Subaru preps midcycle update for Forester at Tokyo show
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 17
Opel design chief Mark Adams shows off the "floating" roofline on the redesigned Opel Astra. The design feature helps make the car look longer and sleeker, and could find its way into future Buicks. (Mike Colias)
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 18
Infiniti Q30 aims to appeal to younger and older buyers with different versions of the Q30.
Posted 6:00 am U.S. ET, Sept. 18
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A show car developed by Brose for the Frankfurt auto show.
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 18
Available features on the latest Astra compact hatchback include a massaging driver's seat, a perfume diffuser and high-end LED adaptive headlights, made up of 16 ultrabright bulbs.
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 21
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BMW's 328d diesel sedan at the New York Auto Show in March 2013.
Posted 12:00 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 22
The fuel economy and smog ratings are displayed on the sticker price of a 2015 Passat sedan at a Volkswagen dealership in Escondido, Calif. this week. (REUTERS)
It’s time for the EPA to admit the system of allowing and trusting automakers to self-certify cars and light trucks for fuel economy and emissions standards no longer works.
The system, in place since the 1970s, works like this: Automakers test their own vehicles and submit the findings to the EPA, where engineers review and usually approve them. The EPA also randomly tests between 10 and 15 percent of new vehicles yearly for fuel economy and emissions at its Ann Arbor, Mich., lab.
But today, with 40 brands selling more than 300 nameplates in the U.S., there is no way the EPA can test them all. The ... Continue reading "In wake of VW scandal, it's time to scrap self-certify era" » Sep 22, 2015 12:00 pm U.S. ET
For the second time in my life, it appears that the U.S. diesel passenger car market has been mortally wounded
by a car company claiming to be its champion.
The first time, it was due to incompetence: GM foisted an underdeveloped diesel V-8 engine on customers, dealers and technicians who were ill prepared to maintain it.
This time, it’s due to outright dishonesty on the part of Volkswagen, a leader in U.S. sales of passenger cars with diesel engines. There’s nothing wr ... Continue reading "Why VW's betrayal with diesel engines is different" » Sep 21, 2015 11:00 am U.S. ET
By 8:30 a.m. last Tuesday, about the time BMW's new CEO Harald Krueger tumbled to the stage inside cavernous Hall 11, the Frankfurt auto show was veering toward an odd theme.
Amid all the predictions of European momentum -- as represented by 90-some new-vehicle introductions -- all anyone wanted to talk about was who wasn't
Krueger, having recovered from his dizzy spell, got a clean bill of health from his doctors and was sent to Munich.
Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne skipped the show altogether to pull off a new UAW labor contract in Detroit.
Former VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech didn't make the IAA for the first time since the invention ... Continue reading "Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!" » Sep 21, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Mainstream brands have been nuzzling closer to their luxury counterparts in recent years, adding everything from heated steering wheels to high-end sound systems and high-tech safety packages.
But General Motors' Opel brand has reached a new level of luxury incursion with its redesigned Astra, a cousin of the Chevy Cruze.
Available features on the compact hatchback include a massaging driver's seat, a perfume diffuser and high-end LED adaptive headlights, made up of 16 ultrabright bulbs.
A media test drive here showed how each bulb can automati ... Continue reading "Opel pins compact car comeback on Astra's posh comforts" » Sep 18, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET
FRANKFURT -- Auto suppliers are not only working to make for clean air. Some also want clean hands.
At the Frankfurt auto show, German components maker Brose showed off its latest innovations -- among them, a rear door that can be opened automatically and a gas tank door that can be opened with a simple gesture.
The rear door uses electronics similar to those found in automatic liftgates, something the company makes, along with mechanical and electrical components for seats and doors.
Brose sees a touch-free door as a comfort feature. When dropping off the kids at sch ... Continue reading "Wave your hand, watch the hood pop (minus grimy fingers)" » Sep 18, 2015 6:00 am U.S. ET
pickup that isn't
a Unimog is coming, and it'll share some underpinnings with the Nissan NP300 Navara pickup, Automotive News Europe
The latest Nissan
Navara NP300 1-ton truck made its debut in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show
, with Daimler announcing plans to use it as the basis for a yet-unnamed midsize pickup t ... Continue reading "Mercedes pickup won't be a 'fat cowboy truck' " » Sep 18, 2015 6:00 am U.S. ET
Infiniti will offer its new Q30 compact car with two different ride heights: the Premium and SE versions of the five-door hatchback are 20mm taller than the Sport model. But why?
The Nissan-owned premium brand doesn’t call the Q30 an SUV. The QX30 will fulfill that role once it is revealed at the Los Angeles auto show in November.
The big reason for the different heights is to satisfy a growing trend for taller vehicles. “The higher H [hip] point makes all the difference,” Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti head of design, told Automotive News Europe
at the Q30’s reveal this week a ... Continue reading "Why Infiniti will offer Q30 with different heights" » Sep 18, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET
One of the most distinctive design elements of the redesigned Opel Astra unveiled at this year's Frankfurt auto show is its “floating” roofline, an element likely to appear on future Opels -- and by extension, future Buicks.
Opel made the new Astra compact a bit smaller than its predecessor, but managed to increase interior space. That’s good for weight reduction and roominess. But it creates a styling problem.
“When you keep the same height but squeeze some size out of the car, it becomes more square-ish and can look taller and stumpier,” Opel design chief Mark Adams said in ... Continue reading "Opel Astra's 'floating' roofline likely to appear on future Buicks " » Sep 17, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET
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