Design

Kia adds plug-in hybrid to Optima lineup

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Kia today unveiled the 2017 Optima Hybrid and Optima PHEV alongside the Niro, the company's first dedicated hybrid nameplate. The new models look similar to the Optima, yet they signal the scope of Kia's ambitions.... Read More »

Lower-priced Sprinter van targets plumbers, electricians

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Vans USA is introducing a new, lower-priced Sprinter commercial van model in a bid to win over more plumbers, electricians and other tradespeople.... Read More »

Kia hybrid crossover aims for Prius-like mpg

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

With gas prices under $2 a gallon, fewer people are hunting for hybrids. But they are clamoring for crossovers, which may give Kia Motors a leg up in launching its first dedicated hybrid.... Read More »

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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'

Feb. 11, 2016 14:54 CET

Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the car was launched five years ago. Now wants the convertible variant to do the same in the open-top segment.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Ford can boost Europe profits by adding upscale Vignale SUVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Ford of Europe isn't saying which models will next get its upscale Vignale trimline but the brand's two largest SUVs are the top candidates as the automaker plans to expand its Vignale variants to at least five by 2017 from just two now.... Read More »

Ram updates off-road offerings with freshened Power Wagon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Ram is updating back-country, heavy-duty offerings for 2017 with a freshened Power Wagon trim and expanded off-road packages across its three-quarter-ton pickup lineup.... Read More »

Ferrari retools FF four-seat grand tourer as GTC4Lusso

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Ferrari is renaming its FF four-seat coupe as the GTC4Lusso and adding rear-wheel steering to boost the appeal of a model launched five years ago as a practical ultraluxury sports car aimed at wealthy families.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Is this what the 2017 Buick Encore will look like?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

The 2017 Buick Encore will debut at the New York Auto Show in April, but before that its European-market Opel Mokka X twin will premiere at the Geneva motor show.... Read More »

Nissan bolsters Sentra as gateway to the brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Nissan says it spent three times as much as usual to give its 2016 Sentra compact sedan a midcycle freshening. The goal is to give newcomers more reason to stay with the brand.... Read More »

GM: Others could use Chevy Volt's powertrain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

The gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain General Motors uses in the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt could end up in competitors' vehicles.... Read More »

Porsche: Diesel Macan in limbo for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Porsche North America boss Klaus Zellmer still wants to bring the diesel-powered Macan to the U.S. But he needs Volkswagen to make a technical fix so the engines will meet emissions requirements.... Read More »

Suburban is the granddaddy of them all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

When Land Rover built the last Defender off-roader on Jan. 29 at its Solihull plant in the U.K., it ended a production run spanning 68 years. But the Defender, originally named Series 1, wasn't the longest-running vehicle on the road. Not even close.... Read More »

A rocky start, but, hey, at least it's fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

The much drooled-over 2017 Ford GT revealed a few technical issues at its very public debut - the 24-hour Rolex endurance race in Daytona Beach last month.... Read More »

Kia plans 1st sport sedan, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Kia Motors Corp. plans to launch its first sport sedan next year, sources told Reuters. Kia aims to start producing the sedan, code-named CK, in May 2017 and will target annual output of 60,000 vehicles, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter.... Read More »

EV to use new VW platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Volkswagen will build a production version of its BUDD-e electric vehicle concept, a senior VW executive told Britain's Car magazine. The VW Microbus-inspired BUDD-e debuted last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas using a new platform designed for EVs.... Read More »

TWO BY TWO

Volume sellers they are not, but two-door cars keep coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

A wave of coupes is appearing in showrooms and at auto shows this year, even though the segment is declining in popularity.... Read More »

Chrysler readies Alloy Edition trims for 200, 300

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, looking to spark interest in two key Chrysler cars, plans special editions for the 200S and 300S that sport hints of Detroit’s industrial might.... Read More »

Mahindra mulls Pininfarina-designed premium car

Feb. 5, 2016 14:41 CET

Mahindra has begun talks with Pininfarina, the Italian design house it agreed to buy in December, to build a premium car for the Indian market.... Read More »

Bentley preps fastback Bentayga

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Bentley is hatching plans to introduce a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the brand’s first SUV. Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said advance design and engineering work on a performance-enhanced, fastback Bentayga variant are under way, though the program still needs formal approval.... Read More »

1st generation will be the last for Cadillac ELR

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

The flashy - and pricey - Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid coupe won't stick around for a second generation, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen confirms.... Read More »

Ford tests diesel-powered F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Ford may launch a diesel version of the F-150 pickup as early as next year. Diesel-powered test trucks have been spotted near the company's product development center in Dearborn, Mich.... Read More »

New Discovery

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

The redesigned 2017 Land Rover Discovery will feature a rounder, more fluid design than its predecessor, the LR4, spy images of the luxury SUV show.... Read More »

V-series variant unlikely for Caddy's top-end CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Cadillac has no plans for a V-series high-performance model of its new CT6 large sedan, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

So what's a Jeep Wagoneer? Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne referred to a Wagoneer last week during a conference call about FCA's plans to "realign" its North American production plan. But a lack of details leaves us to wonder.... Read More »

Land Rover ends Defender production

Jan. 29, 2016 14:37 CET

The last Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line, 68 years after output of the iconic offroader first began.... Read More »

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