Product and design

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Caddy CT6's lightweight body = big car, small engine

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Of the three engine choices available on the Cadillac CT6 sedan, it was the smallest that seemed to generate the most buzz during a recent media drive.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will Volvo's S90L land stateside?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Is an even more luxurious, longer variant of Volvo's S90 sedan in the cards for North America?... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM shifts r&d role to meet new realities

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

GM researchers, working in four locations around the globe, are focused more on developing products and technologies that can be put into production in years, not decades.... Read More »

Cadillac eyes Vsport over V-series V-8 for a top-end CT6

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Cadillac has no plans for a V-series high-performance model of the new CT6 large sedan. But under consideration is a high-performance variant that would stop short of a tire-shredding V series -- possibly a Vsport, a sporty trim that is Cadillac’s answer to Audi’s S and BMW’s M Sport packages.... Read More »

Viper-like 2-seater could make a comeback, Marchionne hints

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

The Dodge Viper is set to end production in 2017, but Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the nameplate could stage a comeback in different form.... Read More »

Don't expect smaller Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

The big question was left hanging after GMC showed a shrunken 2017 Acadia this month at the Detroit auto show: What does the redesign mean for the Acadia's crossover cousins, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse? Global product chief Mark Reuss offered a hint when asked what to expect on the next-generation Enclave and Traverse.... Read More »

Detroit auto show sets best attendance record since 2003 peak

9:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

The Detroit auto show this year drew 815,575 in total ticketed attendance, event organizers said late Sunday. That topped last year’s 803,451, and continues the attendance upswing after a dip during the recession that saw the total number of visitors drop to 650,517 in 2009.... Read More »

THE CANDOR MAN

Marchionne bumps head with designers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Chrysler designers will probably think twice the next time they consider borrowing an idea from a rival carmaker.... Read More »

Looks are that important

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

A significant chunk of shoppers avoid certain vehicles because they dislike the exterior design of the car, J.D. Power's 2016 Auto Avoider Study found.... Read More »

Pacifica minivan impresses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' global head of design, was desperate to inject some style into the new Chrysler minivan, the renamed Pacifica that debuted at the Detroit auto show this month. Did he pull it off? Professional opinion-givers who saw the Pacifica up close were in the affirmative.... Read More »

Fabric top for BMW's Z4 replacement?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

A pair of future BMWs - a replacement for the Z4 roadster and a new 5 series - have come within range of spy photographers this month, neither with much camouflage.... Read More »

Mercedes plans U.S. sales of E-class variants in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Mercedes-Benz will begin introducing variants of its redesigned E-class sedan in the U.S. in 2017. They include plug-in hybrid, diesel and AMG versions.... Read More »

Opel concept to preview future design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall division will unveil a coupe concept in March at the Geneva auto show that will point to its future design language. The car will be badged GT in recognition of the Opel GT subcompact coupe built between 1968 and 1973. The Geneva concept is expected to be a similar size.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

The risk of being an auto pioneer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Some companies making the most noise about transforming the car have a poor record of delivering world-class vehicles when they are distracted.... Read More »

PORT AUTHORITY

Why Mercedes-Benz is reasserting control over connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Well-funded startups such as Automatic, Vinli and Zubie are selling under-the-dashboard dongles that can plug into a car's electronics and communicate data wirelessly to a smartphone or computer, effectively turning any car into a connected car. Automakers are pushing back.... Read More »

Why the CT6 is Cadillac's square-peg sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2016

The CT6 that hits showrooms in March defies categorization in terms of its size, interior space and price. It's something different.... Read More »

Buick aims Cascada beyond the Midwest

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

Buick is bucking an industry trend with the Cascada, a newcomer in an affordable family ragtop segment that has all but disappeared.... Read More »

Product launches follow a faster cadence

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot farther away from home. A critical factor is increased speed -- what one expert calls "the new cadence."... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Eight things to know about the new Hyundai Ioniq hybrid

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Hyundai is pitching its new Ioniq hybrid vehicle as the anti-hybrid hybrid: A green car with gusto and good looks. And the compact hatchback delivered on the promise during a recent test drive on the northern outskirts of Seoul.... Read More »

GUEST BLOG

BLOG: ZF executive 'remarkably comfortable' in one-on-one chat with Obama

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

The most commonly asked question I've received in the past 24 hours is: “Were you nervous?” But I can honestly tell you that my 10-minute one-on-one conversation with the president was remarkably comfortable.... Read More »

GUEST BLOG

BLOG: ZF executive 'remarkably comfortable' in one-on-one chat with Obama

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

The most commonly asked question I've received in the past 24 hours is: “Were you nervous?” But I can honestly tell you that my 10-minute one-on-one conversation with the president was remarkably comfortable.... Read More »

Honda updates, improves composite bed in new Ridgeline

7:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

In updating its Ridgeline midsize pickup, Honda aimed to create the ultimate tailgating tool. A new type of in-bed audio system forgoes conventional speakers, which could be easily damaged in a cargo area.... Read More »

BMW's next Z roadster spied

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

It has been three years since BMW and Toyota signed a product development partnership that's expected to spawn sports cars for BMW and Toyota. Spy photos have finally emerged of the BMW car -- a replacement for the Z4 roadster that could be called the Z5. Toyota is expected to revive the Supra nameplate with its variant.... Read More »

Kia's high-riding hybrid set for Chicago debut

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Kia plans a Chicago Auto Show debut for the crossover-styled Niro that will be the brand's first dedicated hybrid model.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The danger of being a pioneer

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

Some companies making the most noise about efforts to transform the car have a poor record of consistently delivering world-class vehicles when they become distracted from the core mission.... Read More »

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