Product and design

Opel makes new Astra lighter, roomier to fight VW Golf, Ford Focus

May 6, 2015 11:23 CET

Opel has made its new Astra lighter, roomier and more agile to help the car compete better against the VW Golf and Ford Focus in Europe's tough compact car segment.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X6

12:33 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

The 2015 BMW X6 is the second generation of the premium CUV. It is assembled in Spartanburg, S.C., on BMW’s L4 platform. The program code is F16. Suppliers include Bosch, BorgWarner, Johnson Controls. The supplier data is compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Scion FR-S gets light refresh for 2016

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Toyota is giving the rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S a light refresh for the 2016 model year. The interior gets most of the attention, with silver trim accents and a new standard 7-inch touch screen. The FR-S also will feature voice-recognition technology, Toyota says.... Read More »

Bentley concept coupe aims for Aston's turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Bentley wants a piece of Aston Martin's sports car business. It's testing the waters with a two-seat concept coupe that has received acclaim on the auto show circuit.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Mercedes G class latest victim in China's clone wars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

China's Beijing Automotive has introduced an SUV that is a near clone of a western SUV, the classic Mercedes G class. Mercedes executives reportedly tried but failed to get BAIC to back off building the SUV.... Read More »

FUTURE PRODUCT

Honda hopes HR-V is better late than never

5:00 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Honda's all-new HR-V is showing up to the party later than expected, but that hasn't dimmed the automaker's high hopes for the subcompact crossover.... Read More »

Aston Martin secures funds to build DBX crossover

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Aston Martin Lagonda is set to receive more than $300 million for the development of its groundbreaking DBX crossover and other vehicles that fall outside its traditional sports car bent.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Mercedes G-Wagen latest victim in China's clone wars

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

China's Beijing Automotive Industry Holding has introduced an SUV that is a near clone of a western SUV, the classic Mercedes-Benz G-class wagon.... Read More »

Will Aston crossover call the U.S. home?

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

Not all new auto assembly plants are going to Mexico, or at least state economic development officials in the U.S. would like to think so.... Read More »

Lexus reworks ES with bolder looks

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

After surveying customers in China and the U.S., Lexus came up with a more aggressive look for the freshened ES sedan that goes into production in the U.S. this year.... Read More »

Next BMW i to be based on 5 series, report says

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

BMW will add a plug-in hybrid based on the 5 series to its i subbrand, according to a German auto magazine.... Read More »

VW coupe-style sedan concept previews a new look

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

Volkswagen's C Coupe GTE concept unveiled at the Shanghai auto show would be positioned between the Passat and the Phaeton if produced.... Read More »

Q80 Inspiration concept's design flourishes arrive in Infiniti lineup

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

Futuristic design flourishes from Infiniti's Q80 Inspiration concept are already creeping into the lineup. Now Infiniti shows, via the long-wheelbase Q70 sedan unveiled in Shanghai, what it wants to do inside the car.... Read More »

With ATS-V, Cadillac aims to join the best in class from Germany

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

With the high-performance ATS-V, Cadillac has elevated its game, bringing GM's luxury marque, perhaps legitimately for the first time, into direct competition with the best from Germany.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Buick chief says new China duties won't distract from 'a lot more to do' in U.S.

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

In the year since he took over the Buick and GMC brands in the U.S., Duncan Aldred has made a lot of fans among dealers.... Read More »

GM, Clemson roll out Deep Orange concept for urban, young buyers

6:30 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

GM and Clemson University students unveiled a vehicle -- Deep Orange 5 -- aimed at young, price-conscious consumers in big cities that takes the connected, digital car to a new level.... Read More »

BMW will expand i lineup with plug-in hybrid based on 5 series, report says

April 21, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW will add a third model to its i subbrand called the i5 that will be based on the 5 series, a report said. The i5 plug-in hybrid will go on sale in 2018 and it could become the subbrand's best-seller, AutoBild said.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Who's using whom in the Mazda-Toyota Mexican marriage?

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Mazda is loaning a rival one of its biggest brand assets: its distinct Kodo design language. Scion, meanwhile, is rolling the dice on a car even Mazda thinks U.S. demand can't support.... Read More »

Fiat 500 cabrio gets Nuova treatment

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Fiat is going back in time for a new edition of the 500 cabrio -- 1957, to be exact. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is giving the 500c a retro “1957 Edition” treatment. The car takes inspiration from the 1957 Fiat Nuova Cinquecento.... Read More »

Cadillac's conundrum: Dare to change Escalade?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

To say the redesigned Cadillac Escalade is a hit would be an understatement. Cadillac's product planners already are mulling the next iteration of the hulking SUV, says Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen. That's where it gets tricky.... Read More »

Ex-rival revamps Mitsubishi design

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

In his 40 years at Nissan, designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto had a knack for reinventing the brand's image through design. Now he aims to replicate that formula at Japanese rival Mitsubishi, which poached him last year to invigorate the brand's stale looks and lackluster reputation.... Read More »

Lexus retools ES with bolder looks for U.S., China

12:57 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Lexus surveyed customers in China and the U.S. to come up with the more aggressive looks of the refreshed ES sedan that goes into production in the United States later this year.... Read More »

Mahindra will present bid for Pininfarina by April 29, report says

April 20, 2015 14:48 CET

India's Mahindra & Mahindra aims to present a formal offer for Pininfarina in time for the Italian car designer's shareholder meeting on April 29, a report said.... Read More »

Alfa's pitch will be luxury, Italian style

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

As he prepares the campaign to reintroduce Alfa Romeo to the United States, Fiat Chrysler marketing chief Olivier Francois says he may exploit the notion that shoppers have become tired of lookalike German luxury cars.... Read More »

VW says it could cut battery costs with single design

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Volkswagen's r&d boss says using a single type of lithium ion battery cell for all VW, Porsche, Audi and other group electrified vehicles could lead to a two-third reduction in what the automaker currently spends on the technology.... Read More »

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