Product and design

BMW 2-series droptop variants to get awd

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Two variants of BMW's new soft-top 2-series convertible will get all-wheel drive, an unusual offering for open-top luxury cars -- especially soft tops.... Read More »

 

Jaguar XE gets lots of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The new Jaguar XE compact sedan will be the highest volume aluminum-body car on the market when it arrives in the U.S. in 2016. Jaguar says 75 percent of the car's components are aluminum.... Read More »

 

BMW: Decision on new-look Mini EV still months away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
BMW won't decide for at least six months whether to build an electric version of the Mini that will move the classic British car further from its original design. The new car, known as the Superleggera, was shown this month in Britain.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A close look at the Firebird II video shows GM made a lot of the right calls on the issues facing self-driving cars -- issues that are still being resolved.... Read More »

 

Divine concept reflects Citroen DS's design direction

Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Citroen's DS brand is hinting at its future styling with the Divine concept car that will debut at next month's Paris auto show.... Read More »

 

Ferrari to launch a 10-unit limited-edition model for the U.S.

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo’s last public act at the helm of the Italian supercar maker will be the unveiling of a limited-edition model destined for the U.S. market only.... Read More »

 

Audi set to add third TT variant

Sept. 12, 2014 13:21 CET
Audi has given the strongest hint so far that it intends to add an SUV/crossover derivative to its TT compact sports car lineup. An SUV variant would allow Audi to boost sales of the TT range in an increasingly popular vehicle segment.... Read More »

 

Kia prices Soul EV at $33,700, above Leaf

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
The Kia Soul EV, Hyundai Motor Group’s first all-electric vehicle, will cost $33,700 before shipping and government incentives when it arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Honda revives the HR-V to attract younger buyers

Sept. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Honda is reviving the HR-V name for its new subcompact SUV as it seeks to attract new and younger buyers to the brand. The HR-V is the European version of the Vezel.... Read More »

 

Athletic Mazda2 debuts as test on many levels

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Mazda unveiled a more athletic fourth-generation Mazda2 hatchback late Wednesday, deploying its latest Skyactiv drivetrain and chassis technologies into the subcompact segment. The upgrade is sorely needed to keep the pint-sized car relevant in an increasingly competitive field against such upstarts as the hot-selling Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta.... Read More »

 

Toyota shows utility-van concept for craft-oriented businesses

7:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Toyota is gauging potential interest in a niche model designed for urban, craft-oriented businesses with a small utility-van concept vehicle.... Read More »

 

Tackling the next parallel-parking challenge -- unparking

1:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Ford has found the automated parking feature offered on several of its nameplates works pretty much as it’s supposed to. The vehicles steer themselves into parallel-parking spots, relieving owners of one of the most challenging and nerve-wracking driving maneuvers.... Read More »

 

BMW's larger 2-series droptop hits U.S. in early 2015

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
BMW's 2015 2-series convertible goes on sale early next year after debuting in October at the Paris auto show. The soft-top two-door will be launched in the U.S. as the 228i, 228i xDrive with all-wheel drive and M235i. The M235i xDrive is due next year.... Read More »

 

Racing-inspired $120,000 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT zooms into U.S. in April

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT two-door, the second vehicle developed by the brand's in-house performance arm, goes on sale in the United States next April.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

The connected car -- circa 1956

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car's speed and direction.... Read More »

 

Dodge Challenger Hellcat dealer ordering begins -- with a catch

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Dodge will open dealer ordering for its new 707-hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat today, but the brand is changing its normal allocation methods to make sure the high-powered coupe gets into the hands of waiting enthusiasts.... Read More »

 

Aluminum Jaguar XE marks return to compact luxury segment

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Jaguar is re-entering the cutthroat compact luxury segment with the XE -- complete with new engines, new technology and a new modular aluminum-based architecture.... Read More »

 

Mazda's MX-5 Miata gets shorter, sportier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Mazda Motor Corp. unveiled a shorter and lighter MX-5 Miata to burnish its brand image with a sportier yet more fuel-efficient roadster. The fourth-generation drop-top, expected to go on sale next year, is the shortest MX-5 since the nameplate debuted in 1989.... Read More »

 

Buick-badged droptop looks just like sporty Opel Cascada, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Buick dealers recently were given a sneak peek of a Buick-badged Opel Cascada convertible, which is slated for a U.S. launch in late 2015 as a '16 model.... Read More »

 

Porsche goes for faster and fuel-efficient

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Porsche is exploring other segments, including an entry-level roadster, a small sedan and a sports car that would slot above the 911.... Read More »

 

Audi mines its Q's to fuel its already rapid growth pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Audi sees crossovers and SUVs as its biggest growth opportunity in the U.S. and around the world.... Read More »

 

After Golf, Volkswagen will start crossover countdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Volkswagen will roll out the rest of the hatchback family, then enter a two year lull before taking the next big step toward a daunting goal of selling 800,000 vehicles in the United States by 2018.... Read More »

 

VW's luxury brands set product pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
To understand why Volkswagen Group is one of the world's most profitable car companies, one need only look at the product cadence for Audi and Porsche.... Read More »

 

Discovery rolls into center of L-R lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
The seven-seat Discovery Sport, which goes on sale early next year, will slot into the middle of Land Rover's evolving three-tier global lineup.... Read More »

 

Ford rejoins rivals on payload ratings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Ford Motor Co. says it will stop stripping the weight of some items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings.... Read More »

 

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