Product and design

BMW brainstorms its next i model

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

BMW is weighing what type of model will join its "i" family of low-emission vehicles, said a top executive who added that the model will arrive after 2020.... Read More »

Cadillac looks to exploit mismatches vs. Germans with CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Cadillac is taking a decidedly different approach to the full-size luxury sedan category with the upcoming CT6. While that uber-lux segment always has been long on roominess, horsepower and opulence, Cadillac will position the CT6 as an agile, athletic, driver's car and a technological tour de force.... Read More »

Why a Japanese supplier is upping its game

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Aisin Seiki, the world's fifth biggest auto supplier, is doubling the size of its global design division as it expands into new products and targets new customers.... Read More »

Ford pushes comfort, capability of 2015 Edge

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

The second-generation Ford Edge bucks the trend of adding a couple of mpgs to redesigned products. The Edge is already the top-selling midsize crossover on the market and among the most fuel efficient, so Ford instead focused on making the new Edge more capable, comfortable and high-tech.... Read More »

Cadillac will fit CT6 with a new twin-turbo V6

10:48 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Cadillac has promised that its forthcoming CT6 will form the tip of its technological spear, packing features such as an autonomous-drive system and a rearview mirror that streams video from a rear camera.... Read More »

Lexus aims to recapture luxury sales crown with retooled RX

2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Lexus is gunning to regain the U.S. luxury sales crown when it unveils a redesigned RX crossover next month at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Honda may bring UK-built Civic hatchback to U.S., report says

9:55 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Could American Honda be getting its first hatchback Civic in years or possibly even the coveted Type R hot hatch?... Read More »

Jeep's Moab concept vehicles pull from brand's past

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Jeep relied heavily on images from the brand's 74-year history to develop seven working concept vehicles -- including a Wrangler-based pickup -- that it will take to the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.... Read More »

Kia's redesigned Optima retains racy, sleek profile

9:30 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

With the redesigned 2016 Optima, Kia hopes to build on the recent success of the midsize sedan, which now leads the funky Soul hatchback as Kia's best-selling model in the United States.... Read More »

2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Scion plans revival with iM hatchback, iA compact sedan

12:33 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Toyota is about to give up its struggling Scion brand a shot in the arm -- two shots, in fact. At the New York auto show next month, the automaker is set to unveil two new models for the youth-oriented brand -- a five-door iM hatchback and a sporty compact sedan designated the iA.... Read More »

Jaguar's redesigned XF sedan set for New York debut

8:00 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Jaguar will unveil the redesigned 2016 XF sports sedan -- built on the company's new aluminum-intensive architecture -- at the New York International Auto Show next month.... Read More »

The LF-SA minicar's bold design is from out of this world

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

Caught in a polarizing vortex at the Geneva auto show this month was the Lexus LF-SA minicar concept. Here are some reactions.... Read More »

Chevy to reveal next-gen Camaro on May 16

1:41 pm U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Chevrolet plans to unveil the sixth-generation Camaro sports car at a fan event here on May 16, General Motors said today. The free event at the 982-acre Belle Isle Park here will include meet-and-greets with Camaro designers and engineers and "hot lap" rides around the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix course.... Read More »

GM puts new Malibu through the paces

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

A teaser video of the yet-to-be-unveiled 2016 Chevrolet Malibu shows the redesigned midsize sedan getting a workout at General Motors' test facilities.... Read More »

Nissan hints at future subcompact hatch

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

Nissan's Sway concept, unveiled this month at the Geneva auto show, illustrates Nissan's vision of a subcompact hatchback -- even in the United States. The Sway features a panoramic floating roof, an aggressive and sporty wedgelike front end, and a back end that nearly crosses the line into crossover status.... Read More »

Chevy readies redesigned Spark for New York, Seoul

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

General Motors has released a teaser photo of the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Spark that will debut on April 2 at the New York and Seoul auto shows. The photo shows a more flowing and sporty design.... Read More »

BMW wants to replace Z4, but it's not a high priority

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

BMW hopes to launch a successor to the Z4 roadster by 2020, said Klaus Froehlich, who was named the automaker's development chief in December. Development costs could be shared with Toyota as part of the companies' cooperation.... Read More »

Audi plans 2 new crossovers, joins VW with plug-in hybrids

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

Audi will add two crossovers to its lineup - one big and one small - and Volkswagen will offer new plug-in hybrid variants of several nameplates, company executives said last week. In 2016, Audi will launch an entry-level crossover called the Q1 positioned beneath the subcompact Q3, CEO Rupert Stadler said.... Read More »

Audi plans to give EVs stand-out looks

March 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi wants its future electric vehicles to stand out from its conventionally powered models by giving them their own design language, the automaker's development chief said.... Read More »

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GM drops more hints about 2016 Chevy Malibu

11:54 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

General Motors released a teaser video of the redesigned, yet-to-be-unveiled 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, showing the midsize sedan being put through the paces at GM's test facilities. The video shows a camouflaged Malibu barreling through deep water, jostling over rumble strips and being blasted at GM's wind tunnel.... Read More »

Chevrolet readies redesigned Spark for New York

9:00 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

One of General Motors' vital cogs in the global market for small cars is getting a nip and tuck. Chevrolet will unveil the revamped 2016 Spark at the Seoul and New York auto shows on April 2.... Read More »

BMW says its new fwd models are too small for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

BMW has decided not to bring either of its new 2-series front-wheel-drive models to the United States. The 2-series Gran Tourer, which debuted here last week, and the 2-series Active Tourer are too small for the U.S. market, a spokesman said.... Read More »

Toyota aims to cut price of fuel cell vehicle

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Toyota may have a $57,500 price tag on its Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle when it goes on sale late this year in the U.S., but it is pressing for a much lower future price. Katsuhiko Hirose, project general manager for Toyota Motor Corp.'s fuel cell development division, said Toyota wants fuel cell vehicles to be considered in the same competitive set as gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles.... Read More »

Rolls crossover to make broad use of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Rolls-Royce's new crossover will use a new aluminum spaceframe that won't be shared with BMW, says CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes. The spaceframe technology will be adopted for all future Rolls-Royce cars, Mueller-Oetvoes said.... Read More »

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Lexus' ideas about entry cars changing?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

One of the most perplexing cars at the Geneva auto show is the Lexus LF-SA minicar concept. The Japanese luxury brand has said repeatedly that it won't dabble in the sub-$30,000 zone, yet that's exactly what the LF-SA is.... Read More »

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