Vehicle Design

Porsche hikes hp rating on 911 Turbo for 2017

11:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Porsche is bringing the revamped 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S sports cars to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Both cars feature a host of powertrain improvements that shave more time off the 0-to-60-mph run.... Read More »


BLOG: Chevrolet aims for tech 'punch' with redesigned Malibu

11:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

General Motors is laying a bet that technology will help the redesigned Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan break through in a core but crowded segment.... Read More »

What people are saying about Mazda's revamped CX-9

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Mazda's redesigned CX-9 crossover is the model's first full overhaul since its introduction in 2007. Mazda has called the three-row crossover a “high-end model” and has hopes of selling 50,000 vehicles a year worldwide. There was no shortage of commentary on the CX-9 following its unveiling.... Read More »


After 40 years, BMW's 3 series rules a tougher league

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

After 40 years, BMW's 3 series still rules the sporty-compact segment. But tougher competition and changing market tastes pose challenges.... Read More »

Insurance Institute trains its sights on headlights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is developing a new stand-alone ratings program for automobile headlights, with the first batch of results due out next year. A good performance could become a requirement for vehicles to earn IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ rating.... Read More »

Fiat dynasty heir makes industry comeback customizing cars

Nov. 30, 2015 12:08 CET

Lapo Elkann, a flamboyant member of Italy's Agnelli family, the dynasty that founded Fiat, is making a comeback in the auto industry after a 10-year break with a startup that offers customized cars.... Read More »

Cadillac's sedan overlap? Don't ask

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

To understand why Cadillac's U.S. sales are struggling despite its vastly improved lineup, consider this: It's about to launch its third sedan into essentially the same segment, one that happens to be the weakest in the luxury market.... Read More »

BMW concept shown in China previews 1-series sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

BMW unveiled a compact sedan concept at China's Guangzhou auto show that previews a small sedan expected to be badged as a 1 series.... Read More »

Kia's redesigned Cadenza gets a more angular look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Few exterior images of the redesigned Kia Cadenza for 2017 show a sharper, more angular look than the previous generation, which marked Kia's entry into the U.S. high-end car market.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC will get a fuel-cell variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Yet another powertrain variant is in the works for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the recently renamed and redesigned compact crossover.... Read More »

Next-gen Honda Ridgeline goes mainstream

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

More revealing spy photos of Honda's second-generation Ridgeline pickup confirm what many in the industry had expected -- that Honda would ditch the original Ridgeline's controversial flying buttress profile in favor of a more traditional silhouette.... Read More »

Mini wind tunnel fine-tunes GM designs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

General Motors is counting on four core strategies to meet rising fuel-economy standards: weight reduction, advanced powertrain technologies, more efficient integration of vehicle components and subsystems, and better aerodynamics.... Read More »

Cadillac wants its new vehicles to earn prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2015

Cadillac's decision to price the soon-to-launch CT6 sedan well below competing vehicles says a lot about the cutthroat state of the market for big luxury sedans, brand boss Johan de Nysschen says. But it may say more about Cadillac's broader strategy to compete in the upper tier of luxury.... Read More »

GM's new wind tunnel aims to improve, quicken design work

10:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

General Motors has cited some impressive vitals on its redesigned 2016 models to show off the success of its weight-cutting strategy: The new Volt and Cruze are about 250 pounds lighter than their predecessors; the Malibu sheds almost 300 pounds and the Camaro loses nearly 400.... Read More »

2017 Kia Cadenza looks sharper, more angular

10:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Kia Motors unveiled today the exterior of the redesigned, sportier 2017 Cadenza luxury car, which will go on sale next year. The new Cadenza, known as the K7 in Korea, has a sharper, more angular look than the 2016 version.... Read More »

Honda Ridgeline ditches flying buttress profile

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Honda's second-generation Ridgeline truck shed a few more layers of camouflage recently, as spy photographers snapped the upcoming pickup ahead of its Detroit auto show debut in January.... Read More »


Technology upgrades zoom into small cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

High-end technology is quickly making its way into compact cars that were long conceived as cheap, basic transportation.... Read More »

Los Angeles' hits & mehs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Like any auto show, Los Angeles was supposed to be chockablock with astonishing, flabbergasting production models, honey-will-you-look-at-that concepts - maybe even a handful of hybrids or green cars with mind-bending technology. Well, maybe the exciting stuff got stuck in L.A. traffic.... Read More »

How Toyota channeled Lady Gaga in primping the Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Shunsaku Kodama, chief designer of the next-generation Toyota Prius, embarked on a risky mission: Spice up Toyota's flagship hybrid so it's no longer just a frumpy, fuel-efficiency play. Give it emotion, make it sexy. And somehow make it stay true to its iconic green-car DNA.... Read More »


L.A.'s Galpin Motors fills an exhibit hall with its custom rides

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Galpin Motors uses a 26,000-square-foot exhibit space at the Los Angeles Convention Center to display its custom vehicles, showcase the many brands its 10 dealerships carry and catch the eyes of L.A. Auto Showgoers. And all the vehicles are for sale.... Read More »

Infiniti's new San Diego design studio pens QX30 crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The QX30 compact cross-over that debuted at the auto show here is one of the early fruits of Infiniti's expanded global design team.... Read More »

Nissan restyles Sentra

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Nissan unveiled the 2016 Sentra last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The restyling gives the Sentra the same family looks as Nissan's Maxima large sedan and Murano midsize crossover.... Read More »

Phone shrines, electronic shifter and infotaining: What people think of the Cadillac XT5

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2015

Cadillac, notably lacking in the hot crossover market, is betting a lot on the XT5 as a replacement for the SRX, the brand's aging but still top-selling nameplate in the U.S. Here is a look at what some critics and others are saying about the crossover.... Read More »

Land Rover Defender to end long, storied run

Nov. 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender will end early next year. The utilitarian workhorse has remained virtually unchanged during almost seven decades of production and it is unclear whether Land Rover will seek to replace it.... Read More »

Aural sparkle, arachnids, and calzone stuffed with sushi-grade tuna: What people think of the Fiat 124 Spider

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2015

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, marks the two-door's return after several decades. Here's what some critics and others are saying about the 124.... Read More »