Product and design

BMW's larger 2-series droptop hits U.S. in early 2015

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
BMW's 2015 2-series convertible goes on sale early next year after debuting in October at the Paris auto show. The soft-top two-door will be launched in the U.S. as the 228i, 228i xDrive with all-wheel drive and M235i. The M235i xDrive is due next year.... Read More »

 

Racing-inspired $120,000 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT zooms into U.S. in April

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT two-door, the second vehicle developed by the brand's in-house performance arm, goes on sale in the United States next April.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

The connected car -- circa 1956

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car's speed and direction.... Read More »

 

Dodge Challenger Hellcat dealer ordering begins -- with a catch

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Dodge will open dealer ordering for its new 707-hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat today, but the brand is changing its normal allocation methods to make sure the high-powered coupe gets into the hands of waiting enthusiasts.... Read More »

 

Aluminum Jaguar XE marks return to compact luxury segment

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Jaguar is re-entering the cutthroat compact luxury segment with the XE -- complete with new engines, new technology and a new modular aluminum-based architecture.... Read More »

 

Mazda's MX-5 Miata gets shorter, sportier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Mazda Motor Corp. unveiled a shorter and lighter MX-5 Miata to burnish its brand image with a sportier yet more fuel-efficient roadster. The fourth-generation drop-top, expected to go on sale next year, is the shortest MX-5 since the nameplate debuted in 1989.... Read More »

 

Buick-badged droptop looks just like sporty Opel Cascada, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Buick dealers recently were given a sneak peek of a Buick-badged Opel Cascada convertible, which is slated for a U.S. launch in late 2015 as a '16 model.... Read More »

 

Porsche goes for faster and fuel-efficient

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Porsche is exploring other segments, including an entry-level roadster, a small sedan and a sports car that would slot above the 911.... Read More »

 

Audi mines its Q's to fuel its already rapid growth pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Audi sees crossovers and SUVs as its biggest growth opportunity in the U.S. and around the world.... Read More »

 

After Golf, Volkswagen will start crossover countdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Volkswagen will roll out the rest of the hatchback family, then enter a two year lull before taking the next big step toward a daunting goal of selling 800,000 vehicles in the United States by 2018.... Read More »

 

VW's luxury brands set product pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
To understand why Volkswagen Group is one of the world's most profitable car companies, one need only look at the product cadence for Audi and Porsche.... Read More »

 

Discovery rolls into center of L-R lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
The seven-seat Discovery Sport, which goes on sale early next year, will slot into the middle of Land Rover's evolving three-tier global lineup.... Read More »

 

Ford rejoins rivals on payload ratings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Ford Motor Co. says it will stop stripping the weight of some items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings.... Read More »

 

Lexus cranks up the noise volume for RC F

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
The RC F's 5.0-liter V-8 emits a deep, guttural roar thanks to a large-diameter exhaust system that feeds into quad tailpipes, said Yukihiko Yaguchi, the car's chief engineer.... Read More »

 

Is this the new face of Lexus?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Lexus is counting on its new 2015 RC 350 sports coupe to take on BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in a segment dominated by the German luxury brands. And that may be the easy part of the car's mission.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Zagato wants to create new classics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2014
While turning out countless special Zagato editions over the years, the Zagato company has had a major influence on the styling of European luxury cars, racers and airplanes. Andrea Zagato, the third Zagato to lead the company, is repositioning the company as a creator of limited-edition cars.... Read More »

 

Mazda splurges on MX-5 Miata debut and celebration

7:47 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2014
Mazda is a tiny carmaker on a shoestring budget. So nothing attests more to the import of the MX-5 Miata's debut than the company's big splurge on a laser-lit, smoke-machined three-continent, simultaneously live-streamed global reveal.... Read More »

 

THE BETTY WHITE OF CROSSOVERS

GM's aging Equinox and Terrain show staying power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2014
The current-generation Chevrolet Equinox and sibling GMC Terrain, now entering their sixth year, would normally be prepped for reconstructive surgery by now under a typical product development cycle.... Read More »

 

Can sporty RC be the new face of Lexus?

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Lexus is counting on its new 2015 RC 350 sports coupe to take on BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in a segment dominated by the German luxury brands. And that may be the easy part of the car's mission.... Read More »

 

Land Rover unveils Discovery Sport

Sept. 3, 2014 08:35 CET
Land Rover unveiled the Discovery Sport, the first vehicle in a new family of Land Rovers aimed at buyers in the middle of the luxury market.... Read More »

 

Next MX-5 Miata will help Mazda define itself

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Mazda, which has staked its future on making its cars lighter, more efficient and more fun to drive than their competition, on Wednesday revealed the purest execution of that strategy: a redesigned MX-5 Miata built with Mazda's full suite of Skyactiv technology.... Read More »

 

2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon rated at 21 mpg, GM says

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
General Motors' new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups will have a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg, better than its midsize rivals but barely edging some bigger trucks.... Read More »

 

Toyota raises prices on 2015 Sienna minivans

11:44 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Toyota bumped up the manufacturer's suggested retail prices for its redesigned 2015 Sienna minivan. The retail pricing spans from a base of $28,600 for a Sienna L grade to $46,150 for a Sienna Limited Premium all-wheel drive, Toyota said in a statement Tuesday.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How Infiniti plans to capture the new breed of premium customers

Sept. 2, 2014 06:15 CET
Infiniti is working to reposition itself as a unique design- and technology-driven alternative to Germany's premium automakers, the carmaker's Chairman, Andy Palmer, told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

GM says early orders surge for Colorado pickup

6:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Chevrolet dealers requested nearly 30,000 Colorado pickups in the month since General Motors began taking orders for the mid-sized truck -- about five times more than the company had forecast.... Read More »

 

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