosts range to 125 miles

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

An upgraded lithium ion battery pack and electric motor have enabled the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf to achieve a 126 mpg-e city rating and a doubled estimated range to 125 miles from U.S. regulators.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Italdesign launches new division for limited-edition models

Feb. 22, 2017 06:01 CET

Italdesign has formed a business division to build limited-edition supercars. The new unit will unveil its first car, a $1.6 million coupe, at the Geneva auto show next month.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Range Rover will add Velar as Porsche Macan rival

Feb. 22, 2017 09:36 CET

Land Rover confirmed Velar as the name for a new SUV that will be a rival to the Porsche Macan. The Velar will be the fourth member of the Range Rover family and will be positioned between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.... Read More »

Cadillac expects revamped CUE infotainment system to boost customer satisfaction

3:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

Cadillac says a new generation of its touch-screen infotainment system, debuting next month in the CTS sedan, addresses customer frustrations that dragged the brand down in quality surveys.... Read More »

Buick Enclave grows more muscular for 2018

11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

The redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave will be sleeker and more muscular than the current version, spy photos shot in the Detroit area indicate. The exterior of the large crossover is less rigid and bulbous than the first generation and features Buick’s new signature styling that debuted on the popular Avenir concept sedan at the 2015 Detroit auto show.... Read More »

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BLOG: Lexus electrifies LS 500 for Geneva auto show

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

Lexus will unveil the hybrid version of its LS 500 March 7 in Geneva. Lexus has said little about the vehicle, but the gasoline-powered LS 500, the last LS hybrid and the LC 500h offer a few clues.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

China's Techrules will debut Giugiaro-styled supercar

Feb. 21, 2017 11:40 CET

Chinese startup Techrules will debut a supercar at the Geneva auto show next month styled by Italian designers Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio. The as yet unnamed car will be the production version of the 1,030-hp GT96 concept unveiled in Geneva last year.... Read More »

Cadillac crossover breaks cover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

The Cadillac XT3, a compact crossover scheduled to go on sale next year, was spotted for the first time last week during winter testing.... Read More »

Accent takes on Hyundai styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

The 2018 redesign of the Hyundai Accent brings the subcompact sedan's styling into line with the brand's other offerings.... Read More »

Buick relying less on Opel, more on China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Buick's sales success and product expansion in recent years have been driven by General Motors' decision to incorporate platforms and vehicles from GM's Adam Opel subsidiary into the brand's lineup.... Read More »

Aston unveils F1-derived hypercar due in 2019

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Aston Martin revealed its AM-RB 001 hypercar to the world last Thursday, on the doorstep of its Canadian partner Multimatic, which is supplying the low-slung supercar's carbon-fibre tub.... Read More »

Marchionne: Alfa to get 2 more crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

The Giulia Sport Wagon may have disappeared from Alfa Romeo's product plans, but Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says Alfa, which is launching its first crossover, will soon have two more crossovers.... Read More »

Longer, wider Ford Focus may be on the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Spy photos taken in Europe indicate that the next-generation Ford Focus hatchback will be longer and wider than the current version, perhaps with a larger back end.... Read More »

Mitsubishi brings back Eclipse name for crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Mitsubishi will resurrect the Eclipse name in the new compact crossover to be unveiled next month at the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

Audi revamps styling of next-gen A6

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

The redesigned 2018 Audi A6 will be further differentiated from the smaller A4 and larger A8 sedans, spy photos taken in Germany show.... Read More »

High-end G class first off-roader for Mercedes-Maybach

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Mercedes is adding an open-top G class to the Maybach family.... Read More »

The new Expedition: Big and boxy yet soft and smooth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Ford has undertaken a full redesign of the Expedition, its largest SUV. Here's some early feedback.... Read More »

PSA already got its hands on a classic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

While PSA Group is talking to General Motors about acquiring Opel, it already has bought one stately brand this year - in India.... Read More »

No Defender? No prob: Brits jump into pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

The vacuum left by the death last year of Land Rover's utilitarian Defender has been quickly filled in the U.K. by one of the country's fastest-growing segments: the pickup.... Read More »

Toyota sees wider window for TRD

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2017

Toyota's expansion of Toyota Racing Development trims across its truck line opens the door for a sporty subbrand that could find its way onto higher-volume products such as the RAV4 and Camry as the automaker chases younger and more affluent buyers.... Read More »

THE MIND'S EYE

What my subconscious saw at the Detroit show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2017

As I walked through the Ford exhibit at the Detroit auto show, experts at a division of the company called Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience had me outfitted with biometric sensors and a pair of glasses that tracked the movement of my eyes as they darted around the environment until locking in on the GT.... Read More »

When driverless cars call for backup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2017

Technology suppliers see redundant systems as the most logical answer to the driverless car dilemma - what happens if an autonomous drive function fails?... Read More »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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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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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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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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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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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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