Product and design

2017 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Land Rover Defender will appeal to new generation, design chief says

June 23, 2017 06:01 CET

The launch of the new Land Rover Defender is "not far away," the brand's design boss, Gerry McGovern, said.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: FCA tries to dodge Demon responsibility

12:19 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2017

It seems I have some company when it comes to concern over how the general public will use/misuse the 840-hp Dodge Demon when it arrives later this year.... Read More »

Toyota bumps up price, power and mpg on 2018 Camry

7:00 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2017

The re-engineered 2018 Toyota Camry gets a modest increase to its sticker price, but a big bump in fuel economy and horsepower.... Read More »

Kia says Stonic will be key conquest model

June 21, 2017 09:05 CET

Kia said its new Stonic will be a key conquest model for the brand in the booming subcompact SUV/crossover segment.... Read More »

Jaguar's compact E-Pace crossover coming in '18

7:00 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2017

The E-Pace compact crossover will become Jaguar's second utility vehicle next year, after the F-Pace. A third crossover, the battery-powered I-Pace, will join Jaguar's lineup after the E-Pace, but also next year.... Read More »

VW waves green flag for Microbus-styled electric MPV

10:19 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2017

Volkswagen's long-awaited Microbus-styled MPV will see production as an electric vehicle, Auto Express reported.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Why the Mercedes A class is coming after a 20-year wait

12:03 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2017

The Mercedes-Benz A class has been different things at different times during its relatively short life span. The nameplate is 20 years old, and for all 20 of those years, Mercedes has declined to offer it in America. Until now.... Read More »

DAVID PHILLIPS

BLOG: At Honda, tease after tease for a franchise

7:34 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2017

The American family sedan isn't going the way of the American family wagon any time soon, but Honda, like many rivals, is determined to make it fun again and keep its edge in a waning but still key segment.... Read More »

Shark fins, shopping carts and Martians: What people are saying about the Hyundai Kona

10:44 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2017

The Kona, Hyundai's late entry into the growing subcompact crossover segment, introduces a design language that departs from that of Hyundai cars and will spread throughout Hyundai's crossover lineup. Built on the same platform as the Accent and Kia's forthcoming Stonic subcompact crossover, the Kona joins a crowded segment that varies in design but is similar in power and functionality. Here's what people are saying about the Kona.... Read More »

Lincoln unwraps extended-length Navigator SUV

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

Lincoln's new extended-length Navigator will be nearly a foot longer than the redesigned 2018 Navigator and include more cargo space than the regular version.... Read More »

Citroen seeks global appeal with lineup renewal

June 20, 2017 06:01 CET

Citroen is thinking on a global scale as it embarks on a big renewal of its lineup, which started with the C3 subcompact hatchback last autumn and continues with the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross SUV/crossovers.... Read More »

Fisker boasts 400-mile range for his new EV

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

The Fisker EMotion will boast a 400-mile range and a nine-minute charge, with autonomous and connected capabilities, Henrik Fisker says.... Read More »

Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China

June 19, 2017 10:46 CET

Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese company in his new role as design boss for German automotive engineering company Edag.... Read More »

Cadillac plans 'major refresh' for 2018 XTS sedan

11:09 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Cadillac is updating the chassis, infotainment system and styling of its XTS sedan for the 2018 model year to help it continue to co-exist with the larger and newer CT6.... Read More »

Subaru takes slow lane for self-driving cars

8:49 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

While major automakers race to develop driverless cars, Subaru is taking a slower approach, saying its vehicles may be less advanced than its rivals' by 2020 as autonomous features remain costly for the buyers of Japan's smallest carmaker.... Read More »

Mercedes brings its 'A' game: Entry-level sedan coming to U.S. in 2018

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

Mercedes has confirmed to dealers that it will introduce the A-class sedan in the U.S. in 2018. It will become the brand's new entry-level model slotting below the CLA.... Read More »

JUST ARRIVED

2017 Honda Civic Type R

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

Honda and its U.S. customers have been craving a high-profile, enthusiast-oriented car like the Civic Type R for years.... Read More »

Jaguar: New XF Sportbrake is sporty but practical and filled with technology

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

Jaguar released photos and details of its new midsize wagon last week, touting its sports-car dynamics and sleek looks.... Read More »

BMW 6-series GT bows this fall

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

Don't call the new BMW 6-series Gran Turismo, which goes on sale in U.S. this fall, a successor to the 5-series GT.... Read More »

A Model 3 for the world to see

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

An undisguised Tesla Model 3, which goes into production next month, was photographed charging outside a restaurant near Coalinga, Calif.... Read More »

Nissan's monster truck for Latin America

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

Nissan's Frontier Attack concept, based on the Frontier, is inspired by extreme monster trucks and is powered by a 2.3-liter diesel engine.... Read More »

Chinese grow lineup of global design talent

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

General Motors veteran Steve Eum, who left the SAIC-GM-Wuling Auto joint venture in China last year as design director, will join Chery as design chief.... Read More »

With Firefly's exit, Waymo turns a page

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

Waymo has traded in its koala-faced prototype for more practical wheels.... Read More »

Honda responds to sports car cravings

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

Honda is following the playbook of brands such as Porsche and Chevy that use countless iterations and special editions of a single model to juice sales.... Read More »

Hyundai's Kona small CUV starts in a hole

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

Hyundai's U.S. dealers are getting something they desperately want and need, a new subcompact crossover. That's the good news.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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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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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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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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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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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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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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