Design

At Lexus, the chief still defends that spindle grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

While some rivals and design experts deride Lexus' jagged-edged, trapezoidal grille, Toyota's design chief stands by the drastic makeover, saying it gives Lexus a unique edge over BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, particularly in competitive markets such as China, where buyers will pay more for a car that stands out from the crowd.... Read More »

Ford's Taurus redesign debuts in China while big sedans slump in U.S.

12:35 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

Ford unveiled a redesigned Taurus here Saturday, saying the sedan will be aimed specifically at the Chinese market. There's still a growing appetite among Chinese buyers for large sedans, while in the United States demand has stagnated amid a consumer shift to roomier, utilitarian crossovers.... Read More »

Subaru aims to expand STI performance line

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

Subaru aims to further boost profits on booming U.S. sales by expanding its STI performance line.... Read More »

Toyota plots Prius comeback

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

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Honda manager says effective auto design stretches well beyond the vehicle

4:01 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

The car is just one piece of the mobility pie that auto designers consider when pursuing new ideas, says Jason Wilbur, manager of Honda's Advanced Design Studio.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Mazda gets artsy in Milan

7:38 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Is Ikuo “Speedy” Maeda, the black-clad lead stylist at Mazda, making good on his ambition to launch a designer goods line tied to the Japanese carmaker?... Read More »

Cadillac CT6 underpinnings could support a big Buick

11:15 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Now that General Motors has christened its large, rear-wheel-drive platform, code-named Omega, with the debut of the Cadillac CT6 sedan, what other cars might go onto that same foundation?... Read More »

CEO Willisch says don't bet on a Bimmer pickup

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

Don't expect BMW to follow Mercedes-Benz into the pickup segment.... Read More »

VW Beetle, CC to live on after redesigns

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

Despite low sales volumes, the Volkswagen Beetle and CC will see new life - and sheet metal - when they're redesigned within the next three years. But the niche Volkswagen Eos will be cancelled to streamline VW's lineup.... Read More »

Honda plans to ax Crosstour, focus on new HR-V crossover

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

Honda will stop producing the Crosstour, a slow-selling derivative of the Accord, after the 2015 model year as part of a broader move aimed at boosting truck-production capacity.... Read More »

Toyota on a roll ... back to No. 1?

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

With one quarter in the record books, Toyota Division has slipped past Chevrolet into second place in the battle of brands in the U.S. market.... Read More »

M-B may take on TT, Panamera, report says

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

Mercedes-Benz may launch rivals to the Audi TT sports car and Porsche Panamera, a German auto magazine said. The two cars would be developed by the brand's AMG performance division, Auto Motor und Sport reported.... Read More »

Daimler, Nissan will develop M-B pickup

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

Daimler AG and Nissan Motor Corp. will jointly develop a midsize pickup for Mercedes-Benz, the companies said last week. The pickup will target commercial and private buyers and will share some underpinnings with a new Nissan NP300 truck, Daimler and Nissan said in a joint statement.... Read More »

Honda sees return to roots in S660

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

The Honda S660 mini sports roadster that went on sale in Japan this month may never be sold in the U.S., but could presage Honda's sports cars of the future.... Read More »

Bold Korean startup makes a statement with Seoul stand

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

South Korea's youngest would-be automaker Cony Motor Co. -- at less than a year old -- just splurged on a front-and-center stand at the country's premier auto show, right next to Bentley no less.... Read More »

Did Plymouth spawn the spindle?

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

Lexus has carved out an identity for itself with the "spindle grille," but it appears the defunct Plymouth division of Chrysler had the idea in 1961.... Read More »

Still dancing the Continental

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

Soon both Lincoln and Bentley will have Continentals for sale, a fact that may lead to some legalistic conversations in the near future involving the two brands.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Time to prune, time to sow

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

Automakers constantly search for new product niches, but it's a daunting process. Many product ideas never see the light of day.... Read More »

SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Automakers roll out SUVs in battle for fast-growing segment

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2015

The Shanghai auto show -- which opens April 20 -- will be the perfect place to gauge the intensity of the SUV war between the global giants and Chinese automakers. Honda, Mercedes, Citroen and BMW have announced global premieres of SUVs or crossovers at the show, and other automakers are sure to follow.... Read More »

Shanghai will serve up fresh selection of SUVs, crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2015

Automakers will feed China's seemingly insatiable appetite for SUVs and crossovers with a fresh batch of concepts and production models for the Shanghai auto show.... Read More »

Lexus to reveal refreshed ES sedan in Shanghai

1:04 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Toyota will introduce a new Lexus model in China for the second year in a row, showing a refreshed ES sedan in Shanghai this month. The ES is the top-selling Lexus sedan in the United States.... Read More »

BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: Citroen C4 Cactus's love-it-or-hate-it styling is a winner

3:49 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

The C4 Cactus's victory in the World Car Design of the Year contest vindicates Citroen's decision to launch the unconventionally styled crossover.... Read More »

GM considers big investments in Michigan tech center

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

General Motors is considering a multiyear expansion project at its Warren Tech Center in Michigan that would include new buildings, renovations and more jobs.... Read More »

Chrysler 300 spot touts the American road to triumph

2:44 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

The Chrysler brand is introducing a new commercial for the refreshed 300 sedan that focuses on the American path to success and is narrated by actor Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones.”... Read More »

Henrik Fisker, Aston Martin settle suit over Thunderbolt design

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Aston Martin has put the brakes on Henrik Fisker's return to the auto industry. Fisker, sued by Aston Martin late last month over plans to produce a $400,000 supercar called the Thunderbolt, has agreed to drop those plans to settle the suit.... Read More »

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