Vehicle Design

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lower gasoline prices are starting to impact the product plans of leading automakers as consumers migrate back to larger vehicles.... Read More »

Chevy Silverado styling toughened up for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chevrolet is scrapping the long-running dual stacked headlights on the freshened 2016 Silverado and giving the hot-selling pickup a mean-machine look. The 2016 model also adds a more muscular hood and a new front fascia. The changes are designed to keep the truck competitive against Ford's revamped F-150 and Fiat Chrysler's Ram 1500.... Read More »

Rearview camera was one of Jordan's nifty tricks in '56

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chuck Jordan's 1956 Buick Centurion XP-301 concept is on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as part of “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas,” an exhibit running until Aug. 23. The show features visionary concept cars from the 1930s to today.... Read More »

High-tech touches for Mercedes E class

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class will have new safety and autonomous driving features when it goes on sale next spring in the United States.... Read More »

CEO Hachigo taking Honda back to basics

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Honda's new CEO, aiming to reboot the ailing automaker, plans to rekindle development of more exciting cars, steer clear of numerical targets and maximize use of the company's overseas production to soak up global overcapacity.... Read More »

Mitsubishi teases Montero Sport

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Mitsubishi last week offered a glimpse at the next product in its SUV offensive: a third-generation Montero Sport.... Read More »

Prius fastback spotted

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Toyota's next-generation Prius, due to be unveiled in the third quarter, may get a lot closer in looks to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.... Read More »

DS brand set to launch flagship sedan in 2018

July 10, 2015 06:15 CET

DS Automobiles will launch a flagship sedan code-named the DS8 in 2018, a company source said. The sedan will incorporate styling cues from the original DS model launched in 1955, the Numero 9 concept unveiled in 2012 and the Divine DS concept shown at last year's Paris auto show.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups.... Read More »

Mercedes readies advanced safety tech for next E class

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new suite of advanced safety and autonomous driving features on the redesigned E-class sedan next spring. Calling the new features “real life safety,” Mercedes-Benz executives say the intelligent and safety systems bring its vehicles closer to accident-free and autonomous driving.... Read More »

Toyota's next Prius hybrid takes on fastback styling

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid may be getting a lot closer in looks to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. A five-door hatchback wearing heavy disguise spotted during testing in California could offer the best look yet at the next Prius.... Read More »

Giugiaro steps aside; Audi takes over

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original Volkswagen Golf and first Fiat Panda, last week resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A., the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

Audi adds diesel to its best-selling A4

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Audi will offer a diesel engine in its best-selling sedan, the A4, for the first time when the redesigned car arrives in U.S. showrooms next year.... Read More »

XT5 flaunts side crease, wider grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Cadillac's new XT5, the replacement for the SRX midsize crossover, keeps the SRX shape but features a pronounced side crease that cuts above the door handles for a slightly higher beltline, show recent spy photographs.... Read More »

Scion packs automatic braking into iA

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2015

Scion's new iA sedan packs impressive collision avoidance tech for a little sedan that starts under $17,000. Thanks to Mazda.... Read More »

Jeep will keep Cherokee's 'spot on' shape, styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2015

The popular Jeep Cherokee departed from the brand's traditional boxy styling, and Jeep strategists plan to keep the polarizing look when the midsize SUV is freshened in mid-2016.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why Ford stumbled with the EcoSport

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Ford stumbled with the EcoSport and was forced to make a quick redesign to address poor sales. So what went wrong?... Read More »

Legendary car designer Giugiaro quits company that bears his name

12:42 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

Car design legend Giugiaro quits company he founded

July 2, 2015 18:42 CET

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter

June 29, 2015 14:23 CET

Audi released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to the automaker's goal of passing BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand. The new A4 is slightly larger than the current model, which is Audi's global best-seller, but is lighter and has a more spacious interior.... Read More »

Leaf to get a big boost in driving range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a person familiar with the project said.... Read More »

Alfa's high-power reboot

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

To revive Alfa Romeo, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, plans a performance-first approach. German premium competitors launch mainstream versions of their core models first and add high-performance variants later - RS at Audi, M at BMW and AMG at Mercedes-Benz. Alfa will do the opposite.... Read More »

Next-gen Prius may be ill-timed, but not ill-fated

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

While the timing isn't ideal, dealers, analysts and Toyota itself are all bullish on the prospects for the next-gen Prius. They credit the strength of the Prius brand, its promising looks and what's shaping up as a solid backup plan.... Read More »

Lotus Evora to resume U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A scaled-down Lotus is preparing to leave the pits after sitting out the 2015 model year. The boutique British sports car maker says it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at year end.... Read More »

Isn't it obvious? It'll be a Caddy crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

General Motors announced last week that it will invest $245 million at its Orion Assembly plant in Michigan Lake Orion, Mich., assembly plant for production of an unnamed model. What might that model be? Speculation has centered on a small Cadillac crossover.... Read More »

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