Vehicle Design

Ford Mustang timeline

8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A look at the Mustang, from debut to the newest model... Read More »

 

Mustang's classic cues

8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Ford's Mustang has changed shapes many times in its 50-year gallop. For 2005, when the Mustang was rebuilt from the wheels up, nearly all of the car's signature styling cues from the 1960s and early '70s were updated. Through the years, every Mustang has had a long hood and a short decklid. The 2015 Mustang coming this fall further refines the car's DNA. Staff Reporter Richard Truett looks at the Mustang's iconic styling elements.... Read More »

 

ONE-TRICK PONIES

Rivals tried, but none matched the Mustang's sales in the '60s

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The Mustang's runaway success after its April 1964 debut left most of Ford Motor Co.'s rivals scrambling to develop their own pony cars. Three years later, the Mustang had plenty of competition but no other sporty compact came close to matching the Mustang's sales in the 1960s.... Read More »

 

The pony car was all about personalization -- 'do your own thing'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Try to think about the Ford Mustang from a rational perspective, and its phenomenal early success just doesn't compute. The Mustang was a two-door, sporty car, the very definition of a niche product with limited appeal. It also was developed on a shoestring budget. But it roared out of the gates.... Read More »

 

Sperlich: Mustang 'was all about youth'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Among the Ford Mustang's fathers, Hal Sperlich is one of the most fascinating. Sperlich gets credit for being the product-planning genius behind the Ford Mustang and Chrysler's original minivan, the vehicles that made Lee Iacocca famous.... Read More »

 

Ford replaces Lincoln chief designer Wolff with luxury veteran

5:18 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Ford's Lincoln brand is moving forward under a $1 billion overhaul with a new design director at the helm after quietly replacing Max Wolff. Wolff, hired from GM four years ago, remains at Lincoln, in charge of exterior design of the brand's models, Ford said Thursday. David Woodhouse, who joined Ford in 1999 from GM to head Ford's former European luxury brands, is his successor.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan preps refreshed Versa sedan for 2015

6:06 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Nissan will show its refreshed 2015 Versa sedan during New York Auto Show press days next week. The mid-cycle changes come just two years into the car's model cycle, spurred by changes to competitors like the Honda Fit.... Read More »

 

Kia confirms redesigned Sedona for New York show

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Kia today confirmed it will show a redesigned Sedona minivan next week at the New York auto show. The Sedona will ride on a new chassis and be powered by 3.3-liter direct injection V-6 engine, Kia says.... Read More »

 

GM planning lower-priced version of 2016 Chevy Volt, report says

12:42 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Hoping to boost demand for its slow-selling Volt hybrid, Chevrolet is planning to sell two versions of the redesigned 2016 Volt, including a lower-priced model with a smaller battery pack and shorter driving range, supplier sources told Reuters on Tuesday. GM's Opel also is planning a smaller version of the next generation Volt, according to another report.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 engineer says some ideas were too much to execute

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
In Ford's five-year effort to strip weight from the 2015 F-150 pickup, some ideas were considered just too big of a stretch, chief engineer Pete Reyes said today. For example, engineers had considered using a front-frame crossmember -- which provides rigidity and lateral strength -- made of magnesium, an expensive metal that is lighter and stronger than either aluminum or steel.... Read More »

 

Ford unveils upscale S-Max concept with Vignale badge

April 9, 2014 13:19 CET
Ford has unveiled a concept previewing an upscale Vignale variant of its S-Max large minivan, the second vehicle to receive the trim line after the Mondeo sedan.... Read More »

 

GM to invest $449 million in plants for next-generation Volt, 2 future products

12:25 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $449 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and a battery assembly facility in suburban Detroit to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt and two future vehicles that weren't disclosed.... Read More »

 

Land Rover will preview 1st of new family

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Land Rover will show a concept vehicle next week at the New York auto show that is expected to preview a family of SUVs using the Discovery name.... Read More »

 

Kia plans unveiling in New York; will it be successor to Sedona?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Kia will reveal what is expected to be the successor to its Sedona minivan at the New York auto show next week.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi to drop Lancer Evolution

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Mitsubishi will pull the plug on its all-wheel-drive Lancer Evolution performance sedan at the end of the nameplate's current generation.... Read More »

 

Fiat to expand automatics in 500 lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
Fiat will offer an optional automatic transmission in the top performance versions of the 500 minicar in the United States for the 2015 model year.... Read More »

 

Hyundai says redesigned Sonata will shed curves, gain refinement

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Hyundai says the next generation of its mid-sized Sonata sedan will be more refined than the model it replaces and will lose some of its distinctive curvy lines.... Read More »

 

Toyota's major midcycle revamp aims to keep Camry on top

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
It has been the best-selling car in the United States for 12 years, but the Toyota Camry is losing ground in the industry's escalating mid-sized sedan wars. Now Toyota will break with tradition by extensively revamping the car just three years after it was redesigned.... Read More »

 

'Cardinal sin': Former GM engineers say quiet '06 redesign of faulty ignition switch was a major violation of protocol

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Stung by rising warranty costs, General Motors decided in the mid-1990s to pull design work for ignition and turn-signal switches from suppliers.... Read More »

 

Nissan vision for future dealerships puts offices, desks on the hit list

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
A new-car showroom without a reception desk? No cubicles or desks for salespeople, and no offices for managers?... Read More »

 

The boss breaks the rules on product secrets

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Sergio Marchionne sometimes bends the rules a little.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's hot Hellcat puts pressure on the Viper

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
It's been an open secret for nearly a year that Chrysler has been tinkering with a supercharged V-8 code-named Hellcat.... Read More »

 

Audi hopes TT gets by on its looks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2014
Sporty coupes sizzle, fizzleIt's always hard to give up on a classic. And that explains why Audi of America is bringing back the TT rather than pulling the plug on it.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Ram gains ground on Silverado

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2014
The side-view mirror of a Chevrolet Silverado contains this warning: "Objects may be closer than they appear."... Read More »

 

Ignition woes go beyond GM -- and keys

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2014
General Motors isn't the only automaker to have a problem with ignition switches that could shut off the engine at highway speeds.... Read More »

 

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