The brand is being forced to protect its franchise as the prestige leader among small cars and may be looking at producing a mini Mini to compete against the growing number of city cars, many of them electric....More
“It takes a long time to build a brand back up – not that long to damage it,” Nick Reilly says of Opel. The first-generation Ampera EREV arrives in Europe later this year but won’t be built there....More
Flat matte paint made a trendy appearance this year in the hands of tuners and design houses, while two of the newest mainstream brand designers brought exterior-trim elements in three dimensions....More
Subaru and Toyota are jointly developing rear-drive sports cars with boxer engines for arrival next year. Subaru execs say they aren’t turning their backs on the auto maker’s core technology, symmetrical all-wheel drive....More
In the initial aluminum-to-steel production program, GM will be moving cautiously, replacing only a couple of the rivets currently used to test the manufacturing process and prove part durability before moving on to more extensive applications....More
Each vehicle nominated for Wards 10 Best Interiors is scored based on aesthetics and design harmony as well as materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value and fit-and-finish. Editors also test the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface.
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
New-car sales in China are expected to grow at least 5% this year. But margins on those sales, already small, have vanished for many dealers. Retailers now are looking to look to areas such as finance and insurance and used-car sales for profits....More