Product and design

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Jaguar sees salvation in F-Pace

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2016

The template for how Jaguar created the F-Pace, a midsize, five-passenger, high-performance utility, comes straight out of Porsche's playbook. Think of the F-Pace as Jaguar's take on the Porsche Cayenne and Macan.... Read More »

Hyundai offers free Apple CarPlay, Android Auto updates

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2016

Hyundai is offering free Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrades for current customers. The software can be downloaded to a flash drive and uploaded to owners' 2015 Sonata with navigation or the Genesis with the 8-inch touch screen. It's also offered for the 2016 Sonata, Genesis, Elantra GT and Tucson with navigation, and the 2017 Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe with navigation.... Read More »

Bentley close to compact decision

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

Bentley is working on a compact model line previewed by last year's EXP 10 Speed 6 concept.... Read More »

Range of Ford Fusion Energi plug-in gets boosted to 610 miles

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

Minor tweaks yield big results as Fusion Energi range increases to 610 miles on a single tank of fuel... Read More »

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2016 Mazda CX-9

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

After years of talking about moving into a semipremium space, Mazda has finally done it with the 2016 CX-9 crossover. The three-row family hauler is the best example yet of Mazda's quest for a more discerning customer and higher profits.... Read More »

Bentley close to compact decision

May 30, 2016 06:01 CET

Bentley may decide soon on a compact model line previewed by EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. A production model would come as a two-door coupe and a roadster is possible, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said.... Read More »

Toyota, Nissan seek battery breakthroughs

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

Toyota and Nissan are working on advanced battery technologies they hope will give new-generation electrified vehicles greater driving range.... Read More »

VW’s e-Golf to close the gap with i3

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

Volkswagen says it will substantially expand the range of its e-Golf when a face-lifted version of the battery electric hatchback goes into production in December.... Read More »

Next-gen Dodge Charger could cut weight, offer twin-turbo I-4

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

The next generation Dodge Charger is expected to shed nearly 500 pounds from its base curb weight, and could come with a 300-hp, twin-turbo inline-four engine in development for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, according to sources.... Read More »

High-performance Nissan Sentra to get sporty looks, more power

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

Nissan's compact Sentra sedan looks ready to get the Nismo treatment. Recent spy photos show a Sentra with a sporty body kit, spoiler and a more aggressive front end.... Read More »

Single-cab, full-size Titan breaks cover

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

Nissan has made clear that it intends to modify the redesigned Titan pickup for several market niches over the coming year.... Read More »

U.S. Buick Verano output to wind down in October

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

The Buick Verano will stay in production for an abbreviated 2017 model year before being phased out this fall.... Read More »

Challenger outmuscled in crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

The Dodge Challenger may be the fastest and most powerful American muscle car, but in crash tests, the coupe, which is in its ninth year, isn't keeping pace with its rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Who wants an autonomous vehicle?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

Has anyone stopped to ask: Who wants a driverless vehicle? It would be sad if the industry were chasing a technology that no one wanted or was willing to pay for.... Read More »

Mazda ventures back into premium tier

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2016

For more than a decade, Mazda has talked about occupying a quasi-premium space in the U.S. The redesigned CX-9 is a step in that direction.... Read More »

Toyota patent activity soaring

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2016

EV-related technologies have triggered a boom in automotive patents, and they are streaming out of Toyota. And the gap between the number of new Toyota patents and those at the industry's second-place company, Robert Bosch, is enormous.... Read More »

VW weighs second EV platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2016

Volkswagen is examining whether its modular architecture for electric cars under development, dubbed MEB, is flexible enough for a top-of-the-line Phaeton, or whether a second groupwide platform is needed.... Read More »

Buick to drop Verano after short 2017 run

11:15 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2016

The Buick Verano will stay in production for an abbreviated 2017 model year before being phased out this fall. The move spotlights how automakers are rethinking product portfolios amid what many executives and analysts believe is a permanent shift toward crossovers and SUVs.... Read More »

Ford bumps driving range of 2017 Fusion Energi to 610 miles

10:45 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2016

Ford has bumped the range of the 2017 Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid, to a diesel-like 610 miles on one tank of fuel. That's up 60 miles from the 2016 model.... Read More »

Trail-ready with a nod to Swedish roots: What people think of Volvo's '40' concepts

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2016

After launching the redesigned XC90 and hatching plans to market the S90 flagship sedan and V90 wagon, Volvo's product overhaul will continue with a new generation of small cars and crossovers.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM lightweighting strategy starts to bear fruit

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2016

There's more to lightweighting than shedding pounds. It's about getting the weight out of the vehicle and beating your competitors on cost.... Read More »

Challenger trails Mustang, Camaro in crash tests, IIHS says

11:05 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2016

The Dodge Challenger may be the fastest and most powerful American muscle car, but in crash tests, the sports coupe, which is in its ninth year, isn't keeping pace with its rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.... Read More »

Nissan's Nismo Sentra appears to be a go

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2016

Nissan's compact Sentra sedan is about to get the Nismo treatment. Recent spy photos show a Sentra with a sporty body kit, spoiler and a more aggressive front end.... Read More »

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INDIANAPOLIS 500 PACEMAKERS

Driving Indy's pace car is an honor and a huge responsibility

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

In those heart-thumping first trips around the track -- and later when caution flags are out -- the pace car is in command of the Indy 500. It's a terrific responsibility and an honor for the driver and for the make and model of car.... Read More »

Q&A: MCLAREN AUTOMOTIVE CEO MIKE FLEWITT

McLaren charts big investment for big growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

McLaren Automotive has achieved in seven years what few British luxury brands have managed over far longer periods: consistent profitability. CEO Mike Flewitt talks about the challenges ahead.... Read More »

 
Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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