The third-generation CUV now appears more wedge-like and benefits from deep-drawn sheet metal, a slightly lower roof and short front overhang. It’s both bigger and lighter, with three excellent powertrain offerings....More
The front end of the previous X5 was disjointed, suffering from a perfectly horizontal line that left the lower fascia detached from the grille and headlights. The new front end is styled with emotion – without any horizontal separation – and the pinched headlamps convey more anger and tension. The X5 has a powerful presence.
From the passenger seat, the all-new 2.3L EcoBoost propels the car with gusto through three laps on a short handling track about the size of a football field in the Charlotte Motor Speedway parking lot....More
It was only five minutes in the passenger seat, but that was enough time to draw some first impressions about the all-new '15 Ford Mustang with its 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cyl. engine, independent rear suspension and upgraded interior.
A 1.2L 4-cyl. gasoline engine mated to a tolerable 5-speed manual transmission gets the Opel Adam jumping at moderate speeds, although it takes some revving. Things get a bit dicier around 60 mph (100 km/h)....More
This bucking bronco requires a steady hand on the reins, because he will run hard – well past the stated 174 mph top speed, according to some independent tests. From a standstill, the RS 7 can giddyup to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, or less....More
“We believe that we do have technologies that can technically meet the targets but we must be able to commercially produce these vehicles and sell them to customers who want to keep returning to them,” says FCA’s Chris Cowland....More
The increased activity comes on the heels of GM’s decision last year to increase overall capital spending 20%, an outlay hike in new-product spending that puts it on par with other leading global OEMs....More
Favorable exchange rates, growing new-vehicle demand worldwide and some astute management moves play a role in the positive near-term outlook. Weaknesses? There are some, says CLSA’s Chris Richter....More
Ford’s current level of localization in Russia is estimated at 40%, and the automaker says it intends to raise that share to 83%-85% by 2019. That is significantly higher than the 60% target stipulated in an agreement with the government....More
Sergio Marchionne declines to reveal potential partners or whether he is in discussions with other OEMs, but says financial analysts must play role in promoting the need for industry consolidation....More
Honda’s vision for future mobility includes an idea that one-ups Tesla founder Elon Musk’s hyperloop concept of a train traveling in a vacuum tube from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than an hour....More
Blindspot detection and prevention, night vision and enhanced collision mitigation were three of the top five technologies most desired on their next vehicle by 5,300 new-vehicle owners surveyed....More
The industry won’t leap to producing autonomous vehicles overnight, industry insiders say. Instead there will be a multistage transition to driverless cars that likely will take more than 20 years....More
The assignment is to design the interior of a compact CUV or SUV aimed at active professionals who want a car that drives itself on daily commutes but who also want the option to physically drive in the country on weekends....More