Product and design

Nissan aims for volume sweet spots with rollouts

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Four big model splashes will dominate Nissan Division's product rollouts for the next 12 months. The changes are intended to bolster the performance of two of Nissan's highest-volume products, the Altima and Sentra, while lifting two others, the Titan and Armada, into high-volume status.... Read More »

Cars add bling, value versions to fight crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

As rising sales of crossovers continue to pull buyers away from middle-of-the-road sedans, automakers are scrambling to make their high-volume, mainstream cars a little less boring -- or at least more affordable.... Read More »

Kia readies hybrid subcompact crossover, Sportage redesign

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Kia Motors is gearing up for a run at the subcompact crossover market, one of the fastest-growing product segments in the U.S., with a hybrid variant. Spy photographers recently caught a fleet of the vehicles during some hot-weather testing. Also caught testing was the next-generation Kia Sportage compact crossover.... Read More »

Opel aims Astra at 'user-chooser' company car drivers to boost profit

July 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel will target its new Astra at so-called "user-chooser" company car drivers in a bid to lift sales of the key model as it seeks to return to profitability. Corporate sales are growing in the brand's German home market.... Read More »

Ford revives high-end Limited F-150 for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Ford is responding to surging demand for high-end pickups by introducing a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and likely top $70,000 when loaded with options. The F-150 Limited will go on sale this winter as a 2016 model. Its features include 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, Mojave leather seats and interior accents made of aluminum and fiddleback eucalyptus.... Read More »

Infiniti unwraps Audi A3 fighter

12:01 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Infiniti has pulled the wraps off the production version of its new Q30 compact hatch. The Q30 is intended especially for Europe, where Infiniti hopes it and its upcoming crossover sibling, the QX30, will ignite sales next year. It will go on sale in the U.S. next spring.... Read More »

Chevy Silverado gets radical new face for 2016 model year

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Chevrolet has given its freshened 2016 Silverado a new look, scrapping the dual stacked headlights that have been a fixture on Chevy's big truck since the 1980s.... Read More »

Crossovers to spread across GM brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Fresh off a top-to-bottom overhaul of its pickup and SUV lineup, General Motors is moving fast to sate growing consumer demand for crossovers.... Read More »

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Chevrolet clears space for a new crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

General Motors plans to add a new Chevy crossover that will be slotted above the compact Equinox and below the full-size Traverse, according to three people familiar with the plan.... Read More »

Cadillac cooks up more alphabet soup

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

The new entries aim to position Cadillac for more head-to-head competition against German luxury brands.... Read More »

Buick awaits compact crossover, droptop

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

General Motors will keep Buick's product portfolio fed with imports and vehicles developed for GM's overseas markets.... Read More »

Big year ahead for Chevrolet cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Chevrolet's and GMC's product plans include a revamped car lineup, the launch of a long-range electric vehicle, a pair of new crossovers and refreshed full-size pickups.... Read More »

New Mercedes C-class coupe to swap space for sportiness

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will trade practical benefits for more sporty exterior styling on the redesigned C-class coupe due in the U.S. next spring.... Read More »

A car that dropped in from the future

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

In the 1940s, a designer-engineer named Norman Timbs already was experimenting with aluminum and other materials, and was doing it beautifully.... Read More »

Defender's last stand gets an extension

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

The end of the road for Land Rover's long-running Defender won't come this fall after all. Jaguar Land Rover has extended production for the classic, aluminum-bodied off-roader into next year, reports England's Birmingham Post.... Read More »

Hachigo holding out for a Civic Type R

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

When Takahiro Hachigo returned to Japan in March after years overseas to be Honda's new CEO, he didn't rush out to buy a new car. “There is a model I want, which will, as I have told you, be launched this autumn,” Hachigo said. “I will wait ... I want to buy the Civic Type R.”... Read More »

Hyundai gets back in action with Tucson

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2015

Hyundai's crossover drought is over. The Korean auto maker has not only a redesigned Tucson to feed Americans' expanding appetite, but also a plan to make far more of the compact crossovers available to U.S. dealerships.... Read More »

BMW will unveil redesigned, upgraded models in China as sales slow

July 17, 2015 12:56 CET

BMW will unveil a new 7-series sedan, an upgraded version of the 3 series and cheaper versions of the X5 and X6 SUVs in China this year. The company is aiming to shore up weak sales and raise its competitiveness against German rival Mercedes in the market.... Read More »

Toyota taps GoPro to defend truck turf against new GM pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

It's lights, camera and action time in America's suddenly competitive small-pickup segment. The market for small pickups was whittled down to just Toyota and Nissan a year ago. Now GM has returned with 2 trucks. To defend its share, Toyota is borrowing some cool factor from action-camera maker GoPro for the Tacoma's first redesign in a decade.... Read More »

GMC updates Sierra pickup's face for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

GMC is refreshing the Sierra pickup for the 2016 model year with a redesigned front end in a bid to keep the sales momentum going for one of GM's most profitable vehicles.... Read More »

Lexus ES gets a fresh look for 2016

12:15 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lexus has updated the ES line of sedans for the 2016 model year with a number of stylistic changes as well as new safety systems.... Read More »

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BLOG: Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lower gasoline prices are starting to impact the product plans of leading automakers as consumers migrate back to larger vehicles.... Read More »

Chevy Silverado styling toughened up for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chevrolet is scrapping the long-running dual stacked headlights on the freshened 2016 Silverado and giving the hot-selling pickup a mean-machine look. The 2016 model also adds a more muscular hood and a new front fascia. The changes are designed to keep the truck competitive against Ford's revamped F-150 and Fiat Chrysler's Ram 1500.... Read More »

Rearview camera was one of Jordan's nifty tricks in '56

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chuck Jordan's 1956 Buick Centurion XP-301 concept is on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as part of “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas,” an exhibit running until Aug. 23. The show features visionary concept cars from the 1930s to today.... Read More »

High-tech touches for Mercedes E class

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class will have new safety and autonomous driving features when it goes on sale next spring in the United States.... Read More »

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