Product and design

Ford goes Hollywood at virtual reality studio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Studio 2000X, Ford's virtual reality design house where Disney-style technology meets the car industry, is used to build advanced renderings of vehicle designs to show top management, often before final design approval. The renderings are often shown on 20-foot screens.... Read More »

 

Bob Boniface and the art and science of designing Cadillacs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Bob Boniface remembers every detail of his father's 1966 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, the points and the turn signal repeaters above the headlights, everything. And they continue to fascinate and inspire him now that he is Cadillac's exterior design chief.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ford interiors boss is driven to end distraction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
J Mays, retired Ford global design chief, recruited Amko Leenarts in 2012 as a strategy director, and Leenarts quickly stepped up to the top global interiors job in 2013.... Read More »

 

GM midsize pickups carry heavy load

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
The Chevrolet Colorado can haul 7,000 pounds. But it also must carry the weight of General Motors' entire truck strategy. GM's three-truck approach is among the biggest wagers Detroit has seen in a long time. The entries make GM the only automaker to offer heavy-duty, light-duty and midsize pickups.... Read More »

 

Toyota design chief erases the rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
Tokuo Fukuichi, the avant-garde, nonconformist global design chief at Toyota, is the kind of creative free spirit who counts brainstorming in the sauna as an essential part of his daily work regimen. That's why he was elevated to Toyota's board in June and made president of its Lexus luxury brand.... Read More »

 

Infiniti's new London studio ignites brand's Aston Martin aspirations

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Infiniti executives think that its brand new London design studio will help it create models that appeal to customers purchasing some of Britain's most exclusive vehicles.... Read More »

 

Subaru adds EyeSight technology to Impreza, plans big rollout

11:53 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Subaru said it will add its new third-generation EyeSight pre-crash system to the Impreza small car this year as part of a drive to boost margins and burnish the brand's image as a safety leader.... Read More »

 

GM warns '15 Corvette owners that 'valet mode' may be illegal

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
An “industry exclusive” feature that General Motors touted to buyers of the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray could inadvertently get owners in trouble with the law in some states. A bulletin GM sent to dealers this week says they should tell customers not to use the “valet mode” of the car's performance data recorder until the software is updated.... Read More »

 

GM and Isuzu to jointly develop midsize pickup for global markets

7:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
GM and Isuzu Motors agreed to jointly develop a midsize pickup truck for sale in several markets around the world, but not for the United States and Canada.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault concept rivals VW's 1-liter car for fuel economy

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault says the Eolab concept previews fuel-saving technologies that will appear on its production cars before 2020. The Eolab's fuel economy rivals the VW XL1, promoted as a "1-liter" car because it uses 1 liter of fuel per 100km.... Read More »

 

Fiat 500X unlikely to steal sales from Jeep Renegade, analysts say

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
The Fiat 500X is unlikely to cannibalize sales from its sister model, the Jeep Renegade, industry watchers say. The 500X is a "cute, urban vehicle with off-road capabilities," while the Renegade is the "rugged" off-roader, one analyst said.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault's new Espace gets major makeover

Sept. 25, 2014 16:46 CET
Renault's big, boxy Espace large minivan will be transformed into a sleek-looking crossover that's more in line with what European customers want. Renault released photos but provided few details about the next-generation Espace Thursday.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ford Mondeo gets power boost to better battle Passat

Sept. 25, 2014 12:15 CET
The new Ford Mondeo will get more powerful engines, a more diverse powertrain lineup and more advanced features to better compete against the VW Passat in Europe's midsize segment.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Audi reveals open-air TT with faster, lighter top

Sept. 24, 2014 19:53 CET
Audi says the softtop on its new TT Roadster is lighter and opens faster than on the model it will replace. Audi revealed a photo of the cabriolet Wednesday ahead of its public debut at the Paris auto show next week.... Read More »

 

Mazda ponders designer goods line in upscale push

11:42 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Does Mazda have enough brand cachet to market designer goods -- such as gadgets, apparel and furniture -- as luxury marques such as Porsche have done?... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept shows Europe-led design shift

Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota turned to its styling center in southern France to create the C-HR concept that will be displayed in Paris next week. Toyota says the hybrid crossover hints at what it intends to bring to the compact SUV segment.... Read More »

 

VW, Ford, GM, Toyota dominate North American Car and Truck of the Year short list

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Volkswagen Group of America has four vehicles in the running for North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration signals a fastback future

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Infiniti released an image of a large four-door fastback concept that signals the styling for a stream of new products planned over the next four years.... Read More »

 

GM creates product cybersecurity post

5:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
General Motors hired its first product cybersecurity chief in a move designed to address the growing challenge of providing safe, secure and reliable technology in vehicles.... Read More »

 

Detroit automakers vs. Hollywood filmmakers for top digital design talent

1:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
When it comes to hiring hot young car designers, Detroit's automakers face tough competition from an unlikely but glamorous source: Hollywood.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

French automakers focus on fuel economy as rivals push zoom factor

Sept. 22, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers will focus on ultra fuel-efficient concepts at the Paris auto show while their rivals showcase sporty cars such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar XE and Mazda MX-5.... Read More »

 

PARIS AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Sports cars to shine in City of Light

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The spotlight will be on sports cars at the Paris auto show, with debuts of models such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Audi TT roadster. Two former Ford-owned brands, Jaguar and Volvo, also have important launches -- Jaguar's XE compact sedan and Volvo's long-awaited redesign of the XC90 crossover.... Read More »

 

Toyota's thrill-seeking side

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The re-engineered 2015 Camry, which will arrive in U.S. showrooms this week, is a testament to the company's quest under President Akio Toyoda to shed a reputation for selling cars that are dependable but dull. Toyota invested dearly in a sweeping update of the Camry's sheet metal, with only the roof unchanged.... Read More »

 

Audi at work on a 3rd TT variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Audi r&d chief Ulrich Hackenberg says a third variant of the TT compact sports car is in the works.... Read More »

 

Forward-looking powertrains set for next VW Phaeton

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The second generation of Volkswagen's Phaeton luxury sedan will offer turbocharged direct injection diesel and plug-in hybrid engines.... Read More »

 

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