BLOG: Pressure on XT5 to deliver amid Caddy's lineup quagmire

11:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Cadillac and its dealers are counting on the clean-slate redesign of the XT5 crossover to help the brand snap out of a sales funk before an influx of fresh product begins arriving in 2018.... Read More »

Fiat, Mazda clone a Miata to bring the Fiat 124 Spider back to life

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

FCA has taken a donor car with an excellent pedigree -- the MX-5 Mazda Miata -- and grafted onto it a Fiat 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and styling to make it look like a proper descendent of the original Pininfarina-designed Fiat 124.... Read More »

Hyundai's tech trickles down to Elantra

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Hyundai's sixth-generation Elantra will come crammed with safety and connectivity technology to fend off a newly redesigned Civic and Nissan Sentra. Like the larger Sonata, the new Elantra sheds some of its former curviness in lieu of clean lines, premium touches and Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille.... Read More »

Mazda joins turbo charge with CX-9's plush makeover

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Mazda's second-generation three-row family crossover is shifting into near-luxury territory with a potent, turbocharged engine and a plush interior that includes panels of rosewood supplied by Japanese guitar-maker Fujigen.... Read More »

Subaru previews Impreza sedan with L.A. concept

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The Impreza Sedan Concept illustrates Subaru's new design language with crisper lines and sportier styling.... Read More »

Scion jumps into hot subcompact crossover fray with C-HR

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The sleek C-HR concept crossover Toyota has shown at global auto shows will come to the U.S. market as a Scion. When the C-HR goes on sale in 2017, the subcompact crossover will be the third all-new model Scion has promised dealers, following the iA and iM that went on sale in September.... Read More »

Mitsubishi gives Outlander Sport, Mirage its family face

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Mitsubishi's updated Outlander Sport compact crossover and Mirage subcompact car will sport the “dynamic shield” styling language created for Mitsubishi by veteran Nissan designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto.... Read More »


BLOG: Bentley adds extra polish with Bentayga First Edition

10:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Bentley, polishing its foray into a new segment, plans a special First Edition trim of the upcoming Bentayga crossover.... Read More »

Lincoln MKZ adopts rectangular face, new V-6 engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The Lincoln MKZ will be the first car to drop the brand's split-wing grille in favor of the face introduced on the Continental concept. The 2017 MKZ, scheduled to go on sale next summer, also features a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that’s exclusive to Lincoln and rated at 400 hp when paired with all-wheel drive.... Read More »

Honda aims to 'surprise' with '16 Civic coupe

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

The 2016 Honda Civic coupe is a near clone of the concept Honda showed at the New York Auto Show last spring and heads to dealerships in March. Like the re-engineered Civic sedan, the coupe is an effort by Honda to double down on one of its most popular models after the previous generation was criticized for being too frugal.... Read More »


BLOG: Automakers look everywhere for design talent these days

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Many people who work in design at automakers do great work but are never visible to the public.... Read More »

Jaguar XE base price will be $35,895

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Jaguar will offer its all-new 2017 XE with one diesel and two gasoline engines and standard rear-wheel drive when the compact sedan goes on sale late this spring.... Read More »

Nissan extends color customizing to Versa Note

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Nissan soon will allow customers to color customize the Versa Note, much the way they can with the Juke. Dubbed the Nissan Color Studio, the program will be expanding to the 2016 Versa Note.... Read More »

VW readies Beetle Dune, Denim for U.S. showrooms

4:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

VW has dangled Beetle Dune concepts before but promises the latest version will be built starting next year in coupe and convertible models.... Read More »

Ford reboots 2017 Escape with 2 new engines, stop-start, safety upgrades

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

Ford is making substantial changes to the Escape crossover, giving the exterior a more rugged, upscale look, and adding safety technology from more expensive vehicles. The 2017 Escape gets a redesigned interior and two new four-cylinder EcoBoost engines, both of which come packaged with stop-start to improve fuel efficiency.... Read More »


BLOG: Citroen will stay 'quirky' after Cactus

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

Citroen says quirky designs will continue to play a key role in its brand reinvention following the launch of the unconventional Citroen C4 Cactus.... Read More »

Next-gen Leaf: More tech despite low sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Determined to maintain a lead role in electric vehicles, Nissan is working on new technologies to make the next Leaf more appealing.... Read More »

Kia teases a more angular next-gen Cadenza

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Kia's decision to redesign the Cadenza sedan signals that the Korean brand will not abandon its high-end cars despite corporate sibling Hyundai's campaign to create a dedicated luxury brand, Genesis.... Read More »

Alfa design chief: 'We did not copy a BMW'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Design similarities between the Alfa Romeo's new Giulia midsize sedan and its chief rival, the BMW 3 series, are so evident that the man responsible for the look of the Giulia defends his work without being asked.... Read More »

Model S option becomes police matter: We've got a report of a kid in the trunk

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Done with shopping, a mom and dad toss their bags in the back seat, their daughter in the trunk and drive off. A watchful bystander takes notice and alerts the police. Except, this is a Tesla Model S, which has third-row, rear-facing child seats as an option.... Read More »

Hyundai previews styling for Genesis G90 flagship

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

The South Korean automaker announced plans for a new Genesis luxury brand this month and previewed the design for its first model last week in Seoul.... Read More »


Enticing interiors start with the right ingredients

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2015

Amko Leenarts, Ford's director of global interior design, sees himself as a sort of chef. Not only does he lead the team that must choose the proper, high-quality ingredients, but he has to ensure they assemble, prepare and present them in an appealing way to customers all over the world.... Read More »


BLOG: Jeep preps special Wrangler, Grand Cherokee editions for L.A. auto show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

There's no bad time or place to introduce a special-edition Jeep and FCA has two of them coming to the L.A. Auto Show.... Read More »

Pininfarina sees agreement on sale to Mahindra in next few weeks

Nov. 13, 2015 13:27 CET

Car designer Pininfarina says it expects to reach a deal to be acquired by Indian automaker Mahindra in the next few weeks.... Read More »

Kia offers first look at second-gen Cadenza

6:20 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2015

The decision to redesign the Cadenza, which starts at about $35,000, signals Kia will not abandon its high-end cars despite Hyundai's plan to create a dedicated luxury brand, Genesis.... Read More »