Product and design

Acura's new boss wants sedans 'that people get excited about'

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

Jon Ikeda is barely a few weeks into his new role as general manager of Acura, but the designer-turned-executive already knows what's atop his agenda at American Honda's luxury marque.... Read More »

New BMW 7 series focuses on comfort to beat S class

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW believes its latest 7 series offers levels of comfort that will help it close the gap with the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S class, especially in the key China market where wealthy executives prize comfort features above driving dynamics.... Read More »

DS will challenge established premium brands

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

DS may be the youngest brand on the market but its product chief, Vincent Devos, believes the upscale marque can rival the best the luxury segment has to offer within two decades, as he explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Smart ForTwo takes on more American dimensions

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

The bite-size Smart ForTwo may have a European flavor, but the third-generation model coming to the U.S. in September was cooked up using plenty of American ingredients. All of the key changes to the 2016 model -- increased width, new transmission choices, and more substantial styling -- were made primarily with the U.S. in mind.... Read More »

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Renault touts Talisman wagon's upscale features

Aug. 27, 2015 11:40 CET

Renault is touting upscale features and a roomy interior for the wagon version of its new Talisman midsize model line. The Talisman wagon is a key launch for Renault because 54 percent of sales in Europe's midsize segment are that bodystyle.... Read More »

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Kia releases Sportage pictures ahead of show debut

Aug. 27, 2015 10:30 CET

Kia released pictures of its latest Sportage ahead of the model's debut at the Frankfurt auto show. The fourth-generation Sportage gets a sleeker look and an upscale interior to help it boost its competitiveness in the tough compact SUV segment.... Read More »

Dodge Barracuda convertible, next-gen Charger among surprises for FCA dealers in Las Vegas

10:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Fiat Chrysler dealers meeting in Las Vegas on Tuesday were wowed by a parade of new products coming to their dealerships, including a Dodge Barracuda convertible and a swoopy next-generation Dodge Charger said to resemble a popular 1999 concept designed by Tom Gale.... Read More »

Mercedes aims to expand crossover appeal with tech, right-hand drive GLC

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Mercedes expects that its latest compact SUV model, the GLC, will generate higher sales than the GLK it replaces because of softer design, additional comfort features and the availability of right-hand-drive in key markets.... Read More »

Jaguar touts F-Pace's driving dynamics

Aug. 26, 2015 10:37 CET

Jaguar said its new F-Pace will offer driving dynamics "unlike anything else in the segment" as the UK brand, which is known for its sports cars, takes aim at the Porsche Macan and BMW X4 with its first SUV-styled crossover.... Read More »

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Hyundai concept will showcase brand's performance credentials

Aug. 26, 2015 11:07 CET

Hyundai is trying to burnish its performance credentials and will unveil an “ultimate concept car” at next month's Frankfurt auto show that expands on the company's sporty N subbrand and showcases racing design.... Read More »

Honda to unwrap retooled 2016 Civic sedan on Sept. 16

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Honda says the 10th generation of the venerable Civic compact sedan will be introduced Sept. 16 in simultaneous events in both Detroit and Los Angeles.... Read More »

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Suzuki will add Baleno hatchback to its European lineup

Aug. 25, 2015 06:01 CET

Suzuki plans to expand its European lineup with the Baleno subcompact hatchback that will be sold as a slightly larger and more practical alternative to its Swift, the company's top-seller in the region.... Read More »

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BLOG: Will another Fiat Chrysler star, or two, bow in Vegas?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

For the third time in six years, Fiat Chrysler dealers are gathering -- in private and without cellphones or cameras -- to get their first glimpses of the vehicles they soon will be asked to sell.... Read More »

Chevrolet's next-gen Equinox will be lower, sleeker

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Equinox will sport a streamlined face and lower, sleeker profile, based on recent spy photos. The shots and video, purportedly taken during hot-weather testing of the compact crossover, show a blacked-out, horizontally patterned grille with swept-back headlamps.... Read More »

Prius' dramatic redesign comes into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

New spy shots reveal a dramatic front and rear design of the redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius, set to debut in Las Vegas on Sept. 8.... Read More »

Infiniti stretches QX50 into 'new model'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Infiniti's re-engineered QX50 wheelbase creates a functional rear seat where consumers previously saw none.... Read More »

Mazda turbo to do double duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mazda has engineered a potent turbocharged version of its 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine to power the redesigned CX-9 crossover that goes on sale in early 2016, according to two sources familiar with Mazda's product plan.... Read More »

New global architecture for Subaru

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

As new products roll out, Subaru will switch to a new global architecture that debuts on next year's 2017 Impreza hatchback and sedan. The architecture will underpin all future redesigns and a new full-size crossover.... Read More »

As Mitsu restocks lineup, future remains murky

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced in July that it plans to sell or shutter its assembly plant in Normal, Ill. The announcement called into question whether Mitsubishi, which has focused on fleshing out a thin lineup and imbuing its vehicles with a consistent style, is committed to the U.S. for the long haul.... Read More »

Mazda rounds out its Skyactiv lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

When it unveils the redesigned CX-9 crossover this fall, Mazda will have built an entire lineup of products with Skyactiv technology and Kodo design.... Read More »

Japan's smaller automakers bank on CUVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru, the three smaller Japanese automakers selling cars in the U.S., have a shared challenge of keeping up with larger rivals. Though the brands' fortunes have diverged - Mitsubishi is struggling, and Subaru is booming - they share a focus on growing their crossover offerings over the next two years.... Read More »

Aston Martin performs emission balancing act

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Aston Martin will bring an electric version of its four-door Rapide to market in two years. CEO Andy Palmer, speaking at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, said the electric Rapide would be followed by an electric version of the DBX crossover by the end of the decade.... Read More »

'17 Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe adds power, price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

The next-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe will cost around $10,000 more than the outgoing model. Although pricing hasn't been announced, the automaker says it will begin in the low $70,000s. Pricing for the outgoing 2015 model starts at $63,925, including shipping.... Read More »

M-B gives a peek at 4-seat S-class convertible

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mercedes-Benz last week pulled back the curtain on an open-top model based on the new S-class coupe. The S-class cabriolet is the sixth model in the S-class family. It will be introduced next month at the Frankfurt auto show and is scheduled to go on sale in the first half of 2016.... Read More »

Audi plans EV crossover to fight Tesla Model X

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

The e-tron quattro concept that Audi plans to unveil next month at the Frankfurt auto show will preview the brand's upcoming Tesla Model X-fighter. A teaser photo and some details of the electric four-seat crossover, likely to be called the Q6, were released last week. Production will start in 2018.... Read More »

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