Product Planning

Infiniti names new product strategy head

March 27, 2014 11:32 CET
Infiniti has named industry veteran Francois Bancon as its product strategy head. Currently Bancon leads advanced product planning at parent Nissan.... Read More »

 

Honda shifts strategy as Insight hybrid fades

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Honda said its decision to scrap the Insight, the first hybrid marketed in the United States, is part of a revised strategy to expand its U.S. lineup of fuel-saving cars and light trucks.... Read More »

 

Ford polishes Mustang convertible to rival Europe's best

Feb. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford has completely redesigned the softtop on its new Mustang as the automaker prepares to take on Audi, Mercedes and BMW convertibles in global markets including Europe.... Read More »

 

Ford polishes Mustang convertible to rival Europe's best

6:48 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
The top on the 2015 Ford Mustang convertible will open in 7 to 10 seconds, roughly twice as fast as the 2014 Mustang.... Read More »

 

THE VOLKSWAGEN VOTE

VW to build SUV in Tennessee, Corker reasserts

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2014
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Saturday doubled down on his claim that Volkswagen AG will build a new mid-sized SUV at its assembly plant in Tennessee now that the UAW has been turned away.... Read More »

 

Toyota revamps U.S. marketing operations to become more 'flexible'

8:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2014
Toyota Division is overhauling its marketing operations in the United States and will require 80 employees to reapply for newly created positions or take a voluntary separation from the automaker. As part of the changes, employee roles and responsibilities are being redefined to be more "integrated, flexible and efficient," Toyota, whose operations have 6,100 employees in the United States, said in a statement late Thursday.... Read More »

 

Jeep Cherokee falls short in Consumer Reports testing

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
Consumer Reports is declining to recommend the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, describing the SUV after testing as an "uneven package" and deeming it "half-baked."... Read More »

 

2014 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

Mercedes' 'supreme' S-class coupe undergoes 'radical' makeover

4:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
The redesigned Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe, with its sensuous lines and sporty proportions, is going for the jugular of its pricey rivals.... Read More »

 

2015 Cadillac Escalade drops bare-bones model, starts $8,000 higher at $72,690

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
The redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade will start at $72,690, including shipping, a jump of nearly $8,000 from a base 2014 model.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

A weighty matter: Chevy Colorado vs. Ford F-150

10:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2014
In the race to get the weight out of pickups, GM -- not Ford -- may actually be the biggest loser. Ford rolled out the long awaited 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 this week, and claimed the curb weight will be 550 to 700 pounds less than the 2014 version forged with steel sheet metal. Hats off to Ford. That's huge.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept hints at new Supra

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
It's not the next Toyota Supra. Or is it? While paying tribute to the history of Toyota sports cars, the Toyota FT-1 concept unveiled at the Detroit auto show wasn't specifically designed to be the next Supra.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Redesigned Chrysler 200 is likely foundation for Journey replacement

7:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Chrysler Group's introduction Monday of an all-wheel-drive variant for its redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan makes me think about another future vehicle: the replacement for the Dodge Journey.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

GMC Canyon offers big-truck looks in smaller package

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2014
The 2015 GMC Canyon is the bolder, more-chiseled half of GM's dual bid to revive consumer interest in smaller pickups. While the Chevrolet Colorado is sporty and sleek, the Canyon, its corporate sibling, looks a bit like a little brother to the GMC Sierra full-sized pickup. And that's by design.... Read More »

 

Mercedes plans long-wheelbase C class for China

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
Mercedes-Benz will build a long-wheelbase version of its new C-class sedan for China, as part of ambitious plans to roll out production of its biggest selling model across four continents in six months.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Volvo readies concept to preview next XC90

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2013
Volvo will pull the wraps off a concept at the Detroit auto show to illustrate the direction of styling for the redesigned 2015 XC90 crossover.... Read More »

 

Soft, evocative, fused and masterful: What people are saying about '15 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2013
A roundup of what dealers, journalists and others are saying about the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang... Read More »

 

Volvo secures $800 million loan from China Development Bank

9:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
Volvo Cars, struggling to restore profits since Zhejiang Geely Holding Group acquired the company from Ford in 2010 for $1.8 billion, signed a second loan agreement with China Development Bank.... Read More »

 

2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Fuel cell nearing leap from lab to highway

2:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2013
Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles are moving slowly out of the science project phase and onto the roads of the real world. Now the struggle shifts from making the technology reliable to bringing down the price. And the United States needs nationwide distribution of hydrogen fuel.... Read More »

 

2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Toyota, Subaru board turbo train for downsized power

1:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2013
Honda, which unveiled three turbocharged engines ahead of this week's Tokyo Motor Show, is not the only one turning to turbos to boost fuel efficiency without sacrificing power -- or to boost power without hurting fuel efficiency. Toyota and Subaru outlined plans at the Tokyo show to roll out downsized turbos. The first entries debut next year, and more will follow.... Read More »

 

2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Chevy banks on mid-sized pickup comeback with 2015 Colorado

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2013
GM is betting that an eye-catching, fuel-efficient mid-sized pickup can draw buyers from Toyota and inject life into a segment that its Detroit 3 rivals have abandoned. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado that GM unveils today uses a version of the full-sized 2014 Silverado's fully boxed frame and mimics its upscale, refined interior.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Nissan challenges assumptions with BladeGlider

9:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Nissan says it is serious about building an electric car that looks nothing like any other vehicle on the world's roads -- or at least some piece of the car.... Read More »

 

2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Honda boosts output, shrinks size of hydrogen fuel cell stack

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Honda has increased the output and shrunk the size of the new fuel cell stack that will power its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle due in 2015. The new stack is 20 percent smaller than the current stack that debuted in 2006 in Honda's FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle, yet its maximum power output increases from 100 kilowatts to 106.... Read More »

 

2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Mini retools Cooper with more room, high-tech gear

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Mini -- feeling some heat from new rivals, notably the Fiat 500 and Chevy Spark -- is upping its game with the third-generation Cooper hardtop and loading the venerable mini car with premium high-tech safety, performance and infotainment features.... Read More »

 

2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Infiniti comes home to Japan -- sort of

5:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Nissan is finally bringing the Infiniti marque to Japan, a quarter century after its global debut in the United States. Well, sort of. Building Infiniti into a truly global brand -- with name recognition in its home market -- could benefit its image in North America and elsewhere.... Read More »

 

Penske product-specialist plan stems from Apple concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Penske Automotive Group Inc. is testing the use of product specialists in one of its stores in hopes of increasing sales and improving customer satisfaction.... Read More »

 

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