Vehicle Design

Hyundai to hire Donckerwolke to succeed Schreyer, report says

June 17, 2015 11:31 CET

Hyundai Motor will hire Volkswagen Group veteran Luc Donckerwolke to succeed Peter Schreyer as head of design for the Hyundai and Kia brands, a report said.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC crossover moves up in size, features from GLK

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Mercedes-Benz has renamed the up-sized second generation of its compact crossover and will offer coupe, performance and plug-in hybrid variants. The 2016 GLC, which goes on sale in mid-November, replaces the GLK.... Read More »

Nissan Sentra to be 'almost all new' after midcycle freshening

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Nissan plans significant enhancements to the 2016 Sentra beyond the typical mid-cycle freshen.... Read More »

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Smart has no plans for an SUV, CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Daimler's Smart subsidiary will not expand its lineup with an SUV/crossover in the near future, said the brand's CEO, Annette Winkler.... Read More »

London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers.... Read More »

Traditional look for Honda's new Ridgeline

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Honda's second-generation Ridgeline pickup was spotted during testing last week.... Read More »

With '16 Mitsubishi Outlander, flair is free

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Bang for the buck is key for the 2016 Outlander, so Mitsubishi made glitzy styling standard on every trim level, not just the most expensive ones.... Read More »

Hyundai offers peek at small crossover that could come to U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Hyundai says its global rival for the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V, known as the Creta, will go on sale first in India in the second half of 2015.... Read More »

Tech-laden 7 series must prove it's a driver's BMW

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

For all its new whiz-bang gadgetry, the 7 series will still have to prove its worth as a driver's car, not a technological showcase.... Read More »

Is Genesis-based SUV in Hyundai's future?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Hyundai is considering developing larger SUVs based on its Genesis luxury sedan, sources familiar with the company's product development plans told Reuters.... Read More »

Bentley rolls out freshened Continental

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Bentley is giving its Continental GT coupe and convertible a final revamp before they switch to a new platform by 2017.... Read More »

The setup that saved de Gaulle may be history

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Reuters reported last week that Citroen will cease using its signature hydropneumatic suspension technology after the C5 sedan is discontinued as part of cost-cutting measures by CEO Carlos Tavares.... Read More »

Report: BMW mulls U.S.-built crossover EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

BMW plans to rival Tesla's upcoming Model X with a battery-powered crossover built at its plant in Spartanburg, S.C, a German business magazine said.... Read More »

Bentley designer who bashed Lincoln leaves

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Bentley's design chief, Luc Donckerwolke, a 49-year-old veteran of Volkswagen Group who headed design for three brands, including Lamborghini and Seat, has left the carmaker, VW said, without citing reasons.... Read More »

Mini's Vision yet to come into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Mini is still examining whether it can make a business case for its Superleggera Vision roadster, according to Peter Schwarzenbauer, head of the Mini, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorcycle brands. “The interest was tremendous when we showed this concept car," he told the annual Automotive News Europe Congress.... Read More »

Toyota's new plan: Design parts, then cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. has launched a program in which it invites suppliers to develop parts three or four years ahead of production -- before the automaker has even begun to design the vehicle. By having suppliers develop parts independently of a vehicle's design, Toyota can give them an extra 12 months to engineer the parts, said Bob Young, Toyota's North American purchasing chief.... Read More »

Toyota launches $126 million r&d expansion in Michigan

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2015

Toyota broke ground today on the $126 million expansion of its Technical Center in Michigan. The expansion includes a new prototype facility for vehicle development, additions to the powertrain development facility and a supply center. The construction is expected to wrap up in late 2016.... Read More »

With '16 Mitsubishi Outlander, flair is free

8:00 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Redesigned two years ago, the Mitsubishi Outlander was a nondescript dud in the marketplace. So the Japanese automaker gave its slow-selling crossover a clean-sheet exterior design with a striking blacked-out grille, standard alloy wheels and chrome accents galore, plus a new transmission and retuned suspension.... Read More »

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BLOG: Tesla sours on swappable batteries

4:03 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

When it unveiled the Model S, Tesla Motors Inc. crowed about its fast-swapping technology, demonstrating in 2013 that a depleted battery could be swapped for a fresh one in minutes. Later, it built a swap station in Harris Ranch, Calif., halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, to test the technology.... Read More »

Hyundai releases first image of subcompact Creta crossover

5:26 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Hyundai unveiled the first rendering of the company's forthcoming subcompact crossover dubbed the Creta.... Read More »

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BLOG: Lifting the curtain on the Jeep Grand Wagoneer

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

When it returns for the first time since 1991, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be a unibody vehicle, and not a body-on-frame, truck-based SUV like the Chevrolet Suburban or Cadillac Escalade.... Read More »

Nesbitt has pedigree to shape Buick design

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Designer Bryan Nesbitt returns to the U.S. to take over the Buick brand. And he seems to have the pedigree to lead design for GM's near-premium brand as it seeks to build its U.S. lineup and maintain its heavyweight status in China.... Read More »

Audi to show EV crossover concept at Frankfurt show

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Audi will preview a sporty, electric-powered crossover as a concept vehicle at the Frankfurt auto show in September.... Read More »

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Lexus, Infiniti pick potentially polarizing designs for Europe

June 8, 2015 06:15 CET

Japanese premium automakers including Lexus and Infiniti are counting on bold and potentially polarizing designs for their forthcoming small cars to lure customers in Europe from rivals BMW, Mercedes and Audi.... Read More »

Nissan wants Maxima to skew younger

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Nissan is aiming its eighth-generation Maxima, redesigned for 2016, at younger buyers, with racier exterior styling, a floating roof, a beefier beltline, an enlarged front grille and a fastback rear design.... Read More »

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