Design

Hyundai compact truck based on Santa Cruz concept set for approval

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Positive public reaction on the auto show circuit has reportedly helped persuade Hyundai to build the Santa Cruz truck....
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Honda readies more sporty, luxurious Civic

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

With the official debut of Honda's redesigned Civic just a few months away, the latest spy shots show the 10th-generation model will come with luxury features normally reserved for fancy German sedans, not practical Japanese family cars....
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BLOG: GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach the 2025 fleet average of 54.5 mpg target set by the U.S....
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Audi aims to raise China sales with revamped A4

July 27, 2015 13:43 CET

Audi hopes that a redesigned A4 sedan will help shore up its fortunes in China where the premium brand is grappling with a second consecutive month of falling sales in its No. 1 market....
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Honda's Accavitti leaves top post at Acura

5:45 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mike Accavitti, vice president and general manager of Acura, has abruptly left the company and has been replaced by Jon Ikeda, American Honda Motor said. Ikeda was formerly division director of auto design at Honda's R&D Americas division and has been with Honda since 1989....
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Infiniti uncovers its A3 fighter

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The production version of Infiniti's Q30 compact hatch unveiled last week stays faithful to the striking, and somewhat polarizing, looks of the 2013 concept....
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Here come the Kia crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Kia is gearing up for a run at the fast-growing subcompact crossover segment with a dedicated hybrid model, spy photos suggest. About the size of a Honda HR-V, the unnamed Kia is likely to share a platform with a Hyundai model....
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Fiat working on Abarth variant of 124

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Fiat plans a high-performance version of the upcoming Fiat 124, Alfredo Altavilla, COO of Fiat Chrysler's Europe, Africa and Middle East region, told England's Auto Express in an interview....
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Cars add bling, value versions to fight crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

As rising sales of crossovers continue to pull buyers away from middle-of-the-road sedans, automakers are scrambling to make their high-volume, mainstream cars a little less boring -- or at least more affordable....
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Kia readies hybrid subcompact crossover, Sportage redesign

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Kia Motors is gearing up for a run at the subcompact crossover market, one of the fastest-growing product segments in the U.S., with a hybrid variant. Spy photographers recently caught a fleet of the vehicles during some hot-weather testing. Also caught testing was the next-generation Kia Sportage compact crossover....
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Ford revives high-end Limited F-150 for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Ford is responding to surging demand for high-end pickups by introducing a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and likely top $70,000 when loaded with options. The F-150 Limited will go on sale this winter as a 2016 model. Its features include 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, Mojave leather seats and interior accents made of aluminum and fiddleback eucalyptus....
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Chevy Silverado gets radical new face for 2016 model year

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Chevrolet has given its freshened 2016 Silverado a new look, scrapping the dual stacked headlights that have been a fixture on Chevy's big truck since the 1980s....
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New Mercedes C-class coupe to swap space for sportiness

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will trade practical benefits for more sporty exterior styling on the redesigned C-class coupe due in the U.S. next spring....
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A car that dropped in from the future

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

In the 1940s, a designer-engineer named Norman Timbs already was experimenting with aluminum and other materials, and was doing it beautifully....
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Defender's last stand gets an extension

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

The end of the road for Land Rover's long-running Defender won't come this fall after all. Jaguar Land Rover has extended production for the classic, aluminum-bodied off-roader into next year, reports England's Birmingham Post....
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Hachigo holding out for a Civic Type R

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

When Takahiro Hachigo returned to Japan in March after years overseas to be Honda's new CEO, he didn't rush out to buy a new car. “There is a model I want, which will, as I have told you, be launched this autumn,” Hachigo said. “I will wait ... I want to buy the Civic Type R.”...
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Hyundai gets back in action with Tucson

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2015

Hyundai's crossover drought is over. The Korean auto maker has not only a redesigned Tucson to feed Americans' expanding appetite, but also a plan to make far more of the compact crossovers available to U.S. dealerships....
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BMW will unveil redesigned, upgraded models in China as sales slow

July 17, 2015 12:56 CET

BMW will unveil a new 7-series sedan, an upgraded version of the 3 series and cheaper versions of the X5 and X6 SUVs in China this year. The company is aiming to shore up weak sales and raise its competitiveness against German rival Mercedes in the market....
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Toyota taps GoPro to defend truck turf against new GM pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

It's lights, camera and action time in America's suddenly competitive small-pickup segment. The market for small pickups was whittled down to just Toyota and Nissan a year ago. Now GM has returned with 2 trucks. To defend its share, Toyota is borrowing some cool factor from action-camera maker GoPro for the Tacoma's first redesign in a decade....
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GMC updates Sierra pickup's face for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

GMC is refreshing the Sierra pickup for the 2016 model year with a redesigned front end in a bid to keep the sales momentum going for one of GM's most profitable vehicles....
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Lexus ES gets a fresh look for 2016

12:15 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lexus has updated the ES line of sedans for the 2016 model year with a number of stylistic changes as well as new safety systems....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lower gasoline prices are starting to impact the product plans of leading automakers as consumers migrate back to larger vehicles....
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Chevy Silverado styling toughened up for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chevrolet is scrapping the long-running dual stacked headlights on the freshened 2016 Silverado and giving the hot-selling pickup a mean-machine look. The 2016 model also adds a more muscular hood and a new front fascia. The changes are designed to keep the truck competitive against Ford's revamped F-150 and Fiat Chrysler's Ram 1500....
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Rearview camera was one of Jordan's nifty tricks in '56

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chuck Jordan's 1956 Buick Centurion XP-301 concept is on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as part of “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas,” an exhibit running until Aug. 23. The show features visionary concept cars from the 1930s to today....
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High-tech touches for Mercedes E class

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class will have new safety and autonomous driving features when it goes on sale next spring in the United States....
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