Design

DAVE GUILFORD

America, land of big spaces, spurs Hyundai Tucson redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
How do you design a crossover with a name evoking the old West -- that cowboy, cactus, rugged desert terrain ethos?...
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Kia to roll out 1.0-liter turbo engine in Cee'd GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
This week at the Geneva auto show, Kia plans to unveil the Cee'd GT, the first Kia model to use Hyundai Motor Group's new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Kia says the engine puts out 118 hp and 127 pounds-feet of torque despite its scant displacement....
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Mr. K a force for the Z and Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Yutaka Katayama, Nissan's first U.S. president, who grabbed American consumer awareness by introducing the affordable Datsun Z sports car in the early 1970s, died last month at 105....
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CLS fighter from VW?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Volkswagen plans to unveil a coupe-style sedan concept this week at the Geneva auto show. VW insiders say the concept, shown in these sketches the company released last week, likely would become a production model positioned between the CC sedan and the Phaeton flagship....
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Lightning-fast McLaren

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
McLaren Automotive plans to unveil the 675LT, which zooms to 100 kph (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph, next week at the Geneva auto show....
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Brawny Bentley

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Spy photos of Bentley's first SUV, the Bentayga, reveal a front fascia inspired by the U.K. superluxury brand's Continental sedan, with a prominent grille flanked by circular headlights....
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Golden Age for ultraluxury brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
Strong demand for ultraluxury brands -- driven by new models, improved U.S. and European economic conditions and a rising number of superwealthy -- has led forecasters to predict that overall global sales in the segment will grow by nearly 40 percent in the next five years. The bullish prediction is good news for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen Group and BMW Group....
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Mini designers dream up a racy Clubman for 'Gran Turismo 6' video game

3:59 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
Mini has joined a growing list of automakers that have released high-performance concepts for “Gran Turismo 6” on the PlayStation 3 game system....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Nissan Sway concept may preview new Micra

Feb. 24, 2015 12:58 CET
Nissan will unveil the Sway concept car at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The Sway will preview the automaker's next Micra subcompact, reports said. The automaker said the concept shows “how a future generation of small Nissans could look,” but didn't say whether it previews the new Micra....
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Cadillac considers Vsport model for ATS

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The ATS could get an up-level Vsport model as Cadillac seeks ways to regain momentum for the compact sedan. Vsport, Cadillac's answer to Audi's S and BMW's M Sport packages, was introduced with the XTS sedan in mid-2013, followed by a version of the CTS sedan....
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Volvo: XC90 marks brand's rebirth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Volvo Cars is heralding its new XC90, the first vehicle it has developed since Ford Motor Co. sold it to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. in 2010, as the rebirth of the Swedish brand. The 2016 model has no components from Ford's parts bin....
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A debut befitting the Kia K900?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
To take the wraps off the Ford Police Interceptor Utility at the Chicago Auto Show, Ford called on Keegan, a 3-year-old protection dog, who sank his teeth into the task....
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Jeep Cherokee grille remains polarizing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The Jeep Cherokee's front fascia was -- to say the least -- controversial when the first images of it leaked out in February 2013. In fact, Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler's head of design, admitted that the design was "polarizing" on purpose. Turns out, Gilles was more accurate in his description than he knew....
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Rolls-Royce to build SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars sent white-gloved chauffeurs in Phantoms around New York City on Tuesday, Feb. 17, to deliver letters announcing plans to build an SUV, making good on hints dropped by CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes....
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Lotus plans U.S. return with Evora 400

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Lotus has moved its Evora 400, which will spearhead the brand's return to the U.S., further upmarket to better compete with the Porsche 911 and Audi R8. The Evora 400 will come with side airbags to allow the car to be sold in the U.S. starting at year end....
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Next-gen Chrysler minivan will be taller, wider with a rotary shifter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015
The next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan will get a rotary shifter and other interior features common in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The minivan also will be slightly taller and wider than the current version. The revelations come from spy photographers and supplier documents posted online....
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Q&A

Nissan's Diaz says 2016 Titan is no F-150 look-alike

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2015
Nissan's redesigned 2016 Titan pickup that debuted at the Detroit auto show drew plenty of comparisons to the Ford F-150. The shape of the grille and headlights, and the dip in the upper edge of the front doors recall styling of the F-150. But Nissan's senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations, Fred Diaz, says he never thought the truck had a close resemblance to Ford top seller....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Is an identity crisis the reason behind the Ram pickup's new styling?

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
It's been nearly two months since I got my first up-close looks at the Ram Rebel and Ram Laramie Limited. I'm not a fan of the styling of the two pickups' front fascias and tailgates, but I've developed a theory as to what motivated them....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Sportier Skoda Fabia keeps its functionality

Feb. 20, 2015 06:01 CET
The new Skoda Fabia highlights how the fast-growing Czech value brand is adding a touch of style to its cars. With its sharp edges and clear lines, the third-generation Fabia looks more dynamic and sportier than its predecessor while the car’s practical features have been enhanced....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Station wagon concept previews new Kia Optima

Feb. 18, 2015 14:35 CET
Kia released images of the Sportspace concept, a midsize station wagon that will debut at the Geneva auto show. The concept is meant to preview the next-generation Optima. The current Optima has been on sale in various markets since 2010....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Audi will showcase possible flagship wagon

Feb. 17, 2015 06:01 CET
Audi released sketches of the Prologue Avant station wagon concept that will debut at the Geneva auto show. The concept could preview a rival to the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, reports said....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mazda2 gets bigger, lighter and bolder

Feb. 17, 2015 06:01 CET
Mazda expects its latest Mazda2 hatchback to make a bigger impact in Europe's highly competitive subcompact segment than the current model because of its more aggressive design, improved interior and a wide range of safety equipment....
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Ram not hot over scorching grille reviews

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Hot design topic at the Chicago Auto Show: the grille on the Ram Laramie Limited. The critics did not hold back....
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Book it!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, unveiled last week at the Chicago Auto Show, adds features aimed at improving what Ford says is already the most popular police vehicle in the country....
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Q&A

'Beast' may be next for Ram commercial vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Ram brand head Bob Hegbloom spoke to Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette in January about commercial vans and what they mean for dealers....
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