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STYLE & SUBSTANCE

Viewing the 2015 Detroit show through a designer's eyes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
To get a read on the visual appeal of this year's Detroit auto show, we sought a designer's perspective on the Ford GT, Chevy Bolt and Infiniti Q60.... Read More »

 

Renegade comes through, on-road and off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
When Jeep introduced the Compass -- and later, its platform mate, the Patriot -- with front-wheel drive and continuously variable transmissions, it was derided by the faithful as an affront to the brand's off-road heritage. The new Renegade SUV fixes those brand sins with a powertrain that is peppy but, Jeep says, still achieves in excess of 30 mpg on the highway. And the vehicle is rugged enough off-road to wear the brand's Trail Rated badge.... Read More »

 

Beyond SUVs, VW weighs van, Golf pocket rocket for U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
VW development chief Hans-Jakob Neusser said VW is close to deciding whether to produce the Golf R400 concept shown at the Beijing auto show in April. The pocket rocket is capable of 395 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds.... Read More »

 

Opel's next-gen Adam could also be a Buick

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Buick's top U.S. executive wants to bolster the brand's U.S. lineup with a rebadged Opel Adam, a sporty three-door minicar that competes with the Fiat 500 and BMW's Mini brand in Europe. But the prospect is likely several years off.... Read More »

 

Land Rover has high conquest goals for new Discovery Sport

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
With a more mainstream design, optional seven-seat configuration and improved technology, the new Discovery Sport compact SUV is expected to draw mostly new buyers to Land Rover, executives say.... Read More »

 

Stadler: Audi to build range-topping Q8 SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Audi will launch a flagship SUV called the Q8 before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. The SUV will be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Nissan steps back from cutting-edge offerings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan and its luxury Infiniti sibling have mellowed in their message of cutting-edge future products as 2015 begins. Missing from talking points this month at the Detroit auto show was any discussion of recent racy concepts. The change in tone signals a desire to focus more intently, at least for now, on tried-and-true volume products.... Read More »

 

NO COWBOYS

With Titan, Nissan aims for 'white space' below biggest pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan has a new strategy for scratching out a piece of Detroit's full-size pickup market: It will stop chasing cowboys. And it will instead think about Roman gladiators, Spartacus, NFL football players, and maybe even flesh-eating zombies.... Read More »

 

Suppliers dream up future innovations. Will automakers bite?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Suppliers try to look over the horizon and craft new features and equipment for autos.... Read More »

 

Entry-level Jeep Renegade should boost brand in subcompact market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
The Renegade subcompact SUV is Jeep's latest attempt at an entry-level vehicle. With prices starting at $18,990, including shipping, the first Italian-made Jeep should help the brand thrive in the competitive subcompact market.... Read More »

 

Why auto show display design is tricky

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Automakers and suppliers spent an estimated $300 million building out displays for this year's Detroit auto show. Scott Kellner, vice president of marketing for display maker George P. Johnson Co., says display spending is getting smarter, not larger.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Detroit's supercar showdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Ford GT brings Acura some unannounced company; Audi to build large SUV; VW mulls Golf R400 for U.S.; dealer challenges.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why tomorrow's sports cars will have mixed pedigree

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Mazda would share the MX-5 Miata with another company.... Read More »

 

Ford revises EcoSport to counter slow sales

Jan. 20, 2015 12:02 CET
Ford will offer its EcoSport SUV in Europe without the spare wheel on the outside of the rear tailgate after the model's sales got off to a slow start. The EcoSport has failed to make a big impact in the region's booming subcompact SUV/crossover segment against sleeker-looking rivals.... Read More »

 

McLaren names new design chief

Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET
UK supercar maker McLaren promoted Robert Melville to the post of chief designer, reporting to the company’s design director, Frank Stephenson.... Read More »

 

PARTY CRASHER

While supercar world awaited Acura NSX, nobody saw Ford GT coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
A showdown between Ford's GT and the Acura NSX supercars quickly became the talk of the Detroit auto show, after Ford's surprise entry managed to upstage the much-anticipated Acura.... Read More »

 

Assault on Fortress Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Tougher specs, more rugged designs and ample new trim levels -- all wrapped in copious red-white-and-blue marketing. Japanese brands are upping the stakes in the pickup wars with products debuting at the Detroit auto show in hopes of making deeper inroads into the one segment in which the country's carmakers still trail their Detroit rivals.... Read More »

 

VW's Seat brand recruits Ford designer Lamm

Jan. 19, 2015 12:39 CET
Volkswagen's Seat brand has recruited Ford of Europe stylist Stefan Lamm as its new head of exterior design.... Read More »

 

'White space' is Buick's playground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Buick's US lineup -- threadbare five years ago -- has emerged as a place where General Motors can gamble on different body styles and explore market niches that its rivals either haven't yet discovered or don't care to.... Read More »

 

Hyundai's segment-bending Santa Cruz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Hyundai billed the Santa Cruz as a concept, but U.S. chief Dave Zuchowski can hardly hide his desire to lure "urban adventurers" with a funky compact truck.... Read More »

 

Stretching boundaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Designers endowed concept vehicles at this year's Detroit auto show with edgy designs and advanced powertrains, reflecting the risk-taking mood of global automakers. Here's a sampling from the show floor.... Read More »

 

Character lines at the Detroit auto show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Walking among this year's crop of new models and design concepts at the Detroit auto show, you can't help thinking of Kirk Douglas. That Kirk Douglas chin with the prominent cleft. Hollywood calls such features "character lines" -- a crease, a fold, a wrinkle that serves no real function other than to give character to a person. And they work on cars, too.... Read More »

 

YOU'RE GONNA BE POPULAR

Sizing up the beauty queens, class clowns of Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Staff Reporter Ryan Beene was on the floor at the 2015 Detroit auto show, judging the cafeteria cachet of the most talked-about vehicles.... Read More »

 

Caddy's focus: Plug lineup holes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has had about five months since taking over the brand to assess the gaps in his vehicle lineup. He has found a lot of them.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

'Age doesn't always mean that much'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Tell your young designers that the best design tool is a 2H pencil: Put work down with one end; remove bad with the other.... Read More »

 

 
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