Vehicle Design

'Rad' reviews for the Continental Concept

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

Early appraisals of Lincoln's Continental Concept? Pleasingly positive. The new sedan debuted at the New York auto show last week and previews a production model coming next year. Here's a sampling of car mag consideration.... Read More »

U.S. pickup for Mercedes? Decision by Dec. 31, CEO Cannon says

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

Mercedes-Benz USA will decide by year end whether to sell a pickup being developed for other markets. "We said to Stuttgart, 'We are open, and let us assess the market,'" says Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.... Read More »

FAST TIMES

New York reveals a new era of fastbacks

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

At the New York auto show, the look was everywhere. Traditional four-door sedans have embraced the modernized look of fastbacks of decades past: Low rooflines. Long, slanting rear windows. Shortened trunk lids. Truncated backsides.... Read More »

Midsize Ram pickup? Too costly, brand boss says

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

Ram brand boss Bob Hegbloom says he can't make numbers work to fit a midsize pickup into the brand's lineup. The key sticking point? The price of higher fuel economy.... Read More »

Mitsubishi reopens wallet for '16 Outlander

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

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, with its black-and-chrome “Dynamic Shield” grille and other refinerments, sends a message that Mitsubishi is investing again.... Read More »

Caddy: Not yet ready for S-class fighter

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

Cadillac executives made clear that the CT6 large sedan unveiled last week at the auto show here isn't a big-boy, ultraluxury entry meant to compete head-on with the powerhouse Mercedes-Benz S class. That led to a natural question on the sidelines of Cadillac's bustling show stand: Is that range-topping car coming? And if so, when?... Read More »

Chevy needs a clutch hit to make Malibu a player

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

Chevy's 2016 Malibu represents an all-out bid to elevate its status in the fiercely competitive midsize sedan segment, one in which every automaker must bring its A game. "If you do it right," says GM product chief Mark Reuss, "there's an opportunity to change the brand."... Read More »

New York's bright stars ... and lesser lights

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

Under the bright lights of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the vehicles at the New York auto show are a lot like the performers on Broadway, making grand entrances and gunning for attention — some more successfully than others.... Read More »

Continental divide: Bentley sees a 'copy'

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

After getting a look at the Lincoln Continental Concept last week, a seriously aggravated Luc Donckerwolke, Bentley's design chief, turned to social media. On the Facebook page of Lincoln head designer David Woodhouse, Donckerwolke wrote: "Do you want us to send the product tooling?"... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Fashion still trumps function

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

Even with all the computer programs to evaluate theoretical airflow, there's a lot we still don't know or even look at as fashion holds the trump card over function and cost with the top marketing suits.... Read More »

What critics are saying about Honda Civic Coupe concept

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2015

If there was a surprise or two at the 2015 New York auto show, Honda's Civic Coupe concept would be a top candidate. The lime green car heralds a radical styling departure for a staple in Honda's U.S. lineup.... Read More »

What people are saying about '16 Chevy Malibu

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu represents a radical makeover for one of General Motors' most important models. A look at what critics and others are saying about the midsize sedan after its debut at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Ford unveils new Galaxy minivan with fresh styling, advanced safety features

April 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford unveiled its latest Galaxy large minivan with a fresh design, fuel-efficient engines and advanced safety systems. The Galaxy will join the new S-Max large minivan in the automaker's freshened people-mover lineup. The seven-seat Galaxy is aimed at families while the S-Max has a broader appeal with its sporty styling.... Read More »

Toyota unveils RAV4 hybrid with new style edge

12:45 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

Undaunted by low gasoline prices, Toyota unveiled a new 2016 RAV4 hybrid, the eighth model in its lineup sporting a gas-electric powertrain. The vehicle also features a new exterior designed to add some edge to its styling -- a look that also will appear on a refreshed, conventional RAV4 for the new model year.... Read More »

Gilles promoted to FCA's global head of design

1:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Ralph Gilles, longtime chief designer for Fiat Chrysler in the United States, has been appointed head of design for the automaker’s global parent.... Read More »

Hyundai debuts 3-door compact crossover in Seoul

6:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Hyundai is bending segment definitions again with the Enduro compact crossover concept. The pint-sized, three-door urban rambler could preview Hyundai's move into the growing compact crossover segment with a twist: coupelike hatchback styling.... Read More »

Redesigned Chevy Spark grows up

7:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Chevrolet unveiled a leaner and “more mature” Spark for the U.S., the minicar that has evolved from a curious gambit by GM nearly three years ago to a key part of Chevy's passenger-car strategy. The redesigned 2016 Spark has a slightly longer and lower profile for a less boxy appearance and better aerodynamics, helping it achieve an estimated 40 mpg in highway driving, up from 39 mpg on the current model.... Read More »

Kia debuts Novo coupe-styled sedan at Seoul show

8:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Kia unveiled a compact coupe-styled sedan concept at the Seoul Motor Show that previews future design directions with sporty creasing and a new nose.... Read More »

Mercedes concept hints at GLC crossover coupe

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche hinted at a new Mercedes crossover planned with the release of a sketch that signals a concept GLC coupe. The concept GLC coupe will be unveiled at the Shanghai show later this month.... Read More »

Hyundai turbocharges Tucson to boost U.S. crossover sales

4:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Hyundai, seeking to capitalize on a red-hot market for small crossovers, unveiled the turbocharged, family-friendly U.S. version of its redesigned 2016 Tucson. The restyled Tucson now bears the trapezoidal grille from the Genesis luxury car and Sonata sedan. Smaller and less expensive than the Santa Fe midsize crossover, the 2016 Tucson has a number of distinctive design touches, including asymmetrical wheel arches for a rugged look.... Read More »

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BLOG: Cadillac's challenge is to be incomparable. Escalade is.

12:34 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Cadillac has something very special in its stable. But it's not the CT6.... Read More »

Honda readies 'epic' Civic with American pedigree

2:15 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Just three years after giving its Civic compact a major overhaul, Honda is doing it again. The company's latest compact is based on a new global platform with a distinctly American pedigree. The car's sporty turn is aimed at luring coveted Generation Y buyers now in their 20s and 30s.... Read More »

Subaru embarks on STI push with NY performance concept

12:30 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Subaru took the wraps off its STI Performance Concept in a preview of the brand's expanding focus on tuner parts and performance editions. The concept, based loosely on the body of the Subaru BRZ sporty coupe, encapsulates both Subaru Tecnica International's parts and motorsports activities.... Read More »

Kia fine-tunes Optima with slight design changes, new tech

1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

The 2016 Optima looks fairly similar from the outside, aside from athletic-looking creases on the hood and more angular headlight assemblies. In crafting the fourth-generation Optima, so critical to Kia's position in the U.S., the company embraced an old adage: Don't fix what isn't broken.The more substantial changes to the Optima are under the skin.... Read More »

Porsche anticipates rush of demand for Boxster Spyder

12:55 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Porsche executives expect the rush for the new Boxster Spyder unveiled today to be similar to what they’ve seen for other recently introduced special versions of existing nameplates. The Boxster Spyder goes on sale in the U.S. in October but can be ordered at dealerships now.... Read More »

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