Engineering

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Why U.S. won't see BMW's first fwd car for now

11:53 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
Why is BMW's first front-wheel-drive car, the 2-series Active Tourer, not coming to the United States right away? The crossover debuted at the Geneva auto show and goes on sale in Europe in October. It isn't likely to go on sale in the United States for at least 15 months.... Read More »

 

PAUL MCVEIGH

Renault Twingo: a new French revolution

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
The Renault Twingo will stand out in Europe's crowded minicar segment because of its rear-engine layout and rear-wheel drive.... Read More »

 

Honeywell, DuPont said to face EU objections on car refrigerant

March 5, 2014 11:52 CET
Honeywell and DuPont are said to face a European Union complaint for violating antitrust rules over their car refrigerant chemical, the only product that currently meets new EU standards on greenhouse-gas emissions.... Read More »

 

EcoMotors forms second China joint venture

8:54 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
EcoMotors, a Michigan-based engine maker backed by Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, has formed a joint venture in China with a subsidiary of First Auto Works.... Read More »

 

All-wheel-drive sales get lift from severe winter

12:34 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
While U.S. auto sales have been slowed this winter by record cold and snow, brands known for their all-wheel-drive offerings have fared well, and in several cases, are thriving.... Read More »

 

Acura task force targets 'wandering' image

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Concerned that its Acura premium brand may still be traveling "a wandering road," Honda North America created an Acura Business Planning Office to give the marque more focus.... Read More »

 

Porsche founder's legacy hits Nazi past in Czech hometown

Feb. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Ferdinand Porsche created the first hybrid more than 100 years ago and designed the original Volkswagen Beetle. Those achievements haven't counted for much in his hometown.... Read More »

 

Porsche founder's legacy hits Nazi past in Czech hometown

9:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2014
Ferdinand Porsche created the first hybrid more than 100 years ago and designed the original Volkswagen Beetle. Those achievements haven't counted for much in his hometown.... Read More »

 

Porsche founder's legacy hits Nazi past in Czech hometown

Feb. 27, 2014 15:15 CET
Ferdinand Porsche created the first hybrid more than 100 years ago and designed the original Volkswagen Beetle. Those achievements haven't counted for much in his hometown.... 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 »

 

Rumored rwd Cadillac LTS spied

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
After more than a decade of rumors, a big, rear-wheel-drive Cadillac sedan looks to be a go.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Build some more excitement

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Regarding Richard Truett's Feb. 1 blog, "Make GM whole again with some Pontiac dust": I was 7 years old when the 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix debuted, and I knew I wanted one the day I turned 16. What car that wasn't a Vette offered a Bose stereo, a head-up display and four-wheel disc brakes?... Read More »

 

A soothing tryout in the seat of power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
I sampled the Oasis seat's pleasures during a visit last month to Faurecia's exhibit at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

Journey Crossroad expected to attract awd fans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2014
Dodge is adding a model to its Journey crossover line this spring to appeal to shoppers who like all-wheel drive. Only about 15 percent of Journeys were sold last year with awd, Dodge says, compared with up to 80 percent in competitive crossovers.... Read More »

 

Self-adjusting seats aim for the perfect fit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2014
With as many as 22 controls, seats in a luxury sedan can befuddle the average motorist. Not to worry: Automakers and key suppliers are developing self-adjusting seats that use cameras and pressure sensors to automatically fit the occupant's contours.... Read More »

 

Audio system gives smaller engines a V-8 vroom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2014
Luxury car buyers are getting accustomed to vehicles with smaller, turbocharged engines, but many still want their powertrains to sound like big, rumbly V-8s. Faurecia SA thinks it has the answer.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mazda Europe design boss on why brand's fwd cars have a rwd look

Feb. 12, 2014 06:15 CET
Mazda's 'convention-defying' approach to car design means its front-wheel-drive models have the long, flowing looks of popular premium rear-drive models.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

In Chicago, trucks get their mojo back

1:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2014
A new groundswell is taking place for sporty trucks. Of all the vehicles on display this week at the Chicago Auto Show, the pickup segment stands out.... Read More »

 

Return of the woodie car? Industry explores eco-friendly lumber body components

7:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Surfers rejoice. Woodie cars like the Ford in the 1960s hit “Surf City” may be making a comeback of sorts.... Read More »

 

Ford pickup V-6 gets new twist: A 2-piece block

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
The 2.7-liter V-6 that Ford unveiled along with the redesigned 2015 F-150 has a lightweight two-piece cylinder block unique among pickup engines.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan said to plan joint managers for manufacturing, engineering

Jan. 24, 2014 14:23 CET
Renault-Nissan is said to plan the appointment of two new joint managers to oversee engineering and manufacturing. The move is part of a wider plan to boost alliance savings to 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) annually in 2016.... Read More »

 

EU takes legal action against Germany in Daimler refrigerant dispute

Jan. 23, 2014 13:00 CET
The EU has started legal proceedings against Germany over Daimler's refusal to remove a banned refrigerant from new Mercedes cars.... Read More »

 

EU to warn UK, Belgium, Luxembourg over car refrigerant rules, report says

Jan. 22, 2014 13:24 CET
The European Commission will threaten the UK, Belgium and Luxembourg with potential legal action over sales of Mercedes cars which it says breach EU rules on refrigerants, an EU source said.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Infiniti eyes bolder subbrand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2014
Created just three years ago as Infiniti's European-competing performance subbrand, IPL might no longer cut it for the company's bolder future product plans.... Read More »

 

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