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Vehicle interiors have taken on new prominence over the last few years.
Compact and subcompact cars were once the bottom of the automotive food chain, but these days that has all changed.
Chevrolet made an impressive double play in Detroit last month, winning both the North American Car and Truck Awards with the 2014 Corvette and Silverado.
Some of the most fun vehicles to look for at the Chicago Auto Show are concept cars.
One sure way to tell the automobile industry is making a comeback is by the amount of high performance cars making debuts on the auto show circuit.
In these days of fluctuating fuel prices and tightening government fuel economy and emissions requirements, some of the most interesting technological developments revolve around the internal combustion engine.
The auto industry has had a great year, continuing to rebound from the financial crisis.
Midsize cars continue to be one of the largest segments in the market comprising 33 percent of all vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2013. Some of the newest entries will be on display at the Chicago Auto Show.
Nissan IDx concept
Nissan Sports Sedan Concept
2015 Ford F-150
Subaru WRX STi
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, Ford made the biggest news of the show by unveiling the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. The aluminum body will save up to 700 pounds of weight, which should improve handling, towing and hauling capability, and fuel economy.
The Ram's 2013 redesign made it the most refined pickup on the market, thanks to a quiet, high-quality interior and a smooth ride aided by a coil-spring (instead of leaf spring) rear suspension. The redesign also gave the 1500 several features to improve fuel economy, including active grille…
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. Inc., said the 2015 Honda Fit has a lot of potential.
Completely redone for 2014, the all-new Kia Soul has a special connection to the Chicago Auto Show. Kia designers managed to retain the quirky look that made the Soul so popular, while incorporating design elements from the Kia Track'ster concept car which debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in 2012.
Mazda's most popular model, the Mazda3, is completely redesigned for 2014. Four and five-door versions are available in four trim levels, starting as low as $17,000. An increase in wheelbase allowed for more interior space, while the exterior length of the car is actually a little shorter. A…
Ford stirred up more interest in the Mustang recently by unveiling the 2015 model. Though the looks are an evolution of the current car, the new Mustang should be a better car thanks to improved interior materials and a new independent rear suspension that will improve dynamics.
Ford introduced the Mustang at the New York World's Fair on April 17, 1964. It was based on the compact Ford Falcon, but it was far more stylish, and it offered features usually found in European cars, including bucket seats and a floor shifter. Hardtop coupe and convertible body styles were…
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, Toyota introcuded the FCV Concept, which it said will go on sale next year.
Hybrid vehicles Honda introduced the FCEV Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November to preview its next-generation fuel cell vehicle.
General Motors received a lot of attention with one of the first plug-in hybrids to market, the Chevrolet Volt. Now GM is applying that technology to the luxurious Cadillac ELR.
Following up on the much hyped introduction of the Corvette last year, Chevrolet rolled out the 2015 Corvette Z06 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Developed alongside the C7R race car for the American Le Mans Series, this top-of-line muscle car boasts an all-new supe…
Michael Horn, the new president and CEO of Volkswagen, said the new 2014 Volkswagen Golf R is "going to heat up the 'hot hatch' segment" with more than 300 horsepower. Instantly recognizable by its dual exhaust tips on either side, the Golf R will get all that power to the ground via VW's 4m…
Celebrating 40 years of famous motorsport models, BMW's "M" performance division has proudly rolled out the all-new M3 sedan and M4 coupe. The 4-Series, shown here, is the new version of what used to be the BMW 3-Series coupe, after BMW rebadged coupes and convertibles with even numbers.
Quickly following up on the Los Angeles Auto Show debut of the compact GLA crossover, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the GLA45 AMG.
One of the best examples of where a crossover can take you in the compact class is the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Available with a four- or six-cylinder engine and a standard segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, it can deliver great mileage on the highway.
A compact that debuted in 2008 and became the second best selling vehicle in the Nissan lineup, the Rogue is completely redesigned for 2014. A more spacious and refined interior now allows for an optional third row seat.
The Chevrolet Silverado pickup features three all-new engines including the 5.3-liter V-8, which offers best-in-class V-8 fuel economy of up to 23 mpg in two-wheel drive models. It uses gasoline direct injection, variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation to run on four cylinders during…
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard Corvette ever, with 455 horsepower. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Built on an all-aluminum frame, Chevrolet says it's the most efficient sports car available with an estimated 17 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with th…
Considering the majority of time you interact with your car is in the interior, the attention automakers pay to it is justified.
On the other hand, some makers attach so much significance to the inside of the car their displays include disembodied interiors for an unobstructed look. Volvo’s XC Coupe Concept and Chrysler’s 2015 Chrysler 200 displays in Detroit were prime examples.
Al Gardner, president and CEO of the Chrysler brand, summed up the goals for the 2015 Chrysler 200 interior as having emotional design impact, high quality materials, state of the art technology and thoughtful storage. It appears most automakers would agree.
The C-Class is the No. 1 selling car for Mercedes-Benz worldwide and helped the company increase U.S. sales 14 percent last year and capture the No. 1 luxury car slot
Last year's North American Car of the Year, the Cadillac ATS, will be joined by a new coupe version for 2015, which made its world debut in Detroit.
Chrysler made a big splash at the North American International Auto in Detroit with the introduction of the 2015 Chrysler 200.
The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept turns the Q50 premium sports sedan and turns it into a Formula One inspired performance car. Some of the design details could hint at future Infiniti models.
The Audi Allroad Shooting Brake concept surprisingly is an "idea" of what the next Audi TT compact sports car will look like. An all new interior is showcased as well drivetrain technology.
The Kia GT4 Stinger is the result of six Kia designers collaborating on how Kia would build a sports car. The requirements they came up with were a two-plus-two configuration with rear-wheel drive. The designers envision power coming from a 315-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine backed…
Volkswagen suggests the Dune concept could go into production, citing the use of the Beetle R-Line's turbocharged 210-horsepower engine and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
There's a hint the Toyota FT-1 is being considered for production since the name stands for "Future Toyota." This red racer's sculpted shape makes for a sharp contemporary super car while honoring sporting Toyotas of the past.
When car sales went into a tailspin with the economy in Fall 2008, things were looking pretty grim. Sales plummeted to 13 million from 16-17 million for the previous several years. In last year's NWI Now auto section, we reported a dismal 10.4 million U.S. sales for 2009, though we could see…
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