Despite some nascent signs of a plateau, a panel of auto executives said they anticipate U.S. light-vehicle sales to exceed 16 million units in 2014. Top executives from Kia, Mazda and Toyota said they expect U.S. light-vehicle deliveries next year of 16.1 million or 16.2 million vehicles.
Porsche next year will test the patience of sports car enthusiasts again when it begins selling the Macan, a compact crossover that likely will shift the majority of Porsche's volume from sports cars to people-haulers.
Ford, trying to satisfy customer demands for more in-car technology, said technology companies must work in more open and flexible ways for Internet “connected-car” features to be as seamless as smartphone apps.
Nissan today touted its redesigned, 2015 GT-R Nismo as a symbol of its effort to assert a sportier and more racing-related image. The car is one of the new models Nissan is showing audiences in Tokyo and Los Angeles this week.
The head of Audi's Munich design studio, Achim Badstuebner, is leaving to join Mercedes-Benz. Badstuebner will lead exterior design at Mercedes starting Jan. 1, said Gorden Wagener, Daimler's chief designer.
Ford will unveil the next-generation 2015 Mustang, the first complete overhaul of the iconic pony car since 2005, on December 5, the company said on Tuesday. Ford also released what it called the first image of the new car.
Audi is showing signs that it's slipping behind its rivals when it comes to technology. Audi's r&d spending last year was far below the amount invested by both BMW and Mercedes owner Daimler. Audi, which is on its third r&d chief in 16 months, will fail to pass BMW as the world's No.
NHTSA said today that it ended its probe into 2005-11 Ford Crown Victorias, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars for rust and corrosion that led to a loss of steering control. NHTSA also said it closed its investigation into Ford Focus electric vehicles for powertrain software defects.