Product and design

Cadillac cooks up more alphabet soup

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

The new entries aim to position Cadillac for more head-to-head competition against German luxury brands.... Read More »

Buick awaits compact crossover, droptop

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

General Motors will keep Buick's product portfolio fed with imports and vehicles developed for GM's overseas markets.... Read More »

Big year ahead for Chevrolet cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Chevrolet's and GMC's product plans include a revamped car lineup, the launch of a long-range electric vehicle, a pair of new crossovers and refreshed full-size pickups.... Read More »

New Mercedes C-class coupe to swap space for sportiness

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will trade practical benefits for more sporty exterior styling on the redesigned C-class coupe due in the U.S. next spring.... Read More »

A car that dropped in from the future

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

In the 1940s, a designer-engineer named Norman Timbs already was experimenting with aluminum and other materials, and was doing it beautifully.... Read More »

Defender's last stand gets an extension

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

The end of the road for Land Rover's long-running Defender won't come this fall after all. Jaguar Land Rover has extended production for the classic, aluminum-bodied off-roader into next year, reports England's Birmingham Post.... Read More »

Hachigo holding out for a Civic Type R

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

When Takahiro Hachigo returned to Japan in March after years overseas to be Honda's new CEO, he didn't rush out to buy a new car. “There is a model I want, which will, as I have told you, be launched this autumn,” Hachigo said. “I will wait ... I want to buy the Civic Type R.”... Read More »

Hyundai gets back in action with Tucson

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

Hyundai's crossover drought is over. The Korean auto maker has not only a redesigned Tucson to feed Americans' expanding appetite, but also a plan to make far more of the compact crossovers available to U.S. dealerships.... Read More »

BMW will unveil redesigned, upgraded models in China as sales slow

July 17, 2015 12:56 CET

BMW will unveil a new 7-series sedan, an upgraded version of the 3 series and cheaper versions of the X5 and X6 SUVs in China this year. The company is aiming to shore up weak sales and raise its competitiveness against German rival Mercedes in the market.... Read More »

Toyota taps GoPro to defend truck turf against new GM pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

It's lights, camera and action time in America's suddenly competitive small-pickup segment. The market for small pickups was whittled down to just Toyota and Nissan a year ago. Now GM has returned with 2 trucks. To defend its share, Toyota is borrowing some cool factor from action-camera maker GoPro for the Tacoma's first redesign in a decade.... Read More »

GMC updates Sierra pickup's face for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

GMC is refreshing the Sierra pickup for the 2016 model year with a redesigned front end in a bid to keep the sales momentum going for one of GM's most profitable vehicles.... Read More »

Lexus ES gets a fresh look for 2016

12:15 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lexus has updated the ES line of sedans for the 2016 model year with a number of stylistic changes as well as new safety systems.... Read More »

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BLOG: Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lower gasoline prices are starting to impact the product plans of leading automakers as consumers migrate back to larger vehicles.... Read More »

Chevy Silverado styling toughened up for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chevrolet is scrapping the long-running dual stacked headlights on the freshened 2016 Silverado and giving the hot-selling pickup a mean-machine look. The 2016 model also adds a more muscular hood and a new front fascia. The changes are designed to keep the truck competitive against Ford's revamped F-150 and Fiat Chrysler's Ram 1500.... Read More »

Rearview camera was one of Jordan's nifty tricks in '56

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

Chuck Jordan's 1956 Buick Centurion XP-301 concept is on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as part of “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas,” an exhibit running until Aug. 23. The show features visionary concept cars from the 1930s to today.... Read More »

High-tech touches for Mercedes E class

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

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class will have new safety and autonomous driving features when it goes on sale next spring in the United States.... Read More »

CEO Hachigo taking Honda back to basics

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

Honda's new CEO, aiming to reboot the ailing automaker, plans to rekindle development of more exciting cars, steer clear of numerical targets and maximize use of the company's overseas production to soak up global overcapacity.... Read More »

Mitsubishi teases Montero Sport

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

Mitsubishi last week offered a glimpse at the next product in its SUV offensive: a third-generation Montero Sport.... Read More »

Prius fastback spotted

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

Toyota's next-generation Prius, due to be unveiled in the third quarter, may get a lot closer in looks to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.... Read More »

DS brand set to launch flagship sedan in 2018

July 10, 2015 06:15 CET

DS Automobiles will launch a flagship sedan code-named the DS8 in 2018, a company source said. The sedan will incorporate styling cues from the original DS model launched in 1955, the Numero 9 concept unveiled in 2012 and the Divine DS concept shown at last year's Paris auto show.... Read More »

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BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups.... Read More »

Mercedes readies advanced safety tech for next E class

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new suite of advanced safety and autonomous driving features on the redesigned E-class sedan next spring. Calling the new features “real life safety,” Mercedes-Benz executives say the intelligent and safety systems bring its vehicles closer to accident-free and autonomous driving.... Read More »

Toyota's next Prius hybrid takes on fastback styling

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid may be getting a lot closer in looks to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. A five-door hatchback wearing heavy disguise spotted during testing in California could offer the best look yet at the next Prius.... Read More »

Mazda3 repackaged for 2016 with more features, new base price

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The Mazda3 sedan and hatchback are getting more standard features for 2016 and a new base price. Mazda has discontinued the old base model and made the Mazda3 i Sport the new standard model, with a starting price of $18,665, including an $820 destination charge.... Read More »

Renault taps Daimler expertise to boost Talisman quality

July 6, 2015 16:34 CET

Renault is aiming to match rivals' quality with its new Talisman midsize car with help from Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler. The Talisman is a "refined sedan with an assertive design," Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the car's unveiling.... Read More »

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