Vehicle Design

GMC Terrain undergoes facelift for 2016

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

GMC, riding a hot streak in sales of utility vehicles, introduced a face-lifted version of the midsize Terrain today ahead of its debut at this week’s New York auto show. The vehicle gets new front and rear fascias, more safety equipment and other tweaks.... Read More »

JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: 2016 Chevy Camaro slims down

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

The 2016 Chevy Camaro will weigh in at 200 pounds lighter than the fifth-generation model, which will put curb weight for the SS versions at about 3,700 pounds and LS and LT models at about 3,500 pounds.... Read More »

The 26-year-old design prodigy behind Honda's new S660

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Honda will soon learn whether giving a designer with no engineering experience five years to develop a sports car is pure genius or plain madness. Ryo Mukumoto was 22 and into his third year making mock-ups at Honda's research arm when he beat about 400 other entries in an in-house competition. Honda made him the youngest lead engineer in the company's history and gave him a young team to help translate his ideas into reality.... Read More »

The buzz about the Benz pickup

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

Daimler's surprise announcement that it will launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup by 2020 contained no technical details, but offered one major clue: The midsize truck will be built by the company's commercial vans division.... Read More »

Lincoln to bring back Continental name

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

Lincoln is resurrecting the Continental name and phasing out the brand's signature split-wing grille. A full-size sedan named the Continental will go on sale in North America and China in 2016. Lincoln will then discontinue the MKS, which perennially has been one of the slowest-selling cars in its segment.... Read More »

Hunt for Easter Jeep parts leads to a surprise spot

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

Jeep designers and engineers spend countless hours every year developing a series of one-off working concepts for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.... Read More »

How the SUV drove luxury kings to power

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

BMW, Lexus and Mercedes climbed to unimagined heights in the United States after agreeing to go where luxury makers once feared to go: the grubby world of mud-spattered trucks.... Read More »

Caddy previews top-down strategy

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

Here's a question that will hang over Cadillac's unveiling of the CT6 sedan in New York this week: Why is a brand so badly in need of a sales boost fixated on all that low-volume sheet metal?... Read More »

Tesla’s Model X hits the streets

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

Tesla’s Model X crossover, which goes on sale this summer, was spotted testing near the company’s Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters.... Read More »

Spy photos hint at Dodge minivan

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

The next Fiat Chrysler minivan is supposed to be badged a Chrysler, but spy photographers have snapped pictures of a minivan prototype that appears to be a Dodge.... Read More »

Chevy plans hybrid version of '16 Malibu

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

Chevrolet will offer a full-hybrid version of the redesigned Malibu that debuts this week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC crossover sheds GLK box

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

The Mercedes-Benz GLC that goes on sale in the fourth quarter will be roomier and more rounded than the GLK it replaces.... Read More »

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

High stakes in the Big Apple

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

Automakers have a lot riding on many of the global debuts at this week's New York auto show. Some surprises also are in store, most notably a sports car variant from Porsche (the Boxster Spyder, perhaps?).... Read More »

Aston Martin claims Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt is unauthorized copy

8:59 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Aston Martin said Henrik Fisker’s “Thunderbolt” prototype for a $400,000 GT coupe is an unauthorized copy of its iconic sports cars featured in James Bond movies for 50 years.... Read More »

Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. The overhaul, part of a switch to new modularized product platforms, has been years in the making and is designed to fuel the company's expansion.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC crossover sheds GLK box

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz GLK crossover becomes roomier and sheds its old-fashioned square shape for a more modern design when it becomes the GLC this fall. It will have a longer wheelbase and wider track, giving it more interior room and making it more competitive with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.... Read More »

WHAT A DRAG

Designers use new tricks, and the wind tunnel

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

Automakers facing stiffer global fuel economy and emissions standards are increasing efforts to improve fuel efficiency. After powertrain improvements and weight reductions, slippery aerodynamics is the hottest area of research to boost efficiency.... Read More »

Technology makes vehicles slipperier

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

Drag coefficient measures the resistance of an object as it moves through air or fluid. The lower the number, the slipperier the vehicle, and the less fuel it burns. The drag coefficient for new vehicles has been dropping fast as designers and aerodynamicists use powerful new computer simulation software.... Read More »

Scion plans revival with iM hatchback, iA compact sedan

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

Toyota Motor Corp. is set to unveil two new nameplates for its struggling Scion brand next month at the New York auto show -- a five-door iM hatchback and a sporty compact sedan designated the iA.... Read More »

Ready for Moab's red rocks

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

The surf-themed Jeep Chief, an homage to the mid-'70s Cherokee Chief, will participate in the Easter Jeep Safari gathering of off-road enthusiasts in Moab, Utah, this month.... Read More »

Subaru's 7-seater poses big design question

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

A Grand Outback? Or a larger crossover that is more distinct than Subaru's popular midsize vehicle? That's the decision Subaru is grappling with as it develops an all-new crossover bigger than the strong-selling Outback for sale in about two years.... Read More »

Optima's prime

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

Kia Motors flashed these renderings of the fourth-generation Optima midsize sedan that it will unveil next week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi to show new design language with 2016 Outlander

11:19 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors North America will unveil the 2016 Outlander at the New York International Auto Show next week as a part of its freshened design lineup.... Read More »

PUT ON A BOLD FACE

VW turns up design so crossovers will hit right note in U.S.

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

The next crop of Volkswagens coming to the United States will convey a more aggressive design message. The strategy stems from a rethinking that is forcing VW to venture beyond the conservative styling that has worked so well in Europe and China.... Read More »

Mini boss 'still pushing' for Superleggera roadster

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

Mini's Superleggera sports car concept would be a "great addition to the Mini range," says BMW's board member in charge of the brand, Peter Schwarzenbauer. But he disputed a report that the roadster has been approved for production.... Read More »

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