Product and design

Entry-level Jeep Renegade should boost brand in subcompact market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
The Renegade subcompact SUV is Jeep's latest attempt at an entry-level vehicle. With prices starting at $18,990, including shipping, the first Italian-made Jeep should help the brand thrive in the competitive subcompact market.... Read More »

 

Why auto show display design is tricky

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Automakers and suppliers spent an estimated $300 million building out displays for this year's Detroit auto show. Scott Kellner, vice president of marketing for display maker George P. Johnson Co., says display spending is getting smarter, not larger.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Detroit's supercar showdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Ford GT brings Acura some unannounced company; Audi to build large SUV; VW mulls Golf R400 for U.S.; dealer challenges.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why tomorrow's sports cars will have mixed pedigree

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Mazda would share the MX-5 Miata with another company.... Read More »

 

Ford revises EcoSport to counter slow sales

Jan. 20, 2015 12:02 CET
Ford will offer its EcoSport SUV in Europe without the spare wheel on the outside of the rear tailgate after the model's sales got off to a slow start. The EcoSport has failed to make a big impact in the region's booming subcompact SUV/crossover segment against sleeker-looking rivals.... Read More »

 

McLaren names new design chief

Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET
UK supercar maker McLaren promoted Robert Melville to the post of chief designer, reporting to the company’s design director, Frank Stephenson.... Read More »

 

PARTY CRASHER

While supercar world awaited Acura NSX, nobody saw Ford GT coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
A showdown between Ford's GT and the Acura NSX supercars quickly became the talk of the Detroit auto show, after Ford's surprise entry managed to upstage the much-anticipated Acura.... Read More »

 

Assault on Fortress Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Tougher specs, more rugged designs and ample new trim levels -- all wrapped in copious red-white-and-blue marketing. Japanese brands are upping the stakes in the pickup wars with products debuting at the Detroit auto show in hopes of making deeper inroads into the one segment in which the country's carmakers still trail their Detroit rivals.... Read More »

 

VW's Seat brand recruits Ford designer Lamm

Jan. 19, 2015 12:39 CET
Volkswagen's Seat brand has recruited Ford of Europe stylist Stefan Lamm as its new head of exterior design.... Read More »

 

'White space' is Buick's playground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Buick's US lineup -- threadbare five years ago -- has emerged as a place where General Motors can gamble on different body styles and explore market niches that its rivals either haven't yet discovered or don't care to.... Read More »

 

Hyundai's segment-bending Santa Cruz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Hyundai billed the Santa Cruz as a concept, but U.S. chief Dave Zuchowski can hardly hide his desire to lure "urban adventurers" with a funky compact truck.... Read More »

 

Stretching boundaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Designers endowed concept vehicles at this year's Detroit auto show with edgy designs and advanced powertrains, reflecting the risk-taking mood of global automakers. Here's a sampling from the show floor.... Read More »

 

Character lines at the Detroit auto show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Walking among this year's crop of new models and design concepts at the Detroit auto show, you can't help thinking of Kirk Douglas. That Kirk Douglas chin with the prominent cleft. Hollywood calls such features "character lines" -- a crease, a fold, a wrinkle that serves no real function other than to give character to a person. And they work on cars, too.... Read More »

 

YOU'RE GONNA BE POPULAR

Sizing up the beauty queens, class clowns of Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Staff Reporter Ryan Beene was on the floor at the 2015 Detroit auto show, judging the cafeteria cachet of the most talked-about vehicles.... Read More »

 

Caddy's focus: Plug lineup holes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has had about five months since taking over the brand to assess the gaps in his vehicle lineup. He has found a lot of them.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

'Age doesn't always mean that much'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Tell your young designers that the best design tool is a 2H pencil: Put work down with one end; remove bad with the other.... Read More »

 

Alfa Romeo aims to 'play with the big boys'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Alfa Romeo will resemble BMW in products and pricing when it offers a full lineup through 2018, executives at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles suggested last week during the Detroit auto show. The company will reveal many of the revived brand's characteristics when it unveils an Alfa Romeo sedan on June 24 in Italy.... Read More »

 

Q60 coupe is 'huge opportunity' for Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Infiniti is counting on the big-wheeled twin-turbo Q60 Concept coupe to become one of the brand's four biggest-volume models. The Q60 will go into production in early 2016, staying close to the design of the concept car unveiled at last week's Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

Volvo's first China-built car arrives in June

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Volvo will begin importing its first China-built car in June and could sell up to 5,000 units a year of the stretched S60 sedan, executives said. The long-wheelbase S60 Inscription sedan goes on sale in the United States in June. It will be the first China-built car sold in the United States.... Read More »

 

Ford tests 'beacons' to beam info to shoppers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Ford Motor Co. is testing a new way that shoppers browsing on a dealership lot can learn about the vehicles they're looking at. Ford is demonstrating the technology, which it developed in conjunction with Cisco Systems, on an F-150 at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

Scion's plan: Less quirky, more pragmatic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
After struggling for years, Toyota's youth-oriented Scion brand aims to get back on a fast growth track by adding products that are more pragmatic and by gearing its advertising to a slightly older crowd.... Read More »

 

It's official: Scion kills FR-S convertible idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Despite a series of tantalizing concepts, Scion has officially killed the idea of an FR-S convertible. Scion executives spearheaded a feasibility study of the idea but terminated it in June, said Doug Murtha, the brand's vice president.... Read More »

 

Mini expects to bounce back with new products, TV spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Mini USA expects a record year fueled by the redesigned Cooper hardtop and the new four-door hatch, said David Duncan, vice president of Mini of the Americas.... Read More »

 

Mazda looks to lift loyalty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Mazda Motor Corp. hopes that quick midcycle makeovers and the addition of a compact crossover will lift the marque's brand loyalty rating closer to the industry average.... Read More »

 

Acura mulls new model, 'another arrow in the quiver'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2015
Fresh off launching the NSX sports car, executives at Honda's struggling Acura premium marque are already considering other new entries, such as a coupe and a compact crossover, as part of the brand's quickening revival plan.... Read More »

 

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