Design

Concept could hint at Hyundai luxe coupe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Hyundai Motor Co.'s Vision G concept with self-opening doors, unveiled in Los Angeles ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, signals that a coupe may be next to join the brand's luxury-car lineup of the Genesis and Equus sedans....
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Freshened Lexus LX gets 8-speed, updated interior and exterior

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

For 2016, the Lexus LX gets a dramatically updated interior and exterior, with a more aggressive version of the Lexus “spindle grille,” LED headlights, revised taillights, and new rear bumper and wheel options....
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BLOG: Turin auto show reboot provides hope

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Many European cities have lost or downsized their auto shows in recent years because they cannot compete with Europe's Big Three. Despite this, there was a promising innovation in June in Turin....
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Mazda fears capacity constraints for new CX-3

Aug. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Mazda executives believe the CX-3's responsive handling, distinctive design and segment-first equipment will make it tough to keep up with expected demand in Europe....
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Chevy's retooled '16 Camaro set for public debut at Detroit's Dream Cruise

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

The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro gets its public debut Saturday at the Woodward Dream Cruise. Chevrolet has been gradually peeling the covers back on the revamped sporty car since the spring, introducing the coupe to Camaro club members in Detroit in May and then showing the convertible to auto writers a month later....
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Hyundai, Kia spread their hybrid bets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Toyota bet on hybrids like the Prius. Nissan bet on electric vehicles like the Leaf. And General Motors bet, initially at least, on plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt. Hyundai Motor Co., it seems, is betting on everything....
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Is look-alike a good thing for the Evoque?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

That oft-discussed Chinese SUV that resembles the Range Rover Evoque so much went on sale in China last week at about a third of the price of its doppelganger. Jaguar Land Rover fears the cheap lookalike will make it harder for the Evoque to command a premium price in China's softening market. However, at least one analyst thinks the Land Wind X7 may be a good thing for the Evoque....
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This isn't just a car. It's a hangout

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Looking for a way to entice young people into Chevy stores, a group of Clemson University graduates created a concept vehicle that is one part affordable small car and one part social hangout....
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Evolving Mini takes aim at high-end brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2015

Mini is changing its marketing and will pitch to the “executive personality” as products move upmarket, says its North American chief....
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Citroen CEO Jackson explains how quirky C4 Cactus is changing brand's 'spirit'

Aug. 6, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen has sold 90,000 C4 Cactus models since its debut last year. CEO Linda Jackson explained to Automotive News Europe how she wants to channel the quirky compact hatchback's success into the rest of the brand's lineup....
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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 midsize pickups with two new special Colorado editions, including an all-terrain model....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Infiniti uncovers its A3 fighter

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

The production version of Infiniti's Q30 compact hatch unveiled last week stays faithful to the striking, and somewhat polarizing, looks of the 2013 concept....
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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....
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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....
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