Vehicle Design

BMW's retooled, tech-packed 2017 5 series takes shape

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

BMW's aging 5-series sedan will be more svelte and technology-packed when it is redesigned and debuts later this year as a 2017 model. It's expected to shed more than 200 pounds as it adopts BMW's new 35up platform that debuted with last year's redesigned 7-series flagship sedan.... Read More »

Next Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave won't follow GMC Acadia diet

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The next-generation Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse are expected to be built on a long-wheelbase version of GMC's redesigned and slimmed down 2017 Acadia, leaving them closer in size to that of the current crossovers.... Read More »

Top designers share their top picks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper had a little fun recently with some of the industry's leading designers. The paper asked them to pick their favorite cars from other companies.... Read More »

GMC takes first step onto Jeep terrain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

The All Terrain model of GMC's redesigned Acadia signals GM's desire to position the brand as a challenger to Jeep.... Read More »

GM honors Welburn

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

General Motors last week honored its global design chief, Ed Welburn, with a ceremony at the Detroit Institute of Arts, rededicating the GM Center for African American Art in Welburn's honor.... Read More »

Acadia's stance: Less is more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

General Motors chopped more than 7 inches of wheelbase and 700 pounds in an effort to right-size the GMC Acadia for the midsize-crossover segment, one of the industry's largest and hottest.... Read More »

Continental captures the concept's pizazz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

The production version of the Lincoln Continental is strikingly close to the concept that drew big crowds at auto shows in New York and China last year. Lincoln hasn't backed off from the styling that some criticized as too Bentley-esque, nor has it significantly watered down its new flagship sedan.... Read More »

Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee on the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Jeep will put a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine in a Jeep Grand Cherokee “before the end of 2017,” said Jeep brand head Mike Manley.... Read More »

GM weighs new diesel for Cruze hatchback

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

General Motors is considering offering a diesel version of the five-door Chevrolet Cruze hatchback introduced last week at the Detroit auto show. "It's under consideration," said Dan Nicholson, GM's global powertrain chief.... Read More »

Jeep Cherokee adds luxe trim

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Jeep will expand the Cherokee range this spring with an Overland trim level that includes a more luxurious interior and nearly all of the off-road capabilities of its top-end Trailhawk model.... Read More »

Zetsche: '17 E class will pass ES

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche said he is “very confident” the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class will reclaim the No. 1 spot in the U.S. midsize luxury sedan segment from the Lexus ES. Mercedes believes much of the car's appeal will lie in its vast array of technologies.... Read More »

Hyundai: Expect Ioniq hybrid in Q3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2016

Hyundai will launch hybrid and all-electric versions of its Ioniq five-door hatchback in the third quarter, said Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America.... Read More »

Nissan could join off-road battle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2016

Just days after it began selling the redesigned 2016 Titan XD, Nissan suggested it may enter the small niche of performance off-road pickups with the Titan Warrior Concept. The concept, with massive wheels, a raised suspension, heavy-duty springs and an enhanced engine, would pit Nissan against the performance-tuned Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram Power Wagon and Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.... Read More »

Overland Cherokee promises more luxury for Jeep's best seller

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Jeep will expand the Cherokee range this spring with an Overland trim level that includes a more luxurious interior and nearly all of the off-road capabilities of its top-end Trail Hawk model.... Read More »

Ghosts of Rodney Dangerfield: The Lexus LC 500 and what people think

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Lexus hopes to pump some high-powered adrenaline and glamour into its lineup with the LC 500. The sport coupe, with four seats, is expected to be priced at around $100,000. What journalists, analysts and others have to say about the LC 500, which was introduced at the Detroit auto show... Read More »

Chuck Norris and giggles: What people think of Honda's '17 Ridgeline

2:29 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Honda's newest Ridgeline looks truer to a pickup while retaining platform ties to its Honda siblings, namely the Honda Odyssey minivan and Pilot crossover, and the Acura MDX crossover. Here's what some critics, analysts and others think about the redesigned truck.... Read More »

The 5 most important models in Detroit

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Though the number of concept and future production vehicles making world debuts at the Detroit auto show are far fewer this year than in years past, there are some stars. In no particular order, here are the five most important vehicles at the show and how they grade.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Confessions of a NACTOY judge: 2016 edition

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

It is fun to test drive all of the candidates for North American Car and Truck of the Year, but when it gets down to the finalists, any vehicle could win because they are all worthy and there aren't many nits to pick.... Read More »

Acura gets sleek, sexy with Precision Concept

8:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

The Acura Precision Concept -- a swept-back, long-hooded sports sedan -- previews the brand's new design direction while aiming to reinvent the marque's image as aspirational. The concept is a dramatically creased vision for a brand in search of an identity.... Read More »

GMC shrinks Acadia, aims refined crossover 'at heart of midsize' market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

The 2017 GMC Acadia will be dramatically smaller than the big crossover that has been in service for nearly a decade. When it goes on sale this spring, the redesigned Acadia will be more than 7 inches shorter, narrower and 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, aligning its dimensions closer to those of a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Honda Pilot.... Read More »

Lincoln strives to deliver on luxury promise with Continental

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

The front-to-back chrome console and thick carpeting are gone, but otherwise the production version of the Lincoln Continental is strikingly close to the concept that drew big crowds at auto shows in New York and China last year.... Read More »

What people are saying about the Chrysler Pacifica

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles aims to pump new life into a segment it created more than 30 years ago with a new minivan that will carry the Pacifica badge. Here's what analysts, journalists and others are saying about it:... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Why the Buick Avista is a long shot for production

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

With the Avista concept, the questions are growing louder about whether Buick is serious about adding any of its recent sexy sheet metal to its lineup.... Read More »

Kia concept hints at a large SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Kia will show a concept at the Detroit auto show this week that hints at the styling of "a possible future premium large SUV."... Read More »

Ford Fusion update is an inside job

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

For the most part, Ford Motor Co. didn't mess with the well-liked, stylish design that vaulted the automaker into serious contention in the cutthroat family sedan segment.... Read More »

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