Product and design

Cadillac CT6: What the critics think

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

The 2016 CT6 is Cadillac's answer to the large, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedans from Germany that have dominated the small and fading segment for years. Some American entries have failed to compete in the segment, but Cadillac promises it has done its homework with the CT6. Here's what some critics and others are saying about the sedan that debuted last week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Look-alike cars? Whether by design or not, it's an old, familiar story

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

Designers have never had more flexibility and access to technology and materials to create and break new styling ground. So why do so many of today's latest cars and concepts look familiar?... Read More »

Hyundai's do-now list: Hire new marketing boss, then build brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Hyundai Motor America intends to hire a new marketing chief this month ahead of a brand-building push that will kick off this summer, CEO Dave Zuchowski said.... Read More »

'Rad' reviews for the Continental Concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Early appraisals of Lincoln's Continental Concept? Pleasingly positive. The new sedan debuted at the New York auto show last week and previews a production model coming next year. Here's a sampling of car mag consideration.... Read More »

Subaru stores have year to get service-expansion aid

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Subaru will have renovated and expanded two-thirds of the service-shop capacity at its U.S. dealerships by the time a national investment drive ends next year.... Read More »

Nissan bets ad dollars on 4 models

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Nissan will focus its marketing dollars on four key models for the foreseeable future, even as it prepares for another wave of critical product launches.... Read More »

Honda concept aims to restore Civic pride

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

With the sleek, athletic Civic design unveiled at the New York auto show last week, Honda is trying not only to regain some of its sales momentum but also reclaim a piece of its heritage.... Read More »

U.S. pickup for Mercedes? Decision by Dec. 31, CEO Cannon says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Mercedes-Benz USA will decide by year end whether to sell a pickup being developed for other markets. "We said to Stuttgart, 'We are open, and let us assess the market,'" says Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.... Read More »

FAST TIMES

New York reveals a new era of fastbacks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

At the New York auto show, the look was everywhere. Traditional four-door sedans have embraced the modernized look of fastbacks of decades past: Low rooflines. Long, slanting rear windows. Shortened trunk lids. Truncated backsides.... Read More »

Midsize Ram pickup? Too costly, brand boss says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Ram brand boss Bob Hegbloom says he can't make numbers work to fit a midsize pickup into the brand's lineup. The key sticking point? The price of higher fuel economy.... Read More »

'Experience the brand, drive the cars' heart of Porsche campaign

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Porsche will launch a new brand campaign dubbed "Forever Amazing" in May that aims to highlight recent product introductions and new customer-experience centers, complete with test tracks, opening this year and next.... Read More »

Mitsubishi reopens wallet for '16 Outlander

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, with its black-and-chrome “Dynamic Shield” grille and other refinerments, sends a message that Mitsubishi is investing again.... Read More »

Caddy: Not yet ready for S-class fighter

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Cadillac executives made clear that the CT6 large sedan unveiled last week at the auto show here isn't a big-boy, ultraluxury entry meant to compete head-on with the powerhouse Mercedes-Benz S class. That led to a natural question on the sidelines of Cadillac's bustling show stand: Is that range-topping car coming? And if so, when?... Read More »

Chevy needs a clutch hit to make Malibu a player

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Chevy's 2016 Malibu represents an all-out bid to elevate its status in the fiercely competitive midsize sedan segment, one in which every automaker must bring its A game. "If you do it right," says GM product chief Mark Reuss, "there's an opportunity to change the brand."... Read More »

New York's bright stars ... and lesser lights

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Under the bright lights of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the vehicles at the New York auto show are a lot like the performers on Broadway, making grand entrances and gunning for attention — some more successfully than others.... Read More »

BMW's i3 EV becomes a big hit out of town

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

The big urban centers in the Northeast, especially New York City, haven't embraced the BMW i3.... Read More »

Continental divide: Bentley sees a 'copy'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

After getting a look at the Lincoln Continental Concept last week, a seriously aggravated Luc Donckerwolke, Bentley's design chief, turned to social media. On the Facebook page of Lincoln head designer David Woodhouse, Donckerwolke wrote: "Do you want us to send the product tooling?"... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Fashion still trumps function

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Even with all the computer programs to evaluate theoretical airflow, there's a lot we still don't know or even look at as fashion holds the trump card over function and cost with the top marketing suits.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

What's new at N.Y. auto show? Lots

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

New York is always an interesting auto show. It's in a city that seems to do everything in its power to discourage using a car, yet New Yorkers flock to the Javits Center to see what is going on in the world of cars.... Read More »

What critics are saying about Honda Civic Coupe concept

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2015

If there was a surprise or two at the 2015 New York auto show, Honda's Civic Coupe concept would be a top candidate. The lime green car heralds a radical styling departure for a staple in Honda's U.S. lineup.... Read More »

WHO'S RIGHT?

Cadillac rolls out a 'drivers car,' Lincoln aims for 'elegant beauty'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2015

While the Lincoln Continental and Cadillac CT6 battled to make the biggest splashes at the New York auto show, their real-life matchup won't have the same intensity. The cars embody the divergent directions that the tarnished marques are taking to land on more shopping lists.... Read More »

U.S. Porsche dealers to receive more Macans

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2015

Porsche is increasing US allocation for the midsize Macan crossover. "We do not want to continue to have a situation where we have a waiting list of five to six months," Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen said.... Read More »

Hyundai Genesis gets twin-turbo V-6

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2015

Hyundai plans to add a twin-turbo V-6 engine to its Genesis sedan as part of a broader move toward downsized and turbocharged engines, the automaker's U.S. chief said.... Read More »

Toyota to lift N.A. pickup, crossover output

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2015

Toyota is adding two variants and increasing production in North America to keep up with growing demand for its pickups and crossovers.... Read More »

GM is learning to pick its battles, Ammann says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2015

General Motors' decision last month to end production and most sales in Russia reflects a greater inclination by its executives to place bets where the company can win -- and cut bait when it can't, GM President Dan Ammann says.... Read More »

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