Product and design

Porsche hikes hp rating on 911 Turbo for 2017

11:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Porsche is bringing the revamped 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S sports cars to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Both cars feature a host of powertrain improvements that shave more time off the 0-to-60-mph run.... Read More »


BLOG: Chevrolet aims for tech 'punch' with redesigned Malibu

11:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

General Motors is laying a bet that technology will help the redesigned Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan break through in a core but crowded segment.... Read More »


BLOG: Fiat hints at Abarth version of 124 Spider

11:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

A sportier version of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider was a hot topic of conversation even before the car debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, and Fiat is not exactly hiding the fact that it is considering a more hardcore version of the reborn roadster.... Read More »

What people are saying about Mazda's revamped CX-9

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Mazda's redesigned CX-9 crossover is the model's first full overhaul since its introduction in 2007. Mazda has called the three-row crossover a “high-end model” and has hopes of selling 50,000 vehicles a year worldwide. There was no shortage of commentary on the CX-9 following its unveiling.... Read More »

Bugatti says Chiron supercar will debut in Geneva

Nov. 30, 2015 14:26 CET

Bugatti confirmed the name Chiron for its replacement for the Veyron. The VW-owned brand says the Chiron will be the world's fastest supercar.... Read More »


After 40 years, BMW's 3 series rules a tougher league

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

After 40 years, BMW's 3 series still rules the sporty-compact segment. But tougher competition and changing market tastes pose challenges.... Read More »

Insurance Institute trains its sights on headlights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is developing a new stand-alone ratings program for automobile headlights, with the first batch of results due out next year. A good performance could become a requirement for vehicles to earn IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ rating.... Read More »

Fiat dynasty heir makes industry comeback customizing cars

Nov. 30, 2015 12:08 CET

Lapo Elkann, a flamboyant member of Italy's Agnelli family, the dynasty that founded Fiat, is making a comeback in the auto industry after a 10-year break with a startup that offers customized cars.... Read More »

Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way.... Read More »


Acrimony lingers as Ford, Toyota go solo in race for hybrid pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Long after a Toyota-Ford hybrid pickup partnership unraveled, the rivals are racing to roll out their own products. It's a battle between two champions - one in hybrids, the other in pickups - for what will be a niche but growing segment.... Read More »

Cadillac's sedan overlap? Don't ask

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

To understand why Cadillac's U.S. sales are struggling despite its vastly improved lineup, consider this: It's about to launch its third sedan into essentially the same segment, one that happens to be the weakest in the luxury market.... Read More »

BMW concept shown in China previews 1-series sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

BMW unveiled a compact sedan concept at China's Guangzhou auto show that previews a small sedan expected to be badged as a 1 series.... Read More »

Kia's redesigned Cadenza gets a more angular look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Few exterior images of the redesigned Kia Cadenza for 2017 show a sharper, more angular look than the previous generation, which marked Kia's entry into the U.S. high-end car market.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC will get a fuel-cell variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Yet another powertrain variant is in the works for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the recently renamed and redesigned compact crossover.... Read More »

Next-gen Honda Ridgeline goes mainstream

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

More revealing spy photos of Honda's second-generation Ridgeline pickup confirm what many in the industry had expected -- that Honda would ditch the original Ridgeline's controversial flying buttress profile in favor of a more traditional silhouette.... Read More »

Mini wind tunnel fine-tunes GM designs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

General Motors is counting on four core strategies to meet rising fuel-economy standards: weight reduction, advanced powertrain technologies, more efficient integration of vehicle components and subsystems, and better aerodynamics.... Read More »

Nissan imagines tomorrow's transportation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

In a small shared office not far from Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Nissan Motor Co. is gazing into the far-off future. And it looks more like one of those baseball bullpen carts than a Titan pickup or a Maxima sport sedan.... Read More »

Acura sees its future in stronger sedans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2015

Despite decades of muddled brand identity and mixed success with its vehicles, Acura has no plans to borrow a page from Hyundai's playbook as it launches the Genesis brand, or any other luxury brand's, for that matter. Instead, Acura needs to play to its own strengths in the crossover market while squarely addressing its weaknesses in sedans, says American Honda Executive Vice President John Mendel.... Read More »

Cadillac wants its new vehicles to earn prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2015

Cadillac's decision to price the soon-to-launch CT6 sedan well below competing vehicles says a lot about the cutthroat state of the market for big luxury sedans, brand boss Johan de Nysschen says. But it may say more about Cadillac's broader strategy to compete in the upper tier of luxury.... Read More »

Infiniti Q60 caught on road ahead of Detroit debut

Nov. 26, 2015 14:59 CET

The Infiniti Q60 was photographed in Las Vegas this week ahead of its planned debut at the 2016 Detroit auto show in January. The BMW 4-series rival is expected to go in sale in Europe toward the end of next year following its launch in the U.S.... Read More »


BLOG: Volvo Concept 26 imagines the interior of fully autonomous cars

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

Volvo's concept car at the Los Angeles auto show isn't a concept car at all, but rather an interface that imagines how car interiors will change after we welcome our autonomous overlords.... Read More »


BLOG: On the road in Japan

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

During a recent trip to Japan, I couldn’t entirely stop being an auto reporter. Here are some thoughts and observations from my first extended return to Japan in eight years.... Read More »

GM's new wind tunnel aims to improve, quicken design work

10:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

General Motors has cited some impressive vitals on its redesigned 2016 models to show off the success of its weight-cutting strategy: The new Volt and Cruze are about 250 pounds lighter than their predecessors; the Malibu sheds almost 300 pounds and the Camaro loses nearly 400.... Read More »

2017 Kia Cadenza looks sharper, more angular

10:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Kia Motors unveiled today the exterior of the redesigned, sportier 2017 Cadenza luxury car, which will go on sale next year. The new Cadenza, known as the K7 in Korea, has a sharper, more angular look than the 2016 version.... Read More »

Honda Ridgeline ditches flying buttress profile

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Honda's second-generation Ridgeline truck shed a few more layers of camouflage recently, as spy photographers snapped the upcoming pickup ahead of its Detroit auto show debut in January.... Read More »