Product and design

Maserati's holiday fantasy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Neiman Marcus is making a pitch to well-heeled holiday shoppers by including a 2015 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 among the fantasy gifts in the high-end retailer's 2014 Christmas catalog. The price tag: $95,000.... Read More »

 

Chevy to get another EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Chevrolet will broaden its green-vehicle offerings by adding an electric model to a lineup that includes the Volt plug-in hybrid and the Spark EV minicar.... Read More »

 

Volvo 'triple boost' engine cranks up the power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Volvo Car Group is testing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses three turbochargers to crank out at least 450 hp. Volvo calls its "triple boost" engine a concept and has not said if the powerplant will go into production. But if it does, its rating of 225 hp per liter would be one of the highest ever for a regular production vehicle's engine.... Read More »

 

Cadillac to offer plug-in hybrid version of CT6 big sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Cadillac will offer a plug-in hybrid version of the CT6 large sedan scheduled to debut late next year. General Motors global product chief Mark Reuss said during an investment conference that the plug-in hybrid would get the equivalent of at least 70 mpg.... Read More »

 

Mustang leaves a bumpy ride in dust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
With the 2015 Ford Mustang on its way to dealers, the early reviews are rolling in. Ford has let auto writers test two of the three models, the four-cylinder turbo and the V-8 powered GT. Here's a sampling. from the press.... Read More »

 

Renault sets pricing for Clio Initiale Paris

Oct. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault is targeting prosperous car buyers in urban areas with its Clio Initiale Paris, the first Renault to use the upscale Initiale Paris trimline, which will cost 3,350 euros more than standard versions of the subcompact hatchback.... Read More »

 

Tesla's 'D' will be Model S with all-wheel drive, 2 motors

11:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Tesla Motors will offer an all-wheel-drive system in its all-electric Model S sedan, CEO Elon Musk says, giving a glimpse of the first-of-its-kind powertrain that will power Tesla's Model X crossover when it goes on sale next year.... Read More »

 

Tesla to end 'The D' suspense

12:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Tesla CEO Elon Musk today will unveil new technology that helps keep drivers from drifting off the road and what analysts predict will be an all-wheel-drive variant of its Model S.... Read More »

 

2014 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Porsche adds 4 GTS variants to 911 lineup for 2015

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Porsche, feeling the heat from such cars as the redesigned Chevrolet Corvette, is giving the venerable 911 a tune-up for 2015.... Read More »

 

Q&A

F-150 chief engineer: Redesign 'sets us up for the next 15 years'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
With the redesigned F-150 pickup, Ford is out to prove conventional wisdom that only bigger and heavier can deliver more power and capability. Automotive News sat down with Pete Reyes, chief engineer of the 2015 pickup, the first mass market truck with a body made of lightweight aluminum alloys, or what Ford likes to call “military grade.”... Read More »

 

Bentley crossover is coming to U.S., along with store upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Bentley expects its U.S. dealers to comply with a new corporate identity standard that is being rolled out for dealerships globally by the time they receive a new, as-yet-unnamed crossover.... Read More »

 

Hybrid Chrysler minivan will hit market in '15, a year early

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan late next year.... Read More »

 

Infiniti plans family of smaller, more powerful engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
PARIS — Infiniti is developing a family of aluminum engines that will begin hitting the market within two years, promising more horsepower for its higher end cars.... Read More »

 

Porsche rejects entry-level roadster -- again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
After thinking about it long and hard, Porsche has abandoned the idea of building an entry-level roadster.... Read More »

 

Paris show hits and misses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
There were more hits than misses at the Paris auto show, a sign that even with a sluggish European market, automakers are willing to take chances with new designs.... Read More »

 

Horbury crafts Geely design team, language

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Peter Horbury has faced three mind-bending design challenges in his career: Injecting style into Volvo starting in the early '90s, rejuvenating Ford's moribund North American styling in the mid-2000s, and his current assignment — creating a design team and a design language for China's Geely.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Small engines could power a big GM change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Not long ago, the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in U.S. showrooms. Times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

 

Crossover appeal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
For the Toyota C-HR compact crossover concept, “we wanted a very strong lower mass to give a crossover feeling, but also wanted it to have agility and a dynamic aspect,” said Lance Scott, head of the Toyota studio in Nice, France, that created the concept.... Read More »

 

Betting on Russia, despite turmoil

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
It sounds risky, but many auto executives say that the best response to Western sanctions against Russia is to continue investing there.... Read More »

 

Bugatti is shielded from VW cost reductions as it works on Veyron successor

Oct. 5, 2014 10:31 CET
Volkswagen keeps lavishing money on supercar maker Bugatti even as the company plans painful cuts in its core auto business. Bugatti is working on a successor to the Veyron that may deliver even more power than the current model.... Read More »

 

Luxury makers move into new hot spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Luxury-segment executives at last week's Paris auto show made it clear that they intend to attack new corners of the business as high-end customers emerge with nontraditional expectations.... Read More »

 

Monza to set tone for next Buick Regal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2014
The next-generation Opel Insignia -- which will be rebadged as the next Buick Regal sedan for the U.S. -- will be more premium and take styling cues from the lithe Monza concept car that Opel revealed in 2013.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota hoping for Prius-like success with European launch of fuel cell car

Oct. 3, 2014 15:11 CET
Toyota plans a controlled rollout of its fuel cell car in Europe next summer as the automaker aims to replicate the first-mover success of its Prius hybrid and stir interest in the new technology.... Read More »

 

Fiat retools Jeep as 500X SUV to show Chrysler merger is street ready

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
With the new pint-sized Fiat 500X, CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to show his vision for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is ready for the street. The latest member of the 500 family, which follows the 500L wagon, is especially important to halt losses and sliding market share at Fiat's operations in Europe.... Read More »

 

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