Product and design

Range Rover Evoque lookalike goes on sale in China

Aug. 5, 2015 11:22 CET

An SUV that resembles the Range Rover Evoque will go on sale in China this week at nearly a third of the price. About 5,500 people have put down deposits for the Landwind X7, which starts at $21,700.... Read More »

Jaguar F-Pace undergoes final tests ahead of Frankfurt debut

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Jaguar's first crossover, the midsize F-Pace, is going through final tests ahead of its sales launch next year.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal.... Read More »

Chevy Colorado lineup grows with all-terrain, ‘Midnight’ variants

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Chevrolet is looking to maintain sales momentum for the Colorado midsize pickup with two new special editions, including an all-terrain model.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Sports cars: Launch 'em and leave 'em? No way

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Launch it and leave it is a death sentence for sporty cars. And no company has been more successful at failing with sporty cars than Toyota.... Read More »

How BMW slimmed down its redesigned 2016 7 series

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight. They included switching to lighter-weight tires, adopting a new vehicle acoustics material that weighs less, changing suppliers where necessary to find lighter solutions, and even redesigning parts that BMW had already previously redesigned to cut weight.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It's starting to look like the switch to all-aluminum bodies for high-volume vehicles may not happen at all. Here's why: Ford's strategy for the change in metals doesn't apply to other automakers.... Read More »

Jet design inspired interior of 2016 Maxima

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

To design the interior of the 2016 Maxima, Nissan designers were looking for ways to present drivers a lot of safety, navigation and entertainment information - without overloading their senses. Product planning manager Vishnu Jayamohan said Nissan designers found clues and inspiration in the cockpits of F-18 fighter jets.... Read More »

A designer boss may be just what Acura needs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The unexpected appointment of Jon Ikeda to head Acura could be exactly the shot in the arm Acura needs, both for its product portfolio and its relationship with the Honda mothership back in Japan.... Read More »

Smart sticks with single nameplate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Smart microcar will continue to be a niche product in the U.S. with annual sales of about 10,000. Management has chosen to sell only one car here - the miniscule ForTwo and not the four-seat ForFour.... Read More »

Jaguar filling the compact, crossover void

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Jaguar is revamping its product range with a compact sedan and crossover.... Read More »

Land Rover will add convertible, bring Defender back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover is investing $5.3 billion in new products this year, including a new Range Rover Evoque convertible.... Read More »

M-B will grow, from compacts to Maybach

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Mercedes-Benz continues to add rapidly to its model range with coupelike crossovers and the high-end Mercedes-Maybach subbrand. And it is even considering a pickup for the U.S.... Read More »

7 series continues BMW's high-tech push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

BMW will apply its carbon fiber know-how to its main lineup, starting with the redesigned 7-series sedan, and play catch-up with autonomous-drive technology.... Read More »

Mini drops models in its move upmarket

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Mini is revamping its model range, trimming three models and using a BMW Group architecture and engines. As the new cars become bigger and more luxurious, Mini will move the range upmarket.... Read More »

After XC90, Volvo continues its product barrage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volvo is revamping its product range with an all-new scalable platform, design and new four-cylinder family of engines. And it will start building cars in the United States in a new South Carolina factory in late 2018.... Read More »

Luxury brands draw tech battle lines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

European luxury brands are leaving few segments untouched, but the new battleground is high-technology and semiautonomous features.... Read More »

Pininfarina hopes to agree sale to Mahindra but drafts stand-alone business plan

July 31, 2015 11:29 CET

Pininfarina is still hoping to clinch a sale to Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra but has begun drafting a stand-alone business plan as its financial position worsens.... Read More »

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 »

RICHARD TRUETT

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 »

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