Product and design

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

'Age doesn't always mean that much'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Tell your young designers that the best design tool is a 2H pencil: Put work down with one end; remove bad with the other.... Read More »

 

Alfa Romeo aims to 'play with the big boys'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Alfa Romeo will resemble BMW in products and pricing when it offers a full lineup through 2018, executives at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles suggested last week during the Detroit auto show. The company will reveal many of the revived brand's characteristics when it unveils an Alfa Romeo sedan on June 24 in Italy.... Read More »

 

Q60 coupe is 'huge opportunity' for Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Infiniti is counting on the big-wheeled twin-turbo Q60 Concept coupe to become one of the brand's four biggest-volume models. The Q60 will go into production in early 2016, staying close to the design of the concept car unveiled at last week's Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

Volvo's first China-built car arrives in June

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Volvo will begin importing its first China-built car in June and could sell up to 5,000 units a year of the stretched S60 sedan, executives said. The long-wheelbase S60 Inscription sedan goes on sale in the United States in June. It will be the first China-built car sold in the United States.... Read More »

 

Ford tests 'beacons' to beam info to shoppers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Ford Motor Co. is testing a new way that shoppers browsing on a dealership lot can learn about the vehicles they're looking at. Ford is demonstrating the technology, which it developed in conjunction with Cisco Systems, on an F-150 at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

Scion's plan: Less quirky, more pragmatic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
After struggling for years, Toyota's youth-oriented Scion brand aims to get back on a fast growth track by adding products that are more pragmatic and by gearing its advertising to a slightly older crowd.... Read More »

 

It's official: Scion kills FR-S convertible idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Despite a series of tantalizing concepts, Scion has officially killed the idea of an FR-S convertible. Scion executives spearheaded a feasibility study of the idea but terminated it in June, said Doug Murtha, the brand's vice president.... Read More »

 

Mini expects to bounce back with new products, TV spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Mini USA expects a record year fueled by the redesigned Cooper hardtop and the new four-door hatch, said David Duncan, vice president of Mini of the Americas.... Read More »

 

Mazda looks to lift loyalty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Mazda Motor Corp. hopes that quick midcycle makeovers and the addition of a compact crossover will lift the marque's brand loyalty rating closer to the industry average.... Read More »

 

Acura mulls new model, 'another arrow in the quiver'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2015
Fresh off launching the NSX sports car, executives at Honda's struggling Acura premium marque are already considering other new entries, such as a coupe and a compact crossover, as part of the brand's quickening revival plan.... Read More »

 

The woman behind the bold NSX

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2015
Michelle Christensen, exterior design project leader for the NSX, is the first woman to lead a design team working on a supercar.... Read More »

 

Want a BMW i8? Get in a long, long line

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2015
BMW will get 50 percent more i8 plug-in hybrids -- 1,000-plus cars -- in the US this year than in 2014, but that still won't be enough to fill the order bank. The wait for an i8, with a list price of $137,450, including shipping, is about a year, said Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of North America.... Read More »

 

THE DESIGN PERSPECTIVE

Designer dissects 3 auto show cars

11:47 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Automotive News walked the floor of the 2015 Detroit auto show with Paul Snyder, a former Honda and Ford designer who is now chair of transportation design at the College for Creative Studies. Watch him break down three of the most intriguing vehicles from the show.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Maybach S600 priced at $190,275

2:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Mercedes-Benz has priced its flagship Mercedes-Maybach S600 at $190,275, including shipping. The ultra-luxury car is based on the S-class sedan that starts at $167,825, including shipping.... Read More »

 

When the Motor City becomes Startup City

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Metro Detroit, the automotive capital of the world, ironically isn't a hotbed for mobility upstarts, but several efforts are under way in the auto industry to help develop more transportation startups and improve the industry's risk tolerance.... Read More »

 

GUEST BLOG -- JEFF GREEN

Auto show vet longs for toy cars and comes up with thumb drives

2:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
My fondest moments covering auto shows, after jostling with my peers at press briefings, have been collecting the swag -- toy cars, clocks, hats, even chairs emblazoned with logos of new models. I'm sorry to report, that era is over.... Read More »

 

ARLENA SAWYERS

How will the newest metal in Detroit hold up in the used market?

2:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
When analysts who examine used vehicles and establish prices for them look at an all-new or redesigned car or pickup, they study exterior styling, engine specs and technical innovations. The also weigh factors such as price, incentives, competitors and deliveries to rental fleets.... Read More »

 

Via Motors targets annual sales of 50,000 plug-in hybrid trucks

9:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
VIA Motors, the closely held assembler of plug-in hybrid pickups, expects to sell 50,000 vehicles per year by 2018. The company is also preparing to offer an optional solar panel, stretched across the top of the pickup bed, for recharging the batteries. VIA will start selling the pickups to fleet customers in February and to individuals by the end of the year... Read More »

 

Opel prices new Karl to win former Chevrolet customers

Jan. 15, 2015 11:31 CET
Opel said its new Karl minicar will cost 9,500 euros in Germany. The Karl will offer safety and driver systems not common in the segment including lane departure warning, Opel said.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road.... Read More »

 

Nissan close to eliminating EV range anxiety with longer range, exec says

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Nissan is very close to eliminating range anxiety with its next-generation electric vehicle battery. The company's chief planning officer declined to give a timeline for expanding the electric car's driving range, but suggested the breakthrough could come around the debut of the next-generation Leaf electric vehicle. That car may arrive around 2017 or 2018.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

So what is a Bentayga?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we can add a new head-scratcher to the list: the Bentley Bentayga.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Ford will limit aluminum mostly to trucks, Hinrichs says

9:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Ford isn't planning to use much aluminum beyond trucks because the benefits for other vehicles aren't as compelling. The company sees better, more cost-effective ways to improve the fuel economy of its cars.... Read More »

 

Seinfeld upends Acura's Super Bowl ad for NSX

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
No supercar for you! At least, not until Jerry Seinfeld takes a test drive. Acura will forgo advertising in this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 1 even though it has a production-version NSX for enthusiasts to order for the second half of the year.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Save up -- the future is a hungry beast

11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Anywhere on the Detroit auto show floor you can see healthy automakers branching out. Call it the vigor of health. These initiatives don't happen in hard times.... Read More »

 

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