Design

RICHARD TRUETT

Why tomorrow's sports cars will have mixed pedigree

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Mazda would share the MX-5 Miata with another company....
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Ford revises EcoSport to counter slow sales

Jan. 20, 2015 12:02 CET
Ford will offer its EcoSport SUV in Europe without the spare wheel on the outside of the rear tailgate after the model's sales got off to a slow start. The EcoSport has failed to make a big impact in the region's booming subcompact SUV/crossover segment against sleeker-looking rivals....
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McLaren names new design chief

Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET
UK supercar maker McLaren promoted Robert Melville to the post of chief designer, reporting to the company’s design director, Frank Stephenson....
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PARTY CRASHER

While supercar world awaited Acura NSX, nobody saw Ford GT coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
A showdown between Ford's GT and the Acura NSX supercars quickly became the talk of the Detroit auto show, after Ford's surprise entry managed to upstage the much-anticipated Acura....
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Assault on Fortress Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Tougher specs, more rugged designs and ample new trim levels -- all wrapped in copious red-white-and-blue marketing. Japanese brands are upping the stakes in the pickup wars with products debuting at the Detroit auto show in hopes of making deeper inroads into the one segment in which the country's carmakers still trail their Detroit rivals....
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VW's Seat brand recruits Ford designer Lamm

Jan. 19, 2015 12:39 CET
Volkswagen's Seat brand has recruited Ford of Europe stylist Stefan Lamm as its new head of exterior design....
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Hyundai's segment-bending Santa Cruz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Hyundai billed the Santa Cruz as a concept, but U.S. chief Dave Zuchowski can hardly hide his desire to lure "urban adventurers" with a funky compact truck....
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Stretching boundaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Designers endowed concept vehicles at this year's Detroit auto show with edgy designs and advanced powertrains, reflecting the risk-taking mood of global automakers. Here's a sampling from the show floor....
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Character lines at the Detroit auto show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Walking among this year's crop of new models and design concepts at the Detroit auto show, you can't help thinking of Kirk Douglas. That Kirk Douglas chin with the prominent cleft. Hollywood calls such features "character lines" -- a crease, a fold, a wrinkle that serves no real function other than to give character to a person. And they work on cars, too....
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Caddy's focus: Plug lineup holes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has had about five months since taking over the brand to assess the gaps in his vehicle lineup. He has found a lot of them....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

'Age doesn't always mean that much'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Tell your young designers that the best design tool is a 2H pencil: Put work down with one end; remove bad with the other....
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Scion's plan: Less quirky, more pragmatic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
After struggling for years, Toyota's youth-oriented Scion brand aims to get back on a fast growth track by adding products that are more pragmatic and by gearing its advertising to a slightly older crowd....
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It's official: Scion kills FR-S convertible idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Despite a series of tantalizing concepts, Scion has officially killed the idea of an FR-S convertible. Scion executives spearheaded a feasibility study of the idea but terminated it in June, said Doug Murtha, the brand's vice president....
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Mini expects to bounce back with new products, TV spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Mini USA expects a record year fueled by the redesigned Cooper hardtop and the new four-door hatch, said David Duncan, vice president of Mini of the Americas....
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Acura mulls new model, 'another arrow in the quiver'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2015
Fresh off launching the NSX sports car, executives at Honda's struggling Acura premium marque are already considering other new entries, such as a coupe and a compact crossover, as part of the brand's quickening revival plan....
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The woman behind the bold NSX

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2015
Michelle Christensen, exterior design project leader for the NSX, is the first woman to lead a design team working on a supercar....
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Want a BMW i8? Get in a long, long line

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2015
BMW will get 50 percent more i8 plug-in hybrids -- 1,000-plus cars -- in the US this year than in 2014, but that still won't be enough to fill the order bank. The wait for an i8, with a list price of $137,450, including shipping, is about a year, said Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of North America....
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RICHARD TRUETT

GM takes long view with Chevrolet Bolt EV

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Looking way the road, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has another mission entirely....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Top dealers dish on their show favorites

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
The outgoing National Automobile Dealers Association chairman, Forrest McConnell, and the incoming one, Bill Fox, share a passion: the Acura NSX supercar....
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Titan designer finally got her chance to improve pickup

8:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Redesigning the Nissan Titan has been on Diane Allen's mind ever since she designed the first one. That was back in 2002, when Allen led the California design team to put Nissan into the full-size pickup market in competition with Detroit's automakers....
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Nissan, seeking wider audience, retools Titan top to bottom

8:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
With three engines -- including a Cummins diesel V-8 -- two frame sizes and three bed lengths, the redesigned Titan coming this fall is Nissan's ambitious new push to become a true contender in the tough full-size pickup market. The revamped pickup, unveiled today at the Detroit auto show, is intended to make the Titan appealing to a wider audience from construction workers to suburbanites....
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Toyota Tacoma takes on more off-road swagger, luxury

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Toyota is giving its Tacoma more off-road swagger and nodding to young buyers in a bid to keep the compact pickup atop a segment that just got a lot more competitive....
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Acura seeks track cred with new NSX

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Acura revealed the production version of its NSX sports car at the Detroit auto show today, touting it as an engineering showcase and a significant step in its strategy to reassert itself as a luxury performance brand....
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MIKE COLIAS

Why the Buick Avenir is a pleasant surprise

10:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
When the long and svelte Buick Avenir concept sedan rolled out onto a Detroit stage Sunday, the buzz among the hundreds in attendance was palpable....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why Nissan's overhauled Titan falls short of the mountaintop

9:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The redesigned Titan will be a technically excellent truck, powerful, capable, durable. But on the roads of Texas and elsewhere, it will be invisible....
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