Product and design

Will Chevrolet's tiny Trax spark a sibling rivalry?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2014
Given that GMC's entire product lineup is shared with Chevrolet, it begs the question: Will GMC get a version of the new Chevy Trax small crossover?... Read More »

 

College for Creative Studies names transportation design chair

3:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Former Ford and Honda designer Paul Snyder will become the Transportation Design Department chair at Detroit's College for Creative Studies, starting in January, the college said today.... Read More »

 

Aston Martin's next Bond car hints at future design

Dec. 5, 2014 11:49 CET
Aston Martin says that James Bond's next car also previews the brand's new look. The DB10 two-door coupe, built exclusively for the next installment in the Bond film franchise, “Spectre,” overhauls a design language first used in 2001.... Read More »

 

Aston Martin reveals DB10 for next Bond film

11:09 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
James Bond will get back behind the wheel of an Aston Martin in Spectre, the next film in the 007 series. But, the secret agent will get in something considerably newer than the DB5 from Skyfall.... Read More »

 

Toyota sees small pickups as growth market

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Toyota is betting that small pickup trucks are going to become big sellers. The automaker plans to unveil its redesigned Tacoma truck at the Detroit auto show in January, and is expecting rising sales in 2015 and beyond, even though overall growth in the small-truck segment has been slow.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz GLE uncovered

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
The Mercedes-Benz GLE crossover coupe, a tall wagon/sedan with swoopy coupelike styling, has been spotted largely uncovered during recent testing.... Read More »

 

Diesel Mazda6 still on the map

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Despite engineering delays, Mazda still plans to launch a diesel engine in its Mazda6 midsize sedan, the company's top North American executive says.... Read More »

 

Lincoln MKC: Designers 'should get a high-five'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Lincoln's new MKC crossover is off to a strong sales start. Reviewers pick nits, but they are minor. Here are highlights from some early reviews.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Lexus RC: Nifty lighting, walk-in seats -- and more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Design is always subjective, but if the new RC coupe is a sign of future cars from Lexus, brand boss Tokuo Fukuichi is working magic in my book. Here are some cool flourishes that enhance the RC experience.... Read More »

 

Craft workshop's new mission: Build Mirai

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Toyota's secretive workshop in Japan that built the last $375,000 Lexus LFA in December 2012 has a new assignment: Hand build the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan.... Read More »

 

BMW rolls out showpieces

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
BMW will present two of its BMW Art Cars -- a BMW 320 that Roy Lichtenstein used as a canvas in 1977, and a 1989 BMW M3 with artwork by Michael Jagamara Nelson -- at the 2014 Art Basel in Miami Beach, Fla.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Hyundai needs a design hierarchy, Schreyer says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
Hyundai Motor Group President Peter Schreyer gave Kia a fresh, familywide look after being hired from Volkswagen Group in 2006. Now he's doing the same for Hyundai, for which he took design responsibility in 2012. Schreyer, 61, wants to give Hyundai the equivalent of Kia's "tiger nose" grille so all of the brand's vehicles have a familiar face.... Read More »

 

Infiniti designers imagine a 2029 concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Infiniti reached deep into science fiction for the Synaptiq design concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The theoretical concept for 2029, sketched and conceived for the show's Design Challenge, can fly. Infiniti designers imagined a vehicle triathlon that includes air, rally and circuit competitions.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Nov. 27, 2014 12:28 CET
Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars.... Read More »

 

Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars

9:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years.... Read More »

 

UAW members rally in Toledo to keep Wrangler output; city urged to buy land

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
UAW members rallied before Toledo's city council Tuesday asking the city to approve the purchase of industrial land needed for the potential expansion of the assembly plant that makes the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler.... Read More »

 

STAR POWER

Cars and concepts that glowed in the L.A. spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
These four concepts and one production model are ready for their close-ups.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

5 cool flourishes on new Lexus RC

10:50 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Is it too much to say that the new Lexus RC is the best-looking Lexus ever? Even better than the LFA? I finally got behind the wheel an RC 350 F Sport last weekend, and I never got tired looking at the car, from any angle.... Read More »

 

Scion nixes convertible, turbocharged FR-S

10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Toyota says there will be no convertible version of the Scion FR-S sports car and -- in a blow to power-seeking enthusiasts everywhere -- no turbocharged engine.... Read More »

 

'18 Wrangler to get 8-speed automatic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The long-awaited Jeep Wrangler redesign planned for 2018 will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to dramatically improve the off-roader's fuel economy.... Read More »

 

Shelby GT350 Mustang taps into supercar tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
With the unveiling of the new Shelby GT350 Mustang at Shelby's Gardena, Calif., garage last week, Ford is harkening back to the Mustang's performance roots.... Read More »

 

Ford to keep base price stable on Explorer, but raises top trim level

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford has held the line on prices for the refreshed 2016 Explorer crossover, but a new top-of-the-line Platinum trim raises the ceiling on what a customer can spend for the hot-selling full-size crossover to well above $50,000.... Read More »

 

'15 Chrysler 300 gets electric steering, Wi-Fi

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 features a new front fascia, rotary shifter and Wi-Fi service. Chrysler's flagship sedan is the last of the automaker's three full-size cars to receive an upgrade, following refreshes to the Dodge Challenger and Charger earlier this year.... Read More »

 

Ford moves 2016 Explorer upscale

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The freshened 2016 Ford Explorer unveiled here last week will come with a new version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a new, loaded Platinum trim level that will be priced above the current top-of-the-line Explorer Sport.... Read More »

 

Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin.... Read More »

 

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