Vehicle Design

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Toyota overhauls Camry in bid to make it 'best we've ever built'

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Toyota, fighting to extend the Camry's 12-year reign as the best-selling car in the United States, showered its flagship sedan with superlatives as it unveiled a new edition today. The model shown at the New York auto show reflects significantly more change than is typical for a car that's been spruced up halfway through its life-cycle.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Hyundai goes mild with 2015 Sonata makeover

10:15 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Hyundai is tweaking the recipe that made the Sonata one of the industry's hottest mid-sized sedans in recent years with a makeover for 2015 that is more mild than spicy. The redesigned 2015 Sonata, introduced at the New York auto show today, will offer more technology and safety equipment than the outgoing model.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why the Mustang II should get its due

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
One member of the Mustang family won't have a very high-profile role at this week's 50th anniversary celebrations: the 1974-78 Mustang II. But if you reconsider the case of the Mustang II, you may find it is time to give the car the respect it is due.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Hyundai, Toyota to debut mid-sized sedan rivals

April 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Hyundai and Toyota have key product debuts at the New York auto show. BMW will unveil the X4 crossover while Mercedes debuts the S63 AMG coupe, a high-performance version of the S-class coupe.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Kia retools Sedona with more legroom, flexible seating

6:02 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Kia is giving its retooled Sedona minivan more legroom, an interior with customizable seating arrangements and new, muscular sheet metal for 2015. Kia announced details and partial specifications of the 2015 Sedona today ahead of its appearance at the New York auto show this week.... Read More »

 

FLAIR FIGHT

Nissan sees styling as the Altima's path to mid-sized sales leadership

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
With the redesigned Nissan Murano, which debuts at the New York auto show this week, Nissan Motor Corp. aims to replicate some of the design magic that worked wonders for rival Hyundai Motor Co.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan banks on radical makeover of Murano crossover

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Nissan's revamped Murano crossover will reach showrooms in the United States this year looking almost identical to the splashy auto show concept that teased it more than a year ago. Nissan released photos and details about the new Murano today and the formal unveiling is set for Wednesday at the New York auto show.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Mid-sized sedans and crossovers to square off in the Big Apple

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Hyundai will roll out its 2015 Sonata while Toyota offers an aggressive midcycle freshening of the Camry at the New York auto show this week. And Subaru will pit its redesigned 2015 Outback crossover against the next Nissan Murano.... Read More »

 

HOW HONDA GOT ITS GROOVE BACK

With the new Honda Fit, engineering solutions once again take priority

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
If there is any question about whether smart engineering is on its way back at Honda Motor Co., one need look no further than the second-row "magic" seats of the 2015 Honda Fit.... Read More »

 

Ford honors the past, launches new pony for a shifting market

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
The golden shine from the Mustang's spectacular launch in 1964 has long since faded. But with a series of anniversary celebrations planned this week from coast to coast, Ford aims to shower at least some of the original pony car's magic dust on the redesigned 2015 model, the first Mustang crafted for global markets.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Honda, Nissan: A brand new battle

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
The auto industry is always full of head-to-head rivalries, and right now the battle between Honda and Nissan is one of the hottest.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Refreshed 2015 Chevy Cruze enhances connectivity, revises styling

8:24 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
Chevrolet is refreshing the compact Cruze, General Motors' top-selling car in the United States, and adding enhanced connectivity features for 2015. It will be introduced this week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

 

FATHER OF AN ICON

Lee Iacocca looks back at the 1964 sensation that was Ford Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan, or so the saying goes. Though many names are associated with the Ford Mustang's extraordinary half-century run, the irrepressible Lee Iacocca sits at the top of that list. If Iacocca made the Mustang, the Mustang also made Iacocca.... Read More »

 

How Ford's pony car survived a brush with death

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A 1987 issue of AutoWeek magazine featured a shocking cover story that revealed Ford's plans to build the 1989 Mustang on a Mazda front-wheel-drive platform. Howls of protest eventually prompted Ford to reverse course. The Mazda-designed Mustang, code-named ST-16, would become the Ford Probe and join the Mustang in Ford showrooms.... Read More »

 

Carroll Shelby helped Ford build performance cred

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Carroll Shelby roared through the world's automotive scene like a tornado, leaving marks as a racer, automaker, marketer and businessman. He is the only man to win Le Mans as a driver, team owner and manufacturer. The name Shelby is synonymous with performance, and no one did more to burnish Ford's performance cred.... Read More »

 

Ford Mustang timeline

8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A look at the Mustang, from debut to the newest model... Read More »

 

Mustang's classic cues

8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Ford's Mustang has changed shapes many times in its 50-year gallop. For 2005, when the Mustang was rebuilt from the wheels up, nearly all of the car's signature styling cues from the 1960s and early '70s were updated. Through the years, every Mustang has had a long hood and a short decklid. The 2015 Mustang coming this fall further refines the car's DNA. Staff Reporter Richard Truett looks at the Mustang's iconic styling elements.... Read More »

 

ONE-TRICK PONIES

Rivals tried, but none matched the Mustang's sales in the '60s

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The Mustang's runaway success after its April 1964 debut left most of Ford Motor Co.'s rivals scrambling to develop their own pony cars. Three years later, the Mustang had plenty of competition but no other sporty compact came close to matching the Mustang's sales in the 1960s.... Read More »

 

The pony car was all about personalization -- 'do your own thing'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Try to think about the Ford Mustang from a rational perspective, and its phenomenal early success just doesn't compute. The Mustang was a two-door, sporty car, the very definition of a niche product with limited appeal. It also was developed on a shoestring budget. But it roared out of the gates.... Read More »

 

Sperlich: Mustang 'was all about youth'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Among the Ford Mustang's fathers, Hal Sperlich is one of the most fascinating. Sperlich gets credit for being the product-planning genius behind the Ford Mustang and Chrysler's original minivan, the vehicles that made Lee Iacocca famous.... Read More »

 

Ford replaces Lincoln chief designer Wolff with luxury veteran

5:18 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Ford's Lincoln brand is moving forward under a $1 billion overhaul with a new design director at the helm after quietly replacing Max Wolff. Wolff, hired from GM four years ago, remains at Lincoln, in charge of exterior design of the brand's models, Ford said Thursday. David Woodhouse, who joined Ford in 1999 from GM to head Ford's former European luxury brands, is his successor.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan preps refreshed Versa sedan for 2015

6:06 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Nissan will show its refreshed 2015 Versa sedan during New York Auto Show press days next week. The mid-cycle changes come just two years into the car's model cycle, spurred by changes to competitors like the Honda Fit.... Read More »

 

Kia confirms redesigned Sedona for New York show

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Kia today confirmed it will show a redesigned Sedona minivan next week at the New York auto show. The Sedona will ride on a new chassis and be powered by 3.3-liter direct injection V-6 engine, Kia says.... Read More »

 

GM planning lower-priced version of 2016 Chevy Volt, report says

12:42 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Hoping to boost demand for its slow-selling Volt hybrid, Chevrolet is planning to sell two versions of the redesigned 2016 Volt, including a lower-priced model with a smaller battery pack and shorter driving range, supplier sources told Reuters on Tuesday. GM's Opel also is planning a smaller version of the next generation Volt, according to another report.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 engineer says some ideas were too much to execute

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
In Ford's five-year effort to strip weight from the 2015 F-150 pickup, some ideas were considered just too big of a stretch, chief engineer Pete Reyes said today. For example, engineers had considered using a front-frame crossmember -- which provides rigidity and lateral strength -- made of magnesium, an expensive metal that is lighter and stronger than either aluminum or steel.... Read More »

 

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