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Toyota design chief sees future without mass-market cars

Toyota's new design chief believes that vehicles will shift towards either generic boxes on wheels for everyday use or ultra-luxury cars, wiping out the need for mass-market models.


Mercedes updates Maybach with new grille for 2019

A new grille featuring vertical struts and inspired by a pinstriped suit headlines the freshened 2019 Mercedes-Maybach S560 and S650, which will debut in early March at the Geneva auto show.

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GM Korea becomes latest cost target

A restructuring of GM's Korean operation could combine elements of its Australia strategy — where it quit manufacturing but remained in the consumer market — and its India strategy, where it kept manufacturing for export, but abandoned the consumer market.

Kia freshens Ceed with new look, better handling

Kia hopes new technologies, a "more self-confident" design and better driving dynamics will gives its new Ceed a boost in Europe's compact car segment against rivals such as the VW Golf and Ford Focus.

City-slickers and F-150 Junior: What people are saying about '19 Ford Ranger

One of the bigger debuts at the 2018 Detroit auto show was the 2019 Ford Ranger. The newest Ranger is larger in size this time around and will compete against the likes of the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma once it reaches dealerships next year. Ford officials are positioning the pickup as a lifestyle vehicle that appeals to younger, active buyers who may not want the herculean hauling capabilities — and higher price tag — of a full-size F-150.

Can the hardy Tacoma climb this hill?

A competitive barrage in midsize pickups could be tough for the Toyota Tacoma, the segment leader for more than a decade. Or it could be an opportunity for the burly Toyota to kick sand in the face of yet another challenger.

BMW cleaning up its design

With its 2018 debuts, BMW is kicking off a new chapter of styling, design chief Adrian van Hooydonk says. It starts with the X2.

Lexus may ride LF-1 to higher ground

Rather than follow Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Jaguar into less-expensive, entry-luxury territory to boost its sales volumes, Lexus aims to stake out more ground in the upper tiers of luxury.

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