Product and design

Hyundai compact truck based on Santa Cruz concept set for approval

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Positive public reaction on the auto show circuit has reportedly helped persuade Hyundai to build the Santa Cruz truck.... Read More »

Honda readies more sporty, luxurious Civic

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

With the official debut of Honda's redesigned Civic just a few months away, the latest spy shots show the 10th-generation model will come with luxury features normally reserved for fancy German sedans, not practical Japanese family cars.... Read More »

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BLOG: GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach the 2025 fleet average of 54.5 mpg target set by the U.S.... Read More »

Audi aims to raise China sales with revamped A4

July 27, 2015 13:43 CET

Audi hopes that a redesigned A4 sedan will help shore up its fortunes in China where the premium brand is grappling with a second consecutive month of falling sales in its No. 1 market.... Read More »

Honda's Accavitti leaves top post at Acura

5:45 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mike Accavitti, vice president and general manager of Acura, has abruptly left the company and has been replaced by Jon Ikeda, American Honda Motor said. Ikeda was formerly division director of auto design at Honda's R&D Americas division and has been with Honda since 1989.... Read More »

Pickups, crossovers and powertrain dominate Japan 3 plans

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

Japan's big three of Toyota, Nissan and Honda have ambitious -- but divergent -- plans for the the next five years.... Read More »

Toyota begins shift to global platform

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

During the next few years, will see many of Toyota's cars and crossovers will migrate to versions of the automaker's new modular global platform, starting with the fourth-generation Prius due out this fall.... Read More »

Infiniti uncovers its A3 fighter

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

The production version of Infiniti's Q30 compact hatch unveiled last week stays faithful to the striking, and somewhat polarizing, looks of the 2013 concept.... Read More »

Here come the Kia crossovers

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

Kia is gearing up for a run at the fast-growing subcompact crossover segment with a dedicated hybrid model, spy photos suggest. About the size of a Honda HR-V, the unnamed Kia is likely to share a platform with a Hyundai model.... Read More »

Fiat working on Abarth variant of 124

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

Fiat plans a high-performance version of the upcoming Fiat 124, Alfredo Altavilla, COO of Fiat Chrysler's Europe, Africa and Middle East region, told England's Auto Express in an interview.... Read More »

A supercar, then a mini crossover for Acura

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

Next year will finally see Acura's long-awaited NSX hybrid supercar land in customer hands. After that, look for more turbo engines, and a new baby crossover in the lineup.... Read More »

Honda in line for plug-in, a turbo injection

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

Honda fans have plenty to look forward to in the near future, as the company looks to turbocharging, a resurrected truck, a dedicated plug-in hybrid, and even a sports car.... Read More »

Infiniti's bold overhaul begins next spring

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

Infiniti remains on course with a full slate of new models that it revealed over the past year, scheduled to roll out between early 2016 and 2018.... Read More »

Lexus arms for luxury battle with updated CT, new crossover

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

The next few years will see Lexus fill key holes in its lineup with a rethought entry-level CT, a new three-row crossover above the RX and even a high-zoot coupe at the top of its lineup.... Read More »

Long-starved Scion gets a serving of new cars, crossovers

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

After years of neglect from parent company Toyota, Scion is finally seeing new products roll in. Two cars go on sale this year, and a subcompact crossover likely is headed to dealers in 2016.... Read More »

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 »

ROOM FOR FOUR

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 »

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