Vehicle Design

Nissan dumps Cube and Murano drop-top

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Two of Nissan's oddest models will disappear from the lineup in 2015 -- the Cube and the convertible Murano CrossCabriolet, the company said. Both are examples of Nissan's desire to challenge the market with polarizing designs.... Read More »

 

Infiniti compact sedan to come from Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
An Infiniti compact sedan will be the first vehicle produced at Daimler and Renault-Nissan's new plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico.... Read More »

 

Nissan to build Infiniti QX30 crossover in U.K.

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Nissan will build the Infiniti QX30 compact crossover for global markets at its factory in England, alongside the Infiniti Q30 compact hatchback.... Read More »

 

Subaru loads '15 Outback with technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2014
The redesigned 2015 Subaru Outback has more interior room, technology and comfort features than its predecessor. But it's still a conservatively styled Subaru.... Read More »

 

Nissan tweaks CVTs to be less CVT-like

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2014
A software change that makes a continuously variable transmission sound and feel less like a CVT will go into every CVT-equipped Nissan model.... Read More »

 

SPLIT PERSONALITY

Core buyers are aging, so Lexus courts youth with new, bolder products

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
Despite handicaps and setbacks, Lexus appears to be swinging into recovery mode with growing sales and younger buyers, thanks to a slew of new, bolder products.... Read More »

 

Top Toyota designer heads to Yamaha

12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Akihiro “Dezi” Nagaya, a key designer who brought more emboldened, emotional styling to Toyota and Lexus vehicles, has been named design general manager for affiliate Yamaha Motor Co.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Toyota Europe boss puts profit before volume, brushes aside Nissan challenge

July 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy is not worried about Nissan's publicly stated goal of passing his company as Europe's top-selling Asian brand. Leroy puts profit before volume and he has returned Toyota's European operations back to the black.... Read More »

 

Dodge dynasty

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Brothers John and Horace Dodge each died in 1920, but their name and legacy live on in vehicles and numerous descendants.... Read More »

 

VW takes Passat upscale to escape mid-market struggles

July 2, 2014 10:45 CET
Volkswagen is moving its new Passat upscale in Europe in a move aimed at lifting the model clear of a struggling market for mid-priced cars without alienating core family customers.... Read More »

 

Hyundai fields a more athletic Sonata for '15

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
After shaking up the industry with the previous Sonata's swoopy sheet metal, Hyundai engineers focused most on improving driving dynamics for the mid-sized sedan's seventh generation.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's 200 rollout plan: Patience pays

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Chrysler dealers eager to crank up sales of the redesigned 2015 200 will have to wait a few more months.... Read More »

 

Musk's EV patent pitch piques Krafcik's curiosity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
What did John Krafcik do when he heard about those electric-vehicle patents Tesla CEO Elon Musk made available to the public this month?... Read More »

 

Chevy Volt vet now gets to plug Harley's EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Harley-Davidson's revelation that it is developing an electric motorcycle gave the company's bearded, tattooed hog-riding faithful a 220-volt jolt.... Read More »

 

Ford packs '15 Edge with technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Ford is touting the 2015 Edge crossover as a showcase for its latest technologies. It will be the first Ford-branded vehicle offered with such features as adaptive steering, a 180-degree front camera, an enhanced parking assist system and a glove box airbag.... Read More »

 

Ferrari V-8s to get turbos; V-12s to get hybrid systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Ferrari will use turbochargers on V-8s and hybrid systems on V-12s to cut fleet carbon dioxide emissions 20 percent by 2021 while also boosting performance, Ferrari Powertrain Director Vittorio Dini said.... Read More »

 

ProMaster City to take on Transit Connect

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
The 2015 Ram ProMaster City will give Chrysler Group dealers a small urban delivery vehicle to sell when it arrives in dealerships early next year. Based on the Fiat Doblo but designed for North America, the van will compete with Ford's Transit Connect.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

Inside the Camaro's transformation for latest 'Transformers' film

4:09 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The reimagined Camaro in the latest Transformers film features a slew of design alterations unique to the movie. Chevy Camaro enthusiasts hitting theaters for Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend should have a field day identifying changes amid the over-the-top explosions as Bumblebee fights alongside Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots.... Read More »

 

Toyota fuel cell car to cost $69,000 in Japan, debut in U.S., Europe in 2015

5:25 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Toyota's highly-anticipated hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will debut in the Japan market by next April priced around 7 million yen ($69,348) and go on sale in the United States and Europe by the summer of 2015.... Read More »

 

Toyota will sell FCV fuel cell car in Europe starting next year

June 25, 2014 11:25 CET
Toyota said it will begin European sales of its FCV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by next summer. The automaker is joining Honda and Hyundai in introducing retail-ready fuel cell vehicles.... Read More »

 

Mercedes unveils CLS updated inside and out

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has released pictures of the refreshed CLS sedan that show a number of subtle midlife changes, including an altered front bumper with greater structure and larger air ducts and a reshaped grille.... Read More »

 

Bentley's Continental GT3-R turns up the turbo power

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Bentley last week showed its Continental GT3-R, a limited-edition model inspired by the Continental GT3 race car.... Read More »

 

Rolls-Royce to launch SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Rolls-Royce will launch its first SUV in 2018, according to the German magazine Autobild. The SUV has been code-named Cullinan after the world's largest diamond, according to the magazine.... Read More »

 

Volt owners want more room, longer range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2014
Chevrolet Volt customers are telling General Motors they want three things in the next version of the range-extended electric car: a fifth seat, a longer electric driving range and a lower price.... Read More »

 

Deuce Coupe gets stamp of approval

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
The granddaddy of classic American hot rods, the 1932 Ford roadster, the "Deuce Coupe," has been honored with a pair of limited-edition stamps.... Read More »

 

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