Design

Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. The overhaul, part of a switch to new modularized product platforms, has been years in the making and is designed to fuel the company's expansion....
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Mercedes GLC crossover sheds GLK box

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz GLK crossover becomes roomier and sheds its old-fashioned square shape for a more modern design when it becomes the GLC this fall. It will have a longer wheelbase and wider track, giving it more interior room and making it more competitive with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5....
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WHAT A DRAG

Designers use new tricks, and the wind tunnel

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Automakers facing stiffer global fuel economy and emissions standards are increasing efforts to improve fuel efficiency. After powertrain improvements and weight reductions, slippery aerodynamics is the hottest area of research to boost efficiency....
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Technology makes vehicles slipperier

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Drag coefficient measures the resistance of an object as it moves through air or fluid. The lower the number, the slipperier the vehicle, and the less fuel it burns. The drag coefficient for new vehicles has been dropping fast as designers and aerodynamicists use powerful new computer simulation software....
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Scion plans revival with iM hatchback, iA compact sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. is set to unveil two new nameplates for its struggling Scion brand next month at the New York auto show -- a five-door iM hatchback and a sporty compact sedan designated the iA....
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Ready for Moab's red rocks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

The surf-themed Jeep Chief, an homage to the mid-'70s Cherokee Chief, will participate in the Easter Jeep Safari gathering of off-road enthusiasts in Moab, Utah, this month....
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Subaru's 7-seater poses big design question

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

A Grand Outback? Or a larger crossover that is more distinct than Subaru's popular midsize vehicle? That's the decision Subaru is grappling with as it develops an all-new crossover bigger than the strong-selling Outback for sale in about two years....
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Optima's prime

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Kia Motors flashed these renderings of the fourth-generation Optima midsize sedan that it will unveil next week at the New York auto show....
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2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi to show new design language with 2016 Outlander

11:19 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors North America will unveil the 2016 Outlander at the New York International Auto Show next week as a part of its freshened design lineup....
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PUT ON A BOLD FACE

VW turns up design so crossovers will hit right note in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

The next crop of Volkswagens coming to the United States will convey a more aggressive design message. The strategy stems from a rethinking that is forcing VW to venture beyond the conservative styling that has worked so well in Europe and China....
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Mini boss 'still pushing' for Superleggera roadster

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Mini's Superleggera sports car concept would be a "great addition to the Mini range," says BMW's board member in charge of the brand, Peter Schwarzenbauer. But he disputed a report that the roadster has been approved for production....
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BMW brainstorms its next i model

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

BMW is weighing what type of model will join its "i" family of low-emission vehicles, said a top executive who added that the model will arrive after 2020....
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Cadillac looks to exploit mismatches vs. Germans with CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Cadillac is taking a decidedly different approach to the full-size luxury sedan category with the upcoming CT6. While that uber-lux segment always has been long on roominess, horsepower and opulence, Cadillac will position the CT6 as an agile, athletic, driver's car and a technological tour de force....
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Why a Japanese supplier is upping its game

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Aisin Seiki, the world's fifth biggest auto supplier, is doubling the size of its global design division as it expands into new products and targets new customers....
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Ford pushes comfort, capability of 2015 Edge

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

The second-generation Ford Edge bucks the trend of adding a couple of mpgs to redesigned products. The Edge is already the top-selling midsize crossover on the market and among the most fuel efficient, so Ford instead focused on making the new Edge more capable, comfortable and high-tech....
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The LF-SA minicar's bold design is from out of this world

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Caught in a polarizing vortex at the Geneva auto show this month was the Lexus LF-SA minicar concept. Here are some reactions....
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GM puts new Malibu through the paces

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

A teaser video of the yet-to-be-unveiled 2016 Chevrolet Malibu shows the redesigned midsize sedan getting a workout at General Motors' test facilities....
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Nissan hints at future subcompact hatch

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Nissan's Sway concept, unveiled this month at the Geneva auto show, illustrates Nissan's vision of a subcompact hatchback -- even in the United States. The Sway features a panoramic floating roof, an aggressive and sporty wedgelike front end, and a back end that nearly crosses the line into crossover status....
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Chevy readies redesigned Spark for New York, Seoul

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

General Motors has released a teaser photo of the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Spark that will debut on April 2 at the New York and Seoul auto shows. The photo shows a more flowing and sporty design....
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BMW wants to replace Z4, but it's not a high priority

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

BMW hopes to launch a successor to the Z4 roadster by 2020, said Klaus Froehlich, who was named the automaker's development chief in December. Development costs could be shared with Toyota as part of the companies' cooperation....
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Audi plans 2 new crossovers, joins VW with plug-in hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Audi will add two crossovers to its lineup - one big and one small - and Volkswagen will offer new plug-in hybrid variants of several nameplates, company executives said last week. In 2016, Audi will launch an entry-level crossover called the Q1 positioned beneath the subcompact Q3, CEO Rupert Stadler said....
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Audi plans to give EVs stand-out looks

March 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi wants its future electric vehicles to stand out from its conventionally powered models by giving them their own design language, the automaker's development chief said....
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BMW says its new fwd models are too small for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

BMW has decided not to bring either of its new 2-series front-wheel-drive models to the United States. The 2-series Gran Tourer, which debuted here last week, and the 2-series Active Tourer are too small for the U.S. market, a spokesman said....
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Rolls crossover to make broad use of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Rolls-Royce's new crossover will use a new aluminum spaceframe that won't be shared with BMW, says CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes. The spaceframe technology will be adopted for all future Rolls-Royce cars, Mueller-Oetvoes said....
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M-B's Metris enters scene

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Ford Motor Co.'s segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz....
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