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Interiors

Adient Refocuses on Core Seating Business

Restructures joint ventures with Yanfeng, divests Recaro unit

Australia’s Bolwell Plans Lightweight Supercar

Australia’s Bolwell Corp. is developing a new supercar to unveil at the Motorclassica classic car in Melbourne this autumn.

Caddy Puts Performance on a Pedestal

General Motors Co.’s Cadillac unit is launching “Pedestal” editions of the V-Series performance versions of its ATS coupe and CTS sedan.

Raptor Gets Real-Time Damping Control

“Not many trucks need sensors to detect when you are midair.” That’s Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs.

F-150 Raptor Gets Performance Shocks, Off-Road Tech

Ford Motor Co. has added several performance features and other upgrades to the F-150 Raptor pickup truck.

Propulsion

New Turbo Camaro Launched

According to Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Camaro, “We have a lot of engineers who come to our company because they want to work on the Corvette and the Camaro.” Speaking of the development of the Gen 6 Camaro, which is the current version, “My Camaro team worked very closely with the GT4 Camaro team.” Meaning that there was a whole lot of racing technology thought of even for Camaros that will go no faster than a few miles per hour above the speed limit on a freeway.

2019 Camaro Gets a New Face

General Motors Co. is giving the Chevrolet Camaro a midcycle update that includes an updated front-end and expanded availability of the track-focused 1LE performance package.

Mustang Bullitt to Start at $47,500

Ford Motor Co.’s new Mustang Bullitt will carry a $47,500 sticker when it arrives at U.S. dealerships this summer.

Composites

Tofino: Another EV Under Development

A car company based in Vancouver, Canada?

Composites

“Drive Me to the Moon. . . .”

While this snappy hounds-tooth checked seat may look like something that might have been in one of Frank Sinatra’s pads back in the day it is actually the Recaro Rallye, which is said to be the world’s first shell seat: there is a seat shell of fiberglass-reinforced resin formed to the contours of a body.

Production

Spain’s Gestamp Opens Michigan R&D Center

Madrid-based Gestamp Automocion SA has opened a research and development center —the metal parts supplier’s first such facility in the U.S.—in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Production

Spanish Stamping Company to Open Michigan R&D Center

Spain's Gestamp Automocion sl plans to open a research and development center in Auburn Hills, Mich., later this year.

Design

Designing the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

When your task is to create a car for the 21st century that had its legendary debut during the “Swinging Sixties” of the last century, you keep the flair and add the contemporary.

Propulsion

Ford Powers Up Fiesta ST Hot Hatch

Ford Motor Co. says its new Fiesta ST200 is the most powerful Fiesta in history with the car’s turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine tuned to make 197 hp and 213 lb-ft of torque.

Propulsion

V-6 Added to Camaro Track Package

General Motors Co. will offer a track-ready performance package for V-6-powered Chevrolet Camaro LT coupes for the first time, starting with 2017 models late this year.

Ford Unleashes Focus RS Hot Hatch in North America

Ford Motor Co. is finally bringing its high-performance Focus RS five-door hatch to North America.

Ford Debuts Hot-Rod Focus RS

Ford Motor Co. says a new all-wheel-drive system will help maximize the high-performance handling of its upcoming Focus RS sport sedan.

Design

Sonata for SEMA

SEMA is just around the corner, and the OEMs are rolling out with their tricked-out vehicles meant to resonate with that cadre in the youth culture that still think that cars are something of interest.

Propulsion

2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe

A friend has a 1969 Camaro.

Propulsion

Ford 2014 Fiesta ST & Other Automotive Fun

This is the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST: While someone might think, “Pfffft, that’s just an econobox with some fancy aero add-ons,” that thinking will change rapidly when that someone takes a look at this, the Fiesta ST in action: John Davis is Ford North America's chief engineer for the Focus, Fiesta and C-Max.  And one of the programs he recently had the opportunity to work on, with colleagues in the European Team RS and the U.S.

Propulsion

Euro-Bred Fiesta ST Joins Ford’s U.S. Lineup

Ford Motor Co. high-performance 2014 Fiesta ST five-door hatchback will arrive in the U.S. later this year with the same powertrain that drives the European version: a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission.

Kia Set to Unveil Hot Rod Cee’d GTs

Kia Motors Corp. will use the Geneva auto show in March to introduce Europeans to GT versions of its supermini Pro_ceed coupe and Cee'd sedan.

Design

Cadillac Design Uses Special Paint

Although one of the ways that luxury car manufacturers are differentiating themselves is through the installation of all manner of infotainment devices on the inside of their vehicles, Cadillac—while no slouch in that arena—is applying some advanced technology in a different way: Applying it to the outside of a special-edition CTS-V sedan, wagon, and coupe.

Design

JCI Acquiring Recaro

In announcing that it is acquiring the Kaiserslautern, Germany-based KEIPER, a supplier of seating systems and components, Johnson Controls (JCI) emphasized the engineering and manufacturing know-how of the company.