Product and design

How Ford's pony car survived a brush with death

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A 1987 issue of AutoWeek magazine featured a shocking cover story that revealed Ford's plans to build the 1989 Mustang on a Mazda front-wheel-drive platform. Howls of protest eventually prompted Ford to reverse course. The Mazda-designed Mustang, code-named ST-16, would become the Ford Probe and join the Mustang in Ford showrooms.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Chevy drops top on Corvette Z06 for 2015

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Chevrolet is dropping the top on the Corvette Z06 for 2015 and the convertible is being billed as the Stingray for owners who want it all.... Read More »

 

Carroll Shelby helped Ford build performance cred

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Carroll Shelby roared through the world's automotive scene like a tornado, leaving marks as a racer, automaker, marketer and businessman. He is the only man to win Le Mans as a driver, team owner and manufacturer. The name Shelby is synonymous with performance, and no one did more to burnish Ford's performance cred.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show

5:58 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Ten years ago, many Chinese could not afford a car, but today not only can they afford one, they are getting picky about which vehicle to buy -- and they're increasingly opting for compact SUVs.... Read More »

 

Ford debuts the Skyliner Transit concept vehicle

1:08 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Melvin Betancourt, design manager for Ford Motor, speaks before the 2015 Transit Skyliner concept van is unveiled at Galpin Auto Sports in California on Thursday. The Transit Skyliner features custom-designed throne seats that are movable and can be repositioned automatically, controlled by a smartphone or tablet, as well as a theater and bar. Photographer:... Read More »

 

Ford Mustang timeline

8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A look at the Mustang, from debut to the newest model... Read More »

 

Mustang's classic cues

8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Ford's Mustang has changed shapes many times in its 50-year gallop. For 2005, when the Mustang was rebuilt from the wheels up, nearly all of the car's signature styling cues from the 1960s and early '70s were updated. Through the years, every Mustang has had a long hood and a short decklid. The 2015 Mustang coming this fall further refines the car's DNA. Staff Reporter Richard Truett looks at the Mustang's iconic styling elements.... Read More »

 

ONE-TRICK PONIES

Rivals tried, but none matched the Mustang's sales in the '60s

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The Mustang's runaway success after its April 1964 debut left most of Ford Motor Co.'s rivals scrambling to develop their own pony cars. Three years later, the Mustang had plenty of competition but no other sporty compact came close to matching the Mustang's sales in the 1960s.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus NX compact crossover will have 3 powertrains

7:22 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Lexus plans to unveil the production version of its NX compact crossover at this month's Beijing motor show with three powertrains, including a turbo and hybrid for America.... Read More »

 

The pony car was all about personalization -- 'do your own thing'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Try to think about the Ford Mustang from a rational perspective, and its phenomenal early success just doesn't compute. The Mustang was a two-door, sporty car, the very definition of a niche product with limited appeal. It also was developed on a shoestring budget. But it roared out of the gates.... Read More »

 

Sperlich: Mustang 'was all about youth'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Among the Ford Mustang's fathers, Hal Sperlich is one of the most fascinating. Sperlich gets credit for being the product-planning genius behind the Ford Mustang and Chrysler's original minivan, the vehicles that made Lee Iacocca famous.... Read More »

 

Ford replaces Lincoln chief designer Wolff with luxury veteran

5:18 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Ford's Lincoln brand is moving forward under a $1 billion overhaul with a new design director at the helm after quietly replacing Max Wolff. Wolff, hired from GM four years ago, remains at Lincoln, in charge of exterior design of the brand's models, Ford said Thursday. David Woodhouse, who joined Ford in 1999 from GM to head Ford's former European luxury brands, is his successor.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan preps refreshed Versa sedan for 2015

6:06 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Nissan will show its refreshed 2015 Versa sedan during New York Auto Show press days next week. The mid-cycle changes come just two years into the car's model cycle, spurred by changes to competitors like the Honda Fit.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan Versa gets refresh amid cutthroat subcompact competition

4:47 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Nissan plans to show its refreshed 2015 Versa sedan during New York auto show press days next week. The mid-cycle changes come just two years into the car’s model cycle as the Honda Fit and other competitors look for more of the cutthroat subcompact segment.... Read More »

 

Kia confirms redesigned Sedona for New York show

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Kia today confirmed it will show a redesigned Sedona minivan next week at the New York auto show. The Sedona will ride on a new chassis and be powered by 3.3-liter direct injection V-6 engine, Kia says.... Read More »

 

Jeep's 6 Moab customs feature more available parts than previous concepts

3:14 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Chrysler Group’s Jeep and Mopar brands have customized six concept vehicles, including two 2014 Jeep Cherokees, for this year’s Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.... Read More »

 

GM planning lower-priced version of 2016 Chevy Volt, report says

12:42 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Hoping to boost demand for its slow-selling Volt hybrid, Chevrolet is planning to sell two versions of the redesigned 2016 Volt, including a lower-priced model with a smaller battery pack and shorter driving range, supplier sources told Reuters on Tuesday. GM's Opel also is planning a smaller version of the next generation Volt, according to another report.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 engineer says some ideas were too much to execute

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
In Ford's five-year effort to strip weight from the 2015 F-150 pickup, some ideas were considered just too big of a stretch, chief engineer Pete Reyes said today. For example, engineers had considered using a front-frame crossmember -- which provides rigidity and lateral strength -- made of magnesium, an expensive metal that is lighter and stronger than either aluminum or steel.... Read More »

 

Honda Fit raises the ante, and cargo space, in subcompact segment

5:00 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
In the subcompact segment, small can no longer mean cheap. It's not only price but a product's execution that makes the difference between a sale and a walkaway. With the 2015 Fit, Honda looks to be leading the pack -- at least on the execution side.... Read More »

 

Re-engineered Ram Power Wagon gets new frame, bigger tires

9:00 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The re-engineered 2014 Ram Power Wagon will use a new frame, bigger tires and a five-link coil suspension to improve on-road performance and off-road ability.... Read More »

 

Ford unveils upscale S-Max concept with Vignale badge

April 9, 2014 13:19 CET
Ford has unveiled a concept previewing an upscale Vignale variant of its S-Max large minivan, the second vehicle to receive the trim line after the Mondeo sedan.... Read More »

 

Ford to show freshened Focus at New York show

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Ford will show the freshened Focus sedan and the Focus Electric during the New York auto show press days next week.... Read More »

 

GM to invest $449 million in plants for next-generation Volt, 2 future products

12:25 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $449 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and a battery assembly facility in suburban Detroit to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt and two future vehicles that weren't disclosed.... Read More »

 

BEIJING AUTO SHOW

BMW set to debut concept for 9-series flagship sedan

5:15 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
BMW will preview its upcoming 9-series sedan with a concept car at the Beijing auto show, according to a German report. The 9 series will take on the Mercedes S600 Maybach and will be based upon a new platform shared by BMW and Rolls-Royce models.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus previews production NX compact crossover

2:11 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Lexus has published a preview of the 2015 Lexus NX luxury compact crossover, scheduled to debut April 20 at the 2014 China auto show in Beijing. The upcoming Lexus NX is meant to battle the likes of the BMW X1, the Audi Q3, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and it was previewed earlier in concept form as the LF-NX.... Read More »

 

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