Product and design

VIDEO: First Shift: Volvo enters hot segment with XC40

8:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2017

Volvo enters hot segment with XC40; Report: Daimler to make EV in Ala.; Strike at Equinox plant may idle 2nd GM factory, union says; FCA recalls Pacifica; Dodge, Ram future product.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2017

With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to the original drawing Kettle did four years ago.... Read More »

Ford expands use of augmented reality for design

12:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2017

Ford is hoping to speed up vehicle design time and supplement traditional techniques like clay modeling with a new-age technology: augmented reality.... Read More »

2017 TOKYO AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi will present electric crossover concept

Sept. 20, 2017 10:38 CET

Mitsubishi called the e-Evolution Concept for a flagship SUV a "beacon" of renewed ambition for the automaker, which is now controlled by Nissan.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The complexity and engineering challenges of the electric motor

11:47 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017

The change from internal combustion engines to electric motors will be one of the biggest the industry has ever faced.... Read More »

Petrochemicals giant's Land Rover Defender-style SUV could go into production in 2020

Sept. 19, 2017 13:20 CET

Petrochemicals giant Ineos plans to build 25,000 units a year of a model inspired by the Land Rover Defender but it may be thwarted because JLR is seeking trademark protection for its iconic off-roader.... Read More »

WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Ford to pull plug on Fiesta ST in North America, report says

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

The Ford Fiesta ST might be a favorite among enthusiasts and autocrossers, but it doesn't look like Ford sees enough demand to support the next-generation pocket rocket in North America.... Read More »

Toyota revs up with GR performance line

8:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017

Toyota is introducing a high-performance "GR" series consisting of seven variants including the Prius plug-in hybrid and Vitz subcompact.... Read More »

Toyota chief says hybrid still central as EV momentum grows

10:38 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017

Toyota President Akio Toyoda says hybrid technology will remain central to the company's strategy even as a rising wave of governments and automakers get behind plug-in electric vehicles.... Read More »

Archer's bows, appetizers and punches: What people think of Genesis G70

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017

The newest addition to the Genesis lineup, the compact luxury G70 sedan, goes on sale in the U.S. next spring and will immediately join a competitive segment. A roundup of initial reaction from the automotive press on the G70.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Is Porsche plotting a Cayenne coupe?

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

An old automotive industry maxim holds that if one German automaker fields something, it won't be long before all others follow suit.... Read More »

BMW: Join autonomous group now

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

BMW has imposed a year-end deadline for industry partners to join its autonomous vehicle alliance. It believes more carmakers will follow FCA in joining.... Read More »

Honda EV hops back in time

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

Honda made waves last week at the Frankfurt auto show by unveiling an electric car that at first glance appears to be a 1970s Volkswagen Rabbit.... Read More »

PSA making cars for U.S. standards

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

PSA is engineering its next generation of vehicles to meet United States regulations, allowing vehicles produced as soon as three years from now to be part of the automaker's return to North America.... Read More »

Bugatti's single model could be a four-door

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

The yet-to-be-named car would pick up where the Galibier concept left off and go on sale around 2024.... Read More »

Frankfurt photo booth

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

A few of the most eye-catching models at this year's show. Some of them will never turn up at a dealership. And none of them will ever need to stop for gasoline.... Read More »

U.S. won't get diesel version of Cayenne

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

In the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, Porsche will not bring the diesel-powered variant of the redesigned Cayenne midsize crossover to the U.S.... Read More »

Honda's packs N-Box with surprises

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

Honda's redesigned N-Box minicar touts an improved powertrain and driver assist safety technologies to hang on to its title as Japan's No.1 minicar .... Read More »

Rolls-Royce gets driver input on EVs

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

Rolls-Royce is canvassing opinions from customers on how a Rolls electric car should look as it develops its first plug-in model.... Read More »

Bentley takes the leap to Level 3

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

Bentley will roll out Level 3 autonomous driving capability across its range starting two years from now, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said.... Read More »

Genesis G70 has a bit of German DNA

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

The first compact sedan out of Hyundai's premium Genesis brand is aiming squarely at the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C class.... Read More »

Wait for Jeep pickup is almost over

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

A more fuel-efficient Wrangler will debut in early 2018, with a Wrangler-based pickup to follow the next year.... Read More »

Big goals and bigger grille for BMW X7​

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

After letting Mercedes dominate the large SUV segment for more than a decade, BMW aims to overtake its rival with the upcoming X7 and its dramatic front end.... Read More »

Midsize coupe is next for Alfa

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

With three nameplates now making up Alfa Romeo's U.S. lineup, Fiat Chrysler's resurrection of the brand gets more complicated given the global decline in sedan and coupe sales.... Read More »

Fiat is freshening lineup

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

Fiat's U.S. lineup will be freshened over the next three years, including the 500 minicar.... Read More »

 
Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Peter Sigal
3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 2017

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These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message. ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Peter Sigal
8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 2017

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Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 1 ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Richard Johnson
1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2017

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Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is onc ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

Richard Johnson
5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on t ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

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

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Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11 2017

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The “Carlos and Dieter Show” will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. I ...
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Fast-changing Frankfurt

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed. ...
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Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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Jaguar's I-Pace crossover will not make an appearance as a production model at next week's Frankfurt ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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UK sales fall 6% on Brexit, diesel concerns
UK new-car sales fell 6 percent in August, the fifth consecutive monthly decline, as uncertainty ove ...
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German sales hit 8-year high despite big diesel decline
New-car registrations in Germany rose to the highest level in eight years in August despite plunging ...
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Skoda, Dacia among winners as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose 9.4 percent in August, with gains by mass-market brands outpacing the prem ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
UK registrations fell 9 percent in July, the fourth consecutive month of declines. ...
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump i ...
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
Business demand helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in new-car sales in Italy last month as registra ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Volvo names Kerssemakers as Europe boss
Volvo named Lex Kerssemakers as head of its Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Kerssemakers retu ...
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VW shuffles product development team
VW Group is shuffling its product development team as the automaker prepares for a move to future mo ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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