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Batteries

Rivian Lands Former Tesla Engineering Exec

Nick Kalayjian to helm the company’s engineering operations as it prepares to launch its first EVs

Composites

Paint by Supercar Numbers…Big Numbers

Carbon Fiber Finish Adds $443K to $3 Million Koenigsegg Supercar

Interiors & Electronics

Ford Gets Real (Time) on Parking, Fueling and Charging Info

Partnership with Inrix brings embedded technology to Sync 4 interface

Sales

Ford Rated Top Automotive Brand for “Intimacy”

Auto industry also outshines most others in new study

Regulations

What’s Next. A Year of Change in Automotive.

2020 is a year like no other. Unpredictable change in the automotive industry and a new direction for AutoBeat Magazine.

Interiors & Electronics

Lexus LS Adds Tech, Improves NVH

Midcycle update will arrive in U.S. early next year

Interiors & Electronics

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

A stylish, comfortable midsize sedan that just happens to be a highly efficient hybrid

Design

Kia Unveils the K5

A sporty midsize sedan will be coming out of the Kia Motors America plant in West Point, Georgia. The GT model will have a 2.5-liter turbo, 8-speed DCT and the ability to go 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Yes, a midsize sedan

Mobility

Auto Brands Slipping in Value, Except Tesla

Toyota continues to lead the way

Design

2021 Ford F-150 By The Numbers

The key numbers that tell the story of the truck that continues to lead its segment not year after year, but decade after decade: the F-150

Tesla Finishes Last In J.D. Power IQS

Not that the company wanted to participate in the study that’s been helping OEMs improve their products for 34 years, though. Kia and Dodge tie for the vehicles with the fewest problems per 100 vehicles.

Economics

Ford’s $42 Billion Cash Cow

F-Series pickups generate about 30% of the carmaker’s revenue. The tally is about twice as much as what McDonald’s pulls in.

Interiors & Electronics

VW Arteon Advances

VW does an upgrade for its halo vehicle

Interiors & Electronics

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

Yes it is a hybrid. It is efficient. It is also a well-appointed midsize crossover

Production

Baseball, Apple Pie and Tesla?

California EV maker and Honda are tops in American-made vehicles, new Ford Ranger is No. 1 model

Connectivity

iPhones Get Digital Key Functionality

Rollout starts with 2021 BMW 5 Series, other brands and models to follow next year

Design

All Dressed Up Without the Go

Ford Adds ST-Line Appearance Package to Edge Lineup

Marketing

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Yes, the “Ghost Kar.” It is scary good

Business

Redesigned Genesis G80 Sedan Follows Winning Formula

Lighter, sleek styling and lots of tech—and new engines

Hybrid

Kia Reveals 4th-Gen Sorento

Revealed in Europe, designed by a global team, it will be coming to the U.S. later this year

Design

2021 Elantra Gets Hollywood-Style Unveiling

Redesign includes sportier styling, loads of tech and a 50-mpg hybrid option

Propulsion

On the 2021 Kia Seltos: Small Crossover with Big Presence

Kia grows its lineup of crossovers with a subcompact and provides it with tech so that it isn’t a vehicle that people buy wishing that they could afford something better. 

Interiors & Electronics

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium

The 4Runner is built to take it—with it being something substantially more demanding than a Costco run—though it can do that, too

Business

Mike Bell Departs Rivian as CTO

Long-time Apple tech guru Mike Bell leaves EV startup after 9 months