Future Product

Has the Taurus comeback story come to an end?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The Taurus, a once-revolutionary nameplate that Ford already killed off once, until Alan Mulally arrived and gave it new life, again has an uncertain future, at least on this side of the globe.... Read More »

Ford enjoying product-blitz payoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

After two of its biggest new-vehicle launch years in history, Ford Motor Co. will slow things down a bit while it enjoys the payoff.... Read More »

More aluminum and more power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The Ford brand will get a new, aluminum-bodied Super Duty and several high-performance cars in the coming year. Most of its lineup has been recently updated, and another significant round of redesigns is expected just before the end of the decade.... Read More »

Lincoln splitting with split-wing grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Lincoln is shifting away from two polarizing features: alphanumeric names and the split-wing grille. By the time the Continental arrives in mid-2016, the MKT will be the only vehicle that's more than about two years old.... Read More »

Koreans to polish their luxury wares

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

There used to be no such thing as a Korean luxury car. Now, Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia will take their luxury lineups to the next level. Hyundai plans to redesign its top-of-the-line Equus for the 2017 model year. At the same time, Kia will re-engineer its Cadenza.... Read More »

Hyundai gears up to plug holes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

For the last few years, Hyundai's ambitions for U.S. growth have been foiled by a scant lineup of crossovers and trucks. Hyundai will remedy that with a future product plan that includes a small CUV to vie with the Honda HR-V and perhaps a versatile pickup truck based on the Santa Cruz concept from the January's Detroit auto show.... Read More »

Updates to core models will keep Kia busy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Kia will have a crammed calendar over the next year as the company prepares to open a new small-car factory in Mexico. It will be updating three of its mainstay models: the Rio subcompact, the Forte compact and the Sportage compact crossover.... Read More »

Honda's $16,000 coupe sells out in Japan after first production run

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Honda has sold out all 8,600 of its new roadsters slated for production this year and is fully booked through June. The only problem: four in five buyers of the $16,000 sports car are over 40.... Read More »


BLOG: Back when Detroit had to learn efficiency from Japan

9:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

People here at the Management Briefing Seminars are talking about the urgency to embrace new information technologies to run better factories, reduce wasteful practices and empower workers to make processes work better. I'd like to point out how easy these ideas and tools are to come by today.... Read More »

Smart sticks with single nameplate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Smart microcar will continue to be a niche product in the U.S. with annual sales of about 10,000. Management has chosen to sell only one car here - the miniscule ForTwo and not the four-seat ForFour.... Read More »

Jaguar filling the compact, crossover void

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Jaguar is revamping its product range with a compact sedan and crossover.... Read More »

Land Rover will add convertible, bring Defender back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover is investing $5.3 billion in new products this year, including a new Range Rover Evoque convertible.... Read More »

M-B will grow, from compacts to Maybach

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Mercedes-Benz continues to add rapidly to its model range with coupelike crossovers and the high-end Mercedes-Maybach subbrand. And it is even considering a pickup for the U.S.... Read More »

7 series continues BMW's high-tech push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

BMW will apply its carbon fiber know-how to its main lineup, starting with the redesigned 7-series sedan, and play catch-up with autonomous-drive technology.... Read More »

Mini drops models in its move upmarket

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Mini is revamping its model range, trimming three models and using a BMW Group architecture and engines. As the new cars become bigger and more luxurious, Mini will move the range upmarket.... Read More »

After XC90, Volvo continues its product barrage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volvo is revamping its product range with an all-new scalable platform, design and new four-cylinder family of engines. And it will start building cars in the United States in a new South Carolina factory in late 2018.... Read More »

Luxury brands draw tech battle lines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

European luxury brands are leaving few segments untouched, but the new battleground is high-technology and semiautonomous features.... Read More »

Pickups, crossovers and powertrain dominate Japan 3 plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Japan's big three of Toyota, Nissan and Honda have ambitious -- but divergent -- plans for the the next five years.... Read More »

Toyota begins shift to global platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

During the next few years, will see many of Toyota's cars and crossovers will migrate to versions of the automaker's new modular global platform, starting with the fourth-generation Prius due out this fall.... Read More »

A supercar, then a mini crossover for Acura

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Next year will finally see Acura's long-awaited NSX hybrid supercar land in customer hands. After that, look for more turbo engines, and a new baby crossover in the lineup.... Read More »

Honda in line for plug-in, a turbo injection

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Honda fans have plenty to look forward to in the near future, as the company looks to turbocharging, a resurrected truck, a dedicated plug-in hybrid, and even a sports car.... Read More »

Infiniti's bold overhaul begins next spring

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Infiniti remains on course with a full slate of new models that it revealed over the past year, scheduled to roll out between early 2016 and 2018.... Read More »

Lexus arms for luxury battle with updated CT, new crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The next few years will see Lexus fill key holes in its lineup with a rethought entry-level CT, a new three-row crossover above the RX and even a high-zoot coupe at the top of its lineup.... Read More »

Long-starved Scion gets a serving of new cars, crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

After years of neglect from parent company Toyota, Scion is finally seeing new products roll in. Two cars go on sale this year, and a subcompact crossover likely is headed to dealers in 2016.... Read More »

Nissan aims for volume sweet spots with rollouts

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Four big model splashes will dominate Nissan Division's product rollouts for the next 12 months. The changes are intended to bolster the performance of two of Nissan's highest-volume products, the Altima and Sentra, while lifting two others, the Titan and Armada, into high-volume status.... Read More »